76th Academy Awards® Governors Ball
Braised Short Ribs
From WolfgangPuck.com


1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 portions beef short ribs, trimmed
Salt
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
Fine matzoh meal, for dredging
10 cloves garlic, peeled
8 large shallots, peeled, trimmed, rinsed, split, and dried
2 medium carrots, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch
lengths
2 stalks celery, peeled, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch lengths
1 medium leek, white and light green parts only, coarsely
chopped
6 sprigs Italian parsley
2 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 quarts unsalted beef stock or chicken stock
Freshly ground white pepper


Directions


1. Pour the wine into a large saucepan set over medium
heat. When the wine is heated, carefully set it aflame. Let
the flames die out, then increase the heat and bring the
wine to a boil; continue boiling until the liquid reduces by
half. Remove from the heat.

2. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.

3. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large casserole, large
enough to hold the 6 portions of ribs, over medium-high
heat. Season the ribs all over with salt and the crushed
pepper. Dust the ribs with about 2 tablespoons of matzoh
meal and then when the oil is hot, slip the ribs into the pot
and sear for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until well
browned.

4. Transfer the browned ribs to a plate. Remove all but 1
tablespoon of fat from the pot; lower the heat to medium,
and toss in the vegetables and herbs. Sauté the
vegetable until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes, then stir in
the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute to blend.

5. Add the reduced wine, browned ribs, and stock. Bring to
a boil; cover the pot tightly, slide it into the oven, and cook
until the ribs are tender enough to be easily pierced with a
fork, about 21/2 hours. Every 30 minutes or so, lift the lid
and skim and discard whatever fat may have bubbled up to
the surface.

6. Carefully transfer the meat to a heated serving platter,
cover, and keep warm. Boil the pan liquid until it thickens
and reduces to approximately 1 quart. Season with salt
and pepper and pass through a fine-mesh strainer; discard
the solids.

7. Pour the sauce over the meat
.
Starlet Shrimp Cocktails

Buy shrimp cooked at the fish market for easier
preparation.


2 pounds (peeled and deveined) cooked large shrimp
1 cup diced (1/4 inch) celery
3 tablespoons diced fresh tarragon leaves or 2 teaspoons
dried tarragon, crumbled
2 cups Blush Dressing (see recipe, below)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups finely shredded romaine lettuce leaves (the tender
inner leaves)
2 cups mixed red and green seedless grapes, halved
crosswise
6 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 cup diced (1/4 inch) papaya
3 tablespoons snipped chives or chopped flat-leaf parsley,
for garnish

1. Cut the shrimp in half crosswise and place in a large
bowl; add the celery and tarragon. Toss well. Fold in 1 cup
of the Blush Dressing. Season with salt and pepper to
taste.

2. Assemble the shrimp cocktails: Place 1 tablespoon of
the remaining dressing in the bottom of each of eight large
martini glasses (12-ounce wine or water goblets work
too). Add a generous 1/4 cup shredded lettuce to each
glass. Next, divide the shrimp evenly among the glasses.
Top with the grapes, tomatoes and papaya. Dollop each
glass with one tablespoon dressing. Sprinkle with the
chives or parsley. Serve immediately

Blush Dressing
2 cups prepared mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
3 1�2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl..
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Party Invitations
An Oscar party with friends and family is  fun and can be easy to host.  Academy Awards viewing parties are a bit out of the
ordinary, so it's not likely that your potential guests will be booked for the evening.  That being said, you will still want to invite
your guests well in advance, which will make
budgeting for last minute or late arrivals much easier on you. One year of hosting
an Oscar party and it very well may become the hit annual event.  Take it from my personal experience, this year will be my 18th.

You can pick a theme, or use
items such as silver serving trays,  flower arrangements placed on mirrors, and accent lighting
will add a touch of glamour to your home.  Also, consider visiting your local movie rental store and ask if they'll give you old
movie posters.  You can also be exclusive by purchasing the current years official Oscar poster at Oscar.com.  Put the posters
up around your home, and you've got instant "Hollywood".   Whatever you do, remember to be creative and it might also be a
good idea to stick to your own personal budget since you too should have fun at your own party. Leave the stressing to those
nominated for an Academy Award.

Below are some
tips, resources, and recipes for a gauranteed great Oscar party.
Oscar Night Essentials at Oscars.org

Be sure to check out the Official Oscar Party Kit
at www.oscars.org/partykit for additional
recipes, Oscar printable ballots, trivia, and much
more.

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Party Favors and Decor
Oscar Night

One of my more simple Oscar night Set-Ups
Movie Room
Academy Award - Oscar Party Tips
Pizza Smoked Salmon - Cavier

Ingredients
6 6ounces Pizza Dough (see separate recipe)
1 tablespoon Chili and Garlic Oil (see Sauces & Dressings)
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 tablespoons Dill Cream (see Sauces & Dressings)
2.5 2.5ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon Sevruga caviar, optional

Instructions
Place a pizza stone on the middle rack of the oven and
preheat the oven to 500°F.
On a lightly floured surface, stretch or roll out the dough into
an 8- inch circle, with the outer edge a little thicker than the
inner circle. Brush the dough with the oil and arrange the
onions over the pizza. Slide a pizza paddle or rimless baking
sheet under the pizza and then slide the pizza onto the pizza
stone. Bake until the crust is golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
With the pizza paddle or a large spatula, carefully remove the
pizza from the oven and set it on a cutting board. Use a knife,
an icing spatula, or the back of a spoon to spread the Dill
Cream over the inner circle. Arrange the slices of salmon so
that they cover the entire pizza, slightly overlapping the raised
rim. Sprinkle the chopped chives over the salmon. Using a
pizza cutter or a large sharp knife, cut the pizza into 4 or 6
slices. If you like, spoon a little caviar in the center of each
slice. Serve immediately.