Thursday, October 30, 2014

Foodie Friday-- Halloween 2014

Welcome to the 7th Annual Foodie Friday Halloween Party.
Halloween is a fun-loving kick off to the longer holiday season, a chance to indulge our inner child (and our real ones) and to play with vivid colors: russet, gold, burnt orange.
I'm thrilled that you're joining us for an evening of tricks and treats, magic potions,
soups for your cauldrons, and desserts that will haunt your taste buds.

Halloween is a favorite season for foodies. We fill our grocery cart with candy (our favorites, of course), carve pumpkins, bake cupcakes, and sip cup after cup of spiced tea.
Every Halloween, I open a poetry book and read an old favorite by Anne Sexton.

Her Kind

                                                                  BY ANNE SEXTON
I have gone out, a possessed witch
haunting the black air, braver at night;  
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite. 
I have been her kind.
I have found the warm caves in the woods,  
filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,  
closets, silks, innumerable goods;
fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:   
whining, rearranging the disaligned.
A woman like that is misunderstood.
I have been her kind.
                                                    -- Anne Sexton
 I'm delighted to share the 3 Most-Viewed Recipes
from last week's Foodie Friday.
 #1 Most-Viewed --
Served in a white Ironstone bowl, Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup is a hearty, heart-warming
meal on a crisp autumn evening.
A divine Orange Pumpkin Loaf is perfect with tea. 
#2 Most-Viewed Recipe
What happens when the nearest P.F. Chang restaurant is an hour away?
Butteryum has the answer with an aromatic, mouth-watering recipe.

 #3 Most-Viewed Recipe
From The Woks of Life: "Consisting of a flavorful, clear broth, shaved beef, tender Chinese radish slices, lots of cilantro and scallion, deep red chili oil, and chewy handmade noodles, Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup (兰州拉面, lanzhou lamian) has the majority vote among 1.4 billion very culinarily-conscious citizens."

You're Invited to Peruse
from last week's Foodie Friday Link Party.
Ready to get your party on?
Are you contributing a recipe to this week's Foodie Friday?
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You can read an UPDATED guide to this linky party HERE.

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The Foodie Friday Link Party
Have a Safe, Spectacular Halloween.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

13 Spooktacular Halloween Recipes from the Foodie Friday Files

"By the pricking of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes." 

-- William Shakespeare, MacBeth

Ladies and gentlemen, take a deep breath.
Darkness falls swiftly during Halloween week,
and wild things howl at the moon.
'Tis the season when the crow flies after dark,
when spiders weave webs in your hair, 
and when spirits haunt your dreams. 
'Tis the season when candles burn in the kitchen and you study cookbooks, searching for ticks 'n treats. 

I'm pleased to share thirteen lucky recipes by thirteen talented bloggers, all chosen by the readers of Foodie Friday.

Are your cauldrons ready?

Cookbooks open?

Candles lit?

Let's join hands and sing together:

"Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble."

1. Gypsy Heart and Soul's  Witch Hat Cookies will weave a flavorful spell in your kitchen!

"Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake.
Eye of newt and toe of frog...."

2. Happier Than a Pig in Mud's Yummy Mummy Apple Pie is a combination of comedy and fine baking.

"Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravined salt-sea shark...."

3. Hyacinth for the Soul's Frightfully Delightful "Fingers" will tickle your funny bone.

"Root of hemlock digged i' th' dark ... 
Gall of goat and slips of yew
Slivered in the moon’s eclipse, 
Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips ...."

4. Graveyard Dip by Purple Chocolat Home  is an edible vignette,
one you'll want to make every year.

"Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble...."

5. Move over, Grumpy Cat! 
Celebrate Halloween with these adorable hand pies by Home Is Where the Boat Is

"How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags?
What is ’t you do?


     "A deed without a name."

6.  Posed Perfection's Acorn Donut Treats are elegant, festive, and 
flavor-filled. Perfect with coffee, hot tea, or a late-night snack.

"Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth."

We've got a trio of goodies by Home Is Where the Boat Is!

7. Prepare for Halloween with "Deadly Morsels and Twisted Treats" by Home Is Where the Boat Is.

"Round about the cauldron go,
In the poisoned entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Sweltered venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' th' charmèd pot."
8. Warm up with Witch's Brew Stew by Home Is Where the Heart Is

"I conjure you, by that which you profess,
Howe'er you come to know it, answer me:
Though you untie the winds and let them fight
Against the churches; though the yesty waves
Confound and swallow navigation up...."
9. Whip up a batch of deliciously cute Cauldron Cupcakes by Home Is Where the Boat Is 

First Witch: "Speak."
Second Witch: "Demand."
Third Witch: "We'll answer."
First Witch: "Say, if thou'dst rather hear it from our mouths,Or from our masters?"
MACBETH: "Call 'em; let me see 'em."

10 Virtually Yours by Kelly Stilwell's shared 4 Easy Halloween Cupcake Recipes, each one unique and unforgettable.

"Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care
Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are:
Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill
Shall come against him."

11. Views from the 'Ville's Pumpkin Spice-Filled Molasses Cookie Cups is a keeper, one of those recipes you'll pass down to your children.

"Come, sisters, cheer we up his sprites,
And show the best of our delights:
I'll charm the air to give a sound,
While you perform your antic round:
That this great king may kindly say,
Our duties did his welcome pay."
12. Simply Sweet Home's Oreo Ice-Box Cake will serve a crowd, perfect for Halloween parties, and it is so versatile, your family and friends will enjoy it year-round.

"Make the gruel thick and slab.
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron...."

13. Shakespeare and the Three Witches would approve of the magic in A Life Well Red's Icing Spiders and Sugar Web Cupcakes. Here, food and art combine deliciously.  

Congratulations, Bakers!
"Oh well done! I commend your pains,
And every one shall share i' th' gains.
And now about the cauldron sing,
Like elves and fairies in a ring,
Enchanting all that you put in."

See you at Foodie Friday (the link will be available this Thursday evening, Oct. 30th, at 7 p.m. Central), when your favorite autumn recipes from last week's link party will be unveiled. 

Quotes: William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

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