The DUDE Makes a “CAUCASIAN”
White Russian Cocktail
The Dude Abides! Yes he most certainly does. I first saw the seminal movie The Big Lebowski, (Crime Comedy)I think it was somewhere around the year 2000. I know this because the movie was released in 1998, and I was working as a manager at Da Silvano restaurant at the time, and my co-worker Alessandro and I used to quote lines from the movie. We booth loved, as we also loved Boogie Nights, and I remember Alessandro quoting lines, like “Don’t bother me. My wife is in the driveway with an Ass up her Dick, and you’re giving me shit about the lighting.”
Anyway, I can’t remember the exact time watching it, but I do remember there was a video store that sold new VHS Movies pretty cheap. Like $5.99 and $6.99 for a lot of good movies, and I really built up my movie library frm that place, whatever its name was, I can’t remember. Anyway, along with Casablanca, The Godfather, several 007 Bond films, Fargo (Coen Brothers), and other movies, I bought a VHS copy of the Coen Brothers “Big Lebowski,” at that video store on 6th Avenue that day. I took the movie home and watched it that night, “I Loved it,” it was brilliant, and since that first viewing, I’ve probably watched The Big Lebowski starring Jeff Bridges as The Dude, at least 80 times in the past 19 years or so. I can never get enough of the Dude, Walter (John Goodman), Donny (Steve Buscemi), and Maude (Julianne Moore). and the greatest cult movie of all-time The Big Lebowski. The movie is fun, lighthearted and entertaining, and Jeff Bridges in the lead roll turns in a brilliant performance. I recently came across a video clip of Julianne Moore stating in an interview, saying something like, “I’m stunned as to why Jeff Bridges was nominated for an Oscar. His performance was amazing.”
Anyway, I just love the film and the characters, and all the little happenings in it, and great music too. Not an ounce of Shitty Ass Rap Hip Hop so-called music. To me, its just awful noise, and ever chance I get, I’ve just got to knock it and put it down for the Shitty Ass Crap that it is. Basta!
Anyway, back to the good music of the Big Lebowski. The movie begins with a mystic figure of the Cowboy Stranger, played brilliantly by Sam Elliot narrating (not seen) and stating he’s going to tell a story about a guy named The Dude who lives in Los Angelas as the song “Tumbling Tumbleweed” plays in the background, and we see a panormic shot of the city of Los Angelos, then a closer shot of a actual Tumbleweed rolling in the wind down the streets of LA.
Yes there’s music by the obscure Sons of Pioneers (Tumbling Tumbleweed), Bob Dylans “The Man in Me,” the Eagles who we find out that The Dude hates, and most of all the Dude favorite band Creedence Clearwater Revival, who the Dude just loves and listens to constantly. We hear Creedence music throughout the movie. One of the most memorable scenes is when Dude is happy driving in his car (favorite pastime), smoking a joint and listening to Creedence’s “Out My Back Door.” The Dude ends up dropping his joint into his pants, which starts burning his crotch, the Dude bangs on his crotch to put the little fire out, and proceeds to crash his car into a telephone pole.
The Dude ends up in all other kind of mishaps and hi-jinx. H to is favorite pastimes as the Dude states Maude one day that he likes; Bowling, smoking weed, driving around, and “A Little of This & a Little of That.” Doesn’t everyone?
Yes, I’ve watched the Big Lebowski many times, it makes me happy, I just laugh and laugh. I love the characters, the things the say (like Fuck 225 times), and their outlook on life. Walter likes Beer, bowling, and being a Hard Ass, and his all-time # 1 favorite thing is to tell Donny to “Shut The Fuck Up!” Donny, what does Donny do? Well, Donny likes Bowling too, and is more or less along for the ride and have Walter (John Goodman) yell at him, “Shut The FUCK Up Donny!!!”
Maude, she’s into art, hanging with her Gay Friend Knox Harrington, “the Video Artist,” and going to the Biennale (Art Festival) in Venice. That’s Venice, Italy, not California where the Dude lives.
The there’s “The Jesus” played by John Tarturro. Jesus is a rival bowl of Mexican ancestry who Walter claims is a pedophile., but he “Can Fucking Roll,” as Dude says, meaning that he’s a really good bowler.
The actual Big Lebowski is played by actor David Huddleston. He’s a rich guy living in Pasadena and is married to a much younger “Trophy Wife” named Bunny, who just so happens to be a Porn Star actress, starring in a Pron Film Logjammin, that Maude screens for the Dude one day.
The whole them of the movie is that Bunny owes money to her Pornographer Producer boss Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara) who wants his money back. Treehorn sends a couple of dumb goons to Bunny’s husband Jeff Lebowski to get his money back. Only problem is the dummies go to the wrong Lebowski House, they go the Dudes house in Venice Beach. The Dude’s real name is Jeff Lebowski as well, and this turns out to be a case of mistaken identity. This is how the Dude ends up mixed into a lot of stuff, like the faked Kidnapping of Bunny Lebowski (Tara Reid) being held for ransome, which in the end turns out that Bunny’s Husband Jeff Lebowski who is Maude’s father is trying to extrot 1 Million Dollars from a fund that his family has set up for under-Privileged children in the city of Los Angelos.
Well, what about the food you want to know? Well food comes up in the famous scene when the Dude, Donny, & Walter end up at an In-N-Out Burger ( recipe ) one night after thinking that a high school kid named Larry has their briefcase full of money (supposed).
The movie the Big Lebowski has an enormous cult following of millions, many of whom like to call themselves achievers, named after the children who receive funding for their education from the Big Lebowski’s “Urban Achievers Foundation.” Many have wondered if the Dude is a vegetarian or not and what he likes to eat, which we never see him eating any food on the movie. In the scene where they go to In-N-Out Burger on Camrose, and we see Donny and Walter eating In-N-Out Burgers in The Dudes car, but we never see Dude eating one. Why? Some have speculated the Dude is a vegetarian. He’s not. Dude loves burgers too. He loves Guacamole, Burritos, Tacos and Maude’s Meatloaf, as well as Walter’s “Jewish Penicillin.” And it’s all in the cookbook “Got Any Kahlua?” The Collected Recipes of The Dude, aka The Big Lebowski Cookbook written by me.
Got Any Kahlua is a satirical look at the movie the Big Lebowski, and it’s an actual cookbook with lots of great recipes that we (I, “The Royal We”) think the Dude would like to eat, like; Eggs for Breakfast, Tunafish, Cowboy Chili, Steak, Burgers, Guacamole, Tacos, Burritos, and of course Maude’s Meatloaf. And yes, there’s a recipe and instructions for The Dude’s favorite beverage, a “Caucasian,” aka White Russian Cocktail which has become a trademark of the Dude and that movie called The Big Lebowski. And no Big Lebowski Themed Cocktail or Bowling Party would be complete without them.
So, loving the Big Lebowski, and food, and being a writer of cookbooks, and a chef, I one day got thee idea to put them all together, and so GOT ANY KAHLUA aka The Big Lebowski Cookbook was conceive, written, and executed by little ol me, Daniel Zwicke.
GET YOUR COPY of GOT ANY KAHLUA ?
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
ABIDE in IT !
The BIG LEBOWSKI is a CRIME / COMEDY Movie written, produced and Directed by the COEN BROTHERS in 1998
Starring ; JEFF BRIDGES as The DUDE
John Goodman as Walter
Steve Buscemi as Donny
John Tarturro as “The Jesus”
Julianne Moore as Maude Lebowski
Davide Huddleson as The Big Lebowski
Philip Seymour Hoffman as “Brandt”
GOT ANY KAHLUA “
aka The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
Got Any Kahlua / The Collected Recipes of the Dude by Daniel Zwicke is the most BROMANTIC Cookbook I’ve ever read. This is not your mom’s cookbook, and it certainly isn’t your grandma’s cookbook. You are more likely to find recipes for saucy meats and cocktails than you are to find some fancy chicken cordon bleu because this book is a DUDE’S cookbook. Never in my life has a cookbook made me laugh until I read this one. I can almost see my hick, bro, burly, manly uncle writing this one. It just SMACKS of masculinity and a lack of culinary skills which is impressive. This is a book for those on a budget, for those who aren’t really that picky when it comes to calories and a balanced diet as long as it’s tasty and full of meat or alcohol. I enjoyed it so much that I read it in one quick sitting!
Daniel Zwicke knows his audience … Dudes. Like I said, there are cocktail recipes up the Wazoo, most of them variations on quotes; The Dude’s quotes; favorite varieties of White Russians. I had the opportunity to try these dude-friendly drinks when making them for my fiance’s POKER NIGHT , and let me tell you, they were a smash hit! While this isn’t a traditional recipe book, it’s got a lot of hidden gold in there and it’s spelled out in a way that is easy for guys to understand. There’s no complicated, ten thousand step process for each meal and/or recipe. It’s all, quote ; take a can of X ingredient, add a chopped cup of Y ingredient, and there you go! quote; I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and have saved a copy in my recipes folder in case I need more dude-friendly drinks and meals for my hubster-to-be!
July 27, 2015
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
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