The Ugly Truth – Penne Arrabiata

Abby is a successful television producer who is romantically challenged. On her quest for love, Abby has a handy checklist with prerequisites that her ideal mate must meet. Unfortunately, finding a man to meet all of her ridiculous requirements (and put up with her control freak ways) will probably never happen.

The Ugly Truth

To prevent Abby’s morning news show from being canceled, her boss hires Mike Chadway, a chauvinistic public access television host, who may be the network’s only chance at boosting ratings. Every morning Chadway will host a segment of his late night show, The Ugly Truth, which focuses on sex and what men and women really want out of relationships. According to Chadway, men are only interested in looks and sex is the only thing that can hold a relationship together.

Naturally, Abby is disgusted by Chadway and his opinions on love. But after finding Collin, her hunky neighbor who meets all of the requirements on her checklist, Chadway is skeptical and cuts her a deal.

He will help her reel in Mr. Perfect in return for her approval of him being on the show.

Abby will follow Chadway’s every move to win Collin’s heart and to have a shot at a real relationship. But when his advice starts working Chadway realizes it’s he who is in love with Abby.

Penne Arrabiata Recipe


  • 1 lb fresh tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 3 fresh hot red chili peppers
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Start by cutting the tomatoes into medium cubes. Set aside.
  2. In a large pan pour the olive oil, garlic, and red peppers. Cook them all together for a few seconds (wait until the olive oil is really hot).
  3. Add the tomatoes and half of the basil you have. Cook it for 10-15 minutes.
  4. With a fork or a large spoon, smash and mix your tomatoes (create a sauce, paste like). Add the rest of your basil. Once your sauce is done you can cook the pasta separately (boil water with a pinch of salt .
  5. After a while, drain the pasta, transfer to a bowl and add your arrabiata sauce.

Cooking time: 30 minutes.Servings: 4.Back to Top

Zoolander – Orange Mocha Frappuccino

Derek Zoolander is one of fashion’s most influential male models. But after losing VH1’s “Male Model of the Year Award” after three consecutive wins to the popular Hansel (he’s so hot right now), Derek fears that his career is coming to an end.

After a freak gasoline fight accident in which his three roommates and fellow models are killed, Derek decides that there might be something more to life than being “ridiculously good looking” and announces his retirement. He sets out on a journey to “find himself” by visiting his dad and brother’s in the coal mines.


It’s not long before his trip is cut short when he gets an offer from famous fashion designer, Mugato, who has been in business for years but has never hired him. Now he wants Derek to be the face of of his latest campaign, “Derelicte.” Little does he know, Mugato is actually brainwashing him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia who will be the guest of honor at the upcoming Derelicte fashion show.

If there is one good thing that came out of the gasoline fight tragedy it had to be what they were drinking. So grab some ice and a blender and have yourself an “ORANGE MOCHA FRAPPUCINO!”

Orange Mocha Frappuccino Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Orange Mocha Frappuccino

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  • 3 oz. Orange Café-Used: Maxwell House
  • ¼ Cup Cane Sugar
  • 2 ½ Cups Whole Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon dry Pectin-Used: Kraft Sure-Jell (fruit based)
  • 1 Cup Ice Cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Coco Powder-Used: Ghirardelli
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Chocolate Chips-Used: Ghirardelli
  • Zest of one Orange – About half a tablespoon


  1. Brew coffee as usual, stir in Cane Sugar until dissolved and let cool. Add milk and Pectin to the Coffee while luke warm, dissolve ingredients.
  2. Pour mixture into a blender, blend till frothy and smooth. Top with your favorite whipped cream if you like and the zest of the Orange. Enjoy!

Cooking time: 10-15 minutes.Servings: 1-2.Back to Top

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle – Sliders

Harold Lee and Kumar Patel are two class act stoners who after watching a tantalizing food commercial set out to satisfy their munchies by finding a White Castle fast food chain. From here follows a journey for the infamous sliders they desire, encountering many unexpected obstacles along the way, including the fact that the restaurant has relocated since their last visit.

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

Kumar is a medical student under his parent’s wishes, however would settle for something much less ambitious if the choice was his. He is also extremely messy and disorganized, whereas his pal and partner in burger-crime is the exact opposite. Harold is in love with his Latin next door neighbor, Maria, but hasn’t had the courage to tell her, and is distracted by this throughout the trip.

They get bitten by wild animals, they pick up hitch-hikers, and are propositioned to be sexually intimate with a skinhead’s wife. But despite these challenges there is still light at the end of the tunnel.

So what could this recipe possibly be? You got it, sliders. Don’t go to White Castle, they are just as easily made at home.

Sliders Recipe


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  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 24 dinner rolls, split
  • 1/2 cup sliced pickles
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together ground beef and onion soup mix in a large skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Remove from heat. Stir the mayonnaise and cheese into ground beef mixture.
  3. Lay the bottoms of the rolls on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the cheese and beef mixture on the bottom half of each roll. Replace the tops. Cover with another sheet of aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake until the burgers are heated through and cheese melts, about 30 minutes. Serve with sliced pickles.

Cooking time: 40 minutes.Servings: 6.Back to Top

The Family Stone – Ambrosia Fruit Salad

When Everett Stone brings Meredith home for Christmas, it’s obvious from the get-go that his family doesn’t approve. Unlike the Stones, Meredith is uptight, rigid and always seems to say the wrong thing. But Everett is planning on asking for his grandmother’s wedding ring, a family heirloom that his mother promised him years ago.

The Family Stone

Introductions start off rocky as Meredith awkwardly shakes hands with Everett’s parents and six siblings. It doesn’t help that Amy, Everett’s condescending sister, told the family how awful Meredith was before she even got there.

One humiliating affair after another, the Stone’s never warm up to Meredith’s presence so she books a room at the nearest inn. She even calls her sister, Julie, for support, who takes the next bus to New York.

The Stones take an immediate liking to Julie, maybe even too much of a liking by Everett. But the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Everett’s stoner brother, Ben, is convinced that Meredith and his brother aren’t in love, and a drunken night out leads to something more.

Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Ambrosia Fruit Salad

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  • 1 Pineapple
  • 2 Fuji Apples
  • 2 Green Pears
  • 3 Oranges
  • 6 Strawberries
  • ½ C Light Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon of powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice


  1. Peel the Pineapple by slicing the bottom and top off; shave off the skin as clean as you can. Cut around the core of the Pineapple until you have 4 long blocks of fruit. Square off the rest of the fruit by slicing the tops and bottoms of each. They should resemble a block shape. Slice off segments of each, about a ½ inch in thickness. Be sure to remove the seeds and any non-ripe areas just by cutting away those areas. Slice the remainder of the slices into strips, following the ½ inch thickness. Cut and cube the fruit till they are all pretty symmetrical.
  2. Place all the fruit except the strawberries into a bowl with the Sour Cream, Sugar and Lemon Juice. Toss until well coated. Cover and let sit in the fridge as you prepare the Strawberries.
  3. Cut the stems off the Strawberries, slice as you did the other fruit into sheets then into strips. Cube into small pieces.
  4. Dish out and enjoy the Ambrosia, being sure to sprinkle the strawberry bits on top for color and some extra sweetness! Add a mint leaf for love and share with your loved ones.

Cooking time: 15 minutes.Servings: 4-6.Back to Top

One Fine Day – Chocolate Sundae

“Take your Child to Work Day” isn’t exactly what Jack Taylor and Melanie Parker had in mind when they woke up in the morning. But when Maggie and Sammy miss their school field trip, it’s up to their parents to get through the day smoothly. With Maggie’s tendency to wander and Sammy’s strange desire to put objects up his nose, babysitting in busy New York City won’t be easy.

One Fine Day

Melanie is a single mother and working architect. Jack is a semi-famous newspaper columnist struggling for a liable story. Both divorced and working full-time, they will somehow have to divide up the day by taking turns watching the kids. Despite their efforts to keep Maggie and Sammy’s presence on the down low, it’s one catastrophe after another, putting a major damper on their day—and possibly careers.

Throughout the day Jack and Melanie project their negative stereotypes of ex-spouses on each other, Melanie’s ex-husband being a drummer in a touring rock band and Jack’s ex-wife an uptight control freak. But no matter how much they try to hate each other, even their 6-year-old children can see what’s really going on.

If there’s one thing to take away from this movie, it’s how awesome their chocolate sundaes look when Melanie takes the youngsters out for an afternoon snack. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s a frozen chocolate explosion.

Chocolate Sundae Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Chocolate Sundae

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  • 1 package pre-packaged brownie squares-about 20 2inch cubes
  • 1 Gallon of Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 Cup chopped Walnuts
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ cup Dark Chocolate-Chopped
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Start by melting 4 tablespoons Butter and Brown Sugar in a small saucepot on medium low heat. Whisk the mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in ¼ cup of cream and the chili powder. Fold in the chopped Walnuts and pour onto a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, remove and cool the Walnuts. They should be pliable and separate fairly easily.
  2. Heat a medium size sauce pot with a quarter of water. Bring to a low boil. In a metal bowl toss in the Chocolate and 2 tablespoons Butter. Set the bowl on top of the pot of boiling water; temper the chocolate by gradually whisking the mixture until the butter and chocolate is incorporated. Remove from heat and pour in ¼ cup of cream. Whisk together the mix and keep at room temperature.
  3. Microwave the brownies in a bowl of your choice, scoop on the Ice Cream, drizzle with the melted Chocolate, sprinkle on the Candied Walnuts. Pig out! Enjoy.

Cooking time: 15 minutes.Servings: 2-6.Back to Top

Fried Green Tomatoes – Fried Green Tomatoes

Evelyn Couch is a middle aged housewife struggling in her marriage. She is the stereotypical wife, having dinner on the table every evening when her husband gets home, but still he pays no attention to her. While in a nursing home visiting her husband’s hateful aunt, Evelyn meets Ninny Threadgoode, an 82-year old woman whose stories entice and inspire her.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ninny tells the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a spunky young woman in Alabama’s 1920s. Beginning with the loss of her big brother, Buddy, Idgie overcomes many hardships and downfalls. But through it all she meets Ruth Jamison, a caring woman who Idgie develops a long-lasting and passionate friendship with.

Through the tales of Idgie’s life, Evelyn sees that it is time to make a change in her own life. She stops going to her group sessions (which are meant to help her fix her marriage) and starts a new life foundation where she kicks candy bars to the curb and gets on track to an assertive and healthy lifestyle.

Fried Green or Heirloom Tomatoes Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Fried Green Tomatoes

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  • 1 quart Canola Oil
  • 3 medium bowls
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • ½ Cup AP Flour
  • ½ Cup Cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 3-4 Large Heirloom or Green Tomatoes-the firmer the better
  • 3 tablespoons shredded
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped Thyme leaves


  1. Mix Egg and Buttermilk together in a bowl. In the other two separate the flour and cornmeal in each. Slice the Tomatoes in thick slices, about a ½ inch to 1/3 inch. Heat the oil in a large pot to 350f. Dredge the Tomato slices in the Flour, then Egg mixture, finally the Cornmeal.
  2. Fry 2 to 3 Slices at a time till golden brown. When removed from the oil, sprinkle on Salt and Pepper, fresh Thyme and the Parmesan Cheese. Serve for your friends as a nice savory starter or share with a loved one for a warming experience.

Cooking time: 15 minutes.Servings: 2-6.Back to Top

The Back-Up Plan – Bruschetta

Zoe thought she’d be married by now. But due to her lack of trust in people (men especially) and the inability to “let people in” the former executive and present pet shop owner is living single in New York.

The Back Up Plan

The problem? Zoe desperately wants to start a family but hasn’t found the right guy. After months of contemplation she fears her time is running out and decides to be artificially inseminated. Shortly after the procedure she meets Stan, the cheese farmer and college student whom she immedi
ately connects with.

Reluctant at first, the two begin a relationship where Zoe is left with the dilemma of how to tell Stan she is pregnant. She was completely fine with her “back up plan” to be a single mother, but now with Stan in the picture things may get complicated.

Bruschetta Recipe

by Chef John Christenson


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  • 1 French Bread Loaf
  • Sheet of Aluminum Foil
  • 3 Tablespoons of finely crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 4 Vine Ripened Tomatoes
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 6 Leaves Fresh Basil
  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • Small Jar of marinated Artichoke Hearts
  • Small bag of Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt and fresh ground Black Pepper (to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place the garlic cloves and 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil into the Aluminum Foil. Fold up all side till you have a formed a leak-proof pouch. Place in the oven and roast for 15 minutes. While the Garlic is getting nice and cozy, slice the French Bread into 1” slices, cutting on the bias. Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil on one side of the bread. Dice the Tomatoes into medium cubes, as well as the Artichoke Hearts. Thinly slice the Sun Dried Tomatoes into strips. Chop the thyme and slice the Basil into a ribbon cut or Chiffonade; by placing the leaves on top of each other, rolling it into a tube and slicing length wise. Place all vegetables and herbs into a bowl, season with S&P, gently toss and let marinate as you prepare the Roasted Garlic Puree.
  2. Remove the Garlic from the oven, let cool slightly, place into a food-processor and puree smooth. If you are without a processor, smash and smooth out the garlic plus the oil in a bowl with a large spoon. Spread a nice coating of the Garlic puree onto the slices of the bread, Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. When the bread is done, let cool. Spoon out about a Tablespoon of the Bruschetta on each slice. Spinkle on some feta for richness…

Cooking time: 30 minutes.Servings: 4-8.Back to Top

Something’s Gotta Give – Blueberry Pancakes

Harry Sanborn is a near 65-year-old man with a libido much younger than his years. He owns one of the most well known hip-hop labels in the country, and lives a lavish lifestyle in New York City—where much younger women are his favorite accessories. During what is meant to be a romantic weekend with his latest girlfriend, Marin, at her mother’s beach house in the Hamptons, Harry suffers a heart attack, and ends up being nursed by Marin’s mother, Erica.

Something's Gotta Give

Erica Barry is an accomplished (and divorced) New York playwright. Now fiftysomething and postmenopausal, Erica fears she will never be intimate again. But after a few days with Harry under her roof, she discovers it is never too late for love.

But some habits die hard. And although Harry has feelings for Erica, he is reluctant to give up his playboy lifestyle in the city. When Harry hesitates to give his heart to Erica, his handsome, thirtysomething doctor steps in to pursue her, despite their age difference.

Blueberry Pancakes Recipe

Blueberry Pancakes

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  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed


  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. In a small bowl, beat together egg and milk. Stir milk and egg into flour mixture. Mix in the butter and fold in the blueberries. Set aside for 1 hour.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Cooking time: 20 minutes.Servings: 6.Back to Top

Black Swan – Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Frosting

In Darren Aronofsky’s latest psychological thriller, and perhaps his best film to date, Natalie Portman stars as Nina Sayers, the uptight ballerina whose perfectionism serves as her biggest flaw.

Black Swan is this year’s feature show for a prestigious ballet company in New York City. But instead of having two separate ballerinas to dance the parts of the black and white swan, one dancer will have the privilege, and challenge, of portraying both.

Black Swan

Although Nina’s dancing is flawless, company director, Thomas Leroy, can only see her as the white swan. Her moves are perfect, yet rigid, and to accurately portray the black swan, Nina will really have to have to lose herself.

With a face full of makeup, Nina approaches her director and asks for the part. At first he declines, admitting he has already cast another dancer, but Nina shows him a daring side of her that changes his mind.

In the midst of preparing for the big production, a new dancer has joined the company. Her name: Lily. Her dancing: mesmerizing, as if she isn’t even trying–and it’s no secret that what Nina is lacking for the black swan, Lily makes up for.

Watch as this suspenseful thriller illustrates the intense pressures of being a professional ballerina (both actresses dropped nearly 20 pounds for the film!), and as Nina loses herself–literally, becoming what she never thought possible.

Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Frosting

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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 box confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 cup crushed strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two 9-inch round cake pans or one 9×13-inch rectangular baking pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper and the sides of the pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl,beat sugar and eggs until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add flour, milk, oil, baking powder, and vanilla and beat for another minute, until the batter is smooth and creamy. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan(s).
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick poked into the center of the cake comes out clean. Loosen the sides of the cake from the pan with a thin knife, then turn out onto a rack and peel off the paper. Let cool completely before covering with frosting.
  5. In mixing bowl, mix together sugar, butter, cream, strawberries and vanilla until smooth and fluffy.

Cooking time: 1 hour.Servings: 10.Back to Top

Pieces of April – Pomegranate Lacquered Roast Turkey

In a neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side, April Burns and her boyfriend, Bobby, are getting ready to host Thanksgiving dinner for April’s family.

April is the outcast of the family, and after a past of drugs, arrests and family disputes, she is finally making one last attempt at making peace with her loved ones. Her mother is battling breast cancer, and as her life clock keeps ticking, this may be their last chance to reconnect as a family.

Pieces of April

As April’s mom, dad, brother, sister and grandmother make the long trip from Pennsylvania, the relationship between April and her family is revealed through conversations and flashbacks of memories. Ironically, no one seems to have any happy memories of April, and what is meant to be a pleasant holiday is blurred with a fear that April may not have changed at all.

Meanwhile, April is battling her own problems. While Bobby is searching for a presentable outfit to impress the family, April discovers her oven is broken. As dinner time draws nearer she is racing the clock to find an alternate oven, making some new friends (and enemies) along the way.

One friend in particular is Evette and Eugene, an African-American couple living in April’s building. At first reluctant to help April with her cooking, they eventually establish a friendship where April is exposed to some of their unique recipes. Try this Pomegranate Lacquered Roast Turkey recipe, and come Thanksgiving time, your family will know who should do the cooking.

Pomegranate Lacquered Roast Turkey Recipe

Pomegranate Lacquered Roast Turkey

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  • 1 fresh turkey, neck and giblets reserved
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle neck and body cavities with 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper mixture.
  2. Place turkey, breast side up, in a large, heavy-bottomed roasting pan, without a rack. Brush butter over turkey and season with the remaining salt and pepper mixture. Roast turkey 3 1/2 hours, basting every 45 minutes with pan juices.
  3. While turkey is cooking, make the pomegranate lacquer. Bring pomegranate juice to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat; boil until thick, about 20 minutes. Whisk in brown sugar and mustard and continue to boil 2 minutes.
  4. After 3 1/2 hours of roasting, start brushing pomegranate lacquer over turkey, brushing 2 or 3 times during the last 45 minutes of cooking, until meat thermometer registers 180 degrees F and turkey is a deep amber color.
  5. Transfer turkey to a serving platter and let stand 45 minutes before slicing.

Cooking time: 4 hours.Servings: 10.Back to Top