Meat Boats (adapted from Cooking Ideas with Portable Electric Appliances, 1960s)

Meat Boats is an odd little hot sandwich recipe well-suited for a weeknight dinner.  The recipe comes to me courtesy of Cooking Ideas with Portable Electric Appliances, a twenty-odd page pamphlet published by the Edison Electric Institute in the mid-1960s.   Folks of a certain age may remember the Edison Electric Institute for their iconic Live……

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,……

Chili Stack (adapted from Sunset Cook Book, 1949)

Chili Stack is an out-of-the-ordinary savory pancake main dish with the flair of the American Southwest.  I’ve never seen anything quite like it before or since.  Adapted from the 1949 Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes, Chili Stack is  a meal of thin cornmeal pancakes and a smooth, spicy chili.  The pancakes and chili are……

Mexi-Casserole (Nebraska, 1987, adapted)

Mexi-Casserole is a quick and dirty weeknight casserole with Mexican-American flavors and a flaky biscuit crust.  In many ways it fits the archetype of post-war convenience food:   ground meat, mixed canned goods, and a Bisquick topping.  If you can brown hamburger you can make Mexi-Casserole.  At the center of the dish is a packet of……

Biscuit-topped Bulgarian Lamb Stew (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Biscuit-topped Bulgarian Lamb Stew is a hearty, simply seasoned lamb stew from Loyta Wooding’s 1972 Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  As I’ve noted elsewhere, in twenty-first century terms a lamb stew doesn’t seem to fit with the strict-budget ethos of Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  Lamb consumption has dropped precipitously since the 1960s and in modern markets lamb is……

Sour Cherry Pie (adapted from The Black Family Reunion Cookbook, 1991)

The Black Family Reunion Cookbook (1991) is one of the books in my collection that I’ve read cover to cover but have never done much cooking from.  It’s not that the recipes aren’t intriguing or delicious, it’s that the stories that accompany them are compelling and essential reading.    The titular “Black Family Reunion” is an……

Hominy and Bacon (adapted from Elena’s Secrets of Mexican Cooking, 1958)

There’s not much to this recipe, but it’s too delicious not to write it up.  This is one of many treasures in Elena’s Secrets of Mexican Cooking (1958) by the indomitable Elena Zelayeta.  Mrs. Zelayeta was a minor celebrity in her day, succeeding in business, publishing, and television in spite of being entirely blind.  Born……