Movie Themed Meal: “Waitress” Edition

3 Oct

We’ve been going through a bit of Nathan Fillion phase since Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog came to our collective attention (although some of my roommates will argue that it is not a phase for them). Besides, there is no doubt that Nathan Fillion’s presence in our next movie “Waitress” made it that more enjoyable.

You know what else made it more enjoyable? PIE!

Pie makes everything better. At my “alternative” high school in Washington, D.C., we celebrated Pi Day (March 14th) with a pie filled lunch, as well as pie-eating contests and circle-drawing contests. So our quiche and pie filled dinner reminded me of Pi day, except it wasn’t in March and it wasn’t NEARLY as dorktacular.
Waitress” was written and directed by Adrienne Shelley who was tragically murdered right before the film was released. It stars Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, and the guy who played Elton in “Clueless” (you know, “rollin’ with the homies”). It is about Jenna (Russell), a waitress who has a gift for pie and is trying to use that to get enough money to leave her husband. She finds she is pregnant and sees her dreams of leaving slipping away. She goes to see the gynecologist, Dr. Pomatter, and has an affair with him. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out what else happens. It is a good mix of comedy and drama, something we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Our menu: Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche, Caesar Salad and Tollhouse Cookie Pie.
Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche. Served 4, twice. (from )

We used frozen pie crust (whole wheat!) from Whole Foods. Easy prep and easy clean up. No real need to make your own pie crust for this.

Our advice here is to use less eggs if you cannot find a deep dish pie crust. Also, when filling the pie crust, add the desired amount of broccoli, then fill the rest of the crust with egg mixture and then the cheese. DO NOT OVERFILL! We had quite a bit of egg spillage on the table, on the floor and in the oven. We had to put foil on the rack underneath the pie crust to keep the egg mixture from dripping in our oven. We would suggest placing the pie crust on a cookie sheet for easier transport to the oven and to prevent dripping.

Caesar Salad (a la my father).
Served 3 (one of my roommates doesn’t eat vegetables… except broccoli…)
2 heads Romaine Lettuce
1 mini baguette
1 clove of garlic, minced
juice of 1 lemon
.5 tsp. of dijon mustard
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
Step 1. Cut baguette into cubes and place on foil-lined mini-baking sheet. Place sheet in toaster oven (or regular oven if you don’t have a toaster oven) and toast on medium setting.

Step 2. Wash lettuce and tear into managably-sized pieces and place in bowl.

Step 3. Mince garlic and set aside. (Since we used garlic in our other recipe, we just prepared it all at the same time).
Step 4. Juice the lemon into a bowl by poking a fork into the cut lemon and using it catch the seeds. You will have to fish some out anyway. Add mustard, 2 tblsp. of extra virgin olive oil, and whisk together with the fork until emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 5. Coat pan (and then some) with olive oil and start to cook garlic. Once it just begins to brown, add the bread cubes. Stir the bread cubes around until coated with oil.

Step 6. Pour bread cubes and garlic onto lettuce and add the dressing. Toss. Enjoy.

Tollhouse Cookie Pie. Served 4, twice. My roommate refused to keep paying for a delicious pie from the Chocolate Bar in Houston, TX and set out to make it herself. She eventually found a recipe on and adapted it.

1 frozen whole wheat regular pie crust, thawed
2 eggs
.5 cup flour
.5 cup sugar
.5 cup packed brown sugar
.75 cup butter, softened (1.5 sticks)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (plus extra for the top)
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 tsp. mexican vanilla extract

Step 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Step 2. Beat eggs in large bowl with electric hand-mixer until foamy.

Step 3. Beat in flour, sugar, and brown sugar.
Step 4. Beat in butter.

Step 5. Add chocolate chips and walnuts and mix with a spoon.

Step 6. Spoon mixture into pie crust. Cover the top with more chocolate chips as desired.
Step 7. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
Step 8. Cool for 30 to 40 minutes (it will still be warm and delicious).
Step 9. Serve with whipped cream!!

*Note! Do not eat this pie cold. If you have leftovers, reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Always accompany it with whipped cream!*

Here is our final, delicious meal. “Waitress” is a movie you really want to watch while eating pie. I think we connected even better with the movie as we believed in the power of the pie.

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