Chicken alla Margherita (adapted from Private Collection, Junior League of Palo Alto, 1980)

Chicken alla Margherita is a sophisticated-but-easy-enough-for-a-weeknight dish from Private Collection, a cookbook published by the Junior League of Palo Alto.    The recipe’s author is presented to the reader as a member of one of “Northern California’s oldest Italian families” with a “flair and elegance for entertaining”, and the author of luxurious risotto recipe in the……

Baked Orange Coconut Chicken (adapted from Hawaii Kai Cookbook, 1970)

Baked Orange Coconut Chicken is an apt illustration of Hawaii Kai’s alternate universe Polynesian cuisine.  It’s also one of the more accessible recipes, something that can be pulled together on a weeknight or dressed up for fancy company with a little bit of garnish.   I’m not an authority on authentic Hawaiian cuisine, but I’m guessing……

Instant Pot Oaxacan Chicken Tacos (adapted loosely from The Tortilla Book)

The most exciting part of The Tortilla Book for me was an introduction to Oaxacan cuisine, which contains all the familiar elements of Mexican cooking but with the addition of candied fruits and sweet, aromatic sauces.  Ms. Kennedy only credits regional influence, with Oaxaca being a melting pot of neighboring cuisines, but the flavor profile……