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Plan your own 'Twilight' evening

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By Melanie Knight

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.

Tips 

– 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

Ingredients

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

Directions

– 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

Ingredients 

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

Directions

– 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

Ingredients

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)

Directions

– 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)

Newborn

Ingredients

1 cup black cherry cranberry juice

1 cup ginger ale

Splash pineapple juice

Directions

– Mix together, serve over ice. Makes 1 serving.                                                                                                                  – Recipe by Melanie Knight