The Golden Globe Awards--forever in the shadow of its prettier older sister, the Oscars--will take place on Jan. 16. The event will no doubt mark the kickoff of award-show-viewing-party season, and for the last-minute planner filled with the burning desire to whip up a themed menu, note these suggestions.
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The Fighter's "Pride of Lowell" Bean Dip: Variations on this bean dip have been served at restaurants throughout Massachusetts, which makes it apropos viewing-party nosh if you're gunning for Christian Bale to win best supporting actor. And considering Bale's incredibly accurate portrayal of Dickie Eklund, the former "Pride of Lowell," how could you not be?
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1 16 oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed.
Place in a small bowl about 4 oz. of sour cream.
About 2 tbsp. finely chopped red onion
1 small clove of garlic, crushed and minced
About 2 tbsp. mayonnaise (or Thousand Island dressing, for a sweet dip)
About 2 tbsp. prepared horseradish
A dash or two of Tabasco
Salt and paprika to taste
Mix the kidney beans into the sour-cream mixture until the mixture coats the beans. For a smoother dip, throw all ingredients into a food processor and puree everything. The dip can be served on baguette slices, on crackers, or with chips.
Burlesque's Pink Stripper: While there's a definite difference between stripping and burlesque, the only burlesque-themed cocktail I found was a strawberry daiquiri from a bar in New Zealand. It actually sounds tasty, if daiquiris are your thing. Given the sudsy camp that defined Burlesque, it seemed more appropriate to choose a sweet and ridiculously simple drink instead. Hence, the Pink Stripper.
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2 oz. vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
4 oz. pink lemonade
Mix the drink together in a shaker and serve in highball glasses. The recipe makes one drink, so if your party's going to be bigger than just you--and I sincerely hope it is--then a pitcher might be the way to go.
The Social Network's Chicken-Shaped Chicken Nuggets: Despite an apparent online demand for chicken-shaped chicken nuggets, food corporations don't make them, so this'll take a bit of hands-on work. Why chicken-shaped chicken nuggets? Because the idea feels sort of wrong, like feeding a chicken bits of chicken nugget would be wrong--something a main character does in The Social Network.
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A chicken-shaped cookie cutter, found online or in stores that sell baking goods.
1 pound of chicken tenders or 3 chicken breasts
1 cup of dried bread crumbs (or in a pinch, croutons, especially seasoned ones)
1/2 of grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tbsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, dried thyme, dried basil, and pepper. Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk until the yolks and whites have blended. After cutting the chicken tenders or breasts into shapes--or into inch-sized cubes, if you don't want to get too technical--dip the nuggets first into the egg mixture, then into the seasoning mixture. Coat the nuggets in a thick layer of seasoning before placing them on a pan, sticking them in the oven, and baking them in the oven until they're golden, about 20 minutes.
Alice in Wonderland's 'Wonderland' Cocktail: Tim Burton's take on Lewis Carroll's trippy novel has won both a best motion picture nomination and, thanks to Johnny Depp, a best actor nomination. This cocktail isn't so strong that it'll transport you to Wonderland, but it's simple to make and much less nauseating than a "Queen of Hearts" cocktail.
2 oz. vodka
1/4 oz. lime juice
1 tsp. lemon juice
Grenadine to taste (usually a splash of the stuff works)
Pour the ingredients into glasses filled with ice. If you're so inclined, add a few seasonal berries as a garnish.
The King's Speech's English Butter Balls: In my house, we call these easy-to-make cookies English Butter Balls, and we serve them at dinner parties after coffee--which feels vaguely British. Be forewarned: These cookies are dangerously addictive.
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1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour (add more if necessary)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (pecans are suitable substitutes, and these cookies work fine without nuts too)
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Combine the ingredients, except for the walnuts, in a bowl. Mix the dough until firm, then roll it into small balls. Coat the top of the dough balls with the chopped walnuts before popping them onto a pan and into the oven. Bake for 12 minutes. After removing them from the oven, coat the top of the cookies in additional powdered sugar before serving.
Black Swan's Dirty Dancer: Although a cocktail has been created in honor of the ballet thriller Black Swan, it's really a tilt of the hat to Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer of Swan Lake, the ballet performed within the movie.
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2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. creme de cassis
4 dashes lime juice
Shake the ingredients together before pouring the drink into a glass with ice.
Each of these food recipes should make enough for four to six people, if served as an appetizer. Each cocktail recipe equals one drink. Don't worry if you can't make all of these recipes, either; the Academy Awards are just around the corner, and the list of nominees will be more or less the same, save for Burlesque.