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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles #foodnflix Roundup

It's time to share all the awesome recipes inspired by this month's Food n Flix showing: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

I just love this group because there is always so much creativity!  

It is so fun to see everyone's inspiration!

Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla thought outside the box and testing out some amazing candy/bourbon pairings in her Travel by Mini Bar Plus Candy-Bourbon Pairings!  Here's what she had to say:
 I was inspired to post by the scene in the motel where they are drinking bottles from the mini bar and tearing into a bunch of candy and junk food.

Kelly from Simply Inspired Meals brought Ambroisa Salad to the Thanksgiving table!  Here's what she had to say:
I thought it was a great idea to have a Thanksgiving salad that is simple and easy to prepare amongst all the other menu items that require so much prep or the oven. I know we never seem to have enough oven space for all the things included in our dinner menu.

Kimberly from Coffee and Casseroles was inspired by Thanksgiving and cranberry sauce, making Cranberry Figgy Duff and Sauce.  She says:
 I've always been intrigued with the fact cranberry sauce seems to be a massive thing in other areas, but not in the area I live. So I knew I wanted to make something with cranberries. What I ended up with, was a cranberry figgy duff and sauce.  This is a boiled pudding done in a draw string bag.

Debra from Eliot's Eats realized that sometimes Thanksgiving meals have to travel and made a Moveable Thanksgiving Feast. She says:
Ironically (or not), Candy and Martin put me in the holiday spirit.  There’s not a lot of food per se in the film.  There’s diner and road food. And, there are wistful images of holiday meals.  In honor of this film and the season of sharing, here is our early Thanksgiving celebration

Michael from Reviews, Chews, & How-To's was inspired by the diner scene and made a classic Diner Steak & Eggs.  He says:
Because our reluctant buddies have breakfast in a Wichita diner, I decided to go for a typical diner breakfast. As the scene is filmed, you really cannot see much of what they’re actually eating other than country style potatoes, so I chose a diner breakfast staple—steak and eggs with country style potatoes.

Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm made Homemade Cracker Jacks.  Wendy says:
I decided to make up some homemade cracker jacks that I shared with Frank but NOT in bed...on the couch in our living room while watching another movie.

Ali from Fix Me a Little Lunch brought homemade Rosemary Garlic Crescent Rolls to the Thanksgiving table!  She says:
The crescent rolls sparked a full out search on Pinterest for what makes a crescent roll a crescent roll.  When I finally figured out that the crescent roll has to do with the shape of the roll, I decided  I needed to add home-made crescent rolls to our holiday menu.

Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen brought Beer Brat Stuffing (Dressing) to the Thanksgiving table. She says:
I wanted to make a Thanksgiving dish with a nod to the journey the guys took, so I went back to the beginning of the movie. I mentioned that Del accidentally stole Neal's, when Neal brings it up, Del apologizes and offers to make it up to him with "a nice hotdog and a beer". That hotdog turned into a brat (because I really didn't want hotdogs in my stuffing, and what's a brat if not a really nice hotdog)...and the brat and the beer went into a dish that no Thanksgiving table would be complete without—stuffing! Okay, technically it's dressing, but we've always called it stuffing whether it was inside the bird or cooked separately.

Deb from Kahakai Kitchen combined two ideas from the movie to make Ambrosia Overnight Oats!  She says:
For my movie inspired dish, I decided to do a mash-up of two inspirations--first the ambrosia mentioned on the phone call that the car rental agent (Edie McClurg) is talking about on the phone and then the diner breakfast where it looked like Neal was stirring a bowl of cream of wheat or oatmeal. I thought I would be fun to take the ingredients and flavors of a classic ambrosia salad (tangerine, pineapple and coconut) and add them to oatmeal.

Sarah from Chef Sarah Elizabeth made a whole Thanksgiving leftovers menu including Thanksgiving Leftovers Muffins.  She says:
I can never get enough Thanksgiving foods, so I am happy to eat the leftovers over the course of the next week ... You can top these muffins with extra gravy, or dip them in cranberry relish.

And lastly, I was inspired by the various breakfast scenes and made Twisted Turkey Cinnamon Rolls!

Be sure to join us in December as we watch Clueless, hosted by All Roads Lead to the Kitchen!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Savory French Toast Breakfast Sandwich #FrenchToastDay

Did you know that today is National French Toast Day?

It is! 

I wanted to join in the fun, but I’m really not all that adventurous when it comes to French toast.  I mostly stick to the most basic recipe.  And I love to make Crème Brulee French Toast on special occasions, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to do for today.

I was finally inspired by the loads of stuffed French toast recipes I’ve seen lately.  They look amazing, but they’re really more like desserts, and I didn’t want to go that route.

Finally, I decided to give savory French toast a shot!

So basically, this is a super delicious breakfast sandwich (my fave!) with the French toast treatment.

The sandwich? Super delish & worth the splurge!  Yum!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie with Turkey Topper

I love making creative pies for Thanksgiving!

Last year, I dyed somedough to make a turkey, which I baked separately and placed on the pie for serving.

This year, I decided to try painting the dough (like the Fall Leaf Pie Crust Cookies) and baking it on the pie.

I’m not sure about everyone else’s recipe, but my pumpkin pie filling is very liquidy when it goes in the oven, so toppings are not going to happen in the beginning stages of baking.  Instead, the pie crust turkey is cut out and painted and set aside until the last 20-30 minutes of baking.  That way, the pie is sturdy enough to support the turkey without overbaking.

I also doubled by dough recipe this year, so I had enough dough to make the turkey without resorting to the scraps.  I used the rest of the dough for the leaf cookies and added a few of those to the final pie as well!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fall Leaf Pie Crust Cookies

I’m jumping in just quickly tonight with an easy peasy Thanksgiving cookie recipe!

How easy, you ask?

Crazy easy!

All this recipe takes is pie crust dough and some cinnamon-sugar.  You can totally buy both premade.  Or you can double your dough recipe when making pumpkin pie and use the excess for these cookies. Either way will totally work.

I’ve made these lovelies before, but this time I’m bringing color to the world!

When I made my Fall Leaf Apple Pie, I painstakingly dyed the dough.  This time around, I wondered if there was a better way?  And indeed there was!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Roasted Carrot & Ginger Soup #SoupSwappers

Holy moley, let’s talk amazing soup!

It’s time for Soup Swapper Saturday, and this month’s theme is French Soups!  I admit, I was a bit flummoxed as first.  French soups?  I had no idea what to make.

Then I picked up this month’s Cook the Books Club pick, The Patriarch by Martin Walker, which is set in France!  So as I read, I was keeping my eyes peeled for any mention of soup!  I love it when things work out like that!

The book is the eighth in the series “Bruno, Chief of Police”.  I feel like that was part of why I was so incredibly underwhelmed by the story.  I typically prefer to start at the beginning of a series, if at all possible.  But when the chosen book is the 8th in a series, it’s tough to do!

I found the characters to be boring and one-dimensional (I could hardly tell them apart), but part of that could be the fact that it’s a long series.  In a series, sometimes the development happens throughout several stories.  Additionally, the plot was very entrenched in small town politics as well as cold war Russian politics.  Snooze.  Plus, it ended super abruptly and I really don’t like that.

Anyhow, in the entire book, most of the foods mentioned were things I’d never make ever – like a lamb shank or wild boar.  Um. No.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Twisted Turkey Cinnamon Rolls #foodnflix

This month I’m hosting Food n’ Flix!  I chose the 80’s movie, Planes Trains, and Automobiles starring John Candy & Steve Martin!

The movie follows two strangers who end up teaming up after their flight from New York to Chicago gets canceled.  As they try every possible way to get home in time for Thanksgiving, but everything that can go wrong, does!

While certainly not a food centric movie, food does turn up in quite a few scenes and in the background quite often.  Several times, breakfast foods were visible (both in a diner and in a home).

So, I decided to take a Thanksgiving twist (literally) on Cinnamon Rolls!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Personal Pan Pizza #FantasticalFoodFight

It’s time for the next Fantastical Food Fight, hosted by Sarah at a Fantastical Sharing of Recipes!  This month’s theme is Fast Food Favorites.

So what to make?  I’ve already remade many of my favorite fast food picks – Chicken Nuggets (like, 3 ways), French Fries (again a bunch of ways), Zuppa Toscana, Tacos, Queso, Quesadillas -- the list goes on!

Then I remembered Pizza Hut Pan Pizza.  It was one of the recipes I shared during my first couple months of blogging.  I had reimagined the pizza to include whole wheat flour and turkey pepperoni.  I had a picky toddler and a newborn at the time, so I was trying to get a toddler to eat healthy foods while trying to lose my baby weight.

The pizza was delicious and I made it that way for quite some time, but then I started noticing that any leftovers would just sit in the fridge.  The pizza was great fresh out of the oven, but rather dry as leftovers.  Then my boys just kinda picked at it instead of eating and asked for takeout instead.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sautéed Cheese Tortellini & Spinach with Toasted Almonds

Today’s recipe is inspired by a book I really didn’t care for.

Weird, huh?

So here’s how it all went down.  First, I saw Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla review the book and it caught my eye.  Then, my friend Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm also reviewed the book.  Both were pretty “meh” about the book, but it still piqued my interest.

So what did I think about it?

It. Was. Awful.

The author intended to be humorous throughout the text, but he only had one joke in his wheelhouse: insulting his mother’s cooking skills.  He was cruel and degrading throughout the memoir portion of the text.  The worst part was, he mentioned several times that his family was not particularly well-off, so his mother did the best she could with discount items (he was appalled at her use of cheap canned tomatoes and would have preferred the more expensive, imported tomatoes.  He also found he use of cheaper cuts of meat to be inferior and completely unacceptable).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Multigrain Chocolate Chip Waffles

Multigrain pancakes are a favorite of mine, so I decided it was high time to tweak the recipe ever so slightly to make a waffle version!

I love filling my kiddos with whole grains, especially if they’re going to be drenching said grains in syrup and/or whipped cream and/or chocolate chips!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#FoodnFlix November Announcement!

Hey hey! It’s time for November’s Food ‘n Flix movie and this month I’m hosting!

I chose the Thanksgiving classic, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!
In case you’re unfamiliar with this classic, here’s a brief synopsis:

En route to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his family, easily annoyed businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) finds his first-class plane ticket has been demoted to coach, and he must share his flight with obnoxious salesman Del Griffith (John Candy). A sudden snowstorm in Chicago forces the plane to land in Wichita. Unable to find a room in any of the four-star hotels, Neal is compelled to accept Del's invitation to share his accommodations in a cheapo-sleazo motel. Driven to distraction by Del's annoying personal habits, the ungrateful Neal lets forth with a stream of verbal abuse. That's when Del delivers the anticipated (but always welcome) "I don't judge, why should you?"-type speech so common to John Hughes flicks. The shamefaced Neal tries to make up to Del, but there's a bumpy time ahead as the mismatched pair make their way back to Chicago, first in a balky train, then by way of a refrigerator truck. We know from the outset that the oil-and-water Neal and Del will be bosom companions by the end of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but it's still a fun ride. 

Want to join in the fun?

It’s easy!

1. Watch the movie
2. Whip up something amazing inspired by the movie
3. Post a new blog post by November 28, 2017
4. E-mail me your info including the following:
-Email: to amyscookingadventures @ gmail . com and 
CC heather @ foodnflixclub . com
-Include Food ‘n Flix Submission in the header
-Include your blog name, recipe name, and a link to the recipe
-Include a photo or permission to pull one from your post


-submit via Instagram using #foodnflix and tag me        

Ready to join in the fun?

Happy cooking!



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