Circa 1976, this is a recipe file that was part of a Betty Crocker recipe club. How cool is that? I suppose these types of clubs could never survive in our current world where Instant Gratification rules. Who has time to wait for a shipment of recipes when she can go on-line?x
At any rate, this little treasure chest is in excellent condition and all of the recipes are accounted for.
The categories seem pretty random to me ( Split-Shift Specials, Your Kitchen Boutique, Cool Cooking etc), but there is a handy index that lists all of the recipes by title or main ingredient.
The intro to the Index reads as follows:
Here is the index for the complete set of Betty Crocker’s Step-by-Step Recipes. This handy, compact guide will fit right into your file box, and we suggest that you keep it there for ready reference.
The index was specially developed to help you get maximum use – and enjoyment – out of the hundreds of recipes and food preparation tips included in your recipe cards. Take a few moments right now to become familiar with the following pages. Discover how easy it is to locate the recipes that have already become part of your cooking repertoire. And because the index covers the entire collection of Betty Crocker’s Step-by-Step Recipes, you will also get a preview of the many recipes that will be coming to you in the months ahead.
We hope you will use the index often – to look for specific favorites, to garner ideas or just to do some armchair meal planning. And remember, the recipes have been thoroughly tested in the Betty Crocker Kitchens and in homes all across the country. If you follow the directions exactly, you can be sure of perfect results every time.
As I flip through recipes (like Applesauce Doughnuts, and carrot-pineapple cupcakes, and Quick Tuna Chowder...) I find myself envisioning some polyester wearing home-maker from 30-plus years ago-carefully reviewing each month's shipment before filing them in their correct category. In my mind she's drinking a TAB, and listening to the Bee Gees as she plans her grocery shopping list...
Don't you just love 70's Orange?
And old recipes?
And Betty Crocker?
And the Bee Gees?
And the idea of Tuna Soup? (probably won't ever try that one, but the idea intrigues me)
Well, in case you haven't figured it out yet... I love all of those things and can hardly wait to dig in to this beauty to see what wonderful dishes she holds for my little family.