In honor of the awards ceremony, we match up perfect menu pairs for your viewing party
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An A-list event is guaranteed to have a few key elements: a red carpet rolled out for the feet of hundreds of beautiful, talented people, jaw-dropping dresses and jewels, gossip-worthy dates, and even a few blooper-worthy moments. But the one thing the Golden Globes are known for isn’t the shock value or elaborate opening act; it's their ability to perfectly pair hosts that make the awards show worth watching.
In 1972 at the 29th Golden Globes, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, a husband-and-wife singing duo, were among the first to host the award ceremony as a pair. Richard Crenna, John Davidson and Chevy Chase all hosted the awards by themselves over time, but for many years the Globes were always hosted by a pair. And even though Ricky Gervais broke the streak of pair hosting at the 2010 67th Annual Golden Globes ceremony, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler brought duet hosting back at the 70th award ceremony and were so amazing that they will be hosting together again this year.
The lesson here? The Golden Globes are best enjoyed in pairs. So you can enjoy the awards the way they were meant to be enjoyed, we came up with some classic pairings that can be turned into perfect viewing-party foods. Classic duets like peanut butter and jelly make a debut on your at-home red carpet in the form of a demure shake. Chicken and dumplings end up making the perfect appetizer, and even steak and potatoes can be served as perfect party fare. You can even invite guests to arrive as their favorite celebrity couple!
To get inspired for your own award-winning menu, check out our ideas here!
Golden Globes Dinner Party Menu
Last Thursday, the celebrity chefs responsible for feeding the stars at the Golden Globes on January 15th unveiled their dinner menu. It has taken six months to prepare for this day and will take a team of 40 chefs and 100 kitchen staff members to make the magic happen. This year&aposs menu is created by executive chefs Suki Sugiura and pastry chef Thomas Henzi is not only elegant and mouth-watering, but also reflects the global nature of the Golden Globes.
Stars at the Golden Globes will enjoy food flown in from around the world and a decadent dessert topped with real gold shavings. The menu they will enjoy includes the following dishes that a kosher cook can try to make at home:
Appetizer: Pistachio Crusted Pistou Ravioli with Wild Arugula, Smoked Tomato, Kabocha Compote and Burrata
Entree: Miso and Sake Lees Marinated Pacific Sea Bass with Grilled King Oyster Mushroom and Braised Prime Short Rib of Beef with Porcini Pine Nut Herb Ragout
Dessert: Trio of Chocolate Delice Almond Crunch Terrine and Acacia Honey
Here is our idea for a fun and festive Golden Globes dinner party menu (dairy) that is perfect to enjoy while watching the show.
You can't serve beef without the accompanying mashed potatoes. Make the presentation more upscale by piping the mashed potatoes onto the plate with a large star tip.
10 Super Cool Star Wars Desserts for the Geek in All of Us
Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.
In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.
Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.
The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)
What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.
How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.
Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.
For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!
Kaley Cuoco's Comfort Food Binge Post Golden Globes 2021 Is So Relatable
The 78th Golden Globes 2021 award ceremony was held on 28th February, with attendees tuning in virtually from all over the world. There were a number of wins and losses at the ceremony, and plenty of first-time nominations too. One among the first-time nominees was Kaley Cuoco. She was nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in the hit television series 'Flight Attendant'. She looked absolutely stunning, donning a beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown for the virtual ceremony. Although the 'Big Bang Theory' actor did not win the award, Kaley Cuoco went on to enjoy the night nevertheless with some delicious comfort food. Take a look:
"I would like to thank. never mind," she wrote in the caption of the post. In the picture, we could see Kaley Cuoco seated on the floor of her home with a bottle of champagne in one hand and a slice of pizza in another. We could see how the actress had kicked back her heels to just let her hair down and indulge in some ooeey-gooey comfort food. Among the other dishes that we could spot in the click were a classic mac-n-cheese and some cinnamon rolls. There were also two customised cakes for Kaley Cuoco, wishing her luck for the Golden Globes 2021 award ceremony. Confetti was sprinkled all around her, and it was the perfect picture to capture the post-party blues! As they say, there's nothing that some good food can't cure and Kaley Cuoco clearly believes in that.
The photograph of the actress was appreciated by many Hollywood bigwigs. "This is truly iconic. You are truly iconic," wrote Stassi Schroeder Clark, while actress Ashley Aubra said, "And the winner for the best loser award goes to. ". Kaley Cuoco's husband Karl Cook too commented on the click, "That was food for everyone honey!! Haha honey you're amazing I am so proud of you and everything you do."
Did you relate to Kaley Cuoco's click filled with food? Tell us in the comments below.
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10 Celebrity Looks That Prove Pants and Dresses Make the Perfect Pairing
When it comes to perfect fashion pairings, the classics that first come to mind include skirts and sweaters, Oxfords and blazers, or white tees and jeans. But now, thanks to a slew of style-savvy stars, there's a new classic combo in the making&mdashdresses and pants. Traditionally, they've existed as mutually exclusive pieces (as in, you either wear a dress or a top and pants&mdashbut not both), but ever since Emma Watson turned heads at the Golden Globes last year in her dress-and-pant pairing by Dior, instances of the pairings have cropped up on the runways, the red carpet, and the streets. And we have the celebrity proof to back that up&mdashbelow, we've rounded up 10 looks that prove pants and dresses make quite a pair.
Mini Hot Dog Rolls
- 1 pound package frozen puff pastry I use Pepperidge Farms
- flour for dusting
- 1 egg beaten
- 8 uncooked jumbo all-beef kosher hot dogs or chicken sausage cut in half crosswise
- 1 tablespoon smokey or grainy mustard
- small handful herbs such as thyme marjoram or chopped rosemary
- kosher salt
Every party needs a dressed up table, and this is a completely amazingly designed full package nod to Oscar that you MUST check out. Party decor, invitations, drink tags and your much-needed Oscar ballet, Twig and Thistle has done all of the work for you with these amazingly fun and oh-so-greatly designed download-ready printables, ready to rock your party to the stars.
I loved putting this compete Best Picture Oscar-inspired dinner menu together with a cheers to 2012’s movie-making greatness, some fabulous food bloggers recipes and a long night of acceptance speeches, devoured below.
The Novice Chef’s Homemade Soft Pretzels create new and happier memories with the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Kitchen Runway’s Herb and Parmesan French Fries are a savoury homage to Midnight In Paris
The Spinning Plate’s Endive Apple and Mache Salad emblemizes the organic moviemaking ways and message of The Tree of Life
Zoom Yummy’s Loaded Potato Soup is simple in its roots but elevated with the nomination of War Horse
Best Recipes Evar’s Hawaiian Chicken BBQ puts a little hula hula in George Clooney’s The Descendents
The Cooking Bride’s Not So Terrible Awful Chocolate Pie brings out delicious naughty thoughts like in The Help
Tidy Mom’s Homemade Moon Pies shoots us on a Voyage to the Moon in the fanciful homage in Hugo
Bakingdom’s Black and White Cookies makes us cheer out loud for The Artist
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Did you know that I grew up celebrating Christmas for three months? That’s right, three months. The Philippines has the longest Christmas celebration in the world, with Christmas songs and decors and lights and parties starting as early as September, often lasting until the first weeks of January. It’s bright, it’s loud, it’s filled with food and fun memories. I know that three months sound like overkill, but it’s so joyous and catching, especially when the entire country is bursting with holiday cheer.
After moving to the US, I’ve adjusted to celebrating the holidays after Thanksgiving (an American holiday that I’ve come to love), but that doesn’t mean that I don’t stop thinking about Christmas for weeks on end. One of my very favorite treats during the holidays is eggnog, something I’ve never had before in the Philippines. I still remember my first taste of the the rich, creamy, and delicious drink. It was at a holiday party at UMass Boston, and I was so delighted with each sip! I remember hunting down what kind of eggnog it was, and it was from Hood. I’ve been loyal to the brand since then.
I’ve tried other eggnogs, but I always come back to Hood. I’m also a big fan of their other dairy products (Hood is the number one dairy brand in New England, and one of the largest branded dairy operations in the US) and when the holiday season rolls around, you can be sure that my fridge is stocked with my favorite eggnog. It’s become part of my holiday tradition, celebrating with Hood Eggnog – whether it’s straight from the glass, added to iced coffee (I’ve turned my youngest sister into a fellow iced eggnog latte fiend), or paired with some of my favorite desserts.
Pairing a small glass of eggnog with a a slice of cake or a little plate of cookies feels like the ultimate indulgence, and makes the holidays extra special. Below are a few favorite recipes, and what kind of eggnog I recommend pairing with it:
Chocolate Cake with Sour Cream Frosting – I made this cake for the first time as my own birthday cake, and it’s remained one of my top favorites of all time. This chocolate cake is not just any old chocolate cake. This is something special. Fudgy and moist chocolate layers, filled with cherry preserves, brushed with orange liqueur, and finished with a dark chocolate sour cream frosting.
I recommend Vanilla Eggnog – p ure vanilla extract complements the traditional eggnog flavor, and will bring out the mild sweetness from this cake.
Olive Oil Dulce de Leche Cake – a soft, spongey, olive oil layer cake, with a thick dulce de leche filling, a luscious cream cheese frosting, and finished with a sprinkling of flaky, smokey sea salt. This is just incredible. Everyone who has tried a slice fell in love with it, and my husband and I even had it for breakfast one glorious post-dinner party weekend.
I recommend Pumpkin Eggnog – r eal pumpkin puree and aromatic pumpkin pie spices would add another layer of flavor to this dessert.
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts and Smoked Sea Salt – this is a simple and classic recipe, and easily adjustable to your liking. No need to brown some butter first, no need to toast the walnuts. I used milk chocolate chips, smooth and creamy and nicely offsets the smokiness of the salt. You can use dark chocolate, of course, and you can substitute pecans for the walnuts, or even omit the nuts altogether.
I recommend Golden Eggnog – ahh, the granddaddy of all, and my go-to carton. The Hood recipe for Golden Eggnog has been a secret for more than 50 years – a blend of extra creamy milk, sugared yolks, and spices. A small glass of this would elevate any cookie.
Pecan and Cranberry Cookies – these little cookies are the ideal holiday cookies. Technically, they’re called wedding cookies – buttery, crumbly rounds of pecan cookies rolled in powdered sugar that are often served at Southern weddings. But to make it more festive, I added cranberries, a common holiday ingredient. And after rolling them in powdered sugar, I realized they look like adorable little snow globes in winter white. Which makes them perfect holiday cookies.
I recommend Light Eggnog – this delivers the delicious creamy taste of eggnog without all the fat. Hood Light Eggnog is made with 55% less fat than the leading eggnog, and would pair well with these rich cookies.
Hood Eggnog is back on shelves for the holiday season and can be found in dairy cases throughout the Northeast. I’m also planning on using eggnog in a new dessert recipe, so stay tuned for that next month!
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The Sopranos premiered on cable television in 1999 and ended in 2007 after a six-year run, yet it continues to be one of the most revered television shows ever made. It's also the most well-known series about Italian Americans, a crime melodrama that wowed audiences with the first nuanced portrayal of a fictional mafioso from North Jersey, Tony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini). The HBO series earned two Peabodys, 21 Emmys, five Golden Globes, and “Best Written TV Show” by the Writers Guild of America. It launched the golden age of television.
Last year, Sopranos actor Steve Schirripa, who played Bobby Baccalieri, Tony Soprano’s brother-in-law, and Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltesanti, Tony’s protégé and cousin, launched “Talking Sopranos" in April 2020. The new podcast became an instant hit, pulling in 200,000 listeners per episode. This fall, Schirripa and Imperioli will publish an oral history of The Sopranos, right on time for the release of the highly anticipated feature film The Many Saints of Newark, a Sopranos prequel with James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, starring as a young Tony Soprano.
Actor Steve Schirripa co-hosts the podcast “Talking Sopranos” with fellow former cast member Michael Imperioli, taking fans and guests through the untold stories of the famed TV series.
At first, Schirripa says, he wasn’t sure about launching the podcast in the midst of a lockdown. The studio canceled the recording in New York City, and he thought, “Who gives a shit about a TV show? The world’s coming to an end here!” But Imperioli insisted on moving forward, and the duo turned Saturday afternoons into filmed podcast sessions. It didn’t matter that Schirripa hadn’t watched The Sopranos in nearly 20 years. He soon realized that people around the world had been waiting.
Over 40 episodes later, Schirripa and Imperioli’s in-depth conversations with cast members, writers, and producers have exposed new secrets about what went on behind the scenes and how the actors’ lives were changed as a result of the series. But it's the detailed tangents on Italian food—like why writer David Chase scripted the Sopranos children drinking milk with spaghetti, an unthinkable pairing for their Italian ancestors—that serve as cultural revelations.
Schirripa and Imperioli of podcast series “Talking Sopranos.” This fall, they will publish an oral history of the show.
In an exclusive interview with La Cucina Italiana, Schirripa, a self-proclaimed “goomba” whose character was often seen devouring food, recalls several legendary Italian restaurants that catered for the crew. For him, they are like monuments, a place you go to remember life's most important moments.
“The thing I like about Bamonte’s [in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,] is that people have been there for their baptism and for their death. People have been going there for that long,” he says. “I really love family restaurants like that. I shot in Rao’s [in East Harlem] years ago, and the owner Frank Pellegrino [also from The Sopranos], a friend of mine, let us in the kitchen and showed us how to make meatballs. It was a small crew, maybe about 10 of us. He cooked for us and served us, and we ate there in the middle of the afternoon.”
Before Schirripa became a well-known actor and author, he grew up in the Italian-American neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where pork shops and feast days of sausage and peppers were part of everyday life.
Thanks to his grandmother—who was an “incredible cook in a neighborhood of incredible cooks," Shirripa says—he experienced the beauty of waking up to a fried meatball early in life. He eventually wrote a cookbook, and he still swoons for a good tomato sauce. It always gets him thinking, “Jeez! Remember that time my mother made…”
Here, Schirripa shares stories of an era when the world seemed to stop every Sunday afternoon as the family descended on his Calabrian grandmother’s home. Unexpectedly, the past months have reminded him of what he missed the most from those bygone days: eating food as a family.
In April 2020, the actors decided to launch “Talking Sopranos," recognizing that fans were ready for the show.
“That's the one thing about the pandemic—the one thing, if there's a silver lining in this horrible cloud—is that everyone got to spend some time with their family. My daughter was with us and we cooked most nights, or we ordered in, and we got to spend more time with the family,” he says.
Here’s Schirripa’s take on growing up as an Italian American in Brooklyn, feasting in Manhattan after his colleagues’ characters met an unfortunate end, and of course, his lifelong obsession with the perfect meatball.
What was it like going out in New York City with actor James Gandolfini [Tony Soprano]?
We would just order separately, some appetizers for the table and a little of that and a little of this. We used to go out quite a bit, myself, Michael Imperioli and Jim [James Gandolfini], and sometimes Steve Van Zandt. One of our favorite restaurants is Peasant on Elizabeth Street. It was the most spectacular restaurant. We absolutely loved it. Also, there used to be an Italian steakhouse called Macellaria. It was a place where they had an incredible ribeye Tuscan-style with the bone in.
Where else did you enjoy going?
Il Cortile on Mulberry Street. That’s where we took people when they were getting “killed off.” I used to live upstairs for two years when I was working on the show. That was kinda our home base. We had many, many big dinners there. You know, somebody is killed off and a bunch of people go out to dinner. One night, the entire cast and about 50 people went out, and we all ate and drank. We had Dominic Chianese’s [Uncle Junior] bachelor party, and we had my first book party. That was really The Sopranos’ home.
I know you enjoy what some people call “red sauce” Italian or Southern Italian-influenced dishes. What in particular do you love about meatballs?
I’m a big eggplant parm guy, so I’m a big meatball guy. A lot of restaurants will make them on Monday and then you go in on Thursday, and they thaw them out. There is a lot of that. So the place that makes a good meatball and the best meatball I ever had, or one of them, is a place in Westerly, Rhode Island, called Longo Ristorante & Pizzeria. Meatballs and martinis.
And what do you look for in the perfect meatball?
I know a lot of people that go for the veal, pork, and beef. I kinda like that combination. It has to be soft. If it's a hard meatball, we’re out! That’s it! We’re done! A lot of people put bread in the meatball. It’s a fine line. Some people put milk in their meatballs to soften them. We had a friend who made fried meatballs. I remember waking up to my mother’s great fried meatballs and that’s incredible. I love fried meatballs with raisins and pinoli.
How did your family in Brooklyn, with its Calabrian roots, pronounce the names of your favorite Italian foods?
Mozzarel’, calamar’, prosciutt’, rigott’. My grandmother used to cut off the “a” on everything. Refridge, frigidaire. I live in California when I’m not living in New York City, and I’ve found that you have to say things completely in certain parts of the country. You have to say, “We’ll have the fried calamari.” I lived in Las Vegas for 25 years. It’s the same thing there. You have to say the full words. You assume they know it, but they don’t.
Who cooked in your family?
My mother cooked. She was raised in an Italian neighborhood in Bensonhurst, and she was a good Italian cook. Even though she wasn't raised Italian, she cooked Italian, cursed Italian, and she was a really good cook. She did almost all of the cooking. My father, a little bit. He was also good.
What other types of Italian food do you enjoy eating?
I like cacio e pepe pasta. I like red sauce, but I really enjoy garlic and oil and sauces like that.
Are there any traditional Italian dishes that you always make?
There's one dish that I make every Christmas Eve and only on Christmas Eve: shrimp oreganata. My father made it, and I’ve been making it for as long as I can remember since [my wife and I] have been married and my kids look forward to it, and on and on and on.
But you know, the one thing about Italians and food is, I think, Italians can eat at any time. Things are good, they eat. Things are bad, they eat. They eat at any celebration: a wedding, an engagement, a birthday party. You know we’re gonna eat, right? And you go, “what’s the big thing?” After the funeral, between the funeral, Italian funerals or Catholic funerals or what's it? 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm, and in between, they go eat. That’s why near every funeral parlor, there's bars and restaurants. And the big thing is, of course, they’re mourning the dead person. And they also eat when they are mourning, or for a break-up. Italians go to restaurants to break up.
Have you ever had a break-up in a restaurant?
I have. Once, years ago, we were having lunch and I was eating a meatball sandwich and she wanted to break up. I said, “Let me finish my sandwich first, and then we can finish talking.”
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O'Hara, who won best actress in a TV comedy for her time as Moira Rose on "Schitt's Creek," paid tribute to the beloved character with her look.
The actress wore a custom Vera Wang suit covered in a rose print, a nod to the character's surname.
"Because this is the last season for 'Schitt's Creek,' I thought it would be nice to give a nod towards Moira's character, which I hope we accomplished," her stylist, Andrew Gelwicks, told People.