So you’ve decided to host an Oscars party this year, but you aren’t sure what to serve. Because obviously you want something extra fancy, something that will allow you to shine nearly as brightly as those folks on the red carpet.
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Silver shakers and the silver screen go back a long time. Think French 75 from “Casablanca” and Agent 007’s dry martinis.
So for those of you planning to drink along at home for the Feb. 28 showing of the Oscars this year, now might be a good time to get your cocktail act together. And Tim Federle, author of “Gone with the Gin,” has a few ideas about that.
Hollywood’s biggest night also is one of the best excuses to get your friends together and get glamorous in the kitchen. But glamorous doesn’t have to be onerous. The best party food is something that will get your guests talking, something that is a crowd pleaser, something that can be eaten as a finger food but ‚Äî vitally ‚Äî also is really easy to assemble.
There is a time and place for a pint of ice cream and a spoon. Or for a pile of cookies or box of doughnuts. An Oscars viewing party is neither the time nor the place. This party requires desserts with a bit more panache.
Finger food can be tricky for the healthy eater. Tiny bites that explode with flavour often are loaded with empty calories and little nutrition. If I’m not paying attention at a party, I can easily inhale a day’s worth of calories, just because, well, I’m hungry. And finger food is so, you know, small. So I eat a lot.
Don’t even think about serving that old classic “party mix” at your Oscars party. This isn’t an 8-year-old’s birthday party. This is red carpet material, even if it’s in your living room.
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