June 01, 2012

Friday Foodie Flick...

This is a very fun movie!  It has lots of food, family drama, laughter, love and Hector Elizondo... what more could you want in a movie?  It is about a Mexican American Master Chef and father of three daughters  who has lost his taste for food but, I promise you, there is never a bland moment in this story.  

It debuted in 2001 and is readily available online.  I never heard of this when it was released but found it searching for foodie movies on Netflix.  What a treat!  It was a saucy sweet funny story.  The food was absolutely gorgeous and the table scenes of family were great.  The story is a little different from other stories I have seen because it focuses on a chef and his challenges of coming to terms with the fact that he cannot taste food anymore... for a chef that is culinary death as a professional.  It is truly more than a chef story, though... it is a family story... a relationship story... a beautiful story.

I highly recommend this movie.  It is a bit racy in a few parts... hence the PG-13 rating but not over the top.  I don't recommend watching with your little ones but your teens might enjoy it with you.  

The importance of family is a driving theme throughout and I totally loved that.

I hope you serve it up and give it a taste!

Want to add to the experience?  Try dinner and movie and make tortilla soup to enjoy while you watch.  

Start with a cooked chicken and debone it or you can buy canned chicken.  You can cube or pull chicken into pieces and set aside.

In a saute pan you can heat the pan and then add oil (vegetable or grapeseed)
add chopped onion and saute until translucent.

Once onion is cooked you can add tomatoes, green chilis or a bit of jalapeno for heat... stir and heat through.  Season with cumin, salt, pepper, chili powder, cilantro...

add chicken broth or stock 

add the chicken

Bring to a simmer and let it cook to blend all flavors together for about half an hour or so.

To serve you put soup in a bowl and add grated cheese of your choice, avocado, chopped onion or tomato if you like and baked of fried tortilla strips.

I do not measure so I cannot give you exactly what I do.  It is often different every time based on what I have available to make it.  LOL  

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