Sliced and Diced

Produced by Brett Levine

Food Styling by Lily Plauché

Photography by Becky Staynor


Horror films startle, shock, and scare. In an homage to the genre, we invite both villains and victims to take a bite, raise a glass, and relax a moment before…well, you know.


Psycho set a new standard for carnality and sexuality in the cinema. Produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by Joseph Stefano, and scored by Bernard Herrmann, it was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1960. It is now regarded as one of Hitchcock’s finest films. So why not take a moment and stop in at the Bates Motel to peck at a sandwich with Norman and Marion. Perhaps a little later you might take a shower…


SD 1The Mad Bird

Serves six.


9 tablespoons mayonnaise

3 tablespoons sriracha

6 tablespoons whole-berry cranberry sauce

12 slices white bread

2 large tomatoes, sliced

6 green-leaf lettuce leaves

1 ½ pounds shaved turkey breast

6 slices Muenster cheese


Combine mayonnaise and sriracha in a small bowl. Spread mixture evenly onto half of bread slices. Spread cranberry sauce on remaining half of bread slices. Assemble sandwiches.


Maybe you’re working too hard. A winter away at the Overlook Hotel sounds like the prescription. Pay no heed to its history. Burial ground?  Produced, written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, The Shining is as famous for telling us that Jack is a dull boy as it is for telling us where Johnny is. Perhaps before picking up that axe and storming through the night you might prefer to sit at the bar with Lloyd and pour a drink. Your usual, Mr. Torrance?


SD 2The Overlook

Serves one.


1 ounce Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey

2 ounces Advocaat (recipe follows)

2 dashes Angostura bitters


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker; stir. Pour into an ice-filled glass.



Makes about 2 ½ cups.


10 egg yolks

½ teaspoon salt

1 ⅓ cup sugar

1 ½ cup brandy

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Fill a medium saucepan with 2 inches water; bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, whisk together egg yolks, salt, and sugar in a large bowl until frothy and slightly thick. Whisk in brandy. Place bowl over saucepan of simmering water and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture coats the back of a spoon and reaches 160F. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate six hours or until chilled. Store, covered, up to one month.


If not, then you may know that it still is not safe to go back into the water. Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, won three Academy Awards, showing just how splendid suspense could be. Written by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb, and scored by John Williams, its two-note fright refrain is hummed on beaches the world over every single day. Would a glass of wine and the daily catch be enough to entice you into the depths tonight? Come on in, the water’s nice.


SD 3Quint

Serves four.


1 3-pound snapper, cleaned

1 lemon, sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced


Preheat oven to 425◦F. Place fish on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Cut three slits in the side of fish. Place lemon slices inside fish cavity. Rub outside of fish with olive oil; sprinkle with remaining ingredients. Bake 20–30 minutes or until flesh flakes with a fork.

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