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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cookbook Wednesday | Sopranos Family Cookbook

Remember the other day when I told you I wasn’t much of a TV fan? Well, the key word in that statement is “much.” You see, when the Sopranos were on HBO, I rarely, if ever, missed it. There I said it!

Sopranos Family Cookbook
I hope you won’t be too disappointed but I’ve chosen some dialogue from The Sopranos Family Cookbook to share with you this Cookbook Wednesday. Don’t get me wrong, the recipes chosen by none other than Artie Bucco aren’t to be ignored…
This Italian-American cookbook does not come from some loudmouth TV chef trying to get rich off of “Risotto al Funghi” or brainy “student” of Italian cooking who learned it all in a weekend at a high priced gastronomium in California. This book of meals comes from real life, la vita reale. The recipes are real, the people who cook them do so in real kitchens, for real families, and many get real fat! The cuochi, or chefs, are my friends, or in some cases, em, and they are all non-pros, except, of course me. We live in northern New Jersey, the true “garden” of the Garden State, and although we come from many walkways of life and have our own private victories, defeats, and tie games, we share a common passione for the food our forefathers and mothers brought with them from “the old country.” This cookbook is our humble attempt to pass this culinary blessing on to you, the reader.
However, it’s the colorful language of The Soprano Family Cookbook that to me, really brings forth the flavor of the characters, recipes and the program. First up, “rules for sanitary cooking and eating” courtesy of Paulie.
How rude of me. Here I am taking for granted that everyone in the blogosphere has been properly introduced to The Family Hour: An Oral History of The Sopranos. Shame, shame on me.
Cooking and Cleanliness | Sopranos Family Cookbook
I’ve been asked this question many times during the course of my life. Really, I have:)
Why Do They Call It Gravy | Sopranos Family Cookbook
Christopher was not one of my favorite characters on the show, I didn’t really have a favorite. You might agree after you see his favorite choices for Mob Movie Food Scenes.
Chris Moltisanti's Favorite Mob Movie Food Scenes | Sopranos Family Cookbook
If I had to pick, it would probably be Bobby.
Sopranos Family Cookbook
Surprise!!! I just couldn’t leave you with nothing to salivate over, now could I? After all, it just wouldn’t be Italian of me:) There are two reason why I’ve chosen this Mille Foglie recipe to share with you today. One reason is because lately I have been seeing so many recipes for Napoleons being shared by those participating in this month’s Bake Along event themed Mille Feuille hosted by Lena, Joyce and Zoe, I just couldn’t stand it anymore.
Mille Foglie | Sopranos Family Cookbook
The second reason is because Cookbook Wednesday is the perfect time to participate in Cook Your Books an event hosted by Joyce at Kitchen Flavours.
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Why aren’t I Joining the Bake Along also you might be wondering? Well, although I did whip up the pastry cream for the Napoleons, when I went out to the freezer in the garage to retrieve the pastry sheets, I was plum out! Yes siree, it seems I didn’t restock after the holidays. So, for today we only have the pastry cream for the Mille Foglie but let me tell you, it came out as the best pastry cream I have ever made!!! I took a tiny taste and it is dee..li..cious!!!
Pastry Cream | Sopranos Family Cookbook Recipe
Pastry Cream | Sopranos Family Cookbook Recipe
I’ll be running to the grocery store today to pick me up some puff pastry and when I’m done, I’ll be having me some Napoleons just like this one I “borrowed” from wikipedia!
Now, now, don’t you worry, I won’t actually be eating them. As a matter of fact, Marion won’t be devouring them either. Although, I am going to save her a smidgen of pastry cream and bake her up some tiny cream puffs:) The way I figure it, I should get three healthy Napoleons from the puff pastry. When I do, I’m going to send them on over to my neighbors across the street, Bill and his family. They have been so terrific helping me keep the driveway clear God forbid I have to get out in a hurry and always checking on us to see if there is anything we need. I know for a fact they have never, ever had Napoleons, I think they will enjoy them immensely!!! (Don’t worry, I’ll take a picture to share with you “guys” too:)

As I mentioned the other day, today is also Dress Up Your Pet Day. Since I “babysat” for Iggy a couple of days this week, I thought I would show you his Winter dress up gear. Yes indeed, it’s a Penn State Doggie Sweater, lol…I “threw” this collage together to show you our walk outside. That other “dog” is a garden ornament. I just thought Iggy looked so cute giving her the look:)
Dress Your Pet Day | Iggy
While we were out there, I thought I would show you how big the Pizza Hut plant has gotten. For those of you who know this Dogwood to be a Red Twig, you are absolutely right. I call it a Pizza Hut plant because I stole a tiny clipping from a Red Twig Dogwood from the Pizza Hut in Bellefonte a few years back and rooted it. You can read about my plant stealing shenanigans here if you like:) I’ve since grown about 10 more plants. Some I have here in the yard and others I have given away. I love the red twigs against the white snow, don’t you?
I’m sending this one over to Pam’s for Garden Tuesday:)
That about wraps it up for this week’s Cookbook Wednesday. There’s a chance that I might not be posting again until next week’s Cookbook Wednesday. Marion is expecting visitors this weekend and as it sounds right now, they are definitely coming. I really hope they do because she is having a difficult time keeping her spirits up. I’m thinking this weather isn’t helping. Tomorrow it will be only a week she is home so I keep reminding her about how fabulous she is doing. Today she actually walked all the way out to the kitchen looking for candy, lol… I won’t be doing Cookbook Wednesday in the month of February so if you have plans on joining in, there are only two more weeks left after this week. Dig out those books and share your favorites! Louise:)
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Resources
1. Carmela Soprano's Quail Sinatra-Style, with Stuffing and White Wine Sauce.

56 comments:

  1. LOL - your Sopranos cookbook excerpts made me laugh, especially the "Style Tips for Heavy Eaters". Iggy is just adorable!!

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    1. I got a kick out of Bobby's tips too, Gaye. He was funny on the show sometimes also:) I can't wait until he comes for a visit again. He sure does brighten the place up, lol...

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  2. My dear Louise, your posts are always so ironic, you make me turn into a gigantic smile!! I haven't ever seen the Sopranos though, so I don't know the characters...I do love mille foglie and I'm absolutely sure that your neighbours will be very happy to recieve this treat from you!! Your pastry cream looks delicious and so inviting!!! My best to you and I hope Marion is doing better...XO, Mary

    P.S. Iggy is a sweetie in his sweater!!! So cute :-)

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    1. Delighted to put a smile on your face Mary. Hopefully you will be feeling better soon too. I'm having a time trying to get the puff pastry. I'll have to go to another store tomorrow:) Thank you so much for visiting, Mary. Your Calamarata Allo Scoglio with Saffron looks incredible!

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  3. Pleased to read Marion is on the mend!
    I just know you won't believe this, but never once did I watch Sopranos! Am I the only one? Still, the cookbook looks like fun and I love your excerpts.

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    1. I didn't watch them when it first started either Barbara. I'm know for doing that but, eventually I caught up!!!

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  4. I didn't ever watch this TV show, though I have made Napoleons! Much too tasty.:-) I've done a cookbook feature today, and will try to see how to link it using this iPad. If it doesn't register, would you see if you are able to link it? Sending healthy vibes for Marion! Keep safe, and stay warm.

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    1. You are sooooo right, Nellie. I really had a difficult time resisting but thank goodness, I did!!!

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  5. Kitty Riffs refuses to allow us to dress her up for Dress Up Your Pet Day. Spoil sport. ;-) Really fun post! I know all about the Sopranos (who doesn't?) although I've never watched it. Sounds like a fun series -- I shout Netflix it sometime. And although I've always known what "gravy" was, was actually confused on some of the finer details. Thoroughly enjoyed this -- thanks.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed this post, John...Too bad about Kitty Riffs not dressing up, lol...I'm not sure about how "fun" it is but there's plenty of food!!! Netflix it sometime:) Thanks for visiting, John...

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  6. Louise, this is a great post! I love the Sopranos! That's one great cookbook and the "food speak" is clever and funny. It's great that you have good neighbors and Napoleons make a perfect treat for you and them, esp. since they've never had them. Love and miss the Dogwoods, wish they could survive the winters here. Take care

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    1. I just found out from Margaret that there's another Soprano's cookbook. You know I'll be looking for that one also Pam, lol...

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  7. Well, I never did pay for HBO, and I never did get the tapes from Blockbuster, so we just watched the entire Sopranos on Amazon streaming this summer. I enjoyed it, also. Michael would laugh at me, because after we watched an episode, if I served pasta the next night, I would call the sauce "Gravy".

    Iggy looks just adorable sporting his Penn State gear. I'm betting John's student customers would enjoy that getup.

    And I linked up to Cookbook Wednesday, along with our little celebration from last night (and there will be another one on Saturday)! Happy WEdnesday, Louise!

    Marjie

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    1. Doesn't matter how you saw it Marjie as long as you did!!! John doesn't bring Iggy to the store with him. Personally I think he should. The customers would LOVE it!!!

      Thanks for linking up to Cookbook Wednesday. This was quite a week of celebrations for you. And no, Lilyhammer. I do believe that's the show John leeps telling me to see. One day, may by Amazon streaming, lol...

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  8. Thanks for the great tips to find recipes in a mountain collection. At the rate I'm going it's going to take some time and I guess I'm not alone with this disease. hahaha.....
    Have a great day Louise
    JB

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    1. You are definitely not alone, Julia...Cookbooks and recipe collectors may just as well as be called hoarders, lol...

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  9. Oh, and have you seen the show Lilyhammer on Netflix? It stars one of the Sopranos guys; we found it amusing.

    Marjie

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  10. Iggy is soooo cute Louise nad yes yes I loved Sopranos, I always watched!!
    I remember always the soprano eating in their table :)) lol

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    1. Yes, Gloria, there is much eating with the Sopranos, lol...Iggy will be coming for another visit soon:)

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  11. I stole some sedum from an estate sale and they probably laughed at me because now it is all over my yard, I pull it up by handfuls like weeds.

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    1. I know it isn't funny Pam but I can't help laughing. I've done that a few times myself. Sometimes in works out but most times I have these foreign things growing everywhere!!!

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  12. Dear Louise,

    Thank you for adding my blog post on Carmela Soprano's Quail Sinatra-Style! I loved cooking my way through both Soprano cook books.

    Oh, The Sopranos! We were faithful fans when it first ran and when it was in reruns. We’re originally from Queens, so, for us, they were a touch of home.

    This cookbook was fun in that each chapter was written from the characters’ point of view. Christopher actually was in Goodfellas, so maybe he was putting in a bit of advertising ;-)

    So glad you have a Bill in your life. We have a neighbour who kindly helps with our snow clearing. Iggy is adorable. Lilacs can also be rooted.

    Hi to Marion!

    Margaret

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    1. Thank YOU< Margaret! And thanks for the tip about that other Sopranos book! I'll be on the look-out for it.

      I'm glad you could join us for Cookbook Wednesday!!!

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  13. This cookbook sharing is really wonderful... there are so many different types of cookbooks that everyone owns and uses!

    Those Napoleons are really tempting even if you haven't made them yet...and I hope Marion will be able to enjoy her tiny bite. I've eaten them in France under the similar name "mille-feuille" which means 1000 leaves. I guess that's the meaning in Italian too.

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    1. It has been fun Mae. I'm so glad you were so encouraging:)

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  14. Good evening Louise,
    This is the third time I am trying to write to you. Something is going on with my PC. Anyway before it goes down again, I loved the Soprano's, couldn't wait till the next episode. This post is a lot of fun, love this cookbook and the pages you choose to share, are really good ones...Especially the one with the "Gravy"...I also loved your recipe of the Napoleons. Love them..I haven't made them in a long time...so now I will have to try your recipe from this cool book. BTW: my 2nd cousin Dan Grimaldi played in the Sopranos as Pasty and Philly Spoons Parsi. They were the twin characters. Well, Iggy is dressed to the nines for sure and he is keeping warm. Also, love the Red Tree....you are correct the color looks awesome with the white snow! Hope that Marion and you have a wonderful weekend with your company. Thanks for sharing...dear friend..
    Dottie :)

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  15. Oh Louise , Loved the Sopranos and if I had to pick a favorite it would be Tony . Watching the show you can always think about an Italian relative or friend and smile . I will be making the Napoleons with the kids help , they look so deliciously good .

    Iggy is just adorable and he looks so cute in his Penn sweater and with the weather you are having there , he also needs another for the bottom , sew the neck up and put it on backwards . (giggling) I am so bad . (((HUGS))) to you and Marion , stay warm and safe Nee

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  16. I was a big fan of the Sopranos too. I still remember how annoyed I was at the last episode. I wish I was there with you to taste one of your Napoleons!

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  17. Iggy steals the show! I should think he'd lift Marion's spirits. Maybe he and Gg in her cheerleader outfit could rah-rah her to a smile down to her toes?

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  18. Hi Louise,

    I can't imagine that the Soprano has published a cookbook... It is so funny. Sorry that I shouldn't say that the cookbook is funny because it had helped you to make the tastiest custard cream!!! Great timing for our bake-along!!!

    Nevermind about the photo... just enjoy this lovely cream sandwiching in between the flaky pastries :D

    Zoe

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  19. i can't believe my eyes they got suggestion on clothing for "heavy eater", lol

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  20. Hi Louise,
    That is one interesting cookbook! The sanitation and style tips, makes me smile!
    Your pastry cream looks yummy, and I'm sure that they make delicious napoleons! Lucky neighbours! Thanks for linking with CYB!
    I'm so sorry for not visiting you for the past weeks. A week after I'm back from blogging break, school started, and this week has been crazy! Running round between my two kids' schools, buying new books, settling with their school activities schedules, extra evening classes etc....etc... that I have been lacking in my blogging visits to everyone lately. Hopefully everything will be settled down to a routine schedule by end of next week. I have been cooking simple one pot meals, due to lack of time! Aside from the mille fueille which I baked at the last moment, I have not done much baking at all, and I'm just itching to bake!
    So sorry to hear about Marion being unwell. Now that she's back home with you, I'm sure that she will bounce back in no time at all! Please do send my warm regards and a big hug to Marion. You take care too, Louise!

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  21. i never got into that show, but nowadays there are always ways to catch up. i'm a good binge-watcher. :)

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  22. I love Napoleon...with its fine crispy layers and the creamy pastry cream in between...yum yum!
    The pictures of Iggy are so cute...I love the sweater...
    Hope you are having a great week Louise :)

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  23. I have never seen the Sopranos or even heard of them, but I guess I am curious now :D
    Especially since its recipes look so promising!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  24. Dear Louise, I was not even aware that there was a Sopranos cookbook! You know, I have never actually seen one episode, but I bet that cookbook is fantastic!
    In fact, one of my favorite movie scenes is from the God Father when they are cooking the pot of sauce....'a pinch of this, a pinch of that' ...such a memorable moment for me because it reminded me of my childhood. That is just how Italians cook!
    This book looks like something I would really enjoy...I especially enjoyed the snippets you shared. Wishing you and Marion a wonderful weekend. xo, Catherine

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  25. I love such cookbooks that has a story in itself....I have never watched the Sopranos but I bet how fun the book would be...I'm a huge fan of the sitcom FRIENDS and I would go Weeee with Gleee if they ever released a cookbook...hehe!! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  26. Iggy is a cutie!

    Although I am not a fan of gore & violence, I too, absolutely loved The Sopranos. Such great acting!!!

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  27. Your neighbors are in for a treat. I hope you have a good visit with Marion's friends:). Glad she is getting better. Iggy is adorable.

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  28. Oh, boy, I love the sound of this cookbook! And I can't wait to see your finished Napoleon. Iggy is so cute visiting with your garden pup---makes you wonder what the heck he was thinking! Have a terrific weekend!

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  29. Hi Louise, love the style tips and mob favorite food scenes, great post. So happy that Marion is feeling good enough to have guests. Love Iggy's outfits!

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  30. I was never a fan of The Sopranos. I didn't watch it from the start so trying to get into a show a few series in just doesn't happen lol. I have to say this cookbook is pretty amusing and from the start of this post I was beginning to think it would be more of a humours kind of book, not so much brimming with recipes but man was I wrong. I love the recipe you shared, totally not what I was expecting and right now, completely what I'm craving. Mmmmm sweets. BTW I wish I could dress my little poochie-poo in outfits, she has a whole drawer full of them but she does not like them one bit. Excuse me while I continue to gush and fawn over those adorable fur babies.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  31. Saw you over at Julia's blog and thought I'd give your's a visit. It's fun to have a favorite show, I've never seen The Sopranos but like Grace, I'm a good binge watcher and have favorites of my own.
    Saimi
    www.mydogarchie.blogspot.com

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  32. Hi Louise,
    I'm sharing a chicken cookbook today, for chicken lovers!

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  33. That is such a fun idea for a cookbook. Takes cooking and baking to a whole new fun level.

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  34. I have this cookbook, of course, but I love the way you review it. I think I need to revisit it. LOL! I don't usually dress up my dogs, but it was also Hat Day, so I had Topper don a Fedora. What a Dapper Guy!

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  35. reading the rules for sanitary cooking and eating made me grinned..but not quite understand about not taking cookies fr a kid..:)
    You have made a lovely pastry cream, i see that it looks even better than mine that i made for the napoleons...yours are so smooth...im serious! Iggy is so cute, so is the other dog! LOL! i love seeing dogs' pictures :)

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  36. oh, i think i just lost my comment! the rules on sanitary eating and cooking made me smile...but not quite understand about not taking cookie from kids during winter..:) Louise, you have made a lovely custard cream..much better than mine..im serious! Yours are so smooth, mine actually had a bit of lumps :)

    Iggy is very cute...so is the other dog!! LOL!

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  37. Louise...my cheeks are hurting from grinning through this post! How fun! And what a great cookbook. I bet everything from it will be pretty amazing. And don't worry about the pastry sheets....it's your luscious pastry cream that's the star anyway. Just give me a spoon! : )

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    1. That makes me smile, Anne!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed this post. it was such FUN!!!

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  38. Hi Louise, hope you are doing good. What a wonderful post here, it make me out of the world..thank you so much :-) waiting more and more your amazing share and experiences.
    Cheers
    Rani vijoo

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    1. Hi Rani:)
      So nice to "see" you:) I'm so glad you enjoyed this post...

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  39. Hello Louise, how are you? I tasted Napoleons once, and they were sooo delicious ! I should try to make ones as well :)

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    1. Go for it, Marcela!!! They are soooo yummy:)

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  40. Lena, I believe, posted Napoleons recently too (great minds...). I consider seeing it twice a message that I am meant to try making them now ;-)

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    1. I saw Lena's Napoleons Inger. I do believe you should make some. Mine are all gone and then we can both "blame" Lena, lol...

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