Wednesday, August 22, 2018

1970s Hometown Cookbook: Dave Cooks All the Recipes. Part 9: Serendipity. Big pot o' brown.

Recipe Count: 8 of 156 Complete

I haven't been feeling being too ambitious with my "Favorite Recipes." This week I decided upon a softball recipe.

"Serendipity" appeared to be an inoffensive soup based beef stew. Might even be able to get the kids to eat some of this one.

This stew follows the pattern of many other recipes in "Favorite Recipes." In general, 1970s era church cookbooks are full of similar recipes. We have canned goods + protein + aromatic vegetables, braised in one dish either in the oven or on the stovetop. Leftovers will keep well and the meal is built to be stretched with a starch. Simple convenience food of the past.

I've had plenty of Campbell's "Cream of X" soup based recipes. This is the first time I have ever used "Golden Mushroom" in anything. It is a little weird that the only liquid added is the sherry. Two fairly undiluted cans of Campbell's soup is a lot of salty for one pot of stew...

For the wine I went with an exquisite vintage.

Very simple "chuck it all in a pot and cook" recipe so I won't bore you with the details. The end result is big ol' pot o' brown.

This stuff begs for egg noodles. Have some on hand. I wasn't that hungry so I had a mini bowl.

Notes on Taste:

As expected, the "Serendipity" is very salty. Lots of sodium in two cans of thick brown Golden Mushroom. I don't think you could struggle through much without rice or noodles. On top of egg noodles it is fine. My daughter even found it palatable. The soup is surprisingly mushroomy in a pleasant way. The 2 hour cook time leaves the beef in a state of fall apart. 

File this one under: comforting and not bad. Will probably never make again.


  1. I'm loving this series!

    I'm curious if the garlic and the onion added anything at all or if it was just for funzies?

  2. "File this one under: comforting and not bad. Will probably never make again."

    This line just cracked me up.
    I'm kind of inspired by the lack of fussiness in these recipes.
    In all seriousness, I don't think I've ever come across cooking like this.
    I might need to give it a try myself.


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