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Friday, May 25, 2012

Ideas that Betty C. just pulled out of nowhere

Anyone in this century who peruses a cookbook from the earlier days of yore can find humor in the little snippets and ideas portrayed in the recipes. 

My first victim is going to be this cookbook. A classic Betty Crocker. 

Betty Crocker's Cookbook, 1969. A staple in many kitchens.

An introduction of what we are getting ourselves into. I don't know what I would do if someone brought me a "brace of  pheasants". I don't have a pheasant recipe on hand. 

If I suggested presenting my party dip in a gay little bowl, I'd be tarred and feathered. 

Raise your hand if you have a shining apothecary bowl to fill with cereal snacks or red, red apples. Let's make a brandy snifter a tomato bowl. Abrim, of course. What type of snacks are easygoing? Who won't make tinfoil hat jokes about the foil lined, ribbon tied basket? 
Alright, Bets. Let's not insult my upbringing.A chicken every Sunday? Kids squabbling over the drumstick? Do kids even know chicken has bones? With the price of poultry these days, a chicken on every Sunday seems a bit impractical.
I'm just going to leave this alone. There are too many double meanings and too many variations of this phrase. 
What a not so good idea!! People like a choice. People like to choose their dressing. And there are double meanings to this too. 
This, sadly, is just the tip of the iceberg on cutesy little sayings in cookbooks. I don't know if it's supposed to encourage us or what. 

The mythical figure known as Betty Crocker let this slip past her. 

Next time, we are going back to the 1950s for quotes and double meanings and more 2012 interpretations of what most of our parents were up against. 

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