Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Retro Wedding

Betty's wedding day was perfect from her tea length dress to the handsome man she was marrying. Now she is here to help you pull off a classic mid-century wedding. Set the tone for your big day with vintage stationary designs like this set from Studio April. Milk glass vases and planters make dainty center pieces whether you are planning a formal or rustic affair. Since everyone knows love is sweet make sure your desserts reflect your retro romance, just like this three-tiered cake from Susie Cakes. With all of these lovely vintage pieces you won't have to worry about finding something old or new; all you need is something blue.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Betty goes green for St. Patrick's Day. She dresses the part and spends her day making special treats for her family. In the evening her husband is served Irish coffee and everyone enjoys some Irish Soda Bread. Follow her recipe below and everyone will want to kiss you, whether you are Irish or not.

So Quick With New Bisquick: 1967
Irish Soda Bread

The pride of Ireland made an easy modern way. A caraway and raisin adaptation. Inexpensive, quick and good.
1 cup New Bisquick
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp. caraway seed
1/3 cup milk
Hear oven to 450 degrees. Grease 8-inch pie pan. In small bowl stir together Bisquick, raisins, caraway seed and milk. Spread dough in prepared pan. Bake about 12 minutes or until top is golden. Cut into wedges. Serve hot with butter. 4 to 6 servings.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In Season

By March Betty is ready for spring. The days are getting longer, the weather is warmer, but, most importantly, it is avocado season! After a dull winter Betty can finally indulge in her favorite fruit. And this year she doesn't even have to head to her local supermarket before making her famous guacamole. With a little help from "The Avocado Pit Grower's Indoor How-to Book" Betty has grown her very own tree! Filled with modern two tone illustrations and simple instructions, this book is beautifully designed and easy to follow. Tonight Betty is making a crabmeat salad served on avocado halfs for dinner. What are you having?

Find this book and lots of other retro items at Betty's Kitschen.

Betty Crocker's New Dinner for Two Cook Book, 1964
Combine 1 avocado, pitted; 1 small onion, minced; 1 1/2 tsp. vinegar; salt and pepper to taste; and chopped green chili pepper to taste. Beat until smooth on medium mixer speed. Finely chop 1/2 peeled ripe tomato; fold into mixture. Serve Guacamole as a dip with corn chips.

Crabmeat Salad
1/2 cup flaked cooked crabmeat
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. finely minced onion
salt and paprika to taste
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup lettuce hearts in small pieces
1 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 avocado halves
Mix all ingredients except mayonnaise and avocado. Chill thoroughly. Just before serving, drain and toss together with mayonnaise to moisten. Server on avocado half. 2 servings.