Featuring Heaven is For Real, out on DVD July 22, 2014.

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Following up my list of the best films for foodies (and what to eat while you watch), Audiences Everywhere is introducing a new twice-monthly feature pairing films with food. Remember the now defunct TBS TV show Dinner and A Movie? Yeah, it’ll be like that… only actually doable because you can plan out your evening and, you know, buy the ingredients ahead of time to cook the recipes and watch the movie at the same time. The recipes I choose will be related in some way – however far-reaching – to the movie – either through location, plot, character, or some other theme… or simply because I happened to get a hankering for something while watching the film myself. No matter; I promise it will be satisfying. I can’t always say the same for the movies, but the food at least will be good!

Heaven is For Real is based on the true story of a little boy who, during a medical emergency (where he did not flatline), reports to have visited heaven and seen Jesus. The story the little boy recounted to his preacher father rocked their small Nebraska town, and made many question their faith. Regardless of your spiritual leanings or how you feel about the movie, if you’re going to watch it, you might as well get in the mood with some down-home middle-America cookin’… and maybe even a heavenly dessert.

Dinner Menu

Main

Pan-Fried Chicken Fingers with Spicy Dipping Sauce

These are my favorite chicken tenders, and are so good even a 4-year old will eat them. Plus, since they’re pan-fried you don’t even feel sinful while eating.

Sides

Corn Fritter Casserole

You can’t get much more Midwest than corn casserole, and this dish is a winner. Even lightened up with low-fat or fat-free cream cheese, you still might need to say a few Hail Mary’s (or run a few laps around the barn) for this one.

Something green and healthy

Some steamed (or roasted) broccoli or some lightly sauteed green beans will fill up your plate and your stomach.

Dessert

It’s a Miracle! Magic Lemon-or-Lime Pudding Cake

Some things in life just can’t be explained, and you have to take them on faith. This dessert is one of those things. All the ingredients are mixed together in one bowl and somehow – don’t ask me how, I can’t explain it – they miraculously separate while baking into a fluffy cake top and creamy pudding bottom.

So, what did you think? Do agree with Beth’s movie review? How’d the eats turn out? Let us know in the comments section!