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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Gene Barry’s Kibbee

I admit, I was worried about food poisoning when we had these on Friday.  I am a massive hoarder. This includes being a hoarder of foodstuffs.  These Kibbee had been in my freezer since June 2014 (19 months) so by rights they should have gone in the bin.  They tasted a bit tinny I have […]

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Reader’s Report – Marilyn Monroe’s Stuffing

The lovely Viv in Cardiff had a go at Marilyn’s Stuffing (recipe of the Month for December) for her Christmas extravaganza and reported back.  Ah, doesn’t this photo take you back to Christmas?  Is that a Christmas jumper I see before me?  That turkey looks DELICIOUS! Here are Viv’s thoughts on Marilyn’s stuffing recipe… “Massive […]

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Leonard Nimoy’s Potatoes La Jolla Chez Jay

Nice name for a recipe!  What does it mean?  I had no idea, until the wonders of the internet revealed that this was a dish invented by Leonard Nimoy, and the founder of Chez Jay in Santa Monica, Jay Fiondella.  They had been flat-mates at some point.  Here’s a nice pic of the interior of Chez […]

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1,000th Blog Post – I am celebrating!

Was so touched that Greg of Recipes4Rebels made me a celebratory gif – I had to post it up.   I can’t work out how to get it moving, but I’m working on it! As I have said recently, the BEST thing about having a blog is connecting with people all around the world to celebrate, […]

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Peter Falk’s Just Plain Avocado

Folks, this is my 999th blog post.  I am not kidding.  The next post you will see from me is my 1,000th so expect something special!  I’ll be cooking something very, very strange indeed. Until then, here’s something simple.  The way Peter liked his avocados. Sprinkled with lime or lemon juice (I used lime), with […]

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Jackie Cooper’s Curried Eggs and Macaroni

My ex-boyfriend Vic used to live in the same building as me, but in a different section. A walk across the front lawn, the ring of a bell and a walk up stairs via a different entrance used to be required when visiting. He’s moved now. He now lives three floors directly underneath me. Madness.  This is […]

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Jeanette Nolan’s Sizzling Livers and Walnuts

As a former cataloguer, I’m always intrigued when machines have been put to work, doing things that only human beings can really do properly. I’m not a Luddite, honestly, it just makes me laugh! So I found Jeanette’s recipe in two newspapers which have been transcribed by some kind of mechanical cataloguing machine, and bunged up on […]

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Vincent Price Dinner at Abertoir

Do you have a blog?  Are you thinking about it?  If you are, I would say DO IT, because magical things will start to happen.  During the Vincentennial year, when celebrations were going on to mark what would have been Vincent Price’s 100th year, I embarked upon a project to cook one of Vincent’s recipes per […]

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade Mallard

Yesterday, after lovely separate family Christmases, Mr R and I had our own festive dinner, with a mallard from Pipers Farm.  Wrapped in swaddling clothes My motto for 2016 will be: “use it up and wear it out”, so in that spirit, I used some of my “Bette-Davis-marmalade-mountain” in the gravy.  It was utterly DIVINE. […]

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Marilyn Monroe’s Stuffing

I made it, and it was GOOD!  Very good in fact and well worth all the chopping.  Marilyn’s original recipe, and the adaptation by the New York Times are in this blog post Here it a small portion of it about to go into the oven… and here it is after cooking for about 30 […]

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Eat Like the Stars: James Dean

In my December column for the lovely Eat Drink Films, I get to find out from the lovely Greg Swenson how he went about writing the brilliant Recipe for Rebels cookbook. Greg is now a bosom cyberchum of mine. We regularly correspond about film star recipes since he emailed me out of the blue, in […]

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Sophia Loren’s Pesto

I live on the fourth floor of a block of flats so have no garden full of fresh herbs, however much I would like one.   It drives me bananas when I’ve bought a big bunch of coriander, used a few sprigs and the rest has gone mulchy in the fridge.  So lately I’ve been […]

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Vincent Price’s East India Fish Curry

My lovely chums David and Katy can get to my place “door to door on the 134” but we don’t see each other often enough.  Something to rectify in 2016 because I LOVE THEM.  They came round for dinner the other Friday and I vaguely remembered that some time ago I’d made them a Vincent […]

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Johnny Cash’s Chili

And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire, the ring of fire!  I’ve been wanting to make Johnny’s chili for ages.  I have two versions in different cookbooks, but they both use brands of chili powder and seasonings that we can’t get here in the UK.  The last time Heather and Nathan went to the States, […]

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Jack Cassidy’s Quickie Green Bean Casserole

Battenburg Belle cooked a tremendous Thanksgiving dinner last night, ooh, it was marvellous.  I’ve a feeling that might become an annual tradition, and why not?  We don’t really do Thanksgiving here in the UK, but when everyone in the USA is having a party, why not us too?   When I asked BB in an […]

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James Cagney’s Apple Cheese Pie

An apple pie without the cheese, is like a kiss, without the squeeze. So the saying goes. But I’d never had an apple pie with cheese in it before. Until Sunday! I made this for Mr R, his lovely sister Julia and her lovely hubby Nick.  It was bloody delicious!  I would definitely bung some […]

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Cloris Leachman’s Ham and Egg Omelet With Mushrooms

On Saturday morning I needed to fortify myself.  The time had finally come, in my Marie Kondo Festival of Tidying, to tackle the clothes.  Arg. Marie recommends doing the clothes first and leaving sentimental items until last.  But for me, clothes ARE sentimental items, and my flat is inundated with them.  I needed EGGS. I […]

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