Walter : “They send us a Toe and expect us to Shit ourselves in Fear? FUCKING Amateurs!”
MOMMA Da FINO’S SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS
Momma Da Fino’s Spaghetti & Meatballs
As all you Achievers know, the Dude didn’t care too much for that creep DaFino. Following the Dude around all the time, making remarks about Dudes Special Lady Friend and what not, and suggesting to The Dude that they pool their resources, “Fuck-Off Da Fino,” the Dude retorts to that.
A lot of good came out of that encounter between The Dude and Da Fino though. “Certain Things Came to Light” about Bunny. “Who The Fuck are the Knutsen’s?”
But even better than the Dude finding out about the Knutsen’s and other things coming to light, New Shit, Da Fino dropped a piece of paper with his mother’s Meatball recipe on it. Dude picked it up, and the Dude doesn’t have a problem using a recipe from someone he doesn’t like, “two different things,” and ole Duder can separate them, “No Problemo!”
It’s a great Meatball recipe and illustrates the many uses of tomato sauce. You make a good sized batch of tomato sauce and as it’s simmering, you mix up the ground meat and other ingredients to make the meatballs. You round off the Meatballs, then throw them into the sauce to cook for about 35 minutes, cook some Spaghetti and when it’s done, “Voila” you’ve got yourself some fine Spaghetti & Meatballs. If you’re smart, you’ll make a double batch of both the tomato sauce and the Meatballs, so you’ll have leftover Meatballs to make “Meatball Parm Sandwiches” for the next day or two. “Tony Bag of Donuts” suggested this to the Dude. It’s a great idea, and something most Italians do every time they make a batch. It’s an Italian-American ritual in fact, and Dude likes to do it too.
DUDES ENCOUNTER with Da FINO
Da Fino: A Dick, Man! And let me tell you something, I dig your work. Playing one side against the other—in Bed with everybody – Fabulous Stuff Man.
Dude: I’m not a—ah, Fuck it, just stay away from my fucking Lady Friend, Man!
Da Fino: Hey, hey, I’m not messing with your Special Lady –
Dude: She’s not my Special Lady, she’s my Fucking Lady Friend. I’m just helping her conceive man!
Da Fino: Maybe we can trade information, pool our resources?
Dude: Fuck Off Da Fino !!!!
SPECIAL MEATBALLS Recipe
1 lb. ground Beef
½ lb. ground Veal
½ Pound Ground Pork
4 Tbs. fresh Italian Parsley, chopped
1 minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 Tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
2 large eggs
Salt & pepper
½ cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino
Note: If you want, instead of this beef, pork and veal proportions, you can use just Beef (2 lbs.) or 1 lb. Ground Beef & 1 lb. Veal.
In a small bowl, break and beat eggs. Add breadcrumbs and let soak for 6 minutes.
In a large bowl, add all the remaining ingredients. Add eggs and mix well with your hands.
Shape meat mixture to form balls that are about 2 inches in diameter.
Coat the bottom of a cookie sheet or roasting pan with a thin film of olive oil. Cook Meatballs at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Make batch of Dudes Tomato Sauce (pg. 106). When the Sauce is finished cooking and the meatballs have partially cooked in the oven for 10 minutes, take meatballs out of oven and simmer for 35 in a the tomato sauce.
Serve Meatballs with Spaghetti for the Classic Italian American favorite Spaghetti and Meatballs or do as the Italians do, especially the Neapolitans and serve the sauce first with Spaghetti, Rigatoni, or ziti. Serve the Meatballs as the main course with a Salad or potatoes on the side.
The SAUCE :
3-28 oz. cans of good quality Crushed Tomatoes
always buy them “when?” That’s right, ON SALE
1 medium onion cut into a small dice
9 cloves of Garlic, peeled and finely diced
¼ cup Italian Olive Oil
¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon
of Crushed Red Pepper
14 fresh basil Leaves minced or
¼ teaspoon Dried Basil
1 lb. Of Dried Italian made Spaghetti
½ lb. Good quality grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano
Place Olive Oil and onions in at least a 3 Qt. Pot. Set on stove over a medium flame. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the minced garlic and cook for three minutes. Add the crushed red pepper and cook for 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes. Turn the flame up to high until the sauce comes to the boil. Lower heat to a very low flame. If you are using Dried Basil, you will add in now. If you are using fresh Basil you will add it in the last 10 minutes of cooking.
Simmer the sauce over low heat for about 30 minutes. Stir the sauce and the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon every two minutes to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning.
The sauce is done after 30 minutes, turn the gas off.
To cook the Spaghetti you should have a large 6 qt. Pot filled with water. Bring the water to the boil and add 2 Tablespoon of salt to the water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package.
Drain the pasta in a colander then place the spaghetti in a large Pasta Serving Bowl. Sprinkle on about 1 tbs. Of olive oil and toss the spaghetti. Add a cup and a half of the tomato sauce to the spaghetti and toss. Serve four equal portions of spaghetti on 4 plates or pasta bowls. Top each serving of spaghetti with about 1/3 of a cup of sauce and serve.
Put a bowl of the grated cheese on the table and let everybody help themselves. “Bon Appetito”
Excerpted from GOT ANY KAHLUA ? The COLLECTED RECIPES of THE DUDE
by Daniel Zwicke
GOT ANY KAHLUA ?
WHITE RUSSIAN CUPCAKES
White Russians Cupcakes? No Dude doesn’t make them. There’re Maudy’s little invention. Even though she doesn’t live with The Dude, she likes him quite a bit. Heck, he helped her conceive. So Maude felt like showing a little gratitude. Knowing how much Jeffrey (as Maude calls him) loves his Kahlua, Maude created this in honor of his Dudeness, “The Other Jeffrey Lebowski,” a.k.a. The Dude. “They’re right tasty,” as The Cowboy Stranger would say, and quite easy to make. Enjoy em!
KAHLUA WHItE RUSSIAN CUPCAKES
1 cup Sugar
½ cup Butter
2 teaspoons Vanilla Exract
1 ½ cupls All-Purpose Flour
1 ¾ teaspoons Baking Powder
½ cup Milk
3 tablespoons Kahlua
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the Butter & Sugar.
Beat the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the Vanilla.
Combine Flour & Baking Powder in a separate small bow, then add to Creamed sugar and mix well.
Add Milk, and stir until smooth.
Place paper cupcake-liners and place in cupcake Baking Pan. Spoon cupcake batter into the cupcake liners. Bake for at 350 degrees for about 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick that is poked into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
Take cupcakes out of oven and set aside to cool.
Brush tops of cupcakes with Kahlua. Let it soak into the cake.
8 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature
1 stick Butter, room temperature
3 cups Powdered Sugar
½ cup Cocoa, unsweetened
½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
6 tablespoons Kahlua
3 tablespoons Heavy Cream
Beat cream cheese, sugar, and butter together until smooth and thoroughly mixed.
Add Cocoa and mix. Add Vanilla and Kahlua and mix. Add Heavy Cream, and mix till smooth.
Frost each cupcake with frosting.
Excerpted From GOT ANY KAHLUA ? by Daniel Zwicke, with a little help from The DUDE
More Recipes in The DUDES BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK – GHOT ANY KAHLUA ?
GOT ANY KAHLUA ?
THE COLLECTED RECIPES of THE DUDE
Available in PAPERBACK & KINDLE EDITIONS
For Immediate Release New York
The Big Lebowski, one of the greatest cult movies of all time, has hit home with food lovers across America. Got Any Kahlua has many of the “greatest hits” of American Foods. The recipes are quick and easy to make, with the budget-minded in mind, and of course are quite tasty. The best of the Big Lebowski scenes and characters are captured by imaginative recipe titles with funny twists, such as “Dude’s Chocolate Kahlua Sauce,” “Gooey Chop-Meat,” “Burritos,” “Crazy Wings,” Bozos Clam Chowder,” and more. The Big Lebowsi and philosophy are always closely tied, and this is not ignored by what may seem on the surface to be just another cookbook. But don’t judge this book by its cover. This isn’t just a book of easy Super Bowl recipes and guy-food – it aims to make great food easy and cheap to prepare, so people can spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the food with their friends and loved ones. Got Any Kahlua? “The Collected Recipes of The Dude” will be a big hit with Achievers everywhere (the name the cult movie’s followers have adopted). Not just a recipe book, it involves the philosophy of The Dude and forms a small cookery course in itself – penned by New Yorker, Daniel Bellino Zwicke, a wine and restaurant professional for over 25 years. The Big Lebowski movie was a phenomenon that shot Jeff Bridges to messiah status in 1998 and starred an eclectic mix of movie stars. It seems appropriate that such a mix of fun and flavoursome foods has been chosen to remind us of its greatness. This recipe book is almost ghost written by The Dude himself, and Daniel describes the book: “Dude has collected a lifetime of wonderful recipes, like, Dudes Cowboy Chili, Gooey Chop Meat, Da Fino’s Meatballs, Finger Foods, and more. Dude will teach you how to make a tasty Taco, Burritos, Ramen, Tuna-Fish Sandwich or whatever your little Achiever Heart desires. Being The Dude, all these recipes are Easy, Economical, and of course Tasty! The Dude wouldn’t have it any other way. And the Dude wants to help you and guide you along the way to a beautiful journey as you cook with The Dude and always Abide!” If the movie’s nuances have escaped you in the past, you can stop wondering what is the Big Lebowski is about, and start enjoying social gatherings without fuss whenever you have the guys around for the football game or whatever. “Got Any Kahlua: Collected Recipes of The Dude” is available in both paperback and digital format on your local Amazon store now.
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