Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Birthday David Letterman!!!

Before I share some of "David's" favorite recipes from Home Cookin' with Dave's Mom, I thought I'd have a bit of fun. After all, it is David Michael Letterman's birthday today.

Top 10 Things You May or May Not Know About David Letterman

10. David Letterman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 12 1947 @ 6:00am-CST. This day is better known to food lovers' as National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day:)

9. David Letterman occasionally works under the pseudonym Earl Hofert, the name of his maternal grandfather. (You will see this name in the credits for shows like The Simpsons, in the feature film Cabin Boy, or a host of other media appearances. He also goes by the name "Class Smart Alec" in his high school yearbook.

8. While going to high school, David Letterman worked as a grocery bagger and stock boy at the Atlas Supermarket in his hometown. He eventually worked his way up to cashier. According to his mother, "Once, David stocked the can display all the way to the ceiling, so customers couldn't get a can from the stock without bringing the whole thing down on top of them."

7. David Letterman began his career in broadcasting in Indianapolis, Indiana, working as a weekend weatherman. While working as a weatherman, he once described a storm as having hail "the size of canned hams." He was also a host of Freeze Dried Movies and a kid's 4-H show called Clover Power over at WTRE. Rumor has it that he auditioned for the role of Ted Stryker in the comedy classic, Airplane!
"...Then he went to work as a wacky weatherman in Indianapolis, occasionally making up cities that didn't exist ("Eight inches of snow in Bingree and surrounding areas"), and once erasing state borders from a weather map during a broadcast. He anchored the evening news for a short while, and even hosted a news/talk radio show. Too funny to play it serious, though, Letterman starred in a local kiddie show, and wisecracked as host of late night TV "Freeze-Dried Movies" until he quit his job, loaded his possessions into his truck, and left Indiana in 1975... (source)
6. One of the first big breaks that David Letterman got in small screen comedy was a guest spot on the sitcom Mork & Mindy.

5. David Letterman appeared in issue 239 of the Marvel comic book The Avengers. (scroll down for the comic)

4. The pencils used on The Late Show with David Letterman are specially designed with erasers at both ends, since Dave is in the habit of tossing them at his camera operators and on rare occasions, the band or the guests. Julia Child and Martha Stewart both had memorable moments on his show.
3. The name of Rupert Gee's restaurant, which is found right around the corner from Dave's studio, is
Hello Deli.

2. David Letterman was a Boy Scout. Also according to his mom, he doesn't like spinach or asparagus. However, he sure does like peanut butter sandwiches!
"When David was in junior high, he had a paper route. Every day he'd set off on his bike at around four in the morning, and he'd be so hungry when he came home that he'd wolf down a snack of two or three peanut butter sandwiches, go back to bed, only to get up and have a breakfast of cereal, fruit juice, and toast a couple of hours later."
And, the #1 thing you may or may not know about David Letterman:

1. In order to win tickets for the Late Show with David Letterman, you must correctly answer a random trivia question about the show before you actually get your ticket.

Home Cookin' with Dave's Mom

What a delightful recipe book! I never realized how chatty and personal Home Cookin' with Dave's Mom really is until I was preparing for today's post. Shame on me, I have so many cookbooks that just sit on the shelf waiting to be "investigated." As a matter of fact, I'm so enthralled by its contents, that I've decided to devote a future post on the book and Dorothy Letterman, Dave's mom, on her birthday in July. Sure, the book gives us a glimpse into Dave's pre-Late Night shenanigans but where it truly shines is in the homespun commentary given by Dave's mom who in her own right is quite a fascinating women. Through snapshots, anecdotes, laughter and her down to earth spirit, Dorothy Letterman spins quite the enjoyable cookbook. It reminds me of another recipe book I shared quite a while back, Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook. (I'll leave the link below in case you missed it:)

I did a quick internet scan before choosing the following recipes in order to avoid duplicates. I discovered David Letterman's Favorite Breakfast Casserole @ Mr. Breakfast and also the recipe for Dave's mom's Flaky Pie Crust @ Just A Pinch. You might want to check out that pie crust recipe if you should decide to bake up this Sour Cherry Pie for Letterman's birthday. Of course, you can also use your favorite pie crust recipe too. It seems, Chocolate Chiffon Pie is Dave's preferred birthday "cake." Since I just did posts for all things chiffon, I've decided to include his second preferred birthday dessert; Sour Cherry Pie.

Sour Cherry Pie
"Since I can't send the chocolate chiffon pie overnight to David, this is the dessert I usually send to him for his birthday-or if I'm just thinking about him. First I freeze the pie, wrap it tightly in Saran Wrap, wrap it again in bubble wrap, and fold newspaper around it...Once, when David was still at NBC, I was watching his show and I saw him pull out the cherry pie I had sent to him a couple of days earlier for his birthday. There was a big wedge cut out of it and a big bolt lying in the pan. He told millions of people that I had baked a stove bolt in his pie. Oh David, I did not!"
Pie dough for 2 crust pie
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup flour
4 cups sour cherries
Dash salt
Unsalted butter


In bottom crust, mix and add 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons flour. Distribute evenly. Add cherries, remaining sugar and flour. Sprinkle a dash of salt over all. Top with butter cut into pieces. Cover with top crust. Sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes. Finish baking at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. To prevent crust from becoming too dark, cover the edges with foil when you reduce oven temperature.

A Letterman post just wouldn't be complete without David's Fried Baloney Sandwich!

Spring has Sprung and Easter is right around the corner. Dave's mom shares this recipe for Lilly Salad given to her by her friend named Virginia. The recipe comes from Virginia's mother, Katie, who always made it for Easter dinner and sometimes served it over Angel Food Cake. So retro!!!

Lilly Salad
1 pound miniature marshmallows (gee I wonder if peeps would work?)
4 large oranges, peeled and cut into pieces
1 large can pineapple chunks, drained

4 egg yolks
1 cup milk
1 cup pineapple juice
2 tbs. granulated sugar
2 tbs. flour

Whipped Cream
1 pint heavy cream
2 tbs. granulated sugar
In a large mixing bowl, mix the marshmallows and fruit. Set aside. Combine dressing ingredients in a medium saucepan, and cook over medium heat. Cool. Add to fruit. In separate bowl, beat cream and sugar to whipped consistency and fold into salad mixture. Place in your prettiest serving bowl and let stand overnight in refrigerator. This salad will keep for several days. Makes 8-10 servings.

FYI: Today is also National Licorice Day! Don't believe me? Here's how to celebrate from Licorice International!
1. David Letterman Trivia and Quotes
2. How to Get Late Show with David Letterman Tickets
3. David Letterman Trivia
4. David Michael Letterman
5. Fun Facts About David Letterman
6. David Letterman @ Turner Classic Movies
7. Letterman Image (courtesy of wiki)
8. Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook