Orygun’s French Dressing (Oregon, 1974, adapted)

This simple salad dressing recipe comes from No Regrets, a cookbook compiled by the Junior League of Portland (Oregon) in 1974.   The recipe itself doesn’t particularly spark joy in me – I find it hard to get excited about salad dressing in general – but the title makes me smile.  No, it’s not a typo. ……

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……

Gooseberry Ketchup (adapted from Mountain Memories)

Perhaps the recipes that best capture the spirit of Mountain Memories are the jams and jellies and pickles.  Both the vegetable and fruit chapters are prefaced with memories of sauerkraut barrels in the family cellar, the necessity of storing food through rough winters, and pioneer methods for food preservation.  They rely on local fruits and……

Tennessee Barbecue Sauce (Tennessee, 1978)

I’ve lived out West all my life where “barbecue” means either tri-tip, hamburgers, or some sort of hodgepodge of Kansas City and Texas-style barbecue from somewhere else in the United States.  I’ve traveled enough to realize that this it utter heresy to some folks, where each regional variant is held as the one true barbecue…….