What Betty says must be word! Doublespeak and chrysanthemums. Salt shakers and silver. Candles and gravy bowls. Perfect table settings and creepy centerpieces.
Now we go into the New Dinner for Two. I've made this cooking for two a topic when I first started this blog. The book used came from Better Homes and Gardens. It was simple. Betty is the queen of overdoing things a bit. This doesn't look like date food. It looks like empty nest meals. Good luck trying to impress a date with this!
|Betty Crocker's New Dinner for Two, 1964. Believe it or not, there were several more editions of this book. One is sufficient for me though.|
|Dammit. Now I know what my big problem is in the kitchen. I have been guilty of putting round or long shaped pieces of food on a plate. I don't fill the gaps with parsley. Unless you are a guinea pig, parsley is not equally good to eat by itself.|
|Good milk comes from happy cows. Excellent beef comes from cows that can juggle.|
|This slab of meat is so important one could almost miss the tiny perfection salad in the background or the chrysanthemums in the foreground.|
|Unidentifiable stroganoff, chrysanthemums, orange segments with cockroaches crawling on them. That will impress anybody. The yum factor is undetectable.|
|In a perfect world, everybody gets a ham loaf.|
|Right. That's why Hindu gods and goddesses have multiple arms. To hold all of the food. Stupid, Betty. Very stupid.|
|Hours were spent preparing a special lobster meal for her husband. Her heart sank as she stared at the "An Anniversary Wish" card and red chrysanthemums (I still can't spell that right). This is what her life had become.|
|If you need to rehash a Mother Goose nursery rhyme then you have far bigger issues than planning, marketing, and cooking to fit a busy schedule.|
|I'm pretty sure a meatloaf with flair on my prettiest platter is a good sign I'm being thrifty. A few pinches of chopped parsley in a dressing is also not a good blueprint of my financial status.|
|You can arrange hot dogs in a circle all you want but it's still just hot dogs in a circle. I'm not a financial expert, but doesn't parsley get expensive? Especially since it's not going to be eaten.|
|No matter how much time and effort go into being thrifty or cooking for two, three pimento olive slices can make a meal look cheap and like it stinks up your house for three days.|
|No matter how many times I see this in a cookbook, it still does not look appetizing. If this is served and there are leftovers, do people fight over the leftovers? What kind "planned overs" can this make?|
I didn't get anything significant out of this book about cooking for two. But it was still entertaining!
Until next time!