Halloween used to be one of my favorite holidays. I guess it still is, but I feel like holidays have taken a backseat to my crazy, disorganized life lately. Can you believe Christmas is in 2 months? Thanksgiving even sooner? And what’s up with Hanukkah being pre-turkey day? Weird…
In our new apartment, Halloween is being downgraded. No decorations–not sure what box they’re in. Maybe a few spooky cupcakes, if I can find the right tools. At the very least, there will be some holiday cartoon specials going on. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Any takers? Though just because moving has interrupted my holiday, doesn’t mean you all need to suffer. Below are some of my favorite Halloween recipes I’ve come across this year. Some are super tasty, others just too cute to pass up. So take a look, find your favorites, cook and share so I can live viciously through others’ celebrations. Boo!
I’m quiet and tend to be a bit awkward. I prefer small groups of close friends to large gatherings, listening to someone else’s story rather than having the spotlight on me. Our wedding day was a bit overwhelming for me because there was really no way to escape being the center of attention. I think it was the white dress that gave it away. It’s not that I’m closed off, I just don’t always volunteer details. I open up to people through food. I share my soul. A basket of fresh-baked muffins can express “I’m sorry” more than any combination of words I could string together. I’d rather eat in than go out for holidays. I spend hours cooking for the ones I love, especially my husband, hoping that the meaning of my intricate meal is clear. I’d rather share ingredients than emotions.
Most people fantasize about crisp asparagus, stalks of tender rhubarb or sweet, juicy strawberries as spring draws near. I might be the only exception. As soon as the weather starts to warm and greenmarkets gradually switch their produce offerings from cellared root vegetables and apples to bright greens that signal Spring is here to stay, I have only one thing on my mind: Garlic Scapes.
Needed to share this wonderful piece from Adam Roberts at the Huffington Post via one of my favorite blogs: Don’t Eat Dirt. The list is so true! Don’t be afraid to experiment, do what you know and add some extra flair and I don’t know that I’ve ever cooked a meal without a little wine (except maybe breakfast)!
When I saw this post by Adam Roberts, I knew I had to share it. These “quick tips” are essential advice for becoming a better cook.
As most of you know if you have followed me very long, I grew up in a cooking household. I have been at my father’s ankles in the kitchen ever since I could get there on my own. While there are many amusing stories about learning to pour and stir to the day I REALLY learned the difference between tsp and tbsp (it was salt, lol), I can honestly say that all of those stories and more are the reasons I am a good cook today. I am often amazed at the little things that I assume are common knowledge and most people really don’t know them when it comes to cooking. That is thanks to my dad.