1 Blinn, Johna, Illust. by Mel Mann: Celebrity Cookbook. Playmore Inc., 1981

2 Shore, Dinah, Someone's In The Kitchen With Dinah. Doubleday, NYC, 1971

3 The Celebrity Cookbook, National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, (1957?)

4 Las Vegas Celebrity Cookbook Vol 1, Jo Smith, ed. Hollybrook House 1982

5 Liberace Cooks! Hundreds of delicious recipes for you from his seven dining rooms, Doubleday 1970

Caylan Recommends TBN Family Favorite Recipes Trinity Broadcasting Network, Santa Ana, CA 1993

7 Cooking With Kenny Rogers Dole Food Corporation 1987

8 The Highly Unlikely Celebrity Cookbook by Frank Jacobs, illus. Mort Drucker 1964

9 The President's Own White House Cookbook Culinary Arts Institute 1973

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Johna Blinn's lengthy collection of celebrity recipes is nearly as impressive as how unflattering all the accompanying caricatures of the contributing Hollywood royalty are. I do kind of like how Dolly Parton is shoving her tits in Woody Allen's face - and he's of course completely uninterested because she's not 15 or related to him. Lucy Ball is gawking at Jackie Gleason with a look on her face like "check out this fat bastard!". Oh, and also that Mr Rourke from Fantasy Island appears to be overseeing the festivities. You cant see "Tatoo" because, I guess, James Coburn or someone is crushing him underfoot or he got lost in Farrah's hair.

Dolly Parton’s Banana Loaf Bread

2 pkg active dry yeast
5 ½ - 6 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 ½ c hot water
3 tbsp vegetable oil
½ c honey
2 – 3 mashed peeled bananas

Combine 2 c of flour with the yeast and salt in a large bowl. Pour in the hot (not boiling) water and mix well. Add the remainder of ingredients, mixing with a wooden spoon. Add flour until dough is stiff enough to knead. On a lightly floured board, knead dough for 10 – 15 minutes, adding only enough flour to keep the dough from sticking. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 – 2 hours. Punch down dough and divine in half. Shape into loaves and place in 2 greased loaf pans. Cover again and allow to rise. Bake in 375 F oven for 45 minutes. Place aluminum foil over loaf tops and bake an additional 20 minutes. Cool before slicing.

Fried Grouper A’La Flip Wilson

6 large fillets of grouper or yellow jack
dried hot peppers (this recipe is based on Bahamian cooking, so I’d suggest Bird Pepper, if you can get it)
fresh lime juice
bacon fat

Wash and dry fillets. Slash the skin in several places with a sharp knife to discourage curling. Try not to cut the flesh. Slice the hot pepper and marinate in vinegar. Rub slices of marinated pepper over fish, and squeeze fresh lime juice over fish. Heat generous amount of bacon fat in a large heavy skillet. Plunge fish in hot grease, and cook quickly. Don’t over cook. “Flip” fish over and cook the other side.
Hardy Har Har.
Drain on absorbent paper and serve at once.

My uncle Bud's mother in law wrote all of Burl Ives' biggest hits. She was from Wisconsin and I met her once when I was 8. True story. No, really - true story.  Isn't that fascinating?

Burl Ives’s Salmon Bake

1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ soup can of water
1 tsp dried dill weed
4 tsp lemon juice
2 c cooked rice
1 c cooked peas
1 can salmon, drained
½ c sliced almonds
lemon slices

In a lightly buttered 1 ½ quart casserole dish blend soup and water. Add all remaining ingredients except almonds , lemon slices and paprika. Blend. Bake in 350 F oven for 30 minutes. Stir in almonds, garnish with paprika and lemons.

You can substitute tuna fish for the salmon, and substitute thyme for the dill. For a “cheesy” version, add skim milk instead of the water along with 1 c grated American cheese, 2 c cooked rice, 1 tbsp grated onion, ½ tsp melted butter, salt, pepper, and add pimento as garnish.

Henry Winkler’s Steak in Beer

2 lbs 1 ½ thick sliced top sirloin
1 c beer
12 dashes tabasco
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tbsp chopped chives
2 tbsp soft butter
freshly ground pepper

Trim off excess fat. Combine beer and tabasco; marinate the meat in this mixture overnight in the fridge. Allow meat to come to room temperature before cooking. Combine parsley, chives, butter, pepper and salt to taste in a small bowl. Smear steaks with butter mixture. Broil or grill to desired doneness, flipping the steak over and coating with remaining butter mixture while cooking.

“Terrific with red wine butter sauce: combine 1 tsp fresh garlic, 2 tbsp chopped parsley, 2 tbsp butter, ½ c dry red wine” in saucepan and boil lightly until reduced in volume slightly. Ayeee!!

I remember my mom watching the Dinah Shore show in the late 70's, on the big console TV with the giant clickety knobs. Dinah would flutter about the faux TV kitchen and dining room, graciously greeting celebrity guests with her deep south debutante Tennessee drawl and whipping up complicated French cuisine for a million housewives to emulate. Oh how I miss Dinah every time I hear Rachel Ray's gravelly voice belching out "EVOO" ten times in an episode, or when I see the morons on "The View" screaming at each other and taking feminism backward instead of forward by portraying the American everywoman as a psychotic misinformed pseudo-politico with menstrual cramps.

Pasta Fazool

"Well, that's the way it always sounds to me. It's really PASTA E FAGIOLI. Pasta - macaroni in this case - and white beans. Tony Charmoli's mother cooked this dish the first time I ever tasted it and it's a lulu. Tony created all those marvelous energetic dance routines on our Chevy Shows. I had to dance a lot to couteract the effects of this one."

1 Lb white small navy beans
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 colve garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
5 tbsp olive oil
Ham bone, with a little meat left on
2 quarts boiling salted water
1/2 c pasta (macaroni)
2 tbsp prepared pesto

Soak the navy beans overnight. In a soup pot, sauté the celery, garlic and onion in 2 tbsp of the oil until lightly browned. Add the ham bone and drained beans and pour in the boiling salted water. Simmer about 3 hours, then take out the bone and about 1 1/2 c of the beans. Cut the meat off the ham bone, dice it. Pass the rest of the soup through a coarse sieve and return to the pot. Add the whole beans and 1 cup of the ham. Bring to a boil and add the pasta, the remaining oil, cooking until the pasta is done. If the soup is too thick add some water or stock. Pour into a tureen containing the pesto. Serve with grated parmesan cheese for the soup, and with toast immediately following. Then dance a lot.

Sausage and Peppers (as made by Frank Sinatra)

"Frank Sinatra once gave me a cooking lesson as he drove me to the Palm Springs Airport. The subject: Frank's recipe for sausage and peppers.

When I reached my own digs that evening, I couldn't wait to try it out on my own front burner. It was nice but something was missing. I called and lodged my complaint. Then he remembered that little something he had left out - 3/4 c to 1 c of red wine.

The wine helps a lot, but so did a cooking lesson at 70 miles per hour."

1 lb hot Italian sausages
3 green peppers
3/4 c red wine
3 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers and cut into large chunks. In an ovenproof baking dish that can be used on the top of the stove,  sauté the green peppers in oil until they begin to soften. Sprinkle with a little salt. Lift the green peppers out of the dish and set aside. Brown the sausages in the same dish. When browned, add the wine. Cover with foil and bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. (or until sausage is no longer pink) Uncover and add the peppers, and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Serves 4.

The Benny's Roast Chicken

"I dined at Jack and Mary Benny's many evenings and oohed and aahed over this chicken for so long that finally Mrs. King, the Benny's cook, graciously gave it to me."

Small fryers, less than 2 1/2 lbs. Cut in 4 pieces. Debone the back. Skin the chickens and wipe off. Dip in melted, seasoned butter then roll in fresh bread crumbs. Cook about 45 minutes in shallow biscuit pan or cooky pan, in a hot oven (425 - 450 F) close to the lower burner. Pour butter over and serve quickly. Don't handle the chickens. If they need browning, place close to the broiler as necessary.

This is a great cookbook put out by the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The celebrities include a ton of politicians, and even a selection from J Edgar Hoover - who, of course, cooked in a silk chiffon day dress and pumps.

Lowell Thomas' Crabmeat Stuffed Squash

1/2 c butter
4 small acorn squash
1/4 c chopped onion
3 c 1/2 inch soft bread crumbs
1 c or 1 can drained flaked crab meat
1 tbs lemon juice
1 beaten egg

Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Melt 1/4 c butter in baking pan. Place squash, skin side up, in pan and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 F oven. Melt remaining butter in a skillet and sautee the onion until tender. Combine bread crumbs and crabmeat. Add onion, butter, lemon juice and beaten egg. Mix well. Remove squash, turn upright and brush with butter. Fill cavity with crab mixture and bake another 30 minutes. 8 portions.

I've never heard of Lowell Thomas, but had to include him because his recipe came with this awesome picture of Lowell ensconced with what appears to be New Guinea tribesmen in full regalia:

here's a little bio on the late great Lowell Thomas


Gypsy Rose Lee's Torrijas

"This is a Spanish dessert. It's a favorite of my family and I like to prepare it myself sometimes."

french bread
olive oil

Soak sliced French bread, which has been dried out and cut into 1 inch slices, in milk sweetened to taste, until soggy. Then soak in beaten egg batter made with two beaten eggs to one heaping tablespoon of sugar. Allow bread slices to stand in egg batter for half an hour or so, until thoroughly filled. Then fry in deep, hot olive oil and serve with powdered sugar, if desired.

The Dutchess of Windsor's Frozen Tomato Salad

Wallace Simpson managed to get the King of England to marry her, at the expense of his crown.  She had been divorced, twice.  And she was worst of all a *gasp*... an... American! That booty must've been pure magic. Shall I quote that Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor classic "Harlem Nights" when I say, "She named 'Sunshine'. Her pussy so gooooooood, that when you throw it in the air, it turn into sunshine!" Anyway, she was also known for being ridiculously thin, and thus her recipe sounds just slightly better than 'edible'. If you make it, make sure you refer to it as "toh-MAHHH-toh salad" in a fake British accent.

When he wasn't busy having Kennedy snuffed, Lyndon enjoyed whipping up a mess of grits.

Lyndon Johnson's Baked Grits

1 c grits
2 eggs
1/2 c cream
1/2 quart milk
1/2 quart water
salt to taste

Boil the grits in the water and milk mixed together. Season. When grits are quite dry remove from fire and cool a little. Beat the egg whites and yellows seperately. When th grits are cool beat in the egg yolks and blend thoroughly. Then add the whites and beat until very light. Add 1/2 c of cream. Bake to a beautiful brown and serve hot.

"This is ideal breakfast dish."

Plenty for Twenty

Minnie Pearl via Donny Osmond

1/3 c cooking oil
2 1/2 c chopped onion
2 1/2 c chopped green pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
3 lbs ground beef
1 Tbsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
3 16 oz cans tomatoes
3 12 oz cans corn
3 c slices, pitted black olives
1 1/2 lbs medium noodles, cooked and drained
3 c grated sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease two 9x13" baking dishes.

In dutch oven or very large saucepan, sautee in hot oil onion, pepper, and garlic. Add beef and brown. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 45 min. Top with cheese and bake 15 minutes longer.




Cooking With Kenny Rogers

cookin pineapples with Kenny Rogers

Since Kenny had a chain of chicken restaurants called "Kenny Rogers Roasters" back in the day, I just assumed these were actual Kenny Rogers recipes. Unfortunately this is just a bunch of pineapple related propoganda put out by Dole, as commented on by Kenny. Here's a photo of Kenny flipping some pizza dough:

kenny flips dough

Volcano Punch (not made by Kenny, but heartily endorsed by Kenny)

(2) 42 oz. cans Dole Pineapple Juice

(2) 6 oz cans frozen limeade concentrate

2 quarts ginger ale

2 pints orange or lemon sherbet

fruit to garnish

In a punchbowl, pour pineapple juice over limeade to blend. Just before serving, add ginger ale and scoops of sherbet. Garnish with fruit, such as strawberries, pineapple chunks, or orange slices. Makes about 50 servings.


Here's what it would look like if Kenny and James Brown would've had their own cooking show:


The Highly Unlikely Celebrity Cookbook

highly unlikely celebrity cookbook


Not a celebrity cookbook per se, but a parody of a celebrity cookbook; filled with neat-o illustrations by the great Mort Drucker of Mad Magazine fame. You can view the whole cookbook here.


This recipe is a parody of what Howard Hughes might have contributed in 1964, celebrating his savvy as a cut-throat businessman. Had they written this book in 1974, it might have gone more like this:


Strawberry Shortcake Howard Hughes


Call personal doctor for injection of Demerol

Cut up one pint of strawberries

Continue making list of people who are after you

Consider shaving. Don't.

Call personal doctor for injection of Valium

Throw away strawberrues, as they are likely tainted by people who are after you.

Attempt to deficate, to no avail.

Call personal doctor...


Well, you get my meaning...

howard hughes

howard hughes cooks

The President's Own White House Cookbook

presidents white house cookbook

William Howatd Taft, the fattest of all the former presidents, was likely fond of  his wife Helen's chocolate cake roll recipe. On his inauguration day, he became wedged in the White House bath tub, built for a slimmer figured Commander In Chief. He was unwedged and made one of his first orders of official business to order a bigger bath tub.


Helen Taft, who I'd like to believe had a pet name like "Taffy" or "Muffin".

helen taft

Mrs. Taft's Dessert:

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mrs taft's official white house dessert



Frank DeCaro's Weekly Celebrity Recipe

Paul Lynde's Beef Stew

Elvis Presley's Favorite Poundcake

Liberace Cooks!

Vincent Price recipes

Cookin' With Coolio

Adam West's Leftover Superbowl Dumplings

You Can Make It! : Tammy Faye Bakker (Messner)

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