Horror TV host Lord Blood Rah joined me in celebrating Lon Chaney Jr. and the 80th anniversary of "The Wolfman".
Lon Chaney Jr. was originally born Creighton Tull Chaney and entered films shortly after his famous father's death in the 1930s. He started out in small roles and had a major breakthrough with his role in 1939's "Of Mice and Men". In 1941 he starred in "The Wolfman", which became a horror classic and secured his place in film history.
The recipe is from the book "It Came From the Kitchen: Monstrously Delicious Celebrity Recipes from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, & Assorted Aliens And Beyond!" by Geoff Isaac and Gordon Reid. This is a really delightful book and you can find used copies online. In addition to recipes, there are tons of anecdotes, selected filmographies, photos and more.
4 pounds stew beef with bones
1/2 bushel beans
1 peck of potatoes
4 small onions
1 large celery stalk
2 quarts corn
1 quart stewed tomatoes
2 pounds carrots
1 pound peas
2 tablespoons oil
1 head cabbage
Cook meat in oil until brown. Add 10 to 12 cups water and seasonings. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until beef is almost tender. Stir in chopped vegetables including beans, potatoes, onions, celery, corn, stewed tomatoes, carrots, peas and cabbage. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender. You may adjust the recipe quantities to suit your taste.
Have fun with our own conversions of pecks and bushels. Best enjoyed on a full moon.
Lord Blood-Rah is the host of the syndicated TV series Lord Blood -Rah’s Nerve Wrackin’ Theatre in which he presents the best, worst and wildest horror and science fiction films ever made. To watch episodes and learn more about his work, click on LORDBLOODRAH.COM
The Final Result
This recipe was enough to feed a village, so I decided to dramatically scale it down. I went to the grocery store to purchase meat and a small package of stewing meat was $10.00 That said, I decided to make this vegetarian as well.
I nicknamed my version of the "Chaney Pot" the "Maleva Stew" named after the gypsy character played by Maria Ouspenskaya in "The Wolfman".
The recipe was easy to make and I love it when you can just throw everything into a pot, as it is pretty impossible for me to mess up!
This is a simple and hearty recipe that should serve as a great meal during the fall season.
You can view "The Wolfman" and other Universal horror films on the Criterion Channel.
Here's a rare TV interview with Lon Chaney Jr. from 1951.
Here's the episode of Route 66 TV where Lon Chaney Jr. starred alongside Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre.
Stay tuned for more Halloween themed episodes coming soon from Hollywood Kitchen!