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October 2006 | Recipe Notes #211
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006, Issue No. 211
Happy Halloween
happy halloween jack o' lanterns
Halloween brings out the mischievous side of make-believe, giving you the perfect excuse to scare up a little fun. Want to be the coolest ghoul in town? Whether your tastes run to charming or chilling, we can help you organize a real monster bash.
In this Issue

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Food Lovers' Trivia
Q: What is devil's food?
Rave Review!
This Great Pumpkin Dessert is SO wonderful! I made it for an office Halloween party and even those who don't like pumpkin gave me rave reviews!


Hosting Halloween
When the frost is on the pumpkin—and the pumpkin is on the porch—it's time for party monsters everywhere to head out for Trick-or-Treat fun.

Hey Pumpkin. Need some ideas for the perfect pumpkin-carving party? We have complete party plans, downloadable design templates and practical advice for choosing pumpkins and carving Jack O' Lanterns. We even have recipes for roasting pumpkin seeds for crunchy snacks. Click on Happy Halloween and get ready for a frightfully good time.

There Goes the Neighborhood. Set the stage with a haunted gingerbread house centerpiece. You can bake your own, buy a ready-to-decorate kit or use graham crackers. For maximum mobility, build your creepy creation on a baking pan lined with brown paper. Click on Gingerbread House for a basic recipe that you can decorate for any occasion.

  • Make sturdy royal icing for "glue" (use pasteurized dried egg whites if you're going to eat the house afterwards) and tint half the batch black and half orange. Spoon icing into resealable plastic bags, snipping a small hole in a bottom corner for squeezing out frosting.
  • Outline windows and doors with black icing. Brush black or orange icing onto roof pieces and sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes. Ice the walls together, attach the roof and adhere the house to the baking pan. Let icing set for 1 hour; royal icing dries almost rock-hard.
  • Add devilish details: stick candy bats over the door; pave a broken candy wafer path; plant tufts of toasted coconut grass; let marshmallow ghosts haunt a candy pumpkin patch.

Freaky Food. Turn party snacks into ghastly goodies by adding some bad attitude. Examples: candy apples are cute until they're writhing with gummy worms; cupcakes are adorable until they sprout black licorice spider legs, candy corn fangs and blood-red cinnamon candy eyes. Even a harmless bowl of punch becomes a cauldron of witch's brew if you float an icy hand in the mix. For hair-raising effect, invent alternative labels for every dish: black bean chili becomes rat's eye stew or mushroom pizza becomes toadstools in goo. You get the idea. Click on Halloween Recipes A to Z for more fun with food.

devil's food cake
Food Lovers' Trivia Tidbit
Devil's food is a dark, dense, baked chocolate item (such as a cake or cookie). On the opposite end of the spectrum is the airy, white angel food cake.

Recipe for Devil's Food Cake

Editors' Recipe Picks!
Feed your fiends a hearty meal on Halloween night, and treat them to some tricky delights as well.

Submitted By: DTERESA
I make this soup every Halloween, and it is the "signal" to the family that the cool weather has arrived. I've been making it for 15 years now and out of all the soups I make, it is still everyone's favorite. Enjoy!

Submitted By: Carolyn
After you scoop out your pumpkin, you can make this snack by roasting fresh pumpkin seeds in margarine, Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt.

Submitted By: Rosina
Kids will love these fun and whimsical critters. To make dark mice, roll the cookies in 1/3 cup finely crushed chocolate wafers instead of the confectioners' sugar.

Black Halloween Punch
Submitted By: Kathleen
Grape and orange soft drink mixes are combined with sugar, water and ginger ale for a scary looking punch. And don't forget the frozen hand!

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Ready In: 1 Hour
  • Yields: 32 servings
  • 1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
  • 1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 quarts cold water
  • 1 liter ginger ale
  1. To make a frozen hand, wash a disposable glove, fill with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard.
  2. Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar and water until solids are dissolved. Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving. Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a ghastly effect.
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