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……

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……

Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Wisconsin, 1988, adapted)

Cottage cheese is a common ingredient in many of my vintage cookbooks, usually as a proxy for ricotta or some sort of farmer’s cheese.   I suspect that a mid-century home cook didn’t have access to the embarrassing variety of cheeses we have available today.  Even my local discount grocer reliably stocks a decent Edam and……

Airy Light Casserole Bread (Oklahoma, 1970s)

Airy Light Casserole Bread is a simple yeast bread that resembles focaccia, but with much less work.  The recipe comes to me by way of Adventures in Food, a community cookbook compiled by my parents’ Oklahoma congregation in the late 1970s.  I’ve never been particularly good with yeast breads, but was intrigued by the unusual……