Soup Bagdad (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Soup Bagdad is a warm and rich lentil-and-lamb soup punched up with a heavy hand of fresh herbs.   Despite the long simmer time this is still a tractable weeknight meal, and requires very little chopping or active time.   It’s also plenty hearty for a weekend meal.  This recipe comes to me by way of Smart……

Lamb Conquistador (adapted from the Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Lamb Conquistador is an easy weeknight chili-with-beans from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook (1972) by former Betty Crocker executive Loyta Wooding.   Like many recipes in Smart Shopper’s Cookbook it treats lamb shoulder and lamb chops as a budget friendly item – a cost-friendly alternative to beef.  This may have been true in the 1970s but it’s hardly……

Curried Chicken with Rice Colombo (Oklahoma, 1920s, adapted)

Curried Chicken with Rice Colombo comes to us by way of a community cookbook published by the First Presbyterian Church of Enid, Oklahoma in the late 1920s.    Originally published in the Kansas City Star, it provides an interesting window into perceptions of “exotic” cuisine in this area.   Colombo presumably refers to the Sri Lankan port……

Cheese Grits with Tomato Gravy (adapted from The Black Family Reunion Cookbook, 1991)

The Black Family Reunion Cookbook (1991) is a glorious cookbook compiled by the National Council of Negro Women.   The recipes honor NCNW’s founder, Mary McLeod Bethune, and commemorate the organization’s annual Black Family Reunion Celebration, which honors “the historic strengths and values of the Black Family.”  The recipes are peppered with stories of Ms…….

Party Pizzas (Ohio, 1960s, adapted)

Party Pizzas are more of an idea than a recipe; an easy way to throw together pizza goodness for a weeknight meal or midnight stack.  This particular idea/recipe comes from a mid-60s cookbook compiled by the VFW post in rural Round Head, Ohio.  The underlying idea is simple:  instead of pizza crust, roll refrigerator biscuits……

Chicken in a Hurry (Oregon, 1974, adapted)

Chicken in a Hurry is a weeknight chicken dish adapted from No Regrets (1974), a compilation of recipes from the Portland (Oregon) Junior League.  The name of the recipe is somewhat misleading – this recipe still takes around an hour start to finish – but it requires very little active time and no chopping.   In……

Chicken alla Margherita (adapted from Private Collection, Junior League of Palo Alto, 1980)

Chicken alla Margherita is a sophisticated-but-easy-enough-for-a-weeknight dish from Private Collection, a cookbook published by the Junior League of Palo Alto.    The recipe’s author is presented to the reader as a member of one of “Northern California’s oldest Italian families” with a “flair and elegance for entertaining”, and the author of luxurious risotto recipe in the……