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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Graveyard Dip

Graveyard Dip 
is always a fun and easy
Halloween food that is
not too scary but everyone
oohs and aahs over it and wants
to know how you made it.

I made two this year for my party as I was
feeding about 65 people.  It takes such a 
small amount of time and leftovers are
yummy too.

You can have as much fun
and be as creative as you want.

Use black gel food coloring and a
thin paint brush to add details to
your headstones, ghosts and even
a tree.

I started by laying down a path with
the crushed Gold Fish Crackers
and filled in the rest of the "ground" 
with crushed tortilla chips. 

Graveyard Dip Recipe
(For a 9x13 inch pan)

2 large cans Refried Beans
(I used Rosarita's Spicy Jalapeno)
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
8 corn tortillas
1 C. crushed Goldfish Crackers
1 1/2 C. crushed tortilla chips
(or reverse it if you want the colors opposite)
1 can diced green chilis
1 C. sour cream
Black food coloring

In a large bowl mix the cans of beans with the
taco seasoning.  Place in the baking dish.

Heat the oven to 350.  Cut the tortillas
into headstone shapes, adding jagged edges
and cracks as desired.  Also cut out a
tree and a cat if desired.  I also cut
some thin strips to create bushes. 

Spray on both sides
with Pam.  Bake until golden brown. Remove 
and let cool.  

When cool, use a small paint brush to
accent the edges, paint sayings on the
headstones and add additional crack lines.

Place the headstones, cat and tree where
desired.  Use the pepitas and green chilis to
place around the headstones and create bushes.
Stick the thin strips of tortillas upright to 
make plants.  

Place the sour cream in a piping bag
with a large tip and pipe ghosts around
the graveyard.  Use black food coloring
to create eyes. 

Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve with chips.

I really like the cat painted black
with food coloring.

This is the opposite, with the tortilla
chips as the path and Goldfish as the
groundcover.  I liked the way this one looked better.

All the spooks gobbled these right
down and Beaulah was howling for more.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Zombie Apocalypse Tablescape and Party

Zombies were stumbling in from
all over a few nights ago 
for our Zombie Apocalypse Party.

This Zombie Bride was ready to greet everyone

along with this spooky guy
who was playing music in
the entryway.

It is buffet, Zombie Buffet Style,  as we
are serving 65 guests tonight.

It should be a bone chilling event.

No need to chase after each other
when we have food this tempting for all
of the Zombies.

How about a little 
Stewed Slimy Ogre 
as a main course, 

served on top of rounds of
Bone Meal Bread.

That might go nicely with some
Graveyard Dip

or some
Barf Dip.

Test these out too.

How about some Krispy Kremes,
Vampire Style?

or Glo Ball Eyes?

Blood shot eyes are yummy too.

These creepy little cookies are watching you!

Lots of fun Halloween cupcakes
to choose from.  Zombies really
loved these ones.

Here's some of your "head chefs" for the
night.  Thank you Zombie girls for all the

Would you want to eat food they prepared?
That's why we didn't tell anyone!!

In the end it was a 

(Ogre was Chili Verde, Bone Meal Bread
was flour and corn tortillas, all of the fun
Halloween accessories were from Zurcher's -
the test tubes, flatware,
hatchet and candelabra signs.)
Inspiration for the cupcakes were

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Prefer a Vampire or a Werewolf Cupcake?

Playing in the kitchen today
with my friend Hannah
and I finally got to try these
fabulous Vampire Cupcakes
I have seen on the internet.

They remind me of Edward Cullen!

Or how about these Werewolf Cupcakes?
They remind me of Jacob.

Or how about some broken glass?

It was such a fun day playing with
flour and sugar and red food coloring.

I love to play in the kitchen.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

The weather is getting chilly
and spicy foods are just the
ticket for us.  

The thought of buffalo anything
just makes my mouth water 

so when I was contacted by Ulyssees
Press to review their new cookbook - 
I had my mouth watering while waiting for it 
to arrive.

It was hard to decide what to try first
but I am a burger fan and I am a buffalo chicken
fan, so I thought I would give these a

I have never made a chicken burger before.

The ground chicken has onions,
bread crumbs, Worcestershire Sauce
and Franks RedHot Wings Buffalo Sauce

Ground chicken is so soft
that I decided to use
my handy hamburger press
to form the patties and it
worked perfectly.

I grilled these up on my grill pan
in the kitchen.  They suggested 5 minutes
a side and that seemed like the right time.

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

1 lb. ground chicken
1/3 C. Franks RedHot Wings Buffalo Sauce
1/4 C. bread crumbs
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 small onion, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste (I added a little pepper
but didn't feel like it needed any salt.)

In a medium bowl mix all of the ingredients
together.  Form into patties.  Heat pan and
grease it or spray with Pam.

When pan is heated, cook 4-5 minutes
on each side, turning once.

Serve on good quality buns
with lettuce, tomatoes, sliced celery
and a dollop of blue cheese dressing.

 I thought the flavor of the burger
was wonderful.  It wasn't too spicy.  If 
you want more spice they do have a
Frank's Buffalo sauce that is spicy but
it is a little too much for us.

We dip almost everything in Frank's 
Buffalo sauce and the grandkids are 
addicted to it too.  

There are lots of other mouth-watering
recipes that I can't wait to try from 
appetizers to desserts.  I am thrilled
to have this new recipe book.  Thanks
Ulysees Press for sending me one.

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