Gary Cooper Griddle Cakes x 3

“My wife said she’d help young people, … That’s what I’d do. Help young people, then buy a big motor home and get out of town.” Had a lovely time with the Panther this weekend, he was making me laugh a lot. Even when his car got towed away he kept his sense of humour. […]

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Alan Ladd’s Hamburger Rodeo

“We got potato soup and mutton week after week at home. I still turn green when lamb is served. “ Charley came round for dinner last night and because of his passion for the FRANKFURTER I made Alan Ladd’s Hamburger Rodeo. What a strange dish that is. Not to mention the fat content – you […]

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Louise Brooks’ Chicken Knickerbocker Supreme

“Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and get away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren’t much smarter.” Louise had to be the smartest of them all I think. I am loving “Lulu in Hollywood”. Thanks to Thomas Gladysz of the Louise Brooks Society I had a chance to make Louise’s […]

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More Bette Davis’ Hollywood Salad

“I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.”   Me neither doll.William and Cary came over for tea and we polished off the Hollywood Salad for appetizers. Cary decided that the gherkins I placed on top of each salad smeared cracker would be “the copyright buster”. Ha ha!Much fun […]

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Bette Davis’ Hollywood Salad

  “I didn’t forget your breakfast. I didn’t bring your breakfast.  Because you didn’t eat your din-din.” Bette is still coming up trumps with the recipes. There is just something GOOD about all of hers I think. And I do love the use of the term “din-din” – I’d forgotten all about that – my […]

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Cliff Richard’s Shepherd’s Pie

“Celebrities meet a lot of people and we just can’t maintain them all in our fuddled brains.” Some people might find it strange that Cliff features in the Silver Screen Suppers project. I justify it thus: firstly he is the patron saint of the Tri-Delta sorority house, secondly, I have a lovely photograph of him […]

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Mary Pickford’s Strawberry Shortcake

“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” I have finally cracked open the box of Biscuick that Rosalind kindly lugged all the way back from the USofA for me. I have two lovely 1930s recipe books for the weirdness that is Biscuick and so I wanted to try some using […]

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Marion Davies’ Rarebit a la Marion

“With me it was 5 per cent talent and 95 per cent publicity.” Grace and I awoke with the humdinger of all hangovers on Sunday morning after our singles night in the champagne bar of the Great Eastern Hotel. Grace had more success than I did – there was one incident of her encouraging a […]

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Ginger Rogers’ Date Butterscotch Pudding

“Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.”     My sorority girls proved their mettle this morning when we shared Ginger’s Butterscotch Pudding for breakfast. Who in their RIGHT MIND eats tapioca? When boiled with water it turns into frog spawn and when butter, sugar and dates are added […]

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Janet Gaynor’s Ice Box Cookies

I am living the high life at a stayingcool apartment in Manchester. “Deluxe Meets Pop” in the Edge – blime. It is SO fabulous with swanky furniture, blobby wallpaper and shag pile rugs that you could lose a puppy in. It is a “Forty Bottles” event. Marilyn is in bed in full make up and […]

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Ann Sheridan’s Chili Casserole

It was lovely to share a massive casserole dish of Chili with Edmund. I expect in the silver screen days that dish would have served four people but we scoffed the lot accompaied by two bottles of red wine. Edmund made me laugh really hard with his excellent advice on what to do with the […]

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Marion Davies’ Meadow Cheesecake

“Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.” I love Marion. I hereby resolve to get hold of some of her films on DVD. I miss her. The Cheesecake was […]

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Bob Hope’s Baked Ham With Cider

“There will always be an England, even if it’s in Hollywood.” Bob came up trumps with his Baked Ham. I made it for Charley on Easter Sunday as it seemed like a lot of soaking and boiling and baking were involved so I needed a good run at it. Definitely worth it as we enjoyed […]

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Marlene Dietrich’s Banana Nut Bread

“Once a woman has forgiven a man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.” Well, it looks like I have at last broken free from the Toxic Scot. It is over and hopefully this time for good. Feeling positive and full of energy, not sad and miserable. Must remember that there was good stuff, […]

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Joan Blondell’s Sunday Night Special

“It amazes me how some of these little numbers with dreamy looks and a dead pan are getting away with it. I’d hate to see them on stage with a dog act.” I may have already used this classic quote from Joan however, it kind of fits my mood. Had a horrible day with the […]

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Janet Gaynor’s Ice Box Cookies

We are back to Janet’s Cookies. It is ten past midnight and I have just eaten one. Fact is, I was feeling like a GOOSEBERRY here at Rosalind’s place. The politics of relationships are very, very complicated and methinks it really is time to ship out to the sorority house in Walthamstow STAT. Fact number […]

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Anna May Wong’s Teacakes

  “Every time your picture is taken, you lose a part of your soul.”   I can hardly believe that this is a 1940s photograph of Anna – she looks so MODERN. And her cakes are so good. Rosalind and Jimmy both said so. Unfortunately they got a little squashed in transit from Washington D.C. […]

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Ronald Coleman’s English Pot Pie

“A man usually falls in love with a woman who asks the kinds of questions he is able to answer.” Hm. That is worth a ponder Ronald. I liked your Pot Pie. Even though the first attempt at cooking the round steak ended in a very burned pan that boiling with vinegar and soaking with […]

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William Powell’s Baked Artichokes

“Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table.” What are artichokes FOR? And how do they WORK? It remains a mystery. Although we did come to the conclusion that the fiddliness of the baked artichokes […]

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Janet Gaynor’s Ice Box Cookies

Turns out that Ruth is not only slightly camera shy but is also extremely blog shy. I am writing this for the record in the hope that at some point she will add stuff in, if not delete all this and rewrite it to her own specifications for it is SHE that made the Ice […]

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Jean Harlow’s Hot Rolls

“No one ever expects a great lay to pay all the bills.” Ha ha! How true. Ears must be burning both in Brixton and in Iraq today. We have given our imaginary boyfriends a right old going over in between lunch at Harpoon Hannah’s Tiki bar and a session at SEA NEEDLES. Will Ruth and […]

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Clara Bow’s Vanilla Marlow

“I wanna go home. I miss my cook.” Ruth is beside the stove cooking up Fred MacMurray’s Egg Burgers De Luxe for our breakfast and Clara Bow’s Vanilla Marlow is “done and done” and settling down in the refrigerator. We are going for it in a big way on day two of the cookathon. The […]

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Gary Cooper’s Griddle Cakes

“The general consensus seems to be that I don’t act at all.” What a joy to come downstairs after a long lie-in to find Ruth at the magi-mix preparing Gary Cooper’s Griddle Cakes in her cowgirl pyjamas. Not only that but also mixing up the dough for Claudette Colbert’s Ice Box Cookies. She’s a human […]

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Marlene Dietrich’s Lamb Chops en Casserole

“I was raised almost entirely on turnips and potatoes, but I think that the turnips had more to do with the effect than the potatoes.” Well I am pleased to say that Marlene’s Lamb Chops en Casserole contains both potatoes AND turnips which gives weight to the idea that it actually WAS her very own […]

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Fred MacMurray Wine

“The two films I did with Billy Wilder, ‘Double Indemnity’ and the ‘The Apartment’ are the only two parts I did in my entire career that required any acting.” Isn’t Fred handsome? The Summit has begun. I am in Delaware (“Small Wonder”) with America’s Sweetheart of Song and we are up and running. Kicking off […]

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Herman Bing’s Weiner Schnitzel

Had a go at Herman’s wonderfully eccentric recipe for Weiner Schnitzel last night and was mightily pleased with the results. Charley read the bizarre cooking instructions out loud in his lovely booming voice and declared it to be closer to poetry than a recipe. The result was delicious – a “little fish” placed in a […]

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Berlin Film Festival

“The Madonna of the Screen” Just back from the Berlinale which was FABULOUS! There was a “City Girls” retrospective of some fabulous women centred films of the 1910s and 1920s. Didn’t get to see as many as I wanted to but managed to catch “Dancing Mothers” and loved Alice Joyce as Clara Bow’s mum. The […]

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Tex Ritter’s Chili

Well I guess when you’ve been out riding the range all day you want a chili that doesn’t take too long to make, so Tex’s chili recipe is pretty basic. I have to admit that I cooked it for a lot longer than 15 minutes and added 2 Oxo cubes just to (quite literally) beef […]

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What is Hominy?

“After all, a girl is – well, a girl. It’s nice to be told you’re successful at it.” My new (and most expensive ever) film star recipe book has arrived on my doorstep and I am beside myself with excitement. There are some super fab recipes in there including one (at last) by Rita Hayworth. […]

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Dick Powell’s Baked Noodles

“The best thing about switching from being an actor to being a director is that you don’t have to shave or hold your stomach in anymore.” I tried Dick’s recipe for Baked Noodles on Saturday as I’m searching for a good veggie recipe to serve my sisters next Sunday – Veronica is a vegetarian. It […]

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Anna Sten’s Russian Sandwich

Oh the Russian Sandwich is a thing of great beauty! I cannot WAIT for an unsuspecting guest to be at my house one lunchtime so I can ask the question, “would you care for a sandwich?” then disappear into the kitchen to make one of these TOWERING SPECTACULAR CIRCULAR SANDWICHES! Basically you need 6 circular […]

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Lionel Barrymore’s Baked Steak

“I’ve got a lot of ham in me.” On the page next to Ginger’s Coffee Parfait was a recipe for prize ham actor Lionel Barrymore’s baked steak. As I was hankering after what my old friend Kinky would call a “big hairy steak” last night I rustled it up and it was mighty fine. A […]

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Ginger Rogers’ Coffee Parfait

“My love for ice cream emerged at an early age – and has never left!” Well, I attempted Ginger’s “Coffee Parfait” last night which would have been some kind of ice cream I guess if I hadn’t made such a mess of it. I feel I was the victim of what Ruthie earlier in this […]

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Cary Grant’s Steak a la Victor Hugo

“You’re just a bunch of molecules until you know who you are.” I’m trying to work it out Cary, honestly I am… So the double boiler was put to its second use of the weekend – attempting for a second time to make the weirdo sauce that TWO stars have published as a favourite recipe. […]

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Claudette Colbert’s Caramel Custard

“Govern a family as you would cook a small fish – very gently.”   OK so Claudette wore a very nice hat throughout “It Happened One Night” but her Caramel Custard wasn’t up to much.However, I blame the double boiler – I need to practice. And maybe actually the quote above about cooking a fish […]

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