DINNER AND A SHOW, THE OSCARS: For the 2012 movie THE HELP, a fried chicken menu (“Frying chicken just tends to make you feel better about life.” Octavia Spencer as Minny Jackson)

SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN (Minny, “the best cook in Mississippi,” fries in Crisco, “the most important invention since they put mayonnaise in a jar.” This recipe substitutes more health conscious vegetable oil.)

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