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Halloween Party Food Preparation Tip

on October 26, 2012 - 2:31pm

It's Halloween party weekend for many of us. I can feel the anxiety from here, rising like steam from party hosts.

If, like me, you like to make most of the food you serve at parties (or, also like me, you can't afford to have it catered), do yourself a favor and prepare as much of it as you can before the day of the party. 

Many foods like soups and chilies freeze wonderfully, so make them early. 

Prep for dish ingredients - chopping, roasting, grating, etc - can also be done ahead of time, ready to be assembled on the day. 

I put a list of items I'm making on the fridge with 3 columns: prepped, made, served. If dishes have more than one component (for example, herb butter for a squash soup, or homemade dip with vegetables), I list them together. This helps prevent the last minute "I forgot to make the salsa for the nacho dip!" or even worse, you forget to bring out part of the dish when serving. 

As I go along, I add a check mark to each column.

Honestly, this is a life saver. It also is handy for anyone who is helping you serve. They can look at the list and know how many things they should be looking for.

Doing a lot of work beforehand means doing considerably less work on the day of the party. Plus, you are less likely to end up stuck in the kitchen while your guests are there. It's YOUR party. You deserve to have fun too.

Pillsbury Sugar Pucks

on October 7, 2012 - 10:06am

Here in Canada, we don't get as many Halloween-themed foods as our friends south of the border. It's a novelty I lament missing out on, though most of the products are foods I wouldn't normally buy (like sugary cereals or waffles). It would just be nice to see them in the grocery aisle.

The other day, Yetch came home with Pillsbury Cookies that had ghosts on them. 

Generally speaking, on the rare occasion when cookies are in the house, they are usually homemade. I don't enjoy baking (love cooking, hate baking), but if I'm going to indulge, I want it to taste really good.

I am familiar with Pillsbury products. We had them growing up, and when I was in the my early 20s, it was the closest thing to baking that I attempted. 

I knew where to set the bar flavour-wise.

Regardless, there is something magical about ready-stamped cookies with Halloween images! 

I unwrapped the pucks of dough and looked at the back of the box for cooking instructions. Printed across the package are suggestions of ways to "fancy up" your cookies. One suggested rolling them in sprinkles. Well, I have sprinkles, I thought, and if I add them, it's almost like I made them myself, right?

Burnt Brittle!

on November 8, 2011 - 4:41pm

The last traces of this year's Jack O'Lantern - the seeds - have been mistreated. 

I had been saving them to make the Pumpkin Seed Brittle recipe I've been eyeing for years, resisting the urge to snack on their toasted goodness while they waited patiently in a container in my office (Yetch would have devoured them otherwise). 

Today I found the time to make it. Had it heating up on the stove when I thought "oh! I should have my camera and take pictures for the website".

By the time I ran into the other room and retrieved the camera, my brittle went from light toffee to deep amber.

*sigh*

Yetch is still very pleased with the results.

Sunday Brings Pumpkin Treats

on November 6, 2011 - 8:13am

Up early on this Sunday morning (thanks to change in the clocks and Yetch's inability to turn his alarm off). While making pumpkin pie I saved some of the filling to infuse in milk and make myself a pumpkin latte.

Halloween over? Never. It simply lurks.

 

Ventriloquist Dummy Cake

on November 6, 2011 - 7:45am

Birthday cake? I'd say this rates as one of the creepiest Halloween cakes of all time. You can check out more cake coolness at Jana's Fun Cakes.

Frank and Beans

on November 5, 2011 - 7:11pm

If you have some extra time, check out the kitschy collection of photos and figures by judibird. There's more where this gem came from.

Baby Cake

on May 24, 2010 - 9:57am

Cake that looks like a real baby
People think those who like dark things are twisted and weird.

I say people who want realistic baby cakes are the strange ones.

This little beauty comes from cakewrecks.blogspot.com. They point out a flaw in the baby-lover's plan: sure you've made a super cute (?) realistic baby cake. Now you have to carve it up and serve it.

Didn't really think that through, did you, oh lover of all things cute and 'normal'?

So where do you start? I suppose the back is the safest spot. Let's see how that works out in the next picture...

Russian (Entrepreneurial) Zombies?

on November 16, 2009 - 9:43am

cubed meat
Give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day. Give a man a corpse, you can feed him and put some cash in his pocket.

I joke, but the following story is gruesome and unnerving. Yetch brought it to my attention this weekend, and I've been haunted by it ever since.

In the city of Perm outside of Moscow, three homeless men were arrested after dismembered parts of a 25-year-old man were found near a bus stop.

The men - all with criminal records - attacked the young man with a hammer and knives. How does this story get worse? Here's the statement from the prosecutor's main investigative unit for the Perm region:

After carrying out the crime, the corpse was divided up: part was eaten and part was also sold to a kiosk selling kebabs and pies.

No one can confirm if the human flesh was actually served to customers.

Question: what kind of food establishment buys mystery meat from homeless men? In all the sources I've found about this story, not one mentions whether or not the kebab shop has been shut down or even fined.

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