A Halloween-y Post for Movies & Munchies

October is winding down and I’m running out of time for Movies & Munchies.   Culinary Cam is hosting this month and we can pick any Halloween related movie of our choice.   I wasn’t sure on what movie I wanted to watch, but I did know what I wanted to make:  Boursin Boo.

I’ve recently set a goal to review some of the better cookbooks published in 2023.   (I think I got my initial list from Bon Appetit.)  I’ve done a handful and have a few more to go before the end of the year.    Company by Amy Thielen is my latest so please watch for a full review soon.   I pulled a number of recipes from her hip and retro cookbook and her homemade Boursin was one of them.  (You can read all of my recent cookbook reviews here.)


Boursin Boo

Based on Amy Thielen’s recipe


  • 4 oz. goat cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. sour cream (I used a light version.)
  • 2 T. minced shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 t. fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 c. finely grated semi-hard cheese (I used Parmesan-Reggiano.)
  • zest of 1/4 lemon, grated
  • 1/4 t. fine sea salt
  • 1/4 t. fresh ground pepper
  • 2 t. whisky
  • sliced olives


  1. Place the goat cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle and beat until soft. Add sour cream and mix until combined.
  2. Add the shallots, garlic, thyme, cheese, lemon zest, salt, and pepper, and mix until smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed. Add whisky and mix well.
  3. Transfer Boursin to a small serving bow, smooth the top with a butter knife, and add olives for a semi-spooky face. Serve with crostini or just crackers.

This is remarkable and the recipe is so versatile.  I wish I would have used some blue cheese for some Boursin Bleu Boo.  Any herbs will work and I will try it next with chives.

Now, I just had to pick what film to watch.  I decided on Haunted Mansionthe Disney ride-reboot of 2023.    Let me just say, I’m not a huge Disney fan but the star power of this film has had me intrigued.

I do love New Orleans though, the setting of the film.    (I also love Owen Wilson, even as a priest.)

As I sat down to watch it on October 29, I just hoped I could rationalize my already selected recipe.

As for the food, there’s not a lot.   I saw some cocktails and liquor (and liquor bottles), beer, cold pizza, coffee, scones, suckling pig (in a haunted painting), hibachi food,  birthday cake, crunchy scrambled eggs,  cheese steak, sorrowful tater tots, jalapeno poppers,  poison whisky, and chili.

If I had watched the film before making my Boursin Boo, I would have probably made some joyful tater tots or a some kind of “Hero” cocktail.  (“You want to be a hero?”)

The film creates a cadre of unlikely characters who have to band together to survive.  They all are misunderstood and a couple are truly and terribly heartbroken.   They find themselves in a haunting trap.  Even if they leave the Haunted Mansion, the are compelled to return.   999 ghosts are entrapped in the mansion to eternally do the bidding of the evil Crump.    Will they be able to survive and break the spell?

Watch it and see but since it is a Disney film, you know the answer.

I loved the cameo of Winona Ryder and the more-than-cameo onscreen time of Jamie Lee Curtis.  Jared Leto?  I could take him or leave him.

I professed earlier to not being a Disney fan, but those opening scenes with the Disney theme music always get me.   Always have and probably always will.  Will I watch this film again?  Probably not, but it was a nice Halloween diversion.   Thanks for hosting this round, Cam!

Have a Happy Halloween, all!!!!

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