Pearl Bailey’s Jean’s Broccoli

Pearl Bailey’s Jean’s Broccoli

I love Pearl's way of pimping up broccoli and I am trying to perfect this easy side dish as I eat A LOT of these little green trees.  The version I did today was good, but I think I can double the garlic next time. I'm experimenting with black garlic paste as a little...

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Ethel Lloyd’s Chicken Livers With Curry

Ethel Lloyd’s Chicken Livers With Curry

These were DELICIOUS!  I am under Doctor's Orders to eat liver once a week so am experimenting with various recipes.  This one is from the earliest collection of actors' recipes I know of from 1916. I did a bit of research on Ethel Lloyd, she appeared in 27 films...

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Alan Hale Jn’s Skipper’s Dream Sandwich

Alan Hale Jn’s Skipper’s Dream Sandwich

Here's one for all you Gilligan's Island fans.  I've never seen Gilligan's Island, I don't think it ever screened here in the UK so if anyone has a recommendation of a particular episode for me to seek out - please do let me know.  I like the look of this one... When...

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Stanley Tucci Spaghetti With Lentils

Stanley Tucci Spaghetti With Lentils

When I told Mr Rathbone that Stanley Tucci had written a food memoir he said, "He could write a book about his slippers and they would publish it."  As documented in this blog previously, Mr Rathbone is very understanding about my celebrity crush on Yul Brynner, which...

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Ron Leibman’s Hoo-Ha Chicken

Ron Leibman’s Hoo-Ha Chicken

I love a movie star recipe with a mad title and am generally compelled to make it. So it was with this one. I was surprised that no test cooks chose it for the Murder, She Wrote Cookalong with a name like this, but secretly I was pleased as I got to make Hoo-ha...

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Diana Dors’ Flageolet Beans with Tuna

Diana Dors’ Flageolet Beans with Tuna

Want to sprinkle a little stardust over your working from home luncheons? This is the easiest and tastiest way to do it. I have made this salad so many times because I love EVERYTHING IN IT. Plus it contains two things that you probably stockpiled at the beginning of...

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Fay Wray’s Steamed Artichokes

Fay Wray’s Steamed Artichokes

About once a year I buy an artichoke on impulse, and when I get it home am immediately gripped by fear about how to cook it.  They are scary things if you don't have them about your person very often. But the recipe I have now christened "Fay Wray's Way" is a winner....

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Hope Lange’s Sardine Strips

Hope Lange’s Sardine Strips

I love it when someone with eagle eyes finds some movie star recipes and sends them to me in case I don't already have them. My film archivist chum Margie is brilliant at this, and she sent over some Hope Lange recipes she'd found online.  They had been transcribed...

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Stanley Tucci Negronis

Stanley Tucci Negronis

When I went for dinner chez my chum Cathy (aka Battenburg Belle of Kitchen Confidence) for the first time since the pandemic began, I was thrilled that she was cooking up a marinara sauce to a Stanley Tucci recipe.  I am mildly obsessed with Stanley Tucci and I was...

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Jane Alexander’s Bluefish and Scallions

Jane Alexander’s Bluefish and Scallions

During the pandemic, with more kitchen hours at my disposal, I began working on my fear of cooking fish. Who knew it was so easy?  Well, it's easy when the recipes are good. Which this one was.  So simple, and so delicious. Jane Alexander has co-written a whole fish...

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Denver Pyle’s Baked Beans

Denver Pyle’s Baked Beans

The Jon Pertwee Spaghetti Flan still brings me great joy. Thinking about the fun I had cooking it with my friend Jan of Saucy Seventies Adventures several weeks ago still tickles me and there was a knock-on recipe, if there is such a phrase as a knock-on recipe? ...

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Happy Fourth Birthday Cooking With Columbo

Happy Fourth Birthday Cooking With Columbo

Four years ago today my Columbo cookbook was put out into the world.   Writing this was so much fun and it has brought me huge joy ever since.  The thing that makes me most happy is knowing that people all around the world are cooking from it.  For example, Missy...

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Jon Pertwee’s Spaghetti Flan

Jon Pertwee’s Spaghetti Flan

For the 3rd of the Heinz 57 extravaganzas, I had a fun cookalong with Jan Manthey - winner of the Vincent Price Cucumber Crocodile competition, cult film director extraordinaire, author and one of the frontmen of The Dylan Rabbit. Jan runs the most excellent Saucy...

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Gene Tierney’s V-8

Gene Tierney’s V-8

Here's a suggestion of a beverage to accompany Gene Tierney's Leaning Tower  of Tuna (aka Tuna Salad Royal).  A refreshing glass of V-8. I stumbled across a V-8 ad featuring Gene whilst writing the previous post and that of course, sent me down a huge research rabbit...

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Joe Santos’ One Hot Italian Night

Joe Santos’ One Hot Italian Night

I do love a recipe with a weird title, and this one was rustled up on One Cold British Night to much acclaim.  I had a DINNER GUEST.  This is such a rare occurrence in pandemic times that I was excited for days beforehand. There is a feeling here in the UK at the...

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Marsha Hunt’s Ham – With Love

Marsha Hunt’s Ham – With Love

Fancy a boozy breakfast?  I can recommend this bonkers recipe. I do so love a recipe with a weird title and Marsha is in Murder, She Wrote so this was a MUST for the forthcoming Murder, She Cooked book. I also love a recipe that is effectively a menu too.  Everything...

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Vincent Price Cucumber Crocodile Competition

Vincent Price Cucumber Crocodile Competition

I just LOVED receiving photographs of the cucumber crocodiles made for the Supper with the Stars book launch competition. It really brought me great, great joy! Here are a couple of photos by Sue Foll of my cucumber croc demo at the book launch (yes, I dyed mini...

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Greg Morris’ Ob’s Chicken

Greg Morris’ Ob’s Chicken

I am very lucky that my other half, Mr Rathbone, is an excellent proofreader.  He's been kindly reading through all my Murder, She Cooked Substack posts before I send them out into the world and always has brilliant suggestions for tweaks that make my writing much...

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Shelley Winters’ Caesar Salad

Shelley Winters’ Caesar Salad

I am a sucker for a Caesar and have tried a few movie star versions.  Grace Kelly's was so good it was Recipe of the Month way back in April 2019, Ruth Roman's method calls for coddled eggs and Jessica Walter's garlic oil required a bit of forward planning.  And so it...

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Cooking Vincent Price’s Goulash with Nathalie for the British Film Institute

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