Halloween Magic

November 2, 2009

halloween magic

I managed to have a fun Halloween even though I was afflicted with a nasty flu bug due to the kind ministrations of my sister who visited for the weekend. (In case my dangling modifier made that confusing – my flu was nasty, but the weekend was saved by KJ’s presence.) We had resolved on a no-candy Halloween (who even knows what is in that crap) but by no means did we forswear sweets.  Instead we made our own.  Or actually, since I case a total germ ball and pretty low energy to boot, KJ made our own.  We hit Festival Foods and the Peoples Food Coop on Saturday afternoon and gathered our supplies.  Then we turned them into four types of Halloween themed cookies based on the King Arthur Baking Company recipe page – which KJ had scoped out earlier in the week.  We/she made mini pumpkin cheese cakes, brownies with mint icing and halloween sprinkles, and pumpkin cookie sandwiches.  By far the biggest success was the Magic in the Middle (stupid name, I know, but don’t be fooled) which is basically the cookie equivalent of a Reece’s Peanutbutter Cup.  They are AMAZING.  Try them.

We also made toasted pumpkin seeds which are pretty much the best food of fall.  They couldn’t be easier and since I learned to make them on the stove top I’ve been an even bigger fan.  Here’s how I do it:

  • Whack a small pumpkin in half with a big knife and scoop out the seeds.
  • Separate the seeds from the orange goo with your fingers – get messy.
  • Toss the seeds into a heavy bottomed sauté pan on the stove top with a dash of olive oil, salt and chili powder.
  • Stir or toss occasionally until they brown and puff up.
  • Sling into a bowl and eat until salt poisoned … Drink water … Repeat.

Note: Make sure you use the rest of the pumpkin for turning into a cooking and baking staple.  Just separate it from the skin and bake, boil or steam it till it is soft enough to mash up with a fork.  Then you have something just as easy and just as canned but SO much tastier.  Its great for baking.  And its even better in my new favorite dinner: Pumpkin Not-Rajma.  I’ll post about this in the near future.


One Response to “Halloween Magic”

  1. […] was up to visit me this weekend and we celebrated Halloween in much the same way as last year … by making our own candy.  In this case we tried the recipe for Peanut Butter Cups provided […]

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