Recipe Corner – April 2019

Cinco de Mayo is coming up soon and I found the perfect recipe that works for both this festive occasion and Halloween at the same time! Two-fer!  I present to you, Burrito Skulls!

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©Hungry Happenings

Thanks to the good people over at Hungry Happenings, your dinner can be spicier than a summer day in the Arizona desert. Muy caliente!  What makes is this recipe so fabulous is that the burrito filling is customizable to whatever you want! Don’t like onions? Don’t use them. Don’t like corn? Don’t use them. Black beans give you gas? Don’t use them.  The trick is the homemade tortilla dough, which is a lot easier than it sounds.

Ingredients:

Tortillas:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup lard or shortening
  • ¾ cup water
Burrito Filling
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons black beans
  • 6 tablespoons corn
  • 6 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
Egg wash:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
Optional Sauces
  • sour cream, guacamole, salsa
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©Hungry Happenings

You can find the full recipe and baking instructions at Hungry Happenings:

https://hungryhappenings.com/burrito-skulls-halloween-recipe/

A Nordic skull baking pan is needed to make this recipe, otherwise, you could just make burritos.

 

Recipe Corner – March 2019

Recipe Corner returns!  Spring has sprung and everyone is eating healthy, getting ready for swimsuit season, but more importantly, our Halloween costumes! Cafe Mom has our backs with this amazingly healthy and delicious recipe for Eyeball Caprese Appetizer, which doubles as both a yummy appetizer or a nice spring salad.

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Photo ©Windell Oskay

 

Ingredients:

  • Balls of fresh mozzarella cheese (ideally, mozzarella di bufala)
  • Green olives
  • Black olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves

For the full recipe, please visit here: https://thestir.cafemom.com/food_party/163057/eyeball_caprese_appetizer_will_be

The key to great Caprese salad is having FRESH mozzarella. I personally would drizzle with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil too, but not necessary if that’s not your thing.

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Friday Fright Nightcaps – The Witch’s Heart

Happy Friday! Happy International Women’s Day!

Witches are some of the most persecuted women on the planet. This is as true today as it was in the 16th century. Most women who were executed weren’t even witches. They were just women who spoke out against corruption, injustice and religious and political persecution or fought back against sexual predators. In honor of these brave souls who gave their lives to help shape the future for all womenkind, I share with you, a recipe from the kitchen of The Flavor Blender called, The Witch’s Heart.

 

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Photo ©The Flavor Blender

INGREDIENTS

  • apple brandy or apple vodka chilled
  • grenadine
  • Blackberry Shimmery Liqueur
  • Powdered dry ice optional
  • Martini glass to serve

To view full recipe at The Flavor Bender: https://www.theflavorbender.com/the-witchs-heart-halloween-cocktail/

All brave women have a little bit of witch in them.

Recipe Corner – October 2018

November 1st is Dia de los Muertos and what better way to celebrate with a little Pan de Muerto, Bread of the Dead.  A nice lady named Mely Martinez from the Mexico in my Kitchen has given us a simple  recipe for Pan de Muerto, a key ingredient to any Day of the Dead altar.

Pan de Muerto

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Photo by Mexico in My Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 500 grams 4 cups All Purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons active-dry yeast
  • 100 grams sugar 1/2 cup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 80 grams butter at room temperature + 30 grs. to brush the bread after baking.
  • 80 grams unsalted margarine room temperature plus more for bowl and pans.
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • Orange crest from 2 oranges
  • 60 ml. warm water about 110 degrees
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water or orange essence
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten to brush the bread
  • Sugar to decorate the bread at the end.

You can find the full recipe and baking instructions at the Mexico in my Kitchen blog:
https://www.mexicoinmykitchen.com/pan-de-muerto-mexican-bread-of-dead/

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Photo by Mexico in My Kitchen

 

Friday Fright Nightcaps – Monster Martini

The Monster Martini is how you keep it classy and spooky on Halloween night.

Below is a simple recipe, but I’ve seen different variations, and in particular, different garnishes, that can really bring out theme you’re trying to convey. Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment a little. Dr. Frankenstein would approve.

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Ingredients:

3/4 oz. MIDORI
2 oz. SKYY Citrus
Splash of white cranberry Juice

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Get the mixer recipe and many other Halloween drink recipes here:
https://sandiegostyleweddings.blogspot.com/2012/10/ghoulish-halloween-cocktail-ideas.html

Drop in a tiny piece of dry ice for a spookier presentation, but, be careful. Dry ice bites!

 

Friday Fright Nightcaps – Raspberry Peach Margarita

For the next four Fridays, I’ll be posting my favorite Halloween drink recipes. These are adult beverages because grown-ups need to have a little Halloween fun too.

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If you don’t think you need a blood-red Halloween cocktail at the end of the long week, then, you probably don’t live with any little monsters, and that’s okay…. always drink because you want to, not because you need to!  The good folks over at Cooks With Cocktails found the perfect recipe to fulfill your need Halloween nightcap needs, er, wants.

Trust me, you put this drink in your hand and no one will mess with you.

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Photo by Cooks with Cocktails

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Recipe Corner – September 2018

We’re kicking off the Halloween season with two amazing recipes that make the most perfect Halloween dinner or snack. The other day, I stumbled across a debate over whether or not flatbread is healthier than regular bread.  Turns out, not really.  But, flatbread sure is a lot more fun!

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Halloween Candy Foldit® Pizza

The folks over at Lil Luna have spooked up two of the tastiest and most festive flatbread recipes on the net. Check ’em out:

Mummy Flatbread Pizza

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photo by lilluna.com

INGREDIENTS

  • For the mummy:
  • 3 Flatout Light Original
  • ½ c. pizza sauce
  • ¼ c. grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 slices pepperoni (more if desired for under the strips of string cheese)
  • 3 black olives, cut in half
  • 6 string cheese, pulled into thin strips

Pumpkin Quesadillas

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photo by lilluna.com
INGREDIENTS
  • For the pumpkin:
  • 6 Foldit® Artisan Flatbread
  • 4 oz. thinly sliced monterey jack or mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz. thinly sliced cheddar cheese

You can find both recipes here over at Lil Luna’s blog:
https://lilluna.com/flatbread-halloween-recipes/

 

Not only are these flatbread recipes quick and easy to make, they’re healthier alternatives to pizza. No lil monster is going to be able to resist them.

Halloween Bucket List

Happy Friday! I wasn’t going to share a Halloween bucket list until early next month, but after thinking about it, October is only a few days away and there’s only 31 days to celebrate. So, here it is. Have a happy and safe Halloween season!

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Recipe Corner – August 2018

Halloween night is one of the most hectic nights of the year for working parents. They need quick and easy dinners to whip up, while getting the kids ready for trick or treating.  Well, the folks over at Plain Chicken nearly broke Pinterest after posting this stuffed pizza recipe. Spooky Pizza Skulls are fast, easy, and frightfully fun!

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Photo by PlainChicken.com

Seriously, this has gotta be the most perfect Halloween dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (13.8-oz) can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 6 Tbsp pizza sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup cooked and crumbled Italian sausage
  • 24 slices pepperoni, chopped

You can find the whole recipe with instructions over at:
https://www.plainchicken.com/2016/10/pizza-skulls.html

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Everyone is dying to make this recipe for Pizza Skulls.  So, what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a skull pan from Amazon or Williams Sonoma and Happy Halloween!

 

 

Recipe Corner – July 2018

This year marks the 200 anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein, so what better way to celebrate than with some grotesque experimenting of your own.

Okay, truth is, this recipe for Frankenstein Twinkies, courtesy of Bullock’s Buzz, is actually pretty cute, and simple! Only five ingredients are needed and no baking, which means you and your little creations will have a blast working together to bring this recipe to life.

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Ingredients:
  • Twinkies
  • 1 bag of green candy melts
  • Chocolate jimmies
  • Candy eyes
  • Black decorating icing
  • Cookie sticks

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You can find the whole recipe with instructions over at:
https://bullocksbuzz.com/frankenstein-twinkies-frankenstein-treats-for-halloween/

You can pacify any monster big and small with this tasty treat. Good thing too, once word gets out that you made these, the whole neighborhood will show up at your door with their (pitch)forks!