Over the past few years Oscars viewing parties have become as commonplace as the Super Bowl and St. Patrick's day celebrations. You may not be an award winning celebrity but that doesn't mean you can't host your own fabulous Oscars party this Sunday. The Oscars are the biggest awards ceremony because in the past they were the only televised awards show. This is the 79th year that the Academy will present its little golden statues to the year's stellar performances. The Oscars start at 5 and no meal is served during the show. The official after party, the Governor's Ball, is where the stars are invited to eat a meal created by Wolfgang Puck. I've done a little investigating and I've put together a light dinner menu for you to serve at your Oscars viewing with dishes that will actually be served at the Governor's Ball! This is the first installment of an extravagant three part menu. You've already seen the invitations now take a peek at the appetizers and read more
Since we're in full-blown Oscars mode right now, I thought it would be fun to highlight a few different movies, both nominees and past winners, and see what dishes I could come up with for TV Dinners. Today I decided to start things off with something from one of my favorite movies of last year, Little Miss Sunshine.
Remember the scene near the beginning where the entire family gets together for a lovely dinner? You know the one where mom Sheryl brings home an enormous bucket of takeout chicken, which causes Grandpa to burst, "Every night it's the f**king chicken!" (if you don't remember, then checkout the clip after the jump). Well, if you're a keen viewer, you might have noted that the "f'ing chicken" came from a place called "Dinah's." Now for the interesting part, although the scene takes place in Albuquerque, Dinah's is actually a small chain with locations in Southern California only. Now I've never been there, but from what I understand they have some fantastic fried chicken. Unfortunately, their secret recipe (which according to their box is "traditionally southern and so free from cooking oil) is kept under lock and key, so we won't be able to have the real thing, but I do have a really tasty one you could make instead.
For a great fried-chicken recipe and a video clip of Grandpa's colorful feelings toward the chicken, read more
Today's happy hour recipe is named after 1969's Best Picture Winner, Midnight Cowboy. The film is rather dark, somewhat sentimental and sexy (it was actually rated X when it was released - back then X meant no one under 17). Much like the film, this drink is dark and yet beautiful. It consists of bourbon, rum and heavy cream, although I think a more authentic Midnight Cowboy drink would contain coconut milk instead. After all coconut milk is one of the "two basic items necessary to sustain life."
To checkout the recipe and see a film clip about the "two basic items," read more
Every year the folks at Eleni's Bakery in New York put together several hand-crafted cookie collections just in time for the Oscars. These collections, which correlate to the nominees, are absolutely adorable and will be a hit at any Oscars party. Choose from sugar caricatures for best actor ($58.50), best actress ($58.50), best picture ($65.00) and famous Hollywood quotes ($45.00). Order your cookies now to get them in time for Sunday's big event.
I have always enjoyed watching the Oscars ever since I was a little girl and would practice my acceptance speech for best actress. Like many little girls I was 100% certain that I would one day be standing on that stage thanking my parents, my rock star/country singer/actor boyfriend, and agent. Although I may never win a best actress award a tiny part of me hopes that someday I'll have one. Maybe for a writing award? Best screenplay?
Until that moment I'll have to warm myself in the Oscars glow that is emitted from my television. Watching awards shows are twice as fun when you watch with friends, so gather a few and host an Oscars party. Don't worry I'll take care of all of the party plans for you starting today with the invitations. The party is less than a week away so I recommend inviting your crew as soon as possible. To see my award winning invitation idea with easy to follow step by step photos, read more
Unlike the Golden Globes, no food is served during the Oscars. Instead, all of the big time A-list celebrities hurriedly head over to the Governors Ball (the official Oscars after party) for a delicious and delectable dinner. For the 13th year in a row the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited Wolfgang Puck to create the menu for the Governors Ball. Last year over 1600 celebrities attended the dinner which was a multi course mega meal with dishes like Puck's famous bite-size caviar pizzas and miniature chocolate coated gold leaf edible Oscars. Be sure to check back later this week for recipes that will be served at this year's premire post-Oscars bash. Until then, you can learn more on the Governors Ball, the actual complete menu, items from Puck's grocery list, and details involving the decor, read more