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Mae West Debuts in Diamond Lil ~ Sexy Food & Chop Suey

Diamond Lil, starring the legendary Mae West, debuted today in 1928.  Here she is:

That was pretty over-the-top for 1928!

Mae West was an emancipated woman, way back then.  She emancipated herself.  Pretty big hill to climb in that era, but she was up to it.  Mae was big, bold, beautiful, smart, accomplished in many fields.  She was especially proud of her writing ability.

Do yourself a favor and read about her life.  Yes, it’s Wikipedia, but read it anyway.

My favorite thing is an exerpt of an interview the diva gave to Charlotte Chandler in The Guardian in September of 2007.

Which brings me to food.  If you read the interview, you’ll see that Mae said her idea of a wonderful time was sex and chop suey.  Ergo, chop suey.  The sex is up to you.  The recipe is from Ellie Krieger, via Food Network.


  • 8 (3 by 3-inch) packaged Chinese wonton skins, separated
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 scallions, greens included, trimmed and thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 cups sliced napa cabbage
  • 3/4 cup celery, thinly sliced (about 4 celery hearts or 2 long stalks)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can bamboo shoots, drained and julienned
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and thinly sliced (about 6 ounces)
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cooking sherry
  • 2 cups cubed or shredded cooked turkey or chicken
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Brush a baking sheet and the wonton skins lightly on both sides with 2 teaspoons of oil. Season with salt and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Transfer to a cooling rack and reserve.

In a large heavy skillet or wok, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of canola oil over medium-high heat. Add the scallion, garlic, cabbage, celery, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms and stir-fry until cabbage is soft and wilted, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sugar, 3/4 cup of the chicken broth, soy sauce, and sesame oil and cook for 3 minutes. Add the sherry-cornstarch mixture and, if the mixture is a little dry, the additional 1/4 cup chicken stock. Add the turkey or chicken and heat through. Serve the chop suey over the cooked brown rice and top with sesame seeds and reserved crushed wonton skins.

PS:  Here are some foods that boost the libido:  Almonds, Avocados, Figs, Citrus, Seafood, Strawberries, Chocolate.



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