Oscar Party Recap and Cookoff

Every year we do an Oscar party.   We have been doing this as long as I can remember.  We have family and friends join us and always a contest the ballot contest.  Whoever gets the most wins.  This year we also had a cooking challenge.  The challenge was to cook a dish inspired from any nominated film in a year ending with an 8.     We also did a match the film to the dish contest.   Here is the dishes and films, see how many you get right:

We started off the night with the Colony Cocktail which represented Thoroughly Modern Millie.

All of the dishes were really good but we still had to vote and declare a winner.  The winner was this Butter Chicken Dish served with rice from Slumdog Millionaire made by Rachel.   We thought we would share the game winning recipe.

Our adopted sister Pam made Chicken Fried Rice for Last Emperor.




I did a Rosemary and Garlic Roast Beef paying tribute to Titanic.


Mom did a hash brown casserole for Farmer’s Daughter.


I made a rustic bread for Camelot and had the butter churner out for guests to make their own butter.

Rachel did a Potato Gratin Dish for The Martian.

The food was delicious and mostly all gone by mid Oscars.  We then moved on to desserts.

The most festive was Moms.  She did a Lemon Curd Padawan Cake for Star Wars.   The light saber and the planes lit up. Rachel’s coconut pie is next too it, I didn’t get a good picture.

I did a Lemon Blueberry Cake with a Lemon Zest Butter Cream frosting for Marie Antoinette.

One of the better Oscar parties we have had.


Menu #5

This week we have an assortment of dinner options that are easy to make.

Mushroom Ragout with Creamy Polenta, serve with side salad

Chicken Pesto Salad Sandwich, serve with chips or fresh fruit

Chicken Fried Rice with a side of steamed broccoli

Sweet Chili Salmon with Broccoli Quinoa Bowl

Instant Pot African Peanut Stew serve with Rice

SIde Dish-Hasselback Beets with a Yogurt Sauce

Chicken Fried Rice

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Chicken Fried Rice
Easy to make and mix up with whatever meat you have if you don't have chicken, also use whatever veggies you like. Make the rice a day ahead.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine chinese
Course Main Dish
Cuisine chinese
  1. In wok heat 1-2 Tbsp. on high heat until hot. Add the garlic, ginger, and onion and saute 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Add the vegetables and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add 1-2 Tbsp more oil to wok. Pour in the beaten eggs. Scramble into small pieces until cooked. Add cooked meat and saute for another minute.
  3. Stir in the rice and break up any large pieces while tossing until heated through about 2 minutes.
  4. Drizzle in soy sauce, fish sauce, mirin, and sesame oil, tossing to combine everything evenly. Keep stirring the fried rice until slightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the vegetables back in and toss to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Top with green onion and cashews. Enjoy!
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