December '10 Flick: Waitress


As Jenna becomes increasingly disenchanted by her unhappy marriage to Earl, she begins to hide money away and set her sights on winning a pie-baking contest, hoping to earn enough money to eventually leave. When she finds herself pregnant, this quandary complicates her plan. She continues to work at Joe's diner, along with her two friends Dawn and Becky, charming customers, putting up with her sour boss, and the one thing she does find fulfilling, create and bake phenomenal pies.
When the new, handsome doctor arrvies in town...with his wife, he finds himself attracted to his pregnant patient, Jenna. Further complicating her situation, she returns and gives into this attraction. As Jenna's pregnancy advances, she realizes she needs more in order to achieve the happiness she craves. Will she find it in the places she's always looked, or will she muster the courage to finally create the recipe to her own piece of joy.
 Watch this 2007 award-winning, delight of a film and get as creative as you'd like with your recipe. Generally submissions deadline would end the last day of the month, but because I'm a few days late with this post, it's okay if you're a few days late with your submission. Please send your submissions, hyperlinks to the post on your website or blog, or pictures, for this month's movie to me, Ree @ (igobyree at aol dot com) by the first of January (or within a few days after) to be included in the round-up.
 Also, don't forget we've extended the deadline for last month's movie, The Ramen Girl, through the end of December. Send your submissions for that movie to Heather @ (girlichef at yahoo dot com).

We look forward to seeing all your delicious creations in the round-up!

November '10 Flick: The Ramen Girl

*Update 12/2/10- we will be extending The Ramen Girl into December and making it a Double Feature month.  You don't have to do both...but we'd love it if you did!  For those of you who have already submitted your Ramen girl posts to me...thank you!  The holiday season can be a bit overwhelming and time flies by so quickly, this is why we're giving more time for The Ramen Girl.  Watch for the other feature introduction from Ree, coming soon!*

Please join us in watching The Ramen Girl this month!   
Buy it, rent it, borrow it...we don't care how you get it, just watch it...devour inspired by it!  Then head into the kitchen and cook up something tasty.

*Please email me the link to your F'nF post (girlichef at yahoo dot com)...or you can leave it in the comment section by the end of NOVEMBER...and then watch for what I'm sure will be a delicious roundup early next month!  I can't wait to see what The Ramen Girl inspires you to make!

Mystic Pizza RoundUp!

Final lines from 'Mystic Pizza':

Jojo: You know what I wonder?
Daisy: What?
Jojo: What the hell do you think Leona really puts in that pizza?

This month we took a trip back to the 80's to see a film most of us remember watching for the first time, and for some of us, this was the first time.
By the end of the film the only thing we were left to wonder about is what we'd put in our pizza...or soup! Or whatever dish it was this movie inspired for you.

It would be no great surprise to anyone who knew me (Ree @ Milk, Sugar, Musings and Love) that given my first movie selection, I would choose a movie with the word 'pizza' in the title. After all, It is my favorite food that isn't ice cream.

What did surprise me was how creative everyone got this month. Thank you all for getting "Mystic" and your delicious additions to this months roundup.

Heather from Girlichef took her family to the form of her show-stopping Oktoberfest inspired pizza. Although the kiddos would have preferred something more kid-friendly, This grown-up, complex and fabulous pizza is sure to please anyone old enough to enjoy it with a beer!

Inspired by the the setting in the little fishing town of Mystic, Ct. and the strong Portuguese-American influence, Deb in Hawaii from Kahakai Kitchen made this beautiful, and I imagine, perfect on a cool day, Portuguese Bean Soup.

Debbie from The Friday Friends got a lesson in the old adage 'Just wait until you're a Mom' and finally got around to seeing 'Mystic Pizza' for the first time. Inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness Month/ The Power of Pink and Food 'n Flix, Deb made this pretty as a picture pink inspired fruit pizza.

"There are some people that you can count on to have dessert. Every. Single. Time." Writes Cook of the House at It's a Food Life. I have to admit, I'm one of those people, and with this decadent 4 times Chocolate Pizza, I'd be sure to go back for seconds'.

Kim at Stirring the Pot brings a bit of fun with Slut's Spaghetti inspired by our main characters, the "three young-spirited girls who definitely are crazy about men! A classic 80's movie all about coming of age, learning about yourself, life, and naturally, lots of heartbreak. Typical young girls who I'm sure would love this pasta just about as much as they loved their men."

Since Natashya from Living in the Kitchen with Puppies couldn't locate the flick to watch this month, she drew on her memories from seeing the film twenty-odd years ago and made a "a fan-freaking-tastic pizza on a crispy caraway rye thin crust with a cream cheese sauce, topped with prosciutto, grilled pineapple, baby spinach, black pepper and cilantro" that surely blew EVERYBODY away with its creativeness!

It's a favorite in my house: Soft, chewy crust; Lots and lots of lightly browned, bubbling melted cheese and fresh roasted vegetables. With my long-distance (He's in Paris, France, I'm in Boston, Ma.) husband returning for a month stay, I (Ree @ Milk, Sugar, Musings and Love) kept it traditional and made the 24-hour Stuffed crust Veggie Pizza he hasn't stopped talking about since he first had it a year ago.

Thanks again to everybody who joined us for Mystic Pizza this month...I'd love to sit down to a big table filled with all of these delicious interpretations!  
Stay tuned for Heather's introduction to her next pick....The Ramen Girl!

October Flick: Mystic Pizza

'Discover a movie which hits home about love, friendship, dreams and life. A movie that you'll be talking about long afterwards. Experience something special, something romantic, something honest.'--Reads the tagline from 'Mystic Pizza'.

This month we're taking a trip back to the 80's. 1988 to be exact, with the movie 'Mystic Pizza'. The film, starring Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, and an introduction of the actress who would come to be known as "America's sweetheart": Julia Roberts, quietly captured a place in the heart of a generation with its tender, funny, and at times, heartbreaking coming-of-age tale.

On this journey we get to know two sisters, Kat and Daisy along with Jojo as they navigate their way through the trials and triumphs of friendship, first love, heartbreak and growing up...

While the residents of their small Connecticut town, Mystic, are becoming increasingly mystified by the irresistible pizza served up at the parlor where the three girls work, they discover that finding out who they are can be just as bewildering.

Many of us remember seeing this movie for the first time.

Break out the aqua net. Don your best neon. And bring your appetite. We're heading back to Mystic for "A slice of Heaven."

How will YOU mystify? With lots of mozzarella and roasted vegetables, Maybe even fruit. Or something unexpected, like f*%king lobster. Don't be afraid to get creative. Or stay true to a classic favorite. The possibilities are endless.

Send your entries for October's Flick: 'Mystic Pizza' between Now and October 31st to IgobyRee at aol dot com to be included in our delicious roundup.

Chocolat RoundUp!

"Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité - Tranquility. If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you. You knew your place in the scheme of things. And if you happened to forget, someone would help remind you. In this village, if you saw something you weren't supposed to see, you learned to look the other way. If perchance your hopes had been disappointed, you learned never to ask for more. So through good times and bad, famine and feast, the villagers held fast to their traditions. Until, one winter day, a sly wind blew in from the North..." ~the intro to Chocolat

I've been entranced by this magical, food-laden, sensual film since the first time I layed eyes on it!  If I remember right, I saw it on Valentine's Day...many, many years ago...when it first came out in theaters.  With the hubs.  Before he was the hubs.  I've owned it for many years on dvd, as well...and pull it out every six months or so to be transported to that tranquil little village that gets turned upside down...shaken up...and lands right back on its feet...better for the ware!  I was glad to see so many people join in our first pick here at Food 'n Flix...most of whom already held a special place in their movie stack for their own copy...and a few who watched it for the first time!!  So, without further ado...let's check out what Chocolat inspired in everybody this month...

One quest I've (Heather from girlichef) been on for some time now is find the perfect chocolate cake.  I baked up this Chocolate Cake with Chile & Espresso in hopes that I would find the one (the one that looks like Vianne's) was good, "but not my favorite."
Chocolate Cake w/ Chiles & Espresso from girlichef

Christy from Fudge Ripple made a "warm chocolate sauce with a bit of a kick that becomes a bit chewy when it hits the cold shock of ice cream."  She thought Roux would approve...I'm positive he would!!
Chocolate Roux from Fudge Ripple

Angie from Cocina Diary not only bakes up a gorgeous Chocolate Ricotta Soufflé in honor of Chocolat, she also conquered a nemesis along the way!  I'd love to sink my spoon into that masterpiece!
Chocolate Ricotta Soufflé from Cocina Diary

If you know me, you know my love of molé...and Joanne from Eats Well with Others dug deep and finally made some of that gorgeous sauce she's been "meaning" to make for years.  Chiles, raisins, nuts...and chocolate, of Jo's Red Molé.  Drool.
Red Molé from Eats Well with Others

My partner in crime here at Food 'n Flix... Ree of Milk, Sugar, Musings & Love made some drop-dead awesome sounding homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers.  You do not know how long I stared at the screen willing some live-action Wonka-vision to come into play!!
Chocolate Graham Crackers from Milk, Sugar, Musings & Love

Next up we've got Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies wondering where she can find her very own Irish Pirate to feed chocolate nibbles to...and maybe even some of her mouth-watering Giant Heart-Shaped Brownie.  Awesome!
Giant Heart-Shaped Brownie from Living in the Kitchen with Puppies

Next up is Deb from Kahakai Kitchen who just so happens to be in the midst of her Eat Local Challenge uses locally grown Hawaiian chocolate to make these oh-so-decadent Pots Au Chocolat.
Pots Au Chocolat from Kahakai Kitchen

Brenda from Brenda's Canadian Kitchen baked up some tempting Chunky Chocolate Toffee Cookies after she watched Chocolat...and got hooked (sorry.  not really.) on the movie after putting off watching it for so long!  Welcome to the club ;)
Chunky Chocolate Toffee Cookies from Brenda's Canadian Kitchen

Although Kim from Stirring the Pot went through a few...hmmm...shall we say...trials, while in the kitchen preparing a batch of what was meant to be meringues...she was comforted by the unexpected result of some amazing-looking Mexican Chocolate Meringue Truffles!
Mexican Chocolate Meringue Truffles from Stirring the Pot

Thanks so much to everybody who participated in our first month here at Food 'n Flix!! All of the posts were so inspired, and you did Chocolat proud!! 

Watch for the announcement of our October Flick which my Food 'n Flix partner,  Ree will be hosting...coming soon!!

CHOCOLAT - our very first Food 'n Flix pick!

How will Chocolat inspire you in the kitchen?
"Nominated for 5 Academy Awards...Chocolat is the beautiful and captivating comedy...Nobody could have imagined the impact that the striking Vianne would make when she arrived in a tranquil, old-fashioned French town.  In her very unusual chocolate shop, Vianne begins to create mouth-watering confections that almost magically inspire the straitlaced villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and hapiness!  But it is not until another stranger, the handsome Roux, arrives in town that Vianne is finally able to recognize her own desires!"  ~from the description on the back of the case
Are you inspired by you want to concoct, magical food to feed to those in need?
Will you strive to figure out the desire of a handsome stranger?
Or will you cook up a feast bound to make everybody forget themselves and focus on the magic, love, and lure of food?
Will you be inspired to bring a basket of homemade goodness just to be friendly and welcoming?

Let's get Food 'n Flix off to a delicious start and introduce our first monthly flick...Chocolat!  This is a long-time favorite of mine, but I haven't taken the time to sit down and get lost in it for quite a while!  So, get your hands on a copy of Chocolat and see what foodie magic it inspires in you!  Post it on your blog between now and September 30th.  Send me a link to your (specific) post girlichef at yahoo dot com w/ Food 'n Flix: Chocolat in the subject line (see Guidelines if you have any questions) and watch for what is sure to be a delicious roundup!