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Oscar Night Style

In this first installment we meet up with the show's resident chef and food stylist, Karen Pickus. She'll show you how to make sure your Oscar party gets the right buzz with quick, simple yet delicious recipes that will have your guests wanting to give you an award for best host.

Get the recipes below and check out the video on the left to get your backstage pass.

Recipes for Oscar Night

Marinated Goat Cheese

This cheese is so easy to prepare and so good. You can use any fresh goat cheese log. You will find this in most supermarkets. You can substitute cream cheese if you prefer.

1 10-14 oz. fresh goat cheese log
2 Tbs. finely chopped shallots
2 Tbs. chopped fresh chives
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
2 Tbs. snipped fresh tarragon
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 baguette sliced and toasted, or 1 box puff pastry sheets or crackers


Place the cheese on an attractive plate. Top the cheese with the remaining ingredients in the order they appear. Lastly drizzle with the olive oil, then serve with the toasted baguette slices .

To make the puff pastry squares

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Lay the thawed puff pastry sheets on a parchment lined sheet pan.

Cover the puff pastry with another sheet of parchment paper.

Stack three sheet pans on top of that . Place in the hot oven . Bake for 10 minutes until pastry is golden on top.

Carefully turn the pastry.

Cover and bake another 10 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven .

Remove the sheet pans from covering the pastry. Let cool completely, then cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.
Recipe Courtesy Karen Pickus, chef, "Good Morning America" 2009

Spiced Nuts

These nuts are great for parties, and so easy to make. Your friends will all want this recipe. Pass it along.

Just be sure to roast one type of nut at a time because the cooking time may vary for each type of nut.

2 Cups Shelled Pecans, Almonds , or Walnuts
1 egg white
1 Tbs. Fleur de Sel or Kosher salt
1 tsp. finely ground black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp dried thyme
3 Tbs. sugar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the nuts out evenly on a sheet pan. Beat the egg whites until frothy. Pour over nuts and toss until they are evenly coated with the egg whites.

In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients with a small wire whisk. Toss the nuts with 2-3 Tbs. of the spice mix, depending on the type of nut until they are evenly coated.

Place in a preheated oven and roast. Toss with a metal spatula after 5 minutes and continue roasting 10 more minutes and up to 20 minutes, depending on type of nut, until nuts are golden and crispy. Let cool completely before serving.
Recipe Courtesy Karen Pickus, chef, "Good Morning America" 2009

Prosecco Bar

This is a great treat for your guests. All you need is several chilled bottles of Prosecco, a delicious, inexpensive sparkling, Italian wine.

You'll also need some fresh fruit and fruit juice. Let your guests choose and make their drinks and you are off to a great Oscar Party!

1 bottle Prosecco
1 /2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup rinsed, hulled and quartered strawberries
1 cup fresh cubed small pineapple
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup pineapple juice


Chill the Prosecco. Prepare the fruit.

Set out the juice.

Assemble the drinks and cheers

Serves 4-6
Recipe Courtesy Karen Pickus, chef, "Good Morning America" 2009