The 84th Annual Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, February 26 and that means it’s time to start planning and sending out invites to your Oscar themed party.

My husband and I (Dierre) went to an Oscar cocktail party one year where we dressed up as different actors and actresses from throughout the eras of Hollywood. The large and lavish party included cocktails, appetizers and of course, a screening of the Oscars.

You could really take this theme any way you’d like and go as big as you want, right down to gold and black décor and take-home Oscar awards for each guest. I love the idea of a retro theme of Old Hollywood glam with black & white photos of the guests, costumes from the 40s and 50s and of course, an upscale fancy appetizer to really take guests back to a more glamorous time.

How about this modern twist on a retro appetizer – crab dip.

Crab flat bread

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

125 mL roasted red pepper dip

¼ cup mayo

2 green scallions, chopped

3 dashes of Tabasco

3 tbsp. shredded asiago

3 tbsp. shredded parsley

salt and pepper

1 tin crab in water, drained

Naan bread

In food processor, place cream cheese and pulse until softened. Add pepper dip, mayo and Tabasco; pulse and combine together. Pour cream cheese mix into bowl and add scallions, parsley, crab, salt and pepper and combine.

Spread crab mix over Naan bread, similar to pizza sauce, then sprinkle with asiago. Bake in oven at 375˚F for approximately 12 minutes or until golden.

Also, don’t forget about Valentine’s Day tomorrow and consider taking dinner-for-2 or -4 home to your loved ones. We’re cooking up a delectable three course meal…

First course: local butternut squash soup with maple roasted pecans.

Second course: butter basted beef tenderloin with pan seared scallops, cheddar potato pie and honey mushroom sauté OR goat cheese and cranberry stuffed chicken breast, roast vegetable strudel and honey crisp apple slaw.

Third course: individual white chocolate raspberry ripple cheesecake OR caramel apple spice cake. We also have a variety of heart-inspired cupcakes and gifts for your special someone.

If you want to order a dinner-for-2 or -4 from Never Enough Thyme, you can pick it up last minute but we’d really appreciate it if you ordered ahead of time so that we can make sure there is enough for everyone who is interested. Call us at 519.669.0374.

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