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The Perfect Oscar Party By MAMA!

Celebrate the Oscars the MAMA way!

Oh what a year it has been for the movies. For the first time since 2011, “Hidden Figures” was the first movie with multiple female leads to remain number one for two weekends in a row. In comparison to last year, different races have begun to be represented in unique and empowering ways.  We were given a movie that paid tribute to classic movie musicals with “La La Land.” And of course, we were provided with countless breathtaking performances from several actors and actresses. This Sunday is a night to celebrate the work it takes to put these movies together.  As these actors find their hearts beating in their throats with anticipation, we find ourselves preparing with similar excitement the perfect Oscar Party.  Join MAMA in throwing the perfect Oscar Party with some of our favorite drinks and food recipes inspired by the movies!

Lights, Camera, and… alcohol!

Get the night started by getting the cocktails going! While champagne is always a classic and provides a classy touch to the night, why not get a little creative about your cocktails. Here are a few of our favorites:

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LA LA LAND: Jazzy Lemonade

1 cup raspberries (fresh or thawed from frozen; no sugar added)

1 ¼ cups lemon juice

¾ cup vodka

⅓ cup calorie-free sweetener (twice as sweet as sugar)

Optional garnish: additional raspberries

1. Thoroughly mash raspberries in a pitcher.

2. Add remaining ingredients and 4 cups water. Mix well.

3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

4. Serve over ice.

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HACKSAW RIDGE: Jalapeño, Blood Orange, & Whiskey Cocktail

1 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice

2 tbs Agave

1/2 cup whiskey

1 medium sized jalapeno, chopped, stem removed (about 2 tbs)

1. In a cocktail shaker, add the blood orange juice, agave and whiskey, stir until combined. 2. Add the jalapenos, replace the shaker cap and shake three times.
3. Immediately pour through a strainer into highball glasses filled with ice, straining out the jalapenos.
4. Discard the jalapenos.

ARRIVAL: Alien-Colda

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2 Oz of Midori

2 Oz of Coconut Milk

1 oz Coconut Rum

4 oz pinneaple juice.

Garnish with a cherry

1. Put all ingredients in a blender with ice.

2. Garnish with a cherry in honor of Amy Adams’ red hair!

Pass the popcorn!

While popcorn may be a given at any Oscar party, surprise your guests with something that is a little bit more unique! Check out these options inspired by Hidden Figures, Lion, and Fences.

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HIDDEN FIGURES: Chocolate Oatmeal Moonpies

Cookies:

  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats

  • 1 cup dried tart cherries, chopped

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

  • 3/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (4 ounces), chopped into chocolate chip-size chunks

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 1/2 cups (packed) dark brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 7-ounce jars marshmallow creme

Chocolate dipping sauce:

  • 1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (2 1/2 ounces), chopped

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

1. For cookies:

    • Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine oats, cherries, pecans, and chocolate in a large bowl.

    • Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in another large bowl, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat to blend. Scrape down sides of bowl. With machine running at low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat just to blend. Stir in oat mixture with a wooden spoon just to blend.

    • Using a 1-ounce ice cream scoop or scooping out 2 level tablespoonfuls of dough, measure dough into 36 portions. Divide among baking sheets. Using your hands, gently press down on each dough ball until 1/2″ thick.

    • Bake cookies for 12 minutes. Rotate sheets front to back and top to bottom; continue baking until cookies are golden brown and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft (cookies will appear underdone and shiny in centers), 7-8 minutes longer. Do not overbake. Let cookies cool on baking sheets. DO AHEAD: Cookies can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

    • Spread 1 tablespoon marshmallow creme on bottom of 18 cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies.

  • For chocolate dipping sauce:

    • Place chocolate and honey in a medium bowl. Bring cream just to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour over chocolate and honey; let stand for 1 minute; stir until melted and smooth. Drizzle over cookies or serve alongside sandwich cookies for dipping.

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LION: Cheese Kachori

Grated cheese (mixture of monterey jack and cheddar): ⅔ cup
All-purpose flour (maida): ⅔ cup,
Fine chopped onions: ¼ cup,
Chilly flakes: 1tsp,
Baking Powder: 2-3 pinches
Fine chopped coriander leaves: 1tbsp,
Thick yogurt: ¼ cup,
Italian seasoning: 1tsp,
Salt, Oil for deep frying
For Stuffing:
Grated cheese: ¼ cup,
Cream cheese: 1 tbsp

  1. In a big bowl add cheese, all-purpose flour, onions, chilly flakes, baking powder, coriander leaves, curd, Italian seasoning and salt.

  2. Mix everything and knead it like a dough.

  3. Now take a small portion of the dough and spread it with your fingers.

  4. Put the cheese or cream cheese stuffing inside and cover it from all the side and make a ball shape.

  5. Make sure to seal it properly and cover all the open surfaces.

  6. Now take some oil and rub it between your palms.

  7. Take the ball and gently press it between your palms.

  8. Do the same and make all the kachoris.

  9. Now heat the oil at medium heat and fry 3-4 kachoris at a time.

  10. Turn them over couple of times and cook them till they become golden brown and crispy.

  11. Cheese kachori are ready to serve.

  12. Serve these cheese kachoris with coriander chutney, ketchup or ranch.

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FENCES: Baseball Cakepops

1 Can of store bought cake icing
1 Box of Red Velvet cake mix
Large cake pan (any size) or pyrex dish
Food Processor
Mixing Bowls
1 Package of Candy Melts, Red and White
1 Ziploc bag or Piping bag and very small diameter circle tip
1 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil

  1. Mix cake ingredients and bake the cake. You want it fully cooked, but don’t worry at all about how it looks.

  2. Once it is done and cooled, toss it into your food processor. Blend briefly until cake is mostly small crumbs.

  3. Toss cake crumbs into a mixing bowl. Add icing, slowly, and mix with a spoon.

  4. Roll balls with a diameter of about a quarter (just a little smaller than golf balls).  Set in the fridge or freezer to cool and firm up.

  5. Melt the white candy melts according to package directions in a medium sized bowl.

  6. Remove pops from fridge or freezer. Slide a candy stick into each pop, and pour just a little candy onto the bottom to “glue” the stick in place. This will make the next step much easier.

  7. Add vegetable oil so that the candy melt is thinner. It should be pourable, but still thick enough to coat a cake pop.

  8. Dip pops into the candy melt, completely cover cake, and slowly remove. Use a cardboard box to prop the candy melts upright to dry and set.

  9. Cut a tiny (really mean TINY) corner off a ziploc bag. Melt red candy melt (about 1/4 the bag), and place in ziploc bag or piping bag with tiny diameter tip.

  10. Pipe laces onto the pops. Start by piping on two red lines, and then add small dashes along the lines to make baseball stitching.

  11. About a half hour before the party, remove the pops from the fridge.

Ready For Your Closeup!

Of course the party isn’t all about the food and cocktails! Make sure you party is a hit with your guests with these proven MAMA tips and tricks!

  • Dress For The Occasion: While formal attire is always a hit, as it makes you feel like you’re part of award show, another fun twist is themed costumes. Encourage your guests to dress like their favorite nominated character, actor, or movie. Give it a competitive edge by giving out an award for the best dressed.

  • Voice Your Vote: Print out a Oscar Voting Ballot and have everyone fill it out, predicting who they think will win.  At the end of the night tally up your ballots and award a prize to whomever has the most correct predictions.  (Make sure you swap ballots for the scoring, to ensure fair play.)

  • Music: Don’t forget one of the most important parts of the night- music! A playlist including of songs from the nominated movie soundtracks are a surefire way to keep the energy up during the commercial breaks and after the show as well!

 

 

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