Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween.....

Tonight the children will dress up in costume and go door to door asking for treats. For many of them, candy is the treat of choice. For me, Halloween meant Gingerbread. Sometimes it was plain with powdered sugar on top, other times it was some diced apple and orange zest in it, with a dollop of whip cream. My favorite to this day, is Gingerbread with a lemon sauce. It is so Good!! Traditions vary in families, but Gingerbread is always my treat of choice.
Till next time.....

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Facts....

Halloween is just a few days away and I thought you might like to know a few facts about our fun day.

Halloween Facts
1. Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
2. The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
3. Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
4. Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
5. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
6. Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
I'll bet you didn't know all that; especially about the Tootsie Rolls!
Till next time.....

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Garlic Lemon Butter......

There probably won't be very many more days to grill out; unless you are like me and grill all year. Sometimes we are looking for something to "spruce" up our grilling choice; whether it is steak, chicken, fish or veggies. Here is a quick and easy way to spruce things up.
Garlic Lemon Butter
1 stick of salted butter, softened
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 med. garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. lemon zest
Mix all ingredients together and put on a piece of parchment paper and roll into a log and refrigerate till firm. Slice a pat of the butter and put on your cooked steak or several pats on some asparagus or other veggie. I also like to melt this Garlic Lemon butter and baste a piece of fish with it.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Gobblins' and Ghouls' Mix

The Ghouls and Gobblins will soon be knocking at your doors begging for a treat. Here is a treat they will love. Although it is sweet, it is also cereal and raisins. So let's say it is half healthy and half sweet. I mean we have to justify it somehow, right? Recipes come from friends around the world and sometimes  people near you. I am blessed with friends who like to cook and experiment.  They are also generous enough to pass along their recipes. My thanks to Carolyn M.
Gobblin's and Ghoul's Mix

8 oz white chocolate baking bars, coarsely chopped
4 cups Corn Chex® or Rice Chex® cereal
2 cups bite-size pretzel twists
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup candy corn
1/4 cup orange and black candy decors
In large microwavable bowl, microwave chopped baking bars uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Gently fold in cereal, pretzels and raisins until evenly coated. Fold in candy corn and decors. Spread on parchment paper or a Silpat pad until cool and chocolate is set, about 30 minutes. Break into chunks as you would candy bark. Store loosely covered.
Till next time......