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……

Orange-Glazed Sweet Potatoes (Oregon, 1948, adapted)

Orange-Glazed Sweet Potatoes is a sweet and starchy side dish that will bring something a little bit different to the dinner table.  Prior to finding this recipe I had never considered pairing citrus and sweet potatoes, but a quick search of the internet suggests that I’ve been missing out.   This particular recipe dates back……

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……

Thai Chicken Pizza alla Shandi (Oregon, 2006, adapted)

Thai Chicken Pizza alla Shandi is a protein-heavy, vaguely Asian, sweet and sticky weeknight pizza.   The recipe comes to my by way of Recipes from the Heart, a 2006 community cookbook from the church congregation my family attended.  The recipe was submitted by a woman who has since moved and with whom our family was……

Makina No Tsukemono (adapted from Nippon Ryori Syu, 1972)

Makina No Tsukemono is a quick pickled cabbage-and-peppers recipe in a nominally Japanese style.  I’ve adapted the recipe from Nippon Ryori Syu, a 1972 cookbook compiled and published by the Intermountain District Council of the Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL).  The JACL today bills itself as “the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American/Pacific Islander civil……

Sorrento Soup (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Sorrento Soup is a hearty tomato-vegetable soup perfect for a crisp, autumn weeknight, one of a dozen or so excellent soups in Loyta Wooding’s 1972 Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  While ostensibly written for budget-conscious homemakers in the face of rising food prices, Mrs. Wooding’s background at Betty Crocker kitchens lends a sense of company-friendly sophistication to……

Soup Bagdad (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Soup Bagdad is a warm and rich lentil-and-lamb soup punched up with a heavy hand of fresh herbs.   Despite the long simmer time this is still a tractable weeknight meal, and requires very little chopping or active time.   It’s also plenty hearty for a weekend meal.  This recipe comes to me by way of Smart……