27 June 2009

Eggs I Have Know

Corinne Griffith was a silent film star affectionately known as “the Orchid of the Screen.” When the “talkies” came into vogue, she left the silver screen. After movies, Griffith turned her talent to writing. Her book, Papa’s Delicate Condition was a best-seller and became a movie. Along the way she married several times and became quite the cook and hostess.

Her most famous husband was George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins. Griffith once referred to him as “the Marshall without a plan.” She wrote a book about her life as a football wife, My Life With The Redskins. Her most significant contribution, however, was composing the "fight" song, Hail to the Redskins.
Today there is a slightly more politically correct version than this original version by Griffith:

Hail to the Redskins !
Hail to victory !
Braves on the war path !
Fight for old Dixie !
Scalp em, Swamp em,
We will take em big score !
Read em, Weep em Touchdown,
We want heaps more !
Fight on... Fight On...
Til you have won,
Sons of Washington !

In the 1950’s she wrote Eggs I Have Known. The book is one of those “famous food and friends” books that drops more names than recipes. There is J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon, Elsie de Wolfe, and William Randolph Hearst to name just a few.

Here is a lovely dish with international flair.

Spanish Beans in Garlic Wine

2 cans red kidney beans
5 tablespoons brown sugar
6 strips bacon
1 larger (or 2 small) cloves of garlic
1/2 cup red wine

Chop garlic very fine. Mix beans, sugar, garlic, and red wine. Place in a casserole. Lay strips of bacon across and bake for about 1 hour or until sauce thickens. Serve in casserole.

Cook up a big old casserole full for your next Redskins' game.

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