This is my mother’s handwritten recipe for Trader Vic’s Indonesian Rack of Lamb, written on notepaper from The Suicide, a play she was in on Broadway in 1980. My family went through a period of making this a lot, with both lamb and chicken; I made it for a large houseparty with my college friends the weekend Reagan was shot. The paper is covered with cooking stains. One interesting facet: the numbers on the right represent Mom emending the quantities after making it, in order to push it towards the flavors she wanted. Note the ambivalence about using supermarket-bought A-1 Sauce– she’s not sure whether to add 2 or 3 teaspoons of the pre-made sauce when first writing the recipe down, and then, after making it once, obviously decided “Screw it, it works. Three.”
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