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Happy Birthday to Old Dad

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

When I was growing up I often saw my mom consult the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book. Naturally when I started cooking for myself in the '60's I bought myself one of those books with the red gingham cover. In 1996 I saw that BHG had added nutritional info to the book, so I bought a new one, and was surprised to see so many different recipes and changes to old standards.

When hubby asked for a pineapple upside-down cake for his birthday, I got out both books. I've found that sometimes the old one has a better healthier looking recipe, while often the newer book is the winner. This time the old version had shortening (like Crisco) in the recipe, while the new one used real butter. Now, I am no way saying that my cake was health food. (Left to my own devices it would have been whole wheat with extra wheat germ, but it was HIS birthday and I knew he wouldn't go for that. Even that would be too much fat and sugar for everyday eating!) I do think I created a cake with fewer additives than a store-bought one and that the butter was a better choice than Crisco.

For me, it was about a quarter serving of cake with extra fresh pineapple. Delicious. The grandkids wanted extra cherries, so at least I got rid of the rest of the jar.

Here's hubby celebrating his 73rd:

Our daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids came to enjoy and sing Happy Birthday to Old Dad! So it was good cake and a good time!!
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    emoticon Glad it was such a nice day!
    1203 days ago
    Happy birthday to both you and Gary!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1203 days ago
    I remember those pineapple upside-down caked with maraschino cherries from the 50s with great fondness. My mum often prepared one (with Crisco of course: butter has to be way better!)

    Thanks for the soup goodie -- my alternative to replenishing the pot turned out to be an unplanned holiday!!
    1204 days ago
  • _LINDA
    emoticon to Old Dad! emoticon photo -looking dashing!
    1204 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Happy Birthday to your DH.

    The cake looks yummy-pineapple upside down is my DH's favorite too!
    1204 days ago
    Happy birthday to your husband. My husband would really like his cake (he doesn't like me to use whole wheat flour or other 'improvements' either).

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    1204 days ago
    Cake looks LOVELY, as does the smile on your DH's face! Happy Birthday to him!
    1204 days ago
    1204 days ago
    Great choice for a birthday cake! Happy Birthday to DH! I too would have prefered the butter recipe but it surprises me it was in the newer book. I have both books and often still prefer the old one and find the recipes healthier too.
    1204 days ago
    Ah, that cook book brings back memories. I met DH while we were both in graduate school. He lived by himself, very frugally, which meant he didn't eat out. One day he complained about how boring his meals were since he didn't know how to cook very many things. I think he was hoping that I would volunteer to cook. But I told him that I would share women's secret with him. And bought him that cook book (we still have it.)

    For our next date he cooked dinner. I remember that one of the things he chose was glazed carrots. The meal was excellent and I knew that I had a keeper.
    We have shared cooking duties ever since. He's quite a good cook.

    Happy birthday to your DH. You must almost share the same birthday.
    1204 days ago
    It has been ages since I had a real pinapple upside down cake.
    1204 days ago
    Great picture of a handsome guy! How wonderful to have grandkids close by, too. Best wishes to him for a wonderful year. emoticon emoticon
    1204 days ago
    What a cute story - funny how the same recipe book can update and make it unhealthier for you. Thanks for sharing!
    1204 days ago
    The cake looks delicious! I only have a newer version of Betty Crocker, but I refer to it and the Fanny Farmer Cookbook often, then make my own modifications.
    1204 days ago
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    1204 days ago
    Too funny....I still have that book on my bookshelf. I used to use that all the time!!!
    But sometimes we just have to go back to those roots for a special treat.
    He sure looked happy with his treat. Oh and I used that recipe many times and used Crisco many times. My favorite Christmas cookies were made from Crisco..."fat in a can". The Mexican folks down her use plenty of lard in their cooking...Yuck!
    Thanks for sharing Marsha and have a great day.
    1204 days ago
    Wonderful! I have a 1972 Betty Crocker cookbook that I got new when we got engaged. The cover has been duct taped back on multiple times. Around 1990 I was gifted a newer version. Like you, I often refer back to the old one.

    The cake looks scrumptious and not one that would leave a lot of tempting leftovers when shared with family.

    1204 days ago
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