Instant Pot Bombay Chicken (adapted from The Tastes of Home, 2004)

We have a good friend from Idaho who use to joke about a dish she grew up with that her mother called “Hong Kong Chicken”.  In spite of the decidedly ‘ethnic’ name it was, in essence, the archetypal casserole:  chicken pieces bathed in cream of mushroom soup and baked until tender.   So why is it……

Grandmother’s Ginger Nuts (adapted from Mennonite Community Cookbook, 1950)

The recipe in Mennonite Community Cookbook that I find most entertaining is Grandmother’s Ginger Nuts.   This book designates the recipe as “very old”, presumably from the late nineteenth century.   This recipe was submitted independently by two different women, once as Grandmother’s Ginger Nuts and another as Ginger Balls.   And while there’s some puerile entertainment……

Lamb Shank Vindaloo (inspired by Hotpoint Storybook Kitchen Cookbook, 1964)

Vindaloo is one of my favorite Indian dishes, in part because it’s one of the heartier dishes served at Indian restaurants but mostly because the sour and spicy sauce is addictive and delicious.   It’s now an Indian restaurant staple, but has its origins in a vinegary Portuguese stew.  As such you’ll often find it prepared……

Apple Pudding Bread (Wisconsin, 1989, adapted)

Apple Pudding Bread is a spiced dessert bread recipe from Ascension Lutheran’s 1989 community cookbook.   The recipe’s author was a longtime member and mother of three.  She was an avid bridge player and teacher and her husband served in various lay leadership positions at the church.  In the recipe description she brags that Apple……

Gooseberry Ketchup (adapted from Mountain Memories)

Perhaps the recipes that best capture the spirit of Mountain Memories are the jams and jellies and pickles.  Both the vegetable and fruit chapters are prefaced with memories of sauerkraut barrels in the family cellar, the necessity of storing food through rough winters, and pioneer methods for food preservation.  They rely on local fruits and……

Belgardin Brod (from Christmas Convoys, 1952)

Belgardin Brod is one of several traditional European “cookies” featured in Christmas Convoys.  In practice it looks and feels more like a cracker than a cookie, and tastes kind of like a cross between a ginger snap and a snickerdoodle with strong citrus overtones.  It’s kind of like the old fashioned grandma candy equivalent of……