Thursday, April 25, 2013

An inspired post.

I am killing time this morning until it's time to leave for some errands.  So, instead of making good use of my time, I am blog hopping.  (I visit my favorite blogs and check out the blogs they list as their favorites.)  I came across this post that inspired me to head to the basement and find my camera and take a few pictures of this book......

My well worn copy of Betty Crocker's Cookbook. 

Kelli writes about finding an old edition of this cookbook.  Somehow, from the picture, I doubt it's as well loved as mine.  She remembers her mother using this book and comments about what a good cook her mother is. 

Look at the binding of mine! 

The pages with the most spots and bends are a hint as to which pages I use the most.  This page has the recipe for apple crisp. 

I got my edition as a wedding present along with a cute apron.  Inside the front cover it says that it's the 3rd printing and published in 1987.  Not exactly a vintage book, but boy is it useful. 

Unlike Kelli, my mother was not a good cook.  I didn't learn much of anything about cooking while growing up so I needed a book with the basics.  Despite my love of cookbooks and the small collection I've managed to build over the years, Betty Crocker still comes out every Thanksgiving for tips on cooking a turkey. It has my favorite mac and cheese recipe and all the basic pie recipes you'll ever need. 

I'd say my second favorite cookbook is anything by Gooseberry Patch.  There are some great recipes in those books.  Hint...the little mini versions are often free or only $.99 on Amazon for download onto your Kindle or ipad with Kindle app. 

I'd love to hear about your 'go to' cookbook.  What do you like about it and what are your favorite recipes? 

Happy stitching (and cooking)! 


  1. I have that cookbook, too, only mine is a 3 ring binder style. It was a wedding gift way back in 1981. It is well used and falling apart! I did win another BC cookbook, but it's just not quite the same. Some of my most favorite recipes came out of the old one, which I still have, of course! I refuse to get rid of it! :-)

  2. I have that cookbook too, only mine is a paperback. I got mine as a shower gift when I got married in 1979. I use it all the time and it is well worn. It no longer has the cover and the first few pages are missing. I like the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks also.
    Happy Stitching and Cooking

  3. Funny, but I have this cookbook, too (although the earlier first edition since I'm just a "bit" older than you!)... I also got mine for my wedding (probably a shower gift) and I still use it. The pot roast recipe is our favorite :)

    I don't use cookbooks as much as I once did due to All-Recipes, but I know I'll always hang on to the good old BC Cookbook!