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Bella Swan is a clumsy 17-year-old girl and Edward Cullen is an elegant “vegetarian” vampire. They live in the rainiest town in the United States – Forks, Wash.
Their supernatural, best-selling, modern-day romance, written by Stephenie Meyer, has ignited a global cult following that has taken a $70 million bite out of the weekend box office.
Originally intended for late teens and young adults, commonly referred to as “Twilighters,” this four-book saga has also inspired a fanatical married adult female following known as “Twilight Moms.”
Here’s your chance to make a night of it by planning your own “Twilight” premier party before heading to the movie theater.
– Decorate the table with red delicious apples – like on the cover of “Twilight” – fill a fruit bowl with them or set one at each place setting.
– To recreate the ruffled tulip, get silk white peonies and using red nail polish or craft paint, paint in some red, use the “New Moon” book cover as a guide
– Tie red ribbons to the stems of the glassware and dessert cups, matching the color from the cover of “Eclipse” book.
– Scatter chess pieces down the center of the table, to incorporate “Breaking Dawn.”
– Use black or red tablecloths, napkins, balloons and streamers.
– Don’t set the table with any spoons, only forks.
– For music, play any “Twilight” play list, the new soundtrack or just straight Muse.
– Doggie treats – Sugar cookies shaped like dog bones in case any “werewolves” drop in.
– Wrap the trees in your yard with twinkling white lights to welcome your guests, Alice Cullen’s signature mark.
Mushroom Ravioli with Mushroom Sauce
10 ounces mushroom ravioli or cheese-filled ravioli
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
4 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup brandy
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Salt and pepper
1/2cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 slices frozen garlic bread, prepared to package directions
Spring mix salad and dressing of your choice
– Prepare ravioli according to package directions. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Cook mushrooms until tender and stir in garlic. Add brandy and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. When cream has thickened, stir in 1/4 cup of cheese. Stir in cooked ravioli and gently simmer for 1-2 minutes. Serve with Parmesan, garlic bread and salad. Makes 2 servings.
– Recipe by Cathy Lowe (www.foodnetwork.com)
Topaz Dreams and Golden Grizzlies
1 package butterscotch instant pudding
2 cups applesauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups thawed whip topping, separated into 1 cup and 2 cup portions
4 cups Honey Teddy Grahams
– Beat dry pudding mix, applesauce and cinnamon in medium bowl with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well-blended. Gently stir in 1 cup of whipped topping. Alternate butterscotch mixture and whipped topping in tall dessert glasses.
– Garnish edges with teddy grahams. Makes 4 servings.
– Recipe by Melanie Knight
Mini Apple Twilights
5 golden delicious apples, cored and sliced into nickel-sized pieces
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 – 9-inch ready-to-bake rolled dough pie crusts
1 egg white, beaten
2 tablespoons sugar (large crystal)
– Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
– Mix apples, lemon juice, applesauce, brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
– Grease muffin pan. Roll out dough and cut 12 4-inch circles and 12 3-inch circles out of the dough. Place a 4-inch slice in each muffin cup and fill with apple mixture. Top each mini-pie with a 3-inch circle and press edges together. Cut four slits in each pie top. Brush each pie with the egg white and sprinkle with sugar.
– Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool before removing from muffin pan. Makes 12 servings.
– Recipe by Melanie Knight (inspired by The Barefoot Kitchen Witch)
1 cup black cherry cranberry juice
1 cup ginger ale
Splash pineapple juice
– Mix together, serve over ice. Makes 1 serving. – Recipe by Melanie Knight