The Gourmet DJ: Marilyn Monroe’s Meticulously Detailed Hand-Written Turkey Recipe & SOLANGE’s “Losing You”

by • November 22, 2012 • Books, Food, Me, MusicComments (0)5750

This morning I’ve whipped up a brand new recipe of my very own: 1 part music and 1 part food, and I’ve called this new creation “The Gourmet DJ“– my newest FEELguide category.  As I get older I’m realizing more and more how much food means to me, and I’m even starting to play around in the kitchen as I push myself to become a better cook.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the future, and I often catch myself visualizing what my life is going to look like 10, 20, or 30 years from now.  What will 47-, 57-, and 67-year-old Brent be up to exactly?  This summer I figured out at least three new goals for myself in the decades ahead: 1) become an expert in roses and have my own massive rose garden some day (read more on that by CLICKING HERE); 2) become a great chef; and 3) learn how to play the piano.  Number 3 is obviously the most challenging of all, but I’m up for it.  Since it’s almost winter the rose dream will have to be put on hold for a while, so as a way of fostering my newly-charted course towards music and food I thought it would be fun to merge the two.

For my very first food-music combo I came across this fascinating article yesterday on Brain Pickings which published a story on Marilyn Monroe’s personal favorite turkey recipe.  The recipe is found in the 2010 book Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe (Amazon), which also includes some extraordinarily revealing poems from Monroe as well (read more about her poems at Brain Pickings).  Her turkey recipe was hand-written in 1956 on insurance company stationery, and among the meticulous steps is a note on the importance of carefully choosing the quality of the bird.  I’ve included the original 2-page hand-written recipe below, and for an easier-to-read version you can visit

And as you prepare your Marilyn Monroe turkey courtesy of this inaugural edition of The Gourmet DJ, you can sink your teeth into the juicy amazingness that is SOLANGE’s “Losing You”.  Beyonce’s little sis is all grow up, and she’s forging her own brilliant path of style and substance.  The terrific video for “Losing You” was filmed in South Africa, and the song itself was written and produced by Dev Hynes.  You can pick up your own copy of the track on iTunes, and to enter the world of SOLANGE be sure to visit and follow Solange Knowles on Facebook and Twitter.

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