Joan Crawford’s Spinach Salad

Hi, kittens! Welcome to DiS1972!

Since it’s Sunday, and tonight I’ll be watching FEUD: Bette & Joan on FX, I’m serving up another one of Joan Crawford’s recipes.

This one comes from an article in the November 1, 1965 issue of Vogue.

A Second Fame: Good Food

The article features a number of recipes, but since I already had spinach on hand for Bette Davis’ Spinach-Stuffed Filets (COMING SOON!), Joan’s Spinach Salad was a no-brainer. Also, it’s all of 3 ingredients:

Joan Crawford’s Spinach Salad for four to six
6 cups fresh, young spinach leaves
1 pound bacon
1 cup cider vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Wash the spinach and place in the refrigerator until crisp. Do not cut leaves. Fry the bacon; drain on stove on paper towels. Save a thin layer of grease in skillet, add 1 cup cider vinegar, warm a second, then pour, hot, on the spinach; season. Break the bacon in small bits and sprinkle on top of the salad. Serve while warm. This can also be made with shredded lettuce or, as in France, with young, tender dandelion greens.

So, it was a spinach salad with a hot-bacon dressing. Which is great. Fabulous.

But what is a spinach salad without red onions and mushrooms and cooked egg? Boring. Good, but kinda boring.

Which is on the other end of the spectrum from her Danti-Chips and French Banana Salad–those two recipes are jsut bonkers!

OK, if I don’t put up another post before then, I’ll definitely be back next Sunday with another FEUD: Bette & Joan inspired dish! I’m thinking a cocktail…

I need more feathers and fur in my life

…one that is Joan-Approved.

And remember that you have until Monday, March 27th to enter the Joan Crawford Cookbook Giveaway–all you have to do is put “Bette” or “Joan” in the comments section.

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Happy Birthday, William Shatner!

Yesterday William Shatner turned 86. Dammit I missed it.

And I was even assigned a dish of his to make by Jenny over at Silver Screen Suppers for a top-secret project she has going on.

And I’ve made it (FYI, it was yummy) I just don’t have the photos on hand. Or the time to write it. I totally dropped the ball here.

Forgive me!

So in the meantime, here’s a smokin’ hot photo of James T. Kirk with some steamy stew:

Shatner hates fruit salad. Who knew?

And a ska tune that was written in his honor. I love this little ditty. Makes me think of high school.

See you on Sunday for another FEUD: Bette & Joan dish!


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Bette Davis’ Red Flannel Hash

Hello, kittens!

Here’s a quickie right before tonight’s episode of FEUD: Bette & Joan.

This time I took a page out of Bette Davis’ cookbook–not that there is one, like Joan’s. (Remember! You can win a copy of Cooking With Joan Crawford, complied by Jenny Hammerton by entering the sweepstakes HERE).

But here’s Bette’s Red Flannel Hash, in her own words and in her own handwriting:

Found this on pinterest

Why did I choose this one? Because I had mounds and mounds of leftovers from this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage, which I make every March.

So I just chopped up some of the beef and picked out the potatoes and the beets, put it in a skillet and browned it.

There ya have it!

Fun fact: this the first poached egg I’ve ever attempted. How, pray tell, is that possible after 6 years of Dinner Is Served? Who knows!

My egg was quasi-successful. As you can see, I over-cooked it. BUT! Now I know that I could make one again and make it right.

But how was the hash, you ask?

It was delicious. And I highly recommend it for the next time you have leftover corned beef dinner.

So score one for Bette.

Enjoy episode 3 tonight, everybody!

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Joan Crawford Cookbook Giveaway!!!

Hello, kittens!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the Joan Crawford dishes I’ve been rolling out in honor of the new series FEUD: Bette & Joan.

But I know someone who is the definitive expert on what Joan liked to do in the kitchen. She actually wrote the book on it!

This is Cooking With Joan Crawford, compiled by Silver Screen Suppers blogging superstar, Jenny Hammerton.

It’s a rather lovely coffee table type book, that contains over 30 of Joan’s very own recipes. Illustrated with postcards of Joan from Jenny’s collection.

Here is a trailer for the book:

The book is available from or – £25 in the UK, $35 in the US.

But we want to give you a chance to win a copy for free! 

All you have to do is just leave either one of us a comment, telling us who – in your humble opinion – is best…

Joan or Bette!?!?!  

State your case in the comments section below and you’ll be entered!

Contest is open until April 6th. You can also enter a second time by visiting Jenny’s page, HERE. (so you get 2 chances to win).

The winner will be chosen by random lotto; but two lucky folks will win an e-copy if they make the funniest comment–judged by Jenny and me.

But if you can’t wait to see if you have won, skip over to Blurb and grab a copy of the book. The print version takes about 10 days to get delivered, but if you want it STAT, there’s an e-book version too… Just click on the Related Editions button bottom right as per pic below…

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Here are the links again: or

Please send Jenny pictures of any Joan dishes you cook. She absolutely adores it when others cook Crawford-style!

Do get in touch via her contact page… and you can always reach me at We both love love love hearing from our readers!

Good luck and good eating!


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128. Toasted Tuna Sandwiches

We’re gonna keep on keepin’ on with another selection from the Dinner is Served! 1973 series!

And it’s one that, if you were snowed in your house today, you most likely have all of the necessary ingredients on hand.

Especially if you’re one of those folks who hit the grocery store at the slightest hint of snow and buy all of the milk and all of the bread and all of the eggs.

And non-perishables! Don’t forget your canned goods. I bet those people always buy canned tuna.

So here’s a tuna sandwich fit for a snow day:


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Joan Crawford’s French Banana Salad (1928)

Last week everyone went completely bonkers for both the premiere of Feud: Bette & Joan and for Joan Crawford’s Danti-Chips, so I decided to make a dish for episode 2!

Here is one of Joan’s favorite recipes, originally published in a 1928  article titled “Soup, Salad and Dessert: They Make or Mar the Meal” from an issue of Photoplay Magazine.

Check it:

…once in a while, being only human, Joan forgets all about her careful diet, as witness her recipe for French Banana Salad…

I don’t know how bananas, peanuts, mayo and lettuce read as FRENCH, but as I established with her Danti-Chips, I’m not gonna question Ms. Crawford.

Because she will cut a bitch.

So here it is–if you dare–Joan’s French Banana Salad…

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Broccoli Cheese Soup (1985)

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might remember that I love produce grab bags. As in you get a box or bag and it’s just random stuff. In the past I’ve done Arganica, Relay Food and Hungry Harvest. I liked them all, but these were all really expensive, even Hungry Harvest which delivered surplus produce from grocery stores.

So I found a new supplier. And it’s a non-profit that fights food waste, which is one of my biggest pet-peeves.  It’s called Gather Baltimore. In a nutshell–they recapture, reuse, and redistribute any and all leftover healthy fruits and vegetables they can get their hands on.

So whenever they have inventory, you can stop by and for $7 get a whole big blue IKEA bag full of produce that otherwise would’ve been tossed. They then also take food to financially challenged families in food deserts for free.

I love it. I’m giving food a second shot and I am helping  Baltimoreans in need. Win-win.

So when I got at least 8 crowns of broccoli in my latest Gather Baltimore Blue Bag, I immediately knew that I wanted to make a Cream of Broccoli or Broccoli Cheese Soup.

This was the bottom of the bag. That’s a shit ton of broccoli.

So I went to my collection (just updated!) and scoured index after index after index and came up with NOTHING. But finally. Finally! I found a recipe in my Saints Cyril & Methodius 75th Anniversary Jubilee Polish/American Cookbook.

Leave it to the Polish Catholics of McKees Rocks, PA to pull through.

I doubled the amount of cheese. Because 2 cups come in the shredded cheese bag, and I just really like cheese.

Speaking of cheese, I went on a Bumble date a couple of months ago. Lemme tell you about it……..

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119. Chicken a la King (Happy 6th Anniversary!)

I think it was established long ago that I am a horrible person. Or if not a horrible person, at least someone who deserves a Jerry Seinfeld Award in Dating Excellence.

Because I am still out there. Dating. And doing it in such a dismissively superficial manner. But does that make me a horrible person? Gentle readers, I will let you decide.

Let me tell you about my date with Kermit.

Before meeting Kermit I had some time on my hands because I went to Weight Watchers (yeah, back on the horse) and the 5:30 meeting wasn’t as long as I remember it being; so I went to a local watering hole and had a cocktail to pass the time. I texted my date to meet me at the bar instead of the restaurant.

So Kermit shows up. I presume hungry because he immediately tells me that he has The Gluten. Well, I am super-well versed in the world of gluten-free since my mum was diagnosed with Celiac 20 (!!!) years ago. And at this joint there was nothing for him to eat. Which is fine. I get it.

But he scanned the menu some more and told me that he doesn’t do dairy.
No gluten. No dairy.

But since I had a good deal of my drinkie left I asked,

Want a drink?

No. I don’t drink.

He looked at my glass of whiskey and pointed:

That’s gluten.

I know that this isn’t really the case. The gluten is eradicated during the distilling process, but whatever. The bartender offers gluten-free beer.

Nope. He declines. No drink.

He doesn’t drink.

No gluten. No dairy. No booze.

I mean, I had such a hard time working meat-free with Mr. Kinsey that I all but abandoned my retro cooking. At least we had cheese and alcohol in common (relationships have been based on less!).

So I, SHIT YOU NOT said to Kermit, this isn’t going to work. I don’t want to waste your time, but this is so not going to be a thing.

Perhaps that was a bit harsh and maybe I should have–

Yeah. Don’t care. Totally no fucks left to give. I was just being honest. And apparently this is a Friends post.

To his credit, Kermit didn’t just bail. He let me finish my drink and we went to have tacos.

The evening wasn’t a total waste. Kermit was a very nice guy. Not bad looking. Conversation was solid. And there were tacos (although I think Papi’s is overrated).

But, let me remind you again: NO GLUTEN. NO DAIRY. NO BOOZE.

So, in the spirit of this story I present to you, my friends, a dinner that features meat and dairy and gluten and booze:

I can totally break this one down for you because I kept detailed timeline-type notes. Ya know, like I used to do. Back in the day. Six years ago, to be exact. Yeah, I hit my 6 year blogging anniversary this week!


And yay to six years with my beloved Brian Boitano!

OK, now onto 119. Chicken a la King

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The Argyle Club’s Cuban Black Bean Soup (1961)

This recipe comes from a very recent acquisition–Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Cookbook (1961). My mum gave me this one for Christmas this year, and lemme tell ya, this one seems like a goody, especially since it features illustrations by Andrew Warhola!

Yeah, Warhola as in Warhol.

As I was flipping through the pages I realized that Vanderbilt’s cookbook is chock-full of recipes that are interesting, practical and appealing! It has the potential to become a go-to book for me.

For my first dish from this cook book I chose Cuban Black-Bean soup because one of the main ingredients was ham. And I had ham to burn–even after making my split-pea soup.

black bean recipe 2black bean recipe 1

I didn’t change it much. Instead of using a chicken boullion packet in lieu of “beef extract” and subbing basil, parsley, and tarragon to replace the “herbes fines,” (whatever the hell that is). I also switched out bacon for salt pork.

So it was basically the same recipe–except for those 3 changes I just mentioned.

When I put in that hunk of meat, I expected that I would have to bring it out and chop it up at some point, but after 4 hours, it just fell apart into lovely little strands.

I also thought that this soup would be WAAAAY too mild for today’s palates, but I think I was wrong. It was a very nice soup and didn’t need much in the way of extra heat. It was perfect if you have a big group who like varying amount of spiciness.

But if you wanna kick it up, I would recommend adding a small can of green chiles while cooking, or adding 2 tsp or so of salsa verde when serving, or just letting everyone add cayenne and/or chili powder at the table to taste. I did both the salsa verde and cayenne pepper with some sour cream and Monterey Jack cheese (and homemade baked tortilla chips, of course).

black bean soup finished

Anyway, this was tasty and used up a good deal of ham, So right on, Amy Vanderbilt! And right on, Argyle Club of San Antonio for creating this dish!

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A Groundhog Day Menu (1971)

Cue up the Pennsylvania Polka! For the 2nd year in a row, I have decided to delve into my copy of Gourmets & Groundhogs (1971) to properly celebrate Groundhog Day.

And to do so, I referred to a favorite Groundhog Day menu from Miss Gretchen Green of NYC.

I do not know why Miss Gretchen Green was such a Groundhog enthusiast, but it is nice that she was a hospital volunteer!

I sure as hell wasn’t going to make this entire menu, so I chose the Blue Grass Bread and the Reveille Soup and ran with it. Mostly because booze was an ingredient in both.

I am going to assume that the Blue Grass Bread is called that because one of the ingredients is bourbon. As in Kentucky Bourbon. As in the Blue Grass State.

Kentucky is the Blue Grass state…right?

Whatever. 1/4 cup of Jim Beam was enough to make the batter smell reaaaally boozy.

Sadly, my toaster oven over baked it a bit. The top was really hard. And more than a golden brown. Whoops.

Now the soup!

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