Dale Evans' G-G's Salad — Dale Evans got this recipe from her makeup man, Steve Drum, who hailed from Bulgaria. The (G-G stands for great-grandmother, says great-grandson Dan Swift, who submitted this recipe.) The salad became her trademark. It is easily multiplied to feed a crowd.
Dick Durbin's Hungarian Butterhorn Cookies — Senator Dick Durbin first obtained this recipe about 40 years ago when he was a paperboy for the now-defunct East St. Louis Journal (the same paper that the late Congressman Melvin Price once wrote for as a sports reporter). One Christmas, a customer gave Durbin a box of these cookies, which proved so popular with the entire family that he went back for the recipe. Durbin's mother baked them every Christmas.
Joan Lunden's Chicken Tortilla Soup — "This is absolutely one of my favorite recipes - it brings back great memories of my college years in Mexico City. It is a delicious spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup that is quick, easy and great for an outdoor lunch or a light summer supper."
John Tower's Texas Chili — Years ago, then senator John Tower of Texas stood up on the floor of the United States Senate and flatly declared that Texans make the best chili without question, whereupon Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona sprang to his feet and declared among other things that "Texans don't know chili from cow chips!" With the honor of the two great states challenged, a chili war ensued. Here is Senator Tower's recipe.
Johnny Bond's Johnny's Bonded Steak Sauce — Johnny Bond appeared in almost 30 Western films, usually singing with the Jimmy Wakely Trio, but he also wrote hundreds of songs, including the classic "Cimarron," which earned him entry into the Cowboy Music Hall of Fame. With his Cimarron Boys, he was a regular on Gene Autry's radio show, "The Melody Ranch."
Julia Roberts' Fresh Peach Crisp — What sets this crisp apart is its topping: It is crusty and wonderful, and there is lots of it. If unpeeled peaches bother you, peel them. Serve this for dessert, of course, and also for breakfast.
Justin Wilson's Hush Puppies — Justin Wilson says, "Hush puppy is an old Southern term that originated after the Civil War. People didn't have enough for themselves to eat let alone feed their dogs, so when the old hounds started barking from hunger, they would throw pieces of fried corn bread to them, yelling, 'Shut up, dog! Hush puppy!'"