May 3, 2011Cooking With Celebrities
By Sablemable aka Jan
I have in my possession a cook booklet from the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation that was put out either in 1957 or 1958. Recipe donors were celebrities-former presidents, a princess, a band leader and even a stripper!
A soon-to-be First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy gave NCFRF a recipe for Lobster Cardinale.
If you still don’t know who Yogi Berra is, well, shame on you! The retired New York Yankee catcher and later coach of the New York Mets whose quirky sayings (“You can observe a lot by watching”) made him a legend on and off the field. Berra donated this recipe for Sauce Marinara.
Same goes for Art Linkletter of radio and television. His shows, House Party and Kids Say The Darndest Things, Linkletter entertained millions for decades. Here’s his recipe for stewed chicken.
Whenever I hear David Rose’s instrumental, The Stripper , I automatically think of Gypsy Rose Lee. Naturally. Miss Lee offered a Spanish dessert recipe which sounds very similar to one my mother used to make.
I know from reading Edith Head’s book, The Dress Doctor, that she loved to cook and was pretty good at it. When she and Wiard “Bill” Ihnen married a bought a Spanish style home, they called it Casa Ladera (house on the side of the hill). So fittingly, Miss Head’s recipe offering was for Chicken Casa Ladera!
The creative genius of Walt Disney brought us one of our favorite cartoon characters, Mickey Mouse. Mr. Disney’s contribution to this cook booklet was a recipe for chili and beans.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m hungry!