Category Archives: Celebrities

Recipes inspired by the famous living and the famous dead.

Peaches: Not Ready for Prime Time

Peach season is (almost here) and I am chomping at the bit to sink my near-perfect set of choppers (thanks, Dad*) into my first ripe one. This morning, I even eyed an old t-shirt I thought would be perfect to … Continue reading

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The Special Sauce of the Thousand Islands

“Would you like Bleu cheese, French, Russian, Ranch, oil and vinegar, or Thousand Island dressing?” It was a familiar chant I’d hear from waiters and waitresses in restaurants high and low-end– wherever I’d go in the 1970’s. Some might lament … Continue reading

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Rich as Rockefeller

Having never been a fan of big business (or big business guys, for that matter), it struck me as odd that I should want to make something that pays homage to the grandfather of corporate culture and American oil-dependence. Of course, Rockefeller also donated vast sums of money for education (he was instrumental in the founding of both the University of Chicago and Spelman College, for example) and was dedicated to the eradication of both hookworm and yellow fever.

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I’ll Have a Shirley Temple… and Make It Black.

Which was exactly what was happening as I spoke the words. One Shirley, two Shirley, three Shirleys down… So I resolved then and there to create a drink in Jane Withers’ honor to make up for nearly seven decades-worth of … Continue reading

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Stephane Audran: Queen of Oscar Feast and Famine

Oscar night is coming. Are you ready? I’m not. In fact, I almost totally forgot about them this year– and that’s saying something, considering the fact that, as a ten year-old, I decided to memorize every Best Picture, Best Director, … Continue reading

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King Friday

A couple of weeks ago at work, our pastry chef, Guillermo, brought up a large, round cake from the pastry kitchen downstairs. Everyone quickly descended upon it. It was devoured within minutes of its initial appearance. “Tell me if you … Continue reading

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The Henri Bergson: A Chicken-and-Egg Salad Sandwich

Which came first: the chicken salad or the egg salad? It’s a question I’d never bothered to ask myself before this year. Until recently, I don’t think I’ve ever much cared, since I’ve never considered myself much of a creamy, protein-based … Continue reading

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Between the Sheets– Maggie Smith Drove Me to Drink.

When I was 12, my father took me to see a little film called Evil Under the Sun— the last in a trio of tony Agatha Christie whodunit films that somewhat shaped the person I am today. The first, Murder … Continue reading

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Tapioca for Pudding.

A terrible song has been going through my head for the past few days. I have absolutely no idea how it got there. I have some theories, but nothing concrete. I’ve been humming it at work and singing it in … Continue reading

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Swish Steak: Camp Food

Yes, Swish Steak. Among my cookbooks, there is a recent acquisition I consider to be the jewel in my crown– a must-have for anyone who fancies herself (or, of course, himself) Queen of the Kitchen: The Gay Cookbook by Chef … Continue reading

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