Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I'd Like to Thank the Academy® | Family Economics
When I entertain at home I usually just hang out with one or two of my girlfriends and enjoy a nice girl's night in. This month I will open the doors of my home to two of my best girlfriends and we will watch the Academy Awards®.
I have to thank the Academy for this annual evening when my friends can munch on inexpensive but tasty hor d'oeuvres, drink a nice bubbly and I'll throw in a few special touches to add to the ambiance.
For the decor I want to keep it simple but elegant. The best place for me to keep a tight budget and find nice items is the dollar store. There are all different names for these places but I have yet to visit one where I haven't found some great knick knacks that can jazz up my room.
I will be sure to purchase some sparkly garland, a few pretty place mats and also frames for photos. During the evening I will take snapshots of my friends and will print them on my computer. I'll place the photos in the frames and give them to my guests as a gift and memory of our fun evening together.
For bubbly, I will pick up a nice bottle of sparkling apple cider. Since my guests will be driving I want to keep things sober for the evening. I also will prepare one of my favorite dishes - Cheese Crescent Triangles.
These are so simple to make and absolutely delicious. They need to be served warm so this is great for my party. With just a few inexpensive ingredients this is an Oscar® worthy dish!
Cheese Crescent Triangles
4 ounces tomato-basil Feta cheese, finely crumbled (1 cup)
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions (2 medium)
1 egg, well beaten
1 can crescent dinner rolls
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1. Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix feta cheese, green onions and 3 tablespoons of the beaten egg.
2. If using crescent rolls: unroll dough; separate into four rectangles. Press perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: unroll dough; cut into four rectangles.
3. Press each rectangle into 7-1/2x5-inch rectangle. Cut rectangle into three rows by three rows to make six (2 1/2-inch) squares. Top each dough square with slightly rounded measuring teaspoon feta cheese mixture. Fold dough over filling, forming triangle; press edges to seal. On ungreased cookie sheets, place triangles 2 inches apart. Repeat with remaining three dough rectangles and Feta cheese mixture.
4. Brush tops with remaining beaten egg. Sprinkle lightly with Parmesan cheese.
5. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
I will add some nice crudités for my guests and we will spend the evening munching and dishing about the Oscar fashions and of course the winners of the awards!
(Recipe reprinted from Pillsbury Web site)