Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Italiano (Oregon, 2006, adapted)

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Italiano is a dump and go weeknight dish that tastes like a throwback to simpler times.  The recipe comes to me by way of a  community cookbook from my home congregation.  The cookbook was compiled in 2006, but this recipe likely has its origins in a late 1970s kitchen.  The recipe……

Tator Tot Specialty Casserole (Wisconsin, 1988, adapted)

Tator Tot [sic] Specialty Casserole is a throwback to a different time, made from ground beef and a bunch of pantry and freezer items.   This dish is one of two “Tator Tot” recipes from the 1988 recipe collection Thank Heaven for Home Made Cooks, compiled by St. Casimir Catholic Church in Krakow, Wisconsin.  Both are……

Chicken Casserole (California, 1996, adapted)

Chicken Casserole is a low-effort sweet and sticky baked chicken dish with a sauce thrown together from canned goods and salad dressing.  The name is not terribly descriptive.  It bears a strong resemblance to a Russian Chicken recipe that seems to show up in a lot of my community cookbooks, all variants on a recipe……

Vinegar Peppers and Pork (Florida, 1991, adapted)

When I first decided to create a site devoted to vintage recipes it was important to me to present them as our parents and grandparents would have prepared them.   The internet is already saturated with modernized versions of comfort food classics, adding premium ingredients or projecting twenty-first century food trends onto modern dishes.  But if……

Hawaiian Chicken with Ginger and Peach (California, 1996, adapted)

Hawaiian Chicken with Ginger and Peach is a chicken and rice dish with vaguely tropical sensibilities.   If you’re expecting a traditional plate-lunch style chicken you’ll need to look elsewhere:  this dish is more Nixon-era casserole than luau food.  Pan-fried chicken breast is set atop a salty pilaf and seasoned lightly with ginger and coconut –……

Chili Stack (adapted from Sunset Cook Book, 1949)

Chili Stack is an out-of-the-ordinary savory pancake main dish with the flair of the American Southwest.  I’ve never seen anything quite like it before or since.  Adapted from the 1949 Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes, Chili Stack is  a meal of thin cornmeal pancakes and a smooth, spicy chili.  The pancakes and chili are……

Thai Chicken Pizza alla Shandi (Oregon, 2006, adapted)

Thai Chicken Pizza alla Shandi is a protein-heavy, vaguely Asian, sweet and sticky weeknight pizza.   The recipe comes to my by way of Recipes from the Heart, a 2006 community cookbook from the church congregation my family attended.  The recipe was submitted by a woman who has since moved and with whom our family was……

Pork Tenderloin Javanese (adapted from The New St. Louis Symphony of Cooking, 1964)

Pork Tenderloin Javanese is a quick-cooking coriander-scented mock kebab, simple enough for a weeknight but hearty enough for weekend grilling.  If you’re looking for traditional Indonesian food you’ll be disappointed.  Pork tenderloin isn’t especially popular among the people of Java, which is predominantly Muslim.  But while the pork is certainly a Western adaptation, the recipe……

Chinese Pork Balls and Cabbage (adapted from Myra Waldo’s Chinese Cookbook, 1968)

Chinese Pork Balls and Cabbage is a hearty dish suitable for a cool autumn weeknight.  If you’re after an authentic Chinese main dish keep looking.  This recipe is adapted from Myra Waldo’s Chinese Cookbook, first published in 1968, and reflects Americanized Chinese sensibilities adapted to the tastes and ingredient availability of the 1960s.   Like most……