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……

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.  ……

Mexican Barley Soup (adapted from Mexican Recipes, 1967)

Mexican Barley Soup exemplifies the balance of accessibility and authenticity that Mexican Recipes is trying to achieve.  This recipe is nestled in with a bunch of more obviously traditional recipes, including an excellent albondiga sopa and menudo, but I suspect that Mexican Barley soup is a modern invention.  I’m no expert, but I’ve lived my……

Orange-Spiced Pot Roast (Oklahoma, 1970s adapted)

Orange-Spiced Pot Roast is a standout in Adventures in Food.  Most of the Main Dish recipes are practical weeknight meals, and most play it safe with the contemporary American palate.  Orange-Spiced Pot Roast is neither – it’s a special occasion Sunday recipe with a “real South American flavor” and “elegant enough for informal dinner parties.”  ……