When was the last time you dug out a cookbook? Maybe you brushed off the dust for Thanksgiving or Christmas, so you could cook or bake old-time family favorites.
But, most of the time, you just turn to your smartphone or tablet if you need help cooking. There are countless recipes online, with step-by-step directions that make it difficult to mess up a meal.
A great source for recipes is the same one that home cooks have been turning to since 1950, when "Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book" was published (now in its 11th edition). Since then, "Betty Crocker," created in 1921 by the Washburn Crosby Co., has become synonymous with easy-to-follow recipes that are heavy on comfort and light on nutrition.
Classic Betty Crocker recipes include three-cheese party wheel, beef stroganoff, and party waffles royale. But the new Betty has recipes that reflect modern tastes. That includes lower-calorie, lower-fat options like the crescent veggie pizza (photo above). Betty Crocker is also on your smartphone and tablet, with 15,000 free recipes.
Use the app to search for recipes or for suggestions based on what's in your fridge. Then, follow Betty Crocker's instructions. Bonus: The app has a cool feature. Instead of letting your screen go dark mid-recipe, it keeps your recipe open until you turn it off. But watch out; that feature can be a battery drainer.