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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

Close up shot of Caesar salad

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 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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Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

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Photography by David Needleman.

Ten years in, Blue Bloods continues to deliver on family dinners, a few feuds, and some serious fun. Here, we celebrate the spectacular stars who keep bringing everything they have to the table.

Join Watch as we celebrate Bridget Moynahan, Donnie Wahlberg, Vanessa Ray, and Will Estes with out-of-uniform fashion photos (captured by celebrity photographer David Needleman) and highly classified excerpts from our May-June 2019 cover story.

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Bridget Moynahan had an early window into her Blue Bloods character

Bridget Moynahan in a red dress

Dress by by Olivia von Halle. Boots by Dr. Martens.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Born in Binghamton, New York, Moynahan is a middle child—the only girl—whose Irish Catholic upbringing often echoed the Blue Bloods family and her character Erin Reagan Boyle. "We ate dinner together like the Reagans," she tells Watch, "but it wasn't as combative."

Donnie Wahlberg still gets his groove on

Donnie Wahlberg wearing sunglasses dressed all in black

Pullover by J. Crew. Jeans by Amiri. Chelesea boots by To Boot New York. Sunglasses, watch, and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

When he's not busy playing detective Danny Reagan on Blue Bloods, Wahlberg often tours with New Kids on the Block, the band that first cast him—and his brother Mark—into the limelight.

Vanessa Ray and Will Estes were unsure about on-screen coupling

Photo of Vanessa Ray and Will Estes

On Ray: Top by Snidel. Jacket by Loewe. Necklaces by Parpala Jewelry. Rings by Astrid & Miyu and Joanna Laura Constantine. On Estes: Suit and shirt by Kenneth Cole. Tie by Joseph Abboud.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Team #Jamko admits that there was hesitation at first when the Blue Bloods producers decided Eddie Janko and Jamie Reagan—who tied the knot in the Season 9 finale—would become an item. Vanessa Ray says "There was pushback because we thought, If you put us together, then where do we go from there?" Will Estes adds that "We were nervous about what it was going to mean once we were together."

But obviously the #Jamko connection worked out just fine

Vanessa Ray and Will Estes of Blue Bloods.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

On Ray: Dress by Billy Reid. Shoes by Oscar Tiye. Belt by Deborah Drattell. Earrings by Accessory Concierge and Alexis Bittar. Ring by Officina Bernardi. On Estes: Suit by Paisley & Gray from Men's Wearhouse. Shirt by J.Crew. Shoes by Kenneth Cole. Socks by Joseph Abboud. Watch by Kronaby. Pocket square by Hugo Boss.

Bridget Moynahan is bookish about shoes

Bridget Moynahan sitting wearing striped shirt and black leather boots

Pajama top by Olivia von Halle. Men's chinos by J.Crew. Leather boots by Dr. Martens. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

This April, with co-author Amanda Benchley, Bridget Moynahan published her second book, Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes. Inspired by an evocative decluttering spree, she collected unique shoe stories and photographs from 40 renowned women, including Barbara Bush, race car driver Danica Patrick, and architect Maya Lin.

We just love her rockin' these Doc Martens!

Black and white photo of Bridget Moynahan wearing Doc Martens

Dress by by Olivia von Halle. Boots by Dr. Martens.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Vanessa Ray believes in seizing the moment

Vanessa Ray in flowy pink wrap dress

Dress by Agent Provocateur. Bra top by Morgan Lane. Shoes by Chloe Gosselin. Earrings by Glamrocks Jewelry. Ring by Carolee.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

When Vanessa Ray arrived for her Blue Bloods callback, the casting director got stuck in an elevator and offered to reschedule. The actress shares that her confidence at an all-time high that day and she was ready to perform, so she waited out the two hours it took the fire department to resolve the situation.

Being Eddie Janko was meant to be

Dress by Norisol Ferrari. Earrings by Carolee. Ring by Officina Bernardi.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Will Estes knows the secret of success

Will Estes black and white portrait

Blazer by Selected Homme. Shirt by Joseph Abboud. Jeans by Mavi. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

"The drama and gravity of what cops do for a living is always an arm's length away from our stories," Will Estes says of finding inspiration in NYPD's finest. "Maybe that's why our show has gone on for so long. There's so much there at our fingertips in the real world that we can draw from."

Donnie Wahlberg has Windy City roots

Donnie Wahlberg wearing gray suit

Suit by J.Crew. Shirt by Paul Smith/Nordstrom. Ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Although Blue Bloods films in New York City, Donnie Wahlberg lives in Chicago with his wife, actress Jenny McCarthy, her 16-year-old son Even, and his 17-year-old son Elijah. He flies home every weekend.

Bridget Moynahan has model behavior

Bridget Moynahan smokey eye black blouse

High-neck top by Vera Wang. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

She's a natural in the front of the camera. Bridget Moynahan started her career as a fashion model and then got her big acting break when she was cast as Natasha on Sex and the City. The exposure led to an expanded part on the show, and then film roles in Coyote Ugly; I, Robot with Will Smith; and The Sum of All Fears with Ben Affleck.

She know how to strike a pose

Bridget Moynahan smokey eye black blouse

High-neck top by Vera Wang. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Bridget Moynahan has a fitness secret

Bridget Moynahan in black lace dress

Lace dress and satin bra by Dolce & Gabbana. Shoes by Miu Miu. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

"I like mashed potatoes, but you can't eat them for four hours and stay in shape," she says of the Reagan family's weekly dinner scenes, which can take hours to film. "So mostly I just try to move the potatoes around with my fork."

Donnie Wahlberg leads with his heart

Donnie Wahlberg picture staring into camera

Henley top, Dolce & Gabbana. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

When Blue Bloods first revealed the death of Danny Reagan's wife Linda (played by Amy Carlson), Donnie Wahlberg says, "I was really emotional. I sat there remembering the seven years we'd spent working together, thinking, She's not here, and I just let my heart feel what it felt."

These on-screen siblings are the real deal

Bridget Moynahan and Donnie Wahlberg of Blue Bloods.

On Moynahan: Asymmetrical gown by Michelle Mason. Sandals by Miu Miu. Earrings, Moynahan's own.On Wahlberg: Tuxedo and tuxedo shirt, Brooks Brothers. Shoes by To Boot New York. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Vanessa Ray and Will Estes inspire the Blue Bloods writers

Vanessa Ray in a black dress and Will Estes in white suit.

On Ray: Dress by Snidel. Corset by Deborah Drattell. Earrings and ring by Carolee. Bracelet by Jen Hansen. On Estes: Suit and shirt by Carlos Campos. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

"Aside from the romance, there are so many times one of our conversations will end up in the story," says Vanessa Ray. "I'll look at a script and be like, We just had this argument or We just talked about that thing!"

Bridget Moynahan trusts her acting instincts and digs deep

Bridget Moynahan wearing faux fur leopard coat

Slip dress by Olivia von Halle. Faux fur leopard coat by Michelle Mason. Leather boots by Dr. Martens. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

"There's a level of vulnerability in some performances I see that I am appreciating more and more," Bridget Moynahan. "Vulnerability has a stigma of being weak, but it's inspiring."

Donnie Wahlberg likes to laugh

Donnie Wahlberg in a hoodie and jeans.

Pullover hoodie by Vince. Jeans by J. Crew. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Who's the biggest goofball on set? Cast members dish that it's definitely Donnie Wahlberg. The Blue Bloods star admits that he's guilty as charged. "There have been times when Marisa Ramirez (Maria Baez) and I laugh for probably an hour straight. We might tell jokes between takes, or someone goofs up a line ... and we literally have to shut down production for about 20 minutes until we get it out."

Just look at that gorgeous grin!

Donnie Wahlberg in a tuxedo.

Tuxedo and shirt by Brooks Brothers. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Vanessa Ray can salute like a pro!

Vanessa Ray natural makeup pink floral dress

Top by Alexander McQueen. Slip dress by Valentina Kova. Earrings by Astrid & Miyu and Glamrocks Jewelry.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Fun fact: The actress learned the art of a proper military salute and how to stand at attention from the legendary Tom Selleck himself, who coached her between takes in the hair and makeup trailer.

Will Estes stays humble

Will Estes wearing a burgundy blazer

Blazer by Selected Homme. Shirt by Joseph Abboud.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

"I have these moments that stand out for me that are just as big as booking the job," Will Estes tells Watch about the show's success. "One was watching Mom, and one of the characters said something like, 'I'd love to come, but I can't. It cuts into my Blue Bloods time.' I was like, We made it!"

We love this candid, modest moment

Will Estes in a maroon sports jacket

Blazer by Selected Homme. Shirt by Joseph Abboud. Jeans by Mavi. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Will Estes and Vanessa Ray have great chemistry

Will Estes wearing silver suit and Vanessa Ray

On Ray: Top and skirt by Snidel. Jacket by Loewe. Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti. Necklaces by Parpala Jewelry. Rings by Astrid & Miyu and Joanna Laura Constantine. On Estes: Suit and shirt by Kenneth Cole. Tie by Joseph Abboud. Watch by Kronaby.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Christina Pacelli.

Both on and off-screen, Will Estes and Vanessa Ray are simply adorable. "We're having more fun than ever" and "We're married without the romance" are just a sample of the sweet soundbites the Blue Bloods stars shared in their May-June 2019 Watch interview and cover story.

The Blue Bloods cast feels like family

Blue Bloods cast member for a glam photo shoot.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison and Christina Pacelli.

On Ray: Dress by Billy Reid. Shoes by Oscar Tiye. Belt by Deborah Drattell. Earrings by Accessory Concierge and Alexis Bittar. Ring by Officina Bernardi. On Estes: Suit by Paisley & Gray from Men's Wearhouse. Shirt by J.Crew. Shoes by Kenneth Cole. Socks by Joseph Abboud. Watch by Kronaby. Pocket square by Hugo Boss.

On Wahlberg: Tuxedo and tuxedo shirt, Brooks Brothers. Shoes by To Boot New York. Watch and ring, Wahlberg's own. On Moynahan: Asymmetrical gown by Michelle Mason. Sandals by Miu Miu. Earrings, Moynahan's own.

Onscreen partners and siblings Vanessa Ray, Will Estes, Donnie Wahlberg, and Bridget Moynahan bring the Reagan family to life.

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