Serious Entertaining: Oscar Pun-Filled Party


[Photograph: Oscars announcement from Shutterstock]

Who’s watching the Oscars this Sunday? Does anyone else view the awards ceremony as a prime opportunity to think up geeky puns for the nominees? Because I sure do.

Beets of the Southern Wild

Beet and Citrus Salad with Pinenut Vinaigrette

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

What if, instead of those aurochs—the massive, mythical beasts in Beasts of the Southern Wild—there were beets. Herds of giant root veggies galloping in full force. No? Don’t want to picture that? That’s fine, you can just eat this salad.

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The entire film hinges on the curious, wild, brave spirit of Hushpuppy, the six-year-old played by Quvenzhané Wallis (the youngest ever nominated best actress!) so you could also fry a plate of hushpuppies as an homage to her.

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Djambalaya Unchained


[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Djid djou see what I djust djid here? Make a big pot of “djambalaya” with shrimp, sausage, okra, rice, green peppers, celery, and onions as a cowboy-hat-tip to Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

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Leek Misérables

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Leeks so often disappear into stews and soups, but here they are, on their own (cue Éponine dramatically singing “On My Own” in Les Misérables) in this braised leek recipe. Actually, they’re not totally alone; they’re joined by some lemon zest, parsley, and some white wine.

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Life of Pie


[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

This one was easy as…yes, you got it. Pecan pie, banana cream pie, chicken pot pie—really any pie you so desire. There are plenty of recipes below, both sweet and savory, to honor the 3-D film adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel.

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