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……

40 Carrots (Nebraska, 1987, adapted)

I’m a little bit embarrassed to publish this.  40 Carrots isn’t much of a recipe, and the end result isn’t really worth eating.  Spoiler alert:  it’s cooked carrots and Cheez Whiz.   It tastes exactly like you’d imagine.  My kids weren’t impressed.  I won’t be making this one again. Why did I choose to make it……

Mexi-Casserole (Nebraska, 1987, adapted)

Mexi-Casserole is a quick and dirty weeknight casserole with Mexican-American flavors and a flaky biscuit crust.  In many ways it fits the archetype of post-war convenience food:   ground meat, mixed canned goods, and a Bisquick topping.  If you can brown hamburger you can make Mexi-Casserole.  At the center of the dish is a packet of……

Chicken with Fresh Pears Stir-Fry (adapted from Sunset Wok Cook Book (1989))

Chicken with Fresh Pears is an enjoyable summertime stir-fry perfect for weeknights.  If you’re looking for traditional Chinese cuisine look elsewhere.  This dish, along with many others in Sunset Wok Cook Book (1989), falls squarely in the old school Americanized stir-fry tradition.   Stir-frying is an ingenious technique that works well with almost any set……

Cookbook Review: Eating In (1986)

I picked up my copy of Betty Fussell’s Eating In off of the “free” rack at a bookstore on the Oregon coast, sometime in the summer of 2005. It’s a cookbook that I’ve spent more time reading over the years than cooking from; I appreciate it more for its philosophical approach than the recipes themselves….

Cookbook Review: Private Collection (Junior League of Palo Alto, 1980)

Private Collection is a fundraising cookbook compiled by the Junior League of Palo Alto, but it is no ordinary community cookbook.   Instead of the usual spiralbound cookbooks that come from churches and rotary clubs, Private Collection is a hardbound volume printed on quality paper with a bar code on the back and ISBN number on…

Mountain Memories (1980)

Mountain Memories by Shirley Craig Noble is two parts cookbook, one part history book, and one part family history. It collects memories from Mrs. Noble’s own life growing up in post-war Appalachia, as well as collected stories and recipes from prior generations. This was another hand-me-down from my grandmother, part of the hard-times/good-old-days memorabilia in…

The Complete Curry Cookbook (1984)

The Complete Curry Cookbook is the seventh in a series of cookbooks by celebrated Australian cook Charmaine Solomon, and one of several co-authored with her husband Reuben.  A native of Sri Lanka, Charmaine turned a penchant for cooking into a thirty-odd cookbooks and a successful line of custom spice blends and marinades.  Like Diana Kennedy,…

Breakfast and Brunch (Country Kitchen Collection, 1980s)

Another entry from Jean Childress’ Country Kitchen Collection, Breakfast and Brunch is a short selection of brunch recipes in Ms. Childress’ familiar hand-lettered calligraphy. The epigraph gives the flavor of what’s to come: a delightful, relaxed way to entertain or to give the family a weekend treat.  Less time consuming than an evening meal, brunch…

Cookie Cookbook (Country Kitchen Collection, 1985)

Cookie Cookbook is another entry in The Country Kitchen Collection; Jean Childress’ large library of very small cookbooks. As one might imagine this volume focuses exclusively on cookies: twenty-eight recipes in all, hand-lettered and simply illustrated in keeping with the rest of the series. I frankly find it hard to get excited about cookies. We…