There might still be a little over a month before the 86th Academy Awards brings unbridled Hollywood glamour right to my television set, but I'm already in prep-mode. This year's line-up of nominees and films, while predictable, still spark my interest ever so slightly. What can I say, I'm a sucker for Jared Leto and his versatile man-mane any day of the week.
I just hope that there are better sartorial choices for this year's 'ultimate red carpet' than there was for the recent Golden Globes. In my opinion, almost every dress looked hideous at the GGs, save, perhaps Emma Watson's bold choice of attire. The SAG awards did a bit better in pooling together some elegant old hollywood looks and I especially loved Claire Danes' dark and stormy Vionnet Dress (see below), despite what the fashion police might think. So really, the red carpet look book for 2014 can really only improve as the award season goes on...
Award season, for all of us non-celebrities who love a) film b) fashion c) all of the above, means that Oscar night is a legitimate reason to invite your friends over to your apartment, take out the sparkly champagne flutes, and run bets for who will win an award while nibbling on finger foods. Nachos fall into the category of finger foods, so you see my connection? Plus, I love stuffing my face with high-calorie foods while watching skinny chicks try to maneuver in elaborate dresses. You'll thank me later as you cheer on the Dallas Buyers Club or American Hustle with a mouth full of these crunchy, gooey, nachos.
"For Your Consideration" Nacho Recipe
A Glossless Original Recipe
1 bag of restaurant-style tortilla chips
1 medium-sized onion, diced
1 1/2 avocados, diced
1 cup of grape tomatoes, diced
1 tsp. finely diced jalapeno pepper
1 can re-fried black beans
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
2 tsp. chili powder
crushed chili flakes, salt, pepper
Liberal amounts of cheddar cheese, grated
Handful of cilantro for garnish (optional)
Dollop of sour cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with aluminum. Place tortilla chips on sheet.
1- In a frying pan, sautée onions on medium heat until they are soft. Add pressed garlic and cook for about a minute.
2- In a bowl, mix onions, garlic, tomatoes, jalapeno, avocado, beans and spices together. Spoon the mixture over tortillas on baking sheet, then take your grated cheese and sprinkle evenly over the chips. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3-Stick in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.
Now these nachos are all dressed and ready to impress. I'll bet a celeb or two wishes they were at home eating these instead of on self-imposed Oscar dress fast. Stay golden!