Salsa per Spaghetti (1937, adapted)

Salsa per Spaghetti is a thick and hearty spaghetti sauce made with tomatoes and onions.   The original version of this recipe comes from Recipes from “Round the World”, a 1937 cookbook published by the McNess company.  Recipes from “Round the World” contains over a hundred recipes from fifteen countries, presented in their original language side-by-side……

Instant Pot Rindsgoulash (Boston Junior League, 1976, adapted)

Instant Pot Rindsgoulash [sic] is an traditional Austrian stew seasoned with paprika, one of many varieties of goulash found across continental Europe.  The proper German spelling is Rindsgulasch, which translates simply as “beef goulash”.  This particular recipe, along with the misspelling, comes to me by way of the Boston Junior League’s 1976 cookbook Presenting Boston… ……

Pasta Szechuan (adapted from Open House, 1995)

Pasta Szechuan is a quick and easy weeknight pasta recipe that might bear some resemblance to Asian food if you stand far away and look at it in bad lighting.  The recipe comes to me by way of Open House, a 1995 cookbook supporting the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  A few recipes in Open……

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……

Pork Tenderloin Javanese (adapted from The New St. Louis Symphony of Cooking, 1964)

Pork Tenderloin Javanese is a quick-cooking coriander-scented mock kebab, simple enough for a weeknight but hearty enough for weekend grilling.  If you’re looking for traditional Indonesian food you’ll be disappointed.  Pork tenderloin isn’t especially popular among the people of Java, which is predominantly Muslim.  But while the pork is certainly a Western adaptation, the recipe……

Instant Pot Chicken and Black Bean Soup (California, 2006, adapted)

Instant Pot Chicken and Black Bean Soup is a simply prepared soup with Mexican sensibilities suitable for a cool weeknight.  The recipe is one of many lovely soups in a 2006 cookbook from the Mother Teresa Maternity Home in Placerville, California.  The home serves as a women’s shelter with a special emphasis on housing women……

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.  ……