Spam Puffs (adapted from Sunset Cook Book, 1949)

Say what you will but I’m a big fan of Spam.  No irony, no poverty cuisine voyeurism, no pining for some lost Hawaiian vacation:  fried Spam is a genuine treat for our family.  At any given time we’ll have a half a dozen cans on hand, ready to whip up a quick batch of musubis……

Tuna Cashew Casserole (Various, 1960s-1970s)

Tuna Cashew Casserole is an odd amalgam of cashews, canned tuna, cream of mushroom soup, and fried chow mein noodles.  I’ve seen at least half a dozen variants of this recipe spread across different church cookbooks.  The proportions and details vary but the key ingredients are the same.  There’s usually a crunchy vegetable in there……

Hay & Straw (adapted from Pasta Cookbook, 1990)

Hay & Straw is a creamy weeknight pasta dish with a unique visual flair. one of my favorite recipes in the Country Kitchen Collection’s Pasta Cookbook.    The hay and straw in Hay & Straw refer to the two different colors of pasta used in the recipe.  The spinach fettuccine is hay and the regular……