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……

Macaroni with Yogurt Sauce (California, 1990s, adapted)

I’ve been cooking long enough that I can figure out what a recipe’s going to taste like just from reading the ingredient list.  There’s not a lot new under the sun, and the community cookbooks that I frequently cook from aren’t exactly known for their innovative cuisine.  There’s an awful lot of repetition, even within……

Chicken Pistachio Pasta Salad (California, 2006, adapted)

Chicken Pistachio Pasta Salad is a hearty entrée salad perfect for a warm summer evening.   This recipe comes to me by way of a community cookbook from the Mother Teresa Maternity Home in Placerville, CA, which serves as both a women’s shelter and a temporary home for pregnant women.   Unlike most community cookbooks, this one……

40 Carrots (Nebraska, 1987, adapted)

I’m a little bit embarrassed to publish this.  40 Carrots isn’t much of a recipe, and the end result isn’t really worth eating.  Spoiler alert:  it’s cooked carrots and Cheez Whiz.   It tastes exactly like you’d imagine.  My kids weren’t impressed.  I won’t be making this one again. Why did I choose to make it……

Funeral Potatoes (California, 1997, adapted)

Funeral potatoes are an almost meme-worthy dish these days, one of the few mid-century canned-soup-and-cream casseroles that’s still aligned with the twenty-first century palate.  I’ve never been to a funeral with refreshments, much less a full meal.  The dreary name presumably stems from a custom of serving them at a post-service family meal, or perhaps……