Food 'n Flix this month with my choice of foodie flick - the fun, fluffy, quirky chick-flick, Because I Said So! Now, as expected, some people didn't enjoy this movie quite as much as I do. I cherish time to sit down with a screen dripping with eye candy (love you, Gabriel Macht) and tasty food and a sappy love story. Add in Diane Keaton acting the fool and a crazy band of sisters and I'm good to go for an hour and a half or so. Fortunately I wasn't the only one who likes a little fluff now and then. But whether or not they enjoyed this flick, everybody who participated in Food 'n Flix this month headed into the kitchen like a trooper and came out with some fantastically-inspired food for this round! Let's take a look at what everybody created...
Elizabeth from The Law Student's Cookbook was inspired to make these Funfetti Cake Batter Milkshakes by not only Milly and Daphne's catering business (they make fun, funky cakes), but also by one of my favorite lines in the movie. I love that when I breathe you in, you smell like cake batter. Sigh.
And I was thinking along the same lines...the cakes...favorite line in the flick...and also the crazy mother-daughter dynamic throughout when I made these Cake Batter Martinis. Come on. Sprinkles are just fun.
Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla may not have enjoyed this movie...and she may not have Milly's uncanny ability to "just know" when her souffle is done...but armed with a bit of inspiration and a timer, she makes a mean Crab & Tarragon Souffle.
Drawing inspiration from over-bearing mom Daphne, Deb from Kahakai Kitchen recognizes and appreciates that while her mom still worries over things like her health, finances, and choice of a vegan diet...she doesn't have to deal with "crazy" like Milly does. She updated a regular menu item from her childhood and proved that daughter's can know best with her Cheezy Tomato Pasta Bake (A Vegan Hamburger Casserole).
Watching the film for her first (and second) time, Glennis of Can't Believe We Ate was (of course) inspired to make a multi-tiered Polka Dot Cake! And then she came to her senses and decided to make something equally decadent, yet ultimately quicker, less time-consuming, and perhaps even more perfect for a girl's night in with this flick, The Pioneer Woman's Baked Fudge.
Also not convinced of the magic of this flick thanks to the "Daphne-factor", Debra from Eliot's Eats drew inspiration from another one of my favorite scenes - the popsicle or ice cream truck scene - and continued her pepper kick with these tempting Watermelon-Pepper-Margarita Pops. I don't need any convincing - hand one over!
Tina from Squirrel Head Manor wasn't able to locate a copy of this flick locally, so she scoured the internet and watched bits and pieces of it as she found them. She pieced it all together and went the route of pasta...inspired by Daphne and Milly's pasta meals-for-one and by Milly's Tuna Pasta Toss...with a tasty meal of Pasta Salad w/ Ranch.
And back to that perfectly dreamy scene where Milly and Johnny meet for the first time over static-cling and the ice cream man, Miranda from Mangoes and Chutney made these Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes that are perfectly inspiring in their own rite. No green wrapper with Japanese writing on it required!
And last but definitely not least, Heather from Malice in Dunderland brings us her Mango Cheesecake (Biscocho de Queso y Mango) in honor of Milly's love for them and all things familiar and comforting. I'm sure that after one bite, she would be hooked!
See? I told you this was an inspired round! I really enjoyed hearing everybody's thoughts on the film and why it inspired them to make what they made. Thanks for joining me this month, ladies! It's always a pleasure.
Now, when I was talking to Deb last week, she pointed out that this was the 21st round of Food 'n Flix. Twenty-one foodie films watched and cooked or baked from already. I can't believe it! Where does the time go? And might I just mention that Deb has been there and posted right alongside me for ALL 21 FLIX - amazing!
But don't worry - there's are still PLENTY of foodie flix out there just waiting to be watched. To inspire. And there will always be new ones coming out. Speaking of other foodie flix - next month's host, Glennis from Can't Believe We Ate has chosen The Help as our flick for August. Head on over tomorrow to check out the details - we'd love it if you'd join us! Hosting spots are full through the end of 2012, but if you'd like to host sometime in 2013, just drop me a line and I'll add your name to the hosting schedule!