Next Best Thing to Tom Selleck Cake (Wisconsin, 1980s, adapted)

Next Best Thing to Tom Selleck Cake is a genteel, Christian take on Better than Sex Cake, which was a randy fixture of otherwise staid cooking magazines in the late 1980s.  This recipe is adapted from a version I found in Country Favorites, andI imagine that the Cookbook Committee in St. Patrick’s Parish appreciated the……

Chicken with Tabasco and Indian Spices (adapted from Just One Pot, 2007)

A recipe that captures the scattershot spirit of Just One Pot is Chicken with Tabasco and Indian Spices.  The version in the original cookbook is called Chicken with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Olives but the clickbait marketer in my soul just didn’t think that captured the whimsy of the ingredient list.   The key seasonings are Tabasco……

Cookbook Review: Just One Pot (2007)

Just One Pot (2007) is a handsome, coffee table-style cookbook from the good folks at Readers’ Digest.  I am a sucker for pretty pictures and picked this one up at one of those cheap book warehouse emporiums.  My only cultural touchpoint for Readers’ Digest comes from the bookshelf in the bathroom of my childhood home.  …

Bananas and Cranberries (adapted from Old-Time Meatless Recipes, 1955)

The recipe that I’ve chosen to exemplify the spirit of Old-Time Meatless Recipes is a simple side dish of bananas and cranberries.  It is meant to accompany a luncheon menu of cheese rarebit (i.e. Welsh rabbit) and coffee.  As will be obvious from the ingredient list, it is not the tastiest nor most sophisticated recipe……

Old-Time Meatless Recipes (1955)

I’ve never been sure what to make of Katharine Morrison McClinton’s Old-Time Meatless Recipes. It is nominally a cookbook, with around a hundred recipes. But Ms. McClinton wasn’t a chef, she was an antiques writer. She wrote more than thirty books and countless magazine articles for antique collectors over a fifty year career, and this…

Lamb Shank Vindaloo (inspired by Hotpoint Storybook Kitchen Cookbook, 1964)

Vindaloo is one of my favorite Indian dishes, in part because it’s one of the heartier dishes served at Indian restaurants but mostly because the sour and spicy sauce is addictive and delicious.   It’s now an Indian restaurant staple, but has its origins in a vinegary Portuguese stew.  As such you’ll often find it prepared……

Braised Greens with Paneer

Braised Greens with Paneer is a recipe born of necessity.  If I’m up early on a weekend morning I’ll take a trip out to the specialty butcher for inspiration for Sunday dinner, and then get the rest of the meal at the farm stand up the road.   On this particular weekend I had picked up……

Cheese Apple Sausage Brunch Tart (Wisconsin, 1989, adapted)

One of the things I appreciate most about Ascension Lutheran’s 1989 cookbook is that it devotes an entire section to brunch.  Twelve pages.  Thirty recipes.  And a little bit of everything, not just subtle variants on a breakfast casserole. The Cheese Apple Sausage Tart is a delicious and hearty brunch dish and also checks all……

Apple Pudding Bread (Wisconsin, 1989, adapted)

Apple Pudding Bread is a spiced dessert bread recipe from Ascension Lutheran’s 1989 community cookbook.   The recipe’s author was a longtime member and mother of three.  She was an avid bridge player and teacher and her husband served in various lay leadership positions at the church.  In the recipe description she brags that Apple……