Go ahead, taste John Davidson’s “Thing”

Davidson “Thing” requires a large celery stalk

​Actor-singer John Davidson, currently appearing in a play at Overland Park’s New Theatre Restaurant, has had a long and interesting career: Sears catalog underwear model, wholesome Disney leading man, TV game show host, Tonight Show fill-in host, nightclub and Broadway performer, murderous drag queen (a cult favorite 1974 episode of Streets of San Francisco) and nearly-nude Cosmopolitan magazine centerfold.

Davidson, who turns 69 in December, is also a cook. His recipe for a pasta dish called “The Thing” appeared in a softcover cookbook, A Taste of Class, produced by Century 21 Real Estate back in the early 1980s. This cookbook, discovered in a used bookstore in Mission, also features recipes for Loni Anderson’s fettucine and the late Sammy Davis, Jr.’s version of spaghetti and meatballs.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink