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 and Sausage

In a previous post I braved the weirdness of Cabbage-Cheese Chowder, a weeknight soup from a mid-70s recipe collection made from condensed cheddar cheese soup, cabbage, and diced baloney.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It’s hardly some hidden culinary masterpiece, but the cheddar soup and cabbage pair pretty well together.  The baloney is still baloney, but……

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……