Staying indoors? Try a recipe inspired by these foodie films.

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While the weather where you’re at may not be as blustery and cold as it is here in New England, it’s always nice to spend some cozy time indoors watching one of the following foodie films.  Each is guaranteed to compel you to rush into the kitchen after the credits roll.

Tortilla Soup

For some reason this film rarely seems to end up on anyone’s favorite food-filled film list… but it should. The scenes involving Hector Elizondo cooking vibrant Mexican inspired dishes are positively decadent and make-up for the melodrama that permeates the whole romantically-challenged sister against sister sub-plot. The food truly is the focal point of the film. You’ll be craving a pitcher of margaritas almost immediately.

Recipe Inspiration: Red Chile Enchiladas from BakeSpace member Redchiladarecipe


On a certain level, I sort of hate Sideways for making me into an anti-Merlot snob. Until I saw this film in the theater, I actually used to buy Merlot quite a bit, but upon viewing Miles’ anti-merlot rant I quit buying it cold turkey. In fact, I didn’t have a glass in years until a friend brought a bottle to a recent dinner party. It was surprisingly good. Looks like it’s time for me to grow a wine backbone and stop allowing myself to be led astray by the dialogue in this quirky Hollywood script.

Recipe Inspiration: Merlot-Pomegranate Braised Lamb Shanks from BakeSpace member BobtheDude

Mystic Pizza

I can’t even begin to guess how many times I’ve watched this movie over the years, but I it must be in the hundreds. My favorite way to indulge in this ultimate chick flick guilty pleasure is to, of course, accompany the film with a warm cheese and veggie topped pizza (mmm…mushrooms)… while of course sporting pajamas.

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to view Mystic Pizza, please know that you’re truly missing out on Julia Roberts in all her wild-haired unruliness. No one ever looked more glamorous slinging pizza while drinking beer from cans and picking up preppy college boys in local dive bars. You earn bonus points if you can pick out Matt Damon in a very brief “meet the parents” dinner scene. If you blink you’ll miss him.

Recipe Inspiration: Grilled Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Cilantro, Grilled Pineapple, and Prosciutto from BakeSpace member Foodiebride


I have two words for you: Nathan Fillion. I sometimes get more excited about Mr. Fillion’s on-screen time than the decadent pies that are baked by the endearing heroine of the film. But if you don’t share my school girl crush, I assure you that the marathon baking sessions by Kerri Russel’s character will have you rushing furiously to your pantry for flour, sugar, and blueberries.

Recipe Inspiration: Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Streusel Pie from BakeSpace member  Howtoeatacupcake

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A self-proclaimed chick-lit, wine, and cookie baking enthusiast, who resides in Boston and writes frequently detailing the adventures I have with my pink KitchenAid mixer and two unruly kittens (Watson & Dexter), while attempting to reign in a rather precarious shopping addiction. It’s a “tough job” but someone has to do it. You can find me at ERINCOOKS.COM, XOXOERIN.COM, YUMMERY.COM & on @GIRLIEERIN.