Sweet Sour Cream Cornbread (adapted from Open House, 1995)

Sweet Sour Cream Cornbread is a quick and dirty instant cornbread recipe perfect for beginner cooks.  If I were twenty years younger I might call this a “hack” or “cheat code”.  The key ingredient is Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, already a shortcut to better-than-it-ought-to-be cornbread.   For those unfamiliar, Jiffy Corn Muffins are usually prepared the……

Instant Pot Eggplant Chili (adapted from Open House, 1995)

Instant Pot Eggplant Chili is a hearty vegan dinner perfect for a busy meat-free weeknight.  This recipe comes to me from an unlikely source:  the 1995 cookbook Open House, prepared by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  It’s a weird little cookbook.  On the outside it looks like a run-of-the-mill community cookbook, down to the……

Vintage Cookbook Review: Money-Saving Main Dishes (1966)

Money-Saving Main Dishes is a 1966 booklet published by the United States Department of Agriculture.  At forty-six pages it’s more than a pamphlet but not quite an honest cookbook, and contains around a hundred and fifty recipes.  The booklet is printed on sturdy white paper with royal blue ink and no cover.   There are no…

Meat-Potatoburgers (adapted from Money-Saving Main Dishes, 1966)

Meat-Potatoburgers is a recipe that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Money-Saving Main Dishes (1966).   Judging by name alone I was expecting Meat-Potatoburgers to resemble certain Depression-era burgers, like the Mississippi slugburger or Oklahoma Onion Burger.  There are any number of regional variants, many of which are still available if you know where to look, but……

Arroz Verde de Zihuatanejo (adapted from Buen Provecho, New Jersey, 1995)

Arroz Verde de Zihuatanejo (Green Rice from Zihuatanejo) is a traditional Mexican side dish that can be thrown together easily on a weeknight.   The recipe comes to me by way of Buen Provecho:  500 Years of Hispanic Cuisine, a 1995 community cookbook compiled by a Hispanic employee group at AT&T.   Arroz Verde de Zihuatanejo is one……

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,……