Every summer I organize my mom's recipes. I have no idea how this "tradition" started, but now that it has, it seems my mom no longer bothers to keep her recipes neat and tidy - which is very out of character for her - because she knows I'll clean them up when I come visit. (A reverse scenario plays out when my mom comes to visit me, except instead of organizing my recipes she cleans my mop sink.)
Back in July I found this "Special Offer" stuffed inside a folded recipe.
Despite the fact that the coupon was printed 18 years prior to my birth, I decided I couldn't pass up an opportunity to get all 100 prize winning recipes from Pillsbury's 1961 Grand National Bake-Off. I filled out the coupon, enclosed a check for $0.35, and mailed both to the address listed.
Not surprisingly, my envelope and its contents were returned to me wearing a sticker that read "not deliverable as addressed, unable to forward". Makes sense, since apparently we didn't use zip codes back then.
I wasn't quite ready to give up though, so I repackaged everything and mailed it to the General Mills headquarters.
It took a month (surprising, I know, given the importance of and priority given to requests for cookbooks printed in 1961), but last week I received a personalized letter from Pillsbury regarding my request.
I have no plans to contact Bonnie in search of the 1961 Grand National Bake-Off cookbook because even though I went through all this trouble, I did so because I thought the cookbook would make a fun and funny gift for my mom...not because I have any interest in vintage cookbooks myself. (I'm more of an internet recipe kind of girl.) I will, however, make an effort to shop Pillsbury when I can - good customer service is hard to find these days!
I have no affiliation with Pillsbury or General Mills and did not receive any compensation for this post.
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