I’m a sucker for themed food during the Halloween season. I think it’s more fun to eat “Snake and Spider Stew” than it is to eat Thai Curry, especially for the kiddos.
So, armed with a recipe booklet from Pilsbury my mother-in-law sent last year and the plethora of ideas gleaned from Pinterest.com, I hit the holiday with an arsenal of Halloween-style edibles. Here is what we made (a link to the recipes included) and a breakdown of how it was received:
If you ask Colin, he would call this a disaster. I would disagree. I think the first failed attempt was a blessing in disguise. The recipe calls for almond bark or white chocolate, which neither of us really like. But I came home with a package of Ghiradelli white chocolate chips and hoped for the best. Long story short, the chocolate burned in the pot and we were left with a bowl full of popcorn and candies with no coating. Marshmallows to the rescue! We ended up with a rice krispie treat style mixture using the same portions you would use for making the cereal squares. Turned out fantastic! I like the flavor of butter and marshmallow better anyway. I’m still curious what the original recipe tastes like but why spoil a good find.
I don’t know how Martha Stewart and her crew made these suckers without burning their hands, but I had the hardest time squeezing the mashed potatoes out of the icing bag, as suggested. My version is certainly not as cute as the professionals’ but the kids liked them and the idea was enough to make it a fun addition to the meal.
These are the best part of the season. The caramel makes me drool just thinking about it. Enough said.
You’re supposed to use melted chocolate to create the faces inside the cup, but we were in a hurry and I left Colin in charge of the artwork with the instruction to use a Sharpie pen to draw a monster. This is what he designed. I like it better than the original idea, just not the smell of the ink in my nose as I took each sip of my shake.
Poor planning on my part made it so that we had no olives for this dish. So I used peppercorns for the picture. Not the same, I assure you. But this was an easy one that we all enjoyed creating and eating. Warren even drew some assembly instructions for shaping the dough. Colin did a good job forming hearty “bones” for us to dip in the “blood.”
6. Jack-o-lantern Cheeseburgers
A big hit and obviously super easy. Jut cut out the faces from a slice of cheese. Wham, instant themed dinner.
A family favorite now. I love the combination of flavors using the red and white sauces. My blurry picture was taken in haste since we were trying to get out the door for Trick-or-Treating, but I assure you, it’s more appetizing than it looks.
What themed foods have you tried and enjoyed? I can always use more ideas!
P.S. Today is my sweet mother’s birthday. I have her to thank for my love of cooking. If she hadn’t allowed me to mess up her kitchen with culinary experiments at the ripe old age of 8, who knows where my skills would be now. Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you!