Waffles a la Mode(y) and the F*cking Chicken: Dinner and a Movie

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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.

Lately fried chicken sounds like a good idea. But ever since the movie Little Miss Sunshine hit theaters in 2006, one can not help but follow the example of Alan Arkin's character, and call it the F*cking Chicken. Arkin plays the drug addicted yet lovable grandfather of a dysfunctional family as they are on a road trip to a beauty pageant a la Toddlers in Tiaras. As their VW slowly falls apart, so does each member of the family, one by one, confronting a personal issue. 

In addition to the F*cking Chicken, another good food idea comes from Little Miss Sunshine herself, Olive (played by Abigail Breslin), when she orders Waffles a la Mode, or as she says, a la Mode(y). We follow her lead here and swap out the popcorn this week with for a waffle and scoop of chocolate ice cream.

Recently Netflix released a list of the top 100 rentals, and Little Miss Sunshine came in second place, a much better spot than poor little Olive  in the pageant the family is racing across New Mexico, Arizona, and California to attend. 

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Entrée: The F*cking Chicken
Popcorn Alternative:  Waffles a la Mode(y) with Chocolate Ice Cream
Beverage: Sunbru by Four Peaks  is a light and refreshing brew that is great with picnic food.

Get a bite, after the jump.

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Film: Walking away with two Academy Awards, Little Miss Sunshine, examines the dreams and illusions of an American family in a way that is both comedic and dramatic. Grandpa is addicted to herion; Dad is a failed motivational speaker; Uncle Frank, a failed suicide victim; Brother wants to be a jet pilot but is colorblind, and so on. While the grown-ups in the family deal with failure and rejection, they all get behind little Olive as she prepares for a beauty pageant. As their van falls apart, the family in it grows closer. Greg Kinear, Steve Carrell, Tony Collette, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, and Alan Arkin star. 

Recipes:

F*cking Chicken

Whether you stop for take out at Lolo's, where you can get the waffle with your chicken or you make it all from scratch, fried chicken is a must when watching this film. Get your favorite sides to go along with it. 

Waffles a la Mode(y)

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​We found these little Belgium Waffles with Pearl Sugar in the bakery section at Fry's. Top with chocolate ice cream.

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