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    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?

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    I'm the same. I don't think that it is any quicker using a bought cake mix and takes away half the fun. After all a cake mix is just a lot of preweighed dry ingredients. Any good recipe supplies this and is certainly a lot cheaper.

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    That's exactly my point!

    Granted I had to run to the grocery to get eggs and a few other things... but it was due to being out... I love baking things from scratch. Somethings are just not the same unless done from scratch.

    My cheesecake being one of them.

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    The Betty Crocker 1st edition is still the best for the basics. I learned from my Mom's and the book was so well used that it was almost falling apart. I finally found a replacement after many years of looking that was somewhat better in shape than mine that I now use.

    I'm like you. Instant foods don't need recipes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hen3rietta
    The Betty Crocker 1st edition is still the best for the basics. I learned from my Mom's and the book was so well used that it was almost falling apart. I finally found a replacement after many years of looking that was somewhat better in shape than mine that I now use.

    I'm like you. Instant foods don't need recipes.
    The book we have is dilapidated not to mention missing a few recipes because a two year old who I won't name, me, decided to rip them out...

    We want to update the book due to some of the recipes never coming out...

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    I've got the BC book, and also the Better Homes book --- both great for basics. Have you ever trolled through the Food Network website for recipes? They don't just have the ones that are shown on-air. You can search by chef, show, ingredient, course, etc. You can print, or save to your recipe box. The recipes are rated by people who made them on degree of difficulty, taste, etc. And, it's a free site. I use it a lot for Paula Deen dishes --- you gotta love her all-butter style!

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    I've tried a few recipes from there... but never used it full time, I'll be sure to check it out, thanks!

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    Funny thing but when I left home and started teaching, Mom said what did I want for my b'day (Aug'72) said a cookbook, Betty Crocker, the red one. Still tattered with the spine off but is the BEST cookbook. Updated versions are not an improvement, except for more photos! So glad there are more people out there like me! Real Cooks!!

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    My BC cookbook was a wedding gift to us in 1975! I have used the pudding out of it! So for Christmas last year I gave my dil and soon to be dil a BC book. They both loved it and use it! Great book.
    Of course, the print & the book is much smaller these days. That is what bugs me the most, everything is cheaper made but cost us more. Pay more to get less.

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    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?)

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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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    I have been getting the Betty Crocker e-mails for a few years, and I'm not sure why because I usually delete them. The recipes almost always require some convenience product that I just do not buy. I guess they serve as a reminder that I do need to be thinking about cooking sooner or later.

    I have my mom's Betty Crocker Cookbook from the early 1950's, and it was nothing like the website recipes. For basic, reliable recipes I use a more recent Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. It's much more health conscious than the earlier ones of any sort. However, these days I'm much more likely to look for any recipe I want online, especially at allrecipes.com which has user ratings. But be careful because usually if a recipe is very, very popular it will be loaded with sugar and fat. It's just human nature, I guess.

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    If you want to take your cooking up a notch, check out Cook's Illustrated magazine and Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks (some are available at Costco).

    Cook's Illustrated runs a test kitchen where they literally develop and test recipes dozens of times to find the perfect/foolproof recipe. Cooking/baking is nothing less than CHEMISTRY, so a different amount of an ingredient or a different ingredient altogether really can make a difference. For example, they will tell you why in a given recipe butter works better than margarine, or why changing the temperature will give you better results.

    Their recipes are not for the busy Mom that gets home from work at 6:00 and needs dinner on the table by 6:30.

    But if you have some time, or on a weekend you have the time to prepare a special meal, you can't go wrong with their recipes.

    At the risk of being immodest, I will say that my cooking skills have improved dramatically, and the gourmet meals I prepare rival some very fine restaurants I have visited. The thing is though....it isn't ROCKET SCIENCE...with a little time and experience anyone can do this, and do it well.

    Here is a cardinal rule: Do not substitute canned for fresh, or dried spices for fresh herbs. If you make an effort to use only fresh ingredients, I guarantee you will taste a difference.

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    All this cookbook talk has made me remember a pretty neat internet site. It's called Supercook; the link is http://www.supercook.com/index.asp. The neat part about it is it will find recipes for the ingredients you already have on hand. Just enter in one (or more), and it will find a match for you. It's fun to see what they come up with. and, some of the recipes are actually good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammawants2bthin
    I want to make it from scratch........My Fav cookbook is the one with the pie for the cover and different food are in each piece. Mine is from 1972. I wanted to get 1 for my DD and on ebay they sell for a small fortune.

    some of the best recipes in it are
    watermelon pickles
    Bonnie Butter Cake
    Seven Minute Frosting
    that is just a few.
    google betty crocker cookbook 1969 and several sites - including Amazon - come up for places to purchase -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alu_Rathbone
    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.

    Does that bother anyone else?
    YEP! :roll:

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