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Making Halloween a Little Less Scary

With Halloween right around the corner, I have been giving a lot of thought to the menu for our annual block party. We are hosting the party at our house this year, and I hope to serve some delicious finger foods to fill up our bellies before hitting the streets.

I haven’t settled on the menu yet, but here are some items that I am considering:

  • Vampire Drool
  • Orzo with Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
  • Sticky and Slightly Spicy (Bat) Wings
  • Spiced Pecans
  • Marinated Mini-Mozzarella (eye) Balls with Pita Crisps
  • Sour Cream and Scallion Dip with Sweet Potato Chips and Carrot Fingers
  • Mummy Pizzas that the kids will make themselves (Just pull apart string cheese and lay it on an English Muffin topped with a little marinara…Add some sliced olives for eyes and voila – you have a mummy pizza!)
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cake – Absolutely delicious! (We had a bit of buttermilk left over from waffles this weekend, so I used that instead of the sour soy milk she recommended.)

Update: Here are some photos of our food from the Halloween party.  Pictured, you will see Vampire Drool with a Green Ice Hand, Marinated Mozzarella Eyeballs with Pita Crisps, Orzo with Roasted Vegetables and Bat Wings.  Everything was a hit, although I was reprimanded by my daughter for not making enough Bat Wings.  They were gone in a flash!

Vampire Drool with a Green Ice Hand      Marinated Mozzarella Eyeballs    Orzo with Roasted Vegetables     Bat Wings

Although I can control the quality of the foods I’ll be serving at home, I can’t control what will be doled out by the neighbors.

Kids are often afraid of the sights and sounds that meet them when the doors at each home creek open…but the truly frightening experience lies in the ingredients of the foods that they are collecting: partially hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup, alkali, chemicals, artificial colorings and more…

There is no sense in banning candy – that will only make everyone want it more (parents included…admit it!). But it might be worth a few moments to read some of the labels in your stash, just to see what you are consuming and how it will affect you. It just might help prevent you from over-indulging.

In some homes, parents have created a wonderful compromise – Kids select a few of their favorite treats to keep and trade the rest with you for a toy, trip to the movies or some new books.

If you would like to promote a Healthier Halloween yourself, leave the candy at the store. Instead, pick up some flower or herb seed packets, pencils, colored markers, stickers or small card games to distribute instead.

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Creepy Cuisine and Potent Potions

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Halloween - Jack O’Lantern

While preparing for some upcoming kids Halloween Cooking Classes, I realized that you might appreciate a few recipes for Creepy Cuisine and Potent Potions that weren’t quite as sugar and fat laden as the majority of recipes you’ll find online.

Vampire Drool

Red Juice, your choice (cranberry, pomegranate, cherry etc)
Bubble Water
1 pkg frozen organic cranberries
1 latex glove
1 cauldron

  1. Pour water into a latex glove. Tie the end, and put it the freezer (be sure to store it flat, so that it retains the shape you want).
  2. When frozen, remove from the freezer and peel off the glove.
  3. Combine juices and bubbly water in a cauldron
  4. Add the frozen “hand” to complete the brew


Worms and Eyeballs

1 small onion, grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
3 Tbs ketchup
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 lb ground dark turkey meat
3 Tbs olive oil
marinara sauce
1 can black olives, pitted

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, egg, bread crumbs, ketchup, parsley, Parmesan, Pecorino, salt and pepper to a large bowl and blend. Mix in the turkey.
  3. Shape the turkey mixture into 1 1/4-inch-diameter meatballs.
  4. Place on baking sheet.
  5. Use an egg slicer to slice the olives into rings.
  6. Place one olive ring on top of each meatball, pressing lightly. This makes it look more like an eyeball!
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the inside is no longer pink and the juices run clear.

CALL THE KIDS:

  • Peel paper off the garlic cloves.
  • Crack egg.
  • Squeeze ketchup
  • Grate and measure cheese
  • Pick parsley leaves from the stem and tear into small pieces.
  • With clean hands, combine all of the ingredients and shape into balls
  • Wash hands afterwards
  • Slice black olives and press onto meatballs
  • Wash hands again.

Strawberry Monsters

Strawberries
4″ sucker sticks
Candy Melts (your color choice)
Black decorating gel

  1. Insert lollipop stick into strawberries and place them in the freezer for about 15 minutes, until they are cold.
  2. While the berries are chilling, heat one cup of candy melts, in a double-boiler, stirring constantly until completely melted.
  3. Remove the berries from the freezer and dip them lightly in the melted candy for a thin coating.
  4. To get a Mummy look, swirl them a bit to look like layers of white wrapped around it. Ghosts can be dunked to make a little twisted peak on top. Frankenstein can be dunked and a spoon used to flatten the candy on top.
  5. Set on a baking sheet lined with parchment to cool and harden. You can refrigerate them if you would like to speed this up.
  6. After they harden, you can add faces. Using black decorating gel and a toothpick (as your brush), draw a spooky face.

Tips

Use green melts for Frankenstein, Orange for Jack-O-Lanterns & white for ghosts and mummies

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