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Fab Food Friday Fotos: Easy & Awesome Halloween Treats & Recipes, Fiendishly Delicious Party Appetizers, & Thrifty Autumn Meals

Posted By on October 9, 2015

A little G-rated Halloween humor…

Q. What did the skeleton say before a meal?

A. Bone appetite!

FOOD. GLORIOUS AUTUMN & HALLOWEEN FOOD.

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

 

Halloween Frankenstein's Monster Heads | Photo credit: Regina Lord, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Frankenstein’s Monster Heads | Photo credit: Regina Lord, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook Regina Lord shared her easy recipe for making these adorable Halloween Frankenstein’s monster heads:

Ingredient list:

* Green cones filled with “pumpkin” soy icecream (add pumpkin butter to regular vanilla soy ice cream–YUM!!)
* Black and white gel frosting
* Vegan “oreos” on top
* A few chocolate chips

This idea came from a Halloween book that I checked out from the library. I modified it to fit our eating style. It originally had baked cake in the cones instead of ice cream, but it is still very warm over here and a cold treat seemed more fitting.

Visit Regina’s website Art and Gifts for a photo and description of another Halloween dish.

 

Hearty and frugal, your family will love this flavorful African chicken stew recipe during the cold autumn and winter months — the recipe is posted at Eat Travel Live.

 

Thirteen recipes for making Halloween treats, such as Puffed Rice Pumpkins and Hot-Chocolate Pudding Ghosts, are available at Today’s Parent.

 

Homemade Halloween Candy Corn | Photo credit; Bettyx1138, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Homemade Halloween Candy Corn | Photo credit; Bettyx1138, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The recipe that photographer/cook Bettyx1138 used for these homemade vegan candy corn treats is posted at The Urban Housewife, with this overview:

October is right around the corner & thoughts have already turned to Halloween! While most are getting creative with costumes, many vegans are figuring out what candies they can eat! Packaged candy corn at your local store typically is packed with animal products like gelatin, egg whites, & beeswax, so members of the PPK were lamenting the lack of the sugary little confection in their lives. Well, lament no more!

The Epicurious Editor’s Blog had a recipe for Homemade Candy Corn & I jumped at the chance to try a vegan version. With some easy substitutions, it worked! This recipe is not for the faint at heart, while the dough is easy to make, the production process is time consuming & tedious! I recommend having a candy corn party with friends, so you can all assemble & enjoy these goodies together! I suppose you could also eat them uncolored, but how unfestive is that?! Hehe.

 

The easy recipe for making these Pretzel Frankenstein Fingers is posted at The Love Nerds.

 

Cinnamon Chicken | Photo credit: Kristin Roach, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Perfect for an autumn dinner, photographer/cook Kristin Roach provided the recipe link for this unusual, thrift-minded cinnamon ginger chicken dish, which is posted at Craft Leftovers.

 

Check out Buzzfeed Food for a variety of awesome Halloween treat recipes.

 

The Perfect Egg | Photo credit: Jacqueline, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The Perfect Egg | Photo credit: Jacqueline, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

No matter the time of year, egg dishes are an economical, easy, and smart choice for any meal. Photographer/cook Jacqueline has cooking tips and a recipe posted on her food blog Sweet Beet and Green Bean for making the perfect egg. Overview:

Eggs are seemingly one of the simplest to cook foods, in fact it’s the first thing many people learn to make for themselves. But getting the texture juuuuust right can be tricky.

Personally I like a really runny yolk and I want the white to be fully cooked but still soft. Often with fried eggs the whites get too crispy and browned around the edges. Or, by the time the whites are cooked through the yolk is half cooked too. That’s why I’ve added a little steam to the frying process to get, in my opinion, the perfect egg. It took me a bit of practice, but here is all you need to enjoy the perfect egg for yourself.

 

You’ll find the recipe for this fun spooky ghost pizza posted at She Knows – Chef Mom. Intro:

Halloween is every kid’s favorite holiday (hello, free candy!) However, as adults, that doesn’t mean we can’t have any fun. Halloween is the one time of year we can play with our food and really let our creative genius flow in the kitchen. Take this adorable ghost pizza, for example. Made the same way you make every other pizza, just with fun, ghouly shapes!

 

Little Gem with Grilled Camembert | Photo credit: Sunny Mama, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Little Gem with Grilled Camembert | Photo credit: Sunny Mama, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Recipe is posted at Hallo Sunny — the recipe is posted in Dutch, but can be quickly translated using a drop-down Google translator.

 

 

This filling, delicious Thai beef stew dinner, with flavorful lemongrass and rice noodles, will warm your family’s stomachs as Halloween’s chilly winds howl — the recipe is available at Bon Appetit.

 

Halloween Bloody Candy Apples | Photo credit: Jasmin Fine, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Bloody Candy Apples | Photo credit: Jasmin Fine, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

These fabulous, eye-catching Bloody Candy Apples are perfect for any Halloween party — the recipe is posted at photographer/cook Jasmin Fine’s food blog, One Fine Cookie.

 

 

Halloween Spookfetti Cupcakes | Photo credit: jazzijava, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Spookfetti Cupcakes | Photo credit: jazzijava, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Photographer/cook jazzijava’s festive Halloween cupcake recipe is posted at What Smells So Good? Summary:

An egg- and nut-free (but sinfully rich-tasting) vanilla cupcake recipe gets doctored up with Halloween nonpareils before baking up. A jaundice-yellow frosting with a coloured chocolate iris and gel icing blood get everything into the spirit!

 

The recipe for this pumpkin-shaped cheeseball is posted at Mom by the Beach, with this summary from Cat Davis:

There’s one thing that’s common about holidays in our house. While the food may vary, there’s one appetizer that’s present for every holiday meal. That would be this scrumptious cheeseball. We’ve made it like this since I was a little kid and the tradition continues, even for Halloween.

For other holidays, we usually cover it with crumbled bacon but for Halloween I thought it would be more fun to make it look like a pumpkin (not taste like one). It’s such a simple way to dress up an ordinary appetizer and of course, it’s perfect for a Halloween party.

 

Need a unique Halloween dessert for an adult Halloween gathering? Pop on over to Hungry Native for the recipe for this Chocolate Cherry Stout Skull Cake.

 

Make this comforting and thrift-minded soup for your fall dinners — the recipe is available at Great British Chefs.

 

 

Quiche with Ham and Cheese | Photo credit: Kathy Maister, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Comfort-food recipe encore… this recipe for a delightful quiche with ham and cheese was originally posed in September 2011… photographer/cook Kathy Maister provided the recipe for this wonderful comfort food dish:

Quiche with Ham and Cheese

* 3/4 cup of onions – chopped
* 2 teaspoons of butter
* 4 ounces of Gruyere cheese
* 4 ounces of provolone cheese
* 4 ounces of deli ham
* 1 ready-made pie crust
* 1 1/3 cups of light cream
* 4 eggs
* 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
* 1/3 teaspoon of salt
* 1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees F. Chop onion and place in microwave dish. Add butter and cover with plastic wrap. Cook in microwave on high for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

Shred cheese. Chop ham into 1/4-inch bits.

In a frozen pie crust, layer: 1/3 of the cheese, 1/2 of the onions, and 1/2 of the ham; repeat layering, ending up with cheese on the top. Set aside.

Mix together cream, eggs, mustard, salt, and pepper until well blended. Slowly pour custard over quiche.

Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

 

A jam for any time of year, not just the autumn months, check out chef Emma MacDonald’s Thyme, Coriander and Orange Jam recipe at Mother Earth Living. Here’s the overview:

In contrast to the slight bitterness of a marmalade made with Seville oranges (delicious as it is),this orange jam has a fresher, sweeter citrus flavor. It is infused with fresh thyme and the slightly lemony tang of coriander seeds. To make ginger jam, you can replace the thyme with two pieces of drained, finely chopped preserved ginger in syrup.

 

These whimsical, kid-pleasing Rice Krispie Ghosts are easy to make — the recipe is posted at Midwestern Moms, with this intro by Devon:

My son has been trying to decide on what he wants to be for Halloween. He has it narrowed down to a ghost or the wolfman. Since one of the ideas is a ghost, I decided to make him some Rice Krispie Ghosts.

I love making rice krispie treats. They are easy to make and fun to decorate for holidays. For these ghosts, I simply used a ghost cookie cutter, candy melts, and dark chocolate! I ended up spooning the white candy melts onto the ghosts. The plan was to dip the tops in the bowl but the ghosts were bigger than the bowl. For the dark chocolate, I put the melted chocolate into a sandwich bag and cut a small hole in the corner to pipe the eyes onto the ghosts. This makes for very easy clean up.

 

The recipe for this drool-worthy Cider Can Chicken dish is available at Crafty Nectar. Intro:

Summer is coming to an end with the official start as we roll into October. Autumn doesn’t mean the end of BBQ season, especially when you’ve got this cider car chicken recipe up your sleeve.

This recipe is great as it is real outdoor, man cookin’ food. Just shove that cider can in the chicken and let the natural juices of the cider do their work. The result, a tender chicken marinated to perfection bird, with layered flavors thanks to the cider’s ability to balance natural apple sweetness and subtle dryness.

It couldn’t be simpler, no here’s the recipe for the perfect cider can chicken showstopper…

 

Autumn dessert bliss… Westchester Magazine has the recipe for this homey apple crisp dessert.

 

Intro for No-Cook Spiced Autumn Chutney, the vegan recipe is available at The Whole Ingredient:

If you’re anything like me, you’ll love the idea of making your own chutney, but a) don’t want to fill your house for weeks with the aroma of vinegar, and b) would rather not tip half a kilo of sugar into your preserves.

So here is my tried, tested (and very much approved!) No-Cook Spiced Autumn Chutney.

It just loves a bowl of crunchy, spicy chickpeas.

 

Another easy rice krispies recipe for Halloween — this one is posted at The Simple Parent.

 

The video how-to demo for making this delicious, easy one-pot sausage and bean stew is embedded in the tweet above.

 

 

Overview and recipe for these wild and wacky black hamburger buns is at DIY Network:

When a hamburger with a black bun was introduced in Japan by a fast food restaurant last year, it was an instant hit. Still, I was surprised when the novelty burger hit the American market just in time for Halloween this year and even more surprised when it got some unintended press. I won’t go into it here, but apparently the dye used for the U.S market sticks around for a while after you’ve finished lunch. If you haven’t heard the ruckus, go google “black hamburger bun.” Weird, huh?

I still wanted a black hamburger bun for Halloween, so we made our own. A little reading revealed that last year’s Japanese version of the black bun didn’t use food dye at all. The black was produced using “takesumi,” which is a cooler way to say bamboo charcoal.

Sometimes used to purify drinking water, it is also popular in Japan as a food additive and detoxifying supplement. So, it’s good for me and it will make my hamburger buns black? I’m sold.

I couldn’t find takesumi at my local Asian market, but I was able to get it through Amazon for about eight bucks.

Using bamboo charcoal to make these Halloween buns couldn’t have been easier. Using a standard hamburger bun recipe, I stirred a little for the flavorless bamboo charcoal into the water before making the dough. Topped with sesame seeds, my plain old burger bun introduced a healthy dose of black and white into my technicolor lunch.

The restaurant version of this burger takes the theme a little further with black ketchup and black cheese, but I skipped that bit of business. Throw in some Halloween mac and cheese and a handful of DIY candy corn and our homemade Halloween lunch is served.

 

 

The recipe for these delightfully ghoulish Stuffed Pizza Skulls is posted at Hungry Happenings, with this overview:

Pizza, stuffed inside a skull, is easier to make than you’d ever imagine.

I remember about 5 years ago asking a local bakery if they could make some skull shaped bread for our Halloween party. Sadly, they couldn’t. Now, thanks to Wilton’s 3-D Mini Skull Pan, I don’t need the help of a bakery. I can make any kind of bread shaped like a human skull using the pan, and can even stuff the skulls full of gooey cheese and pizza toppings.

 

Vintage Crisco advertisement, autumn/Halloween recipe for Orange Knot donuts, Women's Home Companion Magazine, October 1921 (click image twice to enlarge to read recipe) | Photo credit: clotho98, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vintage Crisco advertisement, autumn/Halloween recipe for Orange Knot donuts, Women’s Home Companion Magazine, October 1921 (click image twice to enlarge to read recipe) | Photo credit: clotho98, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

 

Halloween Jack O' Lantern | Photo credit: Patrick Keller, Flickr, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Halloween Jack O’ Lantern | Photo credit: Patrick Keller, 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:

Chicken Fajita Bake, Breakfast Sausage-Egg Pizza, Easy Shrimp Puffs, Butterbeer Cookies, Cranberry Kale Salad, Elk Tacos, Gilded Blueberry Rhubarb Jam, Garlic Chilli Pasta with Bacon & Asparagus, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, More Frugal Recipes

Caramel Pound Cake, Kiam Peng, GF Artichoke Quiche, Black Bean Burgers, Summer Potato Salad, DIY Whiskey Jerky, Pork with Apples, Squash Risotto, Pumpkin Popcorn Balls, Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Grits, Split Pea Soup, More Thrifty Recipes

Italian Sausage & Lentils with Potatoes, Pasta with Brussels Sprouts & Pancetta, One Pot Roast Italian Chicken, Creamed Zucchini, GF Almond Tea Bread, Avocado-Corn Salsa, "Skinny" Italian Chocolate Shake, Chinese-Style Eggplant, Rhubarb Butter, More Easy Recipes

Korean Keema, Eton Mess, Peanut Chicken Soba Noodles, Street Tacos Al Pastor, Happy Squirrel Bento, Chunky Gazpacho, Beer-Battered Fish & British Chips, Jalapeño Popper Chicken Breasts, Bean Soup, Corn Fritters & Roasted Tomatoes, More Thrifty Recipes

Thai-Style Watermelon Salad, Curry-Masala Lamb Burgers, Totoro Sesame Tarts, Pork Tenderloin & Tomato-Peach Compote, Oven-Roasted Broccoli, Chicken Wings, Black Magic Chocolate Cake, Zucchini "Hash Browns" & Eggs, More Fab Recipes

Vietnamese Chicken Wings with Lemongrass Brown Rice, Easy Spaghetti Pie, Slow-Cooker Cider Beef Stew, Nut-Hugging Teddie Bear Cookies, Ground Turkey Dishes, Shakshuka, Key Lime Pie, GF Fish Sticks, BBQ Chickpea Salad, More Frugal Recipes

Lemon-Orange Ice Cream, Roast Pork Neck, GF Sweet Potato & Lime Taquitos, Easy Cheesecake, Chicken Adobo, Quick Black Beans, Country Breakfast Pizza, Thai Veggie Stew, Bacon Nachos, Rachael Ray’s Dandan Noodles, More Frugal Recipes

Cider Can Chicken, Makhlama Lahm, Herbed Salt, Beet & Leek Salad, GF Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders, Kiwi Banana Ice Cream, Pan-Fried Salmon with Asian Glaze, Mango Mint Fizz, Vegan Fried Rice, More Thrifty Recipes

Beef-Pork Meatballs, Cherry Cucumber Coolers, Fried Fish Tacos, GF Apricot Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sauerkraut Pork Casserole, Eggplant Toast, Chilli Chicken Pasta, Garlic Dill Zucchini Pickles, Swedish Salmon Tart, More Fab Recipes

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