Dinner rush- Lobster and Pasta

Dinner rush is deals with converging pressures from the son and his gambling Sous-chef who work in the kitchen, as well as organized crime. Aside from one sequence before the opening credits, it adheres to two of the three Classical unities, time and space. All of the events after the opening credits occur during one evening at the restaurant or just outside.

Music may be the food of love, but a group of gangsters are singing a very different tune at a fancy New York dining room in this dark comedy. Louis (Danny Aiello) is the owner of an upscale restaurant in New York’s Tribeca district where his son Udo (Edoardo Ballerini) has become the head chef. Udo’s exotic recipes have made the restaurant the talk of the town and very profitable as well, though Louis confesses that he can’t stand Udo’s cooking. Louis has another son, Duncan (Kirk Acevedo), who runs with a bad crowd; Louis finds out just how bad they are one night when they stop by to dine, with Duncan in tow, informing Louis that his son owes them quite a bit of money and they aren’t leaving until they’re given part ownership of the restaurant — or else someone will be killed. Dinner Rush was directed by Bob Giraldi, a noted director of commercials and music videos who also enjoyed success as a restaurateur.

There are plenty of kitchen scenes in Dinner Rush. There is one scene where Jennifer Freely asks (tells) Udo to make her something special. “No butter,” she insists, and “you do such wonderful things with pasta.” What follows is a glorified cooking scene with Udo and Duncan cooking for Bernhard and her friend where they create an architectural masterpiece of lobster and pasta with champagne sauce. Let’s try this interesting Italian recipe from the movie.

Lobster and Pasta recipe:

  • Yield: 4 servings.


  • 2 lobster tails (8 to 10 ounces each)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 1 cup fresh arugula or baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • Shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese, optional


  • Carefully remove lobster meat from shells; cut into 1-in. pieces and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute garlic in oil until for 1 minute. Add the wine, tomato puree, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat. Stir in lobster; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until lobster is firm and opaque.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; add to lobster mixture and toss to coat. Stir in the arugula, lemon juice and peel; cook for 1-2 minutes or until arugula is wilted. Garnish with cheese if desired. 

Defending Your Life – Italian Wedding Pasta

Defending Your Life is an interesting Romantic comedy about a life after death. Even after you die, you can still live to eat. Julia (Meryl Streep) devours mountains of spaghetti when she realizes a benefit of being dead is no more weight gain. If only! Isn’t this just Wow! Strangers Daniel (Albert Brooks) and Julia (Meryl Streep) wind up dying prematurely only to find themselves in Judgment City, where the recently dead are put on a sort of trial to decide their fate. If in your time on Earth you were able to face your fears and learn from your mistakes, you get to move on to a life in a better world. However, if you didn’t, you have to go back to Earth and try again.

Daniel frequents Judgment City’s many restaurants (where the food is delicious and you can eat all you want without gaining an ounce), pays a visit to the Past Life Pavilion, and meets Julia (Meryl Streep), who seems so kind, sweet, and noble that her advancement is practically assured. Daniel and Julia fall in love, but what’s going to happen if they don’t end up in the same place? Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep make a witty and engaging romantic team in Defending Your Life, and Shirley MacLaine appears in a highly appropriate cameo. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Let’s celebrate life with this rich Italian Wedding Pasta.


  • 1 pound(s) ground turkey
  • 1/4cup(s) cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4cup(s) (loosely packed) fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 clove(s) garlic, crushed with press
  • 2 clove(s) garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup(s) freshly grated Romano cheese
  • 1 package(s) (16 ounces) bow-tie pasta
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1 1/2cup(s) reduced-fat (2%) milk
  • 1 can(s) (14 to 14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bag(s) (9 ounces) baby spinach
  • Ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 15 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ jelly-roll pan with parchment paper or foil.
  2. In medium bowl, with fingertips, mix turkey, bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, egg, and 1/4 cup Romano cheese just until blended; do not over mix. Shape turkey mixture into 36 1-inch meatballs; place in prepared pan. Bake meatballs 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat large covered saucepot of water to boiling over high heat. Add pasta and cook 2 minutes less than label directs. Drain pasta; return to saucepot.
  4. In 2-cup liquid measuring cup, whisk cornstarch into milk. Add milk mixture and broth to pasta in saucepot; heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Boil 1 minute to thicken sauce slightly. Remove saucepot from heat; stir in spinach, 1/2 cup grated Romano, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add meatballs and gently toss to combine. Transfer pasta mixture to 3-quart glass or ceramic baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup grated Romano. Bake 20 minutes or until hot in the center and golden brown on top.

Eat Pray Love: Cacio e Pepe Pasta Sauce

Eat Pray Love, A sweet romantic story of one Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. The memoir chronicles the author’s trip around the world after her divorce and what she discovered during her travels.

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the movie is a great admirer of Italian cooking and says “Italians take every ingredient they know and make a feast of it.” According to her, “there are few ways to create happiness more efficiently than by cooking for yourself and others.” In honor of the movie starring Julia Roberts who  spent four months in Italy, eating and enjoying life, we chose one of the most famous simple Roman pasta sauces, made with black pepper and aged Pecorino Romano.


  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 lb. pasta, preferably tonnarelli or spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano (hard, salty Italian cheese)
  • 3⁄4 cup finely grated Cacio de Roma (creamy, semi-soft cheese made from sheep’s milk)


  1. Bring a 6-qt. pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until soft for 8–10 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta water and drain pasta.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add pepper; cook until fragrant, 1–2 minutes.
  3. Ladle 3⁄4 cup pasta water into skillet; bring to a boil. Using tongs, transfer pasta to skillet; spread it evenly.
  4. Sprinkle 3⁄4 cup each Pecorino Romano and Cacio de Roma over pasta; toss vigorously to combine until sauce is creamy and clings to the pasta without clumping, about 2 minutes, adding some pasta water if necessary.
  5. Transfer to 4 plates and sprinkle with remaining Pecorino and more pepper.

Soul Food: Macaroni and Cheese

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Meals of “Soul Food” help keep families together. That message is evident in the movie Soul Food, where Big Mama creates mountains of goodness that her entire family enjoys on Sunday evenings—dishes that even one of the greatest Southern cooks, Edna Lewis, would praise.

Soul Food is a 1997 American comedy-drama film, centers on the trials of an extended African-American family, held together by longstanding family traditions which begin to fade as serious problems take center stage. Matriarch Mama Joe has held her family together for 40 years around a Sunday dinner of soul food. When diabetes hospitalizes her, the dinners stop and tensions among her three daughters start to break the family apart. Two of the sisters feud continuously: Teri is jealous of Maxine’s marriage and irritated that everyone assumes her corporate salary is open to the rest of the family’s uses. Maxine resents Teri’s bossiness and insensitivity to family tradition. Bird, the youngest, newly married to an ex-con, accepts a favor from an old lover that leads to her husband’s arrest. Mama Joe’s grandson Ahmad cooks up a scheme to bring the family together, back to the table.


  • 1 3/4 cups pasta (any noodle shape you prefer)
  • Salt
  • 2 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese (cubed)
  • 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon all- purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs that are lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup grated onion
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese)


Step 1: Boil the pasta in salted water until tender. Remove and drain. Place the drained pasta into the baking dish of your choice. Mix in the cubed cheddar cheese.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 350 F

Step 3: Take the flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl. Stir them together so that everything is evenly mixed together.

Step 4: Add the sour cream, and eggs. With a wire whisk mix all ingredients together until mixture is evenly incorporated.

Step 5: To the mixture, Whisk in the onion, half and half, heavy cream, and Worcestershire until it is thoroughly blended together.

Step 6: Pour this mixture over the pasta and cheese and then stir everything together. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top and then place into the oven.

Step 7: Put in the oven for 30-35 minutes and then let cool for 10 minutes. The cooling is necessary to allow the macaroni and cheese to set up.

Enjoy this macaroni and cheese.


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

Step Brothers – Macaroni and Cheese

Brennan Huff is an unemployed 39-year-old living with his mom. Dale Doback is an unemployed 40-year-old living with his dad. But what happens when Mom and Dad decide to get married? These two adult losers will have to tolerate each other’s presence by not only living together, but also sharing a room.

Things shouldn’t get too heated. After all, there are some ground rules.

step brothers

Rule #1: Brennan is under no circumstances allowed to EVER touch Dale’s drum set. When the temptation is too much for Brennan to handle, it ends with a bat and a golf club.

After the debacle, the boys are given a dreadful ultimatum: get jobs, or be kicked out of the house.

Did we see it coming? Dale and Brennan have more in common than they thought, and the new living situation is the start of a beautiful friendship. They turn their separate beds into bunk beds and share their deepest secrets.

When Brennan’s successful brother, Derek, comes for a visit, things really get heated. Watch as Dale and Derek get physical, which causes Derek’s wife to want to get physical with Dale.

No matter what the situation, there’s one comfort dish you can always count on. Check out this movie, and check out this awesome Macaroni and Cheese recipe. It might remind you of living at home.

Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

macaroni and cheese


  • 7 ounces macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. In a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook for about 1 minute, until smooth and bubbly; stirring occasionally. Mix in milk, cream cheese, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard. Continue cooking until sauce is thickened.
  4. Add cooked macaroni and Cheddar cheese.
  5. Pour into 2 quart casserole dish. In small bowl mix together bread crumbs, butter and parsley; spread over macaroni and cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.

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

Big Night – Timpano

“Big Night” is everything you can ask from a movie and more. Two Italian brothers, Primo and Secondo, the Italian names for dinner courses, have long wished to open a restaurant, and made it: their small and cozy Italy in the USA.

big night

Italy and its long lasting traditions leak out of everything, from the loud conversations to the cheerful and chaotic dinners and the mouth-watering delicacies on silver platters. Misadventures and misunderstandings are in sight, and failure heads towards our protagonists in every direction. There is competition, just across the streets that attempt to bring the brothers apart. Pascal, the owner of the competition, convinces them that a celebrity will be dining at their ristorante.

The imminent “Big Night” is the main course of the movie. Everything is ready, and everybody is holding their breath. Risotto with the Italian green-white-red tricolore and it’s your time to hold your breath the epical Timpano. As the dinner goes on blithely, Primo and Secondo discover the truth: nobody notable is sitting at their table. Whose fault is it? It’s nothing a violent and physical fight can’t sort out. The Italian warm-blooded brothers and their deification for Italian food are stronger than anything. Capito?

There’s forbidden romance, optimism, desire and of course suspense in the ingredients. Nothing has been left out, and we won’t either. The recipe of the world-famous Timpano is right below.

“It’s so f***ing good I should kill you” is said during the dinner about it, after a long tong-tied pause. There is no better description than that.

Timpano Recipe



  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped Fine
  • 1 Stalk of Celery, Finely Chopped
  • 2 or 3 Small Pieces of Meat (Pork, Beef, or Chicken)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Basil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • Dash of Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)
  • 2 (6oz) Cans Tomato Paste
  • 2 Large Cans Pureed Tomatoes ( I use (26oz) Box Pomi Tomatoes)
  • About 5 Cups water
  • 3 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Pork or Veal
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 or 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Chopped Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Soft Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 (500gm) Boxes Dried Pasta
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, Cut Into 1 Inch Cubes
  • 1 1/2 Cups Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Egg For Wash


  1. Stir yeast into 1/2 of the warm water, mixing completely. Blend in 1/2 cup of flour, mixing well. Cover bowl and let rise in warm place for half an hour or so or till the starter is full of bubbles. Stir the salt into the remaining flour, mix well, and add to the starter. Pour in the rest of the water, and start beating by machine at slow speed or by hand, until well mixed.
  2. When it forms a smooth ball that includes all the flour from the sides of the bowl, transfer to a floured board and knead several times till smooth and elastic, and holds it’s shape when bent back and forth between your hands. Form dough into a ball, dust with flour, and place in a lightly floured bowl. Cut a cross in the top, cover and let rise till doubled, about 2 hours. To finish the dough, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 2 minutes. Let it rest another 30 minutes covered.
  3. Cook the pasta very al dente, allowing for the fact it will continue to cook when baking. Drain, and mix with a good helping of the sauce, leaving the meatballs aside. Mix in half of the parmesan cheese. The pasta should be quite wet with the sauce as it will be absorbed as it cooks.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degress F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out very thinly in a large circle. Carefully place the dough into a lightly oiled 12 inch springform pan or casserole letting the excess dough hang over the sides. Spoon the sauced pasta into the pan until you have reached halfway. Add another scoopful of sauce or two, and layer the meatballs and mozzarella on top of the first layer of pasta. Spoon more pasta into the pan until it is slightly above the top of the pan. Carefully fold the dough over the top, sealing it with your fingers. Make a wash with the egg white and a little water, and brush this over the pastry. Bake the timpano for 45 minutes until browned. Let rest 5 minutes before removing it from the pan. Place it on a decorative platter and take it to the table to serve. Cut the timpano into wedges to serve your guests.

Cooking time: 2 hours 30 minutes.Servings: 12.Back to Top

Lady and The Tramp – Spaghetti Meatballs

Can you think of anything more romantic than a stroll in the park and a candlelit dinner? I can’t! No date could be as sweet as this one.

The Lady and the Tramp is a Walt Disney classic and noone can resist it. Love can be found all over, also in this cute dog couple: the elegant and educated Lady and the laid back stray, known as the Tramp. Different backgrounds, different routines and attitudes, but the same big love for each other (just like in human world!).

lady and the tramp

Imagine the scene: the park at dinner time, fireflies creating hearts in the air, and love. Lady and the Tramp stop for dinner at the back entrance of an italian restaurant. Spaghetti and meatballs suddendly become the most romantic food to share with your loved one. Especially if you both end up eating the same string of spaghetti and kiss.

Recreate this scene at your place. Use a red and white checkered table cloth, set the table and don’t forget to light a candle in the center. Prepare a pot of spaghetti and meatballs and accompany it with an Italian bottle of red wine. You’re good to go!

Spaghetti Meatballs Recipe

spaghetti meatballs


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 90 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and meatballs and simmer 30 minutes more. Serve.

Cooking time: 2 hours 20 minutes.Servings: 6.Back to Top

The Godfather: Part III – Gorgonzola Gnocchi

The Godfather III is the epilogue of the two famous movies that have amused people from the entire world. What will the Corleone family do this time? The whole gang is back in the beloved New York, theatre of the previous events. But something is different now: everybody is trying hard to participate in the honest working world that surrounds them. Goodbye Mafia!

The Godfather: Part III

Happy? Don’t worry, it doesn’t last long. Crime, death and plots knock on their door and, in no time, the mafia is back. There’s opera, singing, the Bank of the Vatican and the Pope! Chaos reigns the scene, as usual, and Michael Corleone has a death sentence hanging over him.

Let’s not forget the excellent food scene of this notable family movie! When Andy Garcia deliciously teaches his cousin how to prepare Gnocchi. Hmmm, sexy and you can smell it from your homes. So don’t settle for the smell and cook it for your family; recreate the Italian family atmosphere. Well not everything, of course. Just stick to the food!

Gorgonzola Gnocchi Recipe

Gorgonzola Gnocchi


  • 10 oz. boiled and peeled potatoes
  • 4 oz. flour
  • 4 oz. steamed and chopped spinach
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and nutmeg
  • 5 oz. Gorgonzola cheese
  • 3/4 cups cream
  • 2 oz. butter


  1. Mix the flour, the eggs, the mashed potatoes (still warm) and the spinach (be sure to have squeezed out all moisture) until you get a soft dough. Let stand for twenty minutes. Roll out the dough into long rolls about a 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 1-inch pieces. You can shape these by making little balls and pressing lightly with a fork or the thumb.
  2. Melt the chopped Gorgonzola cheese in the cream and butter over a low flame.
  3. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Gently drop in the gnocchi. When they float, remove with a slotted spoon and place in a warm serving dish.
  4. Pour the Gorgonzola sauce over the gnocchi, mix gently and serve at once.

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