Spaghetti All’Italiana (1937, adapted)

Spaghetti All’Italiana is a classic spaghetti with tomato sauce from a vintage cookbook.  It comes to me by way Recipes from “Round the World”, published by the McNess company in the 1937.  This book includes recipes from over a dozen countries, from Argentina to Switzerland, along with a selection of American favorites.  Each recipe is……

Thai Pork Burritos

Thai Pork Burritos is a gleefully inauthentic weeknight meal with vaguely Asian styling.   They aren’t fancy enough to call fusion food, and would be unrecognizable in Thailand or Mexico.   They are, however, delicious and easy.  They have been a staple at our dinner table for nearly two decades, and were my son’s all-time favorite meal……

Instant Pot Rindsgoulash (Boston Junior League, 1976, adapted)

Instant Pot Rindsgoulash [sic] is an traditional Austrian stew seasoned with paprika, one of many varieties of goulash found across continental Europe.  The proper German spelling is Rindsgulasch, which translates simply as “beef goulash”.  This particular recipe, along with the misspelling, comes to me by way of the Boston Junior League’s 1976 cookbook Presenting Boston… ……

Tomato Pudding (adapted from The Black Family Reunion Cookbook, 1991)

Tomato Pudding is a simple casserole-style side dish meant to accompany a rich Southern meal.  Or maybe it’s a dessert.  The recipe’s original author, Cincinnati restaurateur Barbara Bond, isn’t quite sure.  This recipe comes to me by way of The Black Family Reunion Cookbook,  a recipe book compiled by the National Council of Negro Women…….

Pasta Szechuan (adapted from Open House, 1995)

Pasta Szechuan is a quick and easy weeknight pasta recipe that might bear some resemblance to Asian food if you stand far away and look at it in bad lighting.  The recipe comes to me by way of Open House, a 1995 cookbook supporting the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  A few recipes in Open……

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……