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Thanksgiving Recipes from Vintage Starlets

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Thanksgiving recipes from vintage old hollywood stars


Today I'd like to share some classic vintage recipes from the kitchens of some our favorite old Hollywood celebrities. From Marilyn Monroe's Thanksgiving stuffing to Judy Garland's solution to Thanksgiving left-overs, cook up an unforgettable autumn feast this year!



 Marilyn Monroe's Thanksgiving Stuffing
Surprisingly complex in flavor and preparation, this is a good one to test in advance! Check out the New York Times article on the history of this recipe and fascinating evidence that suggests Marilyn may have been quite talented in the kitchen

Marilyn Monroe stuffing recipe photo Marilyn in the kitchen


Mamie Eisenhower's pumpkin chiffon pie
The beloved First Lady shares a simple and delightful pie recipe from her White House kitchen. This much-adored and lighter twist on the classic is recommended to be served with a gingersnap or shortbread crust.

1950s Thanksgiving pie recipe photo Mamie in the White House Kitchen



Lucy Ball's Persimmon cake
If you're in the mood for something unique for the dessert table this holiday season, take a tip from Lucy and whip up her beautiful wintery Persimmon cake. This one makes a gorgeous Christmas dessert as well. 

Vintage Lucy Ball Persimmon cake Thanksgiving recipe photo Lucy in the kitchen



Myrna Loy's Broiled Green Onion and Cheddar Cheese Puffs
Forget the boring ol' dinner rolls and pass on store bought biscuits for Christmas morning. Here's a beautiful bready recipe from the equally beautiful Myrna Loy. This one is destined to be a year-long favorite in my house!

eVintage Myrna Loy Cheddar puffs Thanksgiving recipe photo Myrna Loy in green and gold hat



Judy Garland's shepherd's pie for left-overs
It's not easy being a holiday hostess, as Judy Garland new, I'm sure. When the cooking, feasting and merriment is over, what's a girl to do with all of those left-overs? Throw together a quick and delicious shepherd's pie. Substitute the chicken in the recipe for left-over Thanksgiving turkey.

Vintage Judy Garland Thanksgiving left-over sheppards pie recipe photo Judy Garland in the kitchen



8 Responses to “Thanksgiving Recipes from Vintage Starlets”

  1. What a deliciously fantastic post! Tony is a huge persimmon fan (in fact, he lists them as his very favourite fruit, assuming you can get a hold of nice ripe ones), so I'll be bookmarking Lucy's cake recipe for sure. Thank you for sharing all of the these vintage recipe gems!

    ♥ Jessica

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  2. This post is a true treasure. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  3. Great post! I will try some of these this Holiday, it i sfun to remember that they came from someone else and Marilyn and Lucille are the best. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. What a lovely post! I'll definitely try Lucille's persimmon cake, and Mamie's pumpkin pie :) (yes, I love cake...!)
    The recipe says to use canned pumpkin pulp, but I don't ever recall seeing that here in Norway. Does anyone know if one can make it from fresh pumpkin?

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    1. Yes, if you can't find canned pumpkin, you can definitely use fresh! Here's a recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/pumpkin-puree-recipe.html

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  5. Can't tell you how much I love this post!!!! Going to try some of them out!

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  6. I remember the day Myrna Loy died. I had second period English and my teacher loved old movies, so I told her that she had died and she was shocked that a 10th grader even knew who she was. I am definitely going to try her puffs in honor of a great actress and a wonderful English teacher!

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  7. I remember the day Myrna Loy died. I had second period English and my teacher loved old movies, so I told her that she had died and she was shocked that a 10th grader even knew who she was. I am definitely going to try her puffs in honor of a great actress and a wonderful English teacher!

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