Friday, February 24, 2012

Oscar Menu Inspired by The Help

The 84th Annual Academy Awards are on Sunday, February 26th and while I'm not one to beat down the theater box office doors to catch every new movie on the big screen, I usually do watch the Oscars... very often without much knowledge about the films that have nominated. Not this year!

Y'all know that with The Help being up for Best Picture, Viola Davis for Best Actress in a Leading Role and both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (and frankly I thought the film should have been up for Costume Design too, just sayin'), well... I'll sure be hanging around watching and rooting for my gals this Sunday! I loved The Help so much that I own not one, but three copies of the book - the original hardback, the paperback movie tie-in version, and the e-book on Kindle/iPad - and of course, as soon as it went on sale, I uploaded the movie on my Kindle too. What can I say? I loved everything about The Help.

Whether you're having a party or just want to honor The Help with a classic southern menu, here's a great collection of some of my favorite recipes from the site. Oh, and just in case you can't hang around a television on Sunday, of course, yes, there is an app for that too!

If you think this sounds yummy, I'd sure it if you'd click to pin it, tweet it, stumble it, or share it on Facebook to help spread the word - thanks!

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Gotta start, of course, with our classic Elixir of the South - Southern Sweet Iced Tea, and if you've never made it, here's instructions for what I think makes a perfect glass of iced tea.

Gotta have some things to nosh on for starters, so some tea sandwiches made with our own Southern Pâté, Pimento Cheese, should do the trick.

Deviled Eggs are always a good choice for any southern meal and certainly standard fare for a party.

This Picnic Fried Chicken is perfect because you can make it up ahead, refrigerate it, and even serve it cold. It's delicious!

What goes with fried chicken better than classic Southern Potato Salad on the side? Yes, indeed.

Southern Style Baked Beans aren't just for summer barbecues y'all! They're good served hot or at room temperature, and they'd sure go great with that fried chicken too.

If you're not in the mood for baked beans, these Black-eyed Peas would go great with that chicken, or you can make pretty much any of the southern peas using this same basic method.

There has to be bread of some kind with every southern meal, and while rolls would be wonderful, and so would cornbread, I think this skillet biscuit bread would fit in just perfect.

And of course, the perfect dessert finale on a menu inspired by The Help would have to be Southern Caramel Cake.

But, if you're not in the mood for cake baking, I don't think a single soul would be disappointed if you brought out a big ole bowl of classic, Homemade Southern Banana Pudding.

And last, but not least, let's not forget cocktail hour! While there is an official Moet Red Carpet Glamour Cocktail, I think my Southern Iced Tea Cocktail is rather fitting for this southern Oscar menu inspired by The Help. I'll sure be looking forward to one!

So there you are - a fitting menu I think! I've got my fingers and toes crossed for The Help and would love to see any of these ladies win. Who are you hoping to see take home an Oscar?

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  1. When I read the title, I thought this was going to be about preparing Oscar - the common aquarium fish. Our crappie fishing neighbors spend the winters fishing in FLA and as it turns out they catch Oscars and they are very good - other than a little more pink in color, it's hard to tell them from crappie.

  2. The Help was a WONderful movie. I watched it twice in one weekend. Great looking menu. Especially love that fried chicken.

  3. I am bookmarking this post!! It is filled with favorites!

  4. i pinned! i got the help on dvd for christmas but haven't watched it yet, guess i'll have to get on that this weekend, thanks for the menu! anne

  5. I have not seen the movie, The Help, but read the book, and loved it. I have not seen any of the movies up for the awards, but I love watching the Oscars and look forward to it.

  6. I think you just posted a piece of my heart! :)

    I really need to drive over for lunch one day, my friend!

  7. Pinned it! Our Southern Girl Gang watched it again this weekend while they were visiting her in Louisiana and sipping on Bless Your Hearts. Now I want them to come back to visit so I can make them some of these dishes to eat.

  8. I love The Help also, and wouldn't miss the oscars for anything (well, except for emergencies). :)

  9. Oh Larry you silly man LOL!! Not much on the entertainment world are you? ;)

    Thanks everybody and Leiah I must know how to make those Bless Your Hearts! Do you have a post about them?

    Everybody cross your fingers & toes for The Help!

  10. Oh yeah, sorry I forgot... where's my manners??? Thank you so much for the pins too!!

  11. I read the book and saw the movie. Although some things were changed in the movie, the movie turned out just as good as the book. I loved both.

    I grew up in Jackson, MS and was 6 at the time this book took place. It was interesting to remember Jackson as a kid and view it as adult.

    Mary, I love, love, love your recipe for REAL banana pudding i.e., cooked pudding and baked meringue.

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    1. I was wondering where the chocolate pie was too! :)

      Although we all know how the story goes, I have made my gramma's chocolate chess pie many times since watching The Help and I assure you all- after you taste it, you forget all about that "secret ingredient"!

  13. Georgia, that's the way my mama made it! It's okay with packaged pudding, but it's definitely not the same.

    Oh no Ashley! I love chocolate pie, but I cannot associate it with The Help without thinking of, well you know... the terrible awful! I'll save my chocolate pie for another time thank you LOL!

  14. You didn't give us the recipe for Sh**pie. LOL

    Love your Southern recipes.

    Not sure if I love The Help more than your blog but I love them both a lot.

    And I loved the movie too. Maybe I need to host a Helplike evening.

  15. I think we will have some chocolate chess pie. ;)

  16. It was a great movie, Alexis and I watched it on date night and it hit all the right notes. I think it will walk with at least a few statues.

  17. Have to delurk to say I love your blog. My parents were both from the South but moved up North before I was born. Growing up on soup beans, cornbread in buttermilk, collards, biscuits, stack cakes and fried chicken, I felt like an alien where my friends were eating kielbasa and pierogis. Listening to my parents' slow drawl, hearing stories about their homes,being told to not get "above my raisin'" and knowing to always say "yes, ma'am", I grew up thinking I was a misplaced southerner as well.

    I married a Northerner so I'm stuck here until my husband retires but he's promised we can move south then. Nowadays I get down south a couple times a year to visit family where life is slower and strangers call you 'hon', and coming back always just feels wrong. Even though I was born in the north, I'm a southerner at heart. Thanks for letting me vicariously be one on your blog.

  18. Oh Meryl, everything you wrote is what I love about the south. You're welcome & thanks so much for hanging out with us here!


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