Sunday, March 7, 2010

Cooking, Sopranos Style

Joe found The Sopranos Family Cookbook at our local thrift store. Besides being entertaining (it's written in the voice of Artie Bucco, the fictional owner and head chef of Vesuvio, the upscale eatery where many Soprano-centric situations unfold around tables groaning with food and wine) it actually has lots of great recipes. I made Biscotti Regina, a simple butter cookie coated with sesame seeds that we've been scarfing down one after the other with our afternoon decaf.

Right now Joe is making Osso Bucco alla Bucco (one of Artie's specialties).

If like me you're a fan of Mafia-themed movies and shows, then you surely have noticed the importance of food in these stories--the most famous of which is probably the line in the Godfather: "Leave the gun, take the cannoli." Goodfellas featured a scene of how to make a decent sauce in prison using a razor to cut paper-thin slices of garlic that liquified in the pan with a little oil. It's about time somebody decided to publish a cookbook of all this good stuff!

Buon appetito!

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