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Forget the Superbowl, the Oscars are really what we’ve been looking forward to in February! Oscar parties have so much to offer; fashion, suspense, gambling and this year, Seth MacFarlane. What isn’t to love?

If you’re planning an Oscar party this year, ensure your table makes the best dressed list with these movie-inspired dishes.

Silver Linings Playbook

This is a great movie and I have to say, I’m routing for Jenn Lawrence to win Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as a matter-of-fact speaking, recovering sex addict that you can’t help but fall in love with.

Silver Linings Pasta

Rigatoni with Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Sauce

Silver Linings Potato Hummus


Silver Linings Potstickers

Gnocchi vegan recipe


If I was participating in an Oscar poll, I would be putting my money on Argo for film-editing. Being Canadian, there’s definitely a part of me that cheered when the Canadians save the day. (Don’t worry, if you haven’t seen the movie, I didn’t spoil it.) Get your Canadian on with some Nanaimo Bars from British Columbia or Poutine from Quebec. Wait, you don’t know what poutine is? French fries, gravy and curd cheese. Vegan it up with Daiya cheese and your taste buds will thank you kindly.

Ar-Go Canadian* with Nanaimo Bars or use this gravy recipe for Poutine
Argo-ji Berry Muffins

*Yep, this play-on words was a long shot and garnered some eye rolls in my house when I suggested it but, it had to be done.

Daniel Day Lewis may be a sure-shot for Best Actor in a Leading Role, but if you caught Oprah Winfrey’s coverage of the cast of Lincoln, you may have also added Sally Field to your favorite female actress list. Her tenacity in securing the role as Mary Todd Lincoln is inspiring.

Lincoln’s Lasagna

Lincoln’s Lemon Scones

Recipe: Currant-Lemon Scones

Lincoln’s Lentil Burgers

Recipe: Red Lentil Burgers with Kale Pesto

Beasts of the Southern Wild

A beautiful movie that grasped my heart within the first few minutes. Quvenzhane Wallis’ role as Hushpuppy was endearing and I loved her right away. The film takes place in a mythical place called The Bathtub (modeled after the Isle de Jean Charles in Southern Louisiana). While I knew nothing of the natural and economic pressure of this area before I watched the film, the entire cast expertly conveyed the inner turmoil and burden it’s residents must bear.

Beasts of the Southern Fried Tomatoes

Fried Green Vegan Tomatoes

Beets of the Southern Wild

Recipe: Grilled Beet Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

Beasts of the Southern Wild Rice

Wild Rice with Kabocha Squash and Sage Butter


Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see this movie before posting this article. But, I hear Emmanuelle Reva did an amazing job and really, I wouldn’t be upset if she won Best Actress in a Leading Role over Jenn. Brush up on your French cooking to celebrate this masterpiece.

j’Amour French Onion Soup

Recipe: Fantastic French Onion Soup

j’Amour Macaroons

vegan macaroons

j’Amour Tartes Aux Fruits

j’Amour Chocolat mousse

Recipe: Cool Chocolate Mousse

Django Unchained

Who doesn’t love a Quentin Taratino film? Some of us were first officially introduced to Christoph Waltz in his award winning performance in the movie Inglorious Basterds, but it was love at first sight. I hear Christoph makes this movie and while I didn’t see it myself, I’m definitely routing for him as Best Supporting Actor.

Djack BBQ Unchained“The D is Silent

Recipe: Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwiches

Djelly Unchained

Recipe: Pepper Jelly Stuffed French Toast with Blackberry Maple Syrup

Djelly Unchained

Recipe: Roasted Vegetables with Heat Sweets Jalapeno Ginger Jelly

Zero Dark Thirty

If you watched Kathryn Bigelow’s 2008 Best Picture winning film The Hurt Locker, you know she has a knack for keeping you on the edge of your seat. From what I hear, she does this in Zero Dark Thirty as well.

Zero Donut Thirty

Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Doughnuts

Zucchini Dark Thirty

Recipe: Spicy Kale Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

Les Miserables

I cried. Four times. It’s out there, no turning back now. I didn’t see the stage version and had no idea how the story would unfold so, was mesmerized by the way the writers tied the characters’ stories and layers together, even if it was THREE hours long.

Les Miso Roasted Pumpkin

Vegan Miso Roasted Pumpkin and Grilled Tofu Over Udon Noodles

Les Miso and Greens Soup

Recipe: Roasted Garlic, Miso and Greens Soup

Life of Pi

After having to reach with Lincoln and Argo, the play on words was simple here. Pie, anyone? Whether you’re feeling a little chocolate-y, lime-y or streusel-y,  there are plenty of recipes to choose from.

Life of Pie – Coffee Creme Pie, Chocolate Banana Pie, Coconut Lime Pie, Ginger Pear Streusel

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