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spooky treats for your Halloween fete
by Yee-Fan Sun
I used to think that
while disturbing was a good quality in most things Halloween, when it
came to food, I preferred to skip the scary stuff. I'd seen far too many
Halloween eats in which gross-out verisimilitude had clearly taken
precedence over actual flavor. Call me crazy, but I like my food to
taste good. So in years past, when it came time to start gearing
up for Halloween, I left the creepy to the house décor
and played it safe with standard party eats like mini-quiches and party
pizzas, making a nod to the holiday at hand with pretty little mini
pumpkin pies and decorated sugar cookies.
Then, I saw the (eerie
Halloween) light. While scouring Halloween websites for decorating
ideas, I came across several that featured a recipe for Witches' Finger
cookies. The cookies looked amazingly finger-like; the recipe, on the
other hand, sounded a whole lot like my normal sugar cookie recipe. On a
whim, I decided to give the cookies a go, figuring that if the first
batch turned out to be a disaster, I could always use the remaining
dough to make my usual Halloween cookie-cutter-formed treats. But the
Witches' Fingers turned out stunningly well. And thus, I began the quest
for more Halloween-themed treats.
new ideas for the food table at your upcoming Halloween
hootenanny? Give these recipes a whirl. Some of them draw their
Halloween-appropriateness from their uncanny resemblance to
disembodied body parts; others derive their eerie-factor from
creative naming or a simple decoration. All have one thing in
common, though: they'll look fabulous on your Halloween table, and
taste good too.
As a final accent, of course, don't forget to garnish with plastic
and rubber spiders, rats, bats, snakes, and other creepy-crawlies
It's also a good idea to
make a small card or tag to go along with each dish. List the
name of the dish (e.g. blood and guts) followed by a more helpful
description (salsa and guacamole).
on this direction for some ghoulish goodies...
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