Anastasia’s Stroganoff Recipe

I never cared for stroganoff.

-Anastasia

stroganoff recipe

Did you read that like a Romanov?

Alright everybody, it’s time to make a recipe inspired by one of my favorite animated musicals, Anastasia! This is one of only a handful of non-Disney animated movies that I actually like, and I think the best part of it is the music. Yes, this movie is grossly inaccurate, historically speaking, but if you look at it just as a work of fiction, not based on real life, it’s a great story!

In one of the songs, Anastasia comments that she “never cared for stroganoff.” So, for this recipe, I figured I’d alter it a bit by taking out the only ingredient in stroganoff that I hate: mushrooms. Maybe it’s the mushrooms Anastasia never cared for. In that case, I bet she’d love this version, and I hope you do, too.

Anastasia's Stroganoff Recipe

Anastasia’s Stroganoff Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sour cream

Directions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pan, and drain off the excess grease.
  2. Add to the ground beef the butter, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and Worcestershire sauce, and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the beef broth and flour until no clumps remain.
  4. Add the broth/flour mixture to the pan with the seasoned beef.
  5. Heat the beef mixture over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the liquid thickens.
  6. Turn the heat off, and stir in the sour cream.
  7. Serve on top of egg noodles.

Chop Suey – A Lady and the Tramp Recipe

Chop Suey - A Lady and the Tramp Recipe

When most people think of Lady and the Tramp, they think of the iconic scene with the spaghetti and meatballs. While I love spaghetti and meatballs, I don’t feel like it’s an interesting enough recipe to warrant its own blog post. So, in seeking to do a recipe based off of Lady and the Tramp, I went a little more obscure.

When Darling is pregnant, there’s a scene where she asks Jim Dear to go out and get her some foods she’s been craving in the middle of the night. One of those foods is chop suey. I love this detail, because it is so authentic to the time period. Chop suey was one of the first American Chinese food dishes, and it was immensely popular in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Chop suey is a simple dish, and it can be made with a variety of meats and vegetables, so feel free to switch up this recipe according to your tastes.

 

Chop Suey Recipe - Lady and the Tramp

Chop Suey – A Disney Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • olive oil
  • 3 cups of chopped vegetables, such as:
    • broccoli
    • carrots
    • onions
    • bell peppers
    • baby corn
    • cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. chicken broth

Directions

  1. Cook the chicken pieces in the olive oil on medium-high heat, turning until they are just cooked on each side.
  2. Add the vegetables to the pan with the chicken, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and chicken broth.
  4. Add the sauce mixture to the chicken and veggies in the pan, stirring well.
  5. Coook for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve this yummy dish over rice or noodles. Enjoy!

 

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Rey’s Sauteed Spinach – A Star Wars Recipe

Rey's Sauteed Spinach - A Star Wars Recipe

I’m back with another Star Wars recipe for this month’s Fandom Foodies theme, hosted by My Main is a Cook. #MaytheFork be with you!

In The Force Awakens, Rey’s Portion Bread seems to get all the attention, and with good reason! It’s pretty neat to see the bread bubble up from just powder and water. But, along with the bread, Rey cooks up sauteed greens of some kind to eat with her bread. They’re only shown on screen for a brief moment, so I’m not entirely sure what kind of plant this dish comes from in the Star Wars universe, but I figured spinach was a pretty close approximation in our world.

I love spinach, and I don’t understand how anyone could dislike it! This sauteed spinach recipe is so easy to make and is perfect as a nutritious side dish to any meal. You can change up the ingredients however you like, too.

Rey’s Sauteed Spinach – A Star Wars Recipe

Ingredients

  • spinach, 1 block frozen or 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Place the spinach and water in a frying pan.
  2. Heat the spinach until it is wilted and warmed through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix until combined.
  4. Serve hot with any meal you like!

You can use either fresh or frozen spinach for this, but I used frozen spinach since it more closely resembled the portion packet Rey receives. This is very basic food, but that’s perfect because it’s what Rey lived off of for so long. It still tastes great, though. Enjoy, and may the force be with you!

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Apple Dumplings Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Apple Dumpling Recipe - Disney's The Apple Dumpling Gang

I’m generally not a huge fan of the Disney movies that were made in the 1970s, but The Apple Dumpling Gang is a definite exception. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I was fascinated with frontier and pioneer life as a child, and The Apple Dumpling Gang fed that fascination nicely. This movie is exciting, endearing, and funny (mostly thanks to the ever hilarious Don Knotts). Even as an adult, I enjoy rewatching this movie. Just as charming as ever!

In the movie, Celia says that their new adoptive dad, Mr. Donavan, will allow them to eat all the apple dumplings they want. Sounds good to me! Apple dumplings are super easy to make, too, which is a huge plus.

Apple Dumpling Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, peeled and cored
  • pie crust, cut into 6-inch squares
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar

Directions

  1. Place each of the apples onto a square of pie crust.
  2. Stuff the hollow center of each apple with 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp. butter.
  3. Wrap the pie crust around the apple, pinching it closed on top.
  4. Place the wrapped apples into a deep baking dish.
  5. Place the water, white sugar, and 1 Tbsp. butter into a pot.
  6. Heat the sugar/water mixture on medium heat until it starts to bubble, stirring constantly.
  7. Pour the sugar syrup over the apple dumplings. This will form a sweet, sticky sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F fro 45 minutes, or until the dumplings turn a golden brown color.

Serve the dumplings warm, and spoon some of the sauce on top of each serving. These are also great served with ice cream.

 

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Wookiee Cookies – A Star Wars Recipe

Wookiee Cookies - A Star Wars Recipe

Update: I am submitting this recipe to the monthly Fandom Foodies link-up! This month is Star Wars themed, hosted by My Main is a Cook. Check it out! #MayTheFork be with you!

 

I started this blog because I wanted to cook and eat the foods that the characters in my favorite fiction actually ate. When searching for recipes based off my favorite books and movies, I always found tons of recipes or food ideas that were cutesy in name or shape, but that weren’t actually foods that were found in the story. I was always disappointed in this, because I wanted to feel immersed in the story and feel like I was a part of it. Not to say that cutesy things are awful, but it’s just not what I wanted. And it’s not what I wanted this blog to be. That’s why, in general, the recipes you’ll find on this blog are an attempt to recreate actual foods that your favorite characters actually ate…with rare exceptions.

This recipe is one such exception. I have no idea what makes these cookies “wookiee cookies,” other than the fact that the Star Wars Cookbook called them that. BUT, these cookies are too delicious not to share. Plus, it’s just fun to say “wookiee cookies.”

I received the Star Wars Cookbook as a gift years ago (what can I say, my family knows me well), and while most of the recipes are just normal foods with cutesy names, many of the recipes are really good. (And the photos are hilarious, too!) When I tried this recipe from the cookbook, it quickly became one of my favorite cookie recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

Wookiee Cookies – A Star Wars Recipe

Adapted slightly from the Star Wars Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Beat together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well incorporated.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat well.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon over the wet mixture, and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Add the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

The combination of the milk chocolate and cinnamon in these cookies is fantastic!

 

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Rey’s Portion Bread – Star Wars Recipe

Rey's Portion Bread - Star Wars Recipe

Update: I am submitting this recipe to the monthly Fandom Foodies link-up! This month is Star Wars themed, hosted by My Main is a Cook. Check it out! #MayTheFork be with you!

 

I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I was a kid, and I’ve seen all of the movies so many times I’ve lost count! I know there were mixed feelings on The Force Awakens from Star Wars fans everywhere, but I loved it! In fact, I’d say it’s currently my second favorite Star Wars movie, the original being first, of course.

There isn’t a whole lot of food in the original Star Wars trilogy, so fans have had to be really creative when it comes to finding Star Wars recipes. I loved that The Force Awakens gave us a few more options.

The little loaf of bread Rey makes with the powder in her portion pack was such a fun detail! She mixes the powder with water and a cute little loaf of bread bubbles up.

I’ve seen a few recipes for Rey’s portion bread, but most of them are microwaved quick breads. I get that the microwave method is the most authentic we can get to having the bread form the way it did in the movie, but I don’t think the final product is very authentic. It will be soft and crumbly and may need to be eaten with a fork. The bread in the movie is sturdy, and Rey is able to easily hold it in her hand.

So, for my version of Rey’s portion bread, I decided to try to be more authentic in the final product, even if the method is less authentic. I went with traditional yeast rolls, and I decided to add spinach to give it the green color from the movie. I adapted this recipe for spinach bread that I found from The Novice Housewife.

Rey’s Portion Bread – Star Wars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese powder
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast, flour, salt, and sugar.
  2. Add the spinach, garlic powder, and parmesan.
  3. Mix in the water and olive oil, and stir until smooth.
  4. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, either by hand or using the dough hook attachment on a mixer.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, and allow it to rise in a warm place for about an hour.
  6. Punch down the dough, and form it into individual rolls.
  7. Place the rolls on a baking sheet, and allow them to rise one more hour.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until browned on top.

These rolls are delicious, and they’re heartier than other rolls, which makes them perfect for surviving in the deserts of Jakku!

 

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Fruity Oaty Bars – Serenity

Fruity Oaty Bars Recipe - Serenity

I’ve been trying to make up some Fruity Oaty Bars for a really long time! I’ve tried a bunch of different recipes, and none of them turned out well at all. I truly almost gave up, but I decided to give it one more go…and this batch actually turned out okay!

For those “non-Browncoats” out there, Fruity Oaty Bars are featured in the movie Serenity, which is based off the TV show, Firefly. In the movie, there is a TV advertisement for a product called Fruity Oaty Bars. It has a catchy little tune, too 🙂 Well, the advertisement turns out to have some serious subliminal messages hidden within it, which causes a bit of a problem for the crew.

In the animated advertisement, the bars are rainbow colored. I tried my best to recreate that, but if you don’t want to dye the dough, you don’t have to. Just leave that step out.

I used this recipe from CookFiction as inspiration and adapted it slightly to suit my tastes.

Fruity Oaty Bars – Serenity

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • food coloring (optional)
  • 1 cup jam (any flavor)

Directions

  1. Beat together the butter and sugar.
  2. Add the oats, flour, and salt, and mix until crumbly.
  3. Add the egg, applesauce, and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  4. Divide the dough evenly into 4 small bowls.
  5. Mix each portion of dough with a different color of food coloring.
  6. Press half of the dough into the bottom of a square pan, alternating colors to form a rainbow look.
  7. Spread the jam on top of the dough.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining dough on top of the jam, again alternating colors.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes.
  10. Slice the bars across the colored strips to form a rainbow.

I love the combination of jam and oats in these bars, and the pretty colors make them extra fun to eat!

 

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Kronk’s Spinach Puffs – Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove

They’re so easy to make. I’ll get you the recipe.

-Kronk, The Emperor’s New Groove

Kronk's Spinach Puff Recipe - Disney's The Emperor's New Groove

The Emperor’s New Groove is one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time. I love anything that can make me laugh out loud, and since I have a weirdly specific sense of humor, it is actually quite rare that a movie or show makes me laugh out loud…and this movie does just that, no matter how many times I watch it!

Kronk is easily the best part of this movie. He is so funny, and I love his passion for cooking. In light of that, I knew that I had to recreate Kronk’s spinach puffs. I adapted this recipe, and I think it’s one that Kronk would approve!

Kronk’s Spinach Puffs – The Emperor’s New Groove

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

Directions

  1. Beat one of the eggs in a medium bowl.
  2. Add to the egg the spinach, feta, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
  3. Cut the puff pastry sheet into 9 equal squares.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, and place the puff pastry squares into the individual cups of the muffin tin.
  5. Fill the puff pastry squares with about 2 or 3 Tbsp. of spinach filling, and pinch the corners closed on top.
  6. Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl, and brush the egg over the tops of the spinach puffs.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes.

These spinach puffs are great as a side item or appetizer, and I love that they’re pretty customizable, too. You can add bacon, chickpeas, or whatever else you want to the filling. Kronk was right, these are very easy to make!

 

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Ketchup Soup and Parmesan Potatoes – The Martian

the martian recipes

This month, Food ‘n Flix is hosted by A Day in the Life on the Farm. The chosen movie for this month is The Martian, and I am so excited to share with you my recipes inspired by that film!

Back in 2014, my husband (who happens to be a rocket scientist…no, really!) read The Martian by Andy Weir, and he loved it so much that he talked about it almost nonstop for weeks. Since I never planned on reading the book (not really the genre I usually like to read), I let him tell me all about it, and I felt like I had read it myself.

So, when The Martian movie came out a couple years later, I knew we had to see it together in the theater. We both loved it, and I enjoyed hearing my husband compare the book to the movie. They are different, of course, but he liked them both.

I decided to make two recipes inspired by this movie. First up is parmesan potatoes. Mark Watney eats a lot of potatoes in this movie, because he is stranded with very few food reserves and resorts to growing his own potatoes from a few potatoes found in a packaged meal.

I was trying to figure out what I could do to make the potatoes more flavorful that would still maintain the theme of the movie, and I remembered a part in the movie where he runs out of ketchup and dips his potatoes in crushed Vicodin. Yes, as in the narcotic. While using actual Vicodin in this recipe would be both disgusting and illegal, I thought that powdered parmesan cheese looked a bit like crushed up Vicodin powder, so I went with that.

Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. parmesan cheese powder (you know, the kind that comes in a bottle shaker!)

Directions

  1. Wash the potatoes and cut them up into bite-size pieces.
  2. Put the potatoes in a bowl, and toss them together with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Lay the potatoes out onto a greased baking sheet, and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

For the next recipe, I was inspired by the packets of ketchup Mark Watney uses (until he runs out, that is). And I thought, “Oh, why not make tomato soup with a ketchup base?” Um…bad idea, Courtney! Seriously, do not make soup out of ketchup. It was so vinegar-y and just nasty!

So instead of taking it so literally, I just made my favorite simple tomato soup recipe. I still called it “ketchup soup” though, because I was inspired by the ketchup 🙂

Ketchup Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove.
  2. Whisk the soup together as it heats so that all ingredients are incorporated into a smooth consistency.
  3. Add any desired garnishes, such as basil or parmesan cheese.

I served this soup with a dash of parmesan cheese powder to tie it in with the potatoes. It’s not gourmet, of course, but it is good in its simplicity…and it sure tasted better than the actual ketchup soup I made before. haha!

I hope you enjoy these fun little recipes as much as I enjoyed The Martian movie!

 

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Chocolate Cherry Tart – Pan’s Labyrinth

“You will see a sumptuous feast, but don’t eat or drink anything. Absolutely nothing. Your life depends on it.”

-The Faun, Pan’s Labyrinth-

chocolate cherry tart recipe

When I read that the film for Food ‘n Flix this month was Pan’s Labyrinth, I knew I had to jump at the chance to participate in this online film club for the first time. This month’s Food ‘n Flix is hosted by Pretty Cake Machine. Check out either of those blogs for info on how you can participate! Now, let’s get to it.

I am normally quite squeamish when it comes to movies and TV shows, so I usually steer clear of rated “R” movies, since they normally have too much violence for me to handle. However, I make an exception for Pan’s Labyrinth because it is just such a beautiful film. I love the gritty, realistic version of fantasy found in this movie, and the symbolism in the story is heart-wrenching and inspiring all at once.

I was of course inspired by the scene with the Pale Man. Even though that scene gives me anxiety, the food on the table is stunning. No wonder Ofelia and other children like her were tempted by it.

One dish that stood out to me the most was a tart or pie studded with bright red cherries. I already had a jar of maraschino cherries in the fridge, so I knew immediately I wanted to recreate this delectable dessert. I used a recipe for chocolate pudding that I found on the Hershey’s website.

So, here it is. A chocolate pudding tart adorned with bright red cherries. It’s so easy to make, but also yummy and beautiful.

Pale Man’s Chocolate Cherry Tart – Pan’s Labyrinth

Ingredients

  • Pie crust (I used a store-bought graham cracker crust…sue me! 😉 )
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk (trust me, do not use anything other than whole milk!)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. Mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, salt and milk in a saucepan.
  2. Cook the mixture over medium heat until it starts to boil, stirring it constantly.
  3. Allow the mixture to boil for about 1 minute, remembering to keep stirring.
  4. Remove the pudding from the heat and add the butter and vanilla.
  5. Pour the pudding into the pie crust, and allow the pudding to set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  6. Allow the cherries to drain on a towel for a minute, then arrange them in a circular pattern across the top of the tart.

Bonus Recipe – Warm Milk with Honey

Mercedes is one of my favorite characters in this movie. She is sweet and kind, but also determined and strong. I love the kindness she shows to Ofelia. In one scene, she offers to give Ofelia some warm milk with honey, and I thought that warm and comforting drink sounded lovely, but since it’s so simple, it can’t really be counted as a recipe.

Just warm some milk on the stove or in the microwave. Pour a few tablespoons of honey into the bottom of a mug. Pour the warm milk over the honey, and stir it all together. You can also add some cinnamon for a little something extra.

I hope these two recipes help you get into the spirit of Pan’s Labyrinth. Enjoy!

 

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