Anne Jackson’s English Muffins

I had a rotten hangover on Saturday, so making muffins was a bit of a therapeutic affair.  This recipe is from my chum Greg’s book Recipes for Rebels – In the Kitchen With James Dean.   I just loved the fact that he was making these on Saturday too, and we exchanged photos of our […]

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Vincent Price’s Cioppino

If you have seen or read Julie and Julia you may remember that the Julia Child task that filled Julie Powell with the most fear was BONING A DUCK.  For me, the dish in the Cooking With Columbo book that most gave me the heebie-jeebies was this one, Cioppino.  Why? Because I fear the shellfish. I […]

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New York Steak Dabney Coleman

There’s always fun to be had when Columbo gets invited to a posh restaurant.  Sometimes he offends the suited and booted waiters by asking for a bowl of chili, but sometimes he enters into the spirit of the thing by ordering vast amounts of fancy food. Such is the case in the episode Columbo and […]

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Natalie Woods’ Huevos Rancheros

Natalie is in the news at the moment.  Will we ever know what really happened on that boat?  I doubt it.  It’s making me very sad reading about it.   I’ve written here before about how much I love Natalie, and I always think about her when I have Huevos Rancheros made to her recipe. […]

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Gloria Swanson’s Champagne Cocktail

I love Haggis with a passion, so I adore Burns Night. This year, I didn’t make my traditional Haggis pizza, I went to Battenburgbelle’s place where we had an amazing Scottish feast. Cathy cooked a delicious chicken stuffed with Haggis a la Nigel Slater, it turned out so deliciously moist, I am going to COPY […]

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The Columbo Bowl Chili Cook-along Has Begun!

Greg of Recipes for Rebels has created ANOTHER wonderful graphic for the cook-along, feel free to include it in your blog posts, print it out and frame it (which is what I’m going to do) or just appreciate the splendor of it! Just wanted to remind y’all that it’s happening, everyone is invited, and all […]

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Shirley Jones’ City Chicken

I am very lucky to have Mr Rathbone in my life.  He’s really good at proofreading.  On Sunday, he was in bed with the Cooking With Columbo proof copy, and I was in the kitchen making City Chicken.  Living the dream! I really love this “Meat on a Stick” and I had about half of […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Tyne Daly’s Key Lime Pie

Here’s a test cook report from my lovely writer chum Sarah Broughton in Cardiff.  I don’t see Sarah as often as I would like, but I’ll never forget when we spent a long weekend working on our short novels during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) many moons ago.  I hope I’m not breaking the official […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Columbo’s Veal Scallopini

I had SUCH a lovely surprise in the post this week.  Lovely food illustrator Miriam Figueras sent me this AMAZING illustration of  Columbo in his chef’s hat!     Isn’t it wonderful?  He will forever be in my kitchen, keeping an eye on my cooking.  Thank you so much, Miriam.  Such a sweet and thoughtful […]

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The Columbo Bowl Chili Cook-along

I’m throwing a party and everyone is invited!  It’s a Virtual Reality Book Launch Columbo Chili Cook-along Party!  The Columbo Bowl for short…  Cook up a chili wherever you are in the world and join in the fun. It’s to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Columbo being screened on TV – […]

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Diana Rigg’s Goulash

I’ve got my head down finishing work on the Columbo cookbook – publication date is 20th February – eek!  I’m going to continue working my way through all the wonderful feedback I’ve had from those of you who have kindly tested recipes for me and create posts for each one.  At the moment I’m only […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Jack Cassidy’s City Chicken

Rebecca and Jim emailed out of the blue and offered to test cook something for me.  They both work at the awesomely named Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton and found the Silver Screen Suppers blog as they are Columbo fans and were looking for recipes.  Brilliant.     I’ve never been to Choccywoccydoodah but I am putting […]

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Merry Christmas From Silver Screen Suppers

Wishing all my lovely readers a super-dooper festive season full of fun, laughter, good food, and plentiful booze. Thanks so much to all of you who have been in email contact over the past year, it makes me so happy to hear from you. Special thanks to all those who have been testing recipes for […]

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Joan Crawford’s Danti-Chips

To celebrate the fact that Feud: Bette and Joan has its UK premiere TONIGHT  I thought I’d suggest her recipe for Danti-Chips as a fun snack for you to rustle up.  When I launched the Joan Crawford cookbook in 2014     I organised a virtual reality launch party and lots of folks all around […]

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George Hamilton’s Smoky Chicken

This is a tricky recipe for those based in the UK as it calls for a lot of things we can’t easily get here, notably frozen orange juice.  I wanted to give this another run through for the book as I’d read somewhere that BOOZE could be used in place of frozen orange juice and I fancied […]

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The Faye Dunaway Cocktail

Had these last night to kick off my birthday celebrations. Why am I writing a blog post on my BIRTHDAY? Because Mr R is still asleep and I am over excited, so I am up and sitting by the gas fire waiting for festivities to begin.  We have SNOW in London today for the first […]

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Test Cook Report – Valerie Harper’s Summer Squash

I am a Bread Angel!  It’s a network of wonderful home bakers who teach, make bread to sell in their local communities, run micro-bakeries, and often do wonderfully altruistic things involving bread.  Our motto is “Bake Well. Do Good”.  Isn’t that fabulous?   I have met lots of wonderful people through the Bread Angels network […]

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Jeanette Nolan’s Sizzling Liver and Walnuts

I’m hoping that my friend Michelle is going to test this one for me here in the UK because I have had to make a couple of major substitutions in this recipe for non-America based cooks.  Firstly, we can’t get condensed beef consommé for love nor money here… and steak sauce is as rare as […]

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Olympia Dukakis’ Greek Meatballs

I am a huge fan of Olympia Dukakis.  I love her in Moonstruck (my guilty pleasure) and I love her as Anna Madrigal in Tales of the City.   She’s just ace.  Plus, I know now, she really can cook.  Because these meatballs are divine. Oooh they were good!  I knew they would be when […]

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

Been thinking about my friend Greg today over at Recipes for Rebels and sent him good, good vibes from halfway across the world as I cooked this dish.   I am loving my new cast iron frying pan… This is the first dish I ever cooked from his fabulous cookbook, and indeed the very first […]

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Diana’s Dors’ Breakfast Bean Omelette

I have a lovely Diana Dors story to tell, and I have saved it until December because BEHOLD THE SPLENDOUR OF THE DIANA DORS ADVENT CALENDAR! Blog reader Sam Dwyer tipped me off to the existence of this bit of superbness, and I immediately bought two.  One for me and one for Mr Rathbone.  But do […]

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Cooking With Joan Crawford

Date for your diaries UK based chums! Feud: Bette and Joan starts on BBC2 on Saturday, December 16th with a double episode – whoop whoop!  I got a sneaky peak of the series when it aired in the USA and I absolutely loved it. It’s event TV folks!   I just wanted to remind you, that […]

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Vincent Price’s Buckingham Eggs

I woke up craving these today, and luckily I had the wherewithal about the place to make them. I’m on a writing retreat this weekend. But a writing retreat in my own bed. Lovely. Not – actually – me. I consider Buckingham Eggs to be my ultimate Spinster Saturday breakfast. A little bit self-indulgent, but […]

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