|Our Halloween Buffet - with more ghoulish surprises to be added|
|7 or more Taco Layer Monster Dip on a pumpkin shaped platter|
A vegetable platter with turnip and radish creatures. I forgot to make my scallion ghosts. I should have made them at the same time when I made the turnip and radish. Oh well... My vegetable dip was low-fat sour cream with dried bell pepper flakes, Italian Seasoning, celery seed, toasted onion flakes, a pinch of salt, freshly ground black pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Make it the night before so that all the dried seasonings can blend together, absorb into the liquid and reconstitute. Stir well and serve with the veggie platter.
Using the same bread stick dough, we also made bread bones. These were even easier to make. Years ago, we made home-made pizza dough, which we then shaped, boiled, brushed with an egg wash, dipped herbs onto them and then baked. TOO MANY STEPS! All these required was rolling out the dough to a long strand and tying the ends into knots. Brushed with egg whites and sprinkled Italian Seasonings and Parmesan Cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until slightly golden. Serve with a bowl
|Halloween Mac & Cheese|
|Finger Foods - Severed finger cheese sticks and chocolate dipped pretzel rods|
|Nutterbutter Ghost Cookies|
Halloween Pretzels: For the Pretzel Rods, we melted white and dark chocolate and into which we dipped the rods and the sprinkled with Halloween Candy Sprinkles. You have to cool and refrigerate them so they set.
Cookie Ghosts: The Nutter Butter Cookies were trickier to do at first but then we figured out how to make these. Basically, melt white chocolate and then either dip them in the chocolate (which is messy!) or just coat one side of the cookie so that it's "enrobed" with the white chocolate. Then add some sprinkles, jimmies or tiny candy pieces for the eyes and mouth. Set in a cool place or refrigerate until the chocolate hardens.
|The Birthday Boy and his "Kitty-litter Box" Birthday Cake|
The piece de Resistance was the Kitty Litter Box Birthday Cake that our good friend, "Mommom" Susan Hill made. She had sent me a web page link to this cake idea and I loved it immediately, gross as it looks. Liz wasn't too keen on the idea but I asked Susan to go ahead and make it. One is supposed to use a new, clean, small cat box, but that might take the idea too far over the edge. Susan used a lasagna pan and bought a new, fun, cat scoop. The cake is baked, then crumbled and re-assembled with pudding and yogurt. The top is dusted with cinnamon. The cat, ahem, leavings or deposits, oh, heck, I'll say it, TURDS/POOP/SH!T can be melted tootsie rolls or, as Susan made them, shredded apples, cocoa powder, maybe some powdered sugar, and oats. Looks rather authentic but tasted, as Nate says, Really Great!
Thought the food and how-to recipes would be more appropriate here first. Wonder what we'll do to top this party next year?