So in the interest of full disclosure, I wasn’t born when the Alan-Hope-Jackie thing was happening on Guiding Light. Heck, the only Alan Spaulding I ever knew was Ron Raines. Chris Bernau was an interesting surprise.
I say this because when I came onto the Guiding Light Band wagon, it was nearer to their 70th anniversary (late 90s-early 00s) and while it was still a popular soap then, when I go through the past stuff, I realize that it was a huger deal than I could’ve imagined especially in the 70s and and 80s.
Today the idea that fans would eat up the recipes of a fictional character, while not crazy, isn’t the thing it was back when these Hope Bauer recipes came out in 1974. Keep in mind, more women stayed at home and they definitely made up the majority of the audience.
Although considering how fandoms works…
Well anyway: this page is worth a visit.
Check out some of Hope Bauer’s recipes.