Pumpkin Crumble Cake (Oregon, 2006, adapted)

For a home cook I feel like I know my way around a kitchen.  But everyone’s got their blind spots, and mine is baking.  I don’t enjoy it and I’m not good at it, and despite a background in chemistry I’m especially bad at yeast breads.  I can’t even make a decent pizza crust (although……

Chicken Cutlets with a Swiss Cheese Crust (Nebraska, 1987, adapted)

Chicken Cutlets with a Swiss Cheese Crust is a tasty fried chicken dish suitable for weeknight cooking.   The whole chicken and cheese thing isn’t normally appealing to me, but I had been craving fried chicken like crazy when I came across this recipe.  I was also looking for an opportunity to use my new meat……

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……

Spanish Chinese Fried Rice (New Jersey, 1995, adapted)

Spanish Chinese Fried Rice is a nifty little recipe that I found in Buen Provecho, a community cookbook compiled by HISPA, then a professional development group for Hispanic AT&T employees.  This cookbook was put together to raise money for the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund as part of HISPA’s larger efforts in the community.  Shortly after Buen……

Peppers Stuffed with Eggs (adapted from Old-Time Meatless Recipes, 1955)

Peppers Stuffed with Eggs is a nifty little baked eggs recipe from Katharine McClinton’s 1955 cookbook Old-Time Meatless Recipes.   Originally published as Loaves and Fishes:  Menus and Recipes for Fridays and Lent, this cookbook defines “meatless” in terms of traditional Catholic dietary restrictions; in modern parlance lacto-ovo-piscetarian is probably more appropriate.  More than half of……

Smoky Onion Pie (Tennessee, 1996, adapted)

Smoky Onion Pie comes to me by way of a 1996 cookbook from the Crye-Leike Realty company, a Tennessee-based real estate company.   Crye-Leike has published more than two dozen cookbooks from their founding in 1977 up through at least 2018.    Their cookbooks collect recipes from realtors and Crye-Leike employees, in the same vein……

Latino Yuppie Baked Green Rice (“Colombia”, adapted from Buen Provecho, 1995)

Buen Provecho is a 1995 cookbook compiled by the Hispanic employee group at AT&T, New Jersey chapter.  It is an absolute treasure trove of recipes, submitted by employees with every-which-flavor of Latin American heritage you can think of.  Individual recipes are identified by cuisine, and there is a helpful glossary to define terms and ingredients……

Bisquick Taco Pie (Indiana, 1992, adapted)

Bisquick Taco Pie is a nifty little weeknight casserole from a 1992 cookbook compiled by the Hebron Indiana Order of the Eastern Star.  I’m not sure whether Masonic traditions involve potlucks, but this is a brilliant old-school potluck dish. It’s a variant on a biscuit-topped shepherd’s pie, jazzed up with some Americanized Mexican flavors.  In……