Re-Live Your Favorite Movie Food Moments With the Right Pots and Pans from Cilantro, The Cooks Shop

For being such a vital part of our daily existence, it's funny how easy it is to overlook those classic "foodie moments" that influence other areas of our lives. Still, it holds true that food and its preparation often...

For being such a vital part of our daily existence, it's funny how easy it is to overlook those classic "foodie moments" that influence other areas of our lives. Still, it holds true that food and its preparation often plays significant roles in our memories and how we view our world. From how we remember the holidays of our childhood, to how movie night always seems to involve a pizza and popcorn--food is often more pivotal than we realize. And it's no coincidence that movies are being brought up with food here, since movies themselves are chocked full of iconic food moments that changed how we look at, laugh at, or even prepare certain dishes forever. Chances are you remember the famous deli scene from When Harry Met Sally, or recall the line "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli" from The Godfather, and you might very well think of these classic movie moments every time you eat a pastrami on rye, or a delicious Italian pastry. But can you remember other well known movie food moments that just can't help but pop into your head each time you imbibe in that particular food, or drink?

Here are a few of our favorite, all time movie food moments, along with quick tips to making these treats at home!


#1 Three Broomsticks Butterbeer

The Harry Potter franchise has launched several interesting taste sensations since the books, and movies came to being. From the questionable "Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans" to hopping chocolate frogs, food undoubtedly made several scenes more memorable in each Harry Potter movie. But it was the mention of the delightfully sweet and creamy butterbeer that seems to hold the imagination the most on a cold, winter day. Like Hermione suggests in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a nice hot tankard of butterbeer could be just the ticket for warming frosty cheeks and noses. There are several versions of this tasty treat, described by J.K. Rowling herself as tasting "a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch," and it can be served both hot, or cold. But you just can't seem to go wrong with the Potter fan in all of us with the hot version as found in the fictional Three Broomsticks.

(recipe from


  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch sundae topping
  • 2 tablespoons whipped butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla cream soda


  1. In a glass heatproof measuring cup such as Anchor Hocking Fire-King measuring cups, combine condensed milk, butterscotch sundae topping, and butter.
  2. Microwave for approximately one minute then remove from the microwave and stir until butter has fully melted and incorporated into the butterscotch and condensed milk mixture.
  3. In another heatproof measuring cup, heat the cream soda for one minute and 30 seconds.
  4. To serve, divide the butterscotch mixture between two (10-12 oz) mugs and top each mug with heated cream soda.
  5. Stir thoroughly.

Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes

#2 Mashed Potatoes of the Third Kind

If you haven't seen the Steven Spielberg classic film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you have missed out on some groundbreaking movie making in the sci-fi genre. What you have also missed is an interesting mashed potato sculpture of Devil's Tower. While forming the ultimate tuber homage to the geographical landmark may not be what you have planned for your next Sunday dinner, it's hard to deny that those are some excellent looking potatoes.

As easy as mashed potatoes sound, the truth is that mashed potatoes have a reputation taking the wrong turn in the kitchen. Whether your issue is runny potatoes, or the dreaded lumpy potatoes--perfect fluffy mashed potatoes can in fact be easy, delicious, and even ready for an impromptu movie food moment re-enactment should you so desire, with just a few simple tips.

-Pick a mix of russet and Yukon Gold potatoes for smooth, lump free texture.

-Don't fear milk and butter. If you aren't eating it everyday, and you don't have lactose intolerance, then mashing potatoes with a little milk and butter is the easiest and most reliable way to achieve truly fluffy and creamy potatoes. You can always reduce the fat content by using chicken broth instead of milk, but keep in mind this will greatly diminish that creaminess we all strive for when making this traditional side dish.  Using 1/4 cup of warmed milk and 1/4 cup of butter for every 2 1/2 lbs of cooked potatoes is a good ratio for making perfect mashed potatoes.

-For fluffy, not sticky mashed potatoes, don't over process! A hand mixer is convenient and fast, but if you don't know the exact time to stop whipping, you could end up with a gloppy mess and not the fluffy mashed potatoes you've been craving. Try mashing with a ricer for nice smooth potatoes, or a hand masher for a slightly lumpier result.

-Watch your cook time closely and follow the "poke" test.  Overcooking potatoes leads to disintegrated, sloppy potatoes.  Under-cooking leaves hard, uncooked potato lumps in your end product, both of which will leave your potatoes unprepared for their potential sculpting and film debut.  Cook time varies based on potato type, size, and amount, so the rule of thumb to perfectly cooked potatoes is to check by routinely poking the potatoes with a skewer, or knife.  When the skewer pokes through the skin and in to the potato with little resistance, the potatoes are cooked and ready to mash.

#3 How Hard Boiled is a Cool Hand Luke Hard Boiled Egg?

Hard Boilled Eggs
Hard Boilled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are probably one of the first food items many of us learned to prepare.  Right after peanut butter and jelly, but immediately before noodles and red sauce.  This seems rather counterproductive while teaching the joy of cooking however, considering that knowing exactly how long to boil a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg takes experience, precise timing and the right kind of cookware.  So what does it take to get perfect hard boiled eggs like Paul Newman scarfed down in Cool Hand Luke every time?  Believe it or not, it's as easy as 1-2-3 (and maybe 4 too).

1.  Start with eggs, cold water and an even heating saucepan.

2.  Cook on high heat and bring to a rolling, full boil, cover pan and then remove from heat entirely.

3.  Use a timer and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes to achieve hard (not soft, or runny) boiled eggs.

4.  Crack the shells in a few places and submerge in a bowl of ice water for roughly one minute.  Peel and enjoy.

Whether you are deviling eggs, or looking to pack a solid 50 away like Cool Hand Luke, the trick to perfect boiled eggs is all in the timing and, as with all cooking, the right equipment including pots and pans from Cilantro, The Cooks Shop.  Contact us for all your cooking needs today!