James and the Giant Peach smoothie

James and the Giant Peach is a British-American musical fantasy film. If we had to live in a giant fruit and eat from it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we’d go for a mango. Orphan James prefers a giant peach filled with friendly talking bugs, as a means to escape his horrible guardians, and go on an adventure around New York. Fun aplenty from this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic.

A young boy’s discovery of a gigantic peach triggers an eventful journey across the sea in this strikingly designed and surprisingly twisted animated adventure. A live-action framing device establishes the dark yet fanciful mood one might expect from an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story, as young British lad James (Paul Terry) is orphaned by the death of his parents and forced to live with two cruel, repulsive aunts (played by noted British character actors Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley of British TV hit Absolutely Fabulous). The visit of a mysterious stranger provides a means of escape, however, through a magic bag of “crocodile tongues” that bring about the appearance of the giant peach. The curious James soon winds up inside the fruit, at which point his body changes, and the film switches to a combination of stop-motion and digital animation. The new James meets up with a group of talking, oversized insects, including a vampish spider (voiced by Susan Sarandon), a sarcastic centipede (voiced by Richard Dreyfuss), and a matronly ladybug (voiced by Jane Leeves). These creatures become his traveling companions when the peach rolls into the Atlantic Ocean, and James and his new friends must brave a variety of dangers to reach the shore. Director Henry Selick provides further proof of the visual skill he demonstrated in The Nightmare Before Christmas, creating a fascinating, often eerie alternate universe, while Randy Newman provides the upbeat musical accompaniment. Young children may be disturbed by the story’s creepier overtones, but the mixture of remarkable visuals, oddball characters, and off-kilter fantasy will appeal to all other audiences.

James and the Giant Peach (Apple) Smoothie

2 8-ounce carton low fat peach yogurt
1 6-ounce can frozen apple juice concentrate
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
4 ice cubes


Add each of the ingredients in the order listed to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve.

The Freshman – Italian Coffee

The film offers the modern-day misfortunes of Clark Kellogg (Broderick), a naïve student going to a New York film school. Within 20 minutes of arriving in New York he is robbed. Through a freak chance of luck that exists only in the movies he sees the man who robs him. He is then able to catch the harmless robber who offers to get him a job in exchange for not being turned in to the police. His employer is Carmine Sabatii, and it is alleged that the character Don Corleone from The Godfather is based on this man. The job is too good to be true: he gets $500 for each package he delivers. Unfortunately, Kellogg believes Carmine’s assurances that the job is completely legal and agrees to work for the man. The first package that he has to deliver is a Komodo-dragon; the man he is delivering it to is Larry London, an eccentric chef.

The only thing that allows this movie to be considered a food movie is the fact that it revolves around the plot of cooking endangered species to serve to deranged socialites who want to try something exotic. There is also an amusing scene when Kellogg is forced to drink some real Italian coffee, and the shots of the Gourmet Club also help to allow this movie to be considered a food film.

So take a sip of this exotic Italian coffee and enjoy the movie with your friends.


1/2 oz Strega® herbal liqueur (A sweet, golden herbal flavored Italian liqueur made from the distillation of about 70 herbs and spices.)
5 ozhot black coffee
1 1/2 oz whipped cream
1 tsp sugar


Pour coffee and liquor into an irish coffee cup and sweeten to taste. Gently float the cream on top, and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Soylent Green – Crackers

Richard Fleischer directed this nightmarish science fiction vision of an over-populated world, based on the novel by Harry Harrison. In 2022, New York City is a town bursting at the seams with a 40-million-plus population. Food is in short supply, and most of the population’s food source comes from synthetics manufactured in local factories — the dinner selections being a choice between Soylent Red, Soylent Yellow, or Soylent Green. When William Simonson (Joseph Cotten), an upper-echelon executive in the Soylent Company, is found murdered, police detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) is sent in to investigate the case. Helping him out researching the case is Thorn’s old friend Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson, in his final film role). As they investigate the environs of a succession of mad-from-hunger New Yorkers and the luxuriously rich digs of the lucky few, Thorn uncovers the terrible truth about the real ingredients of Soylent Green and that’s people.

A movie about eating people is chilling, but it’s not the cannibalism that is most disturbing in this dystopian vision of the future. What’s more disturbing is that Soylent Green was considered to be the best-tasting of all the food ration products. The movie implies that we hold cannibalism taboo is not because it’s wrong, but because we are afraid that we will like the taste of flesh, and grow to crave it. The true horror of “Soylent Green” is not that humans are eating other humans, but that they taste so good.

So how about making some Soylent Green crackers this Christmas, of course without people flesh?

Basic cracker recipe


2 cups of plain flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons softened butter
approximately 1 cup of milk

Spinach ( for that green effect)


1. Preheat oven to 150’C/ 300’F.

2. Add the salt and spinach paste to the flour, and in a mixing bowl or food processor, cut the butter in until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.

3. Slowly mix in enough milk to form soft, but not sticky, dough.

4. Divide the dough into two or three portions and roll out one at a time, until paper thin. You can do this on a lightly floured workbench, or you can do it straight onto a large, ungreased cookie sheet, as I do. This recipe makes enough for my two 10″ x 15″ trays, so divide your dough accordingly.
5. Using a sharp knife or pizza roller, cut the dough into crackers. Prick each one two or three times with a fork and transfer carefully to the cookie sheet if you rolled it out on your bench.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp. Allow to cool on the tray and then store in an air tight container for up to a week.


Paul – Key Lime Milkshake

Two guys from the U.K., Graeme and Clive, take a vacation to the United States. They are very excited to be going to one of the biggest nerd fests, Comicon the comic book convention. While they are at Comicon, they get a chance to meet one of their favorite comic book writers.


After participating in all the delights of the comic book convention, Graeme and Clive head out to take a cross country tour of all the alien related landmarks in the United States. They are eager to visit every single one before heading back home. On their way by Area 51, they decide to stop at a restaurant called Little Aleinn, where Graeme partakes in their specialty drink, a lime milkshake with a sparkler, before getting back on the road. Suddenly, as they are driving along the road in their RV on their way to the next location, they are nearly run off the road by a crazy driver, who ends up crashing his own vehicle. Clive and Graeme get out of the RV to see if the driver is alright, only to discover the driver is Paul, an alien.

After hearing about Paul’s situation, Graeme and Clive decide to help him get to a place where he can signal for his ship to come and take him back to his home planet. Driving along, they soon realize that they are being chased by the government officials, who want Paul dead. Throughout the entire trip, Paul, Graeme, and Clive are always careful and on the lookout for all the people that are chasing them.

Along the way Graeme and Clive make new friends and learn new things about themselves and each other. The road trip turns into a faith shattering, love growing, hope filled adventure as Paul tries to make his way home where he belongs.

Key Lime Milkshake Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Key Lime Milkshake

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  • 4 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 Cup Yogurt Favored Drink
  • ½ Cup Limeade Concentrate-Frozen
  • Juice of 2 Key Limes


  1. Add all the ingredients in a blender. Blend till creamy and smooth. If too thick add some Yogurt drink. This refreshing beverage is great all summer long, even all year long! The Yogurt drink brings out the subtle tartness of the lime as well as the sweetness. Add a Lime slice for garnish or serve as is. Warning, may be addictive.

Cooking time: 10 minutes.Servings: 2Back to Top

Couples Retreat – Coconut and Pineapple Cocktail

Imagine trying so hard and failing to have a baby, putting strain on your marriage and bringing you to the brink of divorce. This is exactly the situation Jason and Cynthia are in when they decide that they want to go to a couples retreat in hopes of saving their marriage.

At Dave and Ronnie’s son’s birthday party, Jason and Cynthia announce their marital struggles to everyone there. They then go into detail about the couple’s retreat called Eden, and convince the other couples there that they should come along too. They even had a power point presentation full of pictures representing relaxation and fun, to further show the others that “The Pelican Package” will help everyone. Jason and Cynthia assure everyone else that the couple’s therapy was purely optional.

Couples Retreat

At first Dave and Ronnie are not sure that they can manage to come along, not having someone to watch the two kids. However, when the children overhear their parents talking, they fear that their mom and dad are considering divorce, and quickly come up with their own solution. They call their grandfather to come and watch them so that Dave and Ronnie can go on the retreat.

All four of the couples arrive in Eden, sipping their Coconut Cocktails as they step off the boat, only to learn from the head of the program that the couple’s therapy is mandatory. They also discover that Eden is divided into two parts and that the other side is meant for singles to meet. Over dinner the couples discuss whether they should endure the couple’s therapy so as to enjoy the rest of the amenities provided, or if they should leave and receive a partial refund. After enjoying a truly delicious dinner, they all decide to stick it out and see what happens.

The next day, the couples have their first couple’s therapy meetings and they all soon learn what they are really in for. Trudy, the young girlfriend of the recently separated Shane runs away to the other side of Eden. The men decide to go out looking for Trudy and the women soon follow to look for the men. They run into the retreat host, who threatens to tell the head of the program that they left the couple’s retreat, but is soon persuaded not to when challenged to a game of guitar hero, which he lost. On the single’s side of Eden, each couple realizes what they are truly looking for in their lives and relationships.

Coconut and Pineapple Cocktail Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

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  • 4 Coconuts – about 2 Cups Coconut Milk
  • 1 Pint Malibu Rum-chilled
  • 12 oz. Pineapple Juice-chilled
  • 1 Large Bowl


  1. To crack the Coconut, hole the Coconut in its side; the three eyes are the top. With the blunt side of a heavy knife, strike the shell in the center. Continue around until the shell starts to split. Be sure you are holding your hand over the bowl to catch the Coconut Milk. You can use the shells as a cup or choose your own.
  2. Mix the Coconut Milk, the Pineapple juice and half the Rum for a light drink. All you need is a straw and a few friends to enjoy this simple and fresh drink. Enjoy!

Cooking time: 10 minutes.Servings: 4-8.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

Sex and the City – Cosmopolitan

After six seasons of watching one episode after the other, glued to your TV, the movie has come. “Sex and the City” is amazing!

We have cried with Charlotte (always in a positive way). We have envied and moaned with Samantha, the eternal cougar. We have laughed and criticized the world with Miranda, the beloved cynic. At last, we have followed every step of the fabulous Carrie. We were there for all of them, just like a good girlfriend should be. Do not worry, we still are! The four Manhattan girls are going to achieve so much more. Weddings, babies, trips, and rings.

sex and the city

Don’t you think that we deserve something? It is our turn to have some fun and be part of their lives. Call up your friends, wear your brand new dress that has been sitting in the closet for weeks waiting for the “right” occasion, and organize a night out. The menu: fashion, gossip, and some cosmopolitans, of course!

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe



  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz Rose’s lime juice
  • 1/2 oz cranberry juice


  1. Shake vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass.
  2. Garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, and serve.

Mixing time: 1 minute.Servings: 1.Back to Top