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.

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!

Halloween Candy Foldit® Pizza
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.