Serves 6
10 minutes prep, 10 minutes total
Betty Crocker was never a real person. "Born" in 1921, Betty Crocker was at first only a signature and a voice on a radio program created to answer consumer questions about Gold Medal flour. She didn't have a face until a portrait was commissioned in the mid-1930s. Betty Crocker represented one twenties ideal, the perfect happy homemaker, while the flapper represented the decade's "other woman."

Sweet pickles, a twenties favorite food, was mixed with peas and peanuts to create an unusual Jazz Age salad well worth rediscovering.


  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet pickles
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup cooked peas
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 outer leaves of iceberg lettuce


1. Combine the pickles, peanuts, peas, and mayonnaise in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. To serve, divide the salad evenly among the lettuce leaf "cups."

Excerpted from Movie Menus: Recipes for Perfect Meals with Your Favorite Films by Francine Segan, (Villard, 2004). © 2004 by Francine Segan.