Controversy has rocked the Andrew Cuomo campaign following comments made by the Attorney General's mother about his girlfriend's lasagna. The dish is reportedly Cuomo's favorite, despite the fact that Sandra Lee, a Food Network host, makes it with canned tomato soup and cottage cheese. Asked about the recipe in an interview with NY1 yesterday, Andrew's mother Matilda said, "I don't know that that's true. You know, maybe she puts cottage cheese because he doesn't want to put on weight. That's not the way you make a lasagna."
Cuomo immediately swung into damage control mode before his girlfriend could claw his mother's eyes out. "On this issue, I’m going to be very, very careful," Cuomo said on a radio interview this morning. "Since the campaign started for me... This is the toughest issue I’ve had to deal with. Lasagna is like politics, everybody gets an opinion... Everybody’s right, nobody’s wrong." Except, as an Italian-American, Cuomo should know that lasagna made with canned tomato soup and cottage cheese is about as authentic as an order of manicotti at Olive Garden. He should also listen to his mother.
"Sandy’s cooking is very good cooking," Cuomo continued. "My mother’s cooking is very good cooking. As an independent Democrat, I eat everybody’s lasagna. I eat conservative’s lasagna. I eat liberal lasagna." Asked about the use of cottage cheese, Cuomo suggested that ricotta was scarce in Wisconsin where Lee grew up: "I thought she was very industrious, Sandy, coming with cottage cheese when she couldn’t come up with ricotta cheese." And to be fair, maybe his mom should just be glad Lee isn't cheating on Andrew or hanging with Pedro Espada.