arlen

Richard Arlen’s Chili Con Carne

Well would you believe it? The very DAY after I spend the weekend canoodling with a new squeeze WHO should phone out of the blue to “see how I am” but the chaw-bacon. He must be finely attuned to the vibrations throughout the ether of an ex girlfriend finally putting a nail in the coffin. […]

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joan

Joan Blondell’s Onion Soup

“I don’t know what the secret to longevity as an actress is. It’s more than talent and beauty. Maybe it’s the audience seeing itself in you.” Another winnner from my favourite of all the stars. I rustled it up for Grace and Ginger exactly as per Joan’s recipe. My little copyright buster was to cut […]

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ida

Ida Lupino’s Lemon Mousse

“My agent had once told me that he was going to make me the Janet Gaynor of England – I was going to play all the sweet roles.” I’ve been in a bit of a spin since my last entry. Just after I finished Marlene’s delicious lamb chops and was just about to find out […]

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Gloria

Gloria Swanson’s Butterless Devil’s Food Cake

“Hollywood abounded with driven creatures endlessly looking for solace or compensation in alcohol, drugs, and sex.” Well after the weekend I’ve just had the same could be said of North London Gloria. I am still reeling from Nazimova’s party, I was so out of control my ears are still ringing… Still, to the cooking. To […]

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greta

Greta Garbo’s Swedish Meatballs x 2

“Gif me a visky, ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby.” Maybe if I hadn’t drunk so much I wouldn’t have ended up wailing and howling late into the night then waking up surrounded by piles of snotty tissues. Charley came over for meatballs and in conversation mentioned that his new girlfriend […]

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William Powell

William Powell’s Beets Piquants

“I highly recommend worrying. It is much more effective than dieting.” Well the worrying is over for Ginger. She exploded into the house yesterday evening with the fabulous news that she has scored a great new job with S&S. Yippee. We celebrated with a bowl of Beets Piquant and a glass of champagne. A very […]

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janet

Janet Gaynor Ice Box Cookies

Deep in the depths of the magical New Forest another batch of JGIBCs were cooked up. Early in the morning before most of my fellow writers began shuffling into the enormous kitchen for their herbal teas and barley cups I sliced and baked whilst in my kimono and slippers. These were gluten free versions and […]

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joan blondell

Joan Blondell’s Peach and Cherry Compote

“In the 20s, you were a face. And that was enough. In the 30s, you also had to be a voice. And your voice had to match your face, if you can imagine that.” Well, my favourite star of all came up with another winner. Even though this dish included an alarming amount of icing […]

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Jean Harlow

Jean Harlow’s Celery a la Shrimp

“She didn’t want to be famous. She wanted to be happy.” So said Clark Gable… Poor Jean – only 26 when she died. Lots of people were madly in love with her – including William Powell it is rumoured. We liked her crispy shrimpy celery. We had a “taste test” involving stuffed celery to Jean’s […]

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Dorothy Dare’s Flora Macaroons

As Doris observed, it looks like Dorothy Dare is WEARING her Flora Macaroons in this frock… Much fun in the kitchen while these were being made and the resulting propped and styled photographs were as pretty as a picture. We don’t know why they are called “Flora” Macaroons but this title led Doris into taking […]

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Anna Sten

Anna Sten’s Coffee Parfait

In a country kitchen in Devon with a whirlwind of cooking activity going on around me I attempted another version of the Coffee Parfait, this time from the pen of the actress Gary Cooper referred to as “Anna Stench”. The fact that I was on a cookery writing course surrounded by PROPER cooks only added […]

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Margaret Sullavan

Margaret Sullavan’s Peanut Butter Hermits

“Most actors are basically neurotic people. Terribly, terribly unhappy. That’s one of the reasons they become actors.” Well there is a word of warning for myself and Grace. Might help prevent a cat scrap over the handsome new rockabilly… Margaret’s recipe stated that there would be enough cookie dough for “eighteen Hermits” and so there […]

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Sonia Henie

Sonja Henie’s Scandinavian Cookies

“Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.” Ha ha! That’s my favourite Silver Screen Supper quote so far. LOVE IT. Like Sonja herself these were cute, cute, cute. Easy to make but they look impressive with their little dents filled with blackcurrant jam. The MS Cake Break day was a roaring success. I raised almost […]

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gary

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

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

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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bette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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