Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas In Tinseltown


Funnyman Frank Decaro has assembled enough recipes from old-time stars to have a Christmas block party at Forest Lawn. In his book Dead Celebrity Cookbook Presents Christmas In Tinseltown Decaro resurrects long-gone names, long-gone foods, and a fun Christmas story about the star. Play it safe with Guy Lombardo’s Lobster Lombardo and Greer Garson’s Guacamole or take a chance with Stan Laurel’s Ham Ring Mold – which combines gelatin and mayonnaise to achieve its holiday flavor. Those Hollywood nuns have spoiled me with their amazing pumpkin loaf, but I wonder how they would fare against TV’s Hazel? Presented for your baking pleasure is Shirley Booth’s Pumpkin Bread.


1 2/3 cups, plus 1 tablespoon flour

1 cup sugar

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup water

1 cup canned pumpkin

2 eggs

1 cup raisins or chopped dates


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Sift the dry ingredients – except for the 1 tablespoon of flour – together in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, water, and pumpkin. Blend in the dry ingredients. Toss the raisins or chopped dates with the remaining tablespoon of flour, add them to the mixture, and stir to combine. Spread the batter in a greased and floured loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for 1 ½ hours.