Today marks our last installment of this year’s 12 Days of Oscar. This is the last film in this year’s lineup and the fourth film nominated for an Oscar this year. Boyhood was shot intermittently over twelve years with the same cast. The film shows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) growing from grade school to college, living in Houston with his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and his sister Samantha (Lorelai Linkleter). Eventually both Mason and Samantha deal with their parents divorce, remarriage, blended families, and the general rites of passage growing up. Boyhood in nominated for six Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Hawke), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Arquette), Best Directing, Best Writing- Original Screenplay, and Best Editing.
There are a few food moments in this film but my favorite is when Mason and his girlfriend Sheena (Zoe Graham) go to an all-night diner at 3 a.m. and have queso dip until the sun comes up. Maybe this is because queso dip is my weakness. I love the stuff, and I would love to sit at a diner with an endless supply of it. I have avoided making white queso dip at home for a variety of reasons (mainly, that I know I risk eating about ten pounds of tortilla chips drenched in queso until I am in a cheese coma). Armed with some basic cheese knowledge and all of the self-control I possess, I finally made white queso dip, and it was awesome. This came out so well that it really was hard to stick to one serving.
White Queso Dip
- 1/4 lb. white American cheese
- 1/8 lb. pepper jack cheese
- 1/4 C. finely diced yellow onion
- 1/2 jalapeno, diced
- pinch of cumin
- 1/8 – 1/4 C. milk
- 1/8 C. amber or dark beer (optional)
- 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
Heat a small non-stick sauce pan over medium heat.
Saute the onion in the pan until the onion starts to brown.
Stir in the jalapeno and cook for a few more minutes.
Tear or cut the American cheese into fourths (roughly 1 inch pieces) and add to the sauce pan.
Cut the pepper jack cheese into small pieces (roughly 1/2 inch) or shred it and add to the sauce pan.
Slowly pour in a small amount of milk and whisk it into the melting cheese.
Whisk in the beer if using.
Slowly whisk in additional milk until desired consistency is reached. If you thin out the cheese too much you can add more cheese to thicken the dip but keep in mind the cheese will thicken as it cools.
Stir in the cumin and the olive oil.
Source: Side of Sneakers