I know I'm usually against anything "cute" for Halloween but when it comes to food, I do make exceptions. Especially when you are trying to feed kids. These cute Breadstick Mummy Dogs from Picky Palate would be great to serve your little trick or treaters on Halloween. I also think giving your costumed little boy or girl some Ooozing Monster Apple Mouths (pictured below) before stepping out for the big night would be a great way to curb their hunger and sweet tooth. And hey, I think some of us adults wouldn't mind eating both of these too,
Picky Palate is another blog that I follow regularly because the food and the photos speak to me. And if you like Pumpkin flavored food at all, you must check out her blog this month as she is posting the most mouthwatering pumpkin items ever. (Gooey Pumpkin Butterscotch Brownies anyone?)
It's always fun this time of year to check around the interwebs and see how many other folks are just as crazy as me about Halloween. You'll find many of your favorite food bloggers getting into the spirit of things by posting recipes for foods that go along perfectly with the Halloween holiday.
Not Quite Nigella doesn't live in the United States, she currently resides in Australia. And she didn't even make these Blood Clot and Brain Cupcakes for Halloween (Australia isn't as Halloween crazy as us). She made these for Friday the13th. Now how cool is that! When I came across these cupcakes last year, they made me stop dead in my tracks. Cuz if you're not careful, at first glance, they just look like some cupcakes with squiggly icing. It's when you look a bit closer you notice that icing forms a brain and once you bite into the cupcake? Ahh, blood clots inside the brains. Perfect.
And even if they don't go crazy for my favorite holiday in her country, Not Quite Nigella does. You should see her all dressed up with her Vampire Cookie Pops! And check out her 2010 Halloween party with all sorts of wonderful decorations and food here. Flayed Skin Face, Bat Bon Bons and Bloody Brain Pannacotta? They can be found on her 2009 Halloween post here. A recipe for Slime Soup, Goblin Pies and Blood Clots and Pus? That can be found in a post about her 2008 Halloween party here. Wow, those are my kind of Halloween parties. The food looks amazing, folks are in costume, what's not to love!
These Blood Clot and Brain Cupcakes would go really well with the Bloody Brain Shots I posted the other day, don't you think? To find out how to make them go here.
And do check out Not Quite Nigellas blog for some amazing (and not scary) recipes, stories about traveling and some incredible food photography. She so makes me want to visit her country with all the enticing things she posts.
The above photo is property of the Not Quite Nigella blog and is used with permission.
We have hot dogs and chips, garlic fries (which I have to make from frozen fries), Cracker Jacks, soft pretzels, peanuts, malts (okay, mini ice cream cups cuz I couldn't find any malts), popcorn, some bubble gum, beer and soda and our Giants t's. Sorry, I couldn't find any cotton candy and I forgot the red licorice.
Say what you want about Martha Stewart, but she really does know how to do Halloween right. I'm always amazed at the cool ideas she comes up with year after year, especially because a lot of them aren't "cutesy" and are more on the scary side.
These Severed Finger Invitations are all part of Martha's "Monster Bash" party which includes instructions for making monster masks, monster cupcakes, a coffin table, scary specimens and more. For more info go here.
What can I say about Bloody Brain Shots except that they are pretty disgusting looking. But then that's the point for a good Halloween drink right? These came from the Extreme Halloween book. Super simple to make, I think they would look perfect on a bar waiting for (adult) trick or treaters to down them.
A little tip on pouring the Bailey's into the schnapps...don't pour it directly into the shot glass, use the back of a spoon as a cushion. Pour the Bailey's into the spoon and let it dribble on top of the schnapps.
Now...as far as taste. These didn't taste bad at all. The Bailey's kinda goes right by the taste buds and all I really tasted was the peach schnapps. The problem with these was the texture. The Bailey's coagulates and it's just this mass that you feel going down your throat as you swallow.
Float the Bailey's Irish Cream on top of the schnapps.
Dribble a few drops of grenadine on top of the Bailey's. There's no hurry, take it nice and slow.
Serve. Hope that your first victim does not retch
Repeat steps 1 through 4 on your next unsuspecting victim, until everyone at the party has had some bloody brains. (You are the bartender so you are officially exempt from having to down these repulsive shots).
Note: The above descriptive directions are from the author of the Extreme Halloween book.
Note: They recommend clear shot glasses which is the whole point I think, to be able to see the layers of the drink. I had several clear shot glasses of different sizes. The amount of schnapps and Bailey's differed from shot glass to shot glass.
Note: If you put too much Bailey's or pour the Bailey's too fast (see note about using back of spoon to help), you don't get the nice "brainy" look from the liqueur.
Note: Depending on how much and how fast and I'm sure a few other things, you might get different effects with the grenadine. Mine had a faint red tinge to the top of the shot (on top of the Bailey's) and then just puddled red at the bottom of the shot glass. Photos in the book show where sometimes the red held on more to the bottom of the Bailey's and made a nice looking blood bubble in the schnapps.
Mr. L refused to taste test this recipe. I was left to sample it myself. I may never be the same.
EXTREME HALLOWEEN - The Ultimate Guide to Making Halloween Scary Again by Tom Nardone
This book has a copyright of 2009. I bought this from Amazon this past summer. I have never cooked from this before.
Okay, technically this isn't a cookbook. It only has two or three real recipes in it. But it's a fun book and the "recipes" or food presented might not even be edible. But it's a book on Halloween so whats not to love. More importantly it's a book on "scary" things to do and create on Halloween. No cute little fairy decorations, no sweet little orange cupcakes, no simple little carved pumpkins. This is for true scary Halloween aficionados.
The guy who wrote this book is the same guy who does the Extreme Pumpkins. Though don't think that the pumpkins are just one pumpkin carved using a stencil. As you can see by the cover, pumpkin decorations in this book usually involve at least ten pumpkins and a good hacksaw to complete your creation. You'll find information on tools to use to make these pumpkin monsters and materials to help those monsters come to life. The book also gives good icons that let you know how much time a project may take, how much money may be involved and how difficult the creation my be to make.
And oh the creations. We aren't just talking pumpkins here. We're talking costumes, house decorations, invitations...pretty much anything you could do to make your home scary both inside and out. How about that live "door" that when the kids come to knock the door is alive and spooks them. The zip line ghost to go streaking past as the kids walk to the door. Flaming pumpkin tiki torches. The ideas to make a "haunted lavatory" had me laughing with delight. Trust me, next time I have a Halloween party at my house, you might think twice about needing to use the facilities! And of course, there are the demented ways to dress up your baby. This isn't a big book, but I really enjoyed the possibilities of ways to scare and have fun with my favorite holiday.
As for actual recipes or food that can be served at Halloween parties (I dare you to serve them at regular dinner parties!) there were Bloody Brain Shots, IV shots, Eyeball Martinis, Urine Sample Gelatin Shots, the Pumpkin Vomiting Guacamole, Roasted Squash Skulls, Meat Head, Banana Pudding Blob, Brain Goo, and my favorite, The Roasted Human Being (seriously cool if you like meat and have a crowd to feed....wahahahahahaha).
Fun book. I'm hoping that I get to use some of these ideas soon!
Last year my October was shattered by the unexpected death of my beloved Grandmother. Though not entirely unexpected, this month finds the death of another beloved family member.
He was not technically my Uncle, but he was the longtime partner of my Aunt, he was family and he will always be my Uncle in my heart. My hope is that he is now pain free, visiting old war buddies, friends and family that have passed before him. I hope he is able to walk without the aid of a cane, able to eat whatever he wants, mugging crazily for the camera, having a glass of scotch and yes, even smoking to his hearts content. You will be missed old friend. Say hello to Grandma for me.
This is actually one of a set of four kitchen dish towels that Sur La Table is selling online. The other three (there is Ghoul Aide, Terrormisu and I Scream) towels are just as cute. They are currently on sale for $3.49 each. Actually Sur La Table is one of the few places where it seems they are "adding" Halloween stuff to their website. You can check out the towels here.
I think this towel would look perfect next to a plate of these, don't you think?
1. I never met a Halloween scrapbook paper, stamp or embellishment that I didn't like.
2. I absolutely love everything Papertrey Ink. They are much more than just stamps to make cards with. Besides coordinating papers, inks, buttons etc, the ideas that their design team and fans come up with are just amazing. From note pads and recipe cards to these wonderful Halloween drinks the projects Papertrey Ink shows to use their stamps just constantly amaze me.
3. They have the cutest, and what I think are the most versatile Halloween stamps. The ones used on this container with bottles and the treat bags below are the "Tiny Treat Halloween" stamps. Other Halloween stamp sets are Been Boo'd, Boo To You, 2009 Halloween Tags, Spooky Sweets 1and 2. I own a few, I must own them all. (If you go to the individual stamp sets and click "Idea Gallery" on the right you can see some of the amazing cards and projects using said stamps.)
4. I own way to many Copic Markers. And after taking a wonderful class from Irina I now actually know how to use them. Can't wait to try them using my Papertrey Halloween stamps!
5. I'm thinking this idea would also work using cleaned out Starbucks Coffee Frapp bottles that come in those little carry cartons. Maybe some Halloween colored M&M's in each bottle? And the treat bags shown below? Super Cute. I may need to start working on Halloween stuff in August next year.