Find the Right Recipe

I’m planning to have a dinner party sometime in the next few months.

In Paris drippings from the rotisserie chickens flow onto roasting potatoes.
In Paris drippings from the rotisserie chickens flow onto roasting potatoes.

Wanting to serve something a little more chichi* than a rotisserie chicken, I remember in the long ago past having made a recipe called “Chicken Barbarossa.” The only thing I can recall is that it uses Galliano in the ingredients.


After searching the web for both “Chicken Barbarossa” in all its various spellings and chicken recipes with Galliano, I came up empty.

A very personal cookbook.
A very personal cookbook.

Then, as I was cleaning up the back bedroom,  I found a blank recipe book, called Culinary Heritage Family Recipes Handed Down Yours and Mine,  that my mother had given me.

Culinary Heritage Cookbook
Culinary Heritage Cookbook

The idea is that the wife’s side and the husband’s side both submit recipes that will all be in this one book.

"Chicken Barbarossa" recipe in my own hand.
“Chicken Barbarossa” recipe in my own hand.

I had only written a few recipes down because I usually just make things up in my head. Lo and behold, there was “Chicken Barbarossa” in the poultry section. The one ingredient I was sure about (Galliano), however, is actually Amaretto.

*pretentious and overelaborate refinement

What do you remember for sure?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Find the Right Recipe”

  1. Nowadays I tend to qualify my remembering, even the “for sure” ones. So glad you found the recipe, especially while in the process of cleaning up the back bedroom. Positive reinforcement for that activity for sure!

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