No question about it, Blue Bloods star Bridget Moynahan is a carnivore. Not only that, but she’s a seasoned turkey carver.
“When your bird shows up with a little too much backbone, call your friendly local butcher to walk you through the steps!” Moynahan posted to Instagram Friday, alongside a photo of herself next to a turkey carcass. “Thank you J for the bone cracking tutorial. @hudson_charles.”
Moynahan Co-Authored ‘The Blue Bloods Cookbook’
Looking for a turkey recipe this Thanksgiving? If you’re a Blue Bloods fan, you’re in luck. Because CBS’s Watch Magazine has published the simple, straightforward turkey recipe from “The Blue Bloods Cookbook,” by Moynahan and Wendy Howard Goldberg. (On Turkey Day, you can follow it step-by-step here.)
The cookbook draws from the plot device of the Reagan family’s marathon Sunday dinners, when the whole family gathers around one table to eat, bicker and laugh together. Moynahan and Goldberg have compiled more than 100 recipes, mostly Italian or Irish comfort food, that the Reagans might enjoy one Sunday evening.
Among them are Manhattan clam chowder, chicken Francese, standing rib roast with cippolini onion sauce and cheesecake with blue topping. There’s also bruschetta, green beans almondine and lasagna.
Another Week, Another Reagan Family Dinner Scene
Meanwhile, Blue Bloods, now in Season 12, has continued the tradition of the Reagan family dinners. And they haven’t gotten any easier to shoot. In a recent interview with Glamour, Moynahan practically groaned when asked what she’d had to eat while shooting the dinner scene they’d just finished.
“Chili,” Moynahan answered. “Chili for four hours.” But at least there were two options: vegan or traditional.
“I went with the vegan,” Moynahan said. “I wouldn’t say I would reorder it.”
Still, Moynahan is thankful for Blue Bloods, dinner scenes and all. She acknowledged that it’s rare for women actors to remain as leads in network dramas for over a decade.
“We know how lucky we are to be on this show,” she said. “It doesn’t come around that often… Everybody wants to show up and do their best work.”
Plus, doing Blue Bloods allows Moynahan to stay in New York, even as some of her friends have tried to make it in Los Angeles. While she’s been to L.A., she made a rule for herself that she would only go out there for a job she’d already gotten. And then she went back to New York.
“My family is here,” Moynahan said of New York. “I saw a few people—friends of mine—who had gone to L.A. and were just kind of chasing the next job for a while.”
She added, “I didn’t want to get lost in L.A. I had New York, and I knew New York. I had that comfort.”