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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oscar's Popcorn

Oscar’s Popcorn

Sunday night I plan to be in front of the TV when the 83rd Academy Awards Show gets underway.  From the red-carpet segment to the sign-off several hours later, I’ll be glued to the screen. Broadcast from the Hollywood Kodak Theatre, and co-hosted this year by Anne Hathaway and James Franco, the show will undoubtedly have surprises even though movie critics seem certain that the big winners will be “The King’s Speech” for Best Picture, and Colin Firth and Natalie Portman for Best Actors. 

Food and Oscars have been a long tradition for many of us. One of my former assistants hosts a dinner where guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite movie star.  In the past, I’ve planned pre-Oscar suppers where I handed out voting ballots, and even set up a betting pool.

One constant for all Oscar parties is popcorn. Can you imagine watching the awards without a bowl of America’s favorite movie food at your side?  Just to keep things interesting, here are four ways to season those popped kernels. Use as much or as little of the ingredients as you like, tossing the popcorn until you are pleased with the balance of flavors.

1.     Melted unsalted butter, finely grated Parmesan, and sea salt
2.     Melted unsalted butter, sea salt, and coarsely ground black pepper
3.     Olive oil, crushed dried rosemary, and sea salt
4.     Truffle oil (this is a slight extravagance but so good!) and sea salt

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