When I got married 54 years ago, I didn't know how to cook a thing. My mother never wanted anyone in HER kitchen making a mess, so I had never even made cookies. I was well prepared to clean house, do laundry, sew, collect dishes, etc. etc. -- but cooking -- no! I think that my future mother-in-law was worried about her son's survival, because she gave me this Betty Crocker's cookbook at my bridal shower.
So, the first week of marriage in September 1958, I set out to teach myself how to cook from this book. It told me with detailed instructions how to boil an egg, make gravy, and even a 3-picture layout on "Know Your Raisins". Since I was always good at doing mathematical word problems, I was off and running. By Thanksgiving, I was ready to make a pie. The first one was a pumpkin from the recipe on the pumpkin can - not so great, but passable. The next pie I made was an apple using the following recipe from the cookbook. A Hit! See that blue star - I put that on the recipe page back in 1958 to indicate that this was a recipe to repeat.
I now prefer this variation of the basic apple pie shown just below the original in the book.
The butter/brown sugar/flour crumb topping adds just the right amount of caramel gooeyness!
From the the wear and tear on the cookbook, it looks like I've finally taught myself how to cook.