Ha! I just found this photo, and it is just priceless! A cat in a shrimp sushi costume!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Another version of a Halloween bento:
"This Bento I made sometime last October.
Goyza, Carrot Sushi, Cucumber Rolls, mini egg rolls, Tamago, Chocolate Pumpkin and these Ains (sp?) cookies that are German or Swedish I forget but they are amazing!!!!!!!!!"
This photographer notes:
"This version of devilled eggs is a Halloween tradition in my family!
Hard-boil 12 eggs. Remove shells, rinse and dry. Slice in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in medium bowl. Use a pastry cutter to mash yolks well. Add Mustard and Miracle Whip in a 2-1 ratio to create a paste. Add drops of Tabasco to your heat comfort level, then a few more. Fill eggwhite halves with yolk mixture, rounding and smoothing top of each. Push a whole pimiento-stuffed green olive into the center of each yolk well, stuffed side up. Use a toothpick dipped into red food dye to draw tiny wiggly red lines on whites, to simulate capillaries.
Variation (shown): Add blue food dye to yolk mixture to make it a creepy green. Use black olive slices to create the eyeball effect, with a small piece of pimiento for the pupil. '
"Oreo cheesecake I made for Yahoo! Halloween baking contest.
Oreo cheesecake with chocolate spiderweb and marzipan spider. I made the eyes out of Hot Tamales candies.
My first time playing with Marzipan, man, it takes a lot of food coloring to make it black!"
With a chocolate-chip cookie crust, peanut butter "sauce" layer, and peanut and candy toppings, this sweet pizza treat will have them scrambling for more!
1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup Halloween-colored candy-coated chocolate candies
1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts
1/4 cup vanilla creamy ready-to-spread frosting (from 1-lb container)
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 12-inch pizza pan with foil; grease foil with shortening. Break cookie dough into 2-inch pieces; arrange evenly in pan. With floured fingers, press to form crust.
2. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
3. Use foil to lift crust from pan. Carefully remove foil from crust; place crust on serving platter or tray. Spread peanut butter over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate candies and peanuts.
4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave frosting uncovered on High 10 to 15 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle. Transfer to small resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut small hole in 1 corner of bag; drizzle over cookie pizza. Cut into wedges or squares.
Photo note and link:
"Pumpkin sloppy joes won for Best Potluck"
Who knew mice could taste so good!
"maraschino cherries dipped in chocolate w/jumbo chocolate chips for noses and almond slivers for ears."
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Excellent food photos, and great doable ideas for that Halloween table.
Cute Food For Kids
This one has some neat kid party ideas.
Photo note and link:
"Looking for creepy but good Halloween party foods - the Maggot Slider is an easy addition to your appetizer menu"
the neighbor's "meat head" at their Halloween party, originally uploaded by klebphotos.
Photo note: "the neighbor's "meat head" at their Halloween party"
halloween party treats
Halloween food - Mummy Dogs aka Pigs in a Blanket (2008), originally uploaded by emergencyfan2000.
These are cute - neat idea for that Halloween get-together~
"This year I think I got the wrapping down! Hot dogs, croissant dough & peppercorns. I think the croissant dough was easier to work with than the biscuit dough I used last year."
Whoo! Love this shot! Great Halloween party look!
"This is our kitchen after about an hour of decorating. I wish I had gotten a picture of the table full of food, but there were people everywhere! :)"
Here's a link to brasspaperclip's beautiful blog site, featuring more Halloween party food photos:
Halloween Party Inspiration blogged here: brasspaperclip.typepad.com/brass_paperclip/2010/10/hallow...
babette, originally uploaded by chunkysimon.
A Face Book friend shared a link to a post on Gastronomica, with a rich and wonderful list of movies in which food plays a central role. Click on the link below to see the list, and a description of each one. The list is nicely lengthy~
And yes, Babette's Feast is one of my all-time favorites.
Food on Film
"Welcome to "Food on Film", some of our favorite cinematic foodie moments. This list was written and compiled by Rebecca L. Epstein, a PhD from the UCLA Dept. of Film, Television, and Digital Media. Her dissertation, entitled Crime and Nourishment, focused on the food and foodways of Hollywood gangster films."
To visit the site, click on the link (Food on Film) above.
Monday, October 25, 2010
"pumpkin, onion, bouillon cube, fresh cream (soy), salt, black pepper, olive oil, bacon, haricot beans, shimeji mushrooms, parsley"
This looks so good! Would love to try it~
This is a gorgeous photo~
The photographer has this to say:
"My pumpkin patch activity over last weekend put me in the jack-o-lantern mood. I have always wondered why? So, the friendly guide in the farm gave me a little bit of explaination over the history.
The origin of Halloween dates back to 3000 years to the Celtic celebration of Samhain, means Summer End. Glowing jack-o-lanterns were set on porches and windows to welcome deceased loved ones, and also protect against malevolent spirits.
End of Summer was believed that the souls of the dead were closest to this world and was the best time to contact them to say good bye. It was also a celebration of harvest.
When Irish arrived in America, they found the native pumpkin to be larger and easier to carve, as to be the perfect choice of jack-o-lanterns.
Happy Halloween friends =} trick or treat?"
Sunday, October 24, 2010
"Kate and I made some brownies for the Cheeks' party.
Duncan Hines Brownie mix and 1/2 dark chocolate bar.
Add chocolate chips to the brownie mix and prepare as directed.
duncan hines whipped Frosting.
Microwave the frosting for 10 seconds.
Add food coloring.
Dip marshmallow in fosting.
Allow frosting to cool down and set.
Uploaded by easement"
Halloween Food - Cheese/fruit/vege tray w/apple bites, originally uploaded by emergencyfan2000.
Check out the fierce looking apples! Great alternative to all the sweets~
"Had to Halloween up the fruit/vege tray too, right?"
These are adorable, and would be great for any fall party, not only Halloween.
8 tablespoons smoked Cheddar cold pack cheese food (from 8-oz container), well chilled
2 teaspoons finely chopped peanuts
4 butter-flavored pretzel spindles or sticks, broken in half
16 tiny pieces fresh parsley leaves
1. Line small serving plate with waxed paper. Roll each level tablespoon cold pack cheese food into a ball; place on waxed paper-lined serving plate. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes for easier handling.
2. With end of toothpick, draw ridges around balls to resemble pumpkins. Dip bottoms of cheese balls in chopped peanuts.
3. Just before serving, insert pretzel halves into cheese balls for pumpkin stems. Decorate with parsley for leaves. Store in refrigerator.
Uploaded by Betty Crocker Recipes "
No party is complete without the punch!
Photo note and recipe:
"2 liter ginger ale
2 liter sprite
1 frozen lemonade hand
gummy eyeball ice cubes
lime sherbet (not shown)
the BEST party punch!"
The photo note explains it all!
"We were inspired to do these when we saw someone who had put mini-marshmallows on the ends of lollipop sticks and dipped them in peanut butter. With the idea that grosser is always better, we adapted the technique and melted the marshmallow and dipped the sticks into them. (You can shape them a bit if you wet your fingers so the marshmallow doesn't stick as you work with it). People had to dare each other to eat them. Mom even add a little red gel to some of them to make them look bloody. ICK!"
Photo note, and link:
"Just marinated mozzarella with olives, but yummy and nicely creepy!
blogged here: http://dabbled.org/2008/09/halloween-food-delicious-eyeballs.html
I can totally taste these right now! And, just in time for the latest Harry Potter movie, due out in November~
"I recently held a Harry Potter party at my home. I made devil's food cake and topped it with ribbons of peanut butter frosting. Each was decorated with a handmade fondant pumpkin."
Halloween prep is super fun when you invite your little gobblins to help decorate adorable cookies on sticks.
1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
16 craft sticks (flat wooden sticks with round ends)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
Assorted candies (gumdrops, candy corn and licorice)
1. Freeze cookie dough 1 hour.
2. Heat oven to 350°F. Cut frozen dough into 16 (1/2-inch) slices; roll each into ball. On ungreased cookie sheets, arrange balls in circle, 3 inches apart and 2 inches from edges. Securely insert a craft stick into each ball with end pointing toward center of cookie sheet.
3. Bake 10 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
4. In small bowl, stir white frosting ingredients until smooth. If necessary, add additional milk 1 drop at a time for desired consistency.
5. In another small bowl, stir together all chocolate frosting ingredients except assorted candies until smooth. If necessary, add additional milk 1 drop at a time for desired consistency.
6. Frost half of cookies with white frosting; frost remaining cookies with chocolate frosting. Arrange candies on frosted cookies to create jack-o'-lanterns, cats, owls or ghosts.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft):
Bake 14 to 18 minutes.
Miniature Food - Halloween Desserts in 12th Scale, originally uploaded by Miniature Food by Paris Miniatures.
This looks good enough to eat~
Photographer's / artist's note:
"Here's a set of six restaurant-style desserts that I made with a Halloween / autumn feel.
Includes a cupcake (with come cute gummy frogs!), cheesecake, tartlet and much more.
I made the food items from polymer clay and the plates from ceramic.
Halloween isn't celebrated here in France, so it's kind of my own 'imagined' version of some classy Halloween desserts! How did I do?
Each of the plates measure just 2cm in diameter. These pieces were created for use in a 12th scale dollhouse or roombox setting."
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I came home after teaching (Pilates) for lunch, and was faced with a few leftovers. With these, I began constructing today's soup: Zucchini Butterbean Soup. Here's what went into it:
4 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. ground beef (leftover)
1/2 C+ peas (leftover)
Zucchini, chopped (about 1 C)
1/4 C. dried couscous
1 small can of butterbeans, drained
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. Hot Mexican Style chili powder
pinch of salt (to taste)
6 or 8 good grinds of fresh pepper
* * *
All these ingredients went into a large pot (moved up from a medium saucepan) which then simmered for about 30 max. Just enough time to soften the zucchini, cook the couscous, and absorb the seasonings. You can easily substitute leftover chopped chicken or ham for the ground beef; either of those would go well with the other ingredients.
I have to say, it was quite good~