Sunday, February 27, 2011

27 February 2011 – Oscar Night

Hello Gorgeous!

The 83rd Academy Awards are on tonight! I love the Oscars, and I only wish the Monday following the awards was a national holiday. I have been chatting with my Facebook friends, Tracy Steele and Betty Crowell have been chatting about our Oscar night dinners for the past few days. Tracy wanted suggestions on what to cook for Oscar night, and I forwarded her Wolfgang Puck's menu for the Governor's Ball. Wolfgang has prepared dinner for the Oscars for the past several years. This year, his entré is Dover Sole in honor of The King's Speech. Tracy also found a recipe for Black Swan cupcakes, and Betty read a blog from someone who is cooking True Grits tonight. Oh what fun! I spent a few days trying to think of something to cook for Sunday Supper that is fitting with tonight's theme, and it finally hit me – Veal Oscar! I've never made it before, but it was relatively easy to prepare. I served it with hand whipped Hollandaise sauce. Instead of including the standard crab meat topping, I decided to prepare a side of Lobster Safron Risotto instead. It was a good call! For dessert, I baked an Oscar-worthy Orange Fallen Chocolate Cake. After stuffing ourselves, Cory, Jeff and I are watching the Oscars and issuing fashion citations.

Speaking of dramatic events, last night was the Cherokee Arts Center's Mardi Gras Ball. I am president this year, and it was our first big fundraiser of the year. We donned our tuxedos and had a great time! We also raised over $7,500 for the Arts Center. Our Mardi Gras Ball Chair, TJ Cochran, did a great job and was crowned Mardi Gras King for his service. One of the founders of the ball, Wanda Roach, was named Queen. Congratulations to both, and thanks to all of the volunteers and sponsors for a great evening.

Now, back to the Oscars. I hope your favorite movie wins tonight!

The Oscar Menu:

- Veal Oscar with Asparagus and Hand Whipped Hollandaise

- Lobster Safron Risotto

- Chocolate Orange Fallen Cake
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