Audrey Hepburn’s Penne a la Vodka

Mmm. This was really tasty. Sometimes you can look at the ingredients in a recipe and be fairly sure it’s going to be a hit. Such it is with Audrey’s pasta sauce. Butter, onion, tomato puree, vodka, Parmesan… It’s going to be good isn’t it? And it is. I love the book this recipe is […]

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Shera Danese’s Italian Stuffed Peppers

Turns out that Mr R has never eaten lobster either. What are we like? Such ingenues. I had some fresh lobster left over from Ray Milland’s Lobster Salad so I thought, oooohhhhh! Shera’s Stuffed Peppers. I’ve been meaning to try this recipe for ages. We had these on Saturday night and they were REALLY GOOD. […]

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Ray Milland’s Lobster Salad

I have never eaten lobster before. I’ve always thought of it as being a big prawn. And I’m not mad on prawns so why would I like lobster? But anyhow, Ray Milland’s Lobster Salad is on the test cooking schedule for the Columbo Cookbook so I had to try it!  Battenburg Belle was game to […]

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Johnny Cash Chilli

I wanted to make a batch of Johnny’s Chilli as close as I could to his recipe, using spices readily available here in the UK.  My chums Heather and Nathan were kind enough to bring me back some McCormick’s Chilli seasoning the last time they were in the States.  So I made a batch of […]

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Janet Leigh’s Cheese Soufflé

What a perfect spinster’s supper!  Janet is now one of my favourite stars, as her recipe is FOR ONE!  I just love it when I stumble upon a recipe that stipulates “Serves 1”, the most notable being Vincent Price’s Chicken in Pineapple.   This usually means no leftovers, and nothing to go in the frozen […]

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Vincent Price’s Fish Fillets Noord Zee

The lovely Peter Fuller has a fabulous new Vincent Price website and he asked me to write something about the glorious TV show that is Cooking Price-Wise, the series that my food hero presented on British TV in the 1970s. It was a really fun article to write, and for it, I cooked one of […]

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Marilyn Monroe Stuffing – as a WAFFLE!

Oh this was so good!  Almost as good as a Bird’s Eye Potato Waffle – ha ha!  I had some leftover stuffing in the freezer so I mixed it up with a beaten egg and bunged it in the waffle maker.  It was utterly delicious.  I am sad that that’s the last of the stuffing, […]

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Priscilla Lane’s Popcorn Balls

I hope that you all had a fabulous Easter.  I sure did.  Lots and lots and lots of food.  Plus lots and lots and lots of drinking.  A diet therefore ensues… Until then, here’s a link to the loveliness that is the Bibelot Magazine.  I’ve done a little piece about Priscilla Lane’s Popcorn Balls and […]

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Oskar Werner’s Wiener Schnitzel

Good fodder!  You can’t go wrong with a Wiener Schnitzel can you?!  This was GOOD!  I liked the garnish of beetroot, capers, lemon and anchovies very much indeed.   I found an index card knocking around my flat the other day.  Written on it in a drunken scrawl was the following: He was a bit […]

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Ben Gazzara’s Leg of Lamb, Sicilian Style

Yum!  Garlic-y and herby-y and love-ly.  Easy too. Forgot to take a photo of it when cooked, here it is marinating: Recipe at the bottom of this post…   Taryn of Retro Food for Modern Times asked me how my haggis pizza turned out on Burns Night, so here’s a pic: The one I made last year […]

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Marlene Dietrich’s Banana Nut Bread

Ah, lovely!  I had two bananas left over from the Vincent Price Bounty of Paradise dinner party because I forgot to add them to the pork chops main course.  So you know what happens when you have two bananas lying around the place over-ripening by the minute…?  Banana Nut Bread!  I made this almost exactly […]

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Vincent Price’s Bounty of Paradise Party

When Vincent Price expert Peter Fuller comes round for lunch, it has GOT to be a menu from the Master of Menace himself.  We had a brilliant afternoon sampling delights from Vincent’s International Cooking Course LP… Bounty of Paradise – Polynesian food!  We got into the Polynesian mood… First up was Steak Teriyaki with Peanut […]

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Diana Dors’ Breakfast Bean Omelette

All is chaos at Silver Screen Suppers Towers as the landlord asked if I would like my lounge painted.  Although the idea of having to move everything out of there, before applying the KonMari decluttering method, filled me with the fear, with the help of Mr R, it is done.  Here’s how it looks.  It […]

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Vincent Price’s East India Fish Curry

One of my cyber-chums, Taryn over at the fabulous Retro Food For Modern Times has inspired me to set myself a six week challenge.  It is this.  I shall eat as much as I can from the frozen archives in an attempt to have ONE EMPTY DRAWER in my freezer by April 9th.  This will […]

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Eat Like the Stars – Diana Dors

I just love Diana.  I loved her when she was a glamour-puss in the 1950s: and I loved her later in life, when she got a little chubby: Then in the 1980s, Diana set herself a dieting goal of losing 52 lbs. (25.5 kg) by her 52nd birthday, appearing regularly on the TV-am breakfast show here in the UK, […]

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Jackie Cooper’s Tenderloin Steak Sandwich

My friend Chris has an ulcer.  He calls it Mr Wrigglesworth.  I thought I had an ulcer, so I called it Mrs Wrigglesworth.  I’ve been for tests, no ulcer.  But Mrs Wrigglesworth is still lurking around, and every now and then she makes herself known. I strongly advise that you never google “stomach ulcer” when […]

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Peter Falk’s Pumpkin Lasagne

I thought I would have a problem finding jumbo pasta shells here in Londinium (remember the lack of macaroni?), but a little bit of google action helped me out. Tesco’s Finest Conchiglioni Rigati. I blame Yinzerella at Dinner is Served 1972 for the wine… You know when something is extremely PLEASING for no apparent reason? […]

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Cher’s Hawaiian Meatballs American Style

Mmm – these were super tasty.  We weren’t sure about them at first, but Battenburg Belle eventually declared that they grew on her… I made the meatball mixture WEEKS ago when we decided to introduce my god-daughter (aged 15 when we made these, just turned 16) to the wonders of Moonstruck… Me and BB had been getting […]

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Hector Elizondo’s Famous Pasta Pomodoro

Ooh!  This was very tasty.  Quite spicy with the chilli flakes.  I liked it.  Easy too.  I made it for just me myself and I, halving the recipe, eating half and popping the other half in the frozen archives.  This recipe was featured in a newspaper article in 1989, and Hector recommends enjoying the dish […]

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Vincent Price’s Croque Monsieur

How was your Valentine’s Day?  I was single for 8 years, so know full well, that it is perfectly lovely to spend it all by yourself.  Now that I have the fabulous Mr Rathbone by my side though, I do like to pull out all the stops.  For breakfast I disappeared into the kitchen with […]

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Peter Falk’s Spare Ribs

Ooh, Spare Ribs – yes!   I didn’t have hooks from which to suspend the ribs in my oven, as the legendary Mr Falk suggested.  I simply plonked them on the oven rack with the grill pan lower down in the oven underneath them to catch any drips.   Result was perfectly cooked, and lip-smackingly […]

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Ray Milland’s Chicken Chow Mein

This was a hit with the King of Chow Mein.  With me too.  I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was. Tonight was a momentous night.  The grand finale of series two of The Rockford Files.  So I cooked Chow Mein for my ex who first of all trotted up the stairs with some […]

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Rod Steiger’s Baked Chicken Grand Marnier

It’s James Dean’s birthday today, so I wanted to cook something in his honour, from the brilliant Recipes For Rebels cookbook by Greg Swenson.  Sooooooo many recipes from Jimmy’s family, co-stars and favourite eateries to choose from though…. Until Greg’s book came out, I didn’t have a recipe for Rod Steiger, Greg has found two.  […]

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