Halloween Recipes

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Halloween Dessert: Strawberry Brownie Pudding Recipe Recipe

The girls absolutely love Pocky Sticks. If you’re not familiar with them, they're a popular Asian snack consisting of long, thin crackers dipped in icing. I received several packs of strawberry-flavored Pocky Sticks from Asian Food Grocer, and instead of just letting the girls devour them, I thought it would be fun to use them in a dish.

I adapted one of Ina Garten's brownie pudding recipes and made it look pink to match the Pocky Sticks. I used mini marshmallows to create teeth and Godiva chocolate pearls for the eyes. The Pocky Sticks serve as the hair. I’m thinking of serving these happy-looking treats to the kids for Halloween in a couple of weeks. Last year, I made witch-looking finger cookies that looked so realistic, children in my little munchkin’s class refused to eat them! 



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Papaya Smoothie Recipe (Sinh To Du Du) Recipe

Sinh tố đu đủ literally translates in Vietnamese to papaya (đu đủ) vitamin (sinh tố). I've made sinh tố in the past with creamy avocado, but I got my hands on a beautiful papaya, so I made this version instead. You can also make many variations of the Vietnamese drink such as jackfruit, durian or mango depending on what you have on hand. The usual sweetener is sweetened condensed milk. You can blend the fruit with either yogurt, soy milk, regular cow's milk, coconut milk or coconut water.

I love wandering through ethnic markets. They're a great place to find interesting ingredients to develop new recipes. This weekend, my husband Lulu and I went to Mi Pueblo supermarket in East Palo Alto after a trip to the nearby Home Depot. Along with the beautifully ripe papaya, which reminded us of our last trip to Cancun, I found nopales (cactus), exotic banana varieties and the best horchata I’ve had in a long time. On top of that, the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. I’m definitely going back for more great Mexican ingredients.


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Have a Happy Halloween! Recipe

Have a Happy Halloween!

10.31.10 by Jackie
As I told you yesterday, my youngest sister-in-law had a wonderful time at her school Halloween party on Friday. They played a lot of fun games. For example, the children wrapped each other with toilet paper to turn themselves into mummies. Spooky! They also ate a lot of creepy, crawly-looking sweet treats.
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Ghost Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe Recipe

Ghost Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe

10.30.10 by Jackie

Pumpkin cupcakes are another Halloween treat I took to my little one's school along with the witch finger cookies. I made the cupcakes with pumpkin cake batter studded with chocolate chips, and finished them with swirls of ghost-shaped frosting.

The ghost cupcakes were a complete success – 20 kids finished 36 treats. I think it's partially because the witch finger cookies were too scary-looking for 1st graders. I noticed a little girl looking for a smiling ghost and not a frowny-looking monster. Note to self: next year, make less creepy-looking Halloween treats!

Ghost Cupcake Recipe with Picture
 


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Witch Finger Cookies (Scary Halloween Food) Recipe

This recipe gives “finger food” a whole new meaning. My 1st-grader sister-in-law is going to participate in the Halloween parade at her school, and I thought it would be fun to bring some scary treats to share with her classmates. After deliberating with the munchkin, we decided to make finger-shaped cookies.

To start, I made the first batch of cookie dough with a few drops of pandan extract to give the cookies a green color. My munchkin helped me out shaping the fingers but we realized they were shaped way too big as they expanded after baking. I exclaimed: "Those are Shrek's fingers!" to which my little one responded: "Why would you chop off Shrek’s fingers?!?!". After calming her down, we settled on calling them “witch” fingers. I made the second batch much smaller with less pandan to make it more realistically like a witch's skin (I'm just guessing since I've personally never met one). The fingernails are made of candied blanched almonds and the fingers are dipped in fruit preserves to imitate blood.

The finger cookies look very realistic, so I don't know if they're appropriate for 6-year-olds. I’ll tell you tomorrow what the reaction was.

Witch Finger Cookies Recipe with Picture


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