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    Judy Haffner Guest

    Default Do Any Special Cooking/Baking For Halloween?


    Any of you in here make anything specifically for Halloween, such as
    some type of sweet treat, or maybe a main dish?

    Maybe you don't celebrate Halloween, or are you one that goes all out
    and wears a costume to work, decorates your house with ghosts and
    witches and special lights, and hands out treats to a gazillion trick or
    treaters?

    We never get very many kids at our house, but always make treats for our
    grandchildren and their friends. Marshmallow-Jell-O popcorn balls,
    caramel apples, and fudge, and today I baked 3 different kinds of
    cookies, including huge cut out sugar cookies, that I decorated with
    Jack 'O Lantern faces. Tomorrow I'm going to make Halloween Cupcakes.

    Judy


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    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Do Any Special Cooking/Baking For Halloween?

    Judy wrote:

    > Any of you in here make anything specifically for Halloween, such as
    > some type of sweet treat, or maybe a main dish?


    If you google "samhain menus" you can get some ideas for main dishes. From
    http://sisterhood2.homestead.com/Samhain.html:

    "Considered to be the food of the Irish Otherworld, the pig was a magic
    animal that fed deserving men quite well. Used as a feast food for warriors
    after successful battle, and revered for its connection to the myths of Cu'
    Chullain's journeys into the world of Faery, it is also traditionally served
    at modern Samhain feasts of the dead along with the mythical apples from the
    shores of Avalon."

    So a Halloween menu might contain some kind of pork. Pumpkins of course
    would also fit into the menu, as would the apples mentioned in that
    paragraph.

    I think a good Halloween menu would be:

    slow-roasted fresh ham (i.e., pork leg) with herbs
    pumpkin risotto
    kale with mushrooms
    white beans with turmeric and butter
    apples & cheddar

    Bob



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    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Do Any Special Cooking/Baking For Halloween?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] says...
    >
    > Any of you in here make anything specifically for Halloween, such as
    > some type of sweet treat, or maybe a main dish?


    We're going to a fancy dress Halloween party hosted by neighbours. I'm
    going as a witch: and he's going as the grim reaper with full make-up
    borrowed from theatrical friends.
    I'm taking homemade pumpkin pie. Made from scratch. He says he's making
    coffin cake.

    Janet (Scotland).

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    Tara Guest

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    Ed Pawlowskio Guest

    Default Re: Do Any Special Cooking/Baking For Halloween?

    On Sat, 29 Oct 2011 22:26:50 -0800, [email protected] (Judy Haffner)
    wrote:

    >
    >Any of you in here make anything specifically for Halloween, such as
    >some type of sweet treat, or maybe a main dish?
    >
    >Maybe you don't celebrate Halloween, or are you one that goes all out
    >and wears a costume to work, decorates your house with ghosts and
    >witches and special lights, and hands out treats to a gazillion trick or
    >treaters?


    When the kids were little, we made them costumes and I'd take them out
    while my wife stayed home to give out the candy. These days, we go
    out to dinner, as we will again tomorrow night.

    We don't get any local kids, but the few that do come are teenagers
    out just for the candy. The little ones are fun, but none around our
    neighborhood.

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    ViLco Guest

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    Judy Haffner wrote:

    > We never get very many kids at our house, but always make treats for
    > our grandchildren and their friends. Marshmallow-Jell-O popcorn balls,
    > caramel apples, and fudge, and today I baked 3 different kinds of
    > cookies, including huge cut out sugar cookies, that I decorated with
    > Jack 'O Lantern faces. Tomorrow I'm going to make Halloween Cupcakes.


    Here we celebrate ognissanti which, in catholic areas, is the 1st of
    November. Tomorrow will be a day off work and people will enjoy a lunch
    (around noon) with their relatives. It's some kind of a prequel to Christmas
    but it's not as important as Xmas is, expecially on the partying & cooking
    side. Tomorrow I'll be with my family and don't even need to ask, I already
    know what we'll have: cappelletti in brodo followed by two second courses: a
    beef roast served with lettuce and a cotechino with potato puree as a side.
    The only mistery will be the dessert, and maybe we won't be having one dor
    the high BG both my parents have.




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    Pennyaline Guest

    Default Re: Do Any Special Cooking/Baking For Halloween?

    On 10/30/2011 12:26 AM, Judy Haffner wrote:
    >
    > Any of you in here make anything specifically for Halloween, such as
    > some type of sweet treat, or maybe a main dish?


    Nothing special for the meal.

    When kidlet and the step-kids were little, I would make Halloween-motif
    cookies or cupcakes as a special treat, and they and their friends would
    eat practically every one that was made, even before I could get them
    decorated. As they got older, I would decorate cookies or cupcakes for
    them to take to school or Girl Scout Halloween parties. At some point,
    schools and Scouts started insisting on only prepackaged treats, which
    was a great disappointment to me, but the kids didn't seem to care or
    miss the homemade goodies. There are no more kids in the house now, but
    when they do come over they'll scarf down whatever is here whether it's
    homemade or store bought. Public functions like the neighborhood
    Halloween Trunk or Treat, or the town's big Halloween party, aren't
    interested in anything homemade or home packaged. It's even questionable
    form to take homemade goodies to the neighbors in person anymore. The
    neighbors will gladly come over and eat, and they will, using whatever
    logic, consume whole plates of homemade Christmas cookies and little
    homemade Christmas bundt cakes that are carried to their doors, but at
    other times they'll politely decline and/or throw the offerings away.

    <I guess there is no such thing as Christmas poisonings, eh?>

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    Judy Haffner Guest

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    ViLco wrote:

    >Here we celebrate ognissanti which, in
    > catholic areas, is the 1st of November.
    > Tomorrow will be a day off work and
    > people will enjoy a lunch (around noon)
    > with their relatives. It's some kind of a
    > prequel to Christmas but it's not as
    > important as Xmas is, expecially on the
    > partying & cooking side. Tomorrow I'll be
    > with my family and don't even need to
    > ask, I already know what we'll have:
    > cappelletti in brodo followed by two
    > second courses: a beef roast served
    > with lettuce and a cotechino with potato
    > puree as a side. The only mistery will be
    > the dessert, and maybe we won't be
    > having one dor the high BG both my
    > parents have.


    I'm not sure where you live, ViLco? I enjoyed hearing about your custom
    there for the 1st of November...very interesting!

    Not sure what BG stands for, that both your parents have?

    Enjoy your special day!

    Judy


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    Judy Haffner Guest

    Default Re: Do Any Special Cooking/Baking For Halloween?


    Pennyaline wrote:

    >It's even questionable form to take
    > homemade goodies to the neighbors in
    > person anymore. The neighbors will
    > gladly come over and eat, and they will,
    > using whatever logic, consume whole
    > plates of homemade Christmas cookies
    > and little homemade Christmas bundt
    > cakes that are carried to their doors, but
    > at other times they'll politely decline
    > and/or throw the offerings away.


    Maybe it's a plus living in a smaller community, where everyone knows
    everybody else, as I've always made the treats, as the only ones that
    come here on Halloween are ones that know us well, or mostly family. I
    go all out....caramel apples, popcorn balls, fudge, several kinds of
    "Halloween theme" cookies, including huge cut out sugar cookies that I
    decorate with Jack O' Lantern faces, and usually make some kind of a
    snack mix too and cupcakes, which are decorated, plus my own cake
    doughnuts. Always have apple cider on hand too, as I remember how
    thirsty I would get as a kid, when was out trick or treating.

    The dining room table is loaded, but it is mostly gone by the end of the
    day. We get as many adults here as we do children, as my reputation has
    spread far & wide! )

    Judy


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    Pennyaline Guest

    Default Re: Do Any Special Cooking/Baking For Halloween?

    On 10/31/2011 2:50 PM, Judy Haffner wrote:
    >
    > ViLco wrote:
    >
    >> Here we celebrate ognissanti which, in
    >> catholic areas, is the 1st of November.
    >> Tomorrow will be a day off work and
    >> people will enjoy a lunch (around noon)
    >> with their relatives. It's some kind of a
    >> prequel to Christmas but it's not as
    >> important as Xmas is, expecially on the
    >> partying& cooking side. Tomorrow I'll be
    >> with my family and don't even need to
    >> ask, I already know what we'll have:
    >> cappelletti in brodo followed by two
    >> second courses: a beef roast served
    >> with lettuce and a cotechino with potato
    >> puree as a side. The only mistery will be
    >> the dessert, and maybe we won't be
    >> having one dor the high BG both my
    >> parents have.

    >
    > I'm not sure where you live, ViLco? I enjoyed hearing about your custom
    > there for the 1st of November...very interesting!
    >
    > Not sure what BG stands for, that both your parents have?


    Blood Glucose, maybe?

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    ViLco Guest

    Default Re: Do Any Special Cooking/Baking For Halloween?

    Il 31/10/2011 21:50, Judy Haffner ha scritto:

    > I'm not sure where you live, ViLco?


    Reggio Emilia, 40 miles west of Bologna and 100 miles southeast of
    Milano. Italy

    > I enjoyed hearing about your custom
    > there for the 1st of November...very interesting!
    >
    > Not sure what BG stands for, that both your parents have?


    Blood Glucose. They're both under medical control, they are borderline
    diabetics, sometimes this side and sometimes the other side of the line
    the doctors have chosen. It's something like being IIRC frequently over
    130 BG , then you're a diabetic. My parents go over and under that line
    in many measurement occasions, they're usually under that level but it's
    not easy.

    > Enjoy your special day!


    Thanks
    --
    Vilco
    And the Family Stone
    Sei al secondo auting oggi.
    Io foss'in te mi fermerei qui,

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    Storrmmee Guest

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    my mom always decorates for every holiday, if she saw a deocration that said
    monday she would have it, her house is gorgeous from her efforts, i am too
    lazy for that, always have been, the litter box cake, and those ghost
    cookies made from nutter butter cookies is about my limit, Lee
    "Judy Haffner" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > Any of you in here make anything specifically for Halloween, such as
    > some type of sweet treat, or maybe a main dish?
    >
    > Maybe you don't celebrate Halloween, or are you one that goes all out
    > and wears a costume to work, decorates your house with ghosts and
    > witches and special lights, and hands out treats to a gazillion trick or
    > treaters?
    >
    > We never get very many kids at our house, but always make treats for our
    > grandchildren and their friends. Marshmallow-Jell-O popcorn balls,
    > caramel apples, and fudge, and today I baked 3 different kinds of
    > cookies, including huge cut out sugar cookies, that I decorated with
    > Jack 'O Lantern faces. Tomorrow I'm going to make Halloween Cupcakes.
    >
    > Judy
    >




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