Sinister Saturdays – Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars

Happy National Pumpkin Day!

Pumpkins are the most important element of the Halloween season. It is the symbol of Halloween itself. Pumpkin desserts have been getting a bad rap lately because of pricey, syrupy pumpkin spice drinks served at the coffee place that shall not be named, but pumpkins themselves are quite healthy, being high in potassium, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. So, remember to look up some creative ways to use leftover parts of your carved pumpkin this weekend.

Cooking Classy knows the perfect way to end the Halloween season with this fangtastic recipe for Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars.

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Ingredients (12 servings)

  • 1 1/4 cups (176g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups (116g) quick oats (old fashioned works too)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (105g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (110g) packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pumpkin Pie Filling

  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (55g) packed-light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (296g) canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup (85ml) evaporated milk or half and half
  • Sweetened whipped cream and cinnamon , for serving (optional)

For the full recipe and baking instructions, please go here: https://www.cookingclassy.com/pumpkin-pie-crumb-bars/

 

Spice up your Thanksgiving by serving these crumb bars instead of boring ole pumpkin pie. Your family will thank you.

Sinister Saturdays – Halloween Inspired Toxic Mac n Cheese

Welcome food sinners, to the church of decadent delights! For the next four Saturdays, we’re going to sway your taste buds to the dark side of the kitchen. Have no fear, these recipes won’t kill you right away, I don’t think…maybe don’t eat them every day, just, once a year.

Our recipe for today is Halloween Inspired Toxic Mac n Cheese from Jacqueline over at The Seaside Baker via sofabfood. There are a couple of different toxic mac-n-cheese recipes out there, I chose this one for its kid-friendly simple bliss. It is Halloween after all, we need quick and easy dinners so we can get right to the festivities!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb uncooked shell pasta
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 drops neon green food dye
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

For complete cooking instructions, please go here:
https://sofabfood.com/halloween-inspired-toxic-mac-n-cheese/

If only all our toxic waste looked so good. If you’re going green for Halloween, remember, homemade pasta is healthier for you and the environment.

Amen!

 

Recipe of the Month – September 2019: Halloween Black Cupcakes with Cherry Filling

October is only a few days away and there are some who believe Halloween treats are too indulgent. Well, I say, rubbish! Nobody else is going into your grave, but YOU!
Go ahead and eat the cupcake!

British based Kitchen Sanctuary has blessed us with a frightfully sinful recipe:
Halloween Black Cupcakes with Cherry Filling

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Photo ©Kitchen Sanctuary 

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Recipe of the Month – Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins…you may have noticed pumpkins and Halloween merchandise slowly filling up the aisles of our favorite stores. Soon, my friends, soon!

While Fall doesn’t officially start until September 23, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the plentiful, wondrous bounty of autumn today.  The folks over at Acorns & Custard feel us, and I found a delicious Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pie recipe, to go along with our pumpkin spice lattes. Bring on the gourds!

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Recipe of the Month – Halloween Avocado Toast

It’s the last Friday in July. It’s hot. I don’t even want to think about turning on a stove.

Some people actually dread the early weeks in Fall because they live in states where the weather is hot and humid. Being from SoCal, I understand this.  So, when I came across this Halloween Avocado Toast breakfast idea from Brit + Co., I immediately thought, a fun no-bake recipe that quadruples as a snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner?  This is genius!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 avocados
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 sheets of seaweed
  • radishes
  • black olives
  • mini dill pickles
  • grape tomatoes
  • walnuts
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 4 pieces of toast

The entire recipe instructions can be found here: https://www.brit.co/get-in-the-halloween-spirit-with-our-avocado-breakfast-recipe/

Pretty sure this qualifies as crafts project too, since kids will love making little monster faces with all the cool cut veggies.

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Bonus: Brit + Co make Halloween Bento Boxes too. We might never have to cook again!

Recipe of the Month – June 2019

Summer is here, and with it, the desire to make quick and easy dinners that won’t cause heat stroke during the hot, sweltering weather. So, when I came across this Halloween snack idea from the Cupcake Diaries blog, I thought, this totally doubles as a great summer dinner idea!

HALLOWEEN CHICKEN AND PASTA SKEWERS
https://www.cupcakediariesblog.com/2016/10/ad-halloween-chicken-pasta-skewers.html

Ingredients

  • 1 package chicken strips
  • 1 package smoked sausages
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 c. barbecue sauce
  • 1 (20oz) package cheese tortellini
  • 2 c. cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
  • 36 (6-inch) skewers, plastic or bamboo
  • 36 plastic spider rings

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For entire recipe instructions, go here: https://www.cupcakediariesblog.com/2016/10/ad-halloween-chicken-pasta-skewers.html

Of course, these also make awesome snacks for your pool party or BBQ. Keep the fun by swapping out the spiders for some mermaid or pirate rings.

Recipe of the Month – May 2019


Today is National Macaroons Day!  Macaroons are the confusing cousin to the French Macaron, oddly pronounced the exact same way. However, these little cookies are dense and typically made of coconut, whereas, French macarons are meringue-based sandwich treats.

Both make great Halloween desserts, but since it is national macaroon day, I’m sharing a delightfully ghoulish recipe from MasterChef Season 6 contestant Hetal, of Milk &Cardamom, as contributed on the So Fab Food website.

Behold, Coconut Lime Macaroon Eyeballs

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Photo ©SoFabFood

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 3-4 drops green food coloring
  • googly eye candies
  • 1 oz milk chocolate, melted
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Photo ©SoFabFood

For baking instructions and full recipe, please go here:
https://sofabfood.com/halloween-coconut-lime-macaroon-eyeballs/

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Photo ©SoFabFood

Doncha love it when your food stares back at you?

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.