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Get inspired by these simple appetizers for an awards show viewing party

Think simple for a glamorous effect.

Just because an event is glamorous it doesn’t mean that it has to be over-the-top. Sometimes simplicity is best, and this couldn’t be any truer for an Oscar menu. We love it when we can take store-bought products and make them pop to make curating our menu a breeze!

Recently, Tribe Hummus took the guesswork out of making the perfect Oscar-worthy snacks and created a helpful guide to small bites and perfectly paired cocktails. We are particularly intrigued by the complex flavors presented by these pairings. You can use a variety of hummus flavors in fresh, innovative ways to make your meal not only tasty, but healthier too. After all, a handful of chips would cost you more calories than some of these zesty options. Check out the infographic below to make these Oscar-worthy pairings come red-carpet time!

10 Nominee-Inspired Foods For Your Oscar Party

The Revenant, Spotlight, or The Big Short&mdashwe've got a dish for whichever movie you're rooting for.

The Oscars arrive at a great time of year: You've recovered from the Super Bowl and you're feeling depressed about winter DRAGGING ON. Then comes along Hollywood's biggest night and we get to gawk at the clothes, obsess over the movies, and, of course, eat all the food. Luckily, we came up with some badass appetizers to pair with each of the Best Picture nominees and a few other categories. Enjoy the show!

Besides the obvious word play, (couldn't resist) we chose this flavor-packed chili because even though the flavors are complex, the prep is not&mdashmuch like the way this film took a super complicated mortgage crisis and dressed it up in a Margot Robbie-decorated easy-to-understand ribbon. Your guests will definitely want to gobble this up with all the greed of a Wall Street broker.

Get the recipe from Delish.

Bridge of Spies tells a true story of how one American (Tom Hanks) successfully negotiated a prisoner exchange with the Soviets during the Cold War. We couldn't resist pairing the film with our favorite take on a Russian classic: stroganoff. (This is a dish my mom made a ton when I was a kid and every time I serve it to friends, they lose their minds.)

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Brooklyn is a very sweet story about an Irish immigrant who moves to&mdashyep, you guessed it&mdashBrooklyn to find her fortune and true love. She ends up torn between an adorable Italian and a sprightly Irishman. Good news, you don't have to choose: These pizza fries combine the best of Italy and Ireland, and will win literally any party anywhere.

Get the recipe from Delish.

We already told you about a variety of foods that pair well with Mad Max, but the one most party appropriate is spiked milkshakes&mdashbecause they can be made into super cute shots. After watching people wander in the desert for days on a dry and dusty road full of fire and grease, you're gonna want a quick sip of ice cream.

Get the recipe from Delish.

In The Martian, stranded astronout Matt Damon basically survives solely on potatoes. I went for fries in my earlier write up of food to binge on, but for party time, these tater-tot nachos are way more fun (and easier to eat).

Get the recipe from Delish.

The Revenant is a tough movie to watch, so a drink is definitely in order. We couldn't think of a better way to pay homage to the epic Leo-bear match-up than with some of our favorite type of bear, the gummy kind. This sangria will be the perfect way to toast Leo when he inevatibly claims his long-coveted prize.

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Room is up there with The Revenant in the tough-to-watch category, not in violence but in subject matter. It tells the story of a woman (Brie Larson) and her son (the ridiculously adorable Jacob Tremblay) who have been kept in a one-room shed for 12 years. So yeah, you need a food to lighten the mood. Luckily, the film's star shares a name with one of our favorite party foods, baked brie, and this Nutella-drenched version felt like the perfect way to kick things up a notch for Oscar night.

Get the recipe from Delish.

Spotlight tells the story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the Catholic Church and is a quietly intense experience to watch. (It's actually my personal pick for Best Picture and if you haven't seen it, it's hard to explain why.) Easier to explain is why you should make the Boston classic clam chowder into this addictive dip. Trust us, it's a much more party-worthy way to eat the New England staple.

Get the recipe from Delish.

My actual favorite movie of 2015 was this animated gem, which follows the emotions in an 11-year-old Riley's head. Joy and Sadness' journey to help her cope with a big move makes me cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. So while I'm slightly peeved this movie isn't in the Best Picture race, I'll comfort myself with a heaping portion of these can't-stop-eating beef and broccoli noodles, much like Riley does during an emotionally heated moment in the film.

Get the recipe from Delish.

Another tearjerker, this frontrunner follows the struggles of songbird Amy Winehouse, right around the time she recorded her instant classic album, Back to Black. I watched this on a plane, and let's just say I made everyone uncomfortable from my sobbing. I figured this wine-infused float was a guaranteed pick-me-up, and a nice way to toast once the film no-doubt wins in this category.

Get the recipe from Delish.

Creed is outrageously unrepresented at the Oscars&mdashseriously, it's that good&mdashbut I don't think anyone can argue that Stallone didn't give a career-best performance. You'll notice a pattern here, but he made me cry. STALLONE made me cry. Obviously, Creed takes full advantage of the Rocky series' history in Philly, therefore these appetizer-sized versions of a classic Philly cheesesteak are a no brainer.

Choosing the Best Dessert to Pair With Your Pizza

When it comes to desserts, your choice generally comes down to cravings, not so much what you’re missing from a nutritional point of view. Here’s a little more about the why — yes, there’s a “why” that extends beyond taste — of dessert.

Everyone has a different opinion on what the best desserts are, as well as whether to eat them after indulging in pizza. The idea of “dessert” is actually to help you digest a meal, especially if you’ve ingested something heavy — think multi-course meals or a giant helping of pasta.

Seasonality might also come into play. In the summer, people tend to favor fruit flavors and lighter offerings like gelato, sorbet or frozen yogurt. On the flip side, fall and winter months bring in the desire to go a little more decadent, as well as indulge in comforting flavors like pumpkin, apple, chocolate and cinnamon. Richer, more indulgent treats work better in colder months, too, though there are always some exceptions to the rule.

And, it all depends on what kind of toppings you’ve decided to adorn your pizzas with. Fresher ingredients like seasonal veggies work best with lighter fare — fruit tarts, sorbet or a bowl of balsamic-glazed berries. Meaty pies will better complement desserts like cannoli, chocolate or cheesecake — all of which have a creamy quality.

So, what desserts go with pizza? Don’t feel like you have to keep things firmly in the Italian sphere if you’re serving pizza. Pizzerias these days are serving up all kinds of less authentic, but still delicious, offerings like barbecue chicken pizza or fusion pizzas. Desserts should enjoy that same flexibility and creative spirit, too.

How to Throw a Swanky Oscars Viewing Party

The 12 tricks you need to know to have a Hollywood-worthy evening.

The Golden Globe awards are over and it's time to turn our attention to the next major award show: The Oscars. The 91st Academy Awards, one of Hollywood's biggest nights, will air live on Sunday, February 24. The voting for 2019 nominations underway and it's still undecided who will be hosting the award show &ndash but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for hosting a fabulous night of Oscar viewing.

No matter which movies and filmmakers win the top prizes, this year's Academy Awards will be night to remember. Here's how to throw the very best Oscar viewing party to watch the show in style:

Steal this trick from Oscar winner Viola Davis, who got ready for the Oscars with balloons back in 2017. The Academy Award color scheme is gold and black, so stick to those two colors for all of your decorations.

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Prepare your guests for a long evening: the award show ceremony generally lasts 3 1/2 hours, and that epic stretch of time doesn't even include the red carpet. Snacks and appetizers are essential.

Champagne and the Oscars are a timeless pairing, so a bottle of bubbly is a must at any viewing party. Pop open the bottle of Hollywood's nominees, Piper-Heidsieck has been the official Champagne of the last four Academy Award ceremonies.

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Ellen DeGeneres famously ordered pizza to the Oscars when she hosted the Academy Awards in 2014. You may not be serving it to Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt, but it will no doubt be a hit.

Make sure your bar is prepared for the night's hosting duties. Prepare some easy cocktail and mocktail recipes ready to go for your guests. We've got all the recipe inspiration you need for Oscar night right here.

To see which movie lover can most accurately predict the night's winners.

Because everyone wants a little gold Oscar statue of their own.

Pop open a bottle for Prosecco Pong, follow along with an Oscar's drinking game, or find a movie-themed card game to play during commercial breaks or while less-exciting awards are presented.

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Every one of the nominees will be hoping for gold as they gather at the Dolby Theatre&ndash and it's the Oscar's official color. So don't be afraid to embrace the theme with stylish gilded accents.

13 Whole30-Approved Appetizers for Your Oscars Party

This weekend, the stars will assemble for the 89th Academy Awards. Even if you aren't a big movie buff, this glitzy occasion is the perfect opportunity for you and your friends to get together, watch celebs be beautiful, and eat tasty snacks. Though traditional Oscars night-fare includes cheesy dips and champagne flutes, if you're in the midst of Whole30—a 30-day diet that eliminates all dairy, grains, soy, legumes, added sugars, and processed foods in favor of meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables—you're more likely to wind up noshing on plain, boring baby carrots while your friends go to town on baked brie.

Don't let this happen. Instead, whip up one of these 12 totally Whole30-compliant appetizers before you start partying. They're just as delicious as anything your friends who aren't doing Whole30 will be eating (see our number eight pick garlic bacon aioli), and they don't contain any of those ingredients you're supposed to be avoiding. Plus, they're all pretty low-maintenance, so you can easily pull them together during red carpet coverage.

7 Wine-and-Cake Pairings That Make Wine and Cake Even Better

You know what you deserve? Cake. You know what you also deserve? Wine. Together. Delicious cake and wine together. and Laura Burgess, a Vivino Partner Sommelier, came up with delicious cake and wine pairings for your next celebration. Or night in. Because you don't need a celebration to enjoy cake and wine, really.

Burgess understands that cake might not be the go-to dessert when it comes to wine, but she wants you to know that when the two come together it's delicious. She says that the key to these pairings is to pair the wine with the cake frosting, because that will change the flavor of your dessert more than anything. Let's get to it.

1. Red Velvet Cake and Pinot Noir

The signature cake of basic women around the world, red velvet is a damn delight. With its smooth texture and cream cheese frosting, it's delicious. Burgess suggests pairing this with a Pinot Noir to accent the chocolate undertones in red velvet cake with cherry and berry flavors. Burgess recommends Red Velvet cake with Gérard Bertrand Réserve Spéciale Pinot Noir.

2. Funfetti Cake and Sparkling Rosé

Your next birthday dessert and drink situation has been figured out for you. Burgess says that Funfetti cake demands wine that's fun and can revive a sugar-stained palate. "Delicate, creamy strawberry flavors are refreshing, and bubbles literally cleanse the palate," she says. Burgess recommends Funfetti cake with Patrick Bottex La Cueille Bugey-Cerdon.

3. Chocolate Devil's Food Cake and Red Blends

"Red blends, especially domestic ones that combine a range of varieties like Cabernet, Grenache, and Syrah, steal the show," Burgess says. She says the combination of chocolate-covered cake slices and red wine is like "a spa day for your palate." I'm into it. Burgess recommends chocolate devil's food cake with Chappellet Mountain Cuvée.

4. White Wedding Cake with Vanilla Frosting and Riesling

Pro tip for pairing vanilla cake and wine: Bottles labelled "off-dry"&mdash which are slightly sweet &mdash are key, because they'll bring out the best flavors in the vanilla cake. Burgess recommends pairing white wedding cake that has vanilla frosting with Château Ste. Michelle Riesling.

5. Cheesecake and White Dessert Wine

Burgess says "there's just nothing like fluffy cheesecake at parties, dinners, or [for] Netflix marathons." Amen. She says dessert wines &mdash in particular whites like Sauternes and Cerons &mdash work best. "The high fat content in cheesecake begs for a wine with acid to keep things refreshing," she says. Burgess recommends pairing cheesecake with Château De Rayne Vigneau Sauternes 1er Cru Classé.

6. Lemon-Flavored Cake and Prosecco

Similar to lemon cake, Prosecco is light. Burgess says that delicate flavors of orange and citrus plus the bubbles will intensify the tart lemon in the cake, making the wine and cake better. That is #WinePairingGoals, after all. Burgess recommends pairing lemon cake with Sommariva Conegliano Valdobbiadene Superiore Brut Prosecco.

7. Yellow Birthday Cake with Chocolate Icing and Bordeaux

"The combination of earthy aromas and berry flavors of Bordeaux contrast the intensely chocolate frosting and crumbly yellow cake, making for a perfect pairing when sticky palates and Bordeaux collide," Burgess says. She recommends pairing yellow birthday cake and Tire Pé DieM Bordeaux.

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Frozen Lemon Sandwich Cookies

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Besides being incredibly delicious, no-bake frozen treats feel like such a cheat. They're usually made with store-bought ingredients and don't require any cooking or baking. Let your freezer do all the work on this sweet nightcap, while you dedicate your time to more pressing things, like deciding on a double feature combo.

Get our recipe for Frozen Lemon Sandwich Cookies.

15 No-Fuss Backyard BBQ Side Dish Recipes

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.


Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!

Daisy Cottage Cheese Recipes

This is how many of our friends and family enjoy a good portion of Daisy Cottage Cheese. And best of all each one is super simple you can easily add in more Daisy Cottage Cheese into your own diet. Increasing your protein intake a natural way without the additives or preservatives other brands use.

  1. Use cottage cheese as a dip for Carrots, Celery and wait for it&hellipCHIPS! No joke. About five people replied they dip their chips in Cottage cheese!
  2. Mix it into a bowl of beef stew
  3. On top of avacados and a little bit of chia seeds on top
  4. With cherry tomatoes and salt/pepper
  5. Others like it with just salt and Pepper sprinkled on top
  6. Chop up tomatoes and green onions, mix with a container of cottage cheese and add some shredded cheese, salt and pepper
  7. Add it into jello Salads
  8. Mix it with mandarin oranges, cool whip and jello mix to make a great dessert side salad
  9. Mix it with yogurt for a sweet snack
  10. with Apple slices
  11. Spread on top of crackers
  12. Portion out and sprinkle with lemon pepper
  13. Add pineapple chunks
  14. add some taco seasoning (not all the package season to your taste) and use as chip dip
  15. Pears and Cottage cheese
  16. Use in Twice Baked potatoes in place of sour cream
  17. Throw in cut up grapes
  18. mix with Ranch Veggie dip seasoning packet for a healthier veggie dip
  19. Use as a topping for baked potatoes with fresh salsa
  20. use as a layer in lasagna.

There are tons of ways you can include Daisy Cottage cheese into your diet to increase protein or even substitute it for other dairy ingredients for a healthier option. I am quite excited to get started on this perfect Daisy Cottage Cheese pairing ideas.

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