John Wayne's Ex-Wife's Smiling Gelatinous Fish Log
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- 2010 Sep 15
The other day I happened upon a book titled, Pilar Wayne's Favorite and Fabulous Recipes. Whilst perusing said tome I learned that from 1954 to 1976 its author, Pilar Wayne, was married to John Wayne. Besides being the wife of America's most beloved movie cowboy, Pilar was also apparently quite the cook. And this book is the proof of it.
And I saw that Mrs. Wayne had also autographed the book! There on the title page was Pilar's autograph, right below the text, "And to my children, for testing the recipes and being my most severe critics." Wow. Pretty mixed message. But still! Signed! Evidently, Pilar took particular pleasure in cooking the fish dish above. The recipe for it is below. A quick glance through the recipe shows that it includes two envelopes unflavored gelatin, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, and tabasco. It certainly was fun getting this behind-the-scenes view into the life of John Wayne, one of America's greatest movie heroes. And it was also great to finally clear up the mystery of why Mr. Wayne walked in that funny way he did.
If anyone wants to see/read any more of Pilar's recipes, just lemme know, and I'll post 'em. I still have the book.
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