Blog Posts by Cinema & Spice

  • Magical Butterbeer Cupcakes



    The meringue frosting on this cupcake is as fluffy as a cloud, and it tastes like the most amazing marshmallow that you've ever dreamed of. Once you get past the delicious frosting, you'll soon reach the Butterbeer center: a thick and rich butterscotch that will have you over the moon. Top this cupcake with a chocolate drizzle and some sprinkles and you'll be looking like a professional pastry chef in no time.


    Magical Butterbeer CupcakesMagical Butterbeer Cupcakes

    Ingredients:


    Cupcakes:

    Cupcake papers

    1 box cupcake mix of choice (and all ingredients needed for the batter)


    Butterbeer Center:

    1 ½ cup powdered sugar

    1 stick of salted butter

    ⅓ cup brown sugar

    ¼ cup milk of choice

    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


    Marshmallow Frosting:

    Hand mixer

    Metal bowl

    Large pot for double boiler

    1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

    1 1/2 cups white sugar

    3 egg whites, no traces of yolk

    1/4 cup water


    Chocolate Drizzle:

    2 cups bittersweet chocolate

    4 tablespoons canola oil


    Candy Topping is up to

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  • Harry Potter Edible Wizard Wands

    This recipe takes chocolate covered pretzels to a new dimension. These salty, sweet and crisp treats are easy to make, and their presentation is sure to wow both Harry Potter fans and skeptics alike.

    Ingredients:

    1 ½ cups yogurt chips + 1 tablespoon canola oil per color

    1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips + 1 ½ tablespoons canola oil

    Snyder's pretzel sticks

    Assortment of sprinkles & colored sugars

    Food color (gel or liquid)


    Edible Wizard WandsEdible Wizard Wands

    Directions:


    Start by melting the yogurt chips in a tall microwave cup. Microwave for one minute and then stir in one tablespoon of canola oil until you've reached the desired consistency. Repeat this process for every color you want to make! Color your melted yogurt chips by adding in a few drops of liquid or gel food dye and stirring to combine. Once you add the food color, if it begins to thicken too much, add a little more canola oil and microwave for an additional 20 seconds. To make the melted chocolate, repeat the same

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  • Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Cajun Ketchup


    Baked Sweet Potato FriesBaked Sweet Potato Fries

    These oven-baked fries are crisp, pack a little heat, and promise to satisfy the potato lover in you. Make sure to serve them with our kicked-up Cajun Ketchup! This ketchup is not only great with fries, but it's also delicious on top of a burger, it can take the place of hot sauce, or it can be served with eggs for breakfast.

    Ingredients:


    3 yams, cut into ½ inch strips

    2 sweet potatoes, cut into ½ inch strips

    ¾ cup olive oil

    2 teaspoons paprika

    1 teaspoon salt

    2 teaspoons garlic powder


    Directions:


    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit. Combine the seasonings into a small bowl with the olive oil and stir. In a large bowl, coat the yam and sweet potato strips with the oil and seasoning mixture. Spread the fries onto 2 cookie sheets (try to space them out so they're not overlapping) and bake for 30 minutes. If your oven tends to run hot, keep an eye on the fries after the 15 minute mark and lower the temperature if they start to look like they're

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  • "Good as Fried" Oven Fried Chicken





    Fried chicken is so delicious, but it's no surprise that it's one of those dishes that should be an occasional treat. If you crave fried chicken but are trying to eat healthier, indulge in our oven-baked version! We use boneless chicken (which helps it cook quickly!), and our recipe contains very little oil but still maintains the crunch we all love. This recipe can easily be converted for the gluten free eater.

    Ingredients:


    8 ounces of cornstarch

    3 teaspoons celery seeds

    ⅛ teaspoon cloves

    ⅛ teaspoon allspice

    1 ½ tablespoons garlic powder

    1 ½ teaspoons mustard powder

    3 teaspoons onion powder

    1 ½ tablespoons salt

    2 ¼ teaspoons paprika

    ¾ teaspoon cayenne

    6 eggs

    1 cup cornflakes, crushed

    1 cup panko breadcrumbs

    1 ½ pound chicken tenders

    1 ½ pound boneless skinless chicken thighs


    Directions:


    Preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit.


    Before you get your hands dirty, set up three medium bowls on the countertop, and place a cookie

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  • A Blood Red Rum Cocktail


    Blood Red Rum CocktailBlood Red Rum Cocktail

    The Hurricane is a classic cocktail of New Orleans. It is sweet, cool, fruity and deliciously addictive. Make a lasting impression on your friends with our tasty version! We've cut out a some of the sugar dyed it bright red, making it perfect to sip on while watching season 6 of True Blood.

    Ingredients:

    4.5 ounces light rum (Flor de Cana extra dry white rum)

    3 oz dark rum (we like Myer's)

    6 oz passion fruit juice (Ceres passion fruit juice)

    3 oz fresh squeezed lime juice

    1.5 oz orange juice

    ¾ oz honey

    3 oz grenadine (we like Sonoma Syrup Company pomegranate grenadine)

    Pinch of salt

    3 cups of ice

    Red food dye (optional)

    Orange slice for garnish



    Directions:

    Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Make sure not to over blend or your ice will melt! Add 10-20 drops of red food coloring if you want your drink to be True Blood red. Serve in hurricane glasses and garnish with paper umbrellas and orange slices. Serves 2


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  • Italian Chopped Salad



    We believe that a delicious and fresh salad is a fantastic addition to any meal. This recipe is packed full of nutritious vegetables, but it also incorporates traditional Italian cheeses and a rich and bold dressing guaranteed to please even the pickiest of salad eaters.
    Italian Chopped SaladItalian Chopped Salad

    Ingredients for the salad:

    1 avocado, diced

    5 pepperoncini, diced (optional)

    1/4 cup basil, julienned

    2/3 cup provolone cheese, cubed (optional)

    2/3 cup of fresh mozzarella, cubed (optional)

    1 head of romaine, chopped

    2/3 cup Kalamata olives, diced

    1 orange bell pepper, diced

    1 green bell pepper, diced

    1 large cucumber, peeled and diced

    2/3 cup of cherry tomatoes, quartered

    1 can of chickpeas, drained


    Ingredients for the dressing:

    1/4 cup olive oil

    3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

    1/4th teaspoon salt

    1/8th teaspoon fresh ground pepper

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    ½ teaspoon dijon mustard

    1 teaspoon honey



    The first step is to make your dressing. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake until emulsified.

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  • Corleone Family Meatballs



    This will become one of your go-to recipes for many reasons! It's easy to make for large groups and it freezes really well. The meatballs are moist, flavorful, and dairy free.


    Corleone Family MeatballsCorleone Family Meatballs

    1/2 cup shallot, minced

    10 cloves of garlic, minced

    1 teaspoon of salt

    1 teaspoon of chili flakes

    1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

    2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

    2 pounds of ground beef (preferably 80/20)

    1 cup breadcrumbs of choice

    2 eggs

    Olive oil

    2 jars or 4.5 cups of tomato sauce (preferably tomato basil)

    Fresh basil


    In a large bowl combine the shallot, garlic, salt, chili flakes, black pepper, parsley, ground beef, breadcrumbs and eggs. Mix with a spoon (or your hands) until well-combined. Heat a large pan over medium heat with a just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. While the oil is heating, form your meatballs. Try to make the meatballs about an inch and a half in diameter, or just larger than a golf ball. Brown the meatballs in

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  • The Avengers Chicken Shawarma


    Chicken Shawarma is difficult to make at home because the traditional method is time consuming and requires specific appliances that most people don't own. So we developed this easy version to try at home! We combine traditional shawarma seasonings with an easy preparation technique, giving you all of the flavors that you crave and leaving you with enough time to relax and enjoy The Avengers with your friends and family. Don't forget to watch our other video with Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg!


    The Avengers Chicken ShawarmaThe Avengers Chicken Shawarma


    For the chicken:


    6 cloves of garlic, peeled

    ¼ teaspoon ginger, peeled

    ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice

    ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

    ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil

    ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

    1 ½ teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon ground cumin

    ½ teaspoon caraway seeds

    ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

    ½ teaspoon dried oregano

    ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

    ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

    ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper

    1 teaspoon cayenne

    ½ teaspoon pomegranate molasses

    ¼

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  • Agent Coulson Cole Slaw


    Coulson Lives! Watch us make a delicious mayonnaise-free coleslaw to serve in The Avenger's Shawarma wrap. This coleslaw is crispy, has a bit of heat, a touch of sweetness, and best of all… the one and only Agent Coulson, Clark Gregg! This recipe is also delicious as a summer side for a BBQ or as a tasty topping on your favorite sandwich or burger. Check out how to make our delicious chicken and eggplant to go in the wrap here!


    Agent Coulson Cole SlawAgent Coulson Cole Slaw
    Ingredients:

    ½ head of green cabbage, thinly sliced

    ½ head of purple cabbage, thinly sliced

    1 clove of garlic

    Juice of ½ of a lemon

    5 mint leaves, julienned

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    ¼ cup white wine vinegar

    ½ cup olive oil

    ¼ cup parsley, chopped

    ½-1/4 teaspoon hot sauce of choice


    Directions:

    Combine the green and purple cabbage in a large bowl. To prepare the dressing, combine all of the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and toss.


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  • Downton Abbey Crawley Family Trifle



    This traditional English dessert layers a delicious chocolate chip cake, sweet ripe berries, creamy vanilla custard and decadent whipped cream into a truly unforgettable treat.

    Don't forget to try our other Downton Abbey inspired recipe, a tea-infused cocktail!

    Downton Abbey TrifleDownton Abbey Trifle

    Ingredients:


    For this dessert, you will need to prepare ingredients for a few different layers:


    Custard:


    2 ½ cup vanilla soy milk (or regular milk)

    2 tablespoons cornstarch

    ¼ cup granulated sugar

    1 pinch of salt

    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1 pinch of ground vanilla beans (optional)

    4 eggs


    Cake:

    1 box of vanilla cake mix (and all necessary ingredients)

    chocolate chips (optional)


    Fruit:

    3 cups of strawberries, diced

    1 banana, sliced


    Whipped Cream:

    1 pint heavy whipping cream

    5 strawberries


    1 trifle dish, or any other dish resembling one...


    Directions:


    First you will need to bake your cakes. Select two 8" pans. Follow the directions on the box of your favorite cake

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