Saturday, June 02, 2012

Sideways Roundup

What a turnout! Including my own submission we have eight people at the Sideways Party!! Thanks ladies! There's nothing like opening a bottle of wine to get people interested in joining the festivities.

Without further ado....let's see what Sideways inspired in kitchens far and wide.

HEATHER weighed in with a Proscuitto, Arugula and Parmesan Sandwich (which had truffle oil…mmmm). She summed up the theme here:

“You will find humor, friendship, love, sex, wine, food...basically the things that make up abundance throughout the film. It makes me want to head out to wine country with a full picnic basket and a wine key.”

A fine looking picnic here. Count me in!

ELIZABETH at The Law Student's Cookbook prepared a delicious Mushroom Broccolini Risotto
She says, "Risotto isn’t the easiest dish to make, but I think I pulled it off pretty well for this meal. Overall I was satisfied." I sure would be satisfied, you did a magnificent job!

CAMILLA at Culinary Adventures with Camilla prepared a cake called Chocolate Scream which, you can see, looks decadently delicious. A very cool thing about this is, Camilla recreated this cake after dining at Los Olivos Café...yes, the very place Jack, Stephanie, Miles and Maya ate. What a nice trip, Camilla! Thanks for sharing.

DEB at Kahakai Kitchen
made a Corn and Cheese Chowder which, despite the heat right now, I need to try.

From Deb's site:
Corn chowder isn't a central character in this wine-filled comedy, but it does have a small walk-on part..... On a double date between wine-loving sad sack Miles and intelligent waitress and horticultural student Maya, along with randy actor and soon to be married Jack paired with sassy winery employee Stephanie, the waitress mentions that corn chowder is the soup of the day. I heard that and thought, "I want some corn chowder..." and there was my inspiration. ;-)

GLENNIS at Can'tbelieveweate's made Basil Accented Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp
She says, "My dish is a Spring standard…a strawberry-rhubarb crisp, with the exception that mine is kissed with fresh basil." You are lucky, Glennis to live in an area prolific with strawberries. Yum!

DEBRA at Eliot's Eats prepared White Wine and Dijon Braised Chicken with Tarragon. We are big fans of chicken dishes in our home and this looks like a keeper to me.

From Debra's post:
I knew I had to cook with wine and I was inspired by Jack’s comment at the awkward meal with Miles’ mother: “Is this chicken?” (I am assuming he was being served leftover mystery meat.)
You are a fine cook and story teller, Debra. And I love what you made.

SARAH at Well Dined tempts us with Foccacia with Grapes and Rosemary plus homemade ricotta.

"I wanted to make something that would feel like it belonged in Napa Valley, and that would pair well with wine." You did it, Kate! And thanks for that link on how to make your own ricotta in this post.

I made a Crab Mushroom Pasta dish with Artichoke Tomato added. My post and review may be found HERE

That was fun.

Do I need to call anyone a cab? Good time? Yes, I had a good time. Thank you all for coming and sharing such mouth watering dishes.

June's Food 'n Flix selection is The Mistress of Spices hosted by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Check it out.




  1. You don't need to call me a cab...I'll stumble home a la Miles. ;P Yum, everybody cooked up some wonderfully inspired dishes. Thanks so much for picking a great film and hosting this month, Tina! =)

  2. Thank you for hosting such a great film. I love all the dishes that everyone posted and I am amazed at the inspiration for them all---from Maya's quote, to specials in restaurants, to the picnic, etc.

    Great round up!

  3. A great movie pick and a wonderful round up--so many inspired dishes.
    Thanks for hosting! ;-)

  4. Thank you, ladies, very much. It was enjoyable.

  5. What a party; wish I could have gone; the food looked almost as good as that wine.

  6. Oh such fun! I'm with Rita on this one. Cheers!

    P.S. Is it true what you wrote on Rita's blog?

  7. Such a beautiful collection of dishes Tina! I don't know which one to choose!

  8. Wow .... what a great grouping of recipes ... gotta check out that corn and cheese chowder :-)

  9. Thanks all, I appreciate your nice comments!

    Louise, did you mean my part about twitter or pinterest? Yes on the first part :-)

  10. Yes I did Tina. Whew! I thought you meant both and possibly all...

  11. All of the dishes look great! Great roundup!


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