Get Your Theme Dinner Party On

Here in Orlando we have a barrage of themed restaurants sprinkled mostly around the theme parks with theme park prices. Such as, Margaritaville, Rainforest Café, NBA City, Planet Hollywood, T-Rex Café, and soooo many more. Although I love to eat out it simply isn’t affordable every night. Here is my fix for a Monday:

At my house we (well more like me) love to take a simple night at home fun with specialty food, cocktails, and occasionally costumes. Remember bloggers Muhammad Ali-Lesley?

Last Monday we had a True Blood party with a few close friends. Before we watched the latest episode I prepared steak tartar with magic juice.
What’s magic juice you ask? Only the best thing ever! In a large beverage dispenser that can fit into your fridge combine a cheap jug of red wine (preferably with a screw off top) with two 2-liter bottles of Sierra Mist. I chop up some cucumber and oranges then add to concoction. Let magic juice chill then serve over ice = yummy!

For the tartar I’ve included my recipe below.

1 pound finely ground beef tenderloin (don’t go cheap here…get the good stuff! Tell your butcher what you’re making they’ll suggest best)
1 teaspoon brown mustard
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™), or to taste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon brandy
1 pinch salt, and pepper to taste
1 egg

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the beef, mustard, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brandy, salt, pepper and egg until well blended. Arrange the meat in a neat pile on a glass dish, and cover with aluminum foil. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve as a spread on crackers or toast.

These two additions to a night of TV watching allowed us to try out a new recipe with a few laughs trying to watch my sister eat raw meat.

I cannot wait to theme the Walking Dead season 3 premiere this fall. How can I work “Bath Salts” into a shot? Good thing I have time to perfect that recipe.

Next week – I theme a dinner around Showtime’s Weeds starring Mary Louise Parker. Brownies of the non-illegal type will be served.

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