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Betty Crocker’s Kitchen Can Now Be Yours

Break open the boxed cake mix with pride in this charming 1681 Norwell, Massachusetts “home with a history.”

By Aimee Tucker

Aug 05 2016

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The “Betty Crocker House” in Norwell, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit : Jeff Thiebauth Photography
New England is famous for its culinary founding mothers. We know that Fannie Farmer championed home cooking in the late 1800s, Ruth Wakefield introduced America (and then the world) to the chocolate chip cookie in the 1930s, and Julia Child forever changed the way we think about French cooking (not to mention the phrase “Bon Appétit!”) a few decades later. But somewhere in there, we’ve also got a claim to Betty Crocker. Yes, that Betty Crocker. America’s go-to cookbook, cake-mix, and homemaker queen since the 1940s.
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My favorite Betty cookbook is the 1966 “Cake and Frosting Mix Cookbook.”
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Actually … make that a claim to nutritionist Janette Kelley, one of the women responsible for creating Betty Crocker. As Director of the Home Services Department at General Mills at the time, Kelley led a test kitchen full of female recipe developers that became the expertise behind the quintessential (fictional) domestic brand icon. Naturally, you can assume the brainstorming and recipe testing continued at home — a home which can now be yours! Kelley’s former Norwell, Massachusetts Gambrel Cape (known locally as the “Betty Crocker House”) is now on the market, and it’s even more charming than you’d imagine. Starting with the curb appeal…
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The “Betty Crocker House” in Norwell, Massachusetts, dates back to 1681.
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And continuing through to the spacious, sunny kitchen.
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Whip up your favorite Bundt cake from a mix in this colonial-meets-retro kitchen.
Photo Credit : Jeff Thiebauth Photography
Love hosting cocktail or dinner parties? Afternoon teas? Tupperware soirées? You can do that here, with the help of a large stone fireplace and ample wood paneling.
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Cozy, charming, and ready to host your next gathering.
Photo Credit : Jeff Thiebauth Photography
Rounding out the three-bedroom, two-bath property are a brick patio, grassy yard, and even a chicken coop. And once you’ve moved in, why not celebrate with something sweet? I recommend a Caramel-Nut Cake Ring. It’s also perfect for when company comes calling.
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When company comes, a Caramel-Nut Cake Ring from Betty Crocker’s 1966 “Cake and Frosting Mix Cookbook” is always appreciated.
Photo Credit : Aimee Seavey
How would you like to live in the Betty Crocker House? You might have to fight me for it…. Contact Laurie Detwiler at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for more information. List price: $675,000