Recently, I stumbled upon a complete set on ebay. Wanting to reminisce, I bought them. I didn't get the burnt orange box, but a mustard yellow one. One daughter was grossed out, the other told me to stop showing her nasty food pictures, and my son didn't like the clown foods or creepy cakes. I hope I didn't scare them into blogging about food one day.
I couldn't be satisfied. No, of course not. I'm sensing there was a recipe card war going on and found the McCall's 1973 Great American Recipe Card Collection on ebay. Of course I bought it!
Not surprising, the recipes are similar. I had hundreds and I narrowed it down to these. I tried not to scan the more popular ones. If you google "1970s Betty Crocker recipe cards", there are about 20 that show up the most. I'll knock those out first.
|Who wouldn't run the other way if these quivering masses were put in front of them? Beneath the white blob of sour cream lurks a confused mess of cucumbers and celery. Both wonder why they are immersed in lime jello.|
|When I used to go through my mother's cards this was the one that disgusted me the most. I just wasn't paying attention. Hindsight is 20/20. Would I cook this? Not a chance in Hades.|
|We have a four way going on of creamy crap canned soup and fake seafood for the "ladies" because that's what the ladies want. McCall and Betty missed the point here.|
|Stroganoff four ways! None of which looks appetizing at all. Is that a slug crawling over the peach on the Hamburger Stroganoff? Creepy.|
|This grilled turd meal is certain to be a memorable summer meal. Where's the trout?|
|Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double beat loaf, I hate meatloaf (A Christmas Story). These show me four gross ways to prepare it. Even the ham and cheese loaf with catsup (not ketchup) smeared on it is forbidden food. Betty and McCall, you both FAIL.|
|This is certainly green. Perhaps hearty. Perhaps soup. Perhaps edible but I'm not taking my chances. It looks like the vomit of someone with gall bladder issues. Nobody wants to eat bile green soup!|
|A gazpacho salad mold. Great. We know gazpacho is a cold soup. Why it needs to be put in a mold of shame I don't know. Were the avocados what gave it the pacific coast flair?|
|Molded Shrimp Salad. I feel 10 pounds lighter just reading the recipe. Gelatin, yogurt, mayonnaise, shrimp and spice. I'd eat the lettuce but that shrimp mold has probably been sweating all over it.|
|Yes this is exactly what I would waste my time for in preparing something for my husband. Lettuce an sliced tomatoes. Maybe some vinegar. Forget that! If he wants that, he can make it! I think it looks easy enough.|
|If I had my omelet made to order, I would be a simpleton and not request red caviar and an entire carton of sour cream. There's an easy route somewhere.|
|There is nothing disgusting or weird about these recipe cards except for there are weird toys watching over everything. I can't blame Betty for this one. The onus is on McCall. I need to move on to something else because they are staring at me.|
|Chicken breasts baked in a sauce of sour cream and mayonnaise. I'm very sure that I have zero desire to eat this.|
|I think they are trying too hard for bright and colorful. I've never seen such bright pimento stuffed olives. If you are going to doctor a picture of food, it's good to keep the food in the same hue.|
|All must be right in Betty's world because the flag is not upside down. I do admire the Old Style in the background. That as the beer of choice in Indiana. Yawn, another vessel for a green pepper.|
|Tongue in Aspic. Did I look at that right? Just because the word is "Memorable" does not mean it's a good memory. Eating tongue in aspic might not be a good memory.|
|It always starts out normal. Lemon jello. Okay. Lime jello. Okay. Molded into a salad. Sure. Add some strawberries and cantaloupe? Creative. 2 cups of creamed cottage cheese as opposed to curdled chunks of whiteness? Dealbreaker.|
|The sad thing is this glazed ham loaf in ring looks normal. It's not. There's plenty of catsup (not ketchup) and other things that make you go gag. That parsley looks tempting and copious. My guinea pigs would be happy to snap into it.|
If for whatever reason anyone who reads this wants these recipes, just leave a comment. I'll be more than happy to oblige.
Until next time!!!