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I’m No Betty

Posted: August 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: From the Pantry | View Comments

Remember the quintessential 90′s move Clueless?  In that movie, Cher calls her mom “a total Betty”.  I turned to UrbanDictionary.com to figure out what exactly this meant, and which famous Betty had inspired the vocabulary.

Turns out, we can thank legendary sex symbol Bettie Page for inspiring this turn of phrase.  I had another famous Betty in mind when I started this blog, Betty Crocker, who I later found out isn’t an actual person but a “persona” created by General Mills in the early 1920s to personalize food products.  In today’s world of authentic social media, that sure wouldn’t fly!

Growing up, the Betty Crocker Cookbook was ever-present in my house right along with Joy of Cooking — but the truth was we didn’t experiment much.  My mom hated to cook more than the basics (meatloaf, roast chicken, etc.) and it was pretty good.  Sometimes my Dad would cook, and he had a natural knack for throwing together ingredients for beef stroganoff or something else.  Baking involved chemistry, so it was lot more risky and we usually had cake mix from a box or occasionally a homemade pie crust.

The art of food wasn’t entirely lost on us though, because our parents loved to go out to eat and began taking us at a very young age and teaching us manners.  So, you’ll find a section here about fine (and not-so-fine) dining as well as a section on wine and cocktails.  Enjoy!

Why I’m No Betty

I’m not as kinky as Bettie Page, although I do live in the “leather district” of San Francisco, home of the Folsom Street Fair – nor as wholesome as one would imagine Betty Crocker to be.

I like my sex sexy, and I like my food… well, I just like it… a lot.  So this is a story of becoming Bettie and Betty, and its also just a story of a 20-something urban dweller with a really busy life who wants to get the most out of every bite.

Dinner in 10,000 Hours

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliersthat it takes 10,000 hours to get really good at something.  As I told my husband – if it’s going to take 10,000 hours for me to get good at creating amazing food I better get started on that.  If I spend 10 hours a week for the next 20 years I’ll be kicking serious ass b the time I’m 45!  How’s that for long term planning??

I have a life and other passions – primarily the startup I’m working on, but becoming good at baking, cooking, appreciating wine and fine dining are things that I already spend a lot of time and money doing simply because you have to eat to live.  The difference about me, is I also live to eat.  I really deeply enjoy the ambiance of a restaurant, the preparation of a cake, the selection of wine.  So I’m going to write about it, and I hope you’ll find some enjoyment in my pictures, stories, and adventures — and that I’ll inspire you to your own.

More soon!

In the meantime: read more about me at DanielleMorrill.com

Update: Julia Child didn’t write “Joy of Cooking” – the fact that I though this should tell you just how clueless I am about all things related to cooking. Julia Child wrote Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Thanks to @radicand for the tip on this, I might need to go pick up a copy.


  • http://www.lizasperling.com Liza Sperling

    Raises hand…I’m no betty either. Let’s take no bettiness to new heights.

  • Danielle Morrill

    Alright, that’s one – any other takers?

  • Tim Van Loan

    Sounds like an incredible start! I’m no pastry chef, but I do love eating- can’t wait to see what you (literally) cook up! :)
    Tim

  • http://blog.daryn.net Daryn

    Good luck with this, looking forward to following along!

    by the way, who’s the male betty?

  • http://thomasknoll.info @thomasknoll

    Mind if I just watch from a distance, and offer to taste test some of your homework when I’m in town?

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  • Danielle Morrill

    Thanks Tim – I’m certainly no pastry chef either, in fact I’ve never made any pastry other than pie crust. I’ve been wanting to try making croissants, but I’m not sure my arms are even strong enough to knead in all that butter. We’ll see. Luck you – you’ll get to taste my first creation in the office tomorrow!

  • Danielle Morrill

    Hey Daryn, hmmm… who IS the male betty? Any ideas?

  • Danielle Morrill

    @thomasknoll – please do! If all goes as planned there will be opportunities for that soon ;) — drop me a note when you’re in town again and we’ll have a little dinner party, sad I missed you last time you were here

  • Larry

    Looking forward to the blog, but in the spirit of the quote below, I have to imagine your husband would have appreciated it if you had started the http://www.nobettie.com blog, instead. :)

    “I like my sex sexy, and I like my food… well, I just like it… a lot. So this is a story of becoming Bettie and Betty, and its also just a story of a 20-something urban dweller with a really busy life who wants to get the most out of every bite.
    Dinner in 10,000 Hours

    Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliersthat it takes 10,000 hours to get really good at something. As I told my husband – if it’s going to take 10,000 hours for me to get good at creating amazing food I better get started on that. If I spend 10 hours a week for the next 20 years I’ll be kicking serious ass b the time I’m 45! How’s that for long term planning??”

  • Danielle Morrill

    Good point – and its not too late.

    Just registered http://www.nobettie.com as well. You know, in case I want to start a little kink blog on the side.

  • http://www.femgineer.com Poornima

    Love the concept of this blog! Can’t wait to read more about your adventures in cooking. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend reading Julie & Julia and My Life in France. The movie is good, but the two books really get at the essence of the two women from different eras who that transformed their life through cooking and writing about cooking.

  • http://blog.dianahsieh.com Diana Hsieh

    I’m no Betty, even though I’ve been cooking seriously for over eleven years. For that, I’d have to be far better-dressed and better-coiffed than I am. “Farm gal” is where it’s at, I tell ya! Homemade kefir and kombucha, veggies from the garden, raw milk, and a quarter cow in the freezer!

  • http://www.anwith1n.com An Bui

    A male Betty is a Baldwin ;)

  • http://www.twitter.com/com Noelle

    i have two things I must share with you after reading this post.

    1. Julie Child did not know how to cook until she was 40 and did not even try until she was 38 and living in Paris.

    2. All the dining out I did in my twenties has made be a much better cook in my old age, though I am no betty either

    Looking forward to more!

  • Tara

    Croissants aren’t that hard to do – you just have to be careful with the butter. There’s a great illustration of the process of laminated doughs in Sur La Table’s _The Art and Soul of Baking_ by Cindy Mushet. I highly recommend this book!

  • http://www.renaissance-woman.net Arwen

    Have you looked up The Daring Kitchen? I just joined, it might be in line with what you’re trying to do.

  • Rick MacDonald

    Great start.  Look forward to more.

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