Cooking with Cousin Tony

 
MACCHERONI with RAGU BOLOGNESE
 
 
RECIPE for The WORLDS BEST RAGU BOLOGNESE
 
 
For those of you who don’t know, “I make a Dam Good Bolognese!” Well, a lot more than good, it’s awesome, “One of the Best you’ll ever have.” Yes I’m quite famous for my awesome Bolognese Sauce. That’s the reason they call me “Danny Bolgonese.” The name is Danny, and there’s no question I’m a King of Bolognese. Some have said I make the best in the country. Yes the Journal of Italian Food Wine & Travel wrote in a 5 page feature article on me  ( (Daniel Bellino Zwicke) , that I made the best Ragu Bolognese in American. Many would agree. I sort of do. Well if not the best, one of the best anyway. I haven’t really tasted any better, and I’ve tried quite a lot. Some are dam good, others not.
 
Anyway, all of my cousins absolutely adore my Bolognese. They crave it, it’s dam good. My cousins Joe and Alexander Macari and there 4 children Joey, Gabriella, Eddie, and Tommy all love it. My nephews Chad, Marcus, and Jason love it, as does there dad, my brother Michael and his wife Eilleen. My sister Barbara and brother Jimmy love it too. Everyone does. Everyone who’s lucky enough to taste it. Some of my cousins make it. I’ve showed them, but none can get it quite like mine, and that’s why when I went down to visit my cousin Tony and his wife Debbie down in Florida, one thing I just had to do, was make a big batch of my Bolognese .  I had to cook a Steak for Debbie, and I made a Badass Batch of Amatriciana too. “Dam it was good!” 
 
Yes, I went down to West Palm Beach to hang out with cousin Tony and Debbie for a few days. Half the time I was down there, we went out for cocktails and a couple places to eat too, but 3 of dinners, I cooked. We drank great wine and had a good time eating Pasta Bolognese and my Badass Rigiatoni Amatriciana. Yes it was good. This is what we do, and we had some good times doing it. There’s nothing like making good food at home folks, so do make sure you do.
 
Well, that’s it for now. If you want to make some Bolognese or Amatricana Sauce , please do. If you have your own recipes, make them. If you don’t, click these links for the recipes.
 
So “Happy Eating” e Mangia Bene, and always eat well.
 

 
An AMAZING BOTTLE of ITALIAN WINE
 
CASTELLO di NEIVE – BARBARESCO Santa Stefano Reserva 2007
 
From my Good Friend Italo Stupino
 
“The WORLDS BEST BARBARESCO”
 
Definately BETTER Than Anything by ANGELO GAJA, whose wines are an
absolute RIP-OFF !!! “Seriously” !

 

 

Me & Cousin Tony (R)
 
with his Wife Debbie in The Middle
 
Hanging on The Rooftop of The BEN HOTEL
 
West Palm Beach, Florida
 
 
 
 
The WORLD’S BEST PASTA AMATRICIANA !!!
RIGATONI AMATRICIANA
 
“I made this the night before. Absolutely Perfect!”
 
LOVE IT !
 
 
TONY & DEBBIE LOVED IT as WELL
 
 
The WORLD’S BEST BOLOGNESE !!!!
 
 
SERIOUSLY !!!
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Pope of Greenwich Viallge Sunday Sauce Recipe Italian Gravy

 

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Burt Young as “Bed Bug Eddie”

In The POPE of GREENWICH VILLAGE

with Mickey Rourke as “Charlie”

Learn How to make “Bed Bug Eddie’s” SUNDAY SAUCE Italian Gravy

alla POPE of GREENWICH VILLAGE

 

BURT YOUNG’S SUNDAY SAUCE GRAVY

RECIPE :

INGREDIENTS :

1 pound Pork Neck, removed from bone and cut into 1″ chunks

Italian Sweet Sausages

12 Pork Spare Ribs

1/4 cup Italian Olive Oil

1 pinch Pepperoncino (Red Pepper Flakes)

1 medium Onion, peeled and dice fine

1 pound Pork Neck, removed from bone and cut into 1″ chunks

Italian Sweet Sausages

12 Pork Spare Ribs

6 Chicken Thighs

2 – 28 ounce can of San Marzano Whole Tomatoes (drained in strainer, reserving liquid.

2 – 28 ounce cans of Italian Tomato Passata

half can of Tomato Paste

16 fresh Basil leaves, washed and torn into pieces with your fingers (don’t use a knife)

2 Bay Leaves

Place the olive oil in a large pot and turn heat on to medium. Add the pork ribs and half the pork neck and cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove and set aside. 

Brown remaining pork neck and the Chicken Thighs. When finished browning set aside with the ribs. Add the Sausage and brown over low medium heat until slightly browned (about 8 minutes). Remove sausages from pot, and let rest with the ribs.

Add the chopped onion to the pot and cook on low heat for 4 minutes. Add 4 cloves of chopped garlic and let cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to let the garlic burn.

Chop the whole San Marzano tomatoes and add to pot with onions. Cook on high heat for 3 minutes. Add the Tomato Passata and cook on high heat for 4 minutes.

Add the reserved juices from the San Marzano Tomatoes, the basil and Bay Leaves to the pot. Add 1 teaspoon each of Salt & Black Pepper and 1 cup of water and stir.

Add all the browned meats and cook on low heat for 90 minutes as you stir this with a wooden spoon ever now and then to keep the sauce from sticking or burning.

After all the meats are in th pot with the browned meats, begin to make your meatballs.

For MEATBALLS :

Mix the following ingredients in a large glass bowl. Form into 2″ round Meatballs and fry until lightly browned in vegetable oil.

2 pound fresh Ground Beef, 1/4 cup bread crumbs and 1/4 cup Milk

1/4 cup fresh Italian Parsley, washed, dried and chopped

1/4 teaspoon each of Salt & Black Pepper .. 2 cloves Garlic, minced fine

2 large Eggs, cracked and beaten with a fork

After the sauce (Gravy) has been simmering for 90 minutes, add the brown Meatballs to the pot with the fresh Basil Leaves, and let simmer on low hear for 35 minutes. Turn heat off and let the Sauce sit for 15 minutes. 

To serve your Sunday Sauce, cook some short maccheroni according to directions on package. Burt likes to use Rigatoni.

Once the maccerhoni (pasta) is cooked, drain the pasta, reserving a little of the pasta water. Add the Riagatoni (pasta) back to the pot it cooked in. Add some of the Tomato Sauce to the pasta and mix. Add a little sprinkle of Olive Oil and a little bit of the reserved pasta water.

Place some of the sauce Maccheroni on each persons plate, add a little more tomato sauce over the pasta, and place 1 or 2 Meatballs, one Pork Rib, and 1 Sausage on each persons plate. Serve , and place some grayed Parmigiano Cheese in the middle of the table

Enjoy!

 

 

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CATHERINE SCORSESE’S ELIZABETH STREET

LITTLE ITALY SUNDAY SAUCE

ITALIAN GRAVY

 

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SUNDAY SAUCE alla SINATRA

alla BELLINO

alla CLEMEZA

SUNDAY SAUCE RECIPES

Amazon.com

 

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The POPE of GREENWICH VILLAGE

Starring MICKEY ROURKE

ERIC ROBERTS & BURT YOUNG

As BED BUG EDDIE

SUNDAY SAUCE ITALIAN GRAVY

 

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SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA

RECIPE

PETE CLEMENZA Teaches MICHAEL CORLEONE (AL Pacino) How

to Make SAUCE for 20 GUYS (Mobsters) Some Day

Party alla Bolognese

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RIGATONI BOLOGNESE

 

PARTY alla BOLOGNESE

Party alla Bolognese , ever hear of it? No, I didn’t think so. I coined the phrase, just like I coined the phrase Meatball Parm Mondays , which I first wrote about in my best selling Italian Cookbook Sunday Sauce. So, you want to know what a Party alla Bolognese is, a term you are no doubt hearing for the first time. Well as you might have already surmised, number one, it’s a party that has to do with Bolognese. A party where you eat Pasta with Ragu Bolognese you’re asking? Well yes, you are quite correct, you’ll be eating the famed Italian Ragu from the city of Bologna, Italy. This is a party centered around eating Pasta all Bolognese. Now what’s better than that?

So, as we know Ragu Bolognese is the famous meat-sauce for pasta from Bologna, Italy. Now, hopefully by the time you read this part of the book, you’ve already made your first Ragu alla Bolognese. Well congratulations are in order to you, you’ve learned something that is infinitely important, and something that will serve you the rest of your life. You now know the infinite glories of the Bolognese, that lush pasta meat-sauce from Bologna, Italy known as Ragu Bolognese. You know the wonderful flavor, and are sure to crave it often. No problem, if you have a craving, you can just make it. You have the recipe, you’ve made it once or twice, you can make it any time you want.

So, you want to throw a dinner party for friends? I certainly hope you do. If you’ve never done so before, I’d just like to tell you, you have no idea, and I’m sure you’ll be surprised, surprised how great it will be, ” a Party alla Bolognese.”

Making this famed Ragu and throwing a party centered around the Bolognese where you’ll feed Maccheroni alla Bolognese to friends and family, this is such a wonderful thing, you just can’t imagine. Do it once and you’ll see. You will make your friends oh-so-happy in more ways than one. They will thank you and sing your praises, and you will feel their joy. A joy that you gave them by making them Ragu Bolognese. Yes it has this affect.

Throwing a dinner party you say? It seems so daunting. Hey, you’ve made Bolognese, throwing a dinner party centered around Bolognese is as easy as pie, and I’m going tell you how. You will amaze your friends with this one! Trust me! Hey, I’ve already told you pretty much, 90% of all you’ll need to know to do your first fabulous Party alla Bolognese. “What,” you say? Well I’ve written the recipe for you, and you’ve already made your first Bolognese, maybe even two or three by now. You know how to make one of the World’s great dishes Pasta alla Bolognese, all you need now is some good music, good Italian Wine, and some sort of Salad or Antipasto to start you off.

You will make the Bolognese ahead of time, either the day before or early in the day before your party starts. You can either make a salad to have before the Bolognese, but a better choice would be either a Caprese Salad of fresh Mozzarella & Tomatoes, a lovely mixed Antipasto, or something as easy as Prosciutto & Melon would be very apropos, considering the Bolognese and the famed Prosciutto di Parma are both from the same region in Italy of Emilia Romagna.

 

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NY Italians Make Sunday Sauce on Black Friday

 
 
CLEMENZA with His SAUSAGE & MEATBALLS
 
“He’s gonna Shove them in The SAUCE”
 
He Shows Michael (AL Pacino) how to make SAUCE for 20 GUYS (Mobsters)
 
 
From Francis Ford Coppola’s “The GODFATHER”
 
Based on the Novel by Mario Puzo
 
 
FAICCO’S PORK STORE
 
Greenwich Village, New York
 
We’re making Clemenza’s Mob War #Godfather Sunday Sauce (Gravy) on Black Friday. We’re not gonna waste our time waiting on lines, getting all “Bent Out of Shaped,” and stressed out like those people who shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. No, our day is going to be a whole lot better and more fulfilling than fight traffic and crowds. We go down early in the morning to our local Italian pork Store Faicco’s on Bleecker Street to get all our stuff for our tasty Sunday Sauce. 
I pick up all the meats I need to make the my Sunday Sauce alla Clemenza. I need Italian Sweet Sausages, Braciole, San Marzano Tomatoes, and Maccheroni.
 
We go home, to get the Sauce started. 
 
 
RECIPE alla CLEMENZA
 
 
 

 

Making the MEATBALLS
 
Ready to COOK
 
Here’s our Ingredients
 
Sausages, Pork Neck, Braciole
 
Tomatoes and Ground Meat for our Meatballs
 
Notice our fine bottle of Italian Wine. Barbi Brunello di Montalcino
 
A special wine for some special sauce.
RECIPES in The BOOK
 
GODFATHER SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA
 
CHARLIE SCORSESE’S GOODFELLAS SAUCE alla PRIGIONE
 
SUNDAY SAUCE alla BELLINO
 
JOE DiMAGGIO’S MOTHER’S SUNDAY GRAVY
 
And More …
 
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The BELLINO’S Make SUNDAY SAUCE ITALIAN GRAVY
 
In LODI, NEW JERSEY
 
SUNDAY SAUCE on FRIDAY
 
 
Cousins Daniel and Anthony Bellino make their family’s famed Sunday Sauce Gravy  at Anthony’s fathers house in Lodi, NJ .. They are keeping up a family tradition that they’ve been partaking in since they were young boys in the early 1960’s America. Daniel even wrote a couple books that are themed around this most important subject of SUNDAY SAUCE  Italian Gravy. Daniel likes to put Pork Spare Ribs in his sauce, which he says, “Oh my God, the Ribs in the Sauce? When you cook Spare Ribs in the Gravy, you just can’t believe how tasty they are. The are so succulent and juice. They taste so Dam Good. Even better than BBQ Ribs, which I love as well. But the Ribs in the Sunday Sauce taste even better, believe it or not? I kid you not.” 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Thanksgiving Turkey
 
“We had this yesterday. It came out Dam Good.”
 
Like all Good Italians, we started our Thanksgiving Dinner with a little Antipasto Misti of Salami, Provolone, Olives, Celery and Roast Peppers. The we sat down for a portion of Rigatoni Bolognese, made with my Famous ragu Bolognese Sauce. The we take an hour break, before sitting down for the Turkey with all the trimmings. Our Turkey came out so good.
 
We take another hour break before sitting down for all our desserts, which included; Pumpkin Pie, Coconut Custard Pie, Pecan Pie, “Wow, that’s a lot of Pies?”
 
We have Espresso, Cannolis, and Italian Cookies, and a couple shots of Amaro to finish it all off, and another Thanksgiving has come and gone.
 
Yes, many families will go shopping on Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, but not us. We’ll be eating Sunday Sauce on Friday and having Meatball Parmigiano Sandwiches on Meatball Parm Mondays. Now that’s Italian! What would you rather do? Fight Traffic and crowds and lines at the shopping malls, or eat Sunday Sauce and Meatballs? I know what I’ll be doing. Me, my family and friends. We Mangia Bene Tutto!
 
Basta!
 
Author Daniel Bellino Zwicke on Italian Thanksgiving and eating Sunday Sauce 
on Black Friday  ….
 
Vecchio Amaro del Capo
 
Amaro from Calabria
 
A favorite Amaro for those “In the Know”
 
We drank this and Montenegro on Thanksgiving
RECIPE for The WORLDS BEST RAGU BOLOGNESE
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The JOY of COOKING
“If You Could Only Have One Cookbook?”
THIS WOULD BE IT
Why it’s a classic: It’s THE all-purpose cookbook for everything from boiling eggs to making chocolate cake. If you’re looking for a specific recipe, chances are it’s in this book.
It’s an encyclopedia, in an age where we rely on Google for such things. But when I was writing a Bon Appétit article on a specific ingredient lately, the entry in the Joy of Cooking glossary had more than anything I found online, with cited sources. I’m not kidding! The recipes have expanded, so there’s not as much squirrel, but there are Korean short ribs and chickpea pancakes and Japanese okonomiyaki. If there’s a newer cook in your life who doesn’t already have an earlier edition, now’s the time to induct them into the Joy of Cooking cult.
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And if you Could Only have One Italian Cookbook ? This Would Be It
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When Italian-Americans Cook
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
As We Said Marcella Hazan’s Italian Cookbook 
would Be The One Italian Cookbook
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THIS WOULD BE The 2nd ITALIAN COOKBOOK YOU SHOULD GET
If you want to cook like an Italian-American, and who wouldn’t,
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Sunday Sauce by Daniel Bellino “Z” is the defining cookbook on the subject of Sunday Sauce, also know as Gravy by some. This book is filled with wonderful stories of Italian-America, the peoples and the food they love to eat. All of Italian-America’s favorite dishes are in this book, with recipes that are easy to understand and follow.
Some recipes include; Tomato Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Frittata, Stuffed Artichokes, Braciole, Spaghetti & Meatballs, and of course the namesake of the book Sunday Sauce, which the author is quite passionate about, and states that it is thee “Most Supreme Dish,” of the Italian American Table. It’s eaten every Sunday by millions of Italian-Americans all over America.
Recipes also for: Mussels Marinara, Riagtoni al Forno, Veal Parm, Shrimp Scampi, Rao’s Lemon Chicken, and Uncle Tony’s Veal Marsala.
Frank Sinatra’s Chicken Vesuvio, Mommy’s Stuffed Peppers, Pasta Amatriciana, Italian Cheesecake and Much More.
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This is a basic cookbook that reflects today’s kitchen, today’s pantry, today’s taste expectations. A whimsically illustrated 875-recipe labor of love, The New Basics features a light, fresh, vibrantly flavored style of American cooking that incorporates the best of new ingredients and cuisines from around the world.

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The FEAST of THE 7 FISH
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Merry Christmas
And Happy Holidays
From All of Us
To All of You
Peace on Earth
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