Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

Betty Crocker’s a Fake!

December 8, 2011

So the holidays are officially upon us. For me, that always means it’s time to whip out that old, huge, red Betty Crocker cookbook. It looks a little something like this:

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Courtesy: PaperBack Swap

For some reason this year, a question popped into my head: Who was Betty Crocker? I wanted to find out about the woman behind the book.

Hey guess what. SHE’S NOT REAL! I know, right?!

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Betty’s “image” has changed many times over the years. Courtesy: MPR

So, do you want to know how Crocker came to be? Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has the scoop:

“The Washburn Crosby Company of Minneapolis, one of the six big milling companies that merged into General Mills in 1928, received thousands of requests each year in the late 1910s and early 1920s for answers to baking questions.”

So here’s the deal–She was made up to respond to people who wrote the company. “Betty” was considered a friendly, warm first name, and Crocker comes from a retired company exec.

Voila!

But what about her signature? 

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Image Courtesy: Book Marc’s

You see it on everything! Betty’s signature was made by a secretary at the company. Apparently, she entered a contest among other female employees… Can you imagine that? What would that flyer look like?

ENTER TODAY! Calling all female General Mills employees–we need your penmanship! Enter by writing the name of an imaginary character who will become the face of our company!”

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Image Courtesy: Cosplay (Warning: This webpage contains vulgar language)

Uh….yeah.

Didn’t she have a radio show?

Yes, she did! This fake Betty Crocker even had her own radio show that was on the air for nearly THIRTY years. That’s a long time for a fake lady! 

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Image Courtesy: The History Chicks

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Betty Crocker, and will still buy her cookbooks for many moons to come. I just found it interesting how successful Betty Crocker products became–even without a real person!

Hey, want to know who is a real person?! Sara Lee!  

Happy holidays to all–here’s a proper ending. Watch this 1950s Betty Crocker commercial…it’s perfect for your bridge club! 😉

Signing off!

~Christine

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Image Courtesy: Old Recipe Book

Goddess Diet on a Dime – Results!

January 26, 2010

Christine’s Post: Long time no update, but with Mom training for a new job and with me starting school again, things are hectic! We have been successful so far on our diet – we hope you have, too! I cooked dinner with my friend Brady about a week ago and am very proud of myself. We made Spinach and Artichoke dip and Cheese ravioli. I got the recipes from Anybody Can Cook, a cookbook by Better Homes & Gardens. The dip was only 58 calories for every 2 tbs. – pair with Baked Scoops and you’re set!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:

3/4 cup finely chopped onion (I did not use this)

2 cloves garlic, minced (I also did not use this – I hate garlic)

1 tablespoon butter

2  8-oz. packaged reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesean cheese (I used shredded)

1/4 cup milk (I used skim)

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

1/4 cup light dairy sour cream

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

3 cups chopped fresh spinach leaves (I used Popeye canned spinach – not dry)

1 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

Sea salt bagel chips, Baked! Scoops, No fat sour cream & onion pringles, just whatever you want to use to dip!

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a 10-inch skillet cook onion and garlic in hot butter over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until tender, stirring occassionally. Set aside to cool. I skipped this step because I didn’t use any of these ingredients.

2. In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, Parmesean cheese, milk, mayo, sour cream and pepper. Stir in spinach, artichoke hearts and the onion mixture. Spread cheese mixture in the bottom of a 10-inch deep-dish plate.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until heated and top begins to brown. Serve with bagel chips, etc. Makes about 40 (2-tbs) servings!

It was absolutely delicious! I brought this over to my friend’s house once and her mom loved it so much I became known as “that girl who makes the really good spinach dip”. 🙂

Signing off,

~The Future Goddesses

Future Goddess’ on a Diet…on a dime!

January 6, 2010

Lisa’s Post: Hello!  My darling daughter pointed out to me that I have been quite the slacker when it comes to posting.  I did lose 5 lbs this week and Christine lost 3 lbs.  Yipee!  How have you been doing?  So far, sticking to 1500 calories per week, trying to eat foods high in dietary fiber, drinking lots of H2O, and thinking about exercise 🙂 has done wonders to chase the butt fairy away.  She kept blessing me weekly with more butt.

Actually, I do take the steps at work, chase 22 cats, 3 dogs, and stay pretty much in motion all day.  So, if I actually used my treadmill to work out instead of just to hang delicates, I may end up ahead of schedule on the road to Goddessdom.

Tonight, it was broiled boneless, skinless chicken breast for dinner which goes great with steamed frozen vegetables.  My favorite snack that actually makes me feel full (unlike carbs) are hard boiled eggs (80 calories each). 

Yesterday, I made Salmon patties (my own recipe) which I just must give a 10/10 score.  I am not bias!  I also have the most beautiful children and the cutest papillion in the universe. hehe. 

Natasha is 10 years and 20 lbs heavier herself!

Anyway, they are about 120 calories each.  For my top secret recipe (insert drum roll) just look below…

Ingredients:

One can of salmon

2 slices bread

salt and pepper to desired taste

Sprinkle Old Bay Seasoning to taste (about 3 shakes)

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and save the other half to squeeze over cooked patties

One egg

The ingredients are pretty meager, but it tastes oh so delicious!

Directions:

Mix all ingredients, make into patties about half the size of a hamburger,  and fry in corn oil. Test the oil with a small pinch of  bread to make sure that the bread sizzles before putting patties in oil.

Turn the patties when the edges are brown and crusty and cook both sides until golden brown.

Flip the salmon when it is brown on the undersides...

Enjoy with a salad.  I like to crumble the Salmon patties over my salad and use Miracle Whip as my dressing but to each his own.

Thanks! Now Christine can’t say, “Mom, it is our blog and I am the only one blogging” She forgets that I was cooking and cleaning. I pretty much think that was above and beyond the call of duty but, alas, a woman’s work is never done.

See you next week when we are all 5 lbs thinner . We win again butt fairy!

The Future Goddesses,

-Lisa and Christine

Goddess Diet on a Dime – Day 2!

December 28, 2009

Post by Christine: So today we tried out a new, lowfat recipe! I gave it a 7.5/10 and Mom gave it the same score. The recipe was for a Greek Salad…here it is if you want to try it out! We left out onion (for Mom) and garlic (for me). It was a Jenny Craig recipe…I think the oregano dressing is what I didn’t like the most.

by Jenny Craig

I understand the font may be a litte small, so let me type out the recipe for you here:

Jenny Craig Greek Salad141 calories/serving – Makes four servings

Ingredients:

1/2 head romaine lettuce

2 cups chopped tomatoes

1 small cucumber, thinly sliced

1 small onion, thinly sliced (we left this out)

1 small green bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1/4-inch strips (we used a red bell pepper, Mom thinks they’re sweeter)

4 oz. reduced fat free feta cheese, crumbled (best part!)

2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 tbsp. water

1 large garlic clove, finely minced or pressed (left this out…I hate garlic)

1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed (I would actually put less in, it was pretty strong)

1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onion and green pepper. Top with cheese.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, water, garlic, oregano and black pepper. Pour over salad and gently toss. Yields four servings.

That’s it! The most time consuming part was cutting the red pepper… haha.

Handy Websites: Thanks to RadioCindy for sharing this! She recommended The Daily Plate, a nifty website that gives you tons of recipes and even has a calculator that factors in your weight and how much you want to lose! Definitely worth a look – thanks, Cindy! She also recommends adding 24g/fiber a day.

Want to know the big deal about fiber? This isn’t going to be censored… dieting people love fiber because it makes you go to the bathroom. And not just #1… it makes you poop, folks! That aids in weight loss and gives you some more reading time!

Our Calorie Total for Yesterday:

Christine: 940/1500

Lisa: 1500/1500

Some lifesavers were a Vegetarian Chili I made…it was so delicious! I got the recipe from my pastor at Wilkes Boulevard UMC. Interested? Post some comments!

For that chocolate craving:

We really need to look for some low fat dessert recipes because the Weight Watchers just aren’t cutting it! They are delicious, don’t get me wrong…but oh, so, small! My personal favorite is Weight Watcher’s Ice Cream Candy Bar…it’s like an ice cream snickers, but better because it is low fat and won’t go straight to your tush! It’s 150 calories.

Hope to hear from you soon! Post your lowfat recipes for us to try here! We will rate it and share it!

Thanks for reading!

~Lisa and Christine

The Goddess Diet on a Dime: 30 pounds in 90 days…Day 1

December 26, 2009

Well, now that Old Saint Nick has come by with his milk and cookies (Lisa: and blessed my butt with five more pounds), it’s about that time  we start what my mother (Lisa) and I call: The Goddess Diet <insert heroic music here>.

Here’s what we’re gonna do: Lose 30 pounds in 90 days.

Here’s how we’re gonna do it:

1. Calorie Journal – we will limit ourselves to 1500 calories/day (with the help of a FREE calorie counting website)

2. Drink six glasses of water a day.

3. Exercise 5/days a week… this one will be interesting because I just had knee surgery. Day 1: Chair Aerobics <—click here for the exact video we did!

4. Look for and share low calorie (and delicious!) recipes…no crappy ones allowed. This is where you will help!

We would appreciate your feedback, support and recipes! We will try them out and let you know! I am a vegetarian, Mom isn’t…but feel free to post any recipes and one of us will try it!

When we try a delicious new recipe, we will post it here! Instead of putting our actual weight, we will post our weight lost weekly, and fill you in with some of those recipes…and have the calories counted out for you (aren’t we swell?).

We will see you at the end of the week – we look forward to your comments!

–Lisa and Christine – Day One