Posts Tagged ‘party’

An Award-Winning Sauce

Sauce Party Trophy

Evan and I recently went to a “Sauce Soiree” where everyone came bearing a homemade sauce and competed for prizes. A lot of people brought barbecue-type sauces, since it was sort of a barbecue, but I made a peanut sauce that a make pretty frequently. After much deliberation on the 12 or so sauces, mine won in the Most Creative Sauce category — and got a giant trophy! With a pig on top!

Since this sauce is one I make frequently, I don’t tend to use any exact recipe, I just scoop and pour and adjust things to taste. I’ve tried to approximate the amounts of each ingredient below so if you’d like to try this you can at least get started and then play around until it tastes good.

Peanut Sauce

Ingredients (approximate amounts)

  • Unsalted natural peanut butter (.25 to .5 cup)
  • Rice wine vinegar (2-3 tsp)
  • Soy sauce (2-3 tsp)
  • Sesame oil (1-2 tsp)
  • Lime (1 small fruit)
  • Fresh cilantro (1-2 tbsp)
  • Fresh basil (1 tbsp)
  • Thai chili sauce or Sriracha (to taste)
  • Water to thin the sauce (.5 to 1 cup or more)

Heat peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and water in a small saucepan. Add the lime, herbs, and chili sauce or Sriracha toward the end, and add additional water to get the sauce to the desired thickness/thinness.

I typically eat this sauce on a tofu and veggie stir fry over rice.

Simple and Festive-Looking Holiday Appetizer: Pea Pesto Crostini

pea pesto crostini

A few weeks ago, I was watching Giada at Home on the Food Network and Giada made a super simple and pretty looking recipe — Pea Pesto Crostini. I decided to make it when we had a friend over for drinks and it was a hit, and then I made it again this past weekend for a holiday potluck.

With only 4 ingredients in the pesto — defrosted peas, garlic, parmesan cheese and olive oil — plus some bread and tomatoes, it’s quick to make, and it packs a surprising amount of flavor in every bite. It also has a great festive red and green palate and looks really pretty sitting out on a plate or board.

Check out the original recipe. I’ve already used it twice and will likely use it again.

Monster Madness: The Hellboy II DVD Release Party


The top of a “burning trash can” table

Last night, Evan and I went to the Hellboy II The Golden Army DVD release party (boy, that’s a mouthful). It was quite an event, and it looks like quite the Blu-ray DVD, with tons of special features, a 2 and a half hour documentary on the making of the movie, a director’s notebook, lots of commentary, a comic book creator and a “goggle view” that lets you see the movie in various stages of visual effects. We can’t wait to get our hands on one and check it out with our new Blu-ray player, which is still in the box.

The party was a major production, which transformed the club Element into a scene from Hellboy, complete with monsters, burning trash cans, and actors from the movie.


Evan and me with a monster

Evan and I had fun taking photos with the monsters who did an incredible job in their elaborate costumes. We’re pretty sure they couldn’t see a thing, and saw quite a few of them being led around the room slowly by hand. Some of their costumes were huge, too, and Wink’s mouth and hads were radio-controlled making him unbelievably life-like.


Evan and me with the enormous Wink

Guillermo Del Toro also gave a presentation about the Blu-ray’s special features, making sure to rib on the cast and costumes in his typical fashion. He’s also hosting the first-ever in-Blu-ray live chat on Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 6 p.m. PST, which anyone can join by signing up at UniversalHiDef.com and submitting questions via the “Directors Chat” tab in “My Account.”


Guillermo Del Toro introducing the Hellboy II DVD

There was also a rather funny panel discussion with Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Doug Jones, Mike Mignola, a Dark Horse exec and Guillermo. We learned that Guillermo liked to call Jeffrey Tambor “Jeremy” and Guillermo said that Selma and Doug “learned everything they know about handling a weapon from Charlie’s Angels.” The actors confirmed that and Selma added that when using her fake gun, she would say “Bang bang,” when it was supposed to go off, and she had to be reminded to keep quiet during her close-ups. Doug talked about the elaborate costumes he got to wear during the shoot since he played three characters, and they all talked about their favorite monsters — most were partial to the incredible Angel of Death.

Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Doug Jones, Mike Mignola, Dark Horse exec whose name I can’t remember, Guillermo Del Toro

After the party, we went to an Italian restaurant next door to the club with the DVD producer, Javier, and his girlfriend Orso (the ones we baked the cake for), a concept artist, Francisco, and a few other people. We didn’t get DVDs, but we did get Golden Army toys and a big hug from Guillermo.

See the rest of our photos in Evan’s Facebook album.