Recipes

Happy Birthday Mae West! A Few of Her Favorite Things

Happy Birthday Mae West! A Few of Her Favorite Things

A perfect combination of beauty and brilliance, the name "Lucille Ball" is almost synonymous with the term "screwball." But the woman was more than just a funny redhead -- she was known to be intelligent, at times serious, and a comedic genius. And we love her for all of those things.

We aren't alone. In the book Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Desi said:  "Lucy was the show. Viv, Fred and I were just props. Damn good props, but props nevertheless. P.S. I Love Lucy was never just the title." 

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Mae West

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Mae West

The line may have been in a movie, but when you read her biography you realize it applies to real life too! She was a woman who was larger than life both on screen and in person. Read on to learn what made her shamelessly unique. 

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Lucille Ball

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Lucille Ball

A perfect combination of beauty and brilliance, the name "Lucille Ball" is almost synonymous with the term "screwball." But the woman was more than just a funny redhead -- she was known to be intelligent, at times serious, and a comedic genius. And we love her for all of those things.

We aren't alone. In the book Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Desi said:  "Lucy was the show. Viv, Fred and I were just props. Damn good props, but props nevertheless. P.S. I Love Lucy was never just the title." 

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Ava Gardner

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Ava Gardner

Rita Hayworth. Vivien Leigh. Marilyn Monroe. And up there with the rest of the greatest screen sirens, stood the pillar of a woman, whose image graced entire sides of buildings to promote the film noir classic The Killers. (It worked, Ava became a star, and fans came in droves.) 

But perhaps her best intro comes from the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy, Fred, and Ether visit The Brown Derby, or as Lucy calls it, "the watering hole" for the rich and famous.


A Few of Her Favorite Things: Lucille Ball

A Few of Her Favorite Things: Lucille Ball

A perfect combination of beauty and brilliance, the name "Lucille Ball" is almost synonymous with the term "screwball" -- and we love her for it.

We aren't alone. Even those closest to her shared this feeling. In the book Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Desi said:  "Lucy was the show. Viv, Fred and I were just props. Damn good props, but props nevertheless. P.S. I Love Lucy was never just the title." 

Recipes from the Golden Age of Cinema: Jean Harlow's Cottage Meat Pie

I am a tremendous fan of Jean Harlow -- not just her work, but the woman behind the silver screen. Her life was plagued by scandal and, in the end, tragedy. But before that, she was the kind of film star who, if she happened to meet you on the street, might invite you to that evening's barbecue. She truly wanted to make her guests feel welcome, and was known as more of a tomboy than a glamour girl to those who knew her best -- more at home in pants than in sequined dresses.

Which is perhaps why I had to try out one of her recipes, in preparation for the upcoming colder months. 

Recipes from the Golden Age of Cinema: Audrey Hepburn's Spaghetti Pomodoro

Recipes from the Golden Age of Cinema: Audrey Hepburn's Spaghetti Pomodoro

She is one of the few to be on the coveted EGOT list... which means, she has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony...

But most people know her for a little 'ole film known as Breakfast at Tiffany's

That's right, today's recipe comes from none other than Audrey Hepburn. And based on this recipe, I think that she could add to her long list of accomplishments that she was a good cook!

Recipes from the Golden Age of Cinema: Curried Chicken Salad

Recipes from the Golden Age of Cinema: Curried Chicken Salad

You may know this particular actress' work if you have ever found yourself wondering how someone could divorce and remarry the same man twice (kinda romantic in an odd way, you have to admit). Or, is it possible for someone to really have violet eyes? (It is... kind of... it turns out they were such a unique shade of deep blue they really DID look purple... and they have become so iconic even a perfume is named after them).