"Heh, come over here, kid, learn something. You never know, you might have to cook for 20 guys someday. You see, you start out with a little bit of oil. Then you fry some garlic. Then you throw in some tomatoes, tomato paste, you fry it; ya make sure it doesn't stick. You get it to a boil; you shove in all your sausage and your meatballs; heh…? And a little bit o' wine. An' a little bit o' sugar, and that's my trick."
No of course it isn't Johner who cooks this meatball sauce, but Clemenza the trusted Corleoni caporegime in The Godfather. Johner is a man comfortable in his own skin, what's left of it. Sure he likes having Annalee or any one of a thousand other broads cook for him, but push come to shove, he can rustle up a mean spaghetti sauce. Just don't call him "meatball".
I learned to love Italian food courtesy of Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola legend has it, put this scene in the movie so that if the film bombed, the audience would at least come away with a good spaghetti sauce. LOL!
You can imagine that for Johner, Friday night is "Spaghetti night". If he did nothing else all week, and you can imagine him doing nothing else all week, he felt he earned it with this sauce. An ex-oppo of mine had wednesday night as "Curry night". Every wednesday, without fail he became Gordon Ramsey and entered this world where the chicken and the curry were all that existed. And we are talking about the days before ready sauces here. God help you if you didn't appreciate the meal out loud when it was finally slapped before you.
Alien Resurrection was on the box this week. Flawed, but with some great characters, especially the crew of The Betty, who I felt deserved more. Elgyn, Christie, Johner, Sabra, Annalee Call & Vreiss really knock the crew of the Serenity into touch.
Now, don't get me wrong, I still love the Firefly series, Inara, Kaylee, River...was there anyone else? LOL However, in a gritty, blue-collar universe, with lot's of acid-for-blood nasties out there, I'd sign-up with The Betty. If nothing else, the meatball sauce is bound to be a killer......