Weekend Cooking: Best Recipes for an Oscar Party

We already blogged a recipe for Juno's Pregnant Dates in honor of the Academy Awards this Sunday. And although we resisted the urge to share every food-related pun we came up with (No Country for Old Hen!), we did round up a few more recipes and ideas for an Oscars party, all inspired by the nominees...

There Will Be Blood is ripe with ideas. Our first thought: There Will Be Blood Orange Jelly Smiles.

But, even though we haven't seen the movie, we know the catch phrase everyone's talking about is, "I drink your milkshake. I drink it up!" Check out one of our Dreamy Meals for Valentine's entries, Maribeth's Pulp Fiction Milkshake. You can also read a thread from our friends at Serious Eats about milkshake flavors. Or, start from scratch with homemade ice cream in vanilla or chocolate.

Make a nice tribute to the West and No Country for Old Men with this cinnamon and cocoa-spiced Cincinnati Chili and some cowboy coffee.

Or (and we admit this is a stretch), No Country for Old Mini Burgers, a title we borrowed from a very creative friend.

Atonement is a tough one. The sight of Keira Knightley in those corsets makes us want to fast, quite frankly. But, as an homage to the tradition of High Tea in England here are a few recipes and tips: a tutorial on Earl Grey tea, Fresh Cranberry Scones and Earl Grey Tea Cookies.

Michael Clayton has an underlying theme of corporate greed and slimy tactics. What's slimy -- and the color of money? Okra. It's also delicious, we say. Here are some tips on reducing the goo factor of okra, in case you don't like it so slimy.

And a few extras:
• In honor of those talented Coen brothers (nominated as best directors for No Country For Old Men), a look back at another masterpiece: the White Russians in The Big Lebowski

• You could pour a basic, hearty tomato sauce on just about anything and the bloodletting barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd, would be proud.

• And try an entire French-inspired (Amelie!) meal in honor of Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose.

• Check out the difference between Tex-Mex and true Mexican in honor of Charlie Wilson's War.

OK - fire away - more ideas for clever (and punny?) appetizers and meals in honor of the Oscars this year? Come back this weekend for two more easy and last-minute appetizer ideas.

This is by Elizabeth, who is up for one of our new writer positions. Welcome Elizabeth!