Instant Pot Russian Chicken (Oregon, 2008, adapted)

Instant Pot Russian Chicken is a recipe that hits close to home.  Quite literally.  Adapted from Recipes from the Heart, a community cookbook from my home congregation and submitted by a family I know and live, Instant Pot Russian Chicken is a homey, sweet, and simple weeknight dish for the harried homemaker.  It reflects a……

Tomato Beef Chow Yuk with Pea Pods (Oregon, 1974, adapted)

I’m fortunate to live in an area with a large Asian population and have ready access to high-quality traditional Chinese food.  And I occasionally like to tell myself that I’m somehow fancy or cultured because I can distinguish regional cuisines or appreciate cold, spiced jellyfish, but I also have a soft spot in my heart……

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……

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……

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,……