Blog Posts by Cinema & Spice

  • Man of Steel Super Smashed Potatoes



    Crisp on the outside, buttery and soft on the inside, these smashed potatoes will change the way you think about breakfast. But don't let these gourmet potatoes deceive you, they're surprisingly easy to make.


    Ingredients:


    12 small yukon gold potatoes

    ½ teaspoon red chili pepper flakes

    2 tablespoons chives, chopped

    2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

    Large pinch of salt

    Olive oil

    Ziplock bag




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    Directions:


    In a large pan boil the potatoes until they are soft, about 20 minutes. Once soft, drain the water and allow the potatoes to cool (if you have the time, this is a great step to do the day before).


    Heat a large saute pan over medium heat with a quarter inch of olive oil. While the oil is heating, fold the Ziplock bag around your potatoes (one at a time) and use a mallet to gently flatten them. Fry the flattened potatoes in the oil until golden brown, about two minutes per side.


    To finish, sprinkle the fried potatoes with salt, chili and herbs. This is delicious served with a fried egg or as a

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  • Five Dolla' Shake from Pulp Fiction

    In Pulp Fiction, Vincent couldn't believe that Mia ordered a milkshake for five dollars! We used our handy dandy inflation calculator to discover that a five dollar milkshake in 1990 would cost $8.94 in 2013. Now THAT is an expensive shake! Our Five Dolla' vanilla shake is made with a combination of real ice cream and soy milk and ice cream. Feel free to substitute regular milk and regular ice cream if you prefer...it will be just as tasty!


    If you love Pulp Fiction like we do, check out the video for our Big Kahuna Burger recipe!

    Ingredients:

    2 pints of vanilla soy ice cream

    1 pint of vanilla ice cream

    1 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk

    1 cup vanilla or honey flavored cookies of choice (we like Annie's Honey Bunny Grahams)

    1 large pinch of vanilla bean powder (optional)

    Maraschino cherries (optional)















    Directions:

    Combine the ice cream and milk in a blender and blend until smooth and thick. Add the cookies and blend just until the they are broken up into small pieces.

    Serve the milkshake with

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  • Pulp Fiction's the Big Kahuna Burger

    Everyone wants to sink their teeth into a big juicy burger after watching Samuel L. Jackson take a bite out of that iconic Big Kahuna Burger in Pulp Fiction. We recreated this "tasty burger" with a sweet pineapple chutney and creamy Havarti cheese. So let's just cut to the chase and get grilling, shall we? Click here to watch the video for our other Pulp Fiction dinner party recipe, the Five Dolla' Shake.


    Ingredients:


    4 Maui (or sweet yellow) onions, diced

    3 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into 1/3 inch rounds

    1/2 cup olive oil

    1 1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper

    2 pounds of ground beef (the higher % of fat, the tastier)

    1/2 jalapeño, diced

    1 bag of arugula

    6 slices of Havarti cheese

    6 brioche buns

    1/2 tablespoon of butter


    Directions:


    To make the pineapple chutney, start by heating half of the olive oil in a pan and add the diced onions. Cook on a low heat until they are so soft and caramelized that they begin falling apart, and then add a pinch of salt. This process

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  • Dirty Dancing KEDS Giveaway!



    Enter to win a pair of Keds signed by Jennifer Grey! Comment on this video (make sure to include your full name) and like Keds on Facebook and you will be entered to win! We will draw two lucky winners at midnight on Thursday, June 6.

    While you're at it, check out our other Cinema & Spice Dirty Dancing videos! Make a refreshing Watermelon Salad, or a delicious Watermelon Agua Fresca.

  • Dirty Dancing "I Carried a Watermelon" Salad

    We all know the famous scene from Dirty Dancing where Jennifer Grey says in a moment of panic, "I carried a watermelon." In honor of Jennifer, we recommend that you serve your watermelon salad in a cute scalloped-edged watermelon rind bowl, so you can feel calm, cool and collected when you serve this fabulous salad to your friends and family! You can now say with confidence,"heck yeah I carried a watermelon!"


    Ingredients:


    3 baby watermelons, cubed with no rind

    3 persian cucumbers, chopped

    15 basil leaves, torn

    9 oz. feta cheese

    1/3 cup green onions, finely sliced into rings

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    1 teaspoon salt

    3 cloves of garlic, minced

    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

    6 watermelon halves (left over from the Watermelon Agua Fresca)


    Directions:


    The first step is to make your dressing. We recommend using a jar so that you can easily shake the dressing (and keep any leftovers!). Combine the garlic, vinegar, salt, and olive oil.

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  • A Dirty Dancing Inspired Watermelon Agua Fresca



    There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice cold watermelon beverage. Serve this drink with a tiny wedge of watermelon on each glass and your friends will flip! We didn't tell you this... BUT this Watermelon Agua Fresca is also quite good with a splash of vodka.

    Ingredients:


    3 small watermelons, sliced in half, with watermelon scooped out

    (if you want to make our watermelon salad, keep the watermelon rinds)

    6-8 inches of fresh ginger, peeled

    Zest of 4 limes

    Juice of 8 limes

    8 tablespoons of simple syrup

    1 1/2 cup tonic water


    Directions:


    If you don't have simple syrup at home, combine 1 cup of sugar on the cooktop with 1 cup of water and heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool before using.


    When hollowing out your watermelon, we recommend using an ice cream scoop. This helps the inside of the watermelon stay nice and rounded

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  • 'Arrested Development'-Inspired Chocolate-Covered Banana Bites

    A great combination of sweet and salty, these tasty banana bites will be a hit with Arrested Development fans.


    Ingredients:

    2 cups chocolate chips (semi sweet)

    2 tablespoons of coconut oil

    2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

    2 large pinches of sea salt + extra for sprinkling

    4 bananas that aren't over-ripe

    1/2 cup chopped almonds

    1 pinch granulated sugar for sprinkling

    Directions:

    Before you start line 2 large plates with aluminum foil and clear some room in your freezer. It's always good to do these things before your hands are covered in chocolate.

    Place the 2 cups of chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds. Then add the coconut oil and the peanut butter and microwave for 30 more seconds. Stir with a spoon and make sure that everything is melted and creamy. If you have a few stubborn chips, wait a few seconds and see if the residual heat melts them. If not, give the mixture another 5-10 seconds in the microwave. Once creamy and well combined,

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  • Arrested Development Quote Pillows


    Watch Julianna and Natasha make snacks inspired by the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix. Learn how to continue the Bluth family tradition of making delicious fried Cornballs, indulge in some famous Bluth Chocolate Covered Banana Bites, and when you're done eating, take a nap on an Arrested Development inspired Quote Pillow! Check back every week for more movie and television inspired recipes and crafts on Cinema & Spice.

    Arrested Development Quote Pillows










    If you're worn out from watching season four of Arrested Development all day on Netflix, take a snooze on one of our colorful Arrested Development quote pillows. Come up with your own favorite quote, or use one of our premade templates!


    Supply List:


    2 coordinating fabrics

    Scissors

    Iron on paper & printer

    Iron

    Pins

    Sewing machine

    Coordinating thread

    Chopstick

    Stuffing

    Needle for hand stitching


    How To:


    Pick out two coordinating fabrics, one plain and one patterned. Cut out one 16 in square from each piece of fabric. Print out your favorite Arrested

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  • Bluth Family Sweet & Savory Cornballs



    Watch Julianna and Natasha make snacks inspired by the new season of Arrested Development on Netflix. Learn how to continue the Bluth family tradition of making delicious fried Cornballs, indulge in some famous Bluth Chocolate Covered Banana Bites, and when you're done eating, take a nap on an Arrested Development inspired Quote Pillow! Check back every week for more movie and television inspired recipes and crafts on Cinema & Spice.

    DANGER
    : Cornballs are potentially addicting and possibly dangerous! Watch your guests for signs of cornball stealing, taking more than their fair share, or eating the Cornballs while they are too hot. And oh yeah, also watch out for the hot oil.

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon white spelt flour

    1/2 cup +1 tablespoon fine cornmeal

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/4 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

    1 egg

    1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

    oil for frying


    For Savory Cornballs add these ingredients to the mixture:

    1/4

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