Friday, July 23, 2010

Movie Food: Dinner for Schmucks Orzo with Greens and Meeting of Important People

I was lucky enough to catch a premiere showing of Dinner For Schmucks last night at Muvico. I had a nice reserved spot thanks to DF and her husband Jay (he is a blind movie critic, check out his site here). The movie wasn't all that spectacular, it made me laugh but it was very cliched and predictable. My favorite scene was the idiot dinner, which in the previews seems like a much bigger part of the movie than what it actually was. Steve Carell's (the office, Little Miss Sunshine) character was a dead rat collector. He gathered their carcasses and turned them into artistic expressions (the best of which was the rendition of "The Last Supper"). In honor of the rats, I concocted a very cheesy orzo and greens recipe.

Orzo with Tomatoes and Spinach
(printable version)

-olive oil
-1 package, orzo
-1 onion
-salt and pepper (to taste)
-1 can of diced tomatoes (28 oz)
-1 cup, white wine
-2 1/2 cups, water
-32 ounces spinach
-2 ounces asiago cheese
-1/3 cup Parmesan

1. Heat olive oil in a large wok or skillet. Finely chop the onion and add it to the oil along with salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent.

2. Add the wine, orzo, tomatoes, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and has absorbed the liquid. (Add more water if necessary, drain if too much).

3. Add the spinach and asiago. Cook, stirring occasionally, for four minutes. Divide the pasta amongst four bowls and top with Parmesan.

The Dinner for Shmucks is a meeting of important people vying for promotion and status in the business world. Another type of Meeting of Important People takes place in Pittsburgh. This meeting includes a new EP, Quit Music, that will be out this week as well as voyages amongst Jesus followers and country wives. Its poppy rock with a voice that actually sings and it is catchy as heaven. You can download the entire EP and it only costs you an email address.

Meeting of Important People-Jesus Song