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Oscars 2013 – Part 2

Oscars 2013 – Part 2

Right on the heels of Part 1 of my Oscar post comes Part 2!  Here’s the “Argochoke Dip: Go Cluck Yourself”, which I posted about a few weeks ago.  This was a big hit.  We had a couple vegetarians at the party, but no other vegans.  In case you’d be worried to serve this to [...]

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Oscars 2013 – Part 1

Oscars 2013 – Part 1

I did eight dishes inspired by the best picture nominees for our Oscar party this year.  I planned nine, but Pearl didn’t want to nap so there was no time for the “Zero Dark Meat Meatballs”, a reprise of “There Will Not be Blood Meatballs.”  Oh well… Above is a shot of the almost full [...]

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Experimenting – Mango Unstrained

Experimenting – Mango Unstrained

As any kitchen adventurer knows, sometimes the recipes you experiment with don’t work out so well.  Such was the case with my attempt at a mango cocktail for our Oscar party.  This was going to be “D’Mango Unstrained”, our pun on the film D’Jango Unchained. Here’s what happened… I blended frozen mango chunks with lime [...]

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Chicken Bacon Artichoke Dip

Chicken Bacon Artichoke Dip

I tested another recipe over the weekend for our Oscar party, but this one would also be perfect for the Superbowl this Sunday.  I wanted to do something different than my normal Hot Artichoke Dip, and using chicken worked for one the of the title puns I’ve been working on.  I came across this recipe [...]

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S’more Bars

S’more Bars

Continuing with my Oscar party dishes, I’ll be making these S’more Bars for the film Amour.  Unlike the Les Mis bread, we’re going full on title pun with this one.  Which means they should probably be S’mour bars for the sake of the party. These are way too easy to make for being as good [...]

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Simple Crusty Bread

Simple Crusty Bread

I’ve been meaning to post about this bread for a long time, but I hadn’t actually made it in over a year.  Back when I was still doing Moveable Feast dinners with Alix (of the fantastic Cute + Delicious blog), she sent this recipe to me for our Spanish feast. I came back to this [...]

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“An Eggplant Cajun”

“An Eggplant Cajun”

Here it is – the last of the posts from our Oscar Party, and my favorite… “An Eggplant Cajun” for the film “An Education”.  For some reason we didn’t have any trouble with this title, and once we thought of the name Ryan found this recipe online. While it was super easy to veganize, I [...]

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“A Sauteed Ban”…ana

“A Sauteed Ban”…ana

Okay, guys – only two more Oscar Party posts!  I’m saving my favorite for tomorrow.  In the meantime, let’s talk about these bananas! The title “A Serious Man” gave us serious trouble.  We weren’t huge fans of the movie (sorry if you liked it!), so we were going to do a drink – “A Serious [...]

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“Pretzels: Based on the recipe ‘Soft Pretzels’ by Colleen”

“Pretzels: Based on the recipe ‘Soft Pretzels’ by Colleen”

These Pretzel bites were what we served for the film “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”.  I’ve made them before in classic pretzel shape, and they were so good that I was looking for a chance to make them again. I was originally going to do these for “Inglourious Basterds” as “Inglourious Dough [...]

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“Inglourious Crackers”

“Inglourious Crackers”

We’re into the second week of Oscar posts!  Doesn’t it feel like the Oscars was a year ago?  Maybe it’s just because I had a busy week, or maybe it’s because there were TEN best picture nominees that we made dishes for!  Either way, still going… Just a couple left and then on to St. [...]

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“Faux Bird Fried”

“Faux Bird Fried”

I mentioned in my first post from our Oscar party that I made a couple old favorites in addition to some new recipes.  This is one of the former, definitely worth making over and over again!  These fried chicken bites are what we served for the film “The Blind Side.”  You might recognize the photo [...]

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“UPcakes”

“UPcakes”

Continuing with my posts featuring the foods we served at our Oscar party, here’s what we made for the movie “UP” – “UPcakes”!  Like “Up in the Air”, this title was a hard one.  I was looking at the mini cupcakes that I had at the Farmers’ Market a couple Sundays ago and realized that [...]

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“Popped in the Air”

“Popped in the Air”

I love entertaining  – making lots of appetizers for parties, making dinner for friends, etc., and I really like to go all out when I do it.  In the past, I wasn’t that up for taking short-cuts when I entertained.  I guess I looked at it as cheating. Now, with my business to run (and [...]

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