By Ukee Washington

NEW YORK (CBS) –  “Our best family dinners are usually when we are arguing and fighting with passion,” Tom Selleck of the family dinner scene so familiar to fans of the hit CBS show, Blue Bloods.

“Everybody, I think, wanted, did that at one point in their life’ sat around the dinner table. It was kind of like a ritual,” said Len Cariou.

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It’s their ritual now. It’s one that the cast truly looks forward to. They shoot many scenes separately, so this gathering has a personal touch to it.

“The dinner scenes in the show, we are getting together to check in,” said Donnie Wahlberg. “When they say cut, we are still going.” And the concept seems to once again, be catching on.

The energy at the table is fueled by food, lights, camera, eat!

“You’re eating for a long time. The dinner scene can take hours’ a very long time to shoot. You can’t eat anything for like eight hours and not get sick, get like physically ill,” said Amy Carlson.

The table actually features real meals prepared by chefs and those meals inspired the Blue Bloods cookbook filled with 120 recipes of Irish/Italian comfort food and almost 300 pages and behind the scenes secrets.

Moynahan is one of the authors. “We all just thought is was a natural extension to kind of bring a cookbook to the fans, inspired by the meals that we’ve had on the show and the meals all of us have shared with our families,” she said.

So, how about some Soul Food? Maybe Chitlins?

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“What’s a chitlin,” Moynahan asked. Pig intestines that have to be cooked just right…It’s an acquired taste!

“I do not want to eat pig guts..Sam I Am,” Moynahan said.

Maybe that could be a discussion over dinner another day. In the meantime, the closing dinner scenes for both the actors and the viewers continues to provide plenty of food for thought.

“Once every eight days, I’m going to see them and I think that really energizes the family cause we the actors, are a family now,” said Selleck.




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