Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gettin' Jiggy with Betty

Betty Crocker's Party Book (c)'60 is your go-to for the green this St. Pat's Day. Of course, their illustrator had other, livelier, lilac shades of shamrocks on the brain. Retro rebel that he was.
Nevermind the blatant lack of green, Betty has quite the laundry list of jig-inducing ideas, especially for St. Patrick's Day. She suggests her loyal readers spark their meals with Irish green.

How, you ask? Here are her erin go bright ideas:

  • Green pineapple rings for salads or broiled with meat.
  • Greens in abundance, especially parsley and watercress.
  • Guacamole dip for chips or as a spread for bread.
  • Green ices and ice creams - such as pistachio, lime and mint.
  • Green frostings for cakes and cookies; green cream cheese frosting for a sandwich loaf. For delicate tints, add food coloring with a light hand.
  • Shamrock shapes for cookies, biscuits, etc. are easy with a "club" cutter. [think bridge, ladies & gents]
  • Green shamrock candies [where in the hell would you find these?] to garnish individual fruit cocktails, butter, frosting, or cookies.
...and there's always green beer, because I'm that kind of girl. I wonder if Betty was.


  1. Nice addition to the cookbook collection ... Who were Betty's illustrators anyway ... where are the originals?

  2. I definitely think she would have sipped a green beer. Or her name's not Betty Crocker!