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… ……

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……

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……

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……

Pork Scrapple (adapted from Money-saving Main Dishes, 1966)

Pork Scrapple is a cheap and easy main dish that can be prepped ahead for a quick weeknight meal.   Where I’m from out West scrapple is a dessert or candy, essentially a chocolate bark stuffed with nuts and other crunchy things.  It’s occasionally used to describe an improvised trail mix or an ice cream with……

Meat Boats (adapted from Cooking Ideas with Portable Electric Appliances, 1960s)

Meat Boats is an odd little hot sandwich recipe well-suited for a weeknight dinner.  The recipe comes to me courtesy of Cooking Ideas with Portable Electric Appliances, a twenty-odd page pamphlet published by the Edison Electric Institute in the mid-1960s.   Folks of a certain age may remember the Edison Electric Institute for their iconic Live……