Thai Pork Burritos

Thai Pork Burritos is a gleefully inauthentic weeknight meal with vaguely Asian styling.   They aren’t fancy enough to call fusion food, and would be unrecognizable in Thailand or Mexico.   They are, however, delicious and easy.  They have been a staple at our dinner table for nearly two decades, and were my son’s all-time favorite meal……

Arroz Verde de Zihuatanejo (adapted from Buen Provecho, New Jersey, 1995)

Arroz Verde de Zihuatanejo (Green Rice from Zihuatanejo) is a traditional Mexican side dish that can be thrown together easily on a weeknight.   The recipe comes to me by way of Buen Provecho:  500 Years of Hispanic Cuisine, a 1995 community cookbook compiled by a Hispanic employee group at AT&T.   Arroz Verde de Zihuatanejo is one……

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……

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……

Macaroni with Yogurt Sauce (California, 1990s, adapted)

I’ve been cooking long enough that I can figure out what a recipe’s going to taste like just from reading the ingredient list.  There’s not a lot new under the sun, and the community cookbooks that I frequently cook from aren’t exactly known for their innovative cuisine.  There’s an awful lot of repetition, even within……

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. ……

Curried Chicken with Rice Colombo (Oklahoma, 1920s, adapted)

Curried Chicken with Rice Colombo comes to us by way of a community cookbook published by the First Presbyterian Church of Enid, Oklahoma in the late 1920s.    Originally published in the Kansas City Star, it provides an interesting window into perceptions of “exotic” cuisine in this area.   Colombo presumably refers to the Sri Lankan port……

Cheese Grits with Tomato Gravy (adapted from The Black Family Reunion Cookbook, 1991)

The Black Family Reunion Cookbook (1991) is a glorious cookbook compiled by the National Council of Negro Women.   The recipes honor NCNW’s founder, Mary McLeod Bethune, and commemorate the organization’s annual Black Family Reunion Celebration, which honors “the historic strengths and values of the Black Family.”  The recipes are peppered with stories of Ms…….

Tomato Beef Chow Yuk with Pea Pods (Oregon, 1974, adapted)

I’m fortunate to live in an area with a large Asian population and have ready access to high-quality traditional Chinese food.  And I occasionally like to tell myself that I’m somehow fancy or cultured because I can distinguish regional cuisines or appreciate cold, spiced jellyfish, but I also have a soft spot in my heart……