Movie night: A popcorn lover's guide to home entertainment

Like Water for Chocolate: Broken-hearted Mexican woman pours her emotions into her cooking.

Popcorn pairing: Melted butter, chipotle powder, dried oregano, lime zest and salt.

Eat Drink Man Woman: The relationship between three Taiwanese sisters and their chef father.

Popcorn pairing: Five spice powder, sesame oil and salt.

Big Night: Italian immigrant brothers struggle to save their restaurant from bankruptcy in 1940's New York.

Popcorn paring: Extra-virgin olive oil, Parmesan cheese, granulated garlic and salt.

The Green Butchers: Two dutch brothers open a butcher shop, selling an odd type of meat.

Popcorn paring: Melted butter, paprika, white pepper, granulated garlic and salt.

Ratatouille: Animated rat culinarian in Paris helps a novice cook become a chef.

Popcorn paring: Black truffle oil and salt

Chocolat: The elegant Juliette Binoche and studly Johnny Depp get romantic make love and chocolate. Need I say more?

Popcorn pairing: Melted butter, extra-dark cocoa powder mixed with sugar and a little salt (trust me, it's heavenly).

Spanglish: Adam Sandler stars as a Los Angeles chef who falls in love with his Mexican housekeeper. Remember that BLT sandwich he makes?

Popcorn pairing: BLT – Melted bacon fat (Hey, it's no worse for you than the fat-laden, tropical oil- saturated stuff you get at the theater), tomato powder, fresh chopped parsley, and smoked sea salt.

9 1/2 Weeks: Okay, technically not a "food" movie, but who can forget the scene with Mickey Rourke feeding a blindfolded Kim Basinger everything from cherries and whipped cream to jalapenos and honey? One sticky, sexy mess.

Popcorn pairing: sweet and spicy - cayenne pepper, sugar and salt.

Stove top popcorn

1 cup popcorn kernels

2 Tbsp. Cooking oil

1. Put oil and popcorn in a large pot with heat set to medium-high. When oil starts to sizzle, cover the pot (unless you want to lose an eye to a rogue popcorn kernel).

2. When kernels being to pop lower the heat to medium and shake gently. Continue shaking (this help prevent the popcorn from burning) until the popping slows.

3. Remove from heat and pour popped corn into a large brown paper bag. Add your choice of melted butter, oil or bacon fat and seasonings. Roll down top of bag and shake until everything is evenly distributed. You can also do this step in a large bowl – toss everything together well.

Food consumes me as much as I consume food. My insatiable appetite for all things gastronomic touches every facet of my life, including my entertainment preferences — from reading food memoirs to playing food-themed board and video games (even viewing food porn on occasion), and of course, watching food-themed movies.

In these shaky economic times going to the theater is not always in the budget. Sure, some of you movie buffs need that big screen experience, but I prefer viewing movies in the comfort of my own home. It's cheaper, I can sit in my “lounge wear”, pause for bathroom breaks and consume all of the crunchy, salty and sugary snacks I care to whip up.

Here are some of my favorite food-themed movies, each paired with a recipe for flavored popcorn. Drizzle and sprinkle your popcorn with the suggested oil or butter and seasonings. I prefer the old school stove-top version of popcorn, but you are welcome to try these flavorings with the microwave kind (unsalted, unbuttered would be best). (See recipe below.)

A few of these movies are foreign and therefore subtitled, which is annoying to some, but you'll be crunching your popcorn so loudly that you won't be able to hear the dialogue anyway.

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