White Fish in Wine Sauce (adapted from Sunset Cook Book, 1949)

White Fish in Wine Sauce captures the West Coast vibe of the Sunset Cook Book, a colorful warm-weather meal that dresses up fresh seafood with vibrant Spanish flavors.  Delicate and filling, casual and elegant, and only takes an hour or so start to finish.  It seems like a perfect weeknight dinner for the California coast, served outdoors……

Smoky Onion Pie (Tennessee, 1996, adapted)

Smoky Onion Pie comes to me by way of a 1996 cookbook from the Crye-Leike Realty company, a Tennessee-based real estate company.   Crye-Leike has published more than two dozen cookbooks from their founding in 1977 up through at least 2018.    Their cookbooks collect recipes from realtors and Crye-Leike employees, in the same vein……

Tomato Barbecue Jell-O Salad (Georgia, 1960s, adapted)

This is one of those recipes that belongs to another time and place, and probably should have stayed there.   Savory Jell-O salads have always fascinated me, but I don’t get around to making them all that often.  There’s usually a weird crunchy ingredient like celery or chopped nuts that prompts the gag reflex just reading……

Curry Spread (adapted from Hotpoint Storybook Kitchen Cookbook, 1964)

This recipe, adapted from the Hotpoint Storybook Kitchen Cookbook, isn’t going to win any awards for originality or flavor but it exemplifies the fancy suburban dinner party aesthetic that General Electric is going for.  The book recommends serving on sauteed bread, and that this relatively modest amount is enough to serve 20, provided that “other……

Tennessee Barbecue Sauce (Tennessee, 1978)

I’ve lived out West all my life where “barbecue” means either tri-tip, hamburgers, or some sort of hodgepodge of Kansas City and Texas-style barbecue from somewhere else in the United States.  I’ve traveled enough to realize that this it utter heresy to some folks, where each regional variant is held as the one true barbecue…….