All About Average Betty


“Average people do amazing things every day. You don’t have to be Oprah or Ellen to make a difference in someone’s life. And sometimes the most important thing you can do for the people you love is feed them.” — Sara O’Donnell, Average Betty

Hi! I’m Sara O’Donnell. I’m a Food Blogger, Recipe Developer, Video Producer, YouTube Next Chef and the creator of Average Betty. I’m occasionally serious and always hungry.

Average Betty videos and recipes create a positive environment for the exploration of all foods. From not-so-secret family recipes to the kitchens of James Beard Award winning chefs and all the morsels in between, Average Betty uncovers the treasures and chuckles that surround good food.

Average Betty in Los Angeles Times

Why Average Betty? I know. This website is called Average Betty and my name is Sara. You see, here in Southern California, “Betty” is slang for the word gal similar to how “Joe” is slang for a guy. For example: Average Joe, Joe Six Pack, Joe the Plumber. Well, I’m Average Betty. I’m not a diva, I’m not a chef and I’m certainly not a guru. I’m just an average betty that loves food, wine, art and music. I also like to party.

Get the Oven Baked Corn Fries Recipe!
Why food? I am the last of six children from a middle class family; needless to say I was in the kitchen a lot helping prepare meals. I put myself through college working in the bar-restaurant business. Cooking, baking, entertaining and grocery shopping have always been a part of my life.

With the rise in convenience products and increasingly busy lifestyles, many people are no longer eating meals at home, prepared from whole foods. So I decided to make food the focus of Average Betty. Not with the ambition to solve the obesity epidemic, but with the ambition of getting more people in the kitchen again to prepare their own meals and have an ongoing, positive discussion about food.

Sara O'Donnell and the Making of Average Betty -- LA Weekly

I want to hear from you! Do you have a recipe request or a recipe you’d like to share? Maybe you have a suggestion or a concern? Is there a chef I’ve got to meet or a festival I need to explore? What if you’ve got a gadget I just have to test drive or a goodie that I must ingest? Contact Average Betty (betty at averagebetty dot com).

Tags: , , , , , ,

93 Responses to “All About Average Betty”

  1. Average Betty
    10/17/2008 at 9:52 am #

    Hi Mitch,

    You Rock! Wow… thanks for all the sweet compliments and the rockin’ write-up on your blog! Don’t go around hitting people with crowbars though, they won’t be able to cook up my tasty recipes ;)

    Thanks for spreading the love,

  2. Kim Hurwitz
    12/16/2008 at 10:31 am #

    Betty – I love your videos! So much so that I wrote about your latest in yesterday’s SheTeeVee blog posting. Check it out and keep up the great work. Happy Holidays!

  3. Average Betty
    12/17/2008 at 12:37 pm #

    Hey Kim!
    Wow, what an honor to be written up on SheTeeVee! Thanks so much for the exposure and for checkin’ out my craziness :)
    Happy Holidays!

  4. Max
    12/25/2008 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi Average Betty,

    Do you like asparagus?

  5. Average Betty
    12/26/2008 at 1:24 pm #

    Hi Max!
    I love asparagus! Steamed or grilled… Why do you ask? Got a good recipe for me?
    Happy Holidays :)

  6. Thomas
    2/13/2009 at 9:01 am #

    Tampa Bay is not a town.

  7. Average Betty
    2/13/2009 at 9:07 am #

    Hi Thomas.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    From Wikipedia:
    The Tampa Bay Area, or Tampa Bay, after the body of water it surrounds, is the second most populated metropolitan region in the state of Florida, the 19th-largest metro area in the United States, the fourth largest in the Southeast behind only Miami, Atlanta and Washington, and second largest on the Gulf Coast behind Houston.

    I grew up in the Tampa Bay area. Tampa Bay is my hometown. I root for The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    If it is any consolation however, my Mom agrees with you. Tomato. Tomato.

    Happy Friday the 13th,

  8. C
    3/30/2009 at 5:02 pm #

    Betty, I have to say you are under-handing the world an insidious deed by telling them that cutting time and mass producing is “ok” and “great!”. Popular people have a mandate to shun unhealthy indulgence, your food is horrible for people and the environment. To see you revel in it concerns me.


  9. Average Betty
    3/30/2009 at 6:33 pm #

    Hello C,

    Thanks for visiting and sharing your opinion. Although I disagree with you, you are welcome to share your opinion with others here if you wish.

    I work hard to publish recipes that (hopefully) help encourage and empower people to prepare their own meals using whole foods. Perhaps you have not explored the site in much detail and are hastily and unfairly judging me and my work.

    I do not tell people to “cut time” or “mass-produce,” and I do not say that these things are “OK” or “great.” I would love to know what gives you that impression.

    Most importantly, I do not encourage unhealthy indulgence. I believe in moderation and active lifestyle.

    Finally, the only thing I revel in is helping to bring happiness to others. I am sorry that I was not able to bring this to you.


  10. Christy Jordan
    3/31/2009 at 2:58 pm #

    Hey C, how ya doin’ sweetheart?
    ~Tilts her head and regards you a bit~

    hmm, not too good there, huh?

    Hon Bun, you might want to try adding a little sugar to your diet. Seriously, I think you need it. You’re looking a little cynical and bitter between the ears.

    You keep on spreading your sunshine, sweetheart!

    Thanks for all you do, Betty. You know we all love you! “We” being those whose faces are accustomed to smiling from time to time ~winks~

  11. Daniel
    4/20/2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi ,

    I work with an international charity called Breadline Africa. We have just launched a campaign called the Blogger Bake off, which seeks to raise $1 Million in funds on order to alleviate poverty in Africa.

    Our campaign is based on utilising the blogging community and their readers to assist in raising the funds. The campaign concludes on 15 October 2009 or when US$1 million has been raised.

    There are various ways for you to get involved:
    Here’s how:

    1. Register to take part
    2. Download the code widget for your blog
    Choose your preferred blogger (note your donation will be reflected under you preferred blogger/ fundraisers name)
    3. Make a donation on your widget or our website
    4. Upload a bread recipe and view in our media centre
    5. Vote for your favourite bread recipe
    6. Tag 5 other bloggers or invite your friends

    You can even take it further by doing the following:
    • Bake a loaf of bread, upload the recipe and pictures. Then blog about it.
    • Bake many loaves of bread and host a bake sale.
    Right now we need your help in assisting an impoverished community uplift itself. Any amount will do.

    You can sign up to our newsletter ( to stay abreast of the latest news surrounding our campaign.

    If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me so I can forward you more info or answer any questions you might have :)

    All the best,


  12. Jen
    6/13/2009 at 3:56 pm #

    What a fun site! Looking forward to meeting you in Aspen! YAY!

  13. Gina Chen
    2/2/2010 at 11:27 am #

    I’m a mom, a blogger, and a Ph.D. student, and I need your help. I’m doing a study about why women blog, and you have been selected at random to participate in a short survey about what motivates you to blog and what you get out of blogging.

    I hope you will take it by clicking this link. Please do not forward the link.

    Thanks in advance for your help. Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

    Gina Chen
    Ph.D. student
    S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
    Syracuse University

  14. Eleanor Hoh (WokStar)
    2/9/2010 at 3:41 pm #

    Love your spunk and go getter attitude. Also agree with so much of your philosophy about not needing culinary degree, recipes to cook, touche!

  15. Kevin Scharba
    8/18/2010 at 6:11 pm #


    I was just checking out your site here. I’ve only recently “discovered” you on iTunes. I love your videos. I actually live in Tampa, I thought it was really cool to discover you are from here. I have three suggestions for a future shows. I’d like to see your version of ribs, salmon, and/or jerky. I look forward to your next video. Keep ’em up!

    Thank you for the awesome and fun videos,

  16. Average Betty
    8/20/2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Great to meet you, Kevin and thanks for subscribing on iTunes! Salmon, ribs and jerky! Thanks for the great suggestions… I’ll see what I can do :)

    Most of my family is still in Tampa and I try to get back often to visit. Love that Jeff Houck from The Tampa Tribune!

  17. Harold
    8/31/2010 at 5:34 am #

    You Rock Average Betty! I made the Super Rolls yesterday for a work “food day” and they were great. Everyone loved them. I have been telling every one about your website.

    Of course my drink of choice is Sailor Jerry and I had no idea there was a documentary about him until today. I will have to watch that movie this weekend.

  18. Hallie
    3/4/2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Hi Betty! Thank you for all the great recipes, and for many laughs.

    Also, we could all take a lesson from your humble, kind response to those who criticize and attack. You go girl!

  19. Average Betty
    3/5/2011 at 6:34 am #

    Hi Hallie,
    Thank you for visiting my site and your sweet words. I guess it’s true that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger :) You go girl!!

  20. Jenn S
    3/23/2011 at 11:41 pm #

    Hi Sara,

    We met at Ricky’s Fish Tacos on Saturday night and you mentioned your blog so I checked it out and it’s great! Just wanted to say “Hi”.


  21. Average Betty
    3/24/2011 at 11:48 am #

    Hi Jenn!

    It was great to meet you — loved the vibe in the parking lot! Thank you so much for dropping by and saying HI!

  22. Dean
    4/22/2011 at 12:29 am #


    It was nice to meet you at the airport in Phoenix several weeks ago. If you’ll recall, we were introduced when a thoughtlessly placed cell phone required our fanciful terrorist consideration. Your willingness to act as my human shield shows the gutsiness I have now witnessed in your videos. Well done!


  23. Average Betty
    4/22/2011 at 9:15 am #

    Hi Dean!
    Thanks for getting in touch and checking out my site! Thank goodness our terrorist profiling was only precautionary and my human shield services not needed. The world is safe to eat another day :) Hope you’ll stick around for the fun…

  24. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty
    9/9/2011 at 7:36 am #

    Hey Sara!!
    I have a Betty blog too!! :)

  25. marie, the EpicureanPiranha
    1/11/2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Hi Sara, or should I call you Betty :-)

    Like your spunk and tongue-in-cheek approach to food! I agree, more people need to get in the kitchen and need to realiaze how fun and easy it is to make great food! I wish ypu loads of luck in the YouTube contast, Sara, and a New Year filled with tasty, fun cooking ideas. PS Hope you’ll check out my gourmet webzine when you have some time :->

    ~ marie

  26. Branko
    1/17/2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Dear Sara,

    in a past few years I have been monitoring variety of food artists and I find you very interesting. In behalf of food lovers from my country I suggest you look at this:

    Keep up the good work….

    Branko B. Prošić

  27. Name
    8/13/2012 at 11:40 pm #

    I just think your the cats meow!
    you are the best.

  28. Jene Brennan
    9/16/2012 at 11:24 pm #

    I just got my new computer, and your one of the new things I have found. I wanted to copy on my printer your receipe for Meat loaf, but I get all the things around it, but not the receipe……Do I have to pay for these or what do I do?

    everything I see looks wonderful.

    Thank yu for you…..

  29. Average Betty
    9/17/2012 at 8:56 am #

    Hi Jene, In an effort to reduce paper and waste in this world, I have stopped offering a printable recipe on the website. I know many people who take their laptop, tablet or smartphone right into the kitchen and get cooking. I understand that this doesn’t always work for everyone. I am emailing you a printable version of the Chipotle Meatloaf recipe now.

    Congratulations on your new computer and I’m so happy you have found me!! And just so you know, everything on the site is free to my viewers and readers – questions too. I’m always here to help.

    Sending you the recipe now…

    Sara (aka Betty)

  30. Jose Robledo
    10/21/2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Hello Betty, I am now retired and ever since I found you and your cooking recepis I have enjoyed cooking for my wife!!! I try to follow you as much as possible and have had an enjoyable time with your cooking and your humor:-) Please keep posting as I enjoy watching you very much and your cooking ways!!!!

  31. Audrey Welshans
    12/17/2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I love your recipe for Salt baked potatoes. I would love to buy a Potato Popper, but can’t find one ANYWHERE. By any chance do you know a source where I could purchase one?

  32. Simon
    6/3/2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Didn’t realise you’d been covered this much in the press! Congratulations! Your recipes have always gone down well at mine.

  33. Tran Huu Tuyen
    7/31/2014 at 7:07 am #

    I’m a man from Vietnam. I used to cook everyday. I watch a lot and really like your cooking videos. Wonderful Recipes.

  34. jason
    9/16/2014 at 1:16 am #

    just saw chef john’s 1,000th video…I’m anticipating yours as well!!!

  35. jason
    5/20/2015 at 6:14 pm #

    Sara…. where are you?

  36. Average Betty
    5/21/2015 at 6:52 am #

    I’m right here :) Where are you, Jason?

  37. Jason
    5/22/2015 at 8:10 am #

    Thanks for the Shout out….Ya made my day!!XDXDXDXDXD

  38. Phil McCrevis
    7/17/2015 at 3:42 pm #

    You’re smokin’ hot!

  39. Olivia
    12/23/2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Hey Sarah! Me and my mom have been sitting here watching all of your videos and we want to cook ALL of your recipes!! We are going to make your “perfect shrimp” recipe on christmas, but we forgot to buy cayenne pepper, what would you suggest? we have a lot of other spices.. anyways great videos we are big fans!!

  40. Olivia
    12/23/2015 at 4:37 pm #


  41. Average Betty
    12/25/2015 at 5:13 am #

    Hi Olivia, thanks so much for checking out my videos- so happy you and your Mom are going to try the Perfect Shrimp. You can really skip the cayenne if you have the Sriracha. Hope this helps!

  42. Annie
    5/8/2016 at 6:49 am #

    HI,this is my first time to your site but not my last please sent a printable recipe to inbox for recipes BACON BLITZ POTATO SKEWERS AND MUFFIN PAN MONKEY BREAD.Thanks


  1. Idaho Hash Brown Baskets with Baked Quail Eggs | She Paused 4 Thought - 2/16/2015

    […] of spudtacular fun was had at the Potato Palalooza 2015. Check out this video from fellow blogger Sara O’Donnell of Average Betty […]

Leave a Reply