Photos by: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/Landov (Bilson); Ryan Benyi (food)
Actress Rachel Bilson, who stars in the new CW medical drama 'Hart of Dixie', grew up in a food-centric family
When I’m working, my trailer is my home, and I bring my own lunch, usually something simple like a salad. But when I’m not working, I love to cook. I like making homey, cozy food.
In my family, we’re very spoiled in the food department. My dad’s side of the family is Jewish, and my great-grandmother made amazing matzo ball soup, noodle kugel, and mandelbrot. My mom’s side of the family is Italian, and when we have dinner for a large crowd, it’s usually ravioli or eggplant Parmesan.
When I was learning to cook, I wanted to make something different from the usual Italian fare. So I consulted with my aunt Carol, my mother’s sister, who often cooked for big dinner parties. She suggested Chicken Sputnik, a recipe that was handed down through generations.
In the 1950s, one dinner guest who ate Aunt Carol’s chicken declared it “out of this world,” and said, “This must be Chicken Sputnik.” So now that’s what my family calls it.
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