Mock-Steak Joubey (adapted from The Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Mock-Steak Joubey is one of the more entertaining recipes in The Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  To some degree it captures the essence of the cookbook – making elegant meals with ground meat or inexpensive cuts – but very few of the recipes take that charge quite so literally.   Mock-Steak Joubey actually fashions a ground meat patty……

Peppers Stuffed with Eggs (adapted from Old-Time Meatless Recipes, 1955)

Peppers Stuffed with Eggs is a nifty little baked eggs recipe from Katharine McClinton’s 1955 cookbook Old-Time Meatless Recipes.   Originally published as Loaves and Fishes:  Menus and Recipes for Fridays and Lent, this cookbook defines “meatless” in terms of traditional Catholic dietary restrictions; in modern parlance lacto-ovo-piscetarian is probably more appropriate.  More than half of……

Sour Cherry Pie (adapted from The Black Family Reunion Cookbook, 1991)

The Black Family Reunion Cookbook (1991) is one of the books in my collection that I’ve read cover to cover but have never done much cooking from.  It’s not that the recipes aren’t intriguing or delicious, it’s that the stories that accompany them are compelling and essential reading.    The titular “Black Family Reunion” is an……

Chicken alla Margherita (adapted from Private Collection, Junior League of Palo Alto, 1980)

Chicken alla Margherita is a sophisticated-but-easy-enough-for-a-weeknight dish from Private Collection, a cookbook published by the Junior League of Palo Alto.    The recipe’s author is presented to the reader as a member of one of “Northern California’s oldest Italian families” with a “flair and elegance for entertaining”, and the author of luxurious risotto recipe in the……

Hot Cucumber Soup (Indiana, 1984, adapted)

Whoever invented the phrase “cool as a cucumber” never partied with the St. Andrew’s Parish Bingo Committee.  Hot Cucumber Soup is a straightforward weeknight recipe courtesy of a sixty-something parishioner.   It’s a creamy vegetable soup thickened with white sauce and sour cream.   The vegetable base includes the usual suspects, a mirepoix and some boiled potatoes,……

Bananas and Cranberries (adapted from Old-Time Meatless Recipes, 1955)

The recipe that I’ve chosen to exemplify the spirit of Old-Time Meatless Recipes is a simple side dish of bananas and cranberries.  It is meant to accompany a luncheon menu of cheese rarebit (i.e. Welsh rabbit) and coffee.  As will be obvious from the ingredient list, it is not the tastiest nor most sophisticated recipe……

Sunshine Carrots (Tennessee, 1978, adapted)

Sunshine carrots is a simple, tasty glazed carrot recipe. I was originally drawn to this recipe by the cheery name – who doesn’t love sunshine? – but it also serves a practical purpose for the members of our family who don’t like cooked carrots.  Sunshine Carrots hides their funkiness with a sweet ginger orange glaze.