Friday, March 5, 2010

Its the Oscar's! Recipes that will make your Oscar party the talk of the town

Hello all! It's Oscar weekend and we all know what that means! Beautiful people and beautiful dresses, but what about the food? The Oscars are more fun to watch when you have someone to say "oh god that is an ugly dress" or bicker that that wrong movie won. So what better way to celebrate the Oscars and your friends than with Oscar related party food! Below is food inspired from actors and the movies they star in. I got the recipes from They have a ton of other Oscar related articles and recipes if you want to check it out!

Movie: Julie & Julia
Recipe: Amy Adam's guacamole

3 avocados
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper with seeds removed, finely chopped
1 tomato, husked and chopped
1/2 tomato, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes
Handful of cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Blue tortilla chips (or cut-up veggies), for serving

Mash avocados in a bowl; stir in remaining ingredients. Serve with something crunchy

Movie: The Blind Side
Recipe: Sandra Bullock’s Coconut Macaroons
It’s the year of Sandra Bullock, Oscar nominee and dedicated baker. The famous Bullock family recipe for macaroons is a closely guarded secret, but here’s a macaroon recipe as found on Confections of a (Closet) Master Baker, a blog by Bullock's pastry chef sis. I’m not usually a macaroon girl, but The Blind Side and The Proposal were unexpected delights—these probably are, too!

4 egg whites
3 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a metal/heatproof bowl.

Set the bowl on a pan or saucepan of simmering water and stir occasionally to prevent the bottom from burning.

Make sure mixture is hot and has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes. With a medium-sized cookie scoop, drop batter onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are dark golden brown.

Since we are going to be reading Julie and Julia in the upcoming months I thought I would share a recipe from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Movie: Julie and Julia
Recipe: Julia Child's Mini Quiches Lorraine

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup half-and-half
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Flour, for work surface

Coat a 24-cup mini-muffin tin with cooking spray and heat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yolk, and half-and-half. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

On a lightly floured surface, use a 2 1/2-inch round cutter to cut 24 rounds out of the piecrust. (If you do not have a round cutter, the mouth of a standard-size canning jar works fine.)

Gently press rounds into muffin cups. Divide crumbled bacon evenly between the lined cups, then divide egg mixture between cups.

Bake until quiche crusts are golden brown and the egg mixture is puffed and completely set in the center, about 25 minutes. Transfer quiches to a cooling rack and serve warm.

Hope you enjoy your weekend and maybe even make one of these recipes for the Oscar's! I am starting the School of Essential Ingredients this weekend so I will have more to report to you next week.

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