Chances are, you won’t be wearing vintage Armani and waving to adoring fans with a bejeweled hand Sunday night. (Unless that’s how your version of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” plays out.)
But what can make Oscar night special are a few gorgeous appetizers and a sparkling cocktail. Get dressed up or stay in your weekend mode. Invite your friends and family, nibble and sip and cheer and boo.
We have dozens of appetizers that are as simple as a few ingredients to dishes that are more complicated. Dessert can go either way too. Look through the California Cookbook for hundreds of dazzling tested recipes from The Times test kitchen.
For dessert, these smaller chocolate flourless cakes, bourbon balls, spicy cherry chocolate brownies or Joan’s on Third vanilla cupcakes will bring a nice end to awards season. Here are a bunch of desserts for your consideration. (See what just happened there?)