Friday, February 19, 2016

Make Your Awards Night Party a STAR-Studded Event

Planning to host a party to see which films win this year’s awards? Here are some tips to dazzle your friends and make your evening unforgettable!

Snazzy Décor & Entertainment:

  • Bring the glitz and glamour of Hollywood into your home by laying out a red carpet in your entryway for your guests to arrive on.
  • Gold, gold, and more GOLD! Add pizzazz to your party by displaying gold balloons, silverware, napkins, star cutouts, faux Oscar®-inspired statuettes, etc.
  • Have your guests dress up! Try doing an Old Hollywood dress code, have everyone dress up as their favorite character from a nominated film, or simply have everyone dress their best!
  • Entertain your friends with a photo booth, Oscars® bingo, or have everyone fill out their own “Oscars® ballot” and attempt to guess who will win awards!
  • Give out your own “Oscars®” to the best dressed guest, the winner of Oscars® bingo, and whoever gets the highest score on their Oscar prediction ballot.

Fabulous Appetizers & Beverages:

  • Impress your guests by adding frozen berries to champagne flutes.
  • Serve a variety of fancy snacks and appetizers– check out our Pinterest board for some great ideas!
  • Attach mini golden star cutouts to skewers to add some glamour to your appetizers.
  • Offer mini popcorn buckets for your guests to snack on during the event.
  • Click here for some fantastic flavored popcorn recipes!
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

3 Pasta Recipes if You Are On a Diet

Putting an end to the misguided notion that all pasta is fattening, here are three healthy, tasty recipes that are perfect for when you’re watching what you eat.

Three recipes and three handy hints you should always bear in mind: make sure you cook the pasta until it’s al dente (lower glycaemic index, more energy expended on chewing it and more time spent digesting it); go for whole wheat pasta (more nutrients and higher in fiber) and eat it for lunch rather than dinner (to make sure you burn off the energy). Now that that’s all clear, let’s get cooking!

Farfalle With Avocado and Salmon
Avocado and salmon are both rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and zinc. This recipe combines this healthy energy with farfalle cooked in salted water, strained and flavored with a dash of our STAR Infused Olive Oil With Lemon Peel.

Add the fresh, cubed avocado. You can use either fresh or smoked salmon, depending on whether you prefer a warm or cold version. If you go for fresh salmon, cut it into cubes and sautée with salt and a little coriander.

Penne With Roasted Vegetables 
For this recipe you can use whatever vegetables you like: fresh asparagus, courgette, aubergine, carrots or whatever else you enjoy. Wash the vegetables well, chop them up and arrange them on an oven tray together with a couple of fresh tomatoes. Add salt and pepper, drizzle with STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil and roast for 25 minutes at 400 ºF. Remember to stir the vegetables regularly.

Meanwhile, boil the penne in plenty of salted water. Strain and sautée the cooked pasta in a frying pan with a dash of a STAR Infused Olive Oil With Fresh Basil. Serve with the roasted vegetables.

Spaghetti With King Prawns and Soy Sauce
Peel and cut an onion into chunks. Cut off the tips and clean a bundle of fresh asparagus. Add the onion and asparagus to a wok or frying pan with a little STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil, together with some fresh peeled king prawns. When it’s almost ready, add the soy sauce and stir for a couple of minutes.

Now it’s time to add the cooked, strained spaghetti, which should take on all the flavors and aromas of the stir fry, transporting you from the U.S. to the Far East.

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