1 (2 liter) bottle orange-flavored soda, chilled
2. Scoop out the ice cream and place all over the top of the punch. Stir gently for a moment to get the right look.
3. Garnish this Halloween party punch with creepy crawlies, if desired.
2 cups 7-Up or Sprite
2 cups lime soda
4 cups ginger ale
1 gallon lime sherbet, softened
Place ingredients in punch bowl and stir until mixed. You can also mix it using a stick blender.
8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese, softened
¼ cups Finely Chopped Roasted Red Peppers
½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper
1 cup Finely Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Paprika, For Dusting (I used a mixture of normal paprika and smoked paprika)
2 whole Green Onions
Beat cream cheese, red peppers, garlic and cayenne until well blended. Stir in cheddar cheese. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm enough to handle.
Roll into 1-inch balls and then coat in paprika. Make indents in the side of each one with a knife to make a pumpkin shape (refrigerate longer if needed before shaping with a knife).
Slice green onion into 1-inch pieces (green parts only). Stick into the top of the cheese ball for a stem. If they are larger green onions you may slice each piece in half lengthwise. Roll each half back into a circular shape and stick into the top of the cheese ball to make it the appropriate size. Refrigerate until serving.
6 cups (about 2 large squash) seeded 2-inch wide chunks butternut squash
Melted butter, for brushing
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus 1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper, plus 1/2 teaspoon
3 to 4 cups of chicken stock
4 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the butternut squash in quarters. Brush the flesh of the squash with a little butter and season with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper. On a sheet pan lay the squash flesh side up. Roast for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the flesh is nice and soft.
Scoop the flesh from the skin into a pot and add the stock, honey, and ginger. Bring to a simmer and puree using a stick blender. Stir in the heavy cream and return to a low simmer. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
Sage and Fontina Crustini
1 Baguette thinly sliced
8 ounces of grated fontina cheese
1/4 chopped fresh sage
Preheat over to 425
Place sliced baguette on a sheet pan. Drizzle bread with olive oil. Sprinkle chopped sage over bread. Place grated cheese evenly over each slice of bread. Bake for 15 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese is melted
Wheat Berry and Red Fruit Salad with Toasted Pecans
Adapted from Eating Well
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 cups Cooked Wheat Berries
1 large Fuji apple, unpeeled, diced
1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted and coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons raspberry vinegar*
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Combine orange juice and cranberries in a small bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Combine wheat berries, apples and pecans in a large bowl; stir gently. Drain the cranberries, reserving the juice. Stir the cranberries into the wheat berry mixture.
Whisk the reserved orange juice, vinegar and oil in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and stir gently to coat. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.
I recommend preparing the salad a day ahead to let the flavors combine, but reserve the toasted pecans until just before serving.
*Raspberry vinegar can be purchased in some specialty stores, or made by blending 1 cup fresh raspberries to ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar in a food processor.
Intestines with Clotted Blood
1 pound puff pastry (purchased in frozen section)
1 empanada recipe (or any other desired filling)
1 egg, beaten
Red food coloring and a small paint brush
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Thaw the puff pastry and using a rolling pin, roll out the pastry on a floured surface until roughly 1/8 inch in thickness. Using a knife (or pizza cutter), cut the puff pastry lengthwise into thirds, making three long strips. Place the thirds end to end creating a very long strip of dough. Seal the seams with egg wash.
Spread the filling down the entire center of the dough, leaving a bit of space on each side to pinch closed. Brush the edges with a little egg and pinch the whole thing closed, creating what will look like a long worm. Carefully lift the dough onto the baking sheet and form intestines, rolling it over so the sealed edge is on the bottom. Repeat with the second sheet of pastry dough, continuing the intestines and then shaping the colon (see photo). Brush the pastry with the egg wash. Dip a small brush into red food coloring (for a darker color add some blue coloring) and paint on the “blood.” Bake for about 20-25 minutes, just until golden, but not overly brown. Serve with a syringe of Clotted Blood.
Empanadas (Intestine filling)
1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
8 green olives, pitted and cut into slices
2 hard-boiled eggs, cut into rounds
salt and pepper to taste
Crushed red pepper, to taste
12 empanada rounds (refrigerated cresent rolls are also good*)
1 egg, beaten
Note: The meat mixture may be made a day in advance.
In a medium saucepan heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until they become translucent. Add the beef and cook, adding salt and pepper to taste. Once the meat has browned, stir in the paprika, cumin, and crushed red pepper and mix well. Remove from heat and add the green olives and hard boiled eggs.
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the empanada rounds on a lightly floured work surface. Add a tablespoon of the meat filling in the center of the dough round. Use the egg wash to seal the empanadas, making them in half-moon shapes. Brush the egg wash over each finished empanada and bake at 350 for about 12-15 minutes. Serve immediately with guacamole, salsa, sour cream or any other condiment you like.
*If using cresent rolls, roll out the dough until it is about ¼ inch thick and cut into rounds and then follow the recipe as stated. You may need a little longer baking time.
Clotted Blood (Roasted Tomato Salsa)
10 large Roma tomatoes, whole
2 Serrano or jalapeño chilies (depending on heat preference)
4 cloves garlic, skin on
1 large white onion, quartered
1 bunch cilantro
4 limes, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1-2 tablespoons oil
Place the first four ingredients on a tin foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with oil, until the vegetables are well coated. Place under your broiler and broil until the vegetables are becoming charred – about 5 to 10 minutes depending on your oven. Turn over the vegetables and repeat, until all sides are charred. Remove from the oven and take off the garlic skins and the stem and seeds (seeds are optional) from the chilies. Place in a blender or food processor and add cilantro and lime zest and juice. Blend until desired consistency. Season with salt and serve.
2 1/2 cups of flower
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
1 tsp of nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla
1/2 tsp of salt
Mix all together! Add 2 cups (or more or less) of chocolate chips.
Bake on 375 for 10 minutes
Sorry no recipe for the chocolate spiders. When you are as talented as Joni in making chocolates, you can whip up an incredible dessert with no recipe at all. Thanks Joni for the spiders, they were delicious.