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Party Down at My Haunted Halloween
Bloody Caesar
Ghoul-Ade
Goblins' Toffee Apples
Graveyard Goulash
Werewolf Waldorf Salad
Spider Bites
BLOODY CAESAR
For the "Big Kids" at the party....this is one of the most popular drinks in Montreal, Quebec, courtesy of Danielle, the bartender at the L'Auberge Universel Hotel in Montreal.
Prep.Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2
Celery salt
6 ounces vodka
12 ounces Clamato Juice
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Lemon slices to garnish
Put a large amount of celery salt on a saucer, slightly wet the rim of two 10-ounce glasses and twirl the rims in the celery salt. In a cocktail shaker or pitcher, combine the vodka and clamato juice, season with salt and pepper and shake or stir well. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish with lemon slices.
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GHOUL-ADE
This is for the "Li'l Kids", abstainers and drivers at the party. In my search for some appropriate non-alcoholic Halloween beverages, I found this one on the SOARS food search. 'Tis said that this will be black as midnight and frighfully delicious!
Prep.Time: 10 minutes
1 package unsweetened orange Kool-aid
1 package unsweetened grape Kool-aid
2 cups sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 quart chilled gingerale
Mix all together in punch bowl or large pitcher.
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GOBLINS' TOFFEE APPLES
If the kids don't want to bob for apples, then fix these beforehand and watch all the little goblins grovel for 'em! Apples for halloween follow the tradition of the centuries old halloween game of trying to catch apples with your teeth from a barrel of water. Toffee apples appeared later at halloween fairs.
Prep.Time: 30 minutes
10 apples
8 ounces molasses
4 ounces butter
16 ounces brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Thoroughly wash the apples then dry with paper towels. Insert a wooden stick in each, downwards through the core to act as handles. Put the molasses, butter, sugar and vinegar in a saucepan and mix together and bring to the boil for about 20 minutes. Quickley dip the apples in the hot mixture and then place on a rack to set.
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GRAVEYARD GOULASH
Welcome all the Trick or Treaters and partygoers in from the chilly Fall evening with this yummy pot simmering in your crockpot or on the stove....mmmmmmm
Serves: 6
Prep.Time: 45 minutes
1 1/2 pounds Beef Stewing Meat -- cut in 1/2" cubes
1/4 pound Bacon -- cut in 1/2" cubes
1 medium Onion -- chopped
2 cloves Garlic -- minced
2 tablespoons Butter
6 tablespoons Flour
2 large Potatoes, peeled -- cubed
2 large Carrots -- thinly sliced
1 Red Bell Pepper -- chopped
1 can Tomatoes (16-oz.) with juice
2 quarts Beef Broth
2 tablespoons Paprika
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 cup Dry red wine
2 tablespoons Red Wine vinegar
Lightly salt the meat; cook with bacon, onion and garlic in butter in a large Dutch oven until brown. Place mixture in a slow-cooker and sprinkle with flour. Add the remaining ingredients; mix well. Cook on low all day. Thicken slightly if desired.
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WEREWOLF WALDORF SALAD
This salad of course is terrific any time of year, but appropriate with those crisp Fall apples and a Halooween treat for the kids if you make it look like a werewolf.
Serves: 6
Prep.Time: 30 minues
2 large apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 head iceberg lettuce
FOR HALLOWEEN:
Endive or other curly lettuce
Alfalfa sprouts
4 carrots -- cut in thin 2"strips
4 radishes -- halved
Peel, core and dice the apples; toss in a large bowl with the lemon juice. Add the raisins, nuts and celery to the apples and toss together. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, milk and sugar until well blended. Add the dressing to the salad ingredients and toss. Place 2 or 3 lettuce leaves on individual salad plates and spoon the salad over the lettuce in a "head" shape.
To create the werewolf in your Waldorf, decorate each salad with pointy endive ears, alfalfa sprout hair and beard, pointy carrot fangs and radish-half eyeballs.
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SPIDER BITES
Everyone will love these....even the "Big Kids" at the party (unless, of course, they've had too many Bloody Caesars!).
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips -- melted
2 cups chow mein noodles
40 pieces M&M's chocolate baking bits
In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips. Stir in noodles. Drop by spoonful onto waxed paper. Add 2 pieces chocolate baking bits for eyes.
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