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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Because I Said So ROUNDUP {food 'n flix}

I had a great time hosting 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!

Would you like to comment?

  1. oh, I am missing you guys! I will do my best to participate in August, would you believe I have not seen The Help?

    great roundup - everything looks awesome!

  2. Cass @foodmyfriendJuly 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Heheh very cute. I watched Magic Mike with a bottle of wine. hehe! Felt like I needed a few martinis though. Talk about eye candy!

  3. Great dishes. Perfect for that flick. Sweet!


  4. Great roundup, can't wait to read everyone's thoughts about the movie (good and bad)! The Help is perfect - I read the book but have yet to see the movie, so now I have an excuse!

  5. Such fun food for such a fun chick flick! I'm going to have to participate next month because I really want to make that pie from the help.
    Joanne (eats well with others)

  6. I am glad to see Joanne call this a chick flick. I had never even heard of it and was feeling so out of it. Now I know why. Glad it was fun. I can see it was delicious. GREG

  7. Heather----Thanks for hosting this round! :)

  8. I love the type of recipes this movie inspired! Wonderful!

  9. Well, I, for two, really enjoyed this movie. I know a lot of people didn't. I wish I caught the annoucement for it. 'The Help' is one of my favorite books, but I have yet to catch the movie from the start on Showtime. I'll add it to my Netflix queue and see what it inspires.
    All of the dishes here are so varied and inspired!

  10. I like this movie--it's cute and sweet and full of good food--thanks for picking it. I am glad to have been your partner in crime on all of the Food 'n Flix so far and look forward to many more. Thanks for hosting such a fun event. ;-)

  11. Er, mine isn't on there. Might want to take me off of your spam filter. :P

  12. I'm sorry, I don't think that I received an entry from you. I don't see anything stuck in spam (and I try to check the messages before deleting them). Sometimes that happens...a missed letter in an email address or something lost in cyberspace. I always leave a comment on entries, so if that ever happens in the future, be sure to check back with me after a few days if you haven't heard anything. If you want to give me the link to your post, I'd be more than happy to add you to the round-up. I really do apologize for the mix-up!

  13. Oh ok, I'll forward you the email I sent you and I'll make sure there's a reply next time.