Sweet Sour Cream Cornbread (adapted from Open House, 1995)

Sweet Sour Cream Cornbread is a quick and dirty instant cornbread recipe perfect for beginner cooks.  If I were twenty years younger I might call this a “hack” or “cheat code”.  The key ingredient is Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, already a shortcut to better-than-it-ought-to-be cornbread.   For those unfamiliar, Jiffy Corn Muffins are usually prepared 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,……

Connoisseur’s Casserole (Ohio, 1995, adapted)

In my home vegetables are often served naked.  I try (and occasionally fail) to ensure that my family has a serving of fruits or vegetables with every meal, but most of my time and energy goes into the entree course.  Many of these feature plenty of vegetables, but if the entree doesn’t have enough plant……

Chicken Delicious (Tennessee, 1978)

Chicken Delicious, from the Thorn Grove Baptist Church cookbook, is kind of like the casserole version of the everything bagel.  It combines several different elements of 1960s/1970s cuisine into a single dish, and then amps it up to eleven by wrapping everything in bacon and seasoning with MSG.  Outside of whatever fungal matter exists in……

Cheddar Cheese Cabbage with Sausage

Cheddar Cheese Cabbage with Sausage is an, um, experimental weeknight meal loosely inspired by a Cabbage-Cheese Chowder, a mid-70s recipe from a previous post.   The original Cabbage-Cheese Chowder recipe is a budget supper made from condensed cheddar cheese soup, cabbage, and diced baloney.  I made it on a lark, wondering why anyone would think……

California Cup (Oklahoma, 1970s)

This one was puzzling .   I mean, it’s just canned tomato soup and cranberry juice, served ice cold.  I think this is supposed to be a chilled soup appetizer, but I’m not sure for what occasion.    A Halloween party?   Dinner with an enemy?     And where does California come into the picture?  Was this some……