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Making Cinnamon Rolls ~ Foodie Ellie

Making Cinnamon Rolls ~ Foodie Ellie

Making cinnamon rolls Food Ellie is excited to create grammy’s cinnamon rolls. Ellie’s favorite treat from grammy is cinnamon rolls.

Ellie comes for a summer visit to celebrate the Juneteenth and swim for the weekend with grammy. She made her first pie crust for a sweet potato pie for the family Juneteenth dinner.

Ellie’s advice is to always check the bowl for eggshells and wash up the dishes when done. She was determined to do this herself. She measured each cup of flour to be one cup ( I usually use my senses to measure for bread). It was a wonderful day baking with her. Sharing the tradition I learned from my own grandmother.

Cinnamon Roll Tradition

My grandmothers on my mother’s side were known for their outstanding baking skills. They always used all-purpose flour, white sugar, and no eggs to make cinnamon rolls. Family recipes are fun to create.

I prefer Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Baking Flour (12-15% protein). This pastry flour is perfect for creating great yeast-raised products. Today we only had Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour (8-9% protein). Getting the right flour has been a difficult product to find during the COVID-19 pandemic. This flour worked out well.

I remember reading my great-great grandmother’s story gathering sego lilies and grinding them into flour to bake bread, cinnamon rolls, and creating pies. They did this after settling in Idaho from the Mid-West and food was scare. It is a make it work moment.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Bread Dough

6 – 8 cups of Flour

2 pkg. active dry yeast

2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

Filling

3/4 cup butter

Cinnamon and sugar

You can raisins or chopped nuts if you like.

Icing Recipe

2 cups powder sugar

4 tbsp softened butter

2 tsp vanilla

Milk, enough to get icing spreading consistancy

In a large bowl or Kitchen Aid, mixing bowl with the bread hook attachment. Add 2 cups of the flour and both yeast pkg. on top of the flour.

In a large pot on the stove on low add whole milk, butter, salt, and sugar heat warm to the touch.

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Pour the warm to touch mixture over the flour and yeast. Mix well on low if using Kitchen Aid. When mixed well add

2 eggs blending after adding each egg.

Slowly add the remaining flour (this will vary each time how much) 1 cup at a time. Mix well after each addition. Increase speed on the Kitchen Aid as needed. The dough should be firm and start to pull away from the sides of the bowl when enough flour is added. Knead by hand for 12-14 minutes (stretch and pull using palms of your hands). In the Kitchen Aid mix for two minutes on setting 8. This is equivalent to 12-14 minutes needing by hand.

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Raising Cinnamon Rolls

Butter the sides of a large bowl. Place dough in a buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap. My grandmothers used a clean dish towel. This does create a slight crust on the dough as it rises. Let dough rise until double size about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down, let rest 10 min.

Next, roll the cinnamon roll dough into a circle, dust with flour if sticking, roll about 1/4″ thick. Brush the melted butter on the rolled out dough. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and then sugar till well covered. You are welcome to mix the butter, cinnamon, and sugar together then spread on the dough with a butter knife. Roll the dough each roll please pull towards you. Then cut in 2-inch rolls with a sharp knife (children can use a butter knife it will be a change the shape of the cinnamon roll some but good experience for them).

Finishing Cinnamon Rolls

Place cinnamon rolls in grease baking pan 9×13″. Let rise he cinnamon rolls rise until the are touching each other for about 20 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350° f until golden brown. Mix up the icing using a hand mixer. Cool cinnamon rolls until warm to the touch. Frost the cinnamon rolls. This is great to make ahead for a family Sunday brunch or holiday breakfast. Store in an airtight container.

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Me, Great Grandma Lucy, Grandma Ruth, and Mother Eileen
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Teaching family recipes are so important in keeping the traditions and flavors alive. Taking time to recreate and creating new alterations make a life long memory that can last for generations. We enjoyed homemade pizza with the extra dough.

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Memory Road Trip Heading West

Memory Road Trip Heading West

Heading west on a great road trip with my father. This is a dream journey with my father. He took me all over the west on road trips each summer. We begin in Champaign Illinois heading west on Interstate 80.

Molina Illinois

Lagomarino’s Soda and Candy Store The Best Chocolates and Ice Cream

The City of Moline sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. We stop at Lagomarino’s Soda and Candy Store. This candy shop opened in 1908 by Angelo Lagomarino, a Northern Italy immigrant. The store is the fourth generation. They have handcrafted chocolates with the finest ingredients. The store has an old-fashioned soda fountain. The soda menu includes the Green River (A Chicago drink named after the Chicago River that is dyed green for St. Patrick’s day).

Taking my father here was such a treat. He recalls the stories of going to the soda shop his uncle owned as a child. He talked about IronPort soda, a Utah tradition. It is a cross between root beer and Caribbean spices. He went for the hot fudge sundae (a surprise at the bottom was more fudge). I enjoyed a variety of hand-dipped chocolates during our road trip back west. This is a perfect place to stop and enjoy. They are the recipients of a James Beard Award.

Activities and Fun in Molina Illinois

This city is situated near the Iowa state border and sits on the mighty Mississippi River. This town is rich in history with being a part of the Underground Railroad and the home of industrialist John Deere (In 1848, he built his first Moline plow factory). There are many fun things to do here.

  • Washington Square Charles Deere built an upscale three-story five unit Italianate row house in 1890. His brother-in-law, Merton Cady, is the architect. The initial name for the complex was Deere Row and renters were said to be employees of the Deere factories.
  • Downtown murals love the Midwest and the vast varieties of murals. Molina’s downtown murals provide a view of Moline’s waterfront, as it would have looked in the early 1850s.
  • Rock Island played a large part of The Underground Railroad in Molina. This was the first stop for many slaves seeking freedom. The first state near several water sources provided transportation undercover. There is also a set of channels and tunnels underground that provide another escape route.

Leaving the mid-west I recall the experiences and beautiful people I meet. They have made a lasting impression on my life. This area of the United States provides history from slavery to the industrial age. The loss of jobs and industries is present everyday. The areas are gorgeous to visit and see. You feel the hardworking middle class that drove America into the modern world.

Iowa Road Trip

Sitting in a car all day with your father is a wonderful way to collect stories about his life. The first thing I learned is he loves to collect maps. Iowa is a great location for this collection.

Iowas Road Stops

Iowa has the best rest stops in history. You pull up to find a store, information about the area, books, and free maps. The first stop in Iowa my father returns with a collection of Iowa maps. He opens them up as we drive out of the rest stop.

Road Trip Memories

We enjoyed a day of talking about the years as a child I traveled the western US with my two brothers and parents. The summer trips to Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, and Southern Utah. My dad would hitch the camping trailer to a yellow rambler and off we would go. We saw so many natural beauties. The adventures from my childhood are endless. The time my mother lost the car keys in the sand dunes. My father lost his new fishing pole the first time he cast out at Strawberry Reservoir. This results in our fishing trip looking for the fishing pole. This is never seen again.

My father is a military retiree. He spent decades as a medic in the Air Force. He would bring back great dolls, toys, and white lunch boxes they would feed the crew. He tells his stories of going to the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Europe. The time he spent counting hours on the cargo plane counting the hours to coming home to see the three of us fight over the white lunch box.

Smokey D’s BBQ

Lunch is at Smokey D’s BBQ in Des Moines, Iowa. The year of BBQ adventures and the history of each region is fun. My dad enjoys a half rack of ribs; I go for a lighter side with a veggie wrap. The menu includes great home comfort foods. The fries are crispy and seasoned. The ribs feel right off the bone. The BBQ meat and sauce are award-winning. The BBQ founded by Darren and Sherry Warth in a trailer in their driveway.

Nebraska Adventures

The time in Nebraska is spent traveling through various rest stops and counting up more water towers. This is a tradition my sister and I started on the way out to the Midwest in spring. Many times this is the tallest thing on the horizon. We see a total of 177 water towers on I-80 through the Great Plains.

The Great Plains is seen as little value to many traveling west in the mid-1800s. Soon many ranchers release that the Verdant Platte is of great value. Today the highway runs along this geography changing areas.

Winter Quarters, Nebraska

This location is a gathering location of the member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A stop my father looked forward to seeing. Many members of our family stayed here as they prepared to travel west to a new home.

There is a history of death, birth, and husbands leaving to fight the Mexican American War. They crossed the frozen Mississippi River in 1846. This gave them time to gather much needed supplies to make the journey across the Plains and over the Rocky Mountains.

Some of our relatives made this journey without basic needs including shoes. Some pushed their own carts. A few did find themselves in the middle of a winter storm needing rescuing to survive. This is a free museum.

We ventured across the street to the modern temple. This is a location that is used seal families together in family forever. Off the temple grounds is a cemetery. We were able to find a few of our relatives’ gravesites.

Kearney, Nebraska

We stay for the evening in Kearney, Nebraska. It was fun arriving late in the evening and walking around to stretch the legs and enjoy a few McDonald’s French-fries.

The food for the morning is oatmeal, nuts, dried fruit, and yogurt from Aldi’s, a wonderful grocery finds in Champaign Illinois (this is a store located worldwide).

Kearney has a beautiful museum, The Archway, that stretches over the I-80. This museum is a celebration, “For over 200 years, the path along the Platte River through Nebraska, once called the Great Platte River Road, has been a road to adventure.  From the Oregon Trail era through today, the Archway’s family-friendly historical exhibit tells the story of those who followed the Great Platte River Road and helped to build America.”

Cheyenne, Wyoming

The last stop before returning to Orem, Utah is Cheyenne, Wyoming. This western town is full of fun and explorations.

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

We find an authentic Mexican restaurant, Guadalajara, locally owned and operated. The ambience of Mexico is felt from the decor to the menu. The food is regional as well as traditional American Mexican.

I enjoy Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo. Rincon de Guayabitos in the estate of Sinaloa. This is a beautiful community that is a beach resort. It is known for fresh red snapper and other seafood including large shrimp.

This was a great dish with large shrimp, mushrooms, and a beautiful garlic sauce. It is served on a bed of iceberg lettuce with a slice of orange. The heat and cold with a touch of sweet tang from the orange inside a warm tortilla is perfect after a long day of driving.

My father enjoys an Enchiladas De Mole with shredded chicken. The mole is flavorful with a nice hint of heat. Mole is a sauce containing up to 20 ingredients. The sauce usually contains fruit, chili pepper, nut, and such spices as black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and chocolate.

Exploring Cheyenne, Wyoming

The first thing you notice is the town is filled with large cowboy boots. This is a fun scavenger hunt for the family through town. Local artist paints each boot. We enjoy searching for these boots.

The town is the capital of Wyoming. There is a great museum near the capital that had maps for free. We leave with a stack of Wyoming maps.

The best stop here is the National Guard base that has F-84F And C-130 Aircraft (a favorite plane of my father). My father spent 35 years in the Air Force reserves as a medic. He worked a civilian at Hill Air Force base.

This was a fun day exploring Cheyenne and all the history in this town. This town goes from dinosaurs to the frontier days, and 19th century covered wagons. There are great museums including

  • Cheyenne Depot Museum
  • Cheyenne Botanical Garden
  • Wyoming State Museum
  • Cowgirls of the West Museum

This is a wonderful town to really see the migration west and the history of settling the American west.

This was a fun day exploring Cheyenne and all the history in this town. This town goes from dinosaurs, frontier days, and 19th century covered wagons to the railway travel.

This was a great journey with my father. It was great sharing memories from his childhood, my own childhood, and creating new memories. The remander of the journey back to Arizona is my dog Hyde and I.

Kanab, Utah

Kanab is the location of all road trippers on 89. It is the center of many national parks, great river rafting, and tons of fun.

The town has a great old western movie museum, Frontier Movie Town. This is a fun look at old film sets long before green screen and animation. This is a free museum behind the gift shop in the cottonwood trees. There are so many adventures near Kanab they include

  • Hiking
    • Cottonwood Wash Narrows
    • Slot Canyon
    • Paria Canyon
    • Wire Pass
    • Elusive Wave
    • Zion’s National Park
  • Drives
    • Glen Canyon Damn
    • Lake Powel
    • North Rim Grand Canyon
    • Kodachrome Basin State Park
  • Explore
    • Coral Pink Sand Dunes
    • Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
    • Moqui Cave
    • Green River Whitewater Rafting

Lunchtime is at Big Al’s Burgers at the Junction Drive-in (Thank you Cherie for the suggestion). Must have a traditional Utah meal. I worked at a local diner Provo as a teenager. The best meal is milkshake, hamburger, and fries with a Utah tradition of fry sauce (mayo and ketchup dip). This was a lot of fun, good food, and super busy. What a great location for fun.

This is a wonderful time to explore and travel the US. It was great meeting so many wonderful people and tremendous adventures. What is your favorite vacation? Post your response with #4chionstyle on social media.

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Oscars® 91st Film Celebration

Oscars® 91st Film Celebration

The Oscars® celebration is 91 years old. This year is the year without a host. Award season closes out with the top fashion, talent, and entertainment.

Red Carpet Fashion Oscars® Celebration

The best in talent and fashion hit the red carpet for a few interviews and photos. Style and fashion are colorful. Big bows on the back are in with long trains. The tulle and feminity appear to be an honor to Karl Lagerfeld. Men step up the color and look fabulous.

Lady Gaga arrives understated wearing an Alexander McQueen black gown. Audrey Hepburn last wears her $30 million diamond from Tiffany Co. that Lady Gaga is wearing.

Constance Wu is wearing a flowing yellow Versace gown with jewels by Neil J. Rodgers Swarovski.

Spike Lee brought a little bit of “Do The Right Thing” to the Oscars He posts on Instagram “Brother Prince Is Watching Tonight, Singin’ “IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT’ Ozwald Boateng designer of his purple suit. Congrats on the Oscar.

Billy Porter is wearing custom Christian Siriano couture. The jewels created by Oscar Heyman.

Regina King slays in a white Oscar De La Renta with Chopard jewels and Christian Louboutin shoes for accessories.

Glenn Close styling is a beautiful gold Carolina Herrea with a long train. The gown has 4 Million Beads and Weighs 42 Pounds.

Ashley Graham at the 2019 Oscars is wearing a Zac Posen gown. Accessories include Martin Katz jewels, Gianvito Rossi shoes, and a Roger Vivier clutch.

Michelle Yeoh at the 2019 Oscars Wearing an Elie Saab dress with Chopard jewels.

Richard E. Grant Suit by Brunell Ocucinelli. The touch of color down the front of the shirt is nice.

Laura Harrier at the 2019 Oscars Wearing a sustainably sourced Louis Vuitton dress as part of the green carpet initiative and Bulgari jewels.

Amandla Stenberg at the 2019 Oscars Wearing a fringed column dress.

Awkwafina is wearing a DSquared2 suit with Chopard jewels.

Danielle Macdonald is wearing a sustainable Christian Siriano dress made with cotton crepe vegetable dyed fabric and recycled tulle with Stella Luna shoes.

Brad Goreski is wearing a Brunello Cucinelli suit with Garrett Leight glasses, Cartier jewels, and Christian Louboutin shoe.

Stephan James is wearing an Etro suit with David Yurman jewels.

Adam Lambert is very traditional by wearing Tom Ford with a beautiful white flower on the jacket. Great performance.

See the full red carpet coverage here.

Entertainment Oscars® Celebration

Presenters Oscars® Celebration

This year the star-studded presenters include Elsie Fisher, Danai Gurira, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Keaton,
Helen Mirren, John Mulaney, Tyler Perry, Pharrell Williams, Krysten Ritter,
Paul Rudd and Michelle YeohAwkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

Performances Oscars® Celebration

Queen opens the Oscars® with Adam Lambert. The performance of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper much anticipated left the audience breathless. They perform Shallow from A Star Is Born. Other performances: Jennifer Hudson, I’ll Fight from RBG; nominees Gillian Welch and David Rawlings welcomed to the stage to sing When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Oscar nominee Bette Midler is a special guest performing The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns.

Oscars’ Week Celebration

The week prior to Oscars is a celebration of the nominees and preparations for the Sunday event.

The symposiums present makeup and hairstyling, foreign film directors, shorts, documentaries, and animation nominees. This is a great time to get the insight to the creation of the top films.

The red carpet and Dolby Theatre undergo a creation to welcome the nominees and press for this night. The Hollywood Blvd. transforms into an elegant reception.

Recipients Oscars® Celebration

Best Picture
  • Black Panther Kevin Feige, Producer
  • BlacKkKlansman  Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee, Producers.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody Graham King, Producer
  • The Favourite Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers.
  • Green Book Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga, Producers Winner
  • Roma Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers
  • A Star is Born  Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers
  • VICE Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, and Kevin Messick, Producers.
Directing
  • Cold War Paweł Pawlikowski
  • BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee
  • The Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Roma Alfonso Cuarón Winner
  • Vice Adam McKay
Actor in a Leading Role
  • Christian Bale Vice
  • Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe  At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Makek Bohemian Rhapsody Winner
  • Viggo Mortensen Green Book
Actress in a Leading Role
  • Yalitza Aparicio Roma
  • Glenn Close The Wife
  • Olivia Colman The Favourite Winner
  • Lady Gaga A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Mahershala Ali Green Book Winner
  • Adam Driver BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott  A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell Vice
Actress in a Supporting Rold
  • Amy Adams Vice
  • Marina De Tavira Roma
  • Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk Winner
  • Emma Stone The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz The Favourite
Animated Featured Film
  • Incredibles 2  Brad Bird, John Walker, and Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • Isle of Dogs  Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • Mirai Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet ALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, and Clark Spencer
  • SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller Winner
Cinematography
  •  Cold War  Łukasz Żal
  • The Favourite Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away  Caleb Deschanel
  • Roma Alfonso Cuarón Winner
  • A Star is Born Matthew Libatique
Adapted Screenplay
  • The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • BlacKkKlansman Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee Wnner
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins
  • A Star Is Born Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters
Costume Design
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Mary Zophres
  • BLACK PANTHER Ruth Carter Winnter
  • The Favourite  Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen Of Scots Alexandra Byrne
Musical Orignal Score
  • Black Panther Ludwig Goransson Winner
  • BlacKkKlansman Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns Marc Shaiman
Musical Orignal Song
  • All The Stars Black Panther Music By Ludwig Goransson
  • I’ll Fight RBG Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • The Place Where Lost Thing Go Mary Poppins Returns
  • Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Shallow A Star Is Born Winner
  • Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
  • When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Winges The Ballad of Buster Scruggs “
  • Music and Lyric by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Sound Editing
  • Black Panther Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • Bohemian Rhapsody John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone Winner
  • First Man Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • A Quiet Place Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • Roma Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

Other Winners

Sound Mixing Bohemian Rhapsody

Film Editing Bohemian Rhapsody

Production Design Black Panther

Animated Short Film Bao

Documentary Short Subject Period. End of Sentence.

Visual Effects First Man

Live Action Short Film Skin

Original Screenplay Green Book

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Breakfast Time

Breakfast Time

Breakfast is the best meal of the day. You can enjoy it all day savory or sweet. Breatkfast time is a great time to gather and enjoy.

Cameron Trading Post

The food made from scratch daily and is a fusion of the three food cultures. This place is perfect for travelers with their lodging, restaurant, art gallery, garden with fountains, and a massive gift shop. The trading post opened in 1916 and welcomes everyone like a guest in their homes. Prior to being a trading post, the place served as an apothecary.

  • Navajo pancake this is a blue corn pancake
  • Prickly pear stuffed french toast this is French toast served sandwich style with a prickly pear jam and cream cheese
  • Warrior Surprise is a mini-Navajo Taco topped with one egg
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Ranch House Grille

Ranch House Grille

This is a great place to meet with a high school friend and his beautiful wife. We enjoyed breakfast at Ranch House Grille. It is a very local place. Many entering the grill knew other patrons and shared stories of their families and community. It is a wonderful meal. Large portions, good café coffee, and great hash browns are found here.

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Joe’s Cafe Breakfast

Orem Utah Reunion Breakfast

Meeting up with my dear friend Lisa Sherman is like we never missed even one day, even though it had been a few decades. Lisa and I have known each other since we were three. We ran the neighborhood streets as two determined little girls could. We enjoy breakfast at Joe’s Cafe. The food is so delish. Lisa even enjoyed the grits. A dish she is convinced she did not like. Joe said, “You will love them. Nothing comes between your lips and my grits.” It is so wonderful catching up with Lisa after all these years.

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3 Sisters Cafe Breakfast

3 Sisters Cafe

The first food stop of the trip is 3 Sisters Cafe in Indianapolis, Indiana, in business for 20 years. They serve a large choice of elegant breakfasts from sweet to savory and great lunch menu as well.

They have great beverages (no alcohol) with flair. I enjoyed the turmeric and ginger iced tea. It is a great flavor not too sweet or sugary. The brunch is perfect a great hollandaise sauce over Scottish lox, poached eggs, fresh tomato, and locally made English muffins with caviar on top. The English muffin is fresh with a nice sourdough flavor. The hollandaise sauce is perfect with just a little heat. The porridge is a new experience. It is creamy with a hint of cinnamon.

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Courier Café

The Courier Café Urbana

The Courier Café brings Champaign history and old Victorian styling in the decor. The main dining room has:

  • A large palace chandelier from the Opera House in Erie Pennsylvania
  • The cash register is  the first electric cash register
  •  The courier clock pendulum filled with mercury makes the time keeping right
  • The stained glass comes from a Danville church predating the Civil War
  • The Pullman lamps light the aisle for passengers on the Pullman railroad cars
  • The brass chimes a gift from George Malford, a Nickelodeon Maker, they are steamed powered

The Café’s name is for the Courier newspaper that operated for decades in the building. The building is almost lost to fire and remained empty for decades. In 1980, the current owners began remodeling and opened for business on November 10, 1980. They are a farm to table restaurant with the garden and bees on the property for the freshest ingredients.

The menu is a hearty all American menu with breakfast served daily until 11 AM then lunch and dinner menu until closing. The breakfast is traditional eggs, omelets, fantastic pancakes, and hash browns. Their coffee is fresh ground daily and they have special blends. The lunch/dinner menu is hearty with a ribeye sandwich, fries, soups, and steak. The food has that home cooked look and feel. They do have a few items for vegetarians including breakfast sausage. They do have one special treat “Courier water this is sparkling water from deep below the café. It is a great place for large parties and a sense of the community in Champaign.

Scone City

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Scone City located in Wicker Park is wonderful for a morning after bar hopping or late night in Chicago. Jessica and Tim Canning along with chef Laurie McNamara took on the endeavor in a specialized sweet and savory scone menu. This place is a perfect stop as my sister Cherie is heading to the airport to return to her family in Idaho. It is so wonderful sharing this experience with here. Seeing places and enjoying the cross-country journey. I truly miss her every day. She enjoyed a sweet blueberry w/ lemon glaze scone she says, “It is delicious!! Sweet. Soft. Perfection!!! Soooo tasty.” They have savory scones as well. I enjoyed a hot Vanilla Bean Latte with the house-made vanilla syrup. It is a perfect start to a day of exploring Chicago..

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Kanela Breakfast in Chicago

The last morning of the road trip in the Midwest is brunch at Kanela, the Greek name for Cinnamon. This restaurant place is Wicker Park neighborhood on a street with many older shops. It is a great place, voted best in Chicago by USA Today,  for a Sunday morning brunch. The coffee tops and wonderful after an evening at Bangers and Lace.

Brunch includes California Benedict and Fried Egg Sandwich this is an exceptional meal. The hollandaise sauce perfection with a nice touch of heat, the poach egg picture perfect. The sandwich is fabulous with the chili aioli brings the flavors together. The seasoned potatoes nicely cooked not too soft or undercooked. It is a nice brunch with my sister. We do agree that this is a great place for brunch.

Milk Bar NYC
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Milk Bar NYC

Super excited to try crack pie and coffee for breakfast. This is a planned find in NYC. Watching Chef’s Table on Netflix. I knew I needed to try Milk Bar. This is Christine Tosi’s and is part of the Manhattan-based Momofuku restaurant. This is my first stop in the morning. The little shop has great cookies, cakes, pies, and bagel bombs. I order an iced coffee, bagel bomb with spinach, and crack pie. The bagel bomb is warm and filled with spinach and cheese. It is a nice bite for the start of touring NYC.  I save the crack pie for a little later, but it is delicious. The filling is something like a custard, but buttery. The oat crust is light and flaky. This is a must stop and see.

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What are the Elite Eating at Governor’s Ball

What are the Elite Eating at Governor’s Ball

This year the Governor’s Ball is the after party for the elite. They will enjoy an evening at The Ray Dolby Ballroom Hollywood & Highland Center®. The evening is shaping up to be a magical transformation.

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Governor’s Ball Menu

Wolfgang Puck Catering is preparing the Governor’s Ball. They will set the stage for Hollywood’s biggest night with a menu pairing glamour with innovation. The menu includes some of the classics and a few new dishes. There are vegan gluten-free desserts.

Governor’s Ball Amuse Bouche
  • Crostini of Compressed Watermelon with Citrus Feta Cheese
  • Crab Deviled Eggs
  • Avocado Tostadas with Crunch Cabbage and Chipotle Glaze (V)
  • Mini Taro Root Taco with Miso Glazed Eggplant and Smoked Soy Mushrooms (V)
  • Crostini with New York Steak, Classic Chimichurri
  • Spicy Ranch Popcorn
  • Housemade Potato Chips
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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom
Governor’s Ball Tray Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Governor’s Ball Small Plates
  • Caramelized Cauliflower, Golden Raisin, Lime, Labneh, Pinenut, Shiso-Za’atar
  • Frozen Golden Beets, Almond Custard, Meyer Lemon, Ice Lettuce (V)
  • Snap Peas, Asian Pear, Pomelo Salad, Cacik Cheese, Mint, Walnut
  • Compressed Persimmon, Cinco Jotas Jamón Ibérico, Burrata, Wild Arugula
  • Sunchoke and Fennel Soup, Chips, Truffle Gremolata
  • Potato and Caviar 2.0
  • Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie
  • Winter Truffle Baked Cavatappi and Cheese
  • Pea Agnolotti, Black Truffle, Peas Shoot, Parmesan Reggiano Brittle
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Ny, Carrot Vichy, Spigarello, Yuzu Kotcho Ponzu
  • Loup De Mer, Calçot Onions, Artichokes, Fennel, Romesco Salsa, Espelette
  • Nashville Hot Fried Quail, House Made Pickles, Red Velvet Waffle
  • Torchio Pasta, Arugula, Tomato, Caper Berries, Aleppo Pepper, Black Olive Oil, Basil Flower (V)
  • Austrian Ricotta Dumpling, Watercress-Pea Pesto, Lemon Brown Butter
Governor’s Ball Raw Bar

  • Served on Hand Carved Ice Bar
  • Spicy Tuna Rolls
  • California Rolls
  • Vegetable Rolls
  • Made To Order Nigiri
  • Scallop Ceviche, Black Garlic, Satsuma Tangerine Miso, Micro Herbs
  • Sea Urchin with Eggless Custard, Dashi, Unagi Glaze, Finger Lime
  • Albacore Tataki, Sweet Onions, Ginger, Momiji Chili, Ponzu
  • Oysters
  • Snow Crab Claws
  • King Crab Legs
  • Lobster
  • Shrimp
Governor’s Ball Individual & Plated Sweets
  • 24 Karat Dusted Valrhona Illanka Chocolate Oscars®
  • Ombre Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • Pillow Cake with Coconut Mango and Passion Fruit
  • Coconut – Chocolate Bar (V)
  • Yuzu Religieuse
  • Passion Fruit Cookie with Chocolate Chunks
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  • Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Milk Chocolate and Caramelized Pecan Cookies
  • Strawberry Cookies
  • Hazelnut and Almond Brownies
  • Espresso Macaron
  • Matcha Cherry Macaron
  • Hibiscus Orange Pate De Fruit
  • Piper Heidsieck Golden Champagne Strawberry Push Pop
  • Mini Wolfgang Puck Dark Chocolate Bars
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Governor’s Ball Passed Small Plates
  • Black Forest “Cherry”
  • Butterscotch Verrine with Dark Chocolate Nest
  • Tropical Pavlova with Macerated Jackfruit and Dragon Fruit (V)
  • Strawberry Ginger Cheesecake with Jasmine Gelee
Governor’s Ball Lollipops
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake
  • Praline Almond Chocolate
  • Chocolate Oscars® with Strawberry Valrhona Chocolate
Governor’s Ball Chocolate Bon Bons
  • Chai Latte
  • Thai Tea with Young Coconut
  • Honey Jasmine
  • Earl Grey Tea Biscuit
  • Espresso Triple Shot
  • Praline Roasted Coffee Bean
Governor’s Ball Chef Stations
  • Air Bread “Sea Urchin” with Passion Fruit Caviar
  • Affogato with Housemade Ice Creams and Stumptown Nitro Cold-Brew
Governor’s Ball Vegan Sweets (made without gluten)
  • Hawaiian Superfood Spheres
  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
  • Cashew Vanilla Tiramisu
  • Tropical Halo-Halo
  • Sunflower Raspberry Macaron
  • Chocolate and Sea Salt Cookies
Governor’s Ball Local, ORganic AND Sustainablty

• Babe Farms
• Rising C Ranch
• County Line
• J Marchini
• Coke Farms
• Weiser Family Farms
• Pudwill Farms
Polito Family Farms
• Troy Regier
• DiStefano Cheese
• Laura Chenel
• Marin French Cheese
• Rustic Bakery
• La Quercia
• Cremenelli
• Garcia Organics
• Cuyama Farms
Heriloom Organics

Governor’s Ball By the Numbers

Governor’s Ball Numbers in the Kitchen
  • 100 pounds housemade bread and butter pickles
  • 6,500 wood-fired Oscar®-shaped flatbread
  • 3,500 sesame miso cones
  • 350 pounds Atlantic bigeye tuna
  • 300 pounds eggplant
Governor’s Ball Numbers in the Dinning Room
  • 1,500 guests
  • Team of 10 maitre d’ staff
  • 850 service and support staff
  • 13,000 glasses for beverages
  • 2,000 yards of Wine Royal Velvet and sleek Wine Satins, Textured Gold and Champagne Gold fabrics
  • • Beautiful Black and Gold Deco Dot with Black Velvet Border
  • • Ten thousand blooms from all over the world

Governor’s Ball Decor

Mark’s Garden will be overseeing the floral arrangements this year. Mark Held is creating a room of deep color and elegance for the elite diners at the event.

Held’s designs this year will feature unique floral compositions in saturated shades of deep red accented with bright gold, evoking memories of the grand movie palaces of the past. Thousands of brilliant red tulips, velvety burgundy roses, mauve orchids and dark purple calla lilies packed into a medley of mixed gold containers will line the guest tables.

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Governor’s Ball Recipes

Eat and drink like the celebrities for you Oscar’s viewing party with these recipes.

Ancho Old Fashioned – Created by Mixologist Charles Joly

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado
Barspoon of Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
3 drops Bittered Sling Arabica Coffee Bitters
1/3 oz Rich Demerara Syrup (2 parts sugar:1 part water)
Orange Oil for Mist
Orange Twist for Garnish

Preparation:
1. Stir Tequila Don Julio Reposado, chile liqueur, coffee bitters, and demerara syrup over ice.
2. Pour into an Old Fashioned glass over one large cube.
3. Mist with orange oil and place orange twist decoratively.

Smoked Salmon Oscar with Iranian Osetra Caviar on Brioche

1 loaf brioche
1 cup dill cream (recipe below)
1 lb. smoked salmon
2 oz. Iranian Osetra caviar

  1. Cut the brioche into the shape of an Oscar statuette and toast until golden.
  2. Spoon small amount of dill cream on the brioche.
  3. Layer smoked salmon on top and garnish with caviar.

Dill Cream
1 cup sour cream
1 T lemon juice
2 T shallots, chopped
1 T fresh dill, chopped

Whisk ingredients together thoroughly. Pinch of salt and white ground pepper

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Lunch is Served 85th Oscar Nominee Luncheon

Lunch is Served 85th Oscar Nominee Luncheon

Oscar nominees gather for the annual lunch and class photo. The day fills with nominees reminiscing, meeting new people (seating is not by film or category), and enjoying an elegant lunch.

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Luncheon Red Carpet and Connecting

Luncheon Red Carpet

The Oscar® luncheon starts with a great red carpet moment for the nominees to show off their great fashion.

Lady Gaga arrival is much anticipated. She arrives in her great personal style. She is wearing a custom Louis Vuitton floor-length, statement sleeves, and high-neck gown. She accessroes with Giuseppe Zanotti lace-up booties and a sparkling engagement ring (she is engaged to Christian Carino).

Regina King looks stunning for the afternoon lunch. She is wearing a pink satin mid-length embellished Parda dress. She adds a pair of silver sandals.

Luncheon Connecting

Amy Adams and Spike Lee are seen hugging during the afternoon. Lee is wearing a great pair of custom gold Air Jordans. The shoes had “Truth to Power,” “Speak on It,” “Resist,” and the 40 Acres & A Mule Flimworks logo on them. Adams is wearing an Oscar De La Renta dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Azza Fahmy jewelry.

Amy Adams, Richard E. Grant, and Regina King enjoy taking a selfie together. Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliot are seen connecting during the lunch.  Lady Gaga gives Sam Elliot a family size hug. Glenn Weiss and Donna Gigliotti stop for a photo with Oscar® nominee Diane Warren. The luncheon is a warm and wonderful tradition to connect with friends.

Luncheon Menu

The luncheon at the Beverly Hilton is a conscious menu. It includes the produce from farms close to the Los Angeles area and local fish. The menu includes:

  • Cocktails
    • Chambord Kir Royale Piper Sonoma Brut with a splash of Chambord, raspberry garnish.
    • Ultimat Blue Sunrise Ultra-premium Ultimat vodka, Patrón Citronge Orange Liqueur, fresh blueberry and mango juices, blueberry garnish, silver sugar rim.
  • Tray Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
    • Cilantro Chili Gravlax with Avacado Fritto
    • Burrata with Wild Arugula and Honey Date on Herb Canapé
    • Sesame Beef with Horseradish-Chive Mousse and Cucumber Salsa on French Bread.
  • Entrée
    • Orange Olive Miso Marinated, Pistachio-Crusted Pacific Fillet of Sea Bass with Rhubarb Fennel Ragout and Yellow Beets.
  • Desserts California -Themed Desserts Served on Platters
    • Redwood tree slab and sugar crystal Oscar® logo cheesecake pops, fudge pops, orange sanguine tart, Viennese Transchen confections, assorted truffles and pralines, Almond Cake (chocolate and vanilla).
    • Mini fruit tart, mini ganache cones, tuxedo strawberries, and macaroons.

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Party at the Golden Globes

Party at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes (presented by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association) is Hollywood’s Party continues to bring the message for women to the forefront. The red carpet was glamorous with the Time Is Up movement and an evening full of entertainment.

Time Is Up

This evening the celebrities wear black bracelets with “Time Is Up.” The bracelets bring attention to the clock is running out on sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. Ryan Seacrest wears the bracelet while being under accusations for sexual harassment.

Sandra Oh brings this message to the forefront as the first Asian to host the Golden Globes. She says, “I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here and look out onto this audience and witness this moment of change. I’m not fooling myself. Next year could be different and probably will be. But right now, this moment is real.” Equality is stepping forward one historic moment at a time.

Carol Bernette is honored as one person who is a barrier breaker throughout her career. This evening she is the first recipient of the Achievement in Television, the Carol Burnett Award. She was the first woman to host a variety show, awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and Kennedy Center Honors.

Red Carpet Glamour

This evening is the first red carpet of the new year. We are honored to cover presenter Jamie Lee Curtis. She brings the most amazing transformation look. She is all monochromatic ice white head to toe. She is wearing Alexander McQueen gown with glitzy silver, Perrin Paris clutch, Cathy Waterman jewelry, Camille Clark beautiful makeup complimenting the styling, and her new all white coif hair styling.

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Sean James, the hairstylist to the stars, presents the top look of the evening’s red carpet. James states, “I used Fhi heats “Stylus” products for root lift, “high altitude” on towel dried hair, and then went through the hair section by section. I continued applying heat and letting it cool in the small round brush, this creates the volume. My favorite blow dryer to use is the FHI HEAT Platform Nano Salon Pro 2000. It’s Powerful Tourmaline Ceramic core helps control the heat without burning. This comes with a great cool button. Once I’ve created the lift and shape I go into the hair, pulling, shaping and separating the hair with “stylus “ hairspray “stay put .” I like to step back and look at it from all angles making sure that the hair is complementary to the face, ears, nose, eyes, and chin. I go over and give it one final spray with the stylus “Stay Styled. ” This makes hair flexible, Jaime can run her hands through it anytime she likes. When I bleached Jamie’s hair I used Neo bond. To protect and strengthen the bonds of the hair.” See below James has provided our readers with a special offer on the FHI Heat products.

The red carpet is known for its fun party atmosphere. This year the glamour was top and fabulous. The men looking all dapper in a great variety of tuxedos and great ties. Timothée Chalamet brings a new look for men to the red carpet with a sequin harness that has black iridescent and purple beads, seven different shades of sequin and a hidden pocket, with an embroidered bib, paired with a shirt, pants, and boots from Louis Vuitton.

The individuality of the women was very present this evening on the red carpet. The glamour is present with exceptional looks with personalized styling and fashion. Regina King wears an Alberta Ferretti floor-length dress features pink sequins with detailing along the sides. Lady Gaga pays homage to Judy Garland in a Valentino seven foot train gown. Judy Garland is the first actress to star in A Star Is Born and an influence for Lady Gaga. See the red carpet looks below.

Golden Globe Party Presenters and Ceremonoy

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This year’s awards were presented by an all-star list of celebrities including: Antonio Banderas, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Emily Blunt,Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown, Steve Carell,Jessica Chastain, Olivia Colman, Bradley Cooper, Kaley Cuoco, Jamie Lee Curtis, Taron Egerton, Idris Elba, Harrison Ford, Johnny Galecki, Richard Gere, Danai Gurira, Justin Hartley, Taraji P. Henson, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, Michael B. Jordan, Nicole Kidman, Lady Gaga, Lucy Liu, William H. Macy, Chrissy Metz, Julianne Moore, Megan Mullally, Mike Myers, Lupita Nyong’o, Gary Oldman, Jim Parsons, Tyler Perry, Chris Pine, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Gina Rodriguez, Saoirse Ronan, Maya Rudolph, Octavia Spencer, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Dick Van Dyke, Lena Waithe Rachel Weisz, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Melissa Mccarthy knew that dinner would not last through the three and half hour show. She provided 30 ham and cheese sandwiches for sharing.

We Say congratulations to Rami Malek on his best actor award. He was the top actor this year! It was a joy of a lifetime watching Malek performance.

The After Party

The evening concludes with a fantastic after party at the Beverly Hilton. They recipients are able to engrave their statues, celebrate, and enjoy great music.

Golden Globe Recipients Party

Best film – drama
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Best actress – drama
Glenn Close – 
The Wife  Recipient
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman – Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
Rosamund Pike – A Private War

Best actor – drama
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

Best supporting actress
Amy Adams – Vice Claire Foy – First Man
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk Recipient
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best supporting actor
Mahershala Ali – 
Green Book Recipient
Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best film – musical or comedy
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book R
ecipient
Mary Poppins Returns
Vice

Best actress – musical or comedy
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron – Tully
Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

Best actor – musical or comedy
Christian Bale –
Vice Recipient
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun
John C Reilly – Stan & Ollie

Best actor – musical or comedy
Christian Bale – Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun
John C Reilly – Stan & Ollie

Best director
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma Recipient
Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice

Best song
All the Stars – Black Panther
Girl in the Movies – Dumplin’
Requiem for a Private War – A Private War
Revelation – Boy Erased
Shallow – A Star Is Born Recipient

Best screenplay
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – The Favourite
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay – Vice
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book Recipient

Best foreign language film
Capernaum
Girl
Never Look Away
Roma R
ecipient
Shoplifters

Best score
Marco Beltrami – A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz – First Man Recipient
Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best animation
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Recipient

Television Golden Globes

Best limited series or TV movie
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story R
ecipient
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
A Very English Scandal

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie
Amy Adams – Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora Recipient
Connie Britton – Dirty John
Laura Dern – The Tale
Regina King – Seven Seconds R

Best actor in a limited series or TV movie
Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl – The Alienist
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Recipient
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal

Best supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie
Alex Bornstein – The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects Recipient
Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Thandie Newton – Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale

Best supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie
Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin – Succession
Edgar Ramirez – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal Recipient
Henry Winkler – Barry

Best TV series – musical or comedy
Barry
The Good Place
Kidding
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Best actress in a TV series – musical or comedy
Kristen Bell – The Good Place
Candice Bergen – Murphy Brown
Alison Brie – Glow
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Debra Messing – Will and Grace

Best actor in a TV series – musical or comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen – Who Is America?
Jim Carrey – Kidding
Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method Recipient
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Bill Hader – Barry

Best TV series – drama
The Americans Recipient
Bodyguard
Homecoming
Killing Eve
Pose

Best actress in a TV series – drama
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve Recipient
Julia Roberts – Homecoming
Keri Russell – The Americans

Best actor in a TV series – drama
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Stephan James – Homecoming
Billy Porter – Pose
Richard Madden – Bodyguard Recipient
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Julia Roberts – Homecoming
Keri Russell – The Americans

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Elevate Your New Year’s Party with a Crowd-Pleasing Grazing Table

Elevate Your New Year’s Party with a Crowd-Pleasing Grazing Table

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and the last holiday party. What a great time of the year. The best New Year’s Eve celebration is perfect for a grazing table with little work. This will be a great way to let the chef enjoy the evening events too. Kristen Seymour presents a step-by-step guide to the perfect party.

If you want the food at your holiday party or corporate event to be opulent and impressive—but still inviting—a grazing table just might be the answer to your culinary conundrum. And as a bonus, you probably won’t even have to cook.

This hot trend in entertaining isn’t exactly new. In medieval times, palace feasts often featured tables piled high with layers of food for guests to sample at their leisure. These days, grazing tables are more likely to feature local cheeses than, say, roasted peacock. But a year or two ago, a modern take on the grazing table began to take hold in Australia and New Zealand. Now it’s taking the U.S. by storm.

What, exactly, is a grazing table?

Typically, it’s a table (although it can also be a platter, a counter, a board, or any large, flat surface) with lots of visually appealing and accessible food. Most items aren’t contained within bowls or baskets but are instead arranged in piles that lavishly spill into each other. It’s artfully disheveled. Decadent, but relaxed. It’s a really flexible concept that can work for a wide variety of events, numbers of guests, locations, themes, and budgets. In a work setting, for instance, a grazing table is a great way to incorporate office snacks you already have on hand without the need to bring in or buy a ton of serveware and utensils.

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New Year’s Grazing Table Menu

And if all that isn’t enough, one of the best aspects of a grazing table is the low maintenance set up, which allows the host to spend time with their guests. After all, parties are much more fun to throw when you actually get to join them. Interested in giving a grazing table a go? Here’s how to build your own for your next office party or gathering at home.

Planning for Your Party

The first decision to make is the shape and size of the table. Will it be large enough to hold everything you want to include? According to New Zealand caterer Sarah Jones, who was at the forefront of this trend, you can expect a table that’s one square meter (which is about three feet by three feet) to fully feed around 15 people and allow around 30 to graze. However, you can use layers to fit more food or add decorative elements to take up more surface area if the table you have is too large.

And don’t forget about location. Your grazing table should be situated in a way that makes it easy for multiple guests to access it at once, encouraging mingling while snacking. But you don’t want it to be in the way of traffic (or dancing!). If you’ll have small children or pets at the party, you might also want to use an elevated surface to keep snacks away from little hands and curious noses.

Now, onto the food!

With a grazing table, you don’t want to choose food only for its tastiness, although, that’s an important factor. You should also think about the aesthetics. Brightly colored fruit and veggies, breads and crackers with different textures and shapes, meat slices that can be folded artfully, and vibrant dips and sauces all add to the visual appeal of the table.

Be sure to pick up a variety of each type of food. For instance, when it comes to cheese, consider a soft Brie, a hard and nutty Manchego, and a sharp Cheddar—and then think about what would pair well with each type. This planning isn’t just for your shopping list, but also for your layout because you will want to make it easy for your guests to distinguish which cracker and spread complements the cheese they just sliced.

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New Year’s Grazing Table Creation

And remember, this can be whatever you want it to be, so although the cheese, charcuterie, and crudités route is a common one, you can branch out in any way you’d like. Make big, brightly hued exotic fruits the main feature, layer your table with cakes and candies, or pick a sampling of easy-to-eat snacks from your favorite tapas restaurant. Living a healthy life? You can keep it vegan, paleo, or sugar-free, no problem. As long as you fill the space with food your guests can easily enjoy, the sky is the limit.

Creating Your Grazing Table

While it may look haphazard, a well-curated grazing table is anything but. It’s vital that you leave yourself plenty of time for the set-up process alone. Rushing to add the finishing touches as your guests arrive is no way to enhance that effortlessly chic atmosphere that a grazing table provides.

Step 1: Write out a list of all the foods you want to put out

You’d be surprised at how easy it is to forget what you’ve purchased until the party is over. A list will help you in step two. Consider whether you’ll be buying and preparing each item, or if you’ll go the corporate catering route instead.

Step 2: Plot your table

Time to decide what platters and other surfaces to put your food on. In keeping with the casually decadent feel, leave your linen tablecloth in the closet and, instead, stick with the surface of a nice, clean table, or cover it with kraft or butcher-block paper.

You can use baskets and cutting boards to organize more unruly foods, and of course, you’ll need bowls for dips or spreads. Adding a big, beautiful bowl of punch is a great way to take up space and add a pop of color, and now is the time to decide where any larger containers will go. That said, resist the urge to separate everything too precisely. You’re going for organized chaos, so just this once go ahead and let the grapes mingle with the prosciutto.

If you opt to decorate with non-food items, this is also a good opportunity to set out larger embellishments. Get creative with greenery and flowers, fresh herbs, whole fruits and veggies, unscented candles, framed art or signs, vases—anything that works with your theme and adds a bit of visual interest will increase the appeal of your grazing table.

Step 3: Use layers to create height

You can use cake stands, wine boxes, or just about anything else you have handy to add dimension to your table, but don’t use everything you have. Just a couple elements should do the trick. Place larger, more eye-catching foods—such as large cheese wheels or a pile of big brownies—on raised surfaces, and spread them out around your table. If you have large amounts of one item, such as salami slices, arrange them in two or three places around the table to break things up.

Step 4: Fill it in

Add your remaining foods to the empty spaces, making a point to separate similar items from one another. Place foods people may want to pair in close proximity (you could surround a wheel of Brie with pear slices, a crusty baguette, and a jar of fig jam, for example). The ideal grazing table will encourage people to move from one end to the other, sampling bits and bites from all areas.

Once you add your main foods, fill in the remaining spaces with handfuls of nuts, dried fruit, berries, pieces of dark chocolate, or any other small foods you’d like to sprinkle throughout. You can also scatter flowers or other decorations if you have room. Though the design is completely up to you, a traditional grazing table leaves very little bare space, so don’t be shy about adding more. Abundance is a theme that’s hard to overdo.

Step 5: Take a tour

Approach the table as if you were a guest and make sure everything is accessible (can you reach for that biscuit behind the candle without burning your hand?) and inviting. Slice a corner of each block of cheese and tear off a few chunks of the baguette to encourage guests to dig right in.

Step 6: Snap a picture before your guests dig in!

The photogenic nature of the grazing table is inversely proportional to the amount of noshing that’s been done, so ‘gram it for posterity’s sake right away.

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Golden Globes Winter Garden Dinner

Golden Globes Winter Garden Dinner

The Winter Garden is the Golden Globes theme for this dinner party. This year’s dinner brings a new Executive Chef and first ever gluten-free dessert.

Menu

Matthew Morgan, first time as the Executive Chef for Golden Globes, creates a menu using fresh ingredients from his own garden. The evening will have 10,000 meals served. The menu includes:

 Appetizer 

Sweet Potato Vichyssoise 

Wild Micro Chives, Golden Leeks, Organic Red Garnet Yams, and Roasted Pepitas 

Entrée 

Chilean Seabass 

Forbidden Black Rice, White & Green Asparagus, Globe Carrots, Crispy Herb Leaves, and Sweet Pepper Concasse. 

Vegetarian Entrée 

Stuffed Honeynut Squash 

Local Organic Honeynut Squash, Piquillo Pepper Hummus, Braised Rainbow Chard, Crispy Chickpeas, Quinoa, Golden Raisins, and Sunflower Sprouts 

Thomas Henzi, the Pastry Chef, creates the first ever gluten-free dessert. This is a flourless chocolate cake with a white chocolate cheesecake, cherry, blackberry, pistachio cream, and Amaretto.

Dessert 

Pistachio Cream Cheese Ivory 

Flourless Chocolate, Vanilla Kirsch Genoise, and Cream Cheese Charlotte Pistachio Center 

Moët & Chandon champagne, the official champagne of the Golden Globes, is serving a champagne cocktail that transports guests to South America. The cocktail created by actress Camilla Belle from her Brazilian heritage. They will serve over 500 cocktails.

Michael Uncapher, from Mark’s Garden, talks about the decor and flowers. They are doing a Golden Globe statue out of flowers, a great option for celebrity selfies. The color and flower for the night are yellow tulips and roses with a modern clean look.

Recipes

Moet Belle
  • 1oz Cachaça
  • 0.75oz mango juice
  • 0.5oz ginger syrup
  • 0.25oz fresh lime juice
  • 2.5oz Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial
  • Edible flower to garnish
  1. Shake the first four ingredients together with ice.
  2. Strain into a coupe and top with Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut.
  3. Garnish with an edible tropical flower or tropical flower decoration and serve.

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