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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.

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Heartfelt wishes on Valentines Day in Menlo Park

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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

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

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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 […]

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Super Bowl hot dogs make perfect game day snack when filled with super food

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An event as epic as the Super Bowl needs Super Food. This year we are keeping it simple and vibrant by kicking things off with “super food” topped hot dogs. A quick rush to the Menlo Park Farmers Market to intercept fresh greens was all it took. Loaded with vitamin C, calcium and carotenoids, my bunch of […]

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Freewheel Brewing Company founder Malcolm McGinnis remembered at fundraising benefit

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Freewheel Brewing Company at Marsh Manor is hosting the Malcolm McGinnis 1st Annual Benefit Party to raise money for the Menlo-Atherton High School Head, Heart, and Balls Scholarship Fund on Thursday, Jan. 19, starting at 6:00 pm. This is a party to remember the brewery’s co-founder and head brewer, who passed away last September,  and celebrate the fourth anniversary […]

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Caltrain Holiday Train comes to Menlo Park on December 4

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The Caltrain Holiday Train presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a Bay Area tradition since 2001, is a free family event that brings together thousands of local community members in the spirit of joy and giving. It will stop at the Menlo Park train station on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:45 pm. Decorated with 70,000 […]

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Menlo Park resident John Donald’s tips on visiting Disneyland – take two

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Editor’s note: John Donald provided his top five tips when visiting Disneyland but said the past year — when he and his family made numerous trips to the park and Disney California Adventure — yielded even more. Here they are, just in time for holiday visits: Assuming you are going multiple days to both Disneyland and […]

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Facebook Farmers Market wraps up this year with a Halloween-themed celebration

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Skeletons and goblins reigned supreme today at the popular Farmers Market held at Facebook on Saturdays. The final market for the year had a Halloween theme — natch — and kids could select a free pumpkins as well as get their faces painted and grab a balloon twist. Scattered through out the market were various spooky posing places along with […]

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The Members perform their annual Halloween show

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Come take a break from politics, and party with The Members at their 10th annual Halloween Block Party show this Halloween. Bring the kids while trick-or-treating, or come without kids for an adult beverage, this Monday, October 31, starting at 6:00 pm, at the corner of Oakdell and Lemon in Menlo Park. The band usually keeps […]

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Tips from a Menlo Park family who’ve visited Disneyland dozens of times

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Editor’s note: Being friends with Menlo Park resident John Donald on Facebook felt, at times, like a Goundhog Day experience. Could he and his family really be at Disneyland again? The answer was yes, as John explains below. Use his “insider” tips if you’re planning a visit to the Park for its Halloween or holiday festivities. […]

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Menlo Park Library to hold first Comic Con on Oct. 15

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The Menlo Park Library is planning its first ever Comic Con. The event is set for Saturday, October 15 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, and will feature live music, animation screening, seminars, artists, vendors, comic-book trading, crafts, and cosplay (the opportunity for attendees to dress up as their favorite characters). Two different musical groups will […]

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