Big – Warm Corn Chowder Salad with Bacon and Cider Vinegar

Big is a fantasy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish “to be big” to a magical wishing machine and is then aged to adulthood overnight. Between eating ears of baby corn kernel-by-kernel and his putrid reaction to tasting beluga caviar, Josh Baskin (played by Tom Hanks), certainly shows his true age in this scene.

Enjoy the movie with this healthy warm Corn Chowder Salad with Bacon and Cider Vinegar


  • 4 slice(s) (4 ounces) thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 pound(s) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 8 ear(s) corn, kernels removed
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup(s) cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
  • Salt


  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderately low heat, stirring a few times, until it is crisp, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to paper towels and let drain.
  2. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the skillet. Add the potatoes and cook over moderate heat until they start to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes longer, until almost tender. Add the diced red peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes and peppers are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the corn kernels and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl and stir in the onion, cider vinegar, crushed red pepper, and bacon. Season the salad with salt and serve.

The Family Stone- Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Romantic comedy about a woman meets her future in-laws and discovers they don’t much care for her. Perma-bun-wearing Meredith Morton accompanies her boyfriend to see his large, close-knit family over the holidays. With alliances and love affairs in motion, Meredith’s control-freak demeanor provokes many a culture clash as the eccentric family Stone plays out its own family dramas.

Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) is a successful young businessman who is dating Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), and has asked her to spend Christmas with his family, with plans to ask his mother, Sybil (Diane Keaton), for the titular family wedding band and propose to Meredith on Christmas Day. Meredith is more than a bit nervous about meeting Everett’s folks, and things only get worse when they arrive — Meredith is by her nature straight-laced and a bit uptight around strangers, while Sybil and family patriarch Kelly (Craig T. Nelson) are free-thinkers who, except for Everett, have raised a family of cheerfully rebellious children, most notably younger daughter Amy (Rachel McAdams), older brother Ben (Luke Wilson), and adopted sibling Thad (Tyrone Giordano), who is both deaf and gay. Meredith and the Stone family do not get along well at first, especially Sybil, who is appalled at the prospect of Everett giving Meredith the family’s heirloom wedding ring; in dire need of moral support, Meredith asks her younger sister, Julie (Claire Danes), to join her for Christmas with the Stones. However, the plan runs into a snag when Everett’s head is turned by pretty Julie, and Meredith finds herself on the receiving end of attention from slobby Ben.

Food Scene:

Uptight businesswoman Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker) just can’t do anything right when she visits the free-spirited family of her boyfriend, Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney), for the holidays. In an effort to win over the family and contribute something to their Christmas morning brunch, Meredith prepares her prized “Morton Family Strata.” But her plans go awry when the uncooked casserole winds up all over her face and the floor. At least her egg-covered antics provoke belly laughs from Everett’s icy sister, Amy (Rachel McAdams), and judgmental mother, Sybil (Diane Keaton).

Start off Christmas morning in a very special way with this refreshing and elegant Ambrosia Fruit Salad.


  • 1 small (2 1/2-pound) golden sweet pineapple, crown and rind removed, “eyes” cut out
  • 6 seedless clementine oranges, peeled, separated into segments
  • 1 pint(s) strawberries, hulled, halved
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut into slices
  • 3/4 cup(s) dried unsweetened coconut chips or shavings
  • Vanilla yogurt or sweetened sour cream
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)


  1. Quarter pineapple lengthwise; remove core. Cut crosswise into small chunks. Place in large serving bowl. Add clementine segments, strawberries, kiwifruit, and coconut; gently toss.
  2. Spoon into dessert glasses. Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt or sweetened sour cream. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

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