The Dresden Dolls (Brian Viglione)

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The Viglione Family Sauce


  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes (or whole peeled tomatoes)
  • 1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 6-oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 can pitted large black olives
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cups pine nuts, lightly browned in olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 1 T. parsley
  • 1 T. basil
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. freshly ground pepper


Assemble all of the ingredients in an 8 qt. sauce pan and simmer for 30 to 60 minutes until the flavors are blended and raisins are soft. Serve with tortellini or your favorite pasta. Enjoy!

About this Artist

The Dresden Dolls (Brian Viglione)

The Dresden Dolls are Amanda Palmer (vocals, keyboards) and my guest, Brian Viglione (drums). Their unique brand of “Brechtian Punk Cabaret” has earned them a huge and devoted following worldwide, but they make their homes in the Boston area. With or without makeup, he is a doll indeed! Fans may like to know that Brian is also drumming for The World/Inferno Friendship Society.

About the interview


Brian also made Kahlua cupcakes which will be featured in a separate upcoming episode. I hadn’t met Brian before this interview, but there’s nothing like spending a day cooking together to fire up a friendship. We were BFF by the time the cupcakes were out of the oven!


Boston, MA


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