Cookbook Review: Together: Our Community Cookbook (2018)

This is a recent addition to my collection, a happenstance find while browsing a favorite online vendor. It’s a handsome glamorously packaged affair, with nearly a hundred color photographs that bring to mind a Ruth Reichl-era Gourmet magazine or a cookbook from a celebrity chef. But Together is none of these things. As the title…

Cheddar Cheese Cabbage and Sausage

In a previous post I braved the weirdness of Cabbage-Cheese Chowder, a weeknight soup from a mid-70s recipe collection made from condensed cheddar cheese soup, cabbage, and diced baloney.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It’s hardly some hidden culinary masterpiece, but the cheddar soup and cabbage pair pretty well together.  The baloney is still baloney, but……

Breakfast and Brunch (Country Kitchen Collection, 1980s)

Another entry from Jean Childress’ Country Kitchen Collection, Breakfast and Brunch is a short selection of brunch recipes in Ms. Childress’ familiar hand-lettered calligraphy. The epigraph gives the flavor of what’s to come: a delightful, relaxed way to entertain or to give the family a weekend treat.  Less time consuming than an evening meal, brunch…

Chin-Chin-Charlie (Wisconsin, 1988, adapted)

Chin-Chin-Charlie is an archetypal example of the mid-70s Chinese Casserole from A Book of Favorite Recipes.  Like the Tuna Cashew Casserole, it’s a traditional meat-and-canned-soup casserole that’s somehow made “Chinese” by the inclusion of crunchy vegetables (usually celery) and chow mein noodles. You may detect some vaguely racist overtones in the name of the recipe,……

Crumb Soup (adapted from Our Favorite Recipes, Wisconsin, 1962)

Crumb Soup is an austere little recipe tucked away in the Vegetables and Soups section of Our Favorite Recipes. In my comings and goings I’ve encountered several variants of a peasant soup using day-old bread as the base, and from the title this was what I expected.  What I found instead was a very simple……

Cabbage-Cheese Chowder (Oklahoma, 1970s)

There’s something adorable about this recipe.  Not because it’s great or even especially good, but because I feel like it captures the essence of a lot of the recipes Adventures in Food in one fell swoop.  This is a recipe from one harried homemaker to another; a quick weeknight meal cobbled together from what’s on……

Tuna Cashew Casserole (Various, 1960s-1970s)

Several of the church cookbooks I own have some variant of a Tuna Cashew Casserole.  The proportions and details vary, but the key ingredients are the same:  cashews, canned tuna, cream of mushroom soup, and fried chow mein noodles.  There’s usually a crunchy vegetable in there as well, usually celery but some times bean sprouts……

Curried Dried Beef (Wisconsin, 1962, adapted)

My local WinCo has stocked Dried Beef for as long as I can remember, right next to the Spam and right above the corned beef hash.  Somewhere over the years they switched from Armour brand to Hormel brand, but it’s always been a curiosity.  Who buys this stuff?   Why does it exist in the first……