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Pixels with Quick Potato Chips

The Movie: Pixels

Adam Sandler movies are a lot like Jim Carrey movies; you go in for the entertainment value, and not to pick everything about the movie apart. Now to be fair, Sandler has proven himself as a great serious actor. But his comedies are meant for mass consumption, and in that light, Pixels was very entertaining.

Aliens have started attacking the earth due to misinterpreting classic arcade games as an act of war. The come down to earth and fight using oldie’s video game characters like Pac-Man, Q’bert and Donkey Kong. Yes, that really is the plot. Somehow it works, and the fun is that you don’t even have to be a nostalgic old guy/gal to enjoy the inside jokes. It is a great family movie, and throughout all the absurdness it leaves you feeling you got your money’s worth.

The movie is recommended for anyone that knows how to turn their brains off for 2 hours and relax. Basically, if you enjoyed Howard the Duck or Big Trouble in Little China, then this movie is for you.

The Menu: Potato Chips

While the more appropriate recipe would be Cheetos or fast food for a lot of old school gamers, potato chips have become the least offensive way to get your snack on without damaging a $50 dollar controller. This recipe offers some versatility during movie time, letting you season it however you want for variety.

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 potato, sliced paper thin (peel optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste


1. Pour the vegetable oil into a plastic bag (a produce bag works well). Add the potato slices, and shake to coat.
2. Coat a large dinner plate lightly with oil or cooking spray. Arrange potato slices in a single layer on the dish.
3. Cook in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned (if not browned, they will not become crisp). Times will vary depending on the power of your microwave. Remove chips from plate.

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