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how to host a
fabulous Oscar party without a lot of fuss
by Carolyn Jones | 1 2 3
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munchies
Finger foods are the best bet for an Academy Awards party. Who wants to break for a sit-down dinner when they may miss the Award for Technical Merit? Here are a few recipes to try.

cheese crisps
1 container shredded Parmesan cheese (not the powdery stuff)
nonstick cooking spray

Use cooking spray to cover an 8-inch skillet. Turn the heat to medium-high.

Sprinkle the pre-shredded cheese from the container into the pan. The layer should be pretty thin, but you shouldn't be able to see the bottom of the pan. Cook the cheese until it starts to "pop." Turn over, and cook briefly on the other side. You want the cheese to be crispy, but not brown.

Remove from pan. The cheese should still be a little flexible. It will harden up as you let it cool. Let it rest on a plate. Repeat until you've used up all the cheese. Break into large pieces, and serve. These are rich, but delicious.

parmesan garlic dip
The powdery kind of Parmesan cheese is best for this recipe, but use real garlic.

1 container sour cream
cup mayonnaise
c. Parmesan cheese (the powdery kind)
1 clove garlic, minced finely
1 teaspoon salt
white pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients. Refrigerate. Serve with crackers and a bag of pre-mixed, pre-cut vegetables. This dip is especially good with snow peas.

marinated broiled shrimp
The hardest part of making shrimp is peeling them, so buy your shrimp already shelled. Make sure you buy shrimp that are still frozen. Unless you live next to an ocean, you won't be able to get fresh shrimp anyway, and thawed shrimp only have about a 48-hour shelf life.

1-2 pounds raw frozen shrimp, 20-30 shrimp per pound, peeled if desired

marinades
Use your favorite bottled marinade, or try one of these recipes:

tequila lime
c. tequila
juice of one lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
pinch cayenne pepper

teriyaki
c. soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, with juice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon garlic powder

barbecue
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
cup tomato ketchup
1 clove garlic, crushed
splash of Tabasco sauce

Marinate peeled shrimp in your marinade of choice for 4 hours. Don't marinate too long, because the acidity will "cook" the shrimp.

Preheat broiler, and make sure the broiling rack is as close to the heat as possible. Place marinated shrimp on cookie sheet, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, turning once. Serve hot or cold.

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