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For Your Grand Entrance:

The Previews:

Homemade Beauty tReatments


GraPefruit faCe Wash ChoColate foot treatment lemon olive oil hand soak avoCado faCe mask GraPefruit salt sCrub

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red CarPet fizz florida Citrus honey lime homemade soda Golden Globe moCktail blood oranGe bubbler



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The Main Attractions:

The After Party:



smoked salmon and Caviar Crostini sanibel sunshine aPPetizer CaPrese CanaPés GraPefruit salsa filet miGnon bites florida Citrus roCk shrimP CeviChe lobster brioChe rolls Carmelized fruit Platter almond Crusted ChiCken With GraPefruit basil salad

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Golden Globe truffles mini blaCk bottom CheeseCakes GraPefruit CuPCakes With Chai iCinG GraPefruit and yoGurt PoPs red velvet shooters ChoColate Covered straWberry bar mini Pear tarts

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P Homemade Beauty Treatments Grapefruit Face Wash Grind half of one grapefruit in the blender (peel included), with some sugar and a splash of milk. Warm the blended mixture in the microwave, using a microwave-safe bowl, just until warm. stir until thickened. spread the mixture over your face, lightly rubbing the sugar into your skin until it dissolves. Rinse.

QuiCk tip: Reach for grapefruit segments as a topping for cereal, waffles, pancakes or low-fat yogurt.

Chocolate Foot treatment milk’s lactic acid is known for its softening powers, so mix it with decadent chocolate and your toes will be ready to strut the red carpet in your sassy stilettos. Large bowl 1 gallon whole milk 1/2 cup cocoa powder Cream or lotion Towels directions heat milk in a large pot over medium heat; stir in cocoa powder until smooth. at a comfortable temperature, pour cocoa mixture into a heat-safe, large bowl. Gently relax feet into chocolate treatment and enjoy for 15 to 30 minutes. enjoy while sipping a dark chocolate martini!

lemon olive oil Hand soak 4 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons warm water 4 tablespoons olive oil directions mix ingredients in a medium bowl and let your hands relax! soak for 10 to15 minutes. the lemon juice will naturally whiten your nails and the olive oil will leave them silky smooth!

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avocado Face mask 1/2 ripe avocado 2 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice 1 teaspoon pure honey 1 teaspoon molasses directions mix all ingredients in a blender, or by hand with a whisk. if the mixture is too thick, add additional grapefruit juice. use your hands or a makeup sponge to apply mixture to face and neck; using your fingers, gently massage the mixture into your skin; leave mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes and gently remove with warm water; pat dry with a washcloth.

QuiCk tip:

pick up some inexpensive miniature glass bottles at the craft store and fill with pre-made avocado face masks for the swag bags.

Grapefruit salt scrub try this fragrant body scrub for the winter months. this scrub keeps in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. 1 tablespoon Florida grapefruit zest 1 cup almond or sesame oil 1/2 cup kosher salt 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger directions stir all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container. (avoid using body scrub on face or freshly shaven legs.) makes 1-1/2 Cups

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Blood Orange Bubbler Golden Globe Mocktail Red Carpet Fizz Florida Citrus Honey Lime Homemade Soda

QuiCk tip:

Who wants to give a slurred acceptance speech? mocktails, or alcohol-free beverages, are a safe yet delicious alternative to traditional alcoholic cocktails.

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sips & Mocktails

P QuiCk tip:

Have your guests deliver a show-stopping acceptance speech during mocktail hour! Give each guest a card with the name of a famous celebrity that he or she must impersonate during his or her speech.

Florida Citrus Honey lime Homemade soda 2 cups Florida grapefruit juice 2 cups Florida orange juice 3 cups water 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons lime juice Lime, sliced

note: soda canister and cartridges available at specialty kitchen or houseware stores.

directions Combine ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place in a soda canister and charge with 2 soda cartridges. Chill canister in refrigerator for 1 hour. Pour soda from canister into a pitcher or large glass bottle. Pour into tall glasses with ice; garnish with lime slices. makes 6 seRvinGs

Red Carpet Fizz 1/2 part pomegranate juice 1/2 part orange soda Fresh raspberries Sparkling cider directions Place a raspberry in the bottom of a champagne flute; add pomegranate juice and orange soda; fill with sparkling cider; and, top with additional raspberries for garnish!

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Golden Globe mocktail 3 parts sparkling cider 1 part passionfruit juice Mint sprigs for garnish directions fill cocktail glasses with passionfruit juice; continue to fill glasses with sparkling cider; and, garnish with a mint sprig.

QuiCk tip:

Rim your cocktail glasses with edible gold dust (found in the baking aisle). Can’t find edible gold dust? no problem, just add a drop of yellow food coloring to crystallized sugar.

Blood orange Bubbler 2 parts chilled sparkling cider 1 part blood orange juice directions fill champagne flutes 1/4 full with blood orange juice; fill to the top with sparkling cider; then, garnish with a slice of blood orange.

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Caprese Canapés Smoked Salmon and Caviar Crostini Sanibel Sunshine Appetizer Grapefruit Salsa Filet Mignon Bites Florida Citrus Rock Shrimp Ceviche Lobster Brioche Rolls Carmelized Fruit Platter Almond Crusted Chicken with Grapefruit Basil Salad

QuiCk tip:

to make any of these dishes into a one-bite appetizer, simply serve smaller portions on a platter with toothpicks or mini cups for easy serving.

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P tHe main Attractions smoked salmon and Caviar Crostini 24 thin bread rounds, cut from a baguette 8 ounces cream cheese 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions or scallions 8 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon 4 teaspoons caviar Dill sprigs for garnish Lemon wedges for garnish Extra-virgin olive oil

QuiCk tip:

Caviar is not as expensive as one might think. you can buy lumpfish caviar at the grocery store for around $8.99.

directions: Preheat oven to 350째f. brush bread rounds with extravirgin olive oil and place oil side up on a baking sheet; bake until golden, about 8 minutes. in a small bowl or food processor, combine cream cheese, ground black pepper, and scallions; when blended well, place a dollop of cream cheese spread on each bread round. Cut salmon slices in thirds and place a bite-sized slice on each dollop. top with caviar, about 1/8 teaspoon per toast, and garnish with fresh dill sprigs and lemon wedges. enjoy! yields 2 dozen CRostini

QuiCk tip: use any leftover ingredients to make a tasty, tangy grapefruit-shrimp stir-fry. yum!

sanibel sunshine appetizer 4 fresh Florida grapefruit 18 cooked, cleaned shrimp 1 medium avocado, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch cubes 1 cup bottled chili sauce 1/4 cup diced red onion 1/4 cup diced green pepper 1/4 cup sliced celery 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish Lettuce leaves to line grapefruit shells directions Cut each grapefruit in half and remove sections, placing them in a large non-metal mixing bowl. scrape out 6 of the grapefruit halves and set them aside. Cut shrimp in half lengthwise; add shrimp and avocado to grapefruit in bowl. in another bowl, combine chili sauce, onion, green pepper, celery and horseradish. mix well and add to grapefruit mixture; toss gently to combine. line the 6 grapefruit shells with lettuce; divide grapefruit mixture among grapefruit shells. makes 6 seRvinGs

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Caprese CanapĂŠs 12 cherry or heirloom bite-size tomatoes 1 pound fresh mozzarella 20-30 leaves fresh basil Extra-virgin olive oil Ground black pepper directions Cut the mini tomatoes in half and scoop out the seeds (a grapefruit spoon or small melon baller can make this an easy task). Place a small basil leaf (or half a leaf) inside the tomato half; top with small bite-sized piece of mozzarella. drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and top with fresh ground black pepper. enjoy!

QuiCk tip:

prepare salad dressing with grapefruit juice instead of vinegar for a citrus flavor burst.

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Grapefruit salsa 1 large Florida grapefruit, peeled, membrane removed, sectioned, chopped 1/2 red bell pepper, minced 2 tablespoons minced red onion 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom directions toss all ingredients together. Cover and chill. serve cold as a side dish to barbecued meat, seafood and nachos. makes 1-1/2 Cups

Filet mignon Bites 24 thin bread rounds, cut from a wheat baguette 2 pounds filet mignon 1 cup bourbon 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons butter 1 red onion, thinly sliced 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, diced

directions in a zipped plastic bag, marinate filet mignon in bourbon for 1 hour. remove beef and sautÊ in a pan on high heat with olive oil, salt and pepper; heat the filet quickly on all sides and then place in a preheated 375°f oven for 15 to 20 minutes. slice into thin strips; top bread rounds with olive oil and bake in oven at 350 degrees f for 8 to 10 minutes.

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P tHe main Attractions Florida Citrus Rock shrimp Ceviche 1/2 cup Florida grapefruit segments 2 pounds Florida rock shrimp 1/2 cup Florida orange juice 1/2 cup red onion, small dice 1/2 cup cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch dice 1 avocado, cut into 1/2-inch dice 1/4 cup celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice 4 tablespoons cilantro, chopped, divided

2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon jalape単o pepper, minced 1 tablespoon minced ginger 1 teaspoon green jalape単o sauce Salt to taste Pepper to taste

directions: Prepare florida orange marinade: Combine orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, red onion, jalape単o pepper, 2 tablespoons cilantro, ginger and jalape単o sauce in mixing bowl; remove and reserve 1/4 cup marinade. add rock shrimp; cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours, until shrimp is firm and no longer transparent. remove shrimp from marinade; discard marinade. Place shrimp in clean mixing bowl; add 1/4 cup reserved marinade, avocado, grapefruit segments, cucumber, celery, 2 tablespoons cilantro and olive oil; toss gently to combine. season with salt and pepper. serve ceviche in chilled martini glasses.

QuiCk tip:

marinate chicken in grapefruit juice for mouth-watering flavor.

makes 6 seRvinGs

lobster Brioche Rolls 24 mini brioche rolls (about 2 1/2-inches) 2 pounds lobster (or crab) meat, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon chopped tarragon 1 teaspoon diced dill 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon diced parsley Fresh ground black pepper Salt to taste Fresh chives for garnish directions in a food processor, or with an electric whisk, mix together lobster, mayonnaise, tarragon, dill, lemon zest, parsley and black pepper. once a chunky consistency is achieved, add salt to season. using a knife and spoon, hollow out the brioche rolls to form a space to fill with the lobster mixture. Garnish with fresh cut chives and black pepper. these delightful rolls may be stored in the refrigerator. enjoy! yields 24 Rolls | 19 | SHEKNOWS Cookbooks

Caramelized Fruit platter 4 Florida grapefruit 4 Florida oranges 1 cup sugar directions Peel, then slice grapefruit and oranges into 1/4-inch thick rounds. arrange citrus slices, overlapping slightly, in a deep platter. in a skillet, cook sugar over medium heat for about 10 minutes; swirling sugar in skillet when it begins to melt. Continue cooking and swirling until sugar melts completely and becomes deep amber in color. remove skillet from heat and drizzle caramelized sugar over fruit. serve immediately for a crunchy candy-like topping, or cover and refrigerate until caramel sets, about 2 hours, or until ready to serve. as a variation, thinly slice some grapefruit peel and sprinkle over fruit before drizzling with caramel. makes 8 seRvinGs

almond Crusted Chicken with Grapefruit Basil salad 1/2 pink Florida grapefruit, sectioned 1/2 cup Florida grapefruit juice 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds) 2 heads Boston or Bibb lettuce, torn (about 1/2 pound) 1 pound green beans, steamed 2-3 minutes until crisp-tender 2 egg whites 1 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs or whole wheat cracker crumbs 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons ground flax meal 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Non-stick cooking spray directions Preheat oven to 425째f. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside. Place almonds, flax meal and salt on a large piece of wax paper or aluminum foil. mix with fingertips until the flax is well combined; reserve. Place egg whites in a shallow bowl. sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper on both sides. dip chicken in egg, then press into the bread crumb mixture to coat both sides. transfer to prepared baking sheet and spray the top of the chicken with cooking spray. bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the topping is crunchy. meanwhile, mix olive oil, mustard, basil and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl; add grapefruit juice and stir until combined. add grapefruit sections, lettuce and green beans; toss. Place salad on serving plates; top with chicken and serve immediately. makes 4 seRvinGs SHEKNOWS red Carpet Party Planner edition | 20 |

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Golden Globe Truffles Mini Black Bottom Cheesecakes Grapefruit Cupcakes with Chai Icing Grapefruit and Yogurt Pops Red Velvet Shooters Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bar Mini Pear Tarts

QuiCk tip:

don’t sweat the sweet stuff. to appear extra slim in your party photos, steal this celeb secret: pose with your arms on hips, shoulders back, and right leg crossed in front of your left.

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P tHe aFteR Party Golden Globe truffles 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate 6 ounces milk chocolate 3 tablespoons cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon shortening directions: melt milk chocolate in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly; stir in cream and vanilla once chocolate has melted; remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. use a melon ball scoop or spoon to scoop out tablespoon-sized balls and roll into truffle shape. use cooking spray on your hands to avoid melting the chocolate. Place chocolate truffles on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until set. melt bittersweet chocolate and shortening over low heat; using a spoon, dip each truffle into the melted bittersweet chocolate and place on a wire rack to cool. sprinkle with gold leaf flecks. Chill truffles until firm. yields 25 tRuFFles

QuiCk tip:

Gold jewelry costs hundreds, but gold leaf flecks? Just $3.50 a sheet! sprinkle it onto truffles or even your Golden Globe mocktails. yes, they’re edible!

mini Black Bottom Cheesecakes 24 chocolate cookies 8 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Vegetable oil spray

Just like your little black dress, these mini desserts are the perfect go-to for a standing ovation!

directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees f. line a muffin pan with foil baking cups and spray cups with vegetable oil spray. Crush chocolate cookies in a food processor (or crush in a plastic bag); add melted butter and mix together well; spoon crushed cookie mixture into each baking cup and press down firmly with the back of a spoon or bottom of a glass. bake for 5 minutes. in a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, cocoa powder and sugar at medium speed until smooth; add eggs and extracts and beat well. Pour cheesecake batter into cups (3/4 full). bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees f. remove from oven and top each cheesecake with 1 teaspoon of raspberry preserves; chill for 15 minutes; remove from foil baking cups and serve. enjoy! seRves 24

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Grapefruit Cupcakes with Chai icing 1/2 cup Florida pink grapefruit juice 1 tablespoon Florida pink grapefruit zest 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup 1% buttermilk or plain low-fat yogurt 1/4 cup butter or reduced fat margarine, room temperature 1 egg white 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract 1/4 teaspoon salt IcIng: 1 (8-ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese 1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom directions Preheat the oven to 350째f. line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. in a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. set aside. in a large bowl, beat margarine and sugar with an electric mixer. beat in egg. Combine lemon extract, zest, and buttermilk in a small bowl. add half the buttermilk mixture and beat. add half the flour mixture and beat just until combined. repeat with remaining buttermilk and flour mixture. divide batter evenly among cupcake liners. bake at 350째f. for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick tester comes out clean. in a medium bowl, beat ingredients for icing with an electric mixer until smooth. Cool cupcakes completely on a wire rack before frosting. makes 12 CupCakes

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Grapefruit and yogurt pops 2 cups Florida pink grapefruit sections 2 cups plain, low-fat yogurt 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon Florida grapefruit zest 1 teaspoon lemon or orange extract directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds and freeze.

QuiCk tip:

Freeze grapefruit juice in ice pop holders for a nutritious frozen treat.

Red velvet shooters 1 package red velvet cake mix 2 packages, 8 ounces each, cream cheese, softened 2 cups low-fat yogurt Fresh raspberries and mint for garnish 12 martini glasses, or 24 shot glasses directions bake red velvet cake mix as directed; let cool and cut into small cubes. mix cream cheese and yogurt in a medium bowl; alternate cubes of red velvet cake and dollops of cream cheese mixture in martini glasses or shot glasses; top with fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint. enjoy! seRves 24

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Chocolate Covered strawberry Bar 24 strawberries 20 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted Coconut Macadamia nuts, crushed Mini chocolate chips Candies, sprinkles, etc., for garnish directions using a double boiler, fondue set or microwave carefully melt semisweet chocolate chips. set out melted chocolate along with a tray of strawberries and martini glasses for serving. arrange crushed macadamia nuts, mini chocolate chips and coconut in small ramekins for garnishing. enjoy! seRves 12

QuiCk tip: mini pear tarts

top these delicious mini tarts with sugar crystals (in the baking aisle!) for a sparkly finish.

24 mini phyllo dough cups 2 diced green pears 5 tablespoons honey 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 packages, 8 ounces each, cream cheese, softened directions: in a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, cinnamon and honey; divide evenly among phyllo dough cups; top with 2 to 3 bits of pear per cup. bake at 325째f for 10 minutes. serve warm! seRves 24

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