Eat Pray Love


intoduction (from imdb): Liz Gilbert (Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career - yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. 

You can check out Elizabeth's announcement post over at The Law Student's Cookbook.  Then go watch the film and get inspired.  Head into the kitchen and then blog about your experience.  Submissions are due January 28th (click the red words above for further info).   Can't wait to see what everybody comes up with!

*Check out the roundup HERE.*


Christmas in Connecticut

I'm hosting this month at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen and the chosen flick is: Christmas in Connecticut!  

announcement: HERE (submissions due 12/23)
roundup: HERE


Simply Irresistible

Hey all!  The November '11 edition of Food 'n Flix is being hosted by Leslie at La Cocina de Leslie...and she has chosen the fun foodie flick, Simply Irresistible.  Send your entries to Leslie by November 30...I can't wait to see what this magical, delicious movie inspires everyone to make!

Check out the ROUNDUP!



Hey guys!  Beth from The Seventh Level of Boredom just posted her choice for the month of October... RATATOUILLE!  

So, go out and borrow, buy, or rent it now and join in the fun...because ANYONE CAN COOK!

The roundup is now posted...thanks to everybody who participated this month.  Check it out HERE!


Just Desserts

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Hey all! Our host for September is the lovely Tina of Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor. She's chosen the flick JUST DESSERTS to watch and cook/bake from this month. Head on over to her ANNOUNCEMENT POST for all of the details. Have fun- I'm looking forward to some tempting desserts this month!

*The ROUNDUP is now posted!*


Fried Green Tomatoes ROUNDUP


The Fried Green Tomatoes Roundup is now posted at Can't Believe We Ate. Thanks so much for hosting this round, Glennis! If you weren't craving Fried Green Tomatoes...and a few other things, you may be once you check out the mouthwatering roundup!


Fried Green Tomatoes

Glennis of Can't Believe We Ate is hosting Food 'n Flix this month and her choice of flick is....

Such a wonderful summer choice, don't you think?  Please check out her announcement post HERE and join us in the food and movie fun this month.


Letters to Juliet ROUNDUP

A huge thanks to Kim of Stirring the Pot for hosting Food 'n Flix in July with her fun choice, Letters to Juliet.  Please stop by her place to check out the delicious roundup!  Everybody's dishes look and sound amazing...I don't know where to begin☺.

And stay tuned for the announcement of next month's pick and host coming later (although you can always get a sneak peak by checking out the sidebar).

Letters to Juliet


Hey Everybody!  Kim from Stirring the Pot is hosting Food 'n Flix this month and she has chosen Letters to Juliet as our flick of the month.  Head on over to her place to check out the announcement and get further details on how/where to submit your entries.  I'm looking forward to watching this one again...I enjoyed it the first time I saw it.


No Reservations Roundup

The No Reservations Roundup is now posted at Kahakai Kitchen. Thanks so much to Deb for a wonderful pick this month! You can find it HERE!


No Reservations

Deb from Kahakai Kitchen is hosting Food 'n Flix this month, and she has chosen NO RESERVATIONS to bring us into the kitchen this week. 

Click HERE to check out her great introduction to the film and to get all of the details for joining in and submitting your post this month! 

I can't wait to watch this flick again...what will it inspire you to cook up in the kitchen? Thanks for the fantastic choice, Deb!!


Under the Tuscan Sun ROUNDUP

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The roundup for Under the Tuscan Sun is now posted over at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. Click HERE to check it out! Thanks so much to everybody who participated this month.


Under the Tuscan Sun

Our host this month is yours truly (Heather) from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

The film to watch is: Under the Tuscan Sun

Check out the details: HERE


Tortilla Soup roundup

Tortilla Soup movie poster
It's time to roundup all the inspiring dishes that we gathered from watching TORTILLA SOUP!

AmiNYC says "This soup comes together so quickly, you’re done almost as soon as you start. Everything in one pot, everything at one time. Can’t possibly be easier than that."  Check out her delicious Tortilla Soup with toasted spices I can almost smell from here over at From the Bookshelf.

Glennis of Can't Believe We Ate brings us Christina's World Famous Tortilla Soup, of which she says "Seriously yum...this is one of the very best Tortilla soups I’ve ever had.  So far."

Inspired by Carmen's Nuevo Latino style of cooking, Deb from Kahakai Kitchen decided to make some beautiful "arty" bowls of Tortilla Soup.  Not only was it tempting to the eyes, but also satisfying and delicious in the belly. I'm loving the guacamole in the bowl. So fun!

Trying my first version that was actually sort of sweet and laced with cinnamon over at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen; I loved the deep red satisfying broth in this Ancho Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Remember, Food 'n Flix is going ON THE ROAD!  I will be hosting the first traveling edition over at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.


Food 'n Flix is going on the road!

Food 'n Flix is going on the road starting next month (May)!

That's right, each month a different blog will be hosting...and in turn getting to choose...the current flick.  If you would like to be a host in the future, please send me an email and let me know!

If you need help thinking of a Foodie Film or want to see which films we've already watched or are just interested in the guidelines, please check out the new tabs at the top of the page.

See you at the movies...and in the kitchen!

Tortilla Soup

Hi guys!  Sorry about the delay in posting our next flick pick.  Our next flick is Tortilla Soup!  A food-lover's dramedy, Tortilla Soup is about a widowed chef who lost his sense of taste when his wife passed away...with three adult daughters still living at home.
With each daughter trying to find her place in the world...both in their love lives and their jobs...the only sense of constancy is the comfort of the table and the food they've come to know over the years. 
Fights, meals, lessons, laughter...Tortilla Soup has it all.  Bring it to your living room and then head into the kitchen to cook something up inspired by the movie.
And, if you know know I've got to say...that if you just so happen to cook up a big, steaming pot of this movie's namesake, please join me in my quest to try as many versions of Tortilla Soup as I (with your help) can, over at girlichef!

Entries are due April 30!!


Woman on Top ROUNDUP

Well, our roundup this month is short, but definitely sweet!

"All her life, Isabella has suffered from motion sickness. Because of her illness she couldn't play much with other children. She stayed at home and learned how to cook, becoming a renowned chef as an adult. She fell in love with Toninho and they opened a restaurant together, with Isabella stuck in the kitchen and Toninho out front taking the credit." (source Wikipedia) And so starts our movie...from Brazil to San Francisco, Isabella captures hearts with her passion in the kitchen.  Let's see how she inspired us in the kitchen this past month or so...

I (Heather from girlichef) was ready to bring in the sunshine, tropics, and fresh ocean breeze with a colorful bowl of Moqueca (Brazilian Fish Stew) after watching this fun, sexy chic flick!  Bring on the warm weather.

Kim from Stirring the Pot took some "me" time to kick back with Pomegranate Sodas and a Spicy-Sweet Pretzel mix while enjoying the film!  Well, I am all for "me" time...although I probably couldn't resist the urge to throw a splash of booze in these beauties!

Deb from Kahakai Kitchen made some fruity and refreshing Passion Fruit Batidas that capture the "sexy, passionate, fun feeling of Woman on Top"! Yes they do...and now I wish I'd made some with my Moqueca.

I hope that more people will join us on our next trip to the movies!  My partner in crime, Ree is on hiatus right now, so I'll be hosting the next show, as well.  The announcement will be up soon (though you can take a peek over on the sidebar if you're anxious to get started)...and I'll also be adding a "linky" for you to add your posts to from now on.  

Thanks so much for playing along Deb and Kim!  I'm still thirsting for the Tropics!

Waitress Roundup

Months back, when I knew I wanted to choose this film as December's selection, I couldn't have imagined how much I'd come to have in common with it. When I found out this November I was expecting my first child, it didn't take very long for me to connect back to the film I selected for Food 'n Flix and reflect to myself about how life really can surprise you when you least expect it, and direct you towards change you when you most need it. Though some may say 'Waitress" is just a chick flick, I believe the beauty of this film is that it speaks to the heart of all of us that has ever stumbled upon a way out of what was and into what should be in the places we were least likely to find who we were meant to be.

To begin with I, Ree of Milk, Sugar, Musings & Love, wondered if the combination of green and apples and cranberries would be too tart for a pie. I was won over before it was done baking when my kitchen was transformed into a quintissential New England home during the holidays; Dancing medley of cinnamon, orange, cranberry and warmed, sweetened green apple wafting through the air. Much to my surprise, This Green Apple and Cranberry Pie, served with homemade vanilla ice cream and a dallop of fresh whip cream became and instant favorite!

Inspired by Jenna's ability to turn her emotions into something delectable and creative, Heather of Girlichef('s) The Holidays Are Making Me NUTS Pie speaks for itself. After one look of the mixed salted nuts baked in between a layer of sweet, gooey goodness, I think we'd all gladly go nuts if it meant we were indulging in a piece of this delicious creation.

Rather than changing the title of her blog to ", eating and living (occasionally) healthy in Paradise!" Deb in Hawaii turned to 'The Good Neighbor' cookbook for a way out of the overindulged-over-the-holiday-blues and made something green. Her charming individual tarts "Too Much Indulging is Making Me Green" Crustless Spinach Quiche is sure to please anyone with a craving for something lighter that doesn't sacrifice one bit of the satisfaction you're sure to taste in every bite.

Tina from Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor also went savory with a mouthwatering Beef & Guinness Pie and since her home life is not even close to being miserable like Jenna's, she "made a comforting pie. For dinner, not dessert. My life is good..."  I have to agree, Tina.  Mine would be a little bit better if only I could get a bite of this pie!

Though there were only a few entries this month, I think we managed to round up a pie for every taste...and any mood. Thank you for your submissions, Ladies!

*If we missed anybody, please let us know right away and we'll add madness sometimes causes things to get lost in the shuffle.*

January Flick: Woman on Top

I don't know about you...but I'm in the mood for a little heat...something to shake off the winter chill and add a little spice in the kitchen.
Woman on Top is the story of Isabella.
"All her life, Isabella has suffered from motion sickness. Because of her illness she couldn't play much with other children. She stayed at home and learned how to cook, becoming a renowned chef as an adult. She fell in love with Toninho and they opened a restaurant together, with Isabella stuck in the kitchen and Toninho out front taking the credit."*  Isabella has an infectious spirit that draws men to her...
...and people to each other, and the place where she truly comes alive is in the kitchen!  This is a story dripping with food and sensuality...
So, how 'bout it?  Are you ready to steam up a few windows in the kitchen!?
Buy it.  Rent it.  Borrow it.  Do what you have to do to spend a little time watching Woman on Top!  Then head into the kitchen and draw on inspiration from the film to cook up something and write a post about it at your place.  Once you've done that, come back and leave a comment letting us know you've brought some extra spice into your kitchen!    Please add a link back to this post...use of our button is optional.  You can either email me with your submissions girlichef (at) yahoo (dot) com once they're up...or you can leave the permalink in the comment section of this post.  Deadline for entry is Friday February 25, 2011.  Please do one or the other, because we don't want to miss your post...roundup will be posted at the end of February!

*source: Wikipedia


The Ramen Girl Round-up!


Do you believe in the redemptive powers of noodles?  Do you have faith that a flavorful broth tended to with heart and emotions, as well as skill...can transform your mood?  How about finding your calling in a place previously foreign to you? The Ramen girl is a story that will make you hungry and eager to travel...and eat magical bowls of Ramen all at the same time.  Far-fetched?  Perhaps.  But isn't that the fun in it?  Being taken out of your skin for a couple hours and landing in Japan...ready to cast off your needy, sorry self and become confident and renewed?  A foodie chick-flick at its finest. 

Let's see what inspiration everybody drew from our November (turned December) flick... The Ramen girl.

Deb from Kahakai Kitchen says that "a girl needs a good chick flick now and then..." and I totally agree!  I remember Deb doing her first review of The Ramen Girl, and she is just so awesome that she made a variation on her first dish and joined us this month!  Deb made an Asian Pesto Udon that was  "A little smoky--I used "smokehouse" almonds, a little kick of ginger and creaminess from the almonds and the coconut milk, this is a unique sauce that tastes great on the thick noodles. I tried it both hot and cold and I am not sure which way I like it best--texturally I preferred it warm, but some of the flavors like the ginger seem to come out more when it is cold. I liked this a lot, it is different but really good.

Tina from Life in the slow lane at Squirrel Head Manor is battling a nasty cold that foiled her plans, so she combined two unlikely friends...chicken soup and ramen...okay, not that come up with a comforting bowl of Chicken Ramen Noodles this month!

Kim from Stirring the Pot went a different route...she didn't make soup...but she did spend 15 hours on her labor of love Italian Braised Beef w/ Root Veg...and ate it over some fat noodles!  Kim says "In the movie The Ramen Girl, the broth for the ramen noodle soup was the heart of the recipe. In Symon's Italian Braised Beef, the sauce is the heart of the recipe. Full of complex and robust flavors, which have cooked and simmered for hours upon hours, it is what makes this recipe so good." .

I (Heather from girlichef) watched this movie a few times...and always find myself wanting to lessons from a Ramen Master!!  I'm so easily allured by food, learning, history, and new cultures.  What can I say?  I wanted a flavorful broth filled with fat noodles and tasty goodies and think I accomplished that with my Noodle Soup w/ Pork, Beans Sprouts, and Spinach!

 Let's not forget Ree from Milk, Sugar, Musings & partner in crime over here...she was "excited to step outside of my culinary comfort zone to make something with a Japanese flare inspired by the film. This recipe was simple, quick and delicious. I loved the shrimp especially!" She cooked up some mouthwatering Ginger Glazed Mahi & Shrimp.  Looks pretty comfortable to me.
 Our roundup was short...but oh-so-tasty this month!  Thanks to everybody who mouth is watering. Completely! 

Watch for Ree's Waitress roundup coming soon...and the announcement post for our next chosen Flick!