Tina Fey is awesome.
She was the first female head writer at SNL, she is the author of the book Bossypants, the screenwriter of Mean Girls, and the creator of shows like the brilliant 30 Rock, considerably less brilliant The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, and an upcoming comedy “which takes place at a women’s college that has just opened its doors to men for the first time.” On top of that, she is most wanted as the new host of the Daily Show.
Ms. Fey started performing shows with the legendary Chicago improv comedy group The Second City in 1997 and later joined NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live as a writer, eventually becoming head writer and performing on the show until she left in 2006. To date, Ms. Fey has received two Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards and eight Emmy Awards. She has two daughter, Alice and Athena, and lives in New York City.
Tina Fey has singled out the kalamata chicken at Chicago’s Athenian Room as her favorite dish in interviews. While I have no access to the the Athenian Room’s recipe, I could certainly track down a recipe for kalamata chicken and adjust it with what I know of the the Athenian Room dish. So here, with no further ado, Ms. Tina Fey’s favorite food:
Duke was born on December 25, 1919. His parents, Giocondo and Maria Vincenze, had recently emigrated to the United States from a village in Salerno, Italy. He’s done some interesting things. He was a sergeant in WWII and fought at Normandy in France, where he was badly injured. The foxholes were so tight, the men had to huddle in pairs with their arms around one another. There was no room even to pee. That’s how he survived. His buddy got up to use the bathroom and when he returned, they switched places. They were hit in an explosion and his buddy was killed instantly. Duke survived with bad burns and the loss of a finger.
Duke had a pretty interesting life back in the states, too. He ran a gambling operation in his basement, which made him a lot of friends, but required payments to certain prominent neighborhood “businessmen” in exchange for “protection” from the law. He married a pretty girl from the neighborhood, made a living as a house painter, and became an avid gardener as the years went by, famous in his family for his yearly crop of peerless tomatoes and the figs from a tree planted by his father, the first of his family to step foot on American soil. He celebrated his 95th birthday last Christmas, and his favorite food remains lasagna with homemade tomato gravy.
An interesting dinner of lasagna with homemade tomato gravy: