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)

Several of the church cookbooks I own have some variant of a Tuna Cashew Casserole.  The proportions and details vary, but the key ingredients are the same:  cashews, canned tuna, cream of mushroom soup, and fried chow mein noodles.  There’s usually a crunchy vegetable in there as well, usually celery but some times bean sprouts……

Hay & Straw (adapted from Pasta Cookbook, 1990)

One of my favorite recipes in Pasta Cookbook is “Hay & Straw”, which is the perfect complement to a broiled salmon fillet or simply prepared chicken breast.  The Hay and Straw refer to the two different colors of pasta used in the recipe – the spinach fettuccine is hay and the regular fettuccine is straw. ……