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Academy Award Performance

Posted February 22nd, 2011 in Posts, Serving with Style

If you are following this blog, you know that I have purchased a vintage house/money pit a few months ago and although it appeared perfect in every way, there has been constant construction since the day I moved in. Hosting friends and family has been more difficult than usual but nothing can stop me from planning watch the Academy Awards this weekend with great food and friends. The evening will be well worth it after having to live through my own dramatic movie scene performances.

My mother insisted that a second bathroom was a must so that was the first project we tackled.  Of course my mother was right. (Aren’t they always??) It is BEAUTIFUL!   The plumber finished in about a day and a half so when he proposed re-plumbing my entire house and gave me a really good price how could I resist. Of course it HAD to be done, the house is 85 years old, I mean really, how long does plumbing last anyway?  So the saga began there. What I thought would be a few days work became weeks. Plumbers were here one night until 2am while I stayed awake watching the food network and worried sick about what the outcome might be. Another night, it was 10pm when I finally told them they had to leave. They assured me that all was well.  At 6am when I started the shower (I don’t want to tell you how long it had been since I had a decent shower) there was no hot water.  I went to the basement to check the hot water heater and found a WATERFALL going down the basement stairs!  Needless to say I was horrified and irate.  I calmed myself using all various and sundry meditation techniques and delivered the academy award performance of my life while very nicely asking him to come back and fix whatever.  I couldn’t risk his never returning.  All is well now, plumbing is working perfectly and projects are humming along so now to the REAL academy awards!

The Oscars are on this weekend.  This is the night that women gather to watch the dresses primarily. It’s is our version of the superbowl. There must be snacks.  For a women’s gathering there must be some attempt at health in those snacks and they have to be unique and interesting.  So these Crispy Turkey Tenders with Plum Sauce fit the bill perfectly. If you like, you can use shrimp instead or chicken strips. You can add coconut to the panko bread crumbs for even more variety.  Just make sure your plumbing is working before you invite your friends over.

Oscar Party Food: Crispy Turkey Strips with Plum Sauce

Posted February 22nd, 2011 in Appetizers, Recipe

Are you hosting an Oscar Party this Sunday?  I’ve got the perfect Oscar Party Food idea!

Crispy Turkey Strips with Plum Sauce:

Serves 8 appetizer portions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray

1 lb. Turkey Tenderloin cut in strips (can substitute jumbo peeled, deveined shrimp or chicken breast)

½ cup panko bread crumbs

¼ tsp sea salt

fresh ground black pepper

¼ tsp Chinese Five Spice

¼ cup unsweetened coconut (opt)

1 egg white

Plum Sauce

1 can Oregon Fruit Purple Plums, drained reserving syrup

1 tsp corn starch

1 tablespoon hot mustard

¼ tsp ginger

Combine bread crumbs, salt, pepper, five spice and coconut if desired in a pie plate. Beat the egg white until frothy.  Salt and pepper the turkey strips, dip in egg white and then toss in bread crumb mixture.  Lay on cookie sheet and bake until golden. (about 15-20 minutes, less for shrimp).

While baking, make the plum sauce:

Pit the plums and set aside.  Heat the syrup with the corn starch in a small sauce pan until thickened and clear. Add the mustard and ginger and whisk together.  Put into a blender with the pitted plums and puree until smooth.  Return to the sauce pan to keep warm.  Serve the dipping sauce on the side in small ramekins.

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