Love and Linguini: Dinner and A Movie

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Michelle Martinez

Staying in? We've got you covered -- both on the culinary and entertainment fronts. Now presenting Dinner and a Movie -- a guide to a do it yourself evening of food and film.

Film: I Am Love (2009)

Popcorn Alternative: Popcorn with Rosemary Butter, Parmesan, Tart Cherries, and Black Pepper

Entrée: Sage Brown Butter Linguini with Egg

Beverage: Frisky Lemon Sparkler

Get the love after the jump

Film Breakdown: Directed by Luca Guadagnino, I Am Love (2009) is a visually stunning film

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​about mortally, repressed passion, love, and longing. Tilda Swinton delivers an amazing performance as a wealthy woman, confined by her marriage and successful family. She is wooed by a chef through his food. The food is stunning and the clothes are gorgeous. Stream it on Netflix.

Make it a double feature: Cinema Paradiso (1988) Crafted like a love letter to the art of cinema, this film centers around an middle-aged film maker's childhood love of film and his memories of his job as the projectionist in small theater in post WWII Italy. 

Recipes: 

Popcorn with Rosemary Butter, Parmesan, Tart Cherries, and Black Pepper

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​Melt enough butter for your bowl of popcorn in a small saucepan. Break up rosemary leaves and steep in butter for a few minutes. Toss popcorn in butter until each piece is coated. Sprinkle in some sunflower seeds, dried tart cherries, and shredded parmesan.


Sage Brown Butter Linguini with Egg

This recipe is adapted from James Beard nominee and author Gabrielle Hamilton's Brown Butter Pasta which calls for two sticks of butter and nutmeg. I have made hers, and it is decadently good, but the nutmeg and amount of butter make it really rich. I lightened it with olive oil. 

Cook a package of fresh linguine in salted water, and reserve a small amount of the cooking water in a bowl. Melt 3/4 of a stick of butter and 1/2 cup of olive oil in a large skillet. Add two cloves of chopped garlic and cook for a few minutes to let the garlic express itself. 

Crack an egg into the pan and cook it according to Hamilton's instructions. Once the eggs are removed from the pan, toss a few leaves of chopped sage into the pan. Ladle a little pasta 

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​water into the pan and simmer for a minute. Add the pasta and coat with the sauce. Once plated, place egg on top and garnish with shredded parmesan, toasted walnuts, and cracked pepper. 

Frisky Lemon Sparkler

Pour Limoncello with sparkling water or 7Up and garnish with a twist.


Buon Appetito!!




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