Eggs and Tomatoes, or American Shakshuka (Wisconsin, 1962, adapted)

Eggs and Tomatoes is a simple main dish from the good women of Arcadia, Wisconsin ca. 1962.  Nestled among a variety of chicken casseroles and chop suey recipes, this recipe is something of an outlier.  No meat.  No condensed soup.  And a keen-eyed observer might recognize this dish looks an awful lot like shakshuka, a North……

Grandma’s Cheesecake with Chocolate Sour Cream

I spend a lot of time reading cookbooks from communities and churches that I’ve never seen written by people that I never knew.  I’ll do some basic internet research to learn about the community and what it must have been like way back when, but it’s rarely possible to connect the dots completely.  Food can……

Tomato Soup Cake (Oklahoma, 1970s)

This bizarre spice cake recipe has a minor cult following online, a trend that Campbell’s has embraced wholeheartedly.   Campbell’s takes credit for inventing the recipe in the late 1920s and making continuous tweaks and updates to “evolve the recipe with trends in the culinary world”.   I personally have no nostalgia for this cake.  Condensed soup……