What a weird one 2016 was eh?  Goodness me.  So here’s hoping that 2017 will be a better year in many, many ways.

Like many folks at this time of year, I’m plotting and planning about what next year will have in store.  My main project in 2017 will be the Columbo cookbook. Drum roll please for the new logo!


I’ve tested about 50 of the recipes destined for the book, and will be making a Herculean effort to get the following cooked up in January:

Roddy McDowall’s Poached Pears

Laurence Harvey’s Chicken Pie

Martin Landau’s Jerk Beef Steak

Donald Pleasance’s No-name Curry

Jose Ferrer’s Eggs Ferrer with Fried Potatoes

Robert Vaughn’s Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini

Jack Cassidy’s City Chicken

Hayley Mills’ Prune Bombe

Tyne Daly’s Key Lime Pie

George Hamilton’s Smoky Chicken

Lieutenant Columbo’s Omelet

Lieutenant Columbo’s Veal in Red Wine

It’s a tall order, but I’ll give it a go!

I’ll be sending out the recipes to test cooks in early February (including the other 50), so if you would like to try one of the recipes destined for the #ColumboCookbook, just drop me a line via the Contact Page.  For your efforts, you’ll receive an acknowledgment in the book and my undying friendship!

Ruth’s recipe for Zucchini Omelet will be going in, as she was in a great episode of Columbo.  Her Omelet is easy peasy and pretty healthy – IF you reduce the amount of butter.  I think for the modern palate, half of the amount Ruth suggests, or even less, would be more appropriate.  I LOVE Ruth Gordon!  Did she ever play any parts where she wasn’t a completely batty old biddy?


OMG, I just looked at Ruth’s IMDB entry.  She played Carlton’s mother in Rhoda!  Wow, I HAVE to see that episode.


Ruth Gordon’s Zucchini Omelet

3 tablespoons butter (see note above)
1 cup zucchini [courgette]
3 tablespoons diced onion
3 tablespoons diced green pepper
3 tablespoons diced celery
4 eggs, beaten

Saute zucchini, onion, pepper and celery until tender.  Slowly add beaten eggs and cook as for omelet.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  YIELD: 2 servings.

I’m having problems with my ‘phone, so I’ll come back and post some pics of Ruth’s omelet when I can get them to send…

One of the loveliest things for me in 2016 has been hearing from lots of people who enjoy my blog.  That makes me very happy indeed.  It’s a labour of love, and mostly for my own amusement, but it’s great when other people get some fun out of it too.  Here’s hoping you all have lots of fun in 2017.  Happy cooking!


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