Tomato Beef Chow Yuk with Pea Pods (Oregon, 1974, adapted)

I’m fortunate to live in an area with a large Asian population and have ready access to high-quality traditional Chinese food.  And I occasionally like to tell myself that I’m somehow fancy or cultured because I can distinguish regional cuisines or appreciate cold, spiced jellyfish, but I also have a soft spot in my heart……

Mexican Barley Soup (adapted from Mexican Recipes, 1967)

Mexican Barley Soup is a hearty beef soup that’s easy enough to cobble together on a weeknight.   I have adapted it gently from the 1967 cookbook Mexican Recipes.  Mexican Barley Soup exemplifies the simplicity and accessibility of the selection in Mexican Recipes.  This recipe is nestled in with a bunch of more obviously traditional recipes,……

Tuna Creole, Hold The Tuna (adapted from Tomato Ketchup Recipe Collection)

If I had to distill Tomato Ketchup Recipe Collection into a single recipe it would be Tuna Creole.  It straddles the line between ketchup-as-tomato-sauce recipes and unholy monstrosity, and also stands as a testament to the 1980s weeknight meal.  I suppose someone must still be buying Tuna Helper, but the whole “Tuna with Sauce over……