Spaghetti Pie, Defending Betty Crocker — 13 Comments

  1. Loved it! I have a Betty Crocker Cookbook (a more updated one) but all the recipes are made from scratch with veggie dishes, instructions and even options for lightening up each dish. I use many of them as a base for many of my recipes – they’re great, basic, well explained recipes that you can easily modify with a little imagination. It and the the Joy of Cooking are my two most used cookbooks.

  2. I think I actually remember this Spaghetti Pie recipe!!!! My biggest thrill was getting a tour of the Betty Crocker kitchens way back when….. In high school I also received the Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year award and still have that cutesy pin of a fireplace hearth on a pin that is heart shaped. sigh….. Betty Crocker still rules in this house!! Susan

  3. Convenience foods brought many housewives into the kitchen who would otherwise not have enjoyed cooking because of the time involved. They have their place even today. As for the spaghetti pie, I am loving it.

  4. Betty Crocker still is one of my favorite cookbooks. You can tell just by looking at it…the cookbook looks like it’s been a battle or two.

  5. So many of us grew up with Betty Crocker . . . not just her recipes, but learning how to actually cook and bake using her recipes. The flip side, to me, is the over-indulgence of ingredients today–many just bizarre and unobtainable unless you live in a major city. P.S. I LOVE Campbell’s Mushroom Soup–sometimes I eat it right out of the can . . .hahahaha!

  6. When I was growing up and read American magazines ! always saw Betty Crocker products advertised and so yearned for them to be on the shelves here in Australia. She seemed to be such an icon. I cook from scratch but am not averse to buying the odd one or two of her cakes mixes a year . She introduced me to brownies a very, very long time ago !!

  7. It’s easy to be critical of something mainstream. I have three Betty Crocker cookbooks, from three different decades, and I turn to one or the other of them when I want the proportions for some “comfort food” meal, or just new ideas for chicken or ground beef, using the oddball array of what’s in my refrigerator the day before a trip to the grocery. Yes, some of the recipes do use a prepared product, but most are from scratch, and reliable. I have yet to have any of the cakes or cookies not be good–and baking isn’t my thing.
    Also, we do need to remember that the cookbook is from the same company that sells cake mixes, etc., so it’s no surprise that prepared foods slip in.
    It may be that the cards were designed for the non-cook–simple recipes that “anyone” could make, or just plain ideas for the less inspired cooking nights. I think about the day I saw one of those “news” promos for “5 quick meals to make your week easier” and printed off a “chuck wagon chili mac” recipe that uses mostly prepared items–it’s just thing some nights–meat from the freezer, everything else from the pantry. Also something my kids can cook while I do another task or errand. We eat that, but wouldn’t dream of eating boxed mac and cheese by itself.

  8. Sorry, I don’t know who Betty Crocker is… but I’m loving your spaghetti pie. And I agree so with the first sentence 😀

  9. My husband’s Mother lived by that creed also. So far I haven’t been able to live up to her example, but I try. And he reminds me all of the time. Betty Crocker was my first cookbook as a bride and I still like her recipe for snickerdoodle cookies. Cooking trends come and go but the key is to be in the kitchen cooking instead of ordering out all of the time; except maybe for Thai food.

  10. I’m sure the next generation will be turning up their noses at our style of cooking, too. That’s what evolution is all about. I’m okay with that – à chacun son gout, n’est-ce pas?

  11. Loved reading this! Betty Crocker was a big part of the food of my childhood! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  12. Melissa, I agree with you – even my old version is good…. and so what if there is the occasional reference to Bisquick LOL
    Susan, ah yes, the Future Homemakers of America…. Congrats ;-)) My cook book is so ratty it’s held together with tape.
    Val, I remember getting frozen chicken pot pies as a treat…. (We lived in a very small town, took awhile for that new stuff to get there)
    Meredith, as does mine. The section on ‘Cooking for a Crowd has been invaluable for entertaining – made the baked beans for our first French village picnic (they were tasted very cautiously)
    Gary, I always substituted the Cream of Chicken or Cream of Celery. Something about those mushrooms…..
    manningroad, I wish I could buy her cake mixes…. and Blueberry Muffin mix LOL
    Klmchi, easy ti prepare foods and convenience foods have a place…. and helping kids learn to cook using them is a great idea. Too many ‘foodies’ are food snobs… I even like a Big Mac now and then (oops, did I just admit that?)
    Nuria, she’s a fake spokesperson / cookbook author and food icon in the US. She was never real and has been around for 60 or 70 years as the perfect housewife ;-))
    Penny, wow – I forgot…. I have a Betty Crocker Cookie Book…. nothing but cookies. I love it!
    Zoomie, I don’t mind the change…. that’s is good. I do mind when people don’t take the time to learn the history, though.
    Jayne, Betty was a big part of mine, too…