Instant Pot Eggplant Chili (adapted from Open House, 1995)

Instant Pot Eggplant Chili is a hearty vegan dinner perfect for a busy meat-free weeknight.  This recipe comes to me from an unlikely source:  the 1995 cookbook Open House, prepared by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  It’s a weird little cookbook.  On the outside it looks like a run-of-the-mill community cookbook, down to the……

White Gazpacho (adapted from Buen Provecho, New Jersey, 1995)

White Gazpacho is a make-ahead chilled soup perfect for a sweaty summer evening.   This particular recipe is one of two White Gazpacho recipes in Buen Provecho: 500 Years of Hispanic Cuisine (1995), a community cookbook compiled by a group of Hispanic AT&T employees.  Both versions were submitted by the same employee and are, fundamentally,……

Pork Scrapple (adapted from Money-saving Main Dishes, 1966)

Pork Scrapple is a cheap and easy main dish that can be prepped ahead for a quick weeknight meal.   Where I’m from out West scrapple is a dessert or candy, essentially a chocolate bark stuffed with nuts and other crunchy things.  It’s occasionally used to describe an improvised trail mix or an ice cream with……

Sausage Pastiera Gone Wrong (Florida, 1991, adapted)

Sausage Pastiera is a quick-and-dirty pasta casserole that’s kid friendly and suitable for a weeknight pantry meal.   The original recipe comes from the 1991 cookbook Preserving Our Italian Heritage, a community cookbook compiled by the Sons of Italy Florida Foundation.  The first recipe I tried from this cookbook was a swing and a miss, which……

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Italiano (Oregon, 2006, adapted)

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Italiano is a dump and go weeknight dish that tastes like a throwback to simpler times.  The recipe comes to me by way of a  community cookbook from my home congregation.  The cookbook was compiled in 2006, but this recipe likely has its origins in a late 1970s kitchen.  The recipe……

Mushroom Scalloped Potatoes (adapted from Sunset Cook Book, 1949)

Mushroom Scalloped Potatoes is a dump-and-go potato side dish suitable for Sunday dinner.  It’s a labor-saving alternative to more sophisticated sides, and while it lacks the panache of a good pan of scalloped potatoes or funeral potatoes it will still scratch the itch for a creamy, starchy side.  The recipe comes to me by way……

Tucson Chicken (adapted from Cooking with Regis & Kathie Lee, 1993)

Tucson Chicken is a richly sauced chicken and pasta dish suitable for a cool fall weeknight.  And no, I didn’t misspell “Tuscan Chicken”.  There’s certainly some Italian influence at work here, but this recipe comes to us by way of Arizona chef Janos Wilder and a guest spot on Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee. ……

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……

Best Baked Salmon (adapted from Sunset Cook Book, 1949)

I’m gonna be up front with you:  this is not the best way to bake salmon, title be damned.  I’ve spent the last few decades in the Pacific Northwest and am a firm believer in “less is more” when it comes to cooking salmon.  Salt and pepper and EVOO and throw it on the grill. ……