Friday Fright Nightcaps

It’s the return of Friday Fright Nightcaps!

Today, in honor of National Pizza Party Day, which no one is celebrating due to the pandemic, my sources tell me that the daiquiri is the perfect companion for heavy pizzas, such as pepperoni, or sausage, or pepperoni and sausage…something about all that cheese and red sauce pairing well with the rum and tart.
So, fire up that old stone oven because I found a fangalicious recipe for a Halloween Daiquiri from the good folks over at Vinepair that won’t wait til Fall.

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Halloween Daiquiri by Vine Pair

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of rum
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6-8 mandarins, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon of agave nectar
  • ½ cup of ice

Garnish:  sliced mandarin

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Halloween Daiquiri by Vine Pair

To view the full recipe, please visit here:
https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/halloween-daiquiri-recipe/

So, whether you’re logging into Door Dash during the pandemic or learning how to use your oven for the first time since you rented the place, it’s pizza time!

 

Recipe of the Month – April

Dead. I’m mostly dead inside, besides a few Frankensteinian moments, brought on either by self-preservation or energy drinks, I’m not sure yet. Point is, the Covid-19 pandemic has made blogging kinda tough lately.  When I realized I missed the deadline to post Recipe of the Month on its scheduled day, I knew I needed to post pronto, with a fitting tribute.  So, where do you put dead things? In a graveyard, of course!  Just so happens, I really love the idea of being buried inside Half Baked Harvest‘s Deathly Chocolate Graveyard Cakes.  Everyone is dying for a good chocolate recipe these days. and this is the one.
Now, if you excuse me, I need to go rewrite my will, again.

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Deathly Chocolate Graveyard Cakes by halfbakedharvest

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua OR caramel sauce OR sweetened condensed milk*
  • 2 oz boxes instant chocolate mousse mix 3 to 4 each
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 6 full-size Snickers bars crushed

DECORATIONS

  • 6 in Pirouette Rolled Wafers or pretzel rods, broken in half
  • 1/2 cup caramel bits
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate melted
  • 1 pan of your favorite brownies|baked + cooled
  • 4 ounces white chocolate melted
  • 20 Oreo cookies creme filling removed
  • 6 Halloween Oreo Cookies top cookie removed
  • 6 Hershey’s Kisses

For the full recipe and baking instructions, please visit here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/deathly-chocolate-graveyard-cakes-witches-beware/

 

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Photo by halfbakedharvest

Recipe of the Month – February

Today we celebrate Women in Horror, with a tribute to a legendary queen of horror, Sigourney Weaver, star of enduring Alien franchise.

In Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien, Sigourney relished the chance to bring a smart, no-nonsense, powerful leader to movie audiences during a time when women yearned to see a strong female presence on the big screen.  Lt. Ellen Ripley proved to be way more than just the final girl, and in the 1986 sequel Aliens, Sigourney continued to portray Ripley, this time as a badass survivor and the voice of reason in this crazy new world.  In her final action-packed showdown with the queen mother of all Xenomorphs, Ripley emerged as one of the greatest female kickass heroes on film, period.

So, in honor of Queen of Sci-fi and of Horror, I found a recipe for Date and Marizpan Alien Xenomorph Eggs over at Feast In Thyme.

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Date & Marzipan Alien Xenomorph Eggs by Feast in Thyme

Ingredients:

  • 24 large Medjool dates
  • 1 (7 ounces) tube marzipan almond candy dough
  • 1 cup dark chocolate fudge (see below, or your favorite recipe)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Decorating Supplies: green sprinkles, matcha powder, cocao powder (optional)

For the full recipe and cooking instructions, please visit here: https://feastinthyme.com/alien-xenomorph-eggs/

For some insight on Sigourney’s thoughts on playing Ripley, check out this video:

Sinister Saturdays – Halloween Buffalo Chicken Skillet Dip

Halloween parties are a tradition dating back to ancient times, when the Samhain festival kicked off to celebrate the end of the harvest season. In the early days of America, that was the only way to celebrate Halloween.

Make your party a spooktacular success with this great dip recipe from Tasty.co, who share their quick and simple recipe for Halloween Buffalo Chicken Skillet Dip

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Screenshots by Tasty.co
Ingredients (12 Servings)
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup monterrey jack cheese
  • ⅔ cup cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • 2 tubes refrigerated pizza dough
  • 4 ounce block cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

     

     

For preparation instructions and video, please go here:
https://tasty.co/recipe/halloween-buffalo-chicken-skillet-dip

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Screenshots by Tasty.co

Let’s get this party started!

Friday Fright Nightcaps – Zombtini

Who doesn’t love a good zombie story?  Today, we celebrate the return of Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock, a group of survivors struggling to stay alive in zombie ravaged America, in the horror-comedy Zombieland: Double Tap.

Let’s be honest, most Americans feel like total zombies at the end of long work week. We could use a good pick-me-up to bring back some color to our cheeks. The folks over at Totally the Bomb know what it takes to blow us away with a great new take on the classic martini. May I present, the Zombtini

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Zombtini Photos by TotallytheBomb.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Captain Morgan White Rum
  • 2 oz. Dekuyper Melon Liqueur
  • 1 oz. 100% Pineapple Juice
  • 0.5 oz. Sprite
  • Dash of Grenadine (garnish)
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Zombtini Photos by TotallytheBomb.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For full mixing instructions, please go here: https://totallythebomb.com/make-your-own-zombtini

For those of you with one foot in the grave, remember to drink responsibly.

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Sinister Saturdays – Vampire Chocolate Mousse Parfait

Vampires. Creatures of the night. Tortured souls doomed to walk the earth for eternity. No other archetype in horror has captured our fantasy like the powerful vampire, with that insatiable hunger that drives the frenzied brain in search of prey. From the dark corners of alleys, all the way to highest chambers of royal castles, bloodlust is their curse, and to that, I say… too bad, so sad, more chocolate for us!

The mighty hunter, the Vintage Kitchen Chef has created a decadent dessert worthy of eternal worship, Vampire Chocolate Mousse Parfaits.

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Photos ©The Vintage Kitchen

Ingredients:

For The Mousse:
  • 4 oz Chocolate Baking Bar, White Chocolate; broken into pieces (or any high quality white baking chocolate)
  • 4 oz. Chocolate Baking Bar, Semi-Sweet Chocolate; broken into pieces (or any high quality semi-sweet baking chocolate)
  • 1 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Black food coloring
  • Wilton rose icing decorations; optional
For The Edible Blood:
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1-2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp. cocoa
  • Red food coloring

For full recipe and instructions, please go here:
https://www.thevintagekitchenchef.com/vampire-chocolate-mousse-parfaits/

 

Like a stake through the heart, this recipe might be the death of you. But, that’s okay, because you’ll have a smile on your face when you go.