Pork Tenderloin Javanese (adapted from The New St. Louis Symphony of Cooking, 1964)

Pork Tenderloin Javanese is a quick-cooking coriander-scented mock kebab, simple enough for a weeknight but hearty enough for weekend grilling.  If you’re looking for traditional Indonesian food you’ll be disappointed.  Pork tenderloin isn’t especially popular among the people of Java, which is predominantly Muslim.  But while the pork is certainly a Western adaptation, the recipe……

Curry Spaghetti (Missouri, 1964, adapted)

Curry Spaghetti is one of those recipes that I made out of sheer curiosity.  It is exactly what it sounds like – spaghetti served with a curried tomato sauce – a combination that I had never seen in the wild and, to be honest, didn’t seem terribly appetizing.  The only thing I had to commend……

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……

Lamb Conquistador (adapted from the Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Lamb Conquistador is an easy weeknight chili-with-beans from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook (1972) by former Betty Crocker executive Loyta Wooding.   Like many recipes in Smart Shopper’s Cookbook it treats lamb shoulder and lamb chops as a budget friendly item – a cost-friendly alternative to beef.  This may have been true in the 1970s but it’s hardly……

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……

Rosemary Scalloped Onions (adapted from Mrs. De Graf’s Cookbook, 1922)

One of the more pleasant surprises in Mrs. De Graf’s Cookbook is a simple recipe for scalloped onions.   The original recipe is written in paragraph form:  heavy on technique but light on amounts and proportions of ingredients.  This should not be intimidating; it should give you confidence that you can’t screw it up.   There are……