Betty’s Kitchen Tuna Casserole

I think I was in 3rd grade when I was told I was going on a field trip to Betty’s Kitchen. I was so exciting about visiting a TV set! I thought I wonder who the host is going to be what type of hair will she have…
In my mind I envisioned a show like the movie Gremlins 2 where a lady who’s name is Marge creates a Tuna Casserole. She is filming a cooking show in a kitchen. Our bus pulled up to the camping spot and I thought when are we going to the TV station? As I asked someone they responded with “This is it. This is Betty’s Kitchen I remember being so disappointed. How in the world were we by this wilderness area and no kitchen?  I had my little heart set on the TV show. Needless to say I didn’t get to watch someone like Microwave with Marge create a Tuna Casserole.
I was later told that the area was named after a place that was a combination cafe and bar was established during the 1930s or 1940s known as “Betty’s Kitchen” for Mrs. Betty Davidson who worked at the cafe. Betty’s Kitchen was a small, close-knit community in the 1940s and in 1961 residential leases were prepared for all the residents. All leases were terminated somewhere in 1983 because of a flood that caused a lot of damage to the areas. The area now has picnic areas as well as RVs dry camping.
It is more of a fishing location now than a local hotspot. Most of the people who are there are older Yuma Residents or Snow birds. Still a wonderful place to see and explore. As for my trip as a child to Betty’s Kitchen, I ended up having an awesome time, it was a memory I will not forget.

I am posting my version of  Betty’s Kitchen Tuna Casserole, it is a Dutch oven recipe.
Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole2 5 oz. cans tuna, drained8 oz. egg noodles1 cup frozen peas1/2 cup milk1 10.75 oz. can Cream of Mushroom Soup1/2 cup sour cream3/4 cup crushed Ritz type crackers,1/4 tsp garlic powder1/2 tsp thyme (optional)Dash of Pepper
Lightly oil or spr ladyboy ay a 10 or 12 inch dutch oven.Cook noodles according to package directions; drain in colander.In separate bowl, mix together soup, milk, sour cream and garlic powder.  Stir in noodles, peas, pepper, tuna and thyme.Transfer to prepared dutch oven.  Top with cracker crumbs .  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until topping is brown and casserole is bubbling.  Serves 4.

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