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Halloween Fare

Halloween Fare

Halloween Food

Most holidays I spend a large number of hours cooking and baking. This Halloween I had to forego much of the holiday food festivities, due to a ghoulish work schedule. I did manage to help my mother make some Halloween Food.

My mother works at an Independent and Assisted Living Facility. One of the things she does is throw theme parties for the people who reside there on holidays and occasions. Together we selected the menu and I assisted her in putting on some of the finishing touches. The people she served the treats to enjoyed the food more than either one of us had anticipated.

The first item on the menu was a cheeseball. My mother has been making the same amazingly delicious cheeseball for probably thirty years. It is a hit everywhere she takes it. This year we saw a Halloween cheeseball idea on Pinterest. I didn’t even read the recipe included, because we used moms. The difference was that it was shaped to look like a skeleton or ghoul head, with green olive eyes and almond teeth. Success!

Next, we found Halloween Deviled Eggs. This was super easy. Use your favorite Deviled Egg recipe, add red food coloring until the filling is orange. Fill the whites with the yolk filling, making sure they are very round then snip off a piece of green onion to make a pumpkin stem.

My mother also found a recipe for Halloween Snack Mix. I don’t know that she was a big fan of it after the fact, but I know that what I got to try was tasty. The leftovers went home to my own family to taste. They also thought it was good stuff.

Naturally Mother served some of the obligatory Halloween fare: donuts, popcorn balls, sugar cookies, and punch. The Halloween food that we made were a great addition!

If you are looking for some ideas for your Halloween party next year I highly recommend these. They are all very easy to make, not very time consuming, but make a big impact!

Cheese Ball

  • 2 8- ounce packages cream cheese (softened)
  • 6 ounce package wafer beef (Buddig, diced (*do not use chipped beef))
  • 3 Tablespoons diced green onion
  1. Mix all ingredients (I use my hands) until thoroughly combined. Form into a ball. Serve with crackers or crudité.

For the Halloween cheeseball, it was formed into a skeleton face.

 

Halloween Snack Mix

  • 8 ounces white chocolate baking bars or almond bark (broken / chopped into pieces)
  • 4 cups Corn or Rice Cereal Squares
  • 2 cups pretzel twists (we used squares)
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • ¼ cup candy decorations (sprinkles, bats, eyes, etc)
  1. In a large glass bowl, microwave baking bars uncovered on High 1 ½ – 2 ½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. 

  2. Gently stir in cereal and pretzels until evenly coated. Stir in candy corn and decors. 

  3. Spread on waxed paper or foil until cooled and set. 

  4. Break into chunks. 

  5. Store loosely covered.

This mix can be made scarier or more fun, depending on what you add to it!

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in Recipe

 

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Cherry Oat Muffins

Cherry Oat Muffins

Having frozen cherries in the freezer is so great! On Friday morning, daughter Number Four informed me that I had not made Holiday Breakfast the day before, on the 4th of July. What have I done?!? I started a tradition of making breakfast on (Big) Holidays, and apparently it has spiraled out of control. Being a quick thinker I took to a search engine to find a breakfast muffin recipe that was healthy and would utilize some of the cherries in the freezer. I came across a recipe that matched every requirement. I made some Cherry Muffins!

http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-cherry-applesauce-muffins-348851

In less than 30 minutes we had fresh cherry muffins warm out of the oven. They were great alone, with a bit of butter, or some jam.

I was worried that this recipe would be too ‘healthy’ for some of the members of the family. Much to my delight everyone liked the cherry muffins. This is definitely something I will add to my repertoire. I will continue my search for awesome cherry recipes in the meantime.

Cherry-Oat Muffins

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with papers.

  2. In a large bowl mix together flours, oats, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. 

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together applesauce, buttermilk, brown sugar, oil and egg. Combine until smooth.

  4. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and mix until just moist. Fold in cherries. 

  5. Fill muffin papers about 2/3 full. 

  6. Bake 15 minutes and check for doneness with a toothpick. If pick inserted in center comes out clean, they are done. If not done, bake in additional 1 minute increments until toothpick comes out clean. 

  7. Remove from oven to wire cooling rack for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove muffins from pan to cool completely.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Fresh Cherry Cobbler

Fresh Cherry Cobbler

The garden is still producing, and the fruit and nut trees are starting to offer up their goodness, too! Daughter Number 4 and I spent some more time in my parents’ yard and garden over the weekend. The dwarf cherry tree was full of ripe fruit! We took to picking the cherries and realized we might need some additional hands. Daughters Two and Three helped with the picking, too. Even a dwarf tree kept some of the fruit far above our reach from the ground. A step ladder helped us get a few more. We filled a fairly large tub full of the sour cherries.

Now that we had all of these cherries, we had to decide what to do with them.

It seemed that almost everything we wanted to make out of cherries required us to pit them. Growing up in a small Kansas town where people still grow vegetable gardens and have fruit and nut trees on their property I had heard many times how horrible pitting cherries is. Having never dealt with fresh cherries before, I do not own a cherry pitter. I did a bit of online research and read many accounts that echoed what the older women in my community said about cherry pitting. It sounded like the pits.

So, I read a little more and found some nifty sounding tips to easier cherry pitting. I decided to try the method that I read using drinking straws. Just put the tip of the straw on the stem end of the cherry and push gently. The pit came right out the bottom! Beautiful! I enlisted the help of the girls to pit cherries with me and we made quick work of the bulk of the cherries. There were so many cherries that I gave over six cups (pits in) to one of my brothers.

I used some of the cherries to make a cobbler and froze the rest. That was also very easy. I just laid the pitted and cleaned cherries on a baking sheet (or three) and popped them into the freezer. After 8 hours the cherries were frozen and I could put them into freezer bags! They are ready for me to use anytime, and the work is already done!
cobbler

Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fresh-cherry-cobbler/
Everyone loved this amazing fresh cobbler. We took some in to share with my dad so he could enjoy the cherries off of his tree. He really liked it, and got a little bit irritated with my mom when she was trying to take bites, too!

Of course I am thrilled to have spent the time with my girls’ dong something productive, using the fresh fruit that my parents’ tree provided and sharing with my family. I am also glad that I didn’t let any of the things I had heard about pitting fresh cherries deter me from what turned out to be truly rewarding.

Take the opportunity to pit some cherries and enjoy them – just a little bit from me, to you!

Fresh Cherry Cobbler

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups fresh pitted sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the butter in a 9×13 inch baking dish, and place in the oven to melt while the oven is preheating. Remove as soon as butter has melted. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and baking powder. Mix in the milk until well blended, pour the batter into the pan over the butter. Do not stir.
  3. Place cherries in the mixing bowl, and gently toss with the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour. Distribute the cherry mixture evenly over the batter without stirring.
  4. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm alone or topped with ice cream.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Baking Recipes

 

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