Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2: Meet Leek!

The following is a sponsored post, which I have written as a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Foodimals Featured Contributor for Sony Pictures.  All opinions and ideas are honest and my own.

 

The Leek Foodimal at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

I have to tell you that as picky as we are about what movies we let our children watch, I’ll admit that I’m kind of excited to take them to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at the end of this month.  It seems that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is on everyone’s list of favorite childhood reads, and the movie is just as cute.  When Sony Pictures asked if I would be a Featured Foodimal contributor for the sequel that will be opening in theaters on September 27th I agreed because, let’s face it, everyone loves to play with their food, right???

The Leek is one of the funniest Foodimals, in my opinion.  Have you seen the trailer?  “There’s a leek in the boat!!!”  Hilarious!  I’ll confess to you now that I had never bought a leek until this week… for real.  I knew that it was in the onion family, but I’ve never cooked with it before, and still I haven’t, but I sure did make a great looking Foodimal… and you can too!  Here’s how to make the Leek from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  Make sure to read to the end of the post to enter to win a Sony Reader and a copy of the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie on DVD!

Leek from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

First, take a small paring knife and cut out a mouth.  You’ll want to create the mouth towards the bottom of the leek, starting at the top at cutting down.  

Leek from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Choose two Bunapi mushroom (or another small, white, button type mushroom) of the same size.

Leek from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Remove the stems from the mushrooms and place a small amount of peanut butter on the backs of the mushroom tops.  Place them side by side and touching in the middle right above Leek’s mouth.

Leek from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Use peanut butter again to attach small, yellow confetti sprinkles to the whites of the eyes.

Leek from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Use a toothpick (or in my case a paper clip because I was out of toothpicks) to make a tiny hole on each side of the leek, right next to his mouth.  Insert the parsley stems.

Leek from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

Last, but not least, use decorating gel to create the pupils of Leek’s eyes.

 

There you have it… it’s Leek!  He just cracks me up, and the kids and I had the best time putting him together.  Levi and I started with a fun trip to Whole Foods to search for our ingredients, inspecting different foods and trying to decide which would made the best eyes and arms.  Both he and Abby got a kick out of watching Leek come together and helping me take the photos of him too.  It was such a blast to do this for Sony Pictures.

Like I said, I had never bought a leek before this week, much less cooked with one, but I thought I’d share a few links to leek recipes that you might like to try:  

 
Sony Pictures is being so generous!  They are giving away a Sony reader and a copy of the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs DVD to one lucky Southern Institute reader!  Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below… I’ll announce the winner at the end of the week.  Good luck and thanks for reading!
 

 
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From the archives: Summer Corn and Bean Salad.

Since I’m taking the month off, I’d thought I’d dig into the archives and bring you a recipe that I love to make in the summertime.  This salad is so refreshing, and it’s a cinch to make!  Click on over for my Summer Corn and Bean Salad recipe and make it tonight!

Summer Corn and Bean Salad || http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

 

PEEPS S’Mores!

‘Tis the season for that sugar-coated, neon-colored, marshmallow goodness that we all know as PEEPS!  Either you love ‘em or you don’t.  I happen to LOVE them!  I have loved them ever since I was a little girl, so when I was invited by Michelle and Christi to participate in the Spring Hop Along PEEPS Party I was happy to join!

When I think about marshmallows the first thing that comes to mind is S’mores, but they have always been considered a winter treat, right?

Well, why not put a little Spring in your S’mores?

What better way to transform S’mores from season to season than by incorporating PEEPS?

The key to these yummy little creations is to let the PEEPS sit out for a day or so so that they can harden just a bit before you cut them.  If you try to cut them when they’re fresh out of the package you’re going to have a big mess on your hands, I’m afraid.  Wait a day and your PEEPS will spring right back into shape for you.

Next up are the graham crackers, which you’ll divide into rectangles and dip into melted white bark coating.  I used Ambrosia white chocolate bark coating for this and I liked it so much better than Wiltons!  It melted so smoothly!  Add some pastel confetti sprinkles or sugar sprinkles for color.  Allow them to dry on a sheet of waxed paper for several minutes.

Now it’s time to put your S’More PEEPS together!  Stick your graham cracker right in between a top and a bottom of one of the PEEPS and squish them together. Make sure the tail goes in the back.  They’ll stay together nicely because of the sticky marshmallow inside!  You have a reverse s’more that’s sure to please!

Aren’t they adorable?

Levi says, “They taste like cupcakes!”

I’m not going to lie… they’re really good!

 Enjoy making and EATING these PEEPS S’mores and you’ll be saying

“S’More PEEPS, Please!”

Ready for more fabulous PEEPS recipes and ideas???  Visit the following websites, each is sharing an amazing PEEPS post for you today, so hop on over and check them all out!   Don’t forget to enter to win a fabulous PEEPS Prize Pack as well!   Happy Spring!