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!

Recipe Corner – June 2018

Ever wonder how vampires have such great teeth for being hundreds of years old? Well, it’s not because they floss every day! The Girl Who Ate Everything shared this fangtastic recipe called Dracula’s Dentures, and it’s definitely something we can all chew on!

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Dracula’s Dentures, Photo by The Girl Who Ate Everything
Ingredients
  • 1 package (18.25 ounces refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough or your favorite cookie recipe)
  • 1/2 cup prepared vanilla frosting , tinted red
  • 1 3/4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 48 slivered almonds (optional)

You can find the whole recipe with instructions over at:
www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/draculas-dentures-for-halloween/

If you don’t want to lose your own teeth, try swapping those cookies for apples and save your gums.

 

Recipe Corner – May 2018

It’s never too early to start collecting quick, easy and delicious Halloween dinner and party appetizer ideas.  The one I found over at High Heels and Grills is perfection.

Now, they’re called Meatball Mummies, but I can’t help thinking of the Invisible Man when I see these.

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Meatball Mummies from High Heels & Grills

Ingredients

  • 1 tube crescent roll sheet
  • 14 oz. frozen meatballs
  • 4 oz. can sliced olives drained
  • Marinara sauce

You can find the whole recipe with instructions over at:
https://www.highheelsandgrills.com/meatball-mummies-recipe/

Once you have the recipe, don’t get too wrapped up in the details. I bet you could even swap meatball flavors, add mozzarella cheese or go gluten-free.

10 Halloween Things to Do When It’s Not Halloween

Here are ten things to do while we patiently await the return of the Halloween season.

  1. Listen to Halloween Music
    From spooky orchestral to monster remixes, the fastest way to invoke some Halloween spirit is by getting your groove on. If you don’t have time to create a Halloween playlist, the good folks at Halloween Radio got you covered with four different live channels to stream online. Lend them your ears here: http://www.halloweenradio.net/
  1. Read Halloween Themed Books
    Sometimes it’s just fun to read novels set around Halloween time in the middle of spring. October Dreams Volume I and II is a great collection of short stories, novellas, and personal essays from the world’s best literary minds. Who knows, you might be inspired to write your own Halloween story.
  1. Watch Halloween Themed Movies
    Believe it or not, there’s a lot more Halloween themed movies out there than Halloween or Hocus Pocus. Check out some more obscure movie titles, like The Monster Squad or Trick r Treat. Careful, the first one is for kids and latter is most definitely not. You can find more movie suggestions here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_set_around_Halloween
  1. Plan/Shop for a Halloween Costume Early
    Whether you’re buying a full outfit or shopping for accessories, now is a great time to start looking for things that sell out during peak season. You could even find sales online or sharp discounts. Remember to buy items that fit. It is risky business buying costumes two sizes too small, in hopes of losing weight by October.
  1. Practice Halloween Recipes
    Practice makes perfect! Sure, you could wait until October to make chocolate-pretzel spider balls or toasted ghost marshmallows, but there’s always a risk involved in trying out a new recipe the night before your big shindig. Pinterest is filled with hilarious Halloween recipe fails. If your waistline and your wallet can afford it, work out the kinks of the kitchen now, and by the time Halloween rolls around, you’ll be the Betty Crocker of Samhain.
  1. Make Halloween Crafts
    Since the emergence of Pinterest, DIY Halloween has become wildly popular. It’s easy to find online tutorials for dioramas, door wreaths, etc. Places like Michaels, Joann, and local art stores happily cater to your craft needs all year-around. While stylized Halloween supplies are indeed more abundant during the season, generic supplies in Halloween colors can be found every day. Online shopping off-season could yield some pretty good discounts too.
  1. Visit a Real Haunt
    From haunted homes to spooky hotels to abandoned asylums, chances are there’s a few places near you with a ghostly past. Taking guided ghost tours is most entertaining way to learn about history of your town or city and an excellent way to get some exercise. You may even have your own paranormal experience. The spirit world doesn’t exactly wait until Halloween night to make contact.
  1. Shop for Vintage Halloween Items
    If you’re lucky enough to hit right the estate or yard sale, it’s like finding buried treasure. eBay, antique shops and swap meets are also good places to find vintage wares. Buyers beware! If you plan on getting into the collecting business, be sure to do a little research on what’s vintage and what’s not. Take time to research market values of rare collectibles and learn how to spot replicas (cool) or outright fakes (not cool).
  1. Find a Halloween Conventions, Expos, and Tradeshows
    There are several websites dedicated to passing on information on expos and tradeshows that you can attend outside the Halloween season. Some shows are for home haunters, which has grown into its own multi-million-dollar business; and some that simply celebrate Halloween, horror and such. Conventions and expos often showcase new industry trends, animatronics and products for haunters. Film festivals are another subject entirely, but another awesome way to satisfy those Halloween cravings. Check out the Favorite Links page to find events near you. https://halloween-haiku.com/favorite-links/  
  1. Join a Halloween Facebook or Google Plus Group
    Find like-minded souls who share in your love for Halloween by, what else, talking about Halloween! Halloween fans love sharing ideas and tips and movie and book review with each other. Seriously, Halloweenophiles will gobble up anything and everything Halloween, because every day is Halloween!