Chin-Chin-Charlie (Wisconsin, 1988, adapted)

Chin-Chin-Charlie is an archetypal example of the mid-70s Chinese Casserole from A Book of Favorite Recipes.  Like the Tuna Cashew Casserole, it’s a traditional meat-and-canned-soup casserole that’s somehow made “Chinese” by the inclusion of crunchy vegetables (usually celery) and chow mein noodles. You may detect some vaguely racist overtones in the name of the recipe,……

Tuna Cashew Casserole (Various, 1960s-1970s)

Several of the church cookbooks I own have some variant of a Tuna Cashew Casserole.  The proportions and details vary, but the key ingredients are the same:  cashews, canned tuna, cream of mushroom soup, and fried chow mein noodles.  There’s usually a crunchy vegetable in there as well, usually celery but some times bean sprouts……