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By Sarah Deming

’Tis the season for cozy celebration, and if anyone knows how to make merry, it’s the Reagans. Blue Bloods heroic police family has been keeping the streets of New York safe for 13 years in their hit CBS police procedural. And after every homicide arrest, drug bust, and foiled terrorist plot, they debrief back in Bay Ridge over the Sunday roast.

Tom Selleck heads the table as formidable Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, but everyone gets their say, from Grandpa Henry (Len Cariou) to his wisecracking great grandkids. Fiery Detective Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) always has a hot take. Assistant District Attorney Erin (Bridget Moynahan) and younger brother Jamie (Will Estes) play devil’s advocate as the Reagans debate serious moral issues and eat serious amounts of meatballs.

Here are some morsels of wisdom from the Reagans to savor over the holidays.

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Don’t Isolate: Celebrate!

Frank sits on a sofa with his arm around Erin as both hold bottles of beer.

Erin ( Bridget Moynahan) and Frank (Tom Selleck) in a scene from Season 1, Episode 7, “Brothers”

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If holidays make you blue, why not gather some friends and be blue together? In the Season’ 1 episode “My Funny Valentine,” all the single Reagans get together for Peking duck and “a meeting of the lonely hearts club.” Nicky (Sami Gayle) presents her mother with a single red rose, and Henry and Jamie propose a toast, “To better luck next year.”

Focus On What’s Important

Henry sits at a table set for Thanksgiving dinner in a hospital dining room surrounded by his grandchildren and other family members.

Sean (Andrew Terraciano), Jack (Tony Terraciano), Nicky (Sami Gayle), and Linda (Amy Carlson) gather around Henry (Len Cariou) at the Reagan family Thanksgiving dinner in Season 2, Episode 8, “Thanksgiving.”

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Sometimes life gets in the way of a picture-perfect holiday. When Grandpa Henry has a heart attack, the holidays threaten to turn tragic. But he is made of sterner stuff and so are the Reagans. The second season’s “Thanksgiving” sees the clan set up a festive family dinner in the hospital. Henry leads grace, “For all those less fortunate in this season of giving and for those who open their door to them.”

Remember Your Family Recipes

Danny sits at the dining room table wearing a plaid shirt and holding out a plate of sliced beef.

Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) during a Reagan family dinner

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Food satisfies more than just physical hunger, and including a traditional recipe in your holiday meal is a great way to honor your roots. In the Season 2 episode “Mother’s Day,” the Reagans feel sentimental as they remember their late mother and grandmother. At dinner, the men wait on the women for a change, and Frank dishes out his “World Famous Mother’s Day Mash.” It’s a little lumpy, just the way Grandma liked it.

Practice Gratitude

A smiling bespectacled Henry wears a plaid shirt under a brown sweater vest with an extra pair of glasses tucked into it.

A smiling Henry (Len Cariou) at home

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Research shows that practicing gratitude can reduce anxiety levels. In the Season 9 episode “Authority Figures,” Jamie’s fiancée Eddie (Vanessa Ray) confesses to feeling Christmas stress. Henry suggests gratitude as an antidote. He and Frank recount the story of the famous “Christmas truce” of 1914, in which French and British soldiers climbed out of the trenches to play soccer with their German foes.

Make A To-Do List

Jamie and Will sit facing each other over breakfast at a table in a diner with green and red holiday decals on the window.

Jamie (Will Estes) and Eddie (Vanessa Ray)

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If you’re tackling an ambitious menu, take a cue from professional chefs: Make a prep list to keep your kitchen organized. But be careful. When Eddie gives Jamie a list of pre-Christmas tasks, it sparks a tiff about marital roles. The newlyweds eventually make up, and Jamie gives Eddie a “Honey Do List” of his own: 1. Have better days. 2. Hug each other more. 3. Explore kama sutra. 4. Snuggle more. 5. Spend more time together.

If You Can’t Be There In Person, Send A Gift

Joe Hill stands in the Reagan house wearing a black zip-up jacket over a gray striped T shirt and looking somber.

Will Hochman as Joe Hill

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In Season 11, prodigal grandson Joe Hill struggles with his newly revealed Reagan identity. He shows up to the family poker game with fresh bruises, bemoaning the pressure of being a “Kennedy of cops.” The family expects him at their pre-Christmas dinner, but he doesn’t show. At least he stopped by the day before with an offering of fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, and—of course—meatballs. The takeaway here? Honor the spirit of the “giving” season.

Take Time To Toast

Danny faces Jamie and Eddie as all three raise their glasses in a toast at the Reagan dinner table.

Danny Reagan, Jamie, and Eddie during a toast at dinner

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the Season 12 episode “Guilt” marked the 250th installment of Blue Bloods. The St. Patrick’s Day special concluded with a traditional Irish toast that made viewers tear up: “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall soft upon your fields. ‘Till we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Whether you’re pouring Irish whiskey, California wine, or local apple cider, be sure to clink glasses with your dining companions, wish them well, and savor your time together.

Put Your Smartphone In the Slammer

The Reagan family sits at a table laden with sausage, casserole, rolls, antipasto, meatballs, and other tasty dishes.

Dinner with the Reagans

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In the Season 12 finale, the Reagans dine with Erin’s investigator, Anthony (Steve Schirripa). For his benefit, they recite the house rules: No eating before saying grace. No language “that would make Sister Margaret Mary blush.” No subject is taboo, as long as the discussion stays civil. And our absolute favorite: No electronics at the table. It’s no wonder the Reagans are always present for each other. Now more than ever, attention is the greatest gift we can give each other.

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A traditional Thanksgiving turkey ready for the Reagan family feast

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By John Kennedy

Are you Commissioner Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) or his detective son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg)? Are you beat cop Eddie (Vanessa Ray) or her police sergeant husband—and Frank’s younger son—Jamie (Will Estes)? Are you patriarch and retired commissioner Henry (Len Cariou) or his assistant district attorney granddaughter, Erin (Bridget Moynahan)?

Collect the clues to find out which Blue Bloods character you resemble in this arresting personality quiz.

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Binge Watch

Vanessa Ray as Eddie and Bridget Moynahan as Erin sit next to each other on a couch staring up at someone off camera.

Eddie (Vanessa Ray) and Erin (Bridget Moynahan) in the Season 12 episode “Tangled Up in Blue”

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1. What’s your favorite TV show?

A) Frasier

B) Magnum, P.I. (the original)

C) SEAL Team

D) The Good Wife

E) S.W.A.T.

F) I Love Lucy

Top Trait

Will Estes as Jamie wears his police uniform and holds both of his hands out with palms upturned to make a point.

Jamie (Will Estes) in the Season 12 episode “True Blue”

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2. What do others most admire about you?

A) Your timeless wisdom

B) Your strong leadership qualities

C) Your street smarts

D) Your analytical mind

E) Your idealism

F) Your feistiness and independence

Mood Booster

Donnie Wahlberg as Danny sits at the dining room table wearing a sweater and laughing.

Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) in the Season 12 episode “Where We Stand”

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3. Complete this sentence. When I’m feeling blue, I …

A) … play or watch a handball game.

B) … go fishing.

C) … open the family album.

D) … bury myself in work.

E) … go to the gym and box.

F) … pig out on fried food.

Life Lessons

A closeup of Tom Selleck as Frank wearing a brown sweater and glasses while he sits at the dinner table.

Frank (Tom Selleck) in the Season 12 episode “The Reagan Way”

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4. Life has taught me …

A) … that there is joy in growing older.

B) … not to act rashly. Get all the facts before making an important decision.

C) … that tragedy can strike in an instant. Savor every moment with those you love.

D) … that you can’t win them all.

E) … to be open-minded.

F) … that positive purpose is more empowering than financial wealth.

Surprise, Surprise

Len Cariou sits at the kitchen table in front of a salad bowl and cutting board with vegetables as he smiles at Frank.

Henry (Len Cariou) in the Season 12 episode “Tangled Up in Blue”

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5. People would be surprised to know that I …

A) … have seen it all.

B) … couldn’t care less about politics.

C) … work hard to control my temper.

D) … am a sore loser.

E) … am ambitious.

F) … have a love-hate relationship with money.

Words To Live By

A bespectacled Erin inspects files and folders on a table as Jamie looks on wearing his NYPD uniform.

Erin and Jamie in the Season 12 episode “True Blue”

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6. Pick your favorite quote:

A) “It’s a great thing getting older. You are who you are. You say what you mean.” ―Reese Witherspoon, actor

B) “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” ―Ronald Reagan, 40th U.S. president

C) “If you cannot stop yourself from getting angry, then at least get angry about things that matter.” ―Amit Kalantri, author

D) “You don’t win a debate by suppressing discussion. You win it with a better argument.” ―Frank Sonnenberg, author

E) “Let hope inspire you, but let not idealism blind you.” ―Don Henley, musician

F) “Make your goal more than money. Make it about helping people and creating a better future.” ―Maxime Lagacé, NHL player

Role Model

Erin sits next to a row of leatherbound books and a painting of ships at sea as she stares at someone off camera.

Erin in the Season 12 episode “Firewall”

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7. Which famous person—living or dead—do you most admire?

A) John F. Kennedy, the 35th (and first Catholic) U.S. president

B) Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. president and storied New York police commissioner

C) John McCain, longtime Arizona senator and Vietnam War hero

D) Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first two female Supreme Court justices

E) Barack Obama, the 44th (and first African American) U.S. president

F) St. Sava the Enlightener, first archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church, venerated as a protector of churches, families, schools, and artisans

Pet Peeve

Danny wears a suit and tie while standing in front of a chainlink fence and graffitied wall as he stares into the distance.

Danny in the Season 12 episode “USA Today”

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8. What is your pet peeve?

A) Political correctness

B) Politics (period)

C) Criminals who prey on the weak

D) Legal loopholes

E) Bad apple cops

F) Health food nuts

Don’t Say It

Eddie wears a chambray shirt as she sits at the dinner table and smiles sheepishly with her mouth closed.

Eddie in the Season 11 episode “Justifies the Means”

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9. I hate it when people say:

A) “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

B) “Because that’s how we’ve always done it. That’s why!”

C) “I’m not responsible for my actions.”

D) “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.”

E) “The ends justify the means.”

F) “That fruit salad was great! I’m stuffed!”

I Spy

An outline of a body in masking tape on a brown carpet.

An outline of a body … or is it?

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10. When I look at this, I see ...

A) … someone who died too young.

B) … the value of each life.

C) … a mystery to be solved.

D) … a victim who deserves legal justice.

E) … a failure of the system.

F) … someone with a family.


Now, gather the evidence and find out which Blue Bloods character is most like you.

Mostly A

A smiling Henry wears a sweater vest over a brown shirt as he sits in front of filled plates at the dinner table.

Len Cariou as Henry Reagan

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If you answered mostly A, you’re … Henry!

You’re a bit old-school, but your steadfast values have served you well over the years—to the point that those who know you seek to soak up your wisdom. You have mastered the art of maturing gracefully. You have learned what to let go of and what to hold on to. You are who you are and you say what you mean. You’re steady as a rock with sound ethics and ideals that don’t shift with the cultural wind. That makes you a beacon of moral integrity.

Mostly B

A closeup of Frank wearing a black knit shirt with a collar.

Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan

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If you answered mostly B, you’re … Frank!

You’re a born leader who commands the respect of those around you, mostly because you bring out the best in others. You speak softly, but you carry a big stick that you know how to wield on the rare occasions that it’s necessary.

You’re more interested in results than office politics, but you’re adept at answering to those above you, looking out for those below you, and holding everyone accountable—including yourself. You take your responsibilities seriously and you have a strong sense of purpose, but you also know the value of downtime with family and of spending time alone.

Mostly C

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Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan

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If you answered mostly C, you’re … Danny!

You act tough, but the truth is you’re a sentimental softie who feels deeply. That explains why you can be hotheaded at times. Your anger doesn’t stem from a sense of personal entitlement or victimhood. Rather, your acute sense of justice comes from being unable to abide seeing the strong taking advantage of the weak. As a result, your moral passion serves you (and others) well when it is constructively managed, but not so much when it’s impulsive. Control yourself and your emotions, and you can accomplish great things.

Mostly D

Erin stands outside in a crowd while wearing a black coat and smiling at someone off camera.

Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan

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If you answered mostly D, you’re … Erin!

You’re a bit of a workaholic, you hate to lose, and you like to argue. On the other hand, you’re dedicated to any assignment you take on, you aim to win, and you don’t sweep disagreements under the rug. You believe in honest debate and you’re open to hearing views that challenge your own.

You also have a strong sense of fairness and justice and believe every person is entitled to their day in court. Whichever side of an argument you take, it’s based on your principles—and anyone you represent is glad you’re on their side.

Mostly E

Jamie wears a blue button down and tan denim jacket as he stands outdoors and puts his hands in his jeans pockets.

Will Estes as Jamie Reagan

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If you answered mostly E, you’re … Jamie!

You’re an idealist, which is great as long as you don’t allow perfectionism to get in your way. You’ve got a good heart, you’re easygoing, and you’re genuinely open-minded—a positive trait provided you stick to your principles and follow your instincts. The overarching good news is that you’re very good at discerning extremes, finding balance, and navigating life’s complicated contradictions.

Mostly F

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Vanessa Ray as Eddie Janko

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If you answered mostly F, you’re … Eddie!

You’re a feisty, independent thinker and a straight shooter who doesn’t get offended easily. You’re also passionate about personal freedom. You don’t like being told what to think, what to eat, or how to live your life by self-proclaimed experts who might have a hidden agenda or lack real knowledge. While you can be hard-nosed in your views, you are open to counterarguments, especially when they’re backed by evidence and presented by sources you trust.

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By Nate Millado

No one does family dinners quite like the Reagans on Blue Bloodsespecially during the holidays!

Of course IRL, there's so much pomp and circumstance surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas that it's easy to lose sight of what the holiday should really be about: spending time with people you love. And what better way to spend that time than with a long, leisurely dinner full of chatting and laughing? Here are a few family favorites from The Blue Bloods Cookbook—co-authored by Erin Reagan herself, Bridget Moynahan!

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Standing Rib Roast With Cipollini Onion Sauce

Close up shot of a standing rib roast

Standing Rib Roast is one of 120 mouth-watering recipes from The Blue Bloods Cookbook.

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Both the fictional Frank Reagan and the man who plays him, Tom Selleck, are down-to-earth, no-apologies meat eaters. You can't get much meatier than a standing rib roast, especially one treated with simple seasonings and allowed to cook to luscious tenderness. We serve ours with a to-die-for cipollini onion sauce that would go just as well over chicken breasts or even on sturdy pasta. The secret lies in the red wine base that accents and brings out the sweet flavors of the roasted onions. Serve the sauce on the side for those meat eaters who don't want to dilute the pure pleasure of an excellent cut of meat perfectly cooked.
Serves 6 to 8

SAUCE
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 pounds cipollini onions, trimmed and peeled
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups high-quality dry red wine

RIB ROAST
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup garlic salt
One 6- to 8-pound standing rib roast

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Roast the onions for the sauce: In a large bowl, combine 1⁄4 cup of the olive oil with the vinegar. Add the onions and toss until they are completely coated. Transfer the onions to a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with any remaining dressing.
  3. Roast the onions for 50 to 60 minutes until well browned and completely soft. Transfer to a cutting board.
  4. Increase the oven temperature to 450°F.
  5. Make the rib roast: In a small bowl, combine the kosher salt, pepper, and garlic salt for the roast and stir until thoroughly mixed. Coat the roast with the rub all around. Put the roast in a roasting pan equipped with a rack and roast for 20 minutes.
  6. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F, and roast for about 18 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature registers 125°F for medium-rare (130° to 135°F for medium). Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.
  7. When the roast has about 30 minutes of cooking time left, start the sauce: Using a sharp knife, finely dice the roasted onions.
  8. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the butter. When the butter has melted, add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper.
  9. Add the wine and onions, reduce to maintain a gentle simmer, and cook for about 40 minutes, or until the liquid reduces and thickens to the consistency of syrup. Serve the roast, sliced, with the sauce on the side.

Caesar Salad

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Caesar salad is a classic for a reason.

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Here's yet another salad that comes complete with its own backstory. Credit for the salad goes to Caesar Cardini, a restaurant owner who, in the 1920s, whipped up a basic but amazingly tasty salad to make up for a depleted pantry during a Fourth of July dinner rush. It became an instant hit, adored for the compelling combination of delectable crunch and satisfyingly salty flavors. The anchovies add a rich, savory goodness all their own, but the original Caesar salad didn't include them, so you don't have to either (we'll understand).
Serves 4

DRESSING
3 anchovy fillets
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1⁄2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 1⁄2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 large garlic clove, minced
Juice of 1⁄2 large lemon
1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil cheese
1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper


SALAD
1 large head romaine lettuce
1 cup seasoned croutons
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan

  1. Make the dressing: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the anchovies, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and lemon juice. Pulse until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  2. With the food processor running, add the olive oil in a slow stream. Run the processor until the dressing has emulsified.
  3. Add the grated Parmesan and pepper to taste, and pulse until incorporated. Transfer to a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  4. Assemble the salad: Trim the base of the romaine and separate the leaves. Reserve the outer leaves for another use or discard. Wash and dry the leaves of the heart.
  5. Divide the romaine heart leaves among four large salad plates. Drizzle with the dressing. Scatter croutons and sprinkle some of the shredded Parmesan over each plate. Serve any leftover dressing on the side.

Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed tomatoes topped with bread crumbs

Basil, provolone, and bread crumbs combine into a heavenly tomato filling.

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Italian cuisine is famous for making so much out of so few ingredients. We've exploited that in this recipe, where a little basil, some tangy provolone, and bread crumbs combine into a heavenly tomato filling. Once cooked, the tomatoes become wonderfully self-contained, single-serving sides. The tomatoes themselves are more about adding texture because the stuffing flavors dominate. That said, you can put your own stamp on the dish by the tomatoes you use—heirloom varieties, for instance, would create a wonderful varied and pretty look on the table.
Serves 4

4 large vine-ripened or beefsteak tomatoes
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons minced shallot
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 cup grated provolone cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice the tomatoes in half horizontally. Using a spoon, scoop out the pulp and seeds, being careful not to puncture the tomato halves.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, garlic, shallot, basil, provolone, and olive oil. Stir to combine, until the bread crumbs are evenly coated with oil.
  4. Scoop the filling into the tomato shells, firming and mounding it. Arrange the tomatoes on a small baking sheet, spacing them evenly.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft and the tops are browned. Serve warm.

Popovers

Popovers in a basket

Drop the bread—popovers are fun, cloud-like treats.

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Don't you dare buy plain bread when you can easily whip up these fun, cloud-like treats. Unlike denser breads, popovers are filled with air. They look wonderful on the table and go with just any main course you can dream up. The pocket inside can be used to hold butter, Irish Stew, tomato sauce, honey, whipped cream, or just about any sweet or savory filling, depending on how you want to use the popovers. No matter what goes on (or in!) them, they are simply satisfying without being too filling.
Serves 4 to 6; makes about 10 popovers

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Liberally grease the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with the butter. The butter should be thickly applied in each individual cup.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the eggs and half-and-half and whisk until the mixture is a uniform color and texture.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour and salt. Whisk to ensure they are thoroughly blended, then pour in the egg mixture. Add the Parmesan and whisk until only tiny lumps remain.
  4. Preheat the muffin pan in the oven for 4 minutes. Right before you take the pan out of the oven, whisk the batter. Pour the batter into the hot muffin pan, filling each cup a little less than halfway.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes without opening the oven door. The popovers should be browned and crisp. Serve warm with butter.

Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted root vegetables

Roasted root vegetables make for a fun and festive addition to any holiday table.

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Nothing makes a winter dinner quite like a big pan of roasted root vegetables coming out of the oven. Roasting brings out a remarkable depth of flavor and the inherent sweetness in these root vegetables. That flavor is boosted when you coat the vegetables lightly in high-quality olive oil and sprinkle them with rosemary. The mix of colors is fun and festive on any holiday table, but don't hesitate to substitute or add other vegetables, such as yellow squash or zucchini, as the season dictates.
Serves 4 to 6

16 heirloom carrots
2 large parsnips
2 large beets
1 head garlic
2 large sprigs fresh rosemary
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Scrub the vegetables clean and trim them. Cut the carrots diagonally into 1-inch slices. Cut the parsnips and beets into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Peel and trim the cloves from the head of garlic. Leave the cloves whole.
  4. Strip the leaves off the rosemary sprigs, discard the stems, and mince the leaves.
  5. In a large bowl, stir together the oil and rosemary. Add the vegetables and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss again, ensuring that the vegetables are entirely coated.
  6. Spread out the vegetables evenly in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 50 minutes, or until the edges of the vegetables begin to char and the vegetables are fork-tender. Serve hot.

Cover image of The Blue Bloods Cookbook featuring Bridget Moynahan cutting a roast The Blue Bloods Cookbook

All recipes reprinted with permission from The Blue Bloods Cookbook.

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By Nate Millado

Danny Reagan is a great detective, doesn't always play by the book, and is extremely loyal—especially to his family. (Blue blood runs deep!) But there is more to Donnie Wahlberg than Danny Reagan, a role he's played on Blue Bloods since 2010. Get to know the man behind the badge!

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