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A night at the Oscars

Scene Writer | Friday, February 27, 2004

What better way to celebrate the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards than with a themed cocktail party? Toss aside the unfinished homework, dress yourself up and gather all your movie-loving friends for a night of celebrities and these fun hors d’ouvres that celebrate this year’s best movie nominees. Lord of the Pineapple Rings Mini Pizzas

Layer-halved English muffins with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham slices and pineapple rings. Add spices to your taste and bake on 350F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Master and Commander – Salmon SpreadMake this yummy appetizer to pay homage to this Russell Crowe sea adventure. Pair with toasted pita chips or crackers.

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened2 ounces flaked or chopped smoked salmon (try to snag some from the dining hall!)1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce1/2 teaspoon minced garlic1/4 teaspoon onion powder1/4 teaspoon seafood seasoning1 dash ground black pepper

In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, salmon, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion powder, seafood seasoning and ground black pepper. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Courtesy of Toni, Copyright 2004; www.allrecipes.com.,All Rights Reserved

Chocolate Cinnamon “Sea” Biscuit Bites

Separatecan Pillsbury Golden Layers Refrigerated cinnamon and sugar biscuits dough into eight biscuits and then further separate each biscuit into quarters. Lightly brush biscuits with melted butter and bake for seven to nine minutes at 400F. Drizzle melted chocolate on top and serve warm.

Lost in Translation

Serve some sushi (you can get it at the Huddle now!) to celebrate this Bill Murray drama set in Tokyo.

Mystic River- Boston Creme Cupcakes

Whip up these tasty treats named after the setting of this thriller featuring Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon.

1 1/4 cups cold whole milk1 (3.4-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract12 pre-made cupcakes baked from a cake mix1 cup heavy cream1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Combine milk, instant pudding mix and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat mixture with a hand mixer for two minutes, or until it thickens. Place mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Spoon filling into a pastry bag fitted with a medium-size plain tip. Fill cupcakes with vanilla pudding filling by inserting tip into top of cupcake and squeezing a couple of tablespoons of filling into each cupcake. Heat cream in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until bubbles appear around the edges. Remove from heat. Add chocolate morsels to pan, and whisk until smooth. Spoon or drizzle glaze over cupcakes, or dunk the tops into the glaze. Refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour, before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Courtesy of Sandra Dee; Copyright 2003 Television Food Network, G.P., All Rights Reserved