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2013 Academy Awards Party Food

20120129-bjfipgxxhephnf86e1bd5u8nygWe are big-time movie lovers in my family, and watching the Academy Awards is a main event for us. We love watching the stars walk down the red carpet. We eagerly await the host’s monologue (Seth McFarland, you’d better bring it). But we also have a ton of fun making themed food to eat while we watch. For us, the pun-ier the better. Here’s what we came up with for this year’s crop of nominees:

 

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  • Life of Seafood Pot Pi….in honor of Best Picture Nominee LIFE OF PI 1 of 10
    Life of Seafood Pot Pi....in honor of  Best Picture Nominee LIFE OF PI
    It would be easy to make a traditional dessert pie for this movie, but a seafood pot pie is more on-theme. Bonus points if you catch the seafood with your bare hands.
  • escARGO….in honor of Best Picture Nominee ARGO 2 of 10
    escARGO....in honor of  Best Picture Nominee ARGO
    I don't know, were the hostages in Argo pretending to be French Canadian? No matter, delight (or horrify) your guests with some garlic snails.
  • AbraHAM Sandwiches….in honor of Best Picture Nominee LINCOLN 3 of 10
    AbraHAM Sandwiches....in honor of  Best Picture Nominee LINCOLN
    I LOVE a ham and cheese sandwich, so I'm serving Croque Monsieurs, one of my favorite sandwiches.
  • Gyro Dark Thirty….in honor of Best Picture Nominee ZERO DARK THIRTY 4 of 10
    Gyro Dark Thirty....in honor of  Best Picture Nominee ZERO DARK THIRTY
    My husband loves gyros, so he will be in charge of making these bad boys for the party.
  • Meats of the Southern Wild….in honor of Best Picture Nominee BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD 5 of 10
    Meats of the Southern Wild....in honor of  Best Picture Nominee BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    Ribs are a southern staple, and I have a great recipe for ribs and homemade barbeque sauce that's always a big hit.
  • Amour-etto Sours….in honor of Best Picture Nominee AMOUR 6 of 10
    Amour-etto Sours....in honor of  Best Picture Nominee AMOUR
    Amaretto Sours are a popular drink that's easy to make:

    1 1/2 oz Amaretto liqueur
    1/2 oz sweet and sour mix

    Pour the Amaretto into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Add the sweet and sour mix, cover the shaker, and shake well. Strain or pour into an old-fashioned glass. Put a maraschino cherry on top for garnish.

  • Crabby Snacks and Homemades….in honor of Best Picture Nominee SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK 7 of 10
    Crabby Snacks and Homemades....in honor of  Best Picture Nominee SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
    It's not a pun, but anyone who has seen this movie or read the book it's based on remembers Jacki Weaver's character Delores offering "crabby snacks and homemades" to her houseguests. According to Matthew Quick, the author of the novel, Crabby Snacks are buttered crab meat and orange cheese on English muffins, while homemades are homemade egg pasta. I'm going to keep it easy with frozen crab cakes, but if you have a great recipe for homemade pasta, go as "crazy" as Bradley and Jennifer and make it!
  • In-Flight Beverages…..in honor of Best Actor Nominee DENZEL WASHINGTON 8 of 10
    In-Flight Beverages.....in honor of Best Actor Nominee DENZEL WASHINGTON
    If you've seen this movie you just groaned a little at this suggestion, but you know it's perfect. Buy some airline-size bottles of booze, and don't forget the mixers. Denzel's character prefers orange juice.
  • Mango Unchained….in honor of Best Picture Nominee DJANGO UNCHAINED 9 of 10
    Mango Unchained....in honor of  Best Picture Nominee DJANGO UNCHAINED
    A mango salsa is a yummy appetizer that everyone can enjoy while discussing Quentin Tarantino's snub for a Best Director nomination.
  • Les Mousserable….in honor of Best Picture Nominee LES MISERABLES 10 of 10
    Les Mousserable....in honor of  Best Picture Nominee LES MISERABLES
    Fantine would have given another tooth to eat something as decadent as chocolate mousse. I will be making this simple chocolate mousse that won't make anyone miserable.

I love punny food suggestions, so if you have better ones, let me know!

Have fun watching the Academy Awards!

All movie posters courtesy of their distributors.


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