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… ……

Tomato Pudding (adapted from The Black Family Reunion Cookbook, 1991)

Tomato Pudding is a simple casserole-style side dish meant to accompany a rich Southern meal.  Or maybe it’s a dessert.  The recipe’s original author, Cincinnati restaurateur Barbara Bond, isn’t quite sure.  This recipe comes to me by way of The Black Family Reunion Cookbook,  a recipe book compiled by the National Council of Negro Women…….

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,……

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……

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.  ……

Chicken Cutlets with a Swiss Cheese Crust (Nebraska, 1987, adapted)

Chicken Cutlets with a Swiss Cheese Crust is a tasty fried chicken dish suitable for weeknight cooking.   The whole chicken and cheese thing isn’t normally appealing to me, but I had been craving fried chicken like crazy when I came across this recipe.  I was also looking for an opportunity to use my new meat……