White Gazpacho (adapted from Buen Provecho, New Jersey, 1995)

White Gazpacho is a make-ahead chilled soup perfect for a sweaty summer evening.   This particular recipe is one of two White Gazpacho recipes in Buen Provecho: 500 Years of Hispanic Cuisine (1995), a community cookbook compiled by a group of Hispanic AT&T employees.  Both versions were submitted by the same employee and are, fundamentally,……

Pork Scrapple (adapted from Money-saving Main Dishes, 1966)

Pork Scrapple is a cheap and easy main dish that can be prepped ahead for a quick weeknight meal.   Where I’m from out West scrapple is a dessert or candy, essentially a chocolate bark stuffed with nuts and other crunchy things.  It’s occasionally used to describe an improvised trail mix or an ice cream with……

Meat Boats (adapted from Cooking Ideas with Portable Electric Appliances, 1960s)

Meat Boats is an odd little hot sandwich recipe well-suited for a weeknight dinner.  The recipe comes to me courtesy of Cooking Ideas with Portable Electric Appliances, a twenty-odd page pamphlet published by the Edison Electric Institute in the mid-1960s.   Folks of a certain age may remember the Edison Electric Institute for their iconic Live……

Sausage Pastiera Gone Wrong (Florida, 1991, adapted)

Sausage Pastiera is a quick-and-dirty pasta casserole that’s kid friendly and suitable for a weeknight pantry meal.   The original recipe comes from the 1991 cookbook Preserving Our Italian Heritage, a community cookbook compiled by the Sons of Italy Florida Foundation.  The first recipe I tried from this cookbook was a swing and a miss, which……

Sesame Baked Chicken (Oregon, 1974, adapted)

Sesame Baked Chicken is a delightfully different take on old school oven-baked chicken.  If you’ve come looking for sweet and sticky Asian style fried chicken you’ve come to the wrong place:  this is more Shake ‘n Bake than Panda Express.   This recipe comes courtesy of No Regrets, a 1974 cookbook compiled by the Portland,……

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Italiano (Oregon, 2006, adapted)

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Italiano is a dump and go weeknight dish that tastes like a throwback to simpler times.  The recipe comes to me by way of a  community cookbook from my home congregation.  The cookbook was compiled in 2006, but this recipe likely has its origins in a late 1970s kitchen.  The recipe……

Tator Tot Specialty Casserole (Wisconsin, 1988, adapted)

Tator Tot [sic] Specialty Casserole is a throwback to a different time, made from ground beef and a bunch of pantry and freezer items.   This dish is one of two “Tator Tot” recipes from the 1988 recipe collection Thank Heaven for Home Made Cooks, compiled by St. Casimir Catholic Church in Krakow, Wisconsin.  Both are……

Chicken Casserole (California, 1996, adapted)

Chicken Casserole is a low-effort sweet and sticky baked chicken dish with a sauce thrown together from canned goods and salad dressing.  The name is not terribly descriptive.  It bears a strong resemblance to a Russian Chicken recipe that seems to show up in a lot of my community cookbooks, all variants on a recipe……