Sesame Baked Chicken (Oregon, 1974, adapted)

Sesame Baked Chicken is a delightfully different take on old school oven-baked chicken.  If you’ve come looking for sweet and sticky Asian style fried chicken you’ve come to the wrong place:  this is more Shake ‘n Bake than Panda Express.   This recipe comes courtesy of No Regrets, a 1974 cookbook compiled by the Portland,……

Tator Tot Specialty Casserole (Wisconsin, 1988, adapted)

Tator Tot [sic] Specialty Casserole is a throwback to a different time, made from ground beef and a bunch of pantry and freezer items.   This dish is one of two “Tator Tot” recipes from the 1988 recipe collection Thank Heaven for Home Made Cooks, compiled by St. Casimir Catholic Church in Krakow, Wisconsin.  Both are……

Vinegar Peppers and Pork (Florida, 1991, adapted)

When I first decided to create a site devoted to vintage recipes it was important to me to present them as our parents and grandparents would have prepared them.   The internet is already saturated with modernized versions of comfort food classics, adding premium ingredients or projecting twenty-first century food trends onto modern dishes.  But if……

Hawaiian Chicken with Ginger and Peach (California, 1996, adapted)

Hawaiian Chicken with Ginger and Peach is a chicken and rice dish with vaguely tropical sensibilities.   If you’re expecting a traditional plate-lunch style chicken you’ll need to look elsewhere:  this dish is more Nixon-era casserole than luau food.  Pan-fried chicken breast is set atop a salty pilaf and seasoned lightly with ginger and coconut –……

Thai Chicken Pizza alla Shandi (Oregon, 2006, adapted)

Thai Chicken Pizza alla Shandi is a protein-heavy, vaguely Asian, sweet and sticky weeknight pizza.   The recipe comes to my by way of Recipes from the Heart, a 2006 community cookbook from the church congregation my family attended.  The recipe was submitted by a woman who has since moved and with whom our family was……

Beef and Noodles Italiano (Missouri, 1964, adapted)

Beef and Noodles Italiano is a hearty two-pot-one-meal pasta dish with vaguely Italian sensibilities.  Adapted from a 1964 community cookbook published by the St. Louis Symphony, Beef and Noodle sItaliano has a little bit of a fancy company vibe to it, in keeping with the mildly patrician sensibilities of the rest of the book.  The……

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

Sorrento Soup is a hearty tomato-vegetable soup perfect for a crisp, autumn weeknight, one of a dozen or so excellent soups in Loyta Wooding’s 1972 Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  While ostensibly written for budget-conscious homemakers in the face of rising food prices, Mrs. Wooding’s background at Betty Crocker kitchens lends a sense of company-friendly sophistication to……

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……

Sloppy Chinese Burgers (California, 1990s, adapted)

Sloppy Chinese Burgers is a tasty weeknight sandwich that comes to me by way of Bless This Food, a community cookbook compiled by the Little White Chapel Christian Church in Burbank, California.  The recipe was submitted by one Carol L., who contributed dozens of other normally named recipes such as Dori’s Rigatoni and Noodle Chicken.  ……