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March Dinner and a Movie: Moonstruck (Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe)

Hey, fellow movie fans! Are you ready for another installment of Dinner and a Movie? Hope so, because this month I get to choose! And, I’ve picked one of my all time favorite films: Moonstruck!

Moonstruck [1] is a delightful and endearing romantic comedy about love and life set in New York City’s Italian-American community. Although the film dates back to 1987, it’s charm is timeless. In it, Loretta Castorini, an unlucky in love Italian widow (her first husband was hit by a bus) finds romance through the intervention of a big, beautiful and very full moon. With her second wedding just weeks away, she meets and reluctantly falls hopelessly in love with her fiance’s estranged younger brother! Her dilemma and her hilariously eccentric family make for an unforgettably enchanting and irresistible movie experience.

I selected Moonstruck as this month’s movie for several reasons. First of all, I love, love, love it! Secondly, I felt that the decidedly ethnic flavor and various subplots of the film would give you all lots to work with when deciding what your dishes would be. Thirdly, did I mention that I love this movie?

Anyway, if you want to play along this month with my co-host, Marc (No Recipes [2]) and me, check out Marc’s Dinner and a Movie page [3]. You’ll find all of the event guidelines there, including how and where to send your entries.

The post deadline for this month’s installment of Dinner and a Movie, featuring Moonstruck, will be on Saturday, March 28. I will be posting the roundup here at SGCC shortly thereafter. Our live Twitter movie event will be the week before, on Saturday March 21, at 9PM EST. Just log on to Twitter, pop the movie in your DVR, grab some popcorn and watch the movie along with us, tweeting along the way!

I’m really looking forward to this one. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with this month!

Now, because I’m so incredibly efficient (NOT!), and because I just wouldn’t feel right about sending you off empty-handed, I’m leaving you with some delicious Spaghetti and Meatballs to tide you over.

This Spaghetti and Meatballs is going over to Maryann from Finding La Dolce Vita [4] and Marie from Proud Italian Cook [5] for their second annual Festa [6] Italiana [7] event. Come and join them at their festive tables under the shade of twisting grapevines, as they eat, drink, laugh, dance and sing the time away. They have already started posting the roundups here [8] and here, [9] so what are you waiting for!?!?

Here are some other great pasta dishes from the SGCC archives:

Easy Peasy Meatball Ziti [10]

Pasta e Fagioli [11]

Pasta Pissaladierre [12]

Spaghetti fra Diavolo con Vongole [13]

Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana [14]