Bridget Moynahan isn’t afraid to take on mob bosses or big stars like Tom Selleck, who plays her dad, and the police Commissioner, Frank Reagan, on the family police drama, “Blue Bloods.” The model, mom, and actress who embodies Erin Reagan has added cookbook author to her credits with “The Blue Bloods Cookbook,” which she co-authored with Wendy Goldberg, wife of executive producer, Leonard Goldberg. The beautiful new bride talked about comfort food and family cohesion on screen and off in her November 4 visit to “CBS This Morning.”
Moynahan is very respectful of one of the most beloved trademarks of her drama, the family dinner, and even her book takes a nod from the tradition, offering “120 recipes that will bring your family to the table” as a selling point. “I think it’s a moment that people get to see the characters as real humans, and the most vulnerable, because you’re with family,” she relates of the dinner table talk. Sadly, for many families in this era, technology has replaced genuine, face-to-face conversation, but the technique is alive and well on the show, and many of her cast mates have developed personal techniques for pulling off dinnertime talk flawlessly. “Tom butters his bread,” which Moynahan assesses as “really good, because you can think, and butter your bread as long as you want,” without any issues of foodstuffs between teeth. Her own preference is to cut bites up “very small and for a long time,” and she currently has been consuming lots of mashed potatoes, which may not last the season.
The cookbook is filled with comfort foods from Bridget’s own Massachusetts upbringing, like Swedish meatballs, which son Jack, 7, “craves weekly, but I don’t do it weekly– you can’t,” to macaroni and cheese and the snack of bacon almond butter toast, which had host, Gayle King, salivating. Moynahan herself has not tasted that one yet, because it’s “so filthy, as in filthy rich” that she can’t bring herself to indulge , unless it’s a very special occasion. Day-to-day cooking is part of the Bridget Moynahan daily routine as a mom. “I try to cook every night, and we rarely order in,” she describes of their new family. “I haven’t gotten any complaints,” she proclaims of her culinary skills. She’s not one to forget a genuine favor, either, like when pilot “Bunker Hill” costar, Donnie Wahlberg, gave her the tip about trying out for “Blue Bloods.” “I did something right,” she confesses, so it’s no wonder that she can whip up something that tastes right, too.