Smoky Onion Pie (Tennessee, 1996, adapted)

Smoky Onion Pie comes to me by way of a 1996 cookbook from the Crye-Leike Realty company, a Tennessee-based real estate company.   Crye-Leike has published more than two dozen cookbooks from their founding in 1977 up through at least 2018.    Their cookbooks collect recipes from realtors and Crye-Leike employees, in the same vein……

Mexican Chicken with Prunes and Bananas (adapted from Buen Provecho, 1995)

Mexican Chicken with Prunes and Bananas is adapted from Buen Provecho, a 1995 recipe collection compiled by the AT&T Hispanic Employee Group HISPA.   I’ll admit that my first reaction was “hard pass” but was encouraged by the author’s note to take a second look: People may at first be a little startled by the combination……

Latino Yuppie Baked Green Rice (“Colombia”, adapted from Buen Provecho, 1995)

Buen Provecho is a 1995 cookbook compiled by the Hispanic employee group at AT&T, New Jersey chapter.  It is an absolute treasure trove of recipes, submitted by employees with every-which-flavor of Latin American heritage you can think of.  Individual recipes are identified by cuisine, and there is a helpful glossary to define terms and ingredients……

Frijoles Negros con Sofrito (Cuba, adapted from Buen Provecho, New Jersey, 1995)

Years and years ago my local congregation held a Mexican-themed potluck.  I’m not talking about one of those discomfiting frat parties where everyone comes dressed like Speedy Gonzalez; this was more like large scale taco night.  Potluck dishes were supposed to be Mexican or at least Mexican-adjacent, and we had a members of the congregation……

Cookbook Review: Chinese-Japanese Cookbook (1914)

Chinese-Japanese Cookbook is a collection of recipes prepared by sisters Sara Bosse and Onoto Watanna, first published in 1914.  Print copies are hard to come by – I own a digital copy purchased from Vintage Cookbooks,  which has a small but varied collection of old cookbooks available for download.  It doesn’t appear to be updated…

Bisquick Taco Pie (Indiana, 1992, adapted)

Bisquick Taco Pie is a nifty little weeknight casserole from a 1992 cookbook compiled by the Hebron Indiana Order of the Eastern Star.  I’m not sure whether Masonic traditions involve potlucks, but this is a brilliant old-school potluck dish. It’s a variant on a biscuit-topped shepherd’s pie, jazzed up with some Americanized Mexican flavors.  In……

Cookbook Review: The Best of Beta Sigma Phi Cookbook (1991)

This cookbook came to me in kind of a roundabout way. The first time I had ever heard of Beta Sigma Phi was in one of my old vintage church cookbooks. A lovely Apple Pudding Bread recipe casually bragged that it was selected for the Beta Sigma Phi International Dessert Cookbook. The recipe itself was…