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Dinner and a Movie: Back to School

Enjoy these film and food pairings as you ease into the new school year

By womantalks.com Staff Posted August 28, 2009 from womantalks.com

  • Summer’s Over
  • Summer’s Over

    PTA meetings, homework-helping, lunch-making—it’s almost time to get back into the swing of things. But before the kids get caught up in their studies, and once you’re done with the back-to-school shopping and the carpool-planning, take a break with a family movie night. You’ll love these fun school-themed films, and we’ve matched them with some really delicious meals.

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  • Taming the Hunger
  • Taming the Hunger

    10 Things I Hate About You and Tarragon Chicken with Asparagus

    This movie is an updated version of the Shakespeare classic, The Taming of the Shrew, except that it’s set in a contemporary high school. Why not pair it with an updated version of a delicious medieval-era–appropriate meal?

  • California Yum
  • California Yum

    Freedom Writers and Turkey Taco Skillet

    This inspiring movie about a teacher who tries to make a difference in her students’ lives takes place in Long Beach, so it’s a perfect match with the California-inspired ingredients of this savory recipe. Chow down on our healthy version of a Mexican favorite while watching these teens survive high school and the dangers of their city.

  • Blast from the Past…and Present
  • Blast from the Past…and Present

    Back to the Future and Crunchy Fish Sticks and Smashed Potatoes

    Ride alongside Michael J. Fox (a.k.a. Marty McFly) as he goes back 30 years in this 1980s classic, which can only be paired with a meal that gives you a taste of the past and the present. These smashed potatoes will comfort you in the here and now, while crispy fish sticks will make you feel like slow-dancing to “Earth Angel” all over again.

  • Sincerely Yours
  • Sincerely Yours

    The Breakfast Club and Ham and Cheese Strata

    This 1980s cult movie about five students serving detention on a Saturday calls for a hearty breakfast-inspired dinner. Watch these kids try to break out of their social status while you sneak a bite of this succulent dish.

  • Southern Vittles
  • Southern Vittles

    Remember the Titans and Creamy Chicken and Biscuits

    This film, based on a true story, is about a Virginia high school football coach who brings together a team and a town, all for the love of the game. A traditional southern-style meal is the perfect accompaniment, and this chicken-and-biscuits recipe is the only way to go.

  • Seize the Day…and the Meal
  • Seize the Day…and the Meal

    Dead Poets Society and Beef Stew Casserole

    Learn about a secret society at a private school in this deeply emotional film where boys become men and the title “teacher” holds a much more profound meaning. Take comfort in this hearty beef stew casserole dish as the story unfolds.

  • No More Mystery Meat
  • No More Mystery Meat

    Never Been Kissed and Two-Bean Sloppy Joes

    What would you do if you had a chance to relive your high school experience? Find out as you watch 25-year-old Josie Geller, played by Drew Barrymore, go undercover to research a newspaper article. Nosh on this cafeteria-with-a-twist recipe that’s paired with a great-tasting side of slaw.

  • Birthday Wishes
  • Birthday Wishes

    Sixteen Candles and Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

    Forget about a sweet sixteen party—all Sam Baker wants for her birthday is for her family to remember it (and to steal a sweet kiss from her crush). Find out if her wishes come true while enjoying a meal that’s definitely first-date–worthy.

  • A Classic—Updated
  • A Classic—Updated

    High School Musical and Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers

    Dance and sing along with these students as they discover who they are and have fun doing it. This burger, a healthier version of standard diner fare, is our tribute to the original high school musical: Grease.

  • War of the Classes
  • War of the Classes

    Pretty in Pink and Farfalle Shrimp Newburg

    Ah, the ’80s…when the rich were preppies and the punks were social outcasts. Can Andie and Blane overcome the social stigmas of the day and find true love (or at least go to prom together)? Find out as you eat this rich and creamy pasta with pink shrimp, naturally.

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