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Jun 11, 2007 04:15 AM

Famous dishes from famous movies!

Need a hole bunch of dishes appearing in famous movies. Do you got any?
The only thing is that it should be easy, homemaking-friendly dishes.
All replies are welcome.

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  1. Fried green tomatoes, of course.

    There's great temptation to mention the Timpano from Big Night, but that's special occasion food.

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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

      Well, maybe not the Timpano, but certainly the omelet at the end.

      1. re: revsharkie

        Really? I always thought that was scrambled eggs. I must need to watch Big Night again! (said eagerly)

        I've always wanted to make a timpano, too, JK. IIRC there are some timpano recipes in my Bugialli cookbook that are far simpler than the one in the movie. I *think* it's that cookbook - could be wrong. Never made any, but damn, it would be fun! <-- FYI, looks like there's a new, revised version of this book as well.

        1. re: Mawrter

          My brother and I made timpano once. There was a recipe in the newspaper right after the movie came out--I probably still have it somewhere. We had 20 people over, and only managed to eat half of it (or did we make two... it was a long time ago). But I still remember how much we had left over, and how good it was. It was all we ate for days, of course.

      2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester


        Biscotti-encrusted fried green tomatoes with a goat cheese mousse, smoky-flavored corn salsa and a blackened poblano pepper and scallion-spiked cream. The tower of Southern/Mediterranean/Mexican ingredients melds into simple lip-smacking deliciousness. <GRIN>

          1. re: alkapal

            Plain & classic biscotti - sugar, anise & coarsely chopped nuts.

      3. Clemenza's red sauce recipe, his quick plate of pasta while his victim-to-be waits in the car, and his devotion to his box of cannolis in The Godfather make him a world-class movie chowhound.

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        1. re: Gin and It

          Clemenza says:
          "Start with a little oil, and fry some garlic. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste, and fry. Be sure it doesn’t stick. When boiling, add the sausages and meatballs. Add some red wine and sugar."

          I could swear he ad lib'd a bit and said "ya t'row in your sausages and meatballs." Can anyone find a link to this scene in the movie??? I've checked youtube but could not find that scene from the film.

          1. re: Val

            Has anyone actually tried this recipe?? Is it any good??

            1. re: aurora50

              my Italian mother's recipe nearly, minus her addition of oregano and a pinch of sugar only if necessary to cut the tomato's tang. Check imdb for quotes from the movie.

              My movie dish votes go to Clemenza's sauce, "Big Night's" red, green and white risotto trio, the choco land feast in the original "Willy Wonka" and the blinis Demidof in "Babette's Feast."

              1. re: aurora50

                Here's a recipe I found while looking for it a while back:


                I've wanted to make Clemenza's sauce for a long time!

                1. re: emery_jc

                  Here's the scene from the movie..."Clemenza cooks"--and now I'm so hungry!!!

            2. re: Gin and It

              Good lord, Gin and It - I just posted a question regarding your name on the Spirits board! Please let me know what the "it" stands for. And I will rent the Godfather again to see that scene. Thanks.

              1. re: Marsha

                I always thought the verb "bear" was missing from that user name. Or maybe it's I.T., as in Information Technology, which often could be improved by the addition of gin.

                1. re: Marsha

                  As someone else pointed out, this recipe goes back to the '20s. The "It" was nothing more mysterious than sweet Vermouth, but the title was meant to be lightly naughty. This was the decade of the "It" Girl -- and "It" always meant sexiness. Lots of 20s drinks had slightly naughty names, such as the Angel's Tit, Maiden's Prayer, and Between the Sheets.

                2. re: Gin and It

                  Just watched this again last night. Never before have I so craved a glass of chianti. Or how about the veal that McCloskey's eating? "It's the best in the city", says Solazzo.

                  1. re: ajs228

                    Whenever I'm eating in an Italian restaurant with my brother and sister, we always joke, "Never eat the veal - and don't sit with your back near the window!!" LOL

                3. Red Velvet armadillo-shaped cake from Steel Magnolias for dessert?

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                      1. re: alkapal

                        That one looks a lot better than the one Ann Wedgeworth made. Still kind of creepy.

                        1. re: cuccubear

                          so realistic. maybe that's why so many are road kill; people actually aim FOR them!

                          <<oooooh, hit the floor, there is incoming fire from the animal lovers ;-D
                          just kidding. i love the little critters. honest. >>>>

                          1. re: alkapal

                            Maybe Armadillo Cakes are doing the animal a disservice because people think they're really running over cakes scattered over the highway and not critters? <wink, wink>

                  1. There is a scene in the cult movie, The Wanderers, in which Terror Baldie, the humongous leader of the Fordham Baldies gang, stuffs an entire piece of pizza into his mouth in one bit. Wow!

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