Q. I’m looking for a Chicken Tetrazzini recipe I clipped from your column in the mid to late 1970s. I think it was a scratch recipe with instructions on preparing a stewed chicken (the recipe didn’t just call for 4 cups cooked chicken). It also included lots of fresh mushrooms and sour cream.
I’ve been writing Cook’s Corner for a long time, but not quite that long, so the recipe was not mine. Unfortunately, our recipe only archives go back to 1982, so the library can’t be of assistance. We’ll hope a reader may have clipped the same recipe and will share.
In the meantime, here’s a recipe I use whenever I have leftover chicken or turkey. Though you specify a recipe that starts with stewing the chicken, I believe the great appeal of this dish lies in how easily you can made a dinner or two from leftovers or from a supermarket rotisserie chicken.
If I have prosciutto, ham or cooked bacon, I like to add a little to the sauce. You can also add any vegetables left in the bin — chopped bell pepper, spinach leaves, broccoli florets, artichoke hearts — when you are sautéing the onion.
You can cut the recipe in half or bake it in two 2-quart pans and freeze one for later use.
Q. I was getting my grocery list going for our Labor Day picnic when I realized I had lost the recipe for sweet potato salad I got from your column at least a decade ago. Besides sweet potatoes, it had pineapple and other ingredients.
The recipe came from The Unicorn, gone but not forgotten by readers who loved the eclectic food at one of Miami’s first health food stores.
Q. I’ve made your recipe for mango jam with brown sugar and rum many times, and I wanted to share a clone I made to use with either peaches or mangoes in season. It’s quick and rich and everyone loves it, even when I make it with frozen fruit.
That jam has always been one of my favorites, and I make it every year to give away as hostess and holiday presents. I have to say, though, that this quick dessert is a step above on my top-recipe scale since it is so easy, works well with frozen fruit, and so can be a go-to last minute dessert for any occasion. Thanks for sharing!