Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cooking with the Stars

Cooking with the Stars
Were you expecting a post dedicated to the Emmy® Awards tonight? No. Good. I'm not much of a TV watcher myself. As a matter of fact, after checking the list of shows nominated, the only one I have ever watched for any length of time is Hot in Cleveland. And, that's mainly because Marion made me:) I'm not even sure if the show itself is up for an Emmy but I think Betty White is and Marion just loves Television Hall of Famer Betty White!!!
She also like this recipe of Betty White's for Mandarin Salad from from Cooking with the Stars © 1999.

Mandarin Salad

Personally, I'm a fan of the show The Closer and if defending Emmy Award winner Kyra Sedgwick were one of the nominees this year, I may have watched. I'm also in awe of the transition Emmy champion Katy Sagal has accomplished on the show Sons of Anarchy. Not a program I'm in the habit of watching, but once when I was flipping through channels, I spied her on the Sons of Anarchy, and I just couldn't believe my eyes. What a transformation?

You may remember Peg's husband Al (Ed O'Neil) from Married with Children. Well, the LA Times reports he has a real shot at winning tonight for best supporting actor on the show Modern Family. I just had to include Al's recipe for "Sixteen Tons" Cheeseburger from Pig Out with Peg (© 1990) because, today is National Cheeseburger Day!

"Sixteen Tons" Cheeseburger

Speaking of reporting, I heard through the grapevine (twitter that is:) that Jesse, our very own Cakespy, and the fabulous Anna of Cookie Madness, will be tweeting from the Emmy's tonight, compliments of Duncan Hines® and the 1 Million Cupcake Challenge. You can read all about it on their blogs. Jesse is the creator of my adorable "cuppie" banner up top. Yes, I can call my banner adorable, heck it is, isn't it?

Duncan Hines® is the official dessert sponsor of the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards Governors Ball and Creative Arts Awards Ball for the second year in a row. Three rich Duncan Hines recipes are served to the stars at the primetime television events -- they were created exclusively for Duncan Hines by Team U.S.A.’s World Cup Pastry Team. (source)

For a person who doesn't watch much TV much, I've managed to accumulate an assortment of "star" related cookbooks and recipes. I think today is just the day to share a few with you.

Let's "kick" it off with one of the few TV celebrity chefs that I actually enjoy watching once in a while; Emeril Lagasse and his Every Day's a Party! ©1999.

Every Day's a Party

Emmy Award nominee, (2007) Chef Emeril will be joining Bravos' Top Chef this season in Texas. As many of you probably already know, Top Chef is up for an Emmy tonight in the category Reality Competition.

'Top Chef' Is Bigger In Texas Season 9 heads south with new judges Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson in tow.
Martini with Chocolate Grapes

My daughter, Michele was a huge fan of the show Friends. When she saw the Cooking with Friends ©1995, cookbook at the bookstore one day, she decided I needed to have it for my collection. I was delighted! (she also gifted me with a copy of the Saturn Owners' Cookbook when she paid her car off! Yes, she owned a Saturn:)

Cooking with Friends

Matt LeBlanc was nominated three times for playing Joey on "Friends." The Hollywood Reporter mentions he is once again up for a nominee in the Showtime series Episodes. Good Luck Matt:) (I don't "do" Showtime but, I did like him as Joey:)

Fire Escape Flank Steak
Cafe' Nervosa; The Connoisseur's Cookbook

I am familiar with Frasier, Niles and Daphne and the rest of the crew of the show Frasier. It is one of the shows I "turn" to when I just need to chill. The show is not up for an award this year, although in the past the total has numbered 30 Emmy Awards. Last count, that was a record; from what I've been reading anyway. Jane Leeves who played Daphne on Frasier currently stars in Hot in Cleveland along with Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli and Wendie Malick. I don't know if Daphne contributed this recipe to The Connoisseur's Cookbook (© 1996) but, I do know it's right up my alley. I'm so making these Pears en Croûte! It's about as close to puff pastry as I'll ever get!

Pears en Croûte

Tomorrow is Butterscotch Pudding Day. I leave you with this delicate recipe for Butterscotch Parfait from the book, The Cook Book of the Stars. (©1939)

Butterscotch Parfait

*Note: Clicking on any of the recipes or cook book covers will enlarge the image. I try not to have the images link back to picasa or sites that may be selling books. (ie amazon or such)

Other celebrity recipes @ Months of Edible Celebrations.
1. Celebrating Pearl Bailey
2. Happy Birthday David Letterman
3. Gone With the Wind Recipes
4. The Myra Breckinridge Cookbook: Charlie Chaplin
5. The Andy Griffith Show
6. A Mayberry Holiday
7. Remembering Star Wars
8. Quick Links: It's Ina Garten's Birthday! Let's Celebrate!!!


  1. I'm laughing so hard right now because I too have the Friends cookbook. I think it shall be my goal this week to make at least one thing out of it. I think I remember Marcel's banana bread :)

  2. Louise - I love this! Those pears look WAY over the top! Now if you could find some recipes from the "Bewitched" or "I Dream of Jeannie" era, I would be in heaven! Did the "Bionic Woman" ever cook? I know Mrs. King of Scarecrow and ... was often depicted in the kitchen. By the way, "Hot in Cleveland" is my guilty pleasure. I think it's hysterical!

  3. I don't watch much TV either... well, that's not true. I watch Charmed, NCIS, NCIS-LA... and whatever the Knight is watching.

    Piper is a trained chef, so Charmed should have done a cookbook!!

  4. My gosh I had no idea these stars had cookbooks. giggle~ I guess I'm not up on starts that cook but boy did I love the read. The picture of the pears is a work of art!

  5. Oh, wow...the Pam Bundy one is slightly terrifying.

    Those pears though. I love that. Perfect for next time the in-laws come for dinner. I think I'll cut out the middle from the bottom, though, and stuff them with a mix of sweet dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon, etc.

  6. You go for it Liberry Tart! Just be sure and share...please:)

    Well gosh oh gee, T.W. we aren't asking for much now are we:) I'll see what I can muster up. Bionic Women, maybe but, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir??? We'll see...

    There may very well be a "Charmed" cookbook, Chan. I'll check with my daughter. She is a HUGE Charmed fan.

    You just never know what you will find in a recipe book, Pam. I'm buying fresh pears on Wednesday and making those babies, stat!

    When I buy pears this week, Jesse, I am so going to use the recipe but, now that you mention it, a GREAT idea by the way, I do believe I too will be stuffing them with something! I'm actually thinking freshly prepared ricotta goat cheese!

  7. How I loved reding your post; youu brought back grat memories for what tv used to be like...and those vintage recipes are always the Best. Thank you Louise for making Monday a Bright Day.

  8. Another zero for clueless in Ann Arbor. I don't think I've watched any of those shows. I love your collector instincts, though.

  9. Hahaha, I love the series Married With Children. Peg Bundy's must be a funny read. Thanks for sharing those interesting finds with us...

    By the way, there's also a Soprano cookbook. I really have to purchase it.



  10. Ha! I'd be interested in the Frasier cookbook!

  11. I hate the awards shows. They just feel like a bunch of famous blowhards telling everyone how wonderful they all are. Really, the cable dramas are about the only ones we watch any more, including The Closer and Sons of Anarchy. And I just might have to try that butterscotch parfait of yours, because I do love butterscotch, although I'm trying to cut down on the cholesterol and sugar....sigh. Doctors take all the fun out of life, don't they?

  12. My mother has been making that Mandarin Orange salad for as long as I can remember, and, trust me, that is a LONG time! I suspect it's not Betty W.'s original recipe, but it is a good one.

    I enjoyed all of the other recipes (look forward to hearing your pears in croute experience) and want that Cafe Nervosa Cookbook. I've been stalking it for years.

    Fun post!

  13. i had no idea that all those celebrities knew their way into the kitchen, much less how to maneuver around in it! al bundy! :)

  14. Any tips on what I should make for my b-day tomorrow? Something appley?

  15. Friends? My gosh, that was ages ago!!! Thanks for the memories!

  16. I do hope you can find recipes from the "Eight is Enough" era. Oh , just love that show!

  17. here, we also have some asian celebrities cookbooks but never buy them. i wonder if they are the ones who really do the cooking and working the recipes....haha..

  18. Thanks for visiting everyone!

    BTW, I managed to bake those wrapped pears. Marion LOVED them, me not so much. I'll be posting them, someday. Very easy to make though and they make a nice presentation in the proper hands:)

  19. Love it that you had enough star cookbooks to put together this post. The Mandarin Salad sounds good--I've been using them a lot in my salads lately. Can't wait to hear more about the pear recipe.


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