Film & Food

I love to combine film & food whenever I can, and with the start of the holidays, I’m excited to share my favorite “theme” food with you all! Last month, I mentioned that I always make the Jiffy Pop on the stove when I watch Scream, and I love to get creative matching dishes with films for my annual Oscar party, but Christmas movies offer some of the best combos.

Popcorn goes with anything, of course.  Hallmark movies do well with cookies: gingerbread, sugar…anything. (And wine. The ladies of Hallmark do love them some wine.)  And for even more inspiration, here are the Christmas classics I watch every year and the food & drinks I pair them with:

Home Alone – It’s essential to go with cheese pizza, preferably delivery so you can tell the person, “Keep the change, you filthy animal.”

The Holiday – Yes, “a little Christmas fettuccine” is as delicious as it sounds. I’ve been lazy in the past and gotten it to-go from whatever chain Italian restaurant happens to be closest for my annual viewing, but it’s not too hard to mess up at home if you have the time.

Christmas Vacation – Eggnog, although I don’t have any moose cups for it. This is usually a family viewing if we’re all together that year, so it typically includes a holiday meal with all the fixin’s.

The Harry Potter series – Only the first two truly feel “Christmas-y”, but for some reason I usually end up doing a marathon viewing of these around this time every year.  I usually go with hot cocoa because I’ve been too lazy to make butterbeer at home, but that may change this year.  These look like legit recipes.

Elf – Any kind of candy combo you want to throw in a bowl, minus the spaghetti noodles.  (Unless you like that sort of thing.)

Serendipity – Hot Chocolate, preferably with some peppermint in it.

Some of my holiday classics don’t necessarily have any food or drink standouts, per se, but you can never go wrong with cookies or hot cocoa for It’s a Wonderful Life  and White Christmas.  And if you’re one of the many who loves A Christmas Story (I’m not), take-out Chinese food seems like a solid choice.

One of my favorite theaters, Alamo Drafthouse, does an amazing job of pairing food with movies. The creative team there is always inventive with their specials each month for new films and events–whether it’s an afternoon tea with Downton Abbey, or a signature drink for the latest Hunger Games film, they always capture the essence of whatever’s playing. (I’m fairly certain they also do a Home Alone viewing every year with cheese pizza.) If you happen to live near one of the  Drafthouse theaters and still haven’t been, you must check them out immediately!

Since I’ve mentioned cookies about 30 times in this post, it seems only fair to share my Nana’s potato chip cookie recipe with you today.

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This is an older recipe, so it should be noted that it calls for 1 cup of margarine, but I sub unsalted butter. Also, you may need to play around with the oven temperature to get them just right–try 350 or 375. It’s a Southern recipe, so it’s rich, y’all! 😉

POTATO CHIP COOKIES

1 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups crushed Lay’s original potato chips

1 package of butterscotch chips (or to taste)

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add crushed chips and butterscotch chips. Sift flour and baking soda together and stir into creamed mixture.  Drop by teaspoon on greased cookie sheets. (I use non-stick bakeware.) Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

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