Friday, August 28, 2009

Chicken Chow Mein

Today's cookbook is a part of the Betty Crocker's set of books from the 60's. The books in this particular set are small and wire-bound with hard covers. If you are a single person or a couple this cookbook would be ideal because it's the Dinner For Two cookbook. The copyright is 1958 and it was published by Golden Press.

Although this little book was designed for small households, I found some great recipes that you could just double or triple to accommodate a larger family. Included in the 491 menus and recipes are both American and international favorites. The reader enjoys colorful illustrations done by Charles Harper along with a few 4-color photos of some of the food presentations.

This cookbook is small like the family-size for which it was intended. I see its size as a positive feature; easy to transport and convenient on the counter top. I have already reviewed one of the other books from this set in a previous Friday post, and I still believe that this is a great set to collect; small, but full of great recipes and ideas.

Here's a sample recipe from the Foreign Lands section:

P. 176 Chicken Chow Mein

1/4 C cooking (salad) oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 C sliced Chinese cabbage
3 C thinly sliced celery
1 can bean sprouts, drained
4-oz. can water chestnuts, sliced (if desired)
2 tsp. sugar
2 C chicken stock or water
2 1/2 TBSP cornstarch
1/4 C cold water
1/4 C soy sauce
2 C cooked chicken, cut up

Heat oil, salt and pepper. Add cabbage, celery, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, and sugar. Stir in chicken stock and cook about 10 minutes. Blend cornstarch, cold water, and soy sauce; add to vegetable mixture and stir until mixture thickens. Add chicken. Heat through. Serve over hot, crisp chow mein noodles. 4 servings.

I will be participating in these recipe swaps today:

Food Renegade


  1. It sounds like a great book for a small family. Thank you for your review. I hope you have a wonderful day, Marcia.

  2. I had this cookbook! Unfortunately, I think I gave it away to our library years ago. I would love for you to join me for Crock Pot Wednesday on Mister Linky will be up by Tuesday for your entry. Thanks so much for posting.

  3. My mom used to make something like this when I was young. Thanks for an easy recipe to try sometime this week!