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Lady and the Tramp – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Breadsticks, Donuts and Coffee, Rib-eye and Mushy Peas, and Wedding Cake

Quick links: Wedding Cake | DonutsRibeye and Mushy Peas | Spaghetti and Meatballs | Breadsticks | Verdict

Probably one of the most famous Disney food scenes out of all of the animated movies. The spaghetti kiss. We tried recreating the famous scene, but our dog wasn’t as willing as Lady. All-in-all, Lady and the Tramp had a good haul of food. And our greyhound loved the food too.

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Passed-up Wedding Cake (with fondant)

Toward the start of the movie, Tramp was looking for a good place to eat, before settling on Tony’s. One of the options is a cake shop.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We have made lots of cake throughout this blog, but never a wedding cake. So we made a delicious wedding cake, with fondant and everything

Wedding Cake and Fondant

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
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Ingredients:

Cake

1 package (18 ounce) betty crocker white cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3 whole eggs (even for white cakes)
1 cup water
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond emulsion (stronger than flavoring) (or 2 teaspoons almond extract)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Fondant

1 package (16 ounces) white mini marshmallows (use a good quality brand)
2 5 tablespoons water
2 pounds (about 8 cups) sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

Cake

  1. In a bowl, mix 1st 3 ingredients. (see notes below) Set aside.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in mixer bowl then add the dry.
  3. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until dry ingredients are incorporated; mix at medium 2 minutes.
  4. This makes 1 & 1/2 times the usual batter than a ‘straight’ cake mix. It will fill one of the following pans: 8″ sq; 12″ round; 9x13x2; OR one 10″ and 6″ round.
  5. Pour into pan(s) and bake as you usually do. I prefere to bake at 300 degrees F. for 20 minutes, then turn oven up to 325 degrees F. for an equal time OR until you can smell cake If it has pulled away from the edges of the pan it is *over done*. You should have a flat cake that won’t (usually) need leveling & is not sticky on the top when it cools.

Special NOTES:.

  1. There is NO oil, butter or margarine in this recipe.
  2. Use large eggs.
  3. If almond extract (not emulsion) is used, add 2 teaspoons or to taste.
  4. Can use ANY cake flavor.
  5. Flavorings can change depending on cake flavor you use. Try a combination of 1 part vanilla, 1/2 part butter flavoring and 1/4 part almond.
  6. It is important to mix the dry ingredients well especially if using a chocolate mix or you will have white spots in the finished cake. I use a wire whisk.

Fondant

  1. To make marshmallow fondant, place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving 30 seconds more; stir again. Continue until melted (about 2 1/2 minutes).
  2. Place 3/4 of the confectioners’ sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture. Fold sugar into marshmallow mixture. Flavoring can be added at this point if desired. Place solid vegetable shortening in easily accessed bowl so you can reach into it with fingers as you are working. Grease hands and counter GENEROUSLY; turn marshmallow mixture onto counter. Start kneading like you would dough. Continue kneading, adding additional confectioners’ sugar and re-greasing hands and counter so the fondant doesn’t stick. If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8 minutes.
  3. It’s best to allow Marshmallow Fondant to sit, double-wrapped, overnight. Prepare the fondant for storing by coating with a thin layer of solid vegetable shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in resealable bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. Marshmallow Fondant will keep well in refrigerator for several weeks.
  4. When not working with fondant, make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or in a bag to prevent it from drying out. When ready to use, knead fondant until smooth. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick.
  5. To color fondant: If you need to tint the entire batch of fondant, add a little icing color to the melted marshmallow mixture before adding confectioners’ sugar. For smaller amounts of tinted fondant, add icing color to portions of fondant as needed.

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Donuts and Coffee for your pooch

Disclaimer: DO NOT feed your dog donuts and coffee. Caffeine is toxic to dogs. But that didn’t stop Jim Dear. While having his morning coffee and donut, he decided to give Miss Lady some.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Even though it’s a bad breakfast for dogs, it’s a perfectly good breakfast for humans. We found a great donut recipe that fits the time period of the movie well.

Early 1900's Donuts

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup sweet (aka whole) milk
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
lard or oil, for frying
extra flour
  1. One egg, one cup of sugar, two tablespoons of butter, beaten together till creamy.
  2. Add one cup of sweet milk, a pinch of salt, two teaspoons of baking powder stirred into two cups of flour*.
  3. Add one-half teaspoon of ginger and one-fourth teaspoon of nutmeg to the flour.
  4. Beat well, roll out about one-fourth of an inch thick.
  5. Cut out all the cakes before beginning to fry.
  6. Cook in deep fat that will fry a small walnut-sized ball of the dough in about sixty-five seconds.
  7. Do not let the fat get above that degree of heat.

*NOTE: I don’t know if I messed up the recipe or what, but I had to add about double the flour asked for. The dough was too sticky to shape so I just added more flour until I could shape the donuts to fry, which I used 2 different sized lids to make the circle shape and the circle hole.

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Lady’s Rib-eye Steak and Mushy Peas

:Poor Lady didn’t get a chance to eat the juicy steak she envisioned.

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(Credit: Disney)

and instead got a face-full of mushy peas

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(Credit: Disney)

Even though Lady wasn’t a fan of the peas, our greyhound loved them.

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For the Rib-eye steak. I salted the meat beforehand, and then threw it on the grill until I got a medium-rare cook.  The mushy peas recipe is as follows.

Mushy Peas

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (10-ounce) package frozen green peas
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a shallow pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add frozen peas, and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Drain peas, and transfer to a blender or large food processor.
  4. Add cream, butter, salt and pepper to peas, and process until blended, but still thick with small pieces of peas.
  5. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve immediately.

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Tony’s Famous Kissing Spaghetti and Meatballs

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the famous spaghetti and meatballs. Its such a beautiful scene on a bella notte.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We tried to recreate the scene with our dog, but Roxie wasn’t so sure about sitting at the table. We did manage to get a semi-decent picture.

Tony's Famous Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes undrained
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 1/2 cups 1-1/2 water divided
3 tablespoons grated onions
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons 1-1/2 dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 1/4 teaspoons 1-1/4 salt divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic divided
3/4 teaspoon pepper divided
6 slices day-old bread torn into pieces
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 pound ground beef
hot cooked spaghetti
additional parmesan cheese optional
  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, onion, sugar, oregano, bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, garlic and pepper. (NOTE: I’d also add some crushed red peppers)
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/4 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, soak bread in remaining water. Squeeze out excess moisture.
  5. NOTE: I’d skip on the soaked bread and add 2 cups of bread crumbs and 1/4 cup milk
  6. In a large bowl, combine the bread, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining salt, garlic and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  7. Shape into thirty-six 1-1/2-in. meatballs.
  8. Place meatballs on a rack in a shallow baking pan.
  9. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until no longer pink; drain.
  10. Transfer to spaghetti sauce.
  11. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  12. Discard bay leaf.
  13. Serve with spaghetti with additional Parmesan if desired.

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Tony’s Breadsticks

Accompanying the spaghetti is a bowl of breadsticks. Mary had made this recipe before, so we decided it would be good. However, when I made it, the bread turned out too sweet. I’m not sure why. So just a forewarning while making it, maybe add a little less sugar.

Tony's Bread Sticks

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1.5 cups Water
1 pkg. Yeast
1.5 Tbs Sugar
3 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
  1. Mix ingredients
  2. Knead for 3 mins.
  3. Let raise for 10 mins
  4. Roll out on parchment paper to the size of a cookie sheet.
  5. Cut into 1.5 in strips
  6. Spread with butter
  7. add garlic, salt and Parmesan cheese on top
  8. Let rest for 10 mins
  9. Bake at 350F for 20 mins

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Will you call it a bella pasto (beautiful meal)?

Overall the recipes were good. I was a little tired and out of it when making the spaghetti and meatballs. I would have made the meatballs a bit spicier if I were on my game, and probably used bread crumbs as opposed to soggy bread. But they still turned out pretty good.

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The donuts and hot chocolate were a great pairing. Part of a balanced breakfast.

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And the cake was amazing. We got lots of compliments on that. I highly recommend it.

Verdict:

Wedding Cake – 10/10

Donuts – 8/10, Donuts dipped in hot chocolate 9/10

Rib-eye Steak – 9/10

Mushy Peas – 7/10

Spaghetti and Meatballs – 7/10

Breadsticks – 6/10

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Pinocchio – Lemon Roasted Fish, Yellow Cake, Roasted Chicken, Homemade Bread, and Strawberry Pie

Quick links: Figaro’s Fish | Princess Cleo’s Cake | Geppetto’s Chicken | Stromboli’s French Bread | Pleasure Island PieVerdict

One of the saddest parts of Pinocchio is that Geppetto made a huge mouthwatering feast that no one got to eat!

The Fish Figaro Failed to Eat

So as it goes, Pinocchio gets turned into a living puppet that’s a little less creepy than RL Stine’s Night of the Living Dummy. Geppetto is ecstatic to have a son, so he takes it slow and kinda gets him familiar with the world around him, right? Wrong. The next day, he gives him a juicy apple and sends him off to school, just in time to be picked up by a sly fox and his cat sidekick.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

Luckily, Jiminy shows up in time to tell Pinocchio that he should not be an actor and should go to school (sounds exactly like a conversation I had with my parents in high school). However, right after Jiminy tells Pinocchio not to go with the fox and cat, he turns face and goes with them. Talk about a block head. Fun fact—the cat (Gideon) that was with the fox was originally to be voiced by the famous voice-actor Mel Blanc, who also did Bugs Bunny and almost all the other Looney Toons. But all of his lines were cut, except for a couple hiccups.

Anyway, Geppetto is home cooking a fantastic feast to present to Pinocchio after his first day of school. I wonder how a puppet’s digestive system even works.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

We got some chicken, some fruit, a yellow cake with chocolate frosting and a fish all cooked up for Figaro the cat. Figaro is about to go all in and rip apart that delicious fish, but Geppetto tells Figaro to wait until he finds Pinocchio.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

And since Pinocchio was chilling with Stromboli the Gypsy at this time, there’s no telling if Figaro ever got to eat the yummy fish. But lucky for us, we got to taste it.

Bass is a common fish in Italy, so I got that kinda fish.  We can see in the movie that there is lemon on the fish, some butter and some olives.

If Geppetto is half as good of cook as I am, Figaro really missed out, because the fish is delicious. It was a fun experience. I had never cooked a full fish before, let alone gutted one. So if anyone is like me and needs to know how to gut a fish, this link is really helpful.


Figaro's Fish

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 whole Sea bass or White bass
Kosher salt to taste
Olive oil
1 Lemon sliced
2 teaspoons Bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Basil
1/2 teaspoon Parsley
Lemon pepper seasoning to taste
1 teaspoon Fennel
4 cloves Garlic
10 Cherry tomatoes
10 Stuffed olives green
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Line a sheet tray with aluminum foil.
  3. Gut the fish.
  4. Oil and salt fish inside and out.
  5. Stuff the fish with 3-4 lemon slices, 2 whole cloves garlic, some cherry tomatoes, and some olives.
  6. Add all herbs, inside and out.
  7. Add the rest of cherry tomatoes, olives, and lemon slices on top of or around the fish.
  8. Fold foil up to create a bowl around the fish.
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A Cake Worth its Weight in Gold-fish

Man, how spoiled is Cleo. I guess you can’t blame Geppetto, she is a darling fish. I wonder how she felt as Figaro was about to devour her steaming uncle.  Cleo the goldfish was given a beautiful yellow cake with a ribbon around it. Talk about presentation.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

I think she would be about 3x her size if she ate that whole piece. If I were her, that’s a risk I would take.

We kinda cheated on this recipe due to time and budget restrictions. Although, just because we used a box cake mix, doesn’t mean that my wife can’t enhance it and make it absolutely savory.


Princess Cleo's Yellow Cake

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 box butter yellow cake mix
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon or more vanilla extract
1 1/2 carton chocolate frosting
  1. Make cake mix according to package directions with added milk and vanilla extract.
  2. Bake in 2 round cake pans according to cake package directions.
  3. Check with toothpick.
  4. Let cakes cool completely, then dump out onto plate or serving ware.
  5. Frost one cake top completely with a half carton frosting.
  6. Put the other cake on top, frost top and sides completely with 1 carton of frosting.
  7. Most importantly, enjoy!


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Jiminy Chicken!

The last thing that Geppetto made for his feast was a succulent chicken. I kinda took some liberty in making this because I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for chicken cooked in milk for a while. So I didn’t do my research and cook the chicken exactly like they would in Italy at that time. But who’s to say that Geppetto didn’t cook his chicken in milk.  Cooking in milk makes the chicken really tender and moist.

Geppetto's Milk Chicken

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 whole Chicken
Sea salt
Black pepper ground
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1/2 stick Cinnamon
1 handful Fresh sage
1 handful Fresh fennel
1 teaspoon Rosemary
1 teaspoon Basil
1/2 teaspoon Bay leaf
Lemon zest 2 lemons worth
10 cloves Garlic
2 1/2 cups Milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F
  2. Find a snug-fitting pot for the chicken.
  3. Season it generously all over
  4. Fry it in a little olive oil, turning the chicken to get an even colour all over, until golden.
  5. Remove from the heat, put the chicken on a plate, and throw away the oil left in the pot. This will leave you with tasty sticky goodness at the bottom of the pan which will give you a lovely caramel flavour later on.
  6. Put your chicken back in the pot with the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Cook in the preheated oven for 1½ hours, covered.
  8. Baste with the cooking juice when you remember.
  9. The lemon zest will sort of split the milk, making a sauce which is absolutely fantastic.
  10. To serve, pull the meat off the bones and divide it onto your plates.
  11. Spoon over plenty of juice and the little curds. Serve with wilted spinach or greens and some mashed potato.
  12. Read more at www.jamieoliver.com


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Stromboli’s French Bread

So the next meal we get to see is when Stromboli is thinking about how rich he’ll be with Pinocchio in his show. He has a platter of veggies, some spread, some sausage, cheese and some french bread. Why does he have French bread in Italy? Well he is a gypsy. Maybe he just came from France.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

Anyway, during this time, he takes a bite out of an onion as if it were an apple.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

I wouldn’t advise to do that, but if you so desire, chomp into an onion and eat this bread. You can find some sausage and cheese to go with it as well. This is a pretty simple bread recipe, perfect for a gypsy on the move.

Stromboli's French Bread

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups Warm water
2 tablespoons Yeast (dry-active)
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
3 tablespoons Vegetable oil
5 1/2 – 6 cups Flour all-purpose
  1. Add yeast to the water in a medium to large bowl, then sprinkle the sugar over top of it.
  2. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until the yeast mixture looks frothy on top.
  3. Stir in salt, oil, and flour. Before continuing, put a bowl of water in the microwave and set it for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Return to bread and knead the dough until it’s smooth and comes away from the sides of the bowl easily.
  5. Continue to add flour if it’s sticky.
  6. Return to microwave and remove the bowl of water, discard (be careful, it’s hot).
  7. Put the dough in the microwave with the door closed for 15-30 minutes, until the dough is almost doubled in size.
  8. Next, remove the dough and divide into two equal balls. Roll out into rectangles, and then shape them into a bread shape.
  9. Place both loaves next to each other on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  10. With a sharp knife, make 3-4 diagonal slits in each loaf, cutting about halfway down.
  11. Cover and let rise while the oven heats to 375.
  12. Bake both loaves for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.

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Pleasure Island Pie

One of the last foods shown is in the infamous Pleasure Island. A quintessential fun-land for boys in the 40’s. If Pinocchio were remade for a modern day audience, it would be a bunch of Xboxes, Nintendos and Playstations running on giant screens and…maybe a bouncy castle, because what kid doesn’t like a bouncy castle. Even though the modern Pleasure Island would be different than the 40’s Pleasure Island, the food would be the same. We see Pinocchio walking around with a full pie and ice cream, and his friend Lampwick (what a funny name. Good ol’ Lampy. Always brings such light in our lives) with a full roasted chicken.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

Since we already made chicken as part of Geppetto’s feast, we focused on the pie. It isn’t explicitly shown what kind of pie Pinocchio has, other than it has red filling. So after some research into common Italian berries, we went with the tried and true strawberry (which isn’t actually a true berry, but whatever). They also drink beer and smoke cigars later. But since I’m not in the business of letting little boys smoke and drink beer, I’m gonna skip those recipes.

Pleasure Island Pie

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 Frozen pie crust
1/2 box Betty Crocker pie mix
2 tablespoons & 2 teaspoons Water
8 Fresh strawberries
1-2 tablespoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Water
1 can Strawberry pie filling
  1. Pull out frozen pie crust, let thaw while working with other food.
  2. Mix the 1/2 box pie crust mix with 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons water.
  3. Roll out on floured surface to 1/2-1/4 inch thickness, to cover a 9 inch round pie pan.
  4. Slice fresh strawberries and mix with sugar and 1 teaspoon water. P
  5. our pie filling into thawed pie crust, place fresh strawberry mixture on top.
  6. Cover with rolled out pie crust, mesh sides together all the way around the pie.
  7. Cut vents into top crust. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until crust is golden-brown.
  8. Serve with pink ice cream and go break something.

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Will this Food Make Your Tongue into a Pleasure Island?

I loved Geppetto’s feast. Pinocchio was crazy to have missed it. The fish was tender and had a great flavor. The cake was moist chocolatey and yup, I loved it. The only thing that was somewhat lacking was the chicken. I was saddened by that because I was so excited to try out that recipe. It definitely was tender, but I don’t think it was flavorful enough. So maybe when you cook it, you can add some more seasonings. Let me know if you improve the recipe.

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Stromboli’s snack was good. I didn’t particularly enjoy eating an onion whole, maybe it’s an acquired taste. But the bread was fluffy and delicious.

Eat the onion whole while eating the bread

I would go to Pleasure Island for the pie. It was scrumptious. I didn’t have any pink ice cream, just vanilla, so I added some of the pie filling to it. It turned out great and pink. Just be careful not to turn into a donkey.

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Verdict:

Figaro’s Fish – 9/10

Cleo’s Cake – 10/10

Geppetto’s Chicken – 7/10 

Stromboli’s French Bread – 7/10

Pleasure Island Pie – 8/10