WGN Oscar Segment

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Choose your colors: red, black and gold.

Repurpose items: Ken doll made into gold statue with flowers, old film used around battery votives.

Inexpensive ideas: print off black and white pictures of movie stars and put in frames, old metal film reel spray painted gold and makes a nice display.

Finger food is best; include a couple fancy ones- after all it is Hollywood’s most glamorous night!

Have an Oscar ballot for friends to fill out, download here.

Truffle Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

Ingredients:
3 cups popped popcorn
1 tsp white truffle oil
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbs Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp Fresh rosemary; finely chopped
sea salt

Directions:
Popcorn-I LOVE Tiny Pop kernels; non GMO pops up crunchy and so flavorful
Pop desired amount of popcorn in oil on stove top. Once popped mix about 1 tsp white truffle oil into 1/4 cup melted butter, pour on popped corn, sprinkle with fresh chopped rosemary and Parmesan cheese fresh rosemary and sea salt.

Smoked Salmon Roses on Bilini’s

Bilini’s

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs baking powder
1 egg; beat before adding to mixture
2 Tbs butter, melted
3/4 cup milk

Directions:
Mix the dry ingredients first, combine the egg and butter to the milk and stir into the flour mixture. Let sit 10 minutes. Pour mixture into a pancake pen and using a small round cutter dispense mixture into the cutter on a nonstick skillet (lightly oiled), once it bubbles remove ring and flip, repeat (you can just pipe on to pan but using the ring will make them all the exact same size. Let cool, serve room temperature.

Cream Cheese Mixture

Ingredients:
6 oz. cream cheese; room temperature
1 Tbs butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbs capers
1 tsp each chopped chives
1 tsp minced Italian flat leaf parsley
1 tsp fresh lemon juice and
1/2 tsp lemon zest
fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:
Mix above ingredients together in food processor.

To assemble:
8 oz. smoked salmon (2 packages)

Lay a slice of smoked salmon on your work surface; smoked salmon comes pre-sliced. Using a paring knife, cut a 3-inch-long piece of salmon, approximately 1/4 inch wide. Cut the strips from the edge of the salmon slice, so that the naturally ragged edge of the salmon slice is included in the strip, this will be the outer petals of the rose. You can piece together broken strips of the salmon and roll up. Hold the rose from the base then gently peel back the rolled salmon slightly, to open up the smoked salmon rose. Set aside on a clean plate. Spoon cream cheese mixture into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe little rosettes onto each pancake or simply spread the room temperature mixture. Place a smoked salmon rose on top of each bilini and garnish with chives. Makes about 38-40 roses.

Do it Yourself Crostini Bar
1 baguette, brushed with olive oil and baked about 7 minutes at 350 degrees
Bowls of various toppings. Some of my favorites are:
goat cheese crumbles, prosciutto and arugula lightly tossed with olive oil and balsamic
good quality butter (I like Amish Country rolled butter), sliced radishes, sea salt
blue cheese crumbles, grapes and balsamic drizzle (available at Trader Joe’s)
tomatoes packed in oil, Genoa salami, fresh basil

Italian Sausage Stars with Dijonnaise Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:
puff pastry sheets
Italian sausage, grilled and cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 Tbs Dijon mustard, or to taste

Directions:
Using a small star cutter cut out puff pastry stars and brush with egg wash (to make shiny) bake at 375 until golden about 5-7 minutes. Place in freezer for about 10 min. to save shape. Skewer sausage and puff pastry star and serve with sauce. I used a gold star pick from http://www.pickonus.com

Chocolate Statues

Ingredients:
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate
6 oz. milk chocolate

Directions:
Melt chocolate over a double boiler. You can use a pot with water 1/4 of the way up the pot and a metal mixing bowl. Have your 6 molds ready and spoon into molds. For the intricate areas like the head you can use a piping bag. Once filled tap gently to distribute and get rid of any bubbles. Place on a sheet pan in the freezer until set, once set it should pop out quite easily. To make the 3 dimensional statue, I placed the solid half on top of the melted chocolate in the mold and then place in the freezer to harden. To finish, spray with edible gold shimmering food color spray from Wilton available at Michaels.
Statue molds available from The Chocolate Pixie or thechocolatepixie on eBay

DIY’S
Black Tie Napkins
Fold a square black napkin into thirds.
Scrunch the middle, I secured with black sparkle washi tape or twist ties also work.

Rose floral ball held by gold statue: Ken doll found at Goodwill. Make sure to get one without the hair. Spray paint gold, glue gun to a spray painted large tuna can and top with small round oasis that fresh red roses have been inserted.

Mini envelope food tags: I unfolded an envelope to see how it is cut out and using red card stock made mini envelopes with a piece of paper sticking out identifying the food, place in a large paperclip to stand on the table.

Film votives; wrap film around a battery votive, secure with tape and scatter around the table.

Red Twizzler licorice in a glass vase and tagged; Red Carpet Ropes

Print off black and white pictures of movie stars and put in frames on the table.

The old metal film reel (came with old film) purchased from eBay $9.00 and spray painted gold, makes a great display on an easel.

To display the chocolate statues I bought a rectangular styrofoam block from Michaels. Using a sharp knife, I sliced off a thin strip and glued to the larger block, then spray painted black. I inserted the chocolate statues with toothpicks.

Print off Oscar ballots; I found a cute one on http://www.sugarandcharm.com

Sources:
Red runner was a roll of craft paper from Michaels
Letters spelling out Oscars from Michaels
Black and white small popcorn boxes Party City

FILED IN: MIDDAY NEWS

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