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Dinner & a Movie: The Great Outdoors

Do you love John Candy as much as I do?  Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, and even Home Alone!  All so good but my favorite Candy movie has to be The Great Outdoors. This movie is so hilarious and epic for me on many levels: 1. John Candy’s drive to have the perfect family vacation rivals that of Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation and epitomizes every American family’s vacation experience on some level. 2. Dan Akyroyd has some of the best one liners in this film–hands down. 3. Similar to #1, this movie is basically a compilation of experiences and stories of my own trips in the Wisconsin northwoods to our lodge. Here’s a brief summary from Google: It’s vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley (John Candy), along with his wife, Connie (Stephanie Faracy), and their two kids, Buck (Chris Young) and Ben (Ian Giatti). But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie’s obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd), his wife, Kate (Annette Bening), and …

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Dinner and a Movie

Decisions. Decisions. What to make for dinner?  What movie to watch tonight?  Which email to read first?  Which bottle of wine to open?  Which section of Williams-Sonoma do I start at first? Let’s just focus on the first two for now but in case you’re wondering on the rest… The oldest, the Sauvignon Blanc, and the clearance section. I’m a straight up movie junkie of all sorts; action, drama, rom-com, documentary, kid movies, classics, psychological thrillers (NOT slasher thrillers!), etc. Sometimes I can’t remember what I walked into a room for, but I can recite most lines to my favorite films and rattle off the actors’ names like it’s my job. At the ripe age of 12 I could recite the entire script Steel Magnolias–still can. I’m constantly picking movies to watch and thinking up what to nosh on.  Sometimes it’s food mentioned or eaten in the movie and other times the region or time period inspires me.  Either way, it’s a blend of two of my favorites–food and film. Starting a week from today, I’m kicking off …