Betty Crocker Betrayal

Did you know that Betty Crocker wasn’t a real person?  I feel so betrayed.  Lied to.  Mostly because my blog is titled “The Secret Life of a Betty Crocker Wannabe”.  Am I somewhere in my subconscious striving to be a nobody?  *scratch head*

I had envisioned Betty Crocker to be a lot like Martha Stewart.  A brilliant business woman who surrounded herself with talented and creative individuals and used their ideas (and a few of her own) to build a successful empire.   I imaged Betty Crocker to be a sweet little ‘ol southern gal who foresaw how the lives of homemakers would change through the years.  She developed delicious and innovative products way before their time.  Each and every recipe and mix was developed in her humble home kitchen and tested by her adoring husband and perfect children.

Wrong!  Betty Crocker was the brainchild of  a company that needed a name to sign to letters responding to consumer questions.  “Betty” was chosen because it was interpreted as a “cheerful, all-American name”.

Kinda makes you wonder, doesn’t it?  Is Martha Stewart real?  Even her name is too perfect.  Seriously, can one person have that many ideas and talents?  It’s just too unfair to be real.  Maybe her name is Trixie.  She’s a brunette that likes to wear Converse tennis shoes and Levi’s.  She eats Burger King and hasn’t had a pedicure since 1986.

Yep.  That works.

Before I go back to my secret life of a nobody wannabe, here’s a great recipe that has been tested in my humble home kitchen and approved by my devoted husband and perfect children.

I love to make lasagna.  It’s one of my best dishes.  But, I hate cooking lasagna noodles.  They’re a pain to mess with after they’re cooked.  I’ve tried the oven-ready noodles and they never seem to work for me.  So, when I came across this noodle-less recipe in my Once-A-Month Cooking book I was thrilled!  Who would have thought to use tortillas instead of noodles?   Not only does it save a ton of time, but it tastes delicious.  I changed a few things to cater to my families likes.  Enjoy!

Easy Cheesy Southern Lasagna

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

2 cups (16 oz) small curd cottage cheese

2 eggs

1 package taco seasoning mix

1 can Ro-tel (as hot as you like it)

1 15 oz. can tomato sauce

5 flour tortillas cut into 1-inch strips

4 cups (16 oz) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

In a large skillet, brown the meat.  Drain off fat and add the taco seasoning, R0-tel, and tomato sauce.  Mix well.  Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Combine cottage cheese and eggs in a small bowl.

In a 13x9x2-inch baking dish treated with cooking spray, layer half of the meat sauce, half of the tortillas, half of the cottage cheese mixture, and half of the Monterey Jack cheese.  Repeat layers.

Bake, uncovered, in preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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