Princess and the Frog Movie Night


Well, it is Mardi Gras after all so we decided to celebrate before calling it done for Ash Wednesday tomorrow morning.  So, what better film to wrap an impromptu movie  night around than The Princess and the Frog?!  As I said in my earlier post today, this movie is just beautiful.  The last hand drawn effort from the Disney Studio, and we love it.  The film is simply, B E A utiful in story, song and art.  For other reasons we love it, check out this post!

Part of the challenge was coming up with a recipe that fit with the film, but also our weekly menu, Tuesdays are for Tacos after all!

We start as always with our menu:

Broiled Cajun Shrimp Tacos

Rice and Beans

Beignets for Dessert

For The Shrimp Tacos:
We order from a company called Coast of Colorado and they deliver to us direct some of the best Shrimp you could imagine.   photo 3

We flavor with Old Bay Seasoning and  with Lemon.  photo 4

We have a boiler we use on the stove to steam them and it takes about 20-30 minutes.  You don’t want them too fast, you want them to be able to marinate!

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Chipotle Lime Sauce:
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 limes, juiced, divided
1 chipotle pepper in adobo (with drippings), finely chopped

Mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, juice of 1 of the limes, and the chipotle pepper in adobo.  Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use (let it sit for at least 1 hour to maximize the flavor).  Make it Healthier by omitting the sour cream and using plain Greek Yogurt and use Olive Oil based Mayo.

To Serve: Prepare the tacos by putting a few pieces of shrimp, tomatoes, and lettuce in each tortilla and then top off with the chipotle-lime cream sauce.  Serve Warm, or Cold!

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This also makes a terrific salad if like me you are attempting to get ahead of those Lenten promises, ahem:


For the Beignets:

1 tsp. yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3.5 cups flour
3/4 cups warm water
1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup undiluted evaporated milk
1/4 cup soft shortening oil, for frying
Confectioner’s sugar


In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over water, stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt, eggs, and milk. Blend with rotary beater. Add the flour. Cover and chill overnight.  It should look like this:

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Roll out on floured board to 1/8″ thickness. Cut into 2 1/2″ squares.

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Deep fry at 360 degrees 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle heavily with confectioner’s sugar. Makes about 2 dozen.

NOTE: Dough keeps well in refrigerator for several days. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and punch down occassionally.

This is the recipe from Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort!

And here is how our Beignet’s turned out!1904172_10152700492915715_1849759830_n

While I was cooking we had on the Original Dixieland Stompers for impromptu celebrating!  We made some masks to go with our celebration and settled in for a viewing of Princess and the Frog, before calling it a day!  Laissez Les Bon temps Roullez everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Fat Tuesday, and I hope you have a miserable Lent 😉

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roullez!

Yes, he kissed her hand and said “You must KEEES Me!” Adorable.

Yes, he kissed her hand and said “You must KEEES Me!” Adorable.

So it’s Mardi Gras, and what else could I talk about today but the Princess and the Frog?  We love this film, it’s our youngest favorite fairy tale, and honestly who doesn’t love a Disney score peppered with New Orleans jazz and a tapestry woven with the beauty of the French Quarter, hot Beignets and the beautiful but dangerous Bayou?

I actually have a story about how Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana saved our family from a pretty bad meltdown on our last trip to Walt Disney World, which makes The Princess and the Frog even more favored in our family.  We were coming back into the Magic Kingdom after a stop over in the resort to rest and refresh.  Our youngest, Thomas, was not having it, he wanted to go to the Haunted Mansion and that was that.  So I could feel him start to stem, his voice became higher pitched, his shoulders raised, toe walking, echolalia.  I could sense a total meltdown coming.

As we crossed the bridge from near the Crystal Palace into Liberty Square a small crowd was gathered waiting and Thomas was growing ever more impatient with the process.  I said, “Thomas, it’s going to be alright.”  Little did I know we were being observed.  Above the crowd a friendly accented voice called out above the noise:

“Hey!  Thomas!  I love your shoes!” It was Prince Naveen and he was pointing at the bright green Crocs on Thomas’s feet.  It felt like we were transported instantly into a movie as Thomas stopped, his stemming ceased and he turned and smiled and stuck out his foot. He waved and said “Thank you Prince Naveen!  I love you and Tiana!”  And that was that, the meltdown was over.

I smiled, beamed really, that someone had the observational talent to notice us above all of the crowd, to hear me say my son’s name, and to react IN CHARACTER, in that moment to the situation to help.  It astonished me.  It’s Disney Magic, it’s Pixie-Dust.  It’s an experience I cannot ever replicate.  The way the whole of the situation fell together was natural and syncopated a rythym as any riff Prince Naveen would play on a ukelele.  I can never express my gratitude enough to this couple for stopping a meltdown that was sure to have ruined our son’s night.  I sought out Guest Services and informed them, hopeful that the Royal Couple would receive our words.

I may never know exactly how to let this particular Cast Member know how much in that moment I needed their help.  But, if this blog ever were to reach them I would simply say “Thank you.  You knew exactly what to say, how to say it, and you surmised the situation in an instant.  For that you have my gratitude as a mother and a former Cast Member.”

Similarly when we were in Disneyland, Thomas was getting agitated and upset that his brother and Dad had disappeared into the Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion there was closed to be redone as Nightmare Before Christmas.  As we were waiting he heard a friendly and familiar southern voice near the water front.  I have never seen a bee line like the one he made.  He waited ever so patiently to meet Princess Tiana where he regaled her with tales of dancing with Pirates and asked to kiss her hand.  He was and remains in love, but he’s a ladies man, so what are you going to do?

Since that moment Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen have become Thomas’s favorite Royal Couple, and he has asked we visit with them each time we go to a Disney Park.  In fact this evening we are planning to watch the Princess and the Frog as we celebrate Mardi Gras with Cajun Shrimp, Rice, and Beignets for dessert!

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