Friday, August 14, 2009

The Gift of Thrift: Snack Time

When a box from Independence, Mo., arrives, you can bet that the contents will be intriguing. In the past, my mom and dad have sent through the mail things like Rice Krispie Treats and a vintage bean pot, as well as forgotten phone chargers and computer cables. Now I was forewarned of this arriving package that contained a sampling of an estate sale Mom and Dad recently attended, and just look what was inside.

A gorgeous Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book!

Printed in 1950, the recipes eschew butter in most instances, and lean toward "salad oil" or shortening. Some of the cooking tips are quite rib-tickling. Worried about how to increase the size of a dish ? "Use exactly twice the amount of each ingredient." Making a smaller portion? You guessed it! "Use exactly one-half the amount of each ingredient." I also adore the Dutch floral motif printed on the cover of the cookbook so much that I'm going to try to incorporate it into a re-do of my hideously ugly kitchen. (More on that later!)

Then there is the box labeled "Small Fork." Yes, in quotation marks. My dad specifically picked these pastel-hued, Japan-made, mini-forks. I imagine these cute forks are from the 1960s and are perfect for spearing an hors d'oeuvre, such as one listed in my new, old cookbook. Take a stab at a cucumber-anchovy canapé or chili-sardine snack.

And I've got the perfect recipe!

For more entertaining ideas, pick up The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon orPowell's.

The Elegant Thrifter

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!


  1. I love to see home re-do's! Those "small fork" are so cute, maybe you can even use them on "shrimps"....hahahahaa! (I liked Art class better than English, can you tell? :+)

  2. Oh I love that cookbook. I use to have it and gave it to my daughter. I think she uses it all the time still. Love the little forks too. So cute. Hugs, Marty

  3. This is my favorite cookbook--I have my grandmother's and treasure it dearly! I love the illustrations!



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