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February 22, 2011

Everyone likes a good Oscar party!

by Casserole Queens

Don’t believe us? Just check out this hilarious post on  “Stuff White People Like” . Oscar parties makes the list at #74! With the Oscars quickly approaching (Feb. 27th) and wanting  to do the Oscar party justice, Casserole Queen intern Gretchen and her Mom show us how it is done! Simply follow their informative 5-step plan to impress your guests this awards season. Take it away Gretchen!

In order to host The. Best. Academy. Awards. Party. Of. The. Century. one must follow these simple steps:

Step One: Buy Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar Edition Magazine.  Not only because it houses tons of photos of ridiculously good-looking actors, but also because it will give you the nominee inside scoop (i.e. you can pretend you’ve seen the movie and look sophisticatedly chic in front of your pals.)

Step Two: Print out the nominee list.  But go a little crazy; choose a color other than Automatic Black and a font other than Times New Roman.  It’s the little things that count, eh?

Party Idea! Make a copy for each guest and tell them to highlight who they think will win. Its like fantasy football, but better.

Step Three: Put on a fancy schmancy outfit.  (When in Rome, right?)

*Warning* Even though “Black Swan” is nominee, wearing this little number will only get you a phone call from Joan Rivers.

Oh, and this one too:

Step Four: Menu + Drinks.  All of which must be  appropriately movie nominee themed, naturally.  And titled in French, because (duh) it sounds more chic.


  • Salt – Vodka Martini (Za vashe zdorovie)
  • The Fighter – Boston Beer (calm ya liwa)


  • The King’s Speech – Bass Beer (Spiffing)
  • Inception – Mind Eraser (because let’s face it, if you leave that movie with your mind intact, you’re one in a bajillion)
  • 127 hours – Water (funny eh?)


  • Biutiful – Manchego Cheese, Jamón and Olives

Hors d’oeuvre

  • How to Train Your Dragon – Wings


  • Toy Story 3 – Mac and Cheese Soup
  • True Grit – Cheese Biscuits
  • Rabbit Hole – Salad


  • Alice in Wonderland – Pavlova Heart
  • Black Swan – White Russian (white swan) Black Russian (black swan)

Step Five: What’s a party without games?  Here’s a drinking game for my lovely lushes:

  • If anyone forgets to thank their significant other while they sit there anxiously waiting the call of their name, take a drink.
  • If anyone thanks his or her mom last, take a sip of someone else’s drink.
  • If anyone says he or she is “humbled” or “blessed,” take a drink.
  • If the winner says, “I was just happy to be nominated,” take a drink.
  • If anyone cries, take a drink.
  • If a winner says, “I wasn’t expecting this and I don’t have anything prepared,” only to launch into a long acceptance speech, finish your drink.

Step Six: Ah ha!  Caught Red Handed.  You skipped Step Five.  How do I know that?  Because one bullet in step five is like, a million lush-ious sips.

Nevertheless, my cheaters and sleepers, time to roll up the red carpet and go home…with these recipes:

Mind Eraser

  • 2 oz vodka (we like vanilla vodka)
  • 2 oz coffee liqueur (we used Kahlua)
  • 2 oz tonic water

Pour vodka, kahlua and tonic water into a rocks or old-fashioned glass (but a mule glass is pretty fun, eh?). Serve with a straw.

Vodka Martini

  • 1 ½ oz vodka (Russian, if you want to get picky)
  • ¾ oz dry vermouth

Shake vodka and vermouth together with several ice cubes in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with an olive and serve.

White (Swan) Russian

  • 2 oz vodka (we like vanilla best)
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur (we used Kahlua)
  • light cream

Pour vodka and coffee liqueur over ice cubes in a fancy glass. Fill with light cream and serve.

Black (Swan) Russian

  • 2 oz vodka (we like vanilla best)
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur (We used Kahlua)

Pour ingredients over ice cubes in fancy glass and serve.

Mac and Cheese Soup

  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ounces elbow macaroni (1 cup)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced ½-inch thick
  • 4 ½-inch-thick slices baguette
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 shallots
  • 1 carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 ¾ cups fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ¼ cups 2% milk
  • 6 ounces shredded cheddar cheese (about 1 ½ cups)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook as the label directs; drain.

Mist a baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange the tomato and baguette slices on it in a single layer; season with salt and pepper. Bake until the bread is golden brown, about 7 minutes.

Mince the shallots, carrot and celery in a food processor. Mist a saucepan with cooking spray. Add the vegetables and cook over medium-high heat until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Gradually stir in the broth and bring to a boil; cook, stirring, until thickened, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Add the milk, cheeses and macaroni and stir until the cheeses melt. Season with pepper. Top the toasts with tomatoes; serve on the soup.

Mac and Cheese Soup online

Pavlova (Alice in Wonderland)

  • Simple meringue
  • 2 pints total of fresh fruits, such as red currants, raspberries, strawberries and a few pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup kirsch or Grand Marnier
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ pint heavy cream
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  • Meringue (makes 7-8 cups): 6 large egg whites @ room temperature, 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 ½ cups superfine sugar, 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

Combine egg whites, lemon juice and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer. Whip, first on low-speed, then slowly progressing to high-speed, until soft peaks form, about 1 ½ minutes.

Slowly sprinkle the sugar a little at a time over the egg-white mixture, and whip until glossy peaks are formed, about 3 minutes.

Sift the cornstarch over the meringue and fold in.

Using a rubber spatula, spoon 3 to 4 one-cup blobs of meringue onto each prepared baking sheet, leaving 3 inches of space between each blob. Lift up sides of each blob with a small offset spatula and flip meringue back across the top, creating 6 to 8 smoothly folded pillowlike squares.

Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees. Place baking sheet in oven; bake until meringues are crisp on outside but have a marshmallow consistency on inside, about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Check consistency by poking into the bottom of one meringue pillow. If meringues start to brown, reduce temperature to 175 degrees. Remove from oven, and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, combine fruit, kirsch and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl. Let stand, gently stirring once or twice, until soft and juicy, about 1 hour or longer, depending on the fruits.

Pour cream into chilled bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whip, on medium speed, until cream is just stiff. Break meringue pillows open, and place on dessert plates. Top with whipped cream and berries. Garnish with fresh mint and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

Simple Meringue and Pavlova online

Corn Muffins with Green Onions and Sour Cream:

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Line twelve 1/3 cup muffin cups with paper liners.

Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl

Whisk sour cream, eggs and melted butter in another bowl.

Add sour cream mixture to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened (do not overmix).

Fold in corn kernels and green onions

Divide batter equally among muffin cups.

Bake until golden, about 20 minutes.  Cool on rack.

(Can be prepared 8 hours ahead.  Cover and let stand at room temperature).

Corn muffins online

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