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Fab Food Friday Fotos: Round-up of Fabulously Creepy & Frugal Halloween Foods, Drinks, & Recipes

Posted By on October 17, 2014

Q. Why wasn’t there any food left after the Halloween monster party?

A. Because everyone was a goblin!

FOOD. GLORIOUS HALLOWEEN AND AUTUMN FOOD.

It’s nearly Halloween and so, enjoy perusing this week’s spook-tacular round-up of ghoulish food photos and recipes… perfect fare for Halloween parties, for fall and winter potlucks, or just for silly, festive edibles with the family or friends. So many of these Halloween-inspired appetizers, main dishes, and desserts are super-easy and inexpensive to make.

When they’re available, recipes and recipe links will accompany select “Fab Food Friday Fotos,” with a guarantee that at least one frugal-minded recipe will always be included.

 

Halloween Party: Chocolate Cake Skull with Cream Cheese Frosting, Finger Bones Made of Chocolate | Photo credit: loli_sew_round, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Party: Chocolate Cake Skull with Cream Cheese Frosting, Finger Bones Made of Chocolate | Photo credit: loli_sew_round, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Halloween: Jack Skellington Marshmallow Pops | Photo credit: Crumbs & Corkscrews, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween: Jack Skellington Marshmallow Pops | Photo credit: Crumbs & Corkscrews, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Recipe for these charming Jack Skellington marshmallow pops is posted here at Crumbs & Corkscrews — summary and tips:

The beauty of a marshmallow pop compared to its cakey cousin, is there’s not really that much mess. There’s no crumbs, no frosting, no mixing, moulding and forming; it’s more a case of melt some chocolate, stick in the marshmallow, and decorate. Simple!

Ok, they are really simple, but there’s just a few things that cropped up.

* Make sure you dip the lollipop sticks into the melted chocolate before pushing the marshmallow on to them. It helps the marshmallow stay on when you dip it.

* Put the melted chocolate into a small deep dish, so that the marshmallow is fully submerged when you dip. That way you don’t get swirl lines trying to get the marshmallow fully coated.

* Draw your design on with a cocktail stick, as some food pens or food paints do not take to the chocolate and your design disappears. I’ve been reliably informed that the Americolor Gourmet * Writer pens are the best. I’ve a set winging their way to me to put to the test, so I’ll let you know.

 

Above is a Halloween Goat Cheese and Pumpkin Fondue recipe, the first tweet/video recipe that I’ve ever posted on Fab Food Friday Fotos. I’ll be including more tweeted fab food photos with recipe links today and in future FFFF postings.

 

Halloween Witch's Brew Jell-O Shots | Photo credit: Jasmin Fine @ 1 Fine Cookie, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Witch’s Brew Jell-O Shots | Photo credit: Jasmin Fine @ 1 Fine Cookie, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Nothing quite says “Halloween party” for some grown-up folks like tasty, boozy Jell-O shots. Photographer/cook Jamin Fine’s Halloween Witch’s Brew Jell-O Shots recipe is posted on her food blog 1 Fine Cookie, with this summary:

You may adjust the amount of booze to whatever fire breathe level you desire. I personally aim for a Godzilla breathing radioactive energy breathe type of extreme. Forget the pepper spray; you can simply walk around with jello shot breathe and a lighter. If a mugger approaches, “hufffffff.”

My jello shots are so extreme, you don’t need to pant that stanky, spontaneously com busting breathe. You could literally just think and start a fire. Yeah, that’s right. Firestarter.

Little Drew Barrymore went crazy from too many jello shots.

Just so you know, I adjusted this recipe so the liquor is actually quite mild. If you want it stronger, just use more cold liquor. Whatever amount of cold liquor you add, take out cold water.

 

Halloween Recipe Card: Bat Shortbread | Photo credit: All About Party Bags, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Recipe Card: Bat Shortbread | Photo credit: All About Party Bags, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

From Flickr posting:

Attribution and print link: All About Party Bags

Enjoy this spooky Halloween recipe for bat shortbread!

Print out the recipe from the link above!

 

Halloween Deviled Eggs | Photo credit: lava, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Deviled Eggs | Photo credit: lava, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Halloween Raw Vegan Caramel Apples | Photo credit: Jovan J, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Raw Vegan Caramel Apples | Photo credit: Jovan J, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The recipe that photographer/cook Jovan J used for these vegan Halloween apple treats is posted at Renegade Health.

 

Halloween Party Food: Bloody Brain | Photo credit: Maria Fernanda Nunez, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Party Food: Bloody Brain | Photo credit: Maria Fernanda Nunez, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Brief description from photographer/cook Maria Fernanda Nunez:

My winning recipe at the 2011 Nutritional Sciences’ Halloween potluck contest (U of Toronto). It’s a lemon-vanilla panna cotta served with fresh pomegranate-raspberry syrup and gummy worms :)

 

Halloween Jack o' Lantern Cheese Ball | Photo credit: Chris Brooks, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Jack o’ Lantern Cheese Ball | Photo credit: Chris Brooks, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Halloween M&M Cookies | Photo credit: eclipse_etc, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween M&M Cookies | Photo credit: eclipse_etc, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bare-bones cookie directions from photographer/cook eclipse_etc:

Toll House cookie recipe, with Halloween M&M’s substituted for chocolate chips. Save some M&M’s to decorate the tops of each cookie.

 

Halloween/Fall Special Edition, Oreo Cookies with Candy Corn Centers | Photo credit: Mike Mozart

Halloween/Fall Special Edition, Oreo Cookies with Candy Corn Centers | Photo credit: Mike Mozart

 

Halloween Snacks, circa 1946 | Photo credit: Allison Marchant, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Snacks, circa 1946 | Photo credit: Allison Marchant, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Kids of all ages should go positively bonkers over these comical Frankenstein Rice Krispies Treats — the recipe is posted at My Sweet Sanity.

 

Halloween/Fall Pumpkin Spice Smoothie (gluten-free) | Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam @ Elana's Pantry, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween/Fall Pumpkin Spice Smoothie (gluten-free) | Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam @ Elana’s Pantry, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook and webmistress Elana Amsterdam’s recipe for her tasty, gluten-free pumpkin spice smoothie creation can be found on her food blog, Elana’s Pantry — link below:

Easy and delicious Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe made with fresh pumpkin puree, and healing spices that are high in antioxidants. Perfect for fall.

 

Scary Halloween Tacos | Photo credit: Cozinhando Fantasias, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Scary Halloween Tacos | Photo credit: Cozinhando Fantasias, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Halloween Harvest Sweet Potato Nut Pie Tarts | Photo credit: 1JLS, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Harvest Sweet Potato Nut Pie Tarts | Photo credit: 1JLS, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The tart recipe photographer/cook 1JLS used is posted here — a bit of overview:

Recipe calls for pecans, but since I didn’t have any on hand, I used walnuts instead. I think pecans would have been a better choice, walnuts didn’t turn out to be as crispy.

 

Halloween Cupcakes | Photo credit: Carmen Lopez, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Cupcakes | Photo credit: Carmen Lopez, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Halloween Pumpkin Rosemary Hummus | Photo credit: meerkatbaby, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Pumpkin Rosemary Hummus | Photo credit: meerkatbaby, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook meerkatbaby used this earthy pumpkin rosemary hummus recipe, posted at the Mother Nature Network.

 

Halloween Carved Jack-O-Lantern, Abstract Details | Photo credit: Rebecca, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Carved Jack-O-Lantern, Abstract Details | Photo credit: Rebecca, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Halloween Candy Corn Stew | Photo credit: Phil Hart, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Candy Corn Stew | Photo credit: Phil Hart, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Scary Burgers for Halloween | Photo credit: Pamela Graham, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Scary Burgers for Halloween | Photo credit: Pamela Graham, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The “Scary Burger” recipe is posted at James vs. Burger, with this intro:

We like to get creative here at James vs. Burger and since this year marks our first Halloween, we wanted to create some frightful delights to mark the occasion. We wanted to make this burger completely from scratch, right down to the bun itself; however, since it’s Halloween we thought we’d go a bit further and get creative with some food colouring too.

These would be ideal to serve up if you are planning on hosting a scary movie night at home this week to celebrate Halloween!

 

Pumpkins at Chelsea Market, New York City | Photo credit: Pablo Pecora, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pumpkins at Chelsea Market, New York City | Photo credit: Pablo Pecora, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Scents of Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins for Halloween | Photo credit: jazzijava, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Scents of Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins for Halloween | Photo credit: jazzijava, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Spicy, cream-cheesy autumn muffins, great for Halloween, but equally good any other time of year. Photographer/cook jazzijava provided this recipe link and wrote this description:

My version of the coffee shop’s famous Fall / Winter offering – jumbo, spicy pumpkin muffins (with a secret, very Starbucks, ingredient) stuffed with cubes of cream cheese and crowned with pumpkin seeds. They taste awesome – the only problem was that my client wanted cream cheese frosting in the centre, not just cream cheese. Hey, I’ve never eaten a Starbucks muffin, how would I know??

 

Beetroot crisps? I’ve not heard of these before, so this photo has definitely grabbed my attention.

The recipe is posted at Belleau Kitchen, with this intro from webmaster and food writer Dominic:

I know that pumpkins are the king of vegetables at Halloween but as far as I’m concerned beetroot is the secret star of the spooky holiday… I was thinking about all the fun Halloween baking that I’ll be doing later in the month and I thought that perhaps I ought to make something that was a little on the healthier side but still has that creepy feeling to it and beetroot is just perfect. One chop into its hardened flesh reveals an outpouring of blood-red juice that stains the hands in a way that would make Lady Macbeth think twice. This brilliant vegetable is incredibly healthy for your heart and is incredibly versatile working well in both savoury and sweet dishes. Its earthiness cuts through rich stews such as this chicken thigh and beetroot roast whilst its texture and depth of flavour combines beautifully in this lush beetroot and dark chocolate brownie. I love roasting it like a potato with balsamic vinegar and olive oil as the earthy flavour seems to intensify and these beetroot crisps have that wonderful quality to them, plus they look so darkly evil, how could you not love them?

 

Halloween Gingerbread Graveyard | Photo credit: Thom McKiernan, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Gingerbread Graveyard | Photo credit: Thom McKiernan, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook Thom McKiernan wrote this:

Beware the Gingerbread Zombies – rising from their graves this Halloween! Based on a recipe in Lily Vanilli’s recipe book “A Zombie Ate my Cupcake.”

 

Check out the inexpensive recipe for Spooky Spider Web Pizza, posted at A Frugal Friend. Here’s a partial description from the website:

As part of a sponsored post with the Jif® Almond & Cashew Butter “Mix Up Mealtime” campaign, for The J.M. Smucker Company, I had so much fun creating a Spooky Halloween SpiderWeb Pizza that brought my daughter into the kitchen with me for family time.

[...]

This week I headed into the kitchen with the new Jif Cashew Butter, available in both creamy and crunchy. I wanted to mix things up a bit.

So many kids (and adults) love their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My daughter is no different. In fact, she eats it regularly at school for lunch. It’s easy and packed with protein.

But even kids do well when we shake things up a bit. So I decided to make a few changes:

* Use Jif Cashew Butter instead of Peanut Butter
* Make a Nut Butter Pizza instead of a traditional Sandwich
* Create with a Halloween theme

 

Halloween Witches' Feast: Rats Baked in Blood (Meatballs) | Photo credit: Kimberly Vardeman, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Witches’ Feast: Rats Baked in Blood (Meatballs) | Photo credit: Kimberly Vardeman, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The recipe for this tasty meatball dish (aka “Rats Baked in Blood”) can be found at Food.com.

 

Fall in Baltimore | Photo credit: A. Currell, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fall in Baltimore | Photo credit: A. Currell, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Healthy Halloween Foods: Banana Ghosts & Peeled Orange Pumpkins | Photo credit: Cozinhando Fantasias, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Healthy Halloween Foods: Banana Ghosts & Peeled Orange Pumpkins | Photo credit: Cozinhando Fantasias, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

The recipe for this fabulously decadent Halloween Peanut Butter and Toffee Candy Bark is posted at Bon Appétit magazine’s website.

 

Halloween "Rockin' Bones" Cupcakes, on Vintage Atomic Era Platter | Photo credit: ancient history, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween “Rockin’ Bones” Cupcakes, on Vintage Atomic Era Platter | Photo credit: ancient history, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Romantic Vintage Halloween Ad, Pangburn's Ragtime Chocolates, "Halloween Party" | Photo credit: Tom Simpson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Romantic Vintage Halloween Ad, Pangburn’s Ragtime Chocolates, “Halloween Party” | Photo credit: Tom Simpson, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Food photos selected and posted are credited and have Creative Commons-licensed content with some rights reserved for noncommercial purposes, unless otherwise noted.

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Past two months of Fab Food Friday Fotos posts:

Homemade Cultured Butter, Shiitake Kale Salad, Baked Falafel & Tzatziki Sauce, Bacon & Onion Pizza, Smoked Salmon & Bagel Breakfast Casserole, Stir-Fried Cod & Veggies, French Toast, Sunchoke & Fried Halloumi Salad, More Thrifty Recipes

Florentine Bars, Chinese Chicken, Savory Spinach Ricotta Crepes, Autumn Salmon, Chilli Crab Pasta, Sweet Potato Hash, Spaghetti Squash Carbonara, Chocolate Coconut Cherry Balls, Vegan Mapo Tofu, GF Orange Cake, More Frugal Recipes

Braised Goat Shoulder with Mirepoix-Rosé Sauce, GF Mounds Bars, Moong Dal, Chocolate Cookies, Baked Spaghetti with Italian Sausage, Maple Pumpkin Muffins, Spicy Rice & Egg, Jersey Royal Potato Salad, More Recipes

Cherry-Chipotle Beef Ribs, Chicken Curry, GF Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple Stuffing, Potato-Crusted Mini Quiche, Spiced Plum Jam, Salmon Kedgeree, Turnip-Kohlrabi Slaw, Black Bean Dip, Stir-Fried Pork, Asparagus Chicken & Soba Noodles, More Recipes

Melon & Mint Salad, Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, Balsamic Glazed Sausages, Snickerdoodle Chess Bars, Smoked Tomato Pizza, DIY Cranberry Sauce, Brazilian Stew, Spicy Bok Choy, Furikake-Crusted Ahi Salad & Ponzu Dressing, More Thrifty Recipes

Little Lemon Soufflés, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Dijon-Cilantro Tuna Salad, Pork Potstickers, Adult Agua Fresca, Stuffed Bell Peppers, Crispy Cinnamon Twists, Squirrel Autumn Bento, Broccoli Cheese Soup, More Fab Recipes

Hot Wings, Chocolate Kahlua Crêpe Cake, Chicken Tikka, Smoked Salmon & Poached Egg Salad, Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls, Pork Ramen, Summer Quinoa Salad, GF Mango Chicken, Fresh Egg Pasta, More Thrifty Recipes

Beef Stroganoff, Mango Orange Slaw, Egg & Sausage Breakfast Casserole, Soy-Glazed Flank Steak, Blueberry Buckle, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili, Paella, Chocolate Beet Cake, Butterflied Prawns in Garlic-Parsley Butter, Home Fries, Frugal Recipes

Texas Health Care Workers in Ebola Case Asked to Not Travel or Go into Public, Obama Wants Dem Lobbyist with No Health or Medical Background to Be New “Ebola Czar”

Posted By on October 17, 2014

The Ebola crisis is escalating in the United States... Pres. Obama wants to create new "Ebola Czar" position and fill it with a Democrat lawyer and lobbyist who has no medical or health care background

The Ebola crisis is escalating in the United States… Pres. Obama wants to create new “Ebola Czar” position and fill it with a Democrat lawyer and lobbyist who has no medical or health care background

 

There is another reported case of Ebola from the group of health care workers in Texas who were treating Ebola victim Thomas Duncan. Duncan died last week from the virus. These people are being asked to not travel via public transportation.

Pres. Barack Obama’s response to the growing health crisis? Out of the hundreds, likely thousands of qualified medical experts across the nation, he’s decided that the right man for the job in the newly created and “let’s go through the motions and make it look like we’re doing something” government position of “Ebola Czar” is an old Democrat buddy who is a former lobbyist, former chief of staff, and a lawyer.

Obama’s Ebola Czar pick, Ron Klain, has zippety-doo-dah medical or health care background.

Seriously.

Yet another unnecessary czar is born. And another crony-driven, nonsensical decision from the “most transparent” administration EVAH.

To paraphrase former WH Chief of Staff and current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, never let a crisis go to waste to expand an already over-bloated federal government. And if you can somehow blame Republicans, Wall Street, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and the NRA as well, for it, hey, all the better.

From NY Times, Staff in Texas Ebola Case Is Asked to Avoid Public Spaces:

No restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters or other places where members of the public congregate. No travel by airplane, ship, long-distance bus, train or other modes of commercial transportation.

Such are the restrictions that dozens of health care workers who treated the Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are being asked to follow for the 21-day maximum incubation period of the virus.

The documents were drawn up by the Texas state health agency and Dallas County officials after an infected nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, took two flights between Dallas and Cleveland in the days before she developed symptoms of Ebola and was diagnosed with the disease.

County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County’s chief executive and its director of homeland security and emergency management, said he was confident that all of the workers would agree to sign the documents. “These are hometown health care heroes,” he said. “They want to do this. They’re going to follow these agreements.”

Still, officials said, anyone who does not adhere to the measures could face a state-ordered quarantine.

Ms. Vinson’s air travel has stirred fears across the country. Federal health officials said on Friday that they had made contact with all 132 passengers on Monday’s Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 to Dallas.

“The vast majority of those called us,” said Dr. Katrin Kohl, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official who is overseeing efforts to contact passengers aboard both flights. “We are really grateful that people pay attention.”

The C.D.C. on Thursday broadened its outreach to include passengers on Flight 1142, which Ms. Vinson took on Oct. 10 from Dallas to Cleveland. Dr. Kohl said the C.D.C. believed there were about 160 passengers on that flight and that 50 or so had been in touch with her agency.

From CBS DC, Obama’s New Ebola ‘Czar’ Does Not Have Medical, Health Care Background:

President Barack Obama on Friday turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation’s Ebola response as efforts to clamp down on any possible route of infection from three Texas cases expanded, reaching a cruise ship at sea and multiple airline flights.

Facing renewed criticism of his handling of the Ebola risk, Obama will make Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, his point man on fighting Ebola at home and in West Africa. Klain will report to national security adviser Susan Rice and to homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, the White House said.

Klain does not have a medical or a health care background.

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., slammed the decision on Twitter.

“Worst ebola epidemic in world history and Pres. Obama puts a government bureaucrat with no healthcare experience in charge. Is he serious?” Harris tweeted.

This post from National Journal nails it — Naked Politics: The Ebola Czar Has No Clothes, Why Obama flipped and chose Ron Klain to oversee the political crisis:

We shouldn’t need an Ebola czar.

We already put somebody in charge of corralling federal bureaucracies and coordinating local responses to national emergencies. His name is Barack Obama.

He has a chief of staff, the nation’s chief operating officer, Denis McDonough; a homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco; a national security adviser, Susan Rice; a director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and a Cabinet full of secretaries.

That should be enough.

If it isn’t—if all the president’s men and women can’t coordinate among themselves, if McDonough isn’t strong enough to ride herd, maybe a massive shakeup is in order. But I repeat myself (here, here, and here).

So now the president wants a czar. He flipped. What type of person should he choose? He could turn to a respected and passionate medical professional with management experience, but such people already run the CDC and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

He could turn to a dynamic leader outside the medical world, somebody who has succeeded under pressure and amid change. Maybe a retired general. But such a person might get eaten alive inside the unfamiliar bureaucracies that spin out of the West Wing.

He could choose a political insider, somebody who knows how bureaucracies work and why they don’t—a head-cracking infighter empowered to galvanize a dysfunctional administration. He could choose somebody like Ron Klain, which is what he did.

Klain is a veteran Democratic operative and former chief of staff to two vice presidents. He’s now a bigwig at the tech-orientated venture-capital firm Revolution.

(Klain was portrayed by Kevin Spacey in an HBO film about the 2000 campaign recount. Spacey takes a call from a reporter named Fournier. That was not my voice, and that particular conversation never occurred, although I did talk to Klain and countless other Gore aides that endless night.)

The choice makes sense if Obama’s main concern is a) the incompetence of his team, or; b) midterm politics. My strong hunch is it’s “b”. The Obama White House is not self-aware. It is nakedly political. The uneven response to Ebola threatens to be a toxic issue for Democrats, and the president is under pressure from his party’s desperate candidates to do something.

Click here to read the rest.

Liberals in the media and Democrats in Washington are desperately trying to blame Republicans for the growing Ebola crisis.

Priceless …

They’re choosing to ignore what the Obama administration did regarding NIH cuts. Choosing to ignore millions of dollars of NIH budget money being spent to study fat lesbians and other head-scratching decisions.

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