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Showing my Formal Disney Side

EAT, entertain By March 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

DisneySideWhen the call of Disney becons, you jump for joy and begin sprinkling the pixie dust! It’s like somebody handing over lottery winnings or granting three wishes. What is a ‘Disney Side‘? I think it is pure joy. Happiness. The innocence and wonder of youth. We all harbour these qualities within ourselves, and yet we all express them differently.  A Disney celebration does not have to include princess gowns or animation. In fact, our celebration took bits from many Disney ideals and moments and overlayed them all onto a formal dinner that celebrated kids and adults alike.

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We set our celebration with eight adults and four children. The adult table was formal with crystal, linen and silver. Kids had many Disney inspired stuffies and themed napkins. I had the kids type names for place card adorned with Mickey Mouse faces and glue them to thick cards edged in black. The kids learned how to properly set a table and they were given ‘wine’ glasses for their Monsters Inc. juice.

As guests arrived, they were greeted at the door by our two sons wearing their Mickey ears.  We began our celebration with a run around our little island and the winner was awarded a copy of the new Frozen on Blu-ray. Of course, that is the soundtrack that played throughout. I may or may not have belted ‘Let it Go’ with Idina Menzel…

Next, we played Disney Bingo as we nibbled on snowflake-shaped cheeses covered in Ocean Spray Craisins.

Dinner was a huge hit, though I didn’t quite bank on the hours of cleanup necessitated by pulling out the good dishes!

Lobster Mickey Pappardelle

Our DisneySide Menu:

Snowflake-shaped hard cheeses sprinkled with Craisins
Lobster Mickey Cream Pappardelle
Homemade Mickey Cheese Sauce for the Kids
Mickey-shaped garlic bread sprinkled with kale
Mickey Trouser Cupcakes
Disney Sugar Cookies

DisneySide RunWe ended the evening by giving each guest a lithograph of Minnie and Mickey, along with a few personalized photos of the run around the island printed on HP photo cards. All of the goodies were served up in the American Tourister luggage that all of the party supplies arrived in.

And that is my Disney Side! All I can say is that I should have done a few more laps for the run to make up for the lobster cream sauce and sugar cookies!

Disclosure: This #DisneySide Home Celebration was sponsored by Disney, and UrbanMommies received products as compensation for hosting this celebration. All opinions and styling are our own.

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Mickey Mouse Lobster Cream Pappardelle

EAT, family meals By March 28, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Mickey Mouse Lobster Pappardelle.jpgLobster Cream Pappardelle:

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 c white wine
1 cup lobster stock (or vegetable)
2 cloves garlic
2 T fresh thyme
1 medium onion, diced
1 T butter
1 T fine flour
2 cups diced lobster tails

2 bags dried pappardelle

Method:

1. Saute the onion in butter over medium heat until soft.
2. Deglaze the pan with wine and add stock.
3. Reduce liquid to 1/2 cup.
4. Add flour while stirring constantly.
5. Add garlic and thyme and cook 2 minutes while stirring – you don’t want the garlic to burn.
6. Pour in heavy cream and allow it to thicken. You may have to add a bit more flour depending on your preference.
7. Meanwhile, cook the pappardelle in boiling water.
8. Add the chopped lobster to the sauce so that it is warm but do not overcook.
9. Mix the al dente pasta and the sauce together and form Mickey heads on a plate.
10. Serve with Mickey-shaped garlic bread.

Serves 8

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Rich Atlantic Lobster Casserole

EAT, family meals By October 1, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

My mom used to make this for special parties.  The recipe was originally created by ‘Nanny Whiz’ who was a dear friend, kindred spirit and master chef.  Filled with flavour, this versatile rich Atlantic lobster casserole can sit in a chafing dish or crockpot for entertaining, and you can serve it over rice, in patty shells or with noodles.  It works well in tiny shells as a ‘mini dinner’ for kids as well.  Just make sure you skip the sherry..

Serves 10.

2 c. lobster meat
2 lb. scallops
1lb. haddock
1/2 butter
1/2 c. flour
3 cups milk
4T. cooking sherry
3 c. diced mushrooms
1/2 c. parmesan cheese

Steam scallops with haddock for 5 minutes and set aside.  Make a cream sauce using the butter, milk and flour.  (Combine flour and butter with a whisk over low heat and gradually add the milk).  Once the sauce thickens, add sherry (for adults) and mushrooms and simmer 5 minutes while stirring.  Add the fish and seafood to a casserole dish and pour in sauce mixture.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes in the over at 325 degrees.  You could also cook on a stovetop, fill patty shells or scoop over a starch and sprinkle parmesan over top at the end.

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