January 27, 1997 12:00 PM

>Dinner & a Movie


IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT, AND YOU’RE VEGGING out in front of the tube. So what’s to munch on? Well, if you’re watching TBS’s weekly Dinner & a Movie (8:05-10:05 p.m. ET), it all depends—figuratively speaking—on the night’s menu. When the show airs Top Gun on Feb. 14, Dinner cohosts Paul Gilmartin and Annabelle Gurwitch will serve up Pentagon Pork Barrel Pozole from their studio kitchen in Los Angeles. For A Christmas Story, they made Scrooge’s Turkey Legs with Crispy Gruel Stuffing. And during The War of the Roses, the pair baked Kathleen Turnovers, a pastry filled with either spinach or apple, in homage to the movie’s husky-voiced star. “We’re very user-friendly,” says Gurwitch, 32, a former regular on HBO’s Not Necessarily the News (Gil-martin, 33, is a stand-up comic), “a sort of cooking school for dummies.” Dinner, which began in 1995, currently beats all other cable programs in its time slot. Recently the show spawned a cookbook and a Web site. The participants say the possibilities are endless. Gurwitch hopes to do a GoodFellas night “where we’d cook an Italian feast.” Kimberly Carlson, 38, Dinner’s creator and one of its producers, admits she fantasizes about Gandhi. “We wouldn’t eat anything,” she deadpans. “We’d just meditate.”

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