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…….

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……

Curried Carrot Croquettes (adapted from Sunset Wok Cook Book)

The recipe that perhaps best showcases the spirit of Sunset Wok Cook Book is  Curried Carrot Croquettes.   It fits with the vaguely Asian theme of the cook book (India’s in Asia, yo) and still maintains the mid-80s suburban dinner party vibe of the rest of the book.  It’s also a great way to use a……