A Part of Me Died & Winning Oscar Appetizers

Bulgogi Beef Bites

Korean BBQ Beef Bites

Not a huge fan of Hollywood, so have only seen one movie this year, Lone Survivor. The book by the same title was one of William’s favorites. It’s a true story of heroism, courage and survival. It’s about a moral decision gone wrong. It’s about good vs evil, and the strength and resilience of 4 men willing to put their lives on the line for people like you and me. It’s about a band of brothers who stay in the fight, together, until the end. William would have been proud to know that he and the director of the movie, Peter Berg, attended the same high school.

What drew me to the movie was not so much the tale, but the director. You see I have met Peter Berg and he is a fine young man. I happen to sit next to him at a school basketball game one afternoon. He loves his old high school and supports it and the students in  many ways. He’s a real nice guy, so I thought I should support him and his movie. You should, too. It is an important film.

Truly, I wasn’t prepared for the reality of the movie. The bad luck, the viciousness of the mountain and the forces of evil. To hear about it is one thing, but to visualize it is quite another. And then, right at the end, the lone survivor, Marcus Luttrell says, ” I died up on that mountain.  There is no question, a part of me will forever be up on that mountain, dead, as my brothers died.” The movie illustrates so beautifully this precious human relationship among military men that drew William into extending his stay.

safely home

When a parent losses a child it is as if a part of them dies, too. After all, your children have sprung from you and in some ways are the same as you. They are your present and your future. It is a physical and emotional investment like no other. I recall a conversation with William prior to his departure to Afghanistan. I asked him not to be a hero. I jokingly told him he had such fine genetics that it was his gift to the world to pass them on some day. It’s complicated, but I suppose in some ways your child represents your immortality. Your thoughts, values and genes are supposed to live on through your children. Losing a child is a tremendous assault on your parental identity.

Baklava Brie Bites

Baklava Brie Bites

Are you ready for the assault on the red carpet? Are you having an Oscar night party?Gather a few friends around the big screen TV and enjoy some super simple winning appetizers. I love these Athens mini fillo (phyllo) shells. The fillings are only limited by your imagination.

Pulled Pork & Slaw

Summer BBQ Pork & Slaw Bites

Summer BBQ Pork & Slaw Bites

1 cup chopped or pulled BBQ pork

¼ cup smoky BBQ sauce

15 Athens mini fillo shells

¼  cup prepared coleslaw

Heat oven 350F. Combine pork and sauce; fill shells. Place filled shells on baking sheet; bake 5 minutes or until hot. Top each with some coleslaw.

Korean BBQ Beef Bites

½ pound ground beef

1/3 cup bottle Korean BBQ sauce (bulgogi marinade)

¼ cup green onions, sliced

2 packages (15 count, each) Athens® Mini Fillo Shells

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, thoroughly cook the ground beef. Drain beef. Over medium heat, stir in bbq sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in green onions. Spoon 1 tablespoon of filling into each shell. Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve warm.

Baklava Brie Bites

1 (15 count) package Athens Mini Fillo Shells

15 (1/2-inch) cubes brie cheese

¼ cup sliced or chopped toasted nuts (almonds and pistachios recommended)

2 tablespoons orange blossom honey

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Heat oven 350F. Fill each mini fillo shell with 1 cube of cheese; top with nuts. Place filled shells on a baking sheet; bake 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Drizzle each brie bite with some honey and sprinkle with lemon zest.

4 thoughts on “A Part of Me Died & Winning Oscar Appetizers

  1. I always love your posts but 3 recipes at once?! I am overwhelmed…I love the way you take ingredients that are in my pantry and turn them into something unique and delicious!! I’m going to make those Korean ones for sure!!!

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