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Movie-Themed Oscar Party Menu Ideas

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It’s that time again – the Oscars are coming up this weekend,

The nominees for best picture this year: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. If you’re looking for menu ideas for your Oscar party, here are some party food suggestions that tie in with the themes of some of the best movies of the year. For a full list of 2013 nominees, visit Oscar’s website.

Amour and Les Misérables: Either is well suited to a French menu – Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table would be a great resource. Try a classic French onion soup topped with crunchy cheese toast, perhaps a classic beef daube (stew), and a Parisian-style chocolate mousse.

Beasts of the Southern Wild or Django Unchained: Look to famous southern food writer Edna Lewis for inspiration; she might advise a menu of pan-fried chicken, black-eyed peas, greens (think collard greens or mustard greens), mashed potatoes, cornbread or corn pone, sweet iced tea, and perhaps a peach cobbler for dessert. Or do a real southern barbecue.

Life of Pi: Go for an Indian-inspired meal – you could even cheat and order takeout. Otherwise, make a chana masala curry, perhaps a batch of butter chicken and some homemade naan – serve it all on shallow bowls of rice, perfect for eating from your lap.

Lincoln: Check out The History Kitchen for a great post on what Lincoln ate – the recipe for apple bread pudding would be perfect for serving in squares, topped with ice cream or whipped cream, at an Oscar party.

Silver Linings Playbook: Set in Philadelphia with a football theme, I think a traditional Philly cheesesteak is in order here – use small dinner rolls, rather than hoagie buns to make mini cheesesteak sliders that can be eaten in a few bites on the couch.

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