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Welcome to the official home of Recipes for Rebels: In the kitchen with James Dean.

Within these pages you’ll find expanded stories and detailed cook-alongs of the recipes in the book (I blog about 1 or 2 of them a month) along with photo galleries of the dishes cooked by readers like you, videos, music, and much more (the site is constantly changing and growing).  Everything can be accessed from the tool bar at the top or the menu directly below.  Scroll down this page to see the most recent blog postings…

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Music about food…you’re listening to Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes), Dee Dee Sharp‘s 1962 follow-up hit to It’s Mashed Potato Time.

 

MOST RECENT BLOG POSTS (WITH RECIPES!)

JULY 29TH, 2016

COWBOY DAY COOK-ALONG ROUND-UP!

Cowboy Day 2016 was a lot of FUN!  MAYBE we should do this again next year???  It made me as happy as a dog with 2 tails!  We had participants from ALL over the world…celebrating all kinds of cowboys!  Here’s a short video compilation of all the Cook-along celebrants!  Everyone had a different take on Cowboy Day…follow the links to CHECK OUT EVERY SINGLE ONE!  You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll find more than a few surprises (and maybe discover a fabulous new blog to follow)…

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JULY 16TH, 2016

HAVIN’ A HOOTENANNY

YEE-HAW!  Hosting a #CowboyDayCookalong party was so much FUN!  This is the story of OUR personal Cowboy Day Cook-along here in Zakynthos, Greece.  We had a great time!  Everyone around the world, it seems, loves dressing up like cowboys for a party!  (The BIG write-up comes the week after July23rd.) Here’s a few notes about the successes (and fails) from our party and my “EPIC WESTERN” video from the event…

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JUNE 29TH, 2016

ORTENSE WINSLOW’S SOUR CREAM DRESSING FOR SLAW

This is a short and fast one, just in time for your 4th of July festivities… A real taste of that Indiana home cooking that James Dean loved so much.

A handful of recipes fell into my lap within a week of sending Recipes for Rebels off to the printer…they never made it into the book, and have never been published. This is one of them! (Another, is a recipe

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JUNE 17TH, 2016

COWBOY DAY COOK-ALONG

Howdy Buck-a-Roos!  In honor of National Day of the Cowboy, Recipes4Rebels is throwing a party…THE COWBOY DAY COOK-ALONG!  I hope y’all will drop by!!!  It,s an ACTUAL and VIRTUAL party…taking place in many locations and times around the globe.  Join in!  It’s EASY and it’ll be lots of FUN!

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JUNE 8TH, 2016

PIEATHALON III

A couple of years ago, when I started the Recipes for Rebels project, I also began reading all kinds of food blogs (knowing that eventually I would be doing something similar).  My favorites tended to be those about vintage recipes, about celebrity recipes, and about the history of cooking.  Soon I found myself surrounded by “Lime Jello, Marshmallow, Cottage Cheese Surprise”-type people who dedicate their lives to perfecting the ultimate 1950s gelled ring-mold party delicacies…and I love it!

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MAY 13TH, 2016

ROLLIN’ WITH A COWBOY

Jane Withers’ Chocolate Roll…little slices of heaven.   This edition features the recipe for the wonderfully delicate and light but full of flavor, Jane Withers’ Chocolate Roll.  It’s little fork fulls of chocolate clouds.   A classic 1950s dessert that’s fast and easy to make. The presentation is a perfect visual finale to any meal with versatile flavoring options.  If you’re…

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APRIL 12TH, 2016

HATS OFF TO HEDDA

Hedda Hopper’s Malice in Hollywood Cocktail is a perfect Spring-night-on-the-porch kinda drink full of warming flavors and sweet early fruit.  The simplicity of it’s ingredients provide a surprising complexity of aroma and taste.   It’s a powerful potion concocted in the 1940s by The Duchess of Dish, Gargoyle of Gossip, and Scariest Woman in Hollywood herself.  Hedda created and ruined many careers in her Tinseltown kingdom, but was a friend and fan of James Dean.  The recipe and tips appear…

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MARCH 21ST, 2016

MORE BOUNCE TO THE OUNCE

James Dean’s first professional acting job was Pepsi Cola’s first television commercial…and it almost didn’t happen.  The recipe for the Easter edition of this blog is Pepsi Cola Cake with Broiled Peanut Butter Frosting from the Recipes for Rebels cookbook…  It’s a great vintage treat to add to your Easter feast (and a history that ties-in, as you’ll read below).  The cake is light, moist, and fluffy with flavors of chocolate, caramel and peanut butter (think Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs)…

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FEBRUARY 23RD, 2016

DEEP IN THE HEART…OF MARFA

James Dean’s third and final iconic film Giant, put Marfa, Texas on the map.  Many of it’s elderly, lifelong residents have cherished memories of the hot summer months of 1955, when Hollywood took over their tiny town.  This is the story of that summer and of The Old Borunda Cafe’s Enchiladas Montadas…a recipe that James Dean went back for again and again, and a flavor of history that you can savor at your own table…

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FEBRUARY 8TH, 2016

NEVER ON A SUNDAE

February 8th, 2016 marks what would have been James Dean’s 85th birthday.  To celebrate, we’re throwing a party at the iconic Hollywood meeting spot, Schwab’s Pharmacy.  It was a favorite spot of Dean’s and full of legendary Hollywood history and lore.  The featured recipe is Schwab’s “Don’t Care Sundae,” a homemade coffee syrup, ice cream, whipped cream, nuts, with a cherry on top delight that was the favored pick-me-up of ambitious…

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1452822135474JANUARY 15TH, 2016

AUTOMAT TIME MACHINE

Everything old is new again… and this blog posting is guaranteed to transport you back to another time and place.  The year is 1951 and James Dean has just taken up residence in the bustling metropolis of New York City, the mecca of post-WWII culture, the newest of Jazz, the newest painters, of Ballet dancers, and a scene he knew he was destined to become a part of.

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1451296070241DECEMBER 28TH, 2015

HEAVENLY HONEY ROLLS AND HOOSIER HOSPITALITY

I’ve been trying to write this blog for several weeks, but the holiday season overwhelmed my schedule (and intentions).  The Honey Rolls recipe from Dr. James DeWeerd (page 143 in Recipes for Rebels) are a party essential, just right for any time of year when people gather to share a meal.  Great as a dinner roll or fabulous as mini sandwich buns.  These rolls are fluffy and light, perfectly textured with just a hint of delicious sweetness…

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1448987787263DECEMBER 3RD, 2015

CHRISTMAS AND THE LEGEND OF NICKY BAZOOKA

The festive holiday season surrounds us, and everyone is busy baking, decorating, shopping, and taking a little extra time to spend with friends and family.I’m pleased to have this opportunity to discuss one of the VERY SPECIAL recipes from the pages of Recipes for RebelsNicky Bazooka’s Christmas Bread (the recipe appears about halfway down this page).

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1447438308251NOVEMBER 15TH, 2015

THE INDIANA HARVEST TABLE

As Americans prepare for Thanksgiving in the coming week, I thought I’d share the recipe that James Dean’s Aunt Ortense Winslow would have prepared at this time each year, an Indiana traditional favorite, Persimmon Pudding.  (There are several other dishes from the Recipes from Rebels cookbook that could find their way onto MY and possibly YOUR harvest feast tables this year, we’ll discuss those at the end of this blog.)

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NOVEMBER 3RD, 2015

ENTER TO WIN!

Enter to win 1 of 3 copies of Recipes for Rebels: In the kitchen with James Dean, being given away at GoodReads.com (Entries open from November 3rd until midnight on the 14th.  Free to enter). And if you already own the book, please drop by and leave me a review…telling other readers what you think.

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OCTOBER 20TH, 2015

LUNCHING AT SARDI’S

While contemplating the writing of this blog entry, I was reminded of Steve Martin’s play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (1993).  I saw the play twice , back in the ’90s at the magnificent Fox Theater in St. Louis, MO.  The play imagines “what if” the two genius’ Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, just before their respective major career break-throughs, had met at a small cafe in Paris.  So too this blog entry imagines “what if,” and was inspired by Jenny at Silver Screen Suppers and her Vincent

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OCTOBER 12TH, 2015

FESTIVAL FESTIVITIES!

Recipes for Rebels traveled to America last week, and we had a blast!  Still a little jet-lagged… here’s some of the great memories we brought home.  This story is being written in a “burst” (Thanks Miss Pamela) with no edits or rewrites…just a stream of consciousness telling of our adventure.  The week leading up to our departure was crazy busy.  We wisely decided to split our big travel day into

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1441832286521SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2015

R4R ZAKYNTHOS BOOK LAUNCH PARTY

What a day!  (or for that matter, what a week, what a year!)  500 copies of Recipes for Rebels arrived here yesterday (and a huge shipment, now headed for the States).  Up early and headed to the produce market to acquire  some last things for the party.  The colors…the textures…the fragrances…such an inspiring place.  I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) to capture it in photos or video to share here…but someday I’ll get it and you’ll see just what I mean.  Then off to the bakery for more sensual stimulations…

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1440680298574AUGUST 28, 2015

COMPANY COMING?  SERVE PIE!  (Elizabeth Taylor’s White Chocolate Banana Cream Pie)

Elizabeth Taylor was a contract player to MGM at the age of 4.  Her first screen credit at age 10 was in Universal Studio’s There’s One Born Every Minute (1942) and in 1944 she became an international star with her performance in National Velvet.  Elizabeth accumulated 72 film and TV credits throughout her career.  She was renowned for her extreme beauty that was accentuated by her violet-colored eyes…

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AUGUST 12, 2015

NEW R4R VIDEO: “THE MAKING OF A REBEL”

Watch my latest video documenting the printing of the book!  This is very exciting for me!

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JULY 14, 2015

COOKBOOK TRAILER VIDEO

Sing, dance, and laugh along with the trailer to the cookbook!

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JULY 3, 2015

JOHN STEINBECK’S OLD-FASHIONED SLAW

Be the talk of the block party when you walk in with not just that cook-out essential dish, cabbage slaw…but with John Steinbeck’s cabbage slaw.  This is what Recipes for Rebels: In the kitchen with James Dean is all about…these aren’t just tasty recipes for satisfying dishes, these are recipes that come with stories and history.  This dish is all-American.  Perfect for your 4th of July barbecue and all those summer-time gatherings.

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JUNE 23, 2015

HIT THE BEACH WITH DEAN (AND A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS)

Summer’s here, and soon the garden will be bursting with all things fresh and good.  Neighbors start leaving anonymous bags of surplus tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini; and the searing heat makes thoughts of a cool refreshing salad sound like the perfect meal.  Here’s a few suggestions from James Dean’s friends on the best ways to top your salad and keep that swim suit figure in shape.  (Disclaimer: practically none of these

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MAY 6, 2015

HYDRA ISLAND AND 6-DEGREES OF JAMES DEAN (Mojito recipe included)

James Dean’s global popularity and enduring legacy (even 60 years after his tragic demise) never ceases to surprise me.  (Most Dean fans have a multitude of “believe-it-or-not” stories of synchronicity.)  So here’s my latest, coming at a time when I’m at the last editing stages of Recipes for Rebels and about to give the printer the final green light…
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MARCH 10, 2015

MEET ME AT CHASEN’S (COCKTAIL RECIPE)

Working on Recipes For Rebels never fails to surprise me.  I learn so many unrelated, trivial things while doing research.  So in an attempt to free-up some precious hard drive space in my brain…I’m going to dump some of it on you!  This posting was inspired while digging up information on Chasen’s…the famed West Hollywood restaurant.  Dave…

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