Sunday, August 23, 2009

Favorite Foods of Famous Stars Colleen Moore

Colleen Moore (Aug 19 1900 - Jan 25 1988) offers a spread of Irish delights for us to try today: Cream of Green Pea Soup, Bread sticks, Shamrock Salad, Rolled Asparagus Salad, Sweet Gherkins, Green Olives, County Cork Ice Cream, Pistachio Mints, Irish Delights, and Coffee. Sounds like a reasonably good meal. Not quite sure why Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanuts is County Cork Ice Cream. Do they have a lot of peanuts or something?

Here is a simple recipe for Cream of Green Pea Soup:
Drain 1 can of peas or use 2 cups fresh peas, add slice onion, sprig parsley and mint, 1/8 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook 20 minutes in 2 cups water. Blend with cream sauce and garnish with whole peas. A little pimento or tomato may be added to the whipped cream.

I first heard of Colleen Moore as a child when I read an article about her fairytale doll castle at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago in American Girl magazine. As a total doll addict, I was totally enchanted with the idea of a real fairytale castle.

I mean how cool is it when the books are real, and the marble sink is real marble, and the gilded gold is real gold?

Here are a couple links about the castle:

Not much of Colleen's Work survives, but here are a few facts about her:
  • She came to Hollywood in 1917 because D.W. Griffith owed her uncle a favor
  • Colleen was a 1922 WAMPAS baby star
  • She had an affair in the 1920s with King Vidor
  • She had one blue eye and one green eye
  • Her fairytale castle cost $500,000
  • Colleen discovered Loretta Young
  • Her breakout role was in the 1923 film Flaming Youth (which is believed lost). She donated a copy of a film to a museum in the 1960s, but they forgot to restore it and it deteriorated

Here is a short clip of Colleen in Ella Cinders:


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Witchcrafted Life said...

What a fun menu, it would be the perfect feast to lay out for St. Patty's Day (perhaps with potato dishes thrown in for good measure).

I'm not sure why vanilla ice cream with peanuts would be called Co. Cork ice cream either, and I say that as someone who used to live an hour away from Cork (city). My guess is that perhaps the dish originated there or was first made by somebody who hailed from Cork.

Wishing you a beautiful, relaxing Sunday, sweet dear!
♥ Jessica

Juliette. said...

I'd first seen her in The Scarlet Letter, but she seems quite the interesting gal. :)

Elsie said...

I must go see the castle exhibit someday!

It's sweet that Mr. Vidor seemed to never fall out of love with her.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

This is a fascinating post! I've never heard of this beautiful actress but am glad to know a little of her work and life. Thank you for sharing!

A said...

I agree with Jessica, a potato dish would make a fantastic addiction to these meal. It would be a great St Patty's day feast, or course it would be difficult to eat something other than the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage :)


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