JULY 2021 CHALLENGE: Vintage American recipes!

Joined Jun 7, 2021
Tonight's entry is Biscuit-pizza sliders, and Tacitus. The sliders were made with Pillsbury buttery Grands, divided into halves, like mini burger buns. These were filled with provolone and cheddar, cut to fit, followed by 2 slices pepperoni, and a quarter slice tomato I dressed them with EVOO, basil, and oregano. Baked in oven for ten minutes. The crew loved them.

The taquitos were made by steaming corn tortillas until soft enough to roll, and filled with bulk, pork breakfast sausage, seasoned with Sriracha, and Franks Red Hot. A spoonful of meat was rolled, together with a stick of aged, white cheddar, cut to fit. A little oil was drizzled on top before popping into the oven 20210708_173133.jpg . These came out nice and crispy, and surprisingly well flavored, for making with breakfast sausage. Here's pictures -


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Joined May 4, 2005
So this here is a homemade version of "Tuna Helper," a total vintage dish. I made a roux of sorts with evaporated milk and homemade chicken broth. Lots of fines herb and thyme, mirepoix, broccoli and canned tuna. Waaayyyyy better than the box, and much healthier! I don't even want to know how much sodium is in the box. It still remains a guilty pleasure though. :)

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Joined Dec 18, 2010
Stewed Chicken.

I struggle with what to call this (or even declare it a valid "American classic") because it is a bit of a mash-up between Southern Chicken Stew and Chicken Cacciatore (the version I know from New England). You decide... all I can say is that it was really yummy!

Starts with chicken thighs, pan roasted (but not necessarily thoroughly cooked)

Next some onion, garlic and mushrooms. Sauté and then reduce some white wine (drink some too!)


... and garden-fresh tomato that was de-skinned and de-seeded along with some herbs (thyme from the garden and bay leaf from a jar)


Stew, stew, stew until it all "melts together"...


Serve (fingerling potatoes, but rice would have been good too) and eat.

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Joined Dec 18, 2010

"Vintage"... what is the definition of "vintage????

I first became acquainted with what is now known as "artisanal bread" from a bakery in Capitola California. That was in the early 1980's. I hereby declare the 20th century as legitimately within the definition of "vintage"!

The sourdough starter that I maintain is, I'd guess, 20 years old. I can't really recall... but it's probably that old per recollection. Normally it says in the refrigerator and for this bake it was revived for 4 consecutive days at 100% hydration. This bread is in the style (okay... a direct copy is what I planned) of the sourdough sandwich bread that Joe Ortiz and Gayle's Bakery has been making since about 1978.

The dough, mixed and in first rise


Formed and ready for panning


Glazed, slashed, and into the oven. Photo taken after a few minutes of heat... that's oven spring not over-fermented dough. :)


... and the final product

Joined Dec 18, 2010

With sincere apologies to Planethoff, who represented the most classic of vintage American Sandwiches earlier in the challenge... submitted for your consideration is this vintage American summer treat!

  • Capitola-style Sourdough Sandwich bread, sliced thick and toasted (not quite "Texas toast because I wanted to fully comply with the "American" criteria)
  • Best Foods Mayonnaise (also known as Hellman's East of the Mississippi)
  • Black Brandywine tomato picked this morning from the garden
  • Sprinkle of Maldon salt and hickory-smoked pepper
  • Garnished with Mt. Olive Bead and Butter pickles
I'm sure the sandwich would have been just as good with Duke's or an alternative mayo but...

Please excuse the introduction of Malden salt. As all probably know, it is a UK product. But here's the link between Maldon and America (from Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maldon):

In the church of All Saints is a memorial window to George Washington, whose great-great grandfather, Lawrence Washington, is buried here. Unveiled by an American diplomat on 5 July 1928, the window displays Saint Nicholas with the Mayflower, Saint George, and Saint Joan of Arc in the centre. At the top are the arms of the Washington family, and the arms of the USA, England, Scotland and Wales. At the bottom are depictions of George Washington, the landing of the Mayflower, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Statue of Liberty.



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Joined Dec 18, 2010

Another day and another lunch, thus another sandwich. Today the American classic grilled cheese. Every culture probably has something similar but in the US that I grew up in it is white bread, American cheese, pan grilled, and often eaten with tomato soup.

My version (a slightly "grown-up" grilled cheese sandwich)
  • Capitola sourdough sandwich bread (still eating it and there may be enough for one more sandwich entry!)
  • Two cheeses: provolone and cheddar (2:1)
  • Buttered bread - just the outside (ever so slightly... just enough to barely fill the pores lest the sandwich get greasy)
  • Dijon mustard (we generally have 4 different mustards but this is all I could find in the refrigerator today)
Note: the mustard is , indeed, a product of France. If this is a disqualifier, c'est la vie. :)



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Joined Jun 7, 2021
They say that there is nothing more American than Apple Pie. Well apples came from Europe. Blueberries, on the other hand, are truly American, and have been made into pies since colonial times.

Though I didn't have the right tools, or even a pie plate, I had the lard, the flour, salt, blueberries Etc. T%his is definitely not my prettiest pie. I;m calling it - Chief's Ugly, but Tasty Blueberry Pie. Here's what i made today:

Crust: 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups lard

Modified blueberry pie filling


¾ cup sugar
½ cup AP flour
5 cups fresh blueberries
1tbsp lemon juice
1tablespoon cold butter

Other ingredients:
1 large egg
3 tbs. milk

You know the drill. Ice cold lard, in a cold bowl with unbleached AP flour. Cut in the lard to form pea gravel texture. Sprinkle ice water over the dough. Divide into two equal portions. Flour a suitable working surface. Form 1/2 of the pie dough into a disk; and place on work surface. Flour the top, and roll into a 1/4 inch thick disk. Gently transfer to your pie pan. CILL REMAINING DOUGH, AND BOTTOM CRUST. combine filing ingredients, folding together so that sugar, and flour coat all of the berries.

Roll out top crust. Preheat oven to450'. Fill bottom crust with filling. Place top crust gently on top, or cut to weave a lattice crust. Flute the edges, brush with egg wash, and bake for ten minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 40 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool for 3 hours.

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Joined Dec 18, 2010

Not a fancy steakhouse restaurant, but Friday night supper at home.
  • Manhattan
  • Heirloom tomato salad (red wine vinaigrette, fermented garlic, and chives)
  • New York Strip steak (seasoned with herbs, salt, pepper, and cooked on the outdoor grill)
  • Pan-roasted shishito peppers
  • "Baked beans" - I'm completely embarrassed to admit that they are from a can
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Joined May 4, 2005
I got a good one: carrot cake!
Carrots, walnuts, currants, spices and a cream cheese frosting. Didn't get a shot of the inside because we all dug right in. I did make it this month, half with the challenge in mind, and, well, the other half with my dad I mind.

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