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Making Movies into Memories, Foodimal Style

Tara McNamara
When the rare opportunity arises to turn a movie into a memory, seize it.
 
In fact, one of my favorite memories as a kid happened when I was home from school sick and my mom took me to the multiplex. I’m not sure that was the most responsible move, but I loved her for doing it and, thanks to my fever, I thought Xanadu was the best movie ever. 
 
My own daughter came home sick from school yesterday. (You know, the kind of sick where she seemed really pale and weak while in the nurse’s office but once she got home, was perky and talkative). So, when it came to dinnertime, I thought of the ideal meal: a fruit cockatiel.
 
That’s not a typo. It’s a "foodimal." 
 
 
The Partnership for a Healthier America has created actual recipes inspired by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, in which Flint Lockwood’s invention that turns water into food is now creating food-animal hybrids… foodimals! The four recipes are healthy, creative, delicious and, best of all, an unusual and fun activity you can do with your kids.
 
I told Riley we were making fruit cockatiel for dinner, together. “But I’m sick!” she said while Instagramming selfies. “C’mon, it’ll be fun.” And sure enough, it was. She loved coring apples and pears and chopping pineapple. For my son, dropping cinnamon sticks into the apple-lemon juice was about the most fun a three-year-old boy could have. My husband loved the smell wafting from the kitchen, and I loved that I slipped some vitamins A and C into my family’s diet. Best of all, whenever Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 hits the theater next week -- and eventually comes on TV (or whatever device we’re watching) in the future -- we’ll all remember the night we made fruit cockatiel.
 
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Here are three movies to make memories with this weekend:
 
- Battle of the Year. As a parent, I approach any medium involving Chris Brown with trepidation. But this movie about an international dance competition is really about a basketball coach (Lost's Josh Holloway) recruited to make 12 talented dancers a team and bring home a long overdue win to America. USA! USA! USA!
 
- The Short Game. This may qualify as the most adorable documentary of the year. It’s about eight of the world’s best golfers who come together once a year to compete in one of the world’s top tournaments. One note: these golf champs are all seven years old.
 
- One Direction: This Is Us 3D. If you have a preteen daughter, you must agree: by the seventh viewing, you, too, want to marry Harry Styles although Louie is an underrated gem.
 
Check out the how-to video of Riley making tacodiles from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.
 
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