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Dinner and a Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Dinner and a Movie: Miss Peregriine's Home for Peculiar Children - Suggestions and recipes for a family movie night

Okay, full disclosure:  I have not read this book.

I know!  What is wrong with me?!

Well, I bought it when it first came out and I was in the middle of something else and I set it aside and misplaced it… And I still can’t find it.  Between then and the release of the film, I guess I kinda forgot about it.

My friends, there are A Lot of books to read. Even the Lit Mama can’t get to them all.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Anyway, I’m almost glad I’ve not yet read the book.  I thoroughly enjoyed the film and so did my Littles, but Big’s Divine Girlfriend has said she already sees changes in it just from the previews.  If you’ve both read the book and seen the film, let me know what you think.  I mean, I’m still going to read the book (of course and when I find it), I would just like to know how you feel about it all.

One of my favorite parts of the whole movie was when Fiona grows the huge carrot in the garden.  If you watch the next scene carefully, they’re all sitting at dinner having chicken and that great big carrot is sitting in the center of the table cut into the shape of a 3-tiered cake.

Classic.

So you have to have chicken and carrots for dinner.  Oh yeah, and carrot cake.  Because carrot cake.

Dinner

Chicken Fingers in Zesty Wing Sauce, Easy Peasy Potato Skins, and Veggie Slices with Homemade Rance for Dinner and a Movie: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I wanted to do something a little more fun than a roast chicken, so I decided to share my famous (in this house, anyway) hot wings sauce with you in a funner version of the Peculiar Children’s meal.

Chicken Fingers in KT’s Zesty Hot Wing Sauce

Chicken Fingers in Zesty Wing Sauce for Dinner and a Movie: MIss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

You can make these 2 ways: the sort-of healthy way or the super-delicious not-so-healthy way.  One involves baking, the other frying.  They’re your arteries.  You choose.  Also, you can, of course, substitute wings for the breast strips.

What you need:

  • 2-3 pounds chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/3 cups hot pepper sauce
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 3 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-3 Tbsp honey, to taste

What you do:

Make the wing sauce:

  • Melt butter over medium-low heat with hot pepper sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder, whisking often
  • After butter is thoroughly melted and all ingredients well mixed, whisk in honey

Make the chicken fingers:

  • Divide wing sauce in half, setting aside half and pouring half into a medium bowl
  • Mix flour and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl
  • Mix together egg and milk in a separate bowl
  • Dredge chicken strips in flour mixture, then milk mixture, then flour mixture
  • Finally, dip strips in wing sauce

If baking:

Bake strips at 450F for 40 minutes

If frying:

Fry in batches of  375F oil for 6-8 minutes per batch

  • Place strips on a platter
  • Pour remaining wing sauce over strips before serving

Easy Peasy Potato Skins

Easy Peasy Potato Skins for Dinner and a Movie: MIss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

This one is a sure crowd pleaser.  I mean, bacon.

What you need:

  • 4-6 small potatoes
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar, divided
  • 1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 medium tomato, diced

What you do:

  • Clean potatoes, coat in oil or butter, and prick with a fork
  • Bake 1 hour at 450F  (or nuke ’em, I don’t have a microwave, but that’s a personal choice)
  • Reduce heat to 350F
  • Let potatoes cool for about 5 minutes
  • Cut them in half, then scoop out the pulp and put in a medium bowl (set the skins aside on a cookie sheet)
  • Add butter and sour cream to potato pulp
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mix in 1/2 cup cheese
  • Scoop pulp mixture back into skins
  • Sprinkle with bacon, tomatoes, and remaining cheese
  • Bake at 350F 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted
  • Top with sour cream

Veggie Sticks and Homemade Ranch Dip

Veggie Sticks and Homemade Ranch Dip for Dinner and a Movie: MIss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

This ranch dip?  To die for! And so much better than store bought.  I even use this for salads.

What you need:

  • Carrots, celery, tomato, bell peppers
  • 8 oz  natural sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 cup minced dried onions
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley flakes
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper

What you do

  • Slice carrots, celery, tomato, and bell peppers into strips
  • Mix everything else except sour cream together in an airtight jar to make ranch mix
  • Add 2 Tbsp ranch mix to sour cream and stir to mix
  • Save the remainder for another day, because you’re going to want to use it again

Dessert

ChBunny's Carrot Cake for Dinner and a Movie: MIss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Bunny’s Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

In the film, the enormous carrot is carved into a 3-tiered cake shape.  Love that, but I’m not going to make you do anything that complicated.  But we are going to make from-scratch carrot cake.  Because this stuff rocks.

What you need:

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrot (about 3 medium carrots)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp each: cloves, nutmeg, allspice
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup each: raisins, walnuts (optional)

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese (I use neufchatel)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

What you do:

For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease and flour 4 individual-serving bread pans or 2 regular bread pans
  • In a small bowl, mix together grated carrots, lemon juice, and pineapple; set aside
  • Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices into a medium bowl (don’t skip the sifting: 1. it’s fun 2. it makes the cake better)
  • Add oil and mix well
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition
  • Fold in carrot mixture
  • Fold in raisins and walnuts, if desired
  • Divide batter into loaf pans
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Allow to cool  in pans 5 minutes
  • Remove from pans and cool completely on a rack before frosting

For the icing:

  • Mix all ingredients until well-blended and creamy
  • Frost that yummy cake!

I bet you thought that was going to be hard, huh?  Yeah, it’s totally not.

Okay, so I was totally going to get a snack together to suggest, but while I was trying to decide on one my beautiful husband asked what I was doing.  When I told him, he said, “I think you should change the name to Dinner, Dessert, Exercise, and a Movie, because with all that food you’re going to make people fat.”  So in honor of his snark, I’m forgoing the snack for this month.

But I’m not making you exercise.

You know I love ya.

Love wins,

KT

 

 

 

 

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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14 Comments

  1. Love the recipes. I will copy because I am making strips for dinner soon.
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  2. This is a book I haven’t gotten around to reading either but would like to. Haven’t seen the movie either. Thanks for sharing at Literacy Musing Mondays!
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  3. Hahaha. I know! But I love how you always have something planned to ‘go’ with a book or movie. It makes the book/movie more memorable! It’s brilliant.

    I’d actually read this book by accident (next time I’ll read between the line ‘for all ages’, hehehe)!

    #practicalmondays
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  4. What a fun idea! Great way to entertain the family when you’re on a budget like we are. 🙂
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  5. My daughter is reading this book in June so we are definitely going to make this dinner! I love pairing books with family movie night 🙂

  6. We really liked the movie! I haven’t read the book either though. This is such a fun idea for a corresponding dinner. 🙂

    • Yeah, Leah, like I said, I’m super glade I hadn’t read the book yet. I saw a review that said they switched some of the powers around amongst the characters… would have made me mad. So I go to to enjoy it. Now I get to enjoy the book!

  7. How fun to bring a book to life like this (and it’s hilarious that you never read the book, but I sometimes have my kids watch movies of classic books we haven’t read so that they get familiar with more classic books!)
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    • I figured just because I haven’t read the book doesn’t mean you all haven’t. LOL Doesn’t make it less of a book-based film, just makes me slightly more ignorant than I usually am about these things!

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