Tuesday, January 27, 2009

2008 Recap

The Snacks:

Doubt - Sacramental Wine

Combine 1 bottle dry red wine with your favorite Sangria mix. Mix, drink, and say penance the next morning.

The Reader - Michael Burgers

1 lb ground bison
1 lb ground angus beef
6 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp liquid smoke
2 tbsp montreal steak seasoning
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika

Line a baking sheet with saran wrap and dust with an onion/garlic spice mix (such as McCormick). Mix all ingredients thoroughly with your hands until the meat is well incorporated. Pinch off portion of the meat (roughly larger than a golf ball, but smaller than a Racquetballl). Roll into a ball and flatten. Place each patty on the saran wrap. When done season with more onion/garlic spice. Patties can then be frozen and saved for use. When ready to cook patties, remove from freezer and cook as preferred (on a grill, frying pan, under broiler). Serve on small rolls with cheese spread and mayo.

Liptauer (cheese spread)
1 med onion, diced
3 tbsp unsalted butter
6 oz cream cheese, cubed
8 1/2 oz camembert, cubed-do not remove white rind
1 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp sour cream
1 1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to incorporate. Scraping down the sides when needed and processing until smooth. Place in a plastic container and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.
German Mayo Spread
1 C Mayo
2-3 tbsp chopped caper berries
1-2 tbsp chopped dill pickles
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp ground caraway
1/3 tsp onion, garlic powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Whisk all ingredients together until well incorporated. Refrigerate for at least a few hours before serving.

Slumdog Millionaire - Slum Kabobs

1 lb ground pork
1 1lb ground turkey
Gyros Spice Mix
1/2 tsp cinamon, cardom
3-4 tbsp mango chutney

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with hands until incorporated. Soak wooden skewer for half hour. Remove from water, dry off. Take 2-3tbsp amount of meat mixture, form into ovalsl. Thread three ovals on wooden skewer and repeat until done. Cook over grill or broil in oven until done. Serve with raita sauces

Cucumber Raita

1 c greek yogurt
1/2 cucumber, seeded and chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp onion powder
Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in bowl and chill for at least and hour before serving

Mango Raita

1 c greek yogurt
2-3 tbsp Mango chutney

Combine in a bowl and chill at least an hour before serving.

Milk - Super-scooper Nachos

In a small, square Pyrex dish, layer the following from the bottom up:

Cream cheese
salsa or taco sauce
cheddar cheese
Monterey Jack Cheese
Black olives

Microwave for 2-3 minutes until warm. Serve with Tortilla chips

(Remember to clean up after yourself!)

The Dark Knight - Heath's Posthu-mousse award

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
5 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup egg whites (from about 4 eggs)
2 tablespoons sugar
Heath Bar crumbles (optional)

Two days before you plan to serve the dessert, in a small saucepan, heat the cream over medium heat just until it boils. Immediately turn off the heat. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Strain into another bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, remove the mixture from the refrigerator and, using a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer, whip it into fluffy, soft peaks. Return to the refrigerator.

In a clean dry bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form, then add the sugar and continue whipping until glossy and stiff, about 30 seconds more. Fold into the white chocolate mixture, and then spoon the mixture (or pipe through a pastry bag) into glasses. Top with heath bar crumbles if desired.

Frost/Nixon - Tricky Dicks

Combine (1) dark ale beer and (1) bottle Jack Daniels Barbecue sauce. Pour into crock pot with (2) pkgs. of Lil' Smokies sausages. Warm and serve.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Benjamin Buttons

*Winner, best snack!

7 oz frozen puff pastry, thawed.
Boursin cheese at room temp
1/2 lb beef tenderloin or thick cut organic beef top round, cut into 1/2 inch rounded cubes
salt and pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured sheet of parchment, roll out the puff pastry to a 7 1/2 by 15 inch rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. Cut pastry into 1 1/2 inch squares.
Spoon a scant teaspoon of the boursin in the center of each square. Season the beef with salt and pepper and set the beef on each pastry square. Fold the pastry over the beef, neatly tucking in the corners and make as much of a rounded shape. Arrange the pastries, seam side down on a large baking sheet lined with parchment. (At this point you may freeze the wellingtons up to one week before use-thaw before baking)
Lightly brush each pastry with the beaten egg. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Let cool slightly, then transfer to a platter and serve.

Wall-E - Green Leaf Pizzas


1 Cup Warm Water1 Tbs Yeast

3 Cups Whole Wheat White Flour

1 Tbs Olive Oil

1 tsp Salt

1 Tbs Onion Powder

1Tbs Corn Meal

1/2 Cup Chopped Baby Spinach


Marinara Sauce of your choosing

Mix of Shredded Mozarella & White Sharp Cheddar

Chopped Baby Spinach

2 Cooked, Shredded Chicken breasts

Carmelized Onions

Mix yeast and water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Combine all dough ingredients, including water & yeast, and mix until a ball forms. Let rise for 1 hour. Roll out your dough and cut into small circles with biscuit cutter or small glass. Top with Sauce, Cheese, Spinach , Chicken & Onions. Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes until done. Enjoy!


With his Best Director nomination for The Reader, Stephen Daldry has become the first director ever to receive nods for his first three films. (The other two were Billy Elliot and The Hours.)

This year, three of the four winning lead-acting performances at the Golden Globes (Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road, Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky, and Colin Farrell for In Bruges) weren't nominated for the Oscar. That marks the first time that's happened since 1954, when Spencer Tracy (The Actress), David Niven (The Moon is Blue), and Ethel Merman (Call Me Madam) failed to score Oscar nods after winning the Globe.

Best Supporting Actress nominee Penélope Cruz has become the fourth actor to receive nominations for performing in two different languages. Ingrid Bergman’s seven noms include a Swedish-language role in Autumn Sonata, Robert De Niro spoke Sicilian in The Godfather Part II, and Benicio Del Toro spoke Spanish in Traffic (and English in 21 Grams).

Waltz With Bashir is the first animated film ever to be nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

This year marks only the fifth time in Oscar history that the Best Picture and Best Director races matched 5 for 5. It last happened just three years ago, when Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night and Good Luck, and Munich were recognized in both categories.

With Frank Langella's nod for Frost/Nixon, Richard Nixon is the first president more than one man has been Oscar-nominated for playing. (Anthony Hopkins scored a nod for Nixon in 1996.)

With Heath Ledger's win forBest Supporting Actor for The Dark Knight, he's only the second posthumous acting winner ever, after Network's Peter Finch in 1977. Like Ledger, Finch had earned one prior nomination, and like Ledger, it was for playing a gay man, in 1971's Sunday Bloody Sunday.

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Best Acceptance Speech: Don't know his name, but we all got a kick out of the Japanese winner who said, "Domo Aragato, Mr. Robot."

Worst Acceptance Speech: Sean Penn. Not only did he thank Mickey Rourke and not his wife, but he didn't even mention Harvey Milk, the slain politician he had portrayed.

Best Moment: Hands down: the opening musical number. Ed even said it was the best Oscar moment he had seen in his life. A close second might be Ben Stiller's killer Joaquin Phoenix impression.

Worst Moment(s): The second musical number, the maudlin "wedding toast" introductions to the acting awards, a bad "death montage" - actually all the montages were bad. Do we really need to relive the magic that was "Space Chimps?"

Running Gag: Gaffes. From the curtain that wouldn't open towards the beginning, to hearing someone shouting, "It's opening!," to Alan Arkin calling Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Seymour Phillip Hoffman, to Marion Cotillard speaking about Kate Winslet's many "Forgettable" performances. It was a night many will long to forget.

The Pool:

And the Oscar Cup goes to...

Gianna with 18 out of 24 (I am duly impressed!)

And the rest of us looked like this:

Tracy - 15

John, Susan, Mary, Molly - 14

Stephanie & Stacey - 13

Dianne, Tom, Sean, Jami M. - 12

Jay & Jason - 11

Anne - 9

Forest - 8

Rob, Jami J. - 7

Carol, Erika, Lizzie - 5

Naya - 4


  1. Wow! I beat Tom! And pick the same # as John! Okay, not bad!
    I don't get nachos linking to Milk, though. So many Milky possibilities! Milky Ways, Milkshakes, etc. LOVE the Post Humousse Award!

  2. We don't go for the obvious... plus we like to get nachos in. The "super scooper" is a play off the "pooper scooper" law Milk helped pass. Not apetizing to think about, but funny.

  3. I wish we could've gone!! It sounded like a blast! You guys are so creative. I'm counting on a replay next week, including all the suspense! :)