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…….

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……

Orange-Glazed Sweet Potatoes (Oregon, 1948, adapted)

Orange-Glazed Sweet Potatoes is a sweet and starchy side dish that will bring something a little bit different to the dinner table.  Prior to finding this recipe I had never considered pairing citrus and sweet potatoes, but a quick search of the internet suggests that I’ve been missing out.   This particular recipe dates back……

Creamed Beans with Dill Seed (Oregon, 2006, adapted)

Creamed Beans with Dill Seed is a simple yet elegant side dish with a unique and alluring flavor profile.  The recipe comes to me by way of Recipes of the Heart, a 2006 cookbook from my home congregation.  The author is a dear woman who still lives nearby and who I still see regularly.  She is……

Mushroom Scalloped Potatoes (adapted from Sunset Cook Book, 1949)

Mushroom Scalloped Potatoes is a dump-and-go potato side dish suitable for Sunday dinner.  It’s a labor-saving alternative to more sophisticated sides, and while it lacks the panache of a good pan of scalloped potatoes or funeral potatoes it will still scratch the itch for a creamy, starchy side.  The recipe comes to me by way……

Makina No Tsukemono (adapted from Nippon Ryori Syu, 1972)

Makina No Tsukemono is a quick pickled cabbage-and-peppers recipe in a nominally Japanese style.  I’ve adapted the recipe from Nippon Ryori Syu, a 1972 cookbook compiled and published by the Intermountain District Council of the Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL).  The JACL today bills itself as “the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American/Pacific Islander civil……

Soup Bagdad (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Soup Bagdad is a warm and rich lentil-and-lamb soup punched up with a heavy hand of fresh herbs.   Despite the long simmer time this is still a tractable weeknight meal, and requires very little chopping or active time.   It’s also plenty hearty for a weekend meal.  This recipe comes to me by way of Smart……