Saturday, October 11, 2014

Check Out Our Second Website! www.LetsEatFiction.com


Let's Eat Fiction! is our other site where we post recipes (with how-to videos) from: books, movies & TV shows like: Doctor Who's "Fish Fingers" (cake balls) & CustardMinny's Chocolate Pie (The Help), and more. So, if you've like what we've done on The Disney Diner so far, you're going to love what we're doing on Let's Eat Fiction! So, stop on over and check us out. We'll be waiting for ya!!

-Red ;)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Remy's Tomato Soup (Ratatouille)

Recreate Remy's Soup
from Disney-Pixar's film
"Ratatouille"
with this easy
one-pot recipe!!

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Remy's Tomato Soup
*makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 leeks, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, pureed in blender
1 tablespoon sugar
cracked black pepper
1 cup white wine (or substitute 1 cup water)
5 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, cubed
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
4 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
sea salt, to taste
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
green onion, for garnish (optional)



Directions:

Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the onion and cook until tender and almost translucent (about 3 minutes). Add in the leeks and garlic and cook until the onions are completely translucent (about 2 more minutes). Pour in the pureed tomatoes. Stir. Add the sugar and black pepper. Stir well. Now add in the white wine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes until the wine has reduced. The liquid will become thick and the steam won't have the smell of alcohol any longer.

Pour in the chicken broth. Now add the: cubes of parmesan, thyme, basil, bay leaves, cayenne pepper and sea salt. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 20 minutes.

Remove lid. Add in the heavy cream and parsley. Recover and let simmer an additional 10 minutes on low. Serve* with crusty French bread or a baguette. 

*If you don't like it with the chunky veggies, then pour it back into your blender (a few cups at a time) and puree the soup before serving.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Let It Glow" (non-alcoholic) Drink Recipe (Disney's Hollywood Studios)


Disney's Hollywood Studios is currently celebrating "Frozen Summer Fun" (runs through 9/1/14) and during this time the park is offering a variety of Frozen-themed merchandise, beverages and treats. One of those specialty beverages is called the "Let It Glow" Drink. It's a non-alcoholic cocktail that is served with a glow cube. And in this episode of The Disney Diner I'm going to show you how you can make it at home so you can have Frozen Summer Fun all year-round. Enjoy!!


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"Let It Glow" Drink
*serves 2

Ingredients:

16 ounces pineapple juice (either pre-mixed bottled, or frozen concentrate)
16 ounces ginger ale, chilled
4 tablespoons grenadine (found near alcoholic beverages in grocery store)
maraschino cherries, for garnish
glow-in-the-dark ice cube (mine is from WDW but you can also find them online)



Directions:

If using the frozen concentrate, then you'll need to mix it in a pitcher with 3 cans of water first. If using the bottled/pre-made, then you can bypass this step.

Pour the pineapple juice and ginger ale into a blender pitcher. Add the grenadine. Blend for a few seconds. (If you don't own a blender, you can still make this drink, just stir the ingredients very well in a large pitcher.) Pour into 2 tall glasses and garnish with maraschino cherries. Turn your glow cubes on and drop them in. Sip and enjoy!





Thursday, August 14, 2014

Croissant Donuts Recipe and Video (Epcot: Refreshment Port)


Have you heard the news?
You can now get Croissant Donuts
at the Refreshment Port
in Epcot's Canada Pavilion!
And even better news, is that
you can now make them at home
following this EASY recipe!!!
Enjoy!

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Croissant Donuts
*makes 8-12 (depending on the size of your cookie cutter)

Ingredients:

1 (8 count) tube refrigerated croissant/crescent roll dough
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
flour, for dusting counter
vegetable oil, for frying


Directions:

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Set aside.

Dust counter or flat surface with flour. Open tube of dough and lay out flat. At this point, the dough looks like a square, with 4 rectangles like this (I suggest watching the above video to see exactly how this is done):

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Remove the top 2 rectangles and attach 1 to the end of the other 2 to make a long strip of dough, like this:

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You'll only need the 3 rectangles at this point. You can set the 4th one aside and use it later.

Dip your fingers in flour and lightly press on the perforated marks to seal the dough.

Fold it in thirds, first the right side and then the left. Roll it out using a rolling pin until it's the size it was before.

Now fold it in thirds again. Turn it sideways and roll it again until it's slightly longer than the rolling pin.

Take a circular cookie or biscuit cutter and cut out your circles. Use a small cookie cutter or water/soda bottle cap to cut out the center circles. You can save these pieces of dough to make donut holes.

Remember the 4th rectangle from earlier? Add it to the leftover scraps and then repeat the process of rolling and cutting out circles until all the dough has been used.


Fill a deep pan with 1 inch of vegetable oil. Heat on medium-high heat or until it bubbles when a wooden utensil is inserted into the oil.

Drop your donuts in and let cook until golden brown. Flip over and let the other side cook. They should puff up and the layers will begin to separate. Remove from oil and place on paper towel-lined plate. Move to the dish with the cinnamon-sugar and coat all sides. 

Serve plain or a la mode.






Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Disney Princess Cupcakes Recipe and Video



These cupcakes will be a big hit at your next Disney Princess-themed birthday party! Not only are they delicious with their moist cake and buttercream frosting but they're incredibly easy to make!


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Disney Princess Cupcakes
*makes 1 dozen

Ingredients:

12 standard-size cupcakes (baked and cooled)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or other flavoring)
5 cups powdered/confectioner's sugar
4-6 tablespoons milk
food coloring (yellow, blue and red or pink)
edible glitter
small edible icing flowers
small plastic Disney Princess figurines (I found mine at the 99 Cents Store)


Directions:

Bake cupcakes according to directions on package or recipe. Let cool completely. Set aside for later.

Place butter, shortening and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. After all 5 cups of sugar have been added, the frosting will be thick and crumbly. Now it's time to add the milk. Add 1 tablespoons at a time and mix on high until light and creamy.

Separate the frosting into 4 bowls for coloring. I only colored 3 of mine and left 1 white (see the video above) but you are welcome to color all 4. Add drops of food coloring into each bowl and mix with a spoon or spatula until you reach the desired shade.

Spoon each color of frosting into a gallon-size Ziploc bag and cut off 1/2-inch from one end to create a homemade cake decorating bag (watch the video above to see how this is done).

Take a cupcake and begin squeezing the frosting around the edge in a circular motion, then fill in the middle. 

Sprinkle with edible glitter. Carefully set a Disney Princess figure in the center of the frosting and gently press down to secure. Add a few edible flowers around the toy's base. 

Repeat these steps for the remaining cupcakes.

Enjoy!!