Post image for Snacks to eat while watching the Academy Awards on TV this Sunday

Editor’s note: We’ve come to count on Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy for showing us how to make celebrations and holidays special. Here she takes on the Academy Awards, which will take place this Sunday night (2/26).

Oscar Night has always been one of my favorites. The stars, the fashion, the movies and most importantly,
festive snacks to enjoy with the show. This year we are keeping it simple with foods honoring some of the Best Picture Nominees.

A trip to La La Land is not complete without a visit to the infamous Hollywood legend, Pink’s Hot Dogs. I changed traditional “Pigs in a Blanket” slightly and have created “Pink’s in a Blanket”. You just need cocktail size hot dogs and a tube of Crescent Roll Sheet Dough. Cut the dough slightly shorter than the length of the weenie, and wrap around leaving the top uncovered. Secure with a toothpick and bake on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes until bun is golden brown.

The small fishing town of Manchester by the Sea, just makes me want to cozy up with Clam Chowder, of course topped with oyster crackers.

We all know movies and popcorn go hand in hand, just a dash of curry powder is all you need, to transform freshly popped corn into a taste of India from the streets of Lion.

For dessert, we turned the red carpet into red velvet and honored each nominated film with a cupcake.

I was so thrilled that Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the 89th Academy Awards, “joined us” in the kitchen! Print “Best Picture” nominee cupcake toppers here.

Alexis Murphy’s website is Jac o’ lyn Murphy, where this post originally appeared; used with permission.

{ Be the first to comment }

Three Menlo Park teens named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Thumbnail image for Three Menlo Park teens named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Three residents of Menlo Park — Jamie L. Cleron (Crystal Springs Uplands School), Alexa Thomson (Sacred Heart Preparatory; photo right) and Andrew D. Yates (Menlo-Atherton High School; photo below right) have been selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2017. […]

Click to read more →

Need some winter cheer? Check out these rain-soaked blooms in Menlo Park

Thumbnail image for Need some winter cheer? Check out these rain-soaked blooms in Menlo Park

What’s that? Blue sky and sunshine overhead? Yes, it does feel that it’s been raining forever in Menlo Park. In particular, that was some deluge that started mid-afternoon yesterday and lasted into the early evening. Then came the gusty winds overnight. Reported InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ at 7:30 am this morning: “28.5” is my season total. That […]

Click to read more →

Menlo Park firefighters sent to Central Valley as part of state-sponsored Swift Water Rescue Teams

Thumbnail image for Menlo Park firefighters sent to Central Valley as part of state-sponsored Swift Water Rescue Teams

Fourteen Menlo Park Firefighters, one group of nine state-sponsored Swift Water Rescue Teams, arrived in Sacramento after midnight last. They are being staged at McClellan Air Force base, awaiting potential water rescues during this latest winter storm. The team is equipped with three inflatable boats and two power water craft. A week ago the team was deployed to Oroville […]

Click to read more →

16th annual LUNAFEST®Film festival coming to Menlo Park at the Guild Theatre

Thumbnail image for 16th annual  LUNAFEST®Film festival coming to Menlo Park at the Guild Theatre

LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, will be hosted by the Zonta e-Club of Silicon Valley at the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park on March 4, 2017, from 10:00 am to noon. This festival highlights women as leaders in […]

Click to read more →

21st century green grocer Kevin Bianchini is an enthusiastic foodie

Thumbnail image for 21st century green grocer Kevin Bianchini is an enthusiastic foodie

Kevin Bianchini is the amiable owner of Bianchini’s Markets in Ladera and San Carlos. He started Bianchini’s Market with his late father in Ladera in 1998, taking over the space occupied by Long’s Quality Foods since 1957. Father and son were already veteran grocers: Al was a long-time partner in the Foodville grocery store in San Carlos, where […]

Click to read more →

M-A Drama presents The Addams Family for its spring musical the next two weekends

Thumbnail image for M-A Drama presents The Addams Family for its spring musical the next two weekends

Izzie Nada plays Morticia and Teddy Pagee plays Gomez (both pictured above) in Menlo-Atherton High School’s drama department production of the musical, The Addams Family. The production is overseen by the school’s newest drama teacher, Danette Bathauer, who arrived on campus last fall but has taught drama for over 20 years, most recently in the Clovis Unified […]

Click to read more →

Menlo Park resident Giselle Mari teaches and practices yoga

Thumbnail image for Menlo Park resident Giselle Mari teaches and practices yoga

For Giselle Mari, it was  love-at-first-sight when it came to yoga. She recalls watching yoga on PBS as a youngster with her mother and took her first class in the early 90s. “I liked it immediately,”she says. “It felt good. I was a former gymnast so it undoubtedly appealed with some similar movements.” The Menlo […]

Click to read more →

Heartfelt wishes on Valentines Day in Menlo Park

Thumbnail image for Heartfelt wishes on Valentines Day in Menlo Park

Our nomination for the house with the most Valentines Day spirit in Menlo Park goes to this dwelling on the Alameda near Cedar. What a cheery sight, all those hearts on a Magnolia tree with some blooms but otherwise barren. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

Click to read more →

Love the Earth is part of pre-Valentines program offered by Menlo Spark

Thumbnail image for Love the Earth is part of pre-Valentines program offered by Menlo Spark

Diane Bailey, who is Executive Director of Menlo Spark, let us know about a fun art project called “Love Your Earth” her organization sponsored yesterday at the Boys & Girls Club in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park as a prelude to today’s Valentine celebration. She emails: “[The] BGCP has been integrating environmental themes into some of their programs.[Yesterday] Jonathan […]

Click to read more →

Grateful Dead in Ladera? Yes, it really happened 50 years ago

Thumbnail image for Grateful Dead in Ladera? Yes, it really happened 50 years ago

Although some might not believe it because it does not appear in any official Grateful Dead chronologies, the famous Bay Area band played at Ladera School for the Ladera Christmas Dance on the night of December 17, 1966. We have neighbors’ recollections and newspaper accounts to prove that the event was a wildly successful evening. Barbara Rusmore, […]

Click to read more →