Blue Bloods cast members sit at the Reagan family table set with Thanksgiving dishes and decorations

A traditional Thanksgiving turkey ready for the Reagan family feast

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From the Reagans' table to yours this holiday season—with a little help from the pros

By Michelle Darrisaw

In CBS police procedural Blue Bloods, both drama and comfort food are always on the menu as Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) and the NYPD's first family fight crime and corruption on the streets of New York. The Reagans share more than just a life in law enforcement: Their love for tradition also takes center stage, namely in their fondness for Sunday dinners.

Now, 12 seasons and over 250 Sunday dinners since its premiere, the Blue Bloods weekly ritual is practically a character all its own. And in case it isn't obvious, all the gorgeous food they serve on camera is real, delicious, and actually eaten by the cast during take after take. That means finding something to please everyone in a large group with different tastes during an exceptionally long meal—a challenge that sounds pretty familiar at this time of year.

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