Monday, March 2, 2009

The Secret Ingredient

I have just finished reading a biography on the life of the actor Gregory Peck, written by Gary Fishgal. Here was a tidbit I found amusing.

After church on Sundays, Peck's Aunt Myrtle would cook a roast chicken dinner with stuffing. Her husband, Uncle Charley, was an ex-silver miner and teetotaler. He loved her chicken-and-stuffing recipe.

"After his second or third helping," Peck recalled, "[Charley] would always sit back and say, 'Yessir, that's the best dressing in the world. Myrt's got a secret.' "

What he never found out was the secret: Aunt Myrt used to put about a pint of bourbon in her recipe.

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