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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    I agree, cook from scratch.

    Several years ago when Reader's Digest used to have a recipe section, I noticed that in the US edition, the recipes were all, open a can of this, add a package of that. But in the Canadian edition they had real recipes!! Says something about us here in the US (a little lazy maybe?)
    Perhaps to lazy!

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    I have no problem cooking from scratch, or doing the dishes the old fashion way!

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    I don't have a dish washer... and I prefer to do the dishes myself... as for the cooking, I prefer real ingredients... There are a few things that, yeah, you need a can of... I love the BC book Mom has, just the baking recipes have issues.. at least for us they do... We have the red one that looks like a picnic blanket on the outside... love that thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alu_Rathbone
    So I joined the Betty Crocker website because I know the recipes are reliable. I've been using my Mom's cookbook (which was a gift to her in 1986, I think, when she married my Dad). and come to think of it, I think she said it was even older than twenty-five years old...

    Anyways, I went on the site to get a recipe that the book does not have (we have been meaning to replace it). So the recipe I made was great so I looked at the others on the site and many of the cake recipes include short cuts, like, using the cake mix for the cake part instead of making the cake from scratch.

    Call me old fashion, but if I'm looking for a cake recipe, I expect to find an actual recipe not a short cut with other ingredients.

    Thankfully they have an actual recipe for some of the base cake mixes.

    Does that bother anyone else?
    I believe this site is mostly to sell their pre packed products. Anyway, that is what I've figured out. I do use it though for quick recipes. But if you want "from scratch" you'll need to go to the cook book itself. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Quote Originally Posted by Alu_Rathbone
    So I joined the Betty Crocker website because I know the recipes are reliable. I've been using my Mom's cookbook (which was a gift to her in 1986, I think, when she married my Dad). and come to think of it, I think she said it was even older than twenty-five years old...

    Anyways, I went on the site to get a recipe that the book does not have (we have been meaning to replace it). So the recipe I made was great so I looked at the others on the site and many of the cake recipes include short cuts, like, using the cake mix for the cake part instead of making the cake from scratch.

    Call me old fashion, but if I'm looking for a cake recipe, I expect to find an actual recipe not a short cut with other ingredients.

    Thankfully they have an actual recipe for some of the base cake mixes.

    Does that bother anyone else?
    I believe this site is mostly to sell their pre packed products. Anyway, that is what I've figured out. I do use it though for quick recipes. But if you want "from scratch" you'll need to go to the cook book itself. :)
    The other recipes are not like this, just the baked goods... ah well... haha... the cook book it is then!

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    My BC cookbook is the ring binder edition that I got for my bridal shower in 1973....it is such a tattered mess from all of the use. No better cookbook exists in my mind.

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    Much to my dismay, I learned that the Betty Crocker coos books change over the years.

    I had a 1961 edition - and the cover fell apart - so I tossed it, thinking it would be no big deal to replace it. WRONG!

    If you have an edition that you love, hang on to it, even if it is falling apart.

    Copy the recipes you use and care about and put them in a recipe card box or a notebook if your book is coming apart.

    I, too, like to have a few recipes that start "from scratch."

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    I don't use cake mixes at all. I prefer making a cake from scratch.

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    Once Betty Crocker started making boxed cake mixes, their recipes started reflecting the use of them :roll: I have a Pillsbury cookbook from the 80's that has that tendency too :D:D:D

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    We wed in 1966 and my cook book collection starts in that era and goes forward with few exceptions. Yes, I have 3 BC, joys of cooking, Collection from Home Economic Classes, and more. Like quilt books I collected...one was never enough to get ideas from for something different. Now I just google the recipe and find it on the internet.

    While I worked full time and we raised our famly, I looked for semi-homemade or the easiest possible way to save on time preps. So little time then, and so much to do. In retirement, I can findly take the time to do it the old fashioned way: from scratch. Still its nice to have the collection of cook books to revisit for ideas from time to time. Yes, BC taught me about about cooking when I was first married. I no longer burned the boiling water. lol!!!

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