Sorrento Soup (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Sorrento Soup is a hearty tomato-vegetable soup perfect for a crisp, autumn weeknight, one of a dozen or so excellent soups in Loyta Wooding’s 1972 Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  While ostensibly written for budget-conscious homemakers in the face of rising food prices, Mrs. Wooding’s background at Betty Crocker kitchens lends a sense of company-friendly sophistication to……

Instant Pot Onion Tomato Soup (adapted from the Tastes of Home, 2005)

One of my favorite recipes from The Tastes of Home is a simple Onion Tomato Soup.  There’s no particular genius to this recipe but it surprised me with its simplicity and elegance.  At heart it’s a French onion soup recipe, with silky thin-sliced onions in a hearty beef broth.  Toss in a can of tomatoes……

Hot Cucumber Soup (Indiana, 1984, adapted)

Whoever invented the phrase “cool as a cucumber” never partied with the St. Andrew’s Parish Bingo Committee.  Hot Cucumber Soup is a straightforward weeknight recipe courtesy of a sixty-something parishioner.   It’s a creamy vegetable soup thickened with white sauce and sour cream.   The vegetable base includes the usual suspects, a mirepoix and some boiled potatoes,……

Nargis Kofta, from the New York World’s Fair (adapted from Hotpoint Storybook Kitchen Cookbook, 1964)

Many of the international dishes represented in the Hotpoint Storybook Kitchen Cookbook will be familiar to modern American readers.  Some were already popular, like gazpacho and sauerbraten, which are common submissions in mid-1960s church recipe collections.  Dishes like tabbouleh and couscous are now standard fare at Mediterranean restaurants, and satay and nasi goreng are staples……