Conan in a Stew

NBC talk show host Conan O'Brien got his Irish up at Good Housekeeping magazine over a recipe that was published in its March issue. "Conan O'Brien's St. Patrick's Day Stew," said the headline, with an accompanying yummy-looking photo. The only problem? Conan readily admits that he doesn't know how to boil water, let alone throw down a delicious pot of stew.

Conan's take on the matter, complete with his phony Irish accent, is all over the 'net. "I'm in the make-up chair today and I'm given this magazine," said O'Brien on his show. "This is apparently my recipe. There's only one problem, ladies and gentlemen. I've never cooked anything in my life. I didn't send it to them. They just made it up. It's got all this stuff in it, I've never even heard of."

The mag, Conan reckoned, needed an Irish face to front its Irish stew recipe, "and they grabbed the most Irish fat-head they could find . . . it was either me or Ted Kennedy."

How did such March madness take hold at a reputable publication like GH? Their PR reps issued a statement saying that the recipe came from what was assumed to be a reliable source.

"According to a reputable source, which has regularly provided celebrity recipes to the magazine, this was Conan's personal St. Patrick's Day stew recipe. Now that Conan has made us aware he can't cook ramen noodles, let alone a stew, we will no longer be using that source," said the statement.

Conan was happy to settle the matter over a pot of stew, and the mag's editor Rosemary Ellis happily obliged. Ms. Ellis made an appearance on Conan's show to deliver a freshly cooked batch of the recipe. To make the feast "more Irish," she added in helpings of Lucky Charms, Jameson and Guinness. Yuck!

At least the gaffe gave Conan something to chat about when he was a guest on Jay Leno'

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