Lamb Conquistador (adapted from the Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Lamb Conquistador is an easy weeknight chili-with-beans from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook (1972) by former Betty Crocker executive Loyta Wooding.   Like many recipes in Smart Shopper’s Cookbook it treats lamb shoulder and lamb chops as a budget friendly item – a cost-friendly alternative to beef.  This may have been true in the 1970s but it’s hardly……

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……

Gelman’s Chicken Amore (adapted from Cooking with Regis & Kathie Lee, 1994)

The quintessential recipe from Cooking with Regis & Kathie Lee is Gelman’s Chicken Amore.  For the uninitiated, Gelman is Regis’ nickname for Live… Producer Michael Gelman.   Producers are typically behind-the-scenes sorts of folks, but Regis went out of his way to bring Gelman into the spotlight.  Gelman had been working with Regis since he was an……

Biscuit-topped Bulgarian Lamb Stew (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Biscuit-topped Bulgarian Lamb Stew is a hearty, simply seasoned lamb stew from Loyta Wooding’s 1972 Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  As I’ve noted elsewhere, in twenty-first century terms a lamb stew doesn’t seem to fit with the strict-budget ethos of Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  Lamb consumption has dropped precipitously since the 1960s and in modern markets lamb is……

Peppers Stuffed with Eggs (adapted from Old-Time Meatless Recipes, 1955)

Peppers Stuffed with Eggs is a nifty little baked eggs recipe from Katharine McClinton’s 1955 cookbook Old-Time Meatless Recipes.   Originally published as Loaves and Fishes:  Menus and Recipes for Fridays and Lent, this cookbook defines “meatless” in terms of traditional Catholic dietary restrictions; in modern parlance lacto-ovo-piscetarian is probably more appropriate.  More than half of……

Peanut Chicken Thighs (adapted from Eating In, 1986)

One of the more approachable recipes from Eating In is Peanut Chicken Thighs – a simple recipe built mostly from pantry staples that can be on the table in around 45 minutes.  The original recipe calls for the full chicken leg – drumstick with thigh attached – but this is a hard cut to find……

Salmon Pot Pie (Tennessee, 1996, adapted)

Salmon Pot Pie comes to us by way of a promotional cookbook offered by a Southern real estate company.  Since their founding in 1977 Crye-Leike has published more than two dozen cookbooks to give away to employees, friends, and clients.  This particular recipe comes from Volume XVI, titled Cherished Southern Recipes and published in 1996. ……

Instant Pot Bombay Chicken (adapted from The Tastes of Home, 2004)

We have a good friend from Idaho who use to joke about a dish she grew up with that her mother called “Hong Kong Chicken”.  In spite of the decidedly ‘ethnic’ name it was, in essence, the archetypal casserole:  chicken pieces bathed in cream of mushroom soup and baked until tender.   So why is it……

Chicken with Tabasco and Indian Spices (adapted from Just One Pot, 2007)

A recipe that captures the scattershot spirit of Just One Pot is Chicken with Tabasco and Indian Spices.  The version in the original cookbook is called Chicken with Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Olives but the clickbait marketer in my soul just didn’t think that captured the whimsy of the ingredient list.   The key seasonings are Tabasco……