It’s Time for a Loud Celebration… So Let’s Eat in Honor of the Hunger Games: A Menu

23 Mar

Two truths about Maggie Rulli:

1) I gladly accept any reason to celebrate anything.

and 2) Every celebration deserves a menu.


Which brings me to my current situation… A menu to celebrate the release of Hunger Games.

But what to serve in honor of a movie that revolves around starving districts? Desperate for some Hunger Games Menu inspiration, we’re gonna

Take it to the Blogs early in today’s post –

Yum Sugar shows us how to eat our way through the Hunger Games, including this easy recipe for tasty, no-kneed bread that would make even Peeta proud.

Photo Credit: Camilla Salem over at Yum Sugar

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HuffingtonPost took their celebration to the next level with their no nonsense list of Capitol worthy fare.  Lamb, fig and olive stew, creamy carrot soup, lamb chops with fizzled onions, Rosemary Orange Chicken and Shortbread… just to name a few of the drool worthy dishes Katniss devours on her way to the Capitol.

Photo Credit: Eating Well over at The Huffington Post

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– If ya wanna get all fancy pants at your party, peep these beautiful cupcakes from Fictional Food. Lit on fire from the inside out and finished with a Capitol worthy frosting job – Fictional Food shows us the how to create these little bites of delight.

Pics over at FictionalFood

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– Another cupcake sure to be the envy of every district is this winner from The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Hunger Game Dish contest. Please… you had me a salted caramel Tracker Jackers.

Shout out to  Julie Eisenberg for this sweat, salty, non-deadly tracker jacker recipe.

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– SheSuggests really nailed it with her version of a Hunger Games menu – heck, her entire Hunger Games Party is a celebration I aspire to throw! She Suggest – I tip my blogging hat to you my friend.

Capitol’s honey pudding pic over at SheSuggests

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– Need  more ideas?? How about 150 more Hunger Games inspired treats?? Oh, there’s a Hunger Games cookbook for that.

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After scouring the interwebs for inspiration, here is my It’s Time for a Loud Celebration… So Let’s Eat in Honor of the Hunger Games: A Menu –

Hot chocolate – On her train ride to the capitol, Katniss gets her first hit of rich, sweet, creamy hot chocolate decadence a treat so good it makes her shudder. Oh yeah, I want in on that.

– Strawberries – The night of the reaping, Katniss gathers strawberries to eat with her family. While morbid and depressing to associate strawberries with her family’s final meal before the games… remember that strawberries are coming into season and about to be super ripe and tasty. So just eat up and enjoy!

Loaf upon loaf of bread! –  From Peeta’a kind gesture in the very beginning, to the role of sustenance throughout the games – some people might say bread has a starring role in Hunger Games (and by some people, I mean me. Just now.) So indulge with two types: Hearty, whole grain bread for survival, and a lavish, sweet baguette for fun.

– Goat Cheese – In honor of Prim and her precious goat, I’m putting out a nice spread of goat cheese. Slather some on those bread loaves and Boom – hunger Games’ meal.

– Mint Tea – Katniss reminisces about the mint tea she shared with her family in district 12. For a spring treat, steep some mint in hot water, cool over ice, add a splash of lemon and a hit of agave – you got yourself some tasty iced, mint tea!

Enjoy! And May the odds be ever in your favor. (I just couldn’t help myself…)

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What’s on your Hunger Games Menu??!

7 Responses to “It’s Time for a Loud Celebration… So Let’s Eat in Honor of the Hunger Games: A Menu”

  1. Tony March 23, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    This is highly insensitive… there are people starving in the 12 districts!

    I am so upset that we won’t be able to see this probably until June in Europe…

    • MaggieRulli March 28, 2012 at 9:23 am #

      Just to make you more jealous… I made home made popcorn to bring to the theater :)

  2. catherinerulli March 24, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    I am going to have to buy the Hunger Games Cookbook. These are good ideas for my book club meeting. Roasted Squirrel might be a little harder for them to take.
    Did you see the movie yet?

    • MaggieRulli March 28, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      LOVE where your mind is at with the Roasted Squirrel!! I would love to see Jo and Gale noshing down on a squirrel leg…

      and YES! The movie really stuck to the book and obviously I love how badass Katniss is :)

  3. charleneoldham March 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    More food for thought on The Hunger Games:

    Although I have to admit my diet more closely tracks that of Haymitch than Katniss …

    • MaggieRulli March 28, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      hahah hey, after The Hunger Games we all need a little more Haymitch in our lives!!

      Love your list! Did you ever end up making a rabbit stew?? :)

      • charleneoldham March 28, 2012 at 10:43 am #

        No, but it’s on a future menu.

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