Menu: Oscar Night 2011

Classic Cheese Fondue Recipe

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As a traditional and popular dish, this classic fondue recipe blends several cheeses to provide a hearty appetizer or a light evening meal to be enjoyed with family and friends.
Classic Cheese Fondue Recipe
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
READY IN: 35 minutes
Container: Fondue Pot
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  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups Emmenthal cheese grated
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon kirsch cherry brandy
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • pinch white pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pound broccoli
  • 8 ounces grape tomatoes
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • 1 sweet pepper - cut into strips
  • 1 French bread loaf - cut into cubes
  • Combine wine and lemon juice in saucepan, placed on a stovetop burner, and begin to heat on a medium heat setting, allow to come to a slow boil.
  • Add each variety of grated cheese, stirring as they are added, allowing heat to melt the cheeses together. Continue stirring until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine kirsch and water with the cornstarch, mixing thoroughly to blend together and then add the mixture to the melted cheese in the saucepan.
  • Rub inside of fondue pot with garlic clove
  • Ignite fuel or turn on temperature control. Add the wine and lemon juice mixture to the fondue pot.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir to combine
  • Keep the temperature at a level where the cheese stays melted and smooth.
  • Add pepper and nutmeg seasonings to the ingredients now in the fondue pot.
  • Serve with vegetables, breads or whatever else you desire.

Lemon Garlic Scallops and Pasta Recipe

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Smooth, succulent scallops add distinction to this great pasta dish flavored with lemon and garlic. This dish is so easy to prepare that it makes a perfect meal for any night of the week.
Lemon Garlic Scallops and Pasta Recipe
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
READY IN: 25 minutes
Container: Large skillet, pasta pot
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  • 3/4 pound scallops
  • 1 clove garlic - chopped fine
  • 1/2 large onion - chopped fine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice or 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley - chopped, more for garnish or 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • whole wheat or regular pasta
  • fresh parmesan cheese - grated, optional
  • Coat a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
  • Heat to medium high heat.
  • Add scallops and sear on each side 3-5 minutes or until opaque. Don't overcook.
  • Remove from heat, keep warm.
  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan, cook onion and garlic until tender.
  • Stir in chicken broth and lemon juice.
  • Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Stir in fresh or dried parsley, dash of salt and ground black pepper.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions.

    To Serve:
  • Divide pasta between two large bowls.
  • Spoon scallops over pasta, top with sauce.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh parsley if desired.

Note: For extra creaminess, add in 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter after adding the lemon juice, stir until melted.

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

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An easy side dish that complements any meal. The roasted asparagus recipe is flavorful and has a crisp-tender texture. To see how easy it is to prepare this roasted asparagus. You can also learn other ways to use it in All About Asparagus.
Roasted Asparagus Recipe
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
READY IN: 20 minutes
Container: rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan
Serving Size: 4 ounces
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  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Preheat oven to 450° F. If oven is in use at a different temperature, wait until  food being cooked is finished, raise the heat and roast the asparagus so that it can be served immediately--it will only take about 10 minutes.
  • Wash asparagus and trim off tough ends. Put asparagus on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil (rub it on with your hands, or stir the spears around a bit to get them coated with oil). Salt lightly. Roast until just barely tender, 8-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears.
  • Drizzle with lemon juice and serve immediately.

Chocolate Creme Brulee Recipe

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Attention chocolate lovers! Prepare to enter chocolate heaven with your first mouthful of this scrumptious Creme Brulee dessert. If you have never made this creamy custard dessert, see how easy it is with How to Make Creme Brulee in our tips and advice.
Chocolate Creme Brulee Recipe
PREP: 25 minutes
COOK: 1 hour
READY IN: 1.25 hours
Container: small saucepan, medium mixing bowl, 4 (4 ounce) ramekins or custard dishes
Serving Description: 1 ramekin
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  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar - divided
  • Whisk together the cream, milk and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add in the chocolate baking squares.
  • Heat until it starts to steam, do not boil, and chocolate is melted - approximately 10-15 minutes.
  • Whisk the egg yolk together in a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Slowly pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixutre, whisking continuously.
  • Pour the mixture back into the sacuepan and heat over medium heat, stirring often, until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Pour into custard cups.
  • Place the cups in a large baking pan with 2 inch sides.
  • Add enough water to come 1/2 way up the sides of the cups.
  • Bake until the custard is set, approximately 1 hour.
  • Remove the custard cups from the water bath and allow to cool.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Before serving, sprinkle each top with 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Place them under the broiler in the oven for 2 minutes just to caramelize the sugar.
  • Serve immediately.
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