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……

Hot Cucumber Soup (Indiana, 1984, adapted)

Whoever invented the phrase “cool as a cucumber” never partied with the St. Andrew’s Parish Bingo Committee.  Hot Cucumber Soup is a straightforward weeknight recipe courtesy of a sixty-something parishioner.   It’s a creamy vegetable soup thickened with white sauce and sour cream.   The vegetable base includes the usual suspects, a mirepoix and some boiled potatoes,……

Pickled Heart (Wisconsin, 1980s, adapted)

Pickled Heart is a hunter’s recipe, an example of the waste not, want not philosophy that underpins responsible hunting.  If you’re going to go to all the trouble to drag an animal out of the forest back to your truck, you’re not going to take the best cuts and toss out the rest.  You’re going……

Pizza Casserole (Ohio, 1995, adapted)

I’m at a loss to try and wax rhapsodic about this Pizza Casserole recipe.  It’s not particularly novel or ingenious and it is frankly only as good as the ingredients you put into it, but it sure scratches the itch for pizza on a busy weeknight.   I’ve never had good luck trying to make……

Ranch Oyster Crackers with Sumac (Wisconsin, 1980s, adapted)

Cool Ranch Doritos were introduced to an unsuspecting American public in 1986 and have been a best seller ever since (in spite of those awful Jay Leno commercials).   Thirty-odd years later there you can find ranch-flavored anything.  There’s a local company that sells ranch-flavored crickets, so I really do mean everything.  But in the……

Tomato Barbecue Jell-O Salad (Georgia, 1960s, adapted)

This is one of those recipes that belongs to another time and place, and probably should have stayed there.   Savory Jell-O salads have always fascinated me, but I don’t get around to making them all that often.  There’s usually a weird crunchy ingredient like celery or chopped nuts that prompts the gag reflex just reading……

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……

Sunshine Carrots (Tennessee, 1978, adapted)

Sunshine carrots is a simple, tasty glazed carrot recipe. I was originally drawn to this recipe by the cheery name – who doesn’t love sunshine? – but it also serves a practical purpose for the members of our family who don’t like cooked carrots.  Sunshine Carrots hides their funkiness with a sweet ginger orange glaze. 

Homemade Condensed Cream of Potato Soup (Wisconsin, 1962, adapted)

My vintage cookbooks are filled with recipes that require some form of condensed cream soups.   Cream of mushroom seems to be the hands-down favorite, followed closely by cream of chicken, but there are still a healthy number of recipes that call for cream of celery or cream of potato.  In terms of convenience and……