Lauren Katz

3 Tricks and Treats to Scare Up Your Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! It wouldn’t truly be All Hallows’ Eve without some spooky snacks to dig your vampire teeth into. These recipes are super quick and easy, so you won’t even have to take a break between face painting and candy distributing. Just watch out for any extra-hungry ghosts and goblins!

 

Lobotomy Loaf

 

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The Spookiest Four-Ingredient Cocktail

Don’t even think about throwing a Halloween party without a stiff drink (pun intended). Here’s a cocktail that’s as creepy as it is tasty (and is sure to get you pickled): The Embalmer

 

Ingredients

1 15 ounce can pitted dark cherries in light syrup, drained, syrup reserved

8 ounces vodka

4 ounces triple sec

1 bottle sparkling white wine, chilled

 

Directions

Drop 1 cherry in each of 8 champagne flutes. Divide the cherry syrup, vodka and triple sec among the glasses. Top with the sparkling wine. Serves 8.

 

Have a happy Halloween!

 

 

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Sweet Ruby Cocktail

Rum & Coke Slushies

Red Velvet Champagne Cocktail

3 Last-Minute Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

If decorating a pumpkin has gotten buried in your to-do list between whipping up dinner, baking Halloween treats and–dare we say it–starting to plan for Thanksgiving, have no fear. These three pumpkin ideas are easier than making a ghost costume out of a sheet. All you need are a few inexpensive items you may already have at home. You stoop has never looked more festive… for less!

 

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Get Ready for a Scary-Good Weeknight Meal Planner!

Halloween’s less than a week away, and your front stoop isn’t the only thing that should be getting into the spooky royal treatment. Make dinner super thrilling and exciting this week with five recipes that are sure to put your family in the mood for some tricks and some treats.

 

Monday, October 27th

When you’re done carving, save those pumpkin seeds for Pepita Pesto Pasta with Roasted Squash

 
 

Tuesday, October 28th

Garlic Shrimp is sure to ward off any vampires

 
 

Wednesday, October 29th

Spell out fun messages like “Boo!” in Alphabet Stew

 
 

Thursday, October 30th

Sweet and Lemony Wings will satisfy your candy-craving sweet tooth

 
 

Friday, October 31st

Slow-Cooker Paella is perfect for a Halloween dinner party. It’s nice and warm and will feed the masses!

 

Have a happy, safe, trick- and treat-filled Halloween!

 
 

More Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Asian-Inspired Weeknight Dinners

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Recipe Roots: Ramen Cheeseburgers

We’ve already told you how much we love mash-ups. Whether it’s two Italian classics crammed into one (hello chicken parm pizza!) or a French onion soup-Chinese dumpling hybrid, the delicious end results are greater than the sum of their parts. Such is the charm of the ramen burger. When you cross the all-American sandwich with the ultimate Japanese comfort food, everybody wins.

 

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Meet the Winner of the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor Contest

They came. We tasted them. And one conquered. After three months of devouring Cappuccino, Wasabi Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese and Mango Salsa chips, America voted on a winner of the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest: Meneko Spigner McBeth and her Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked chips!

 

Photo courtesy of Chip Review

 

We caught up with Meneko, a registered nurse from Debtford, NJ, to find out about her ‘Do Us a Flavor’ experience.

 

RR: So, how does it feel to know America chose your idea as the next Lay’s flavor?

MSM: It feels amazing. I think I’m still in a little bit of shock but overall it feels great.

 

RR: What was your inspiration behind Wasabi Ginger?

MSM: My inspiration was my grandmother, who is Japanese. I grew up cooking with her and making sushi and she would always have hers with wasabi. As a kid, I wasn’t allowed to have wasabi but when I got older I fell in love. I love spicy things in general.

 
RR: Did you consider any other flavors to enter?
MSM: I actually did. I entered quite a few more, at least 10, but Wasabi Ginger was my first entry.
 
RR: Can you give us any insight into the creation and flavoring process?
MSM: This year, when you entered you were able to pick the type of chip and also give your three main ingredients. Mine were wasabi, ginger and soy sauce. Back in July, we went to the Lay’s headquarters and tried out all four of the finalists’ flavors, too.
 
RR: Any thoughts as to what dip would go best with this chip?
MSM: I think the chip is delicious on its own but I’m sure you can put it with just about anything you want and it’ll be good. I stick to just sitting in front of the TV and eating them solo.
 
RR: Do you think you could use these chips in any recipes?
MSM: During the voting process, someone sent me a message saying they took the chip, crushed it up and used it as breading on their chicken. I think I might try that.
 
 
Wasabi Ginger Kettle Cooked chips are now a part of the official Lay’s family and will arrive on grocery shelves very soon. Congrats again, Meneko!

 
 
 

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Weeknight Meal Planner: 5 Cool Combos!

Getting sick of the old spaghetti and meatballs or teriyaki chicken? Have no fear! This week’s weeknight meal planner is full of fun recipes that combine unique ingredients to create five delicious dishes. So, what are you waiting for? Get cooking!

Monday, October 20th

Brussels Sprouts Pasta

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The Year’s Easiest Halloween Decorating Idea

For this year’s Halloween party, brew up some tabletop fun: Spray-paint plastic trick-or-treat buckets black, inside and out (flat-finish paint looks spookiest), to transform them into cauldrons. Coat flat-top wooden candle holders (available unfinished at craft stores) with the same paint and attach the cauldrons to their tops with hot glue. Now all that’s left to do is choose witch, er, which snacks to serve. (Not recommended: eye of newt.)

 

 

 

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Four-Ingredient Blushing Cocktails

Dark nights, cool breezes and changing leaves: It’s definitely fall, and there’s no better way to take the chill off than with a stiff cocktail. Our Sweet Ruby will do just the trick, warming you from the inside out with scotch and sweet vermouth. Don’t forget to add a splash of grapefruit juice to match your ruby red cheeks!

 

 

Ingredients

1 ounce scotch

1 ounce sweet vermouth

1 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice

Twist of a grapefruit peel, for garnishing

Ice (freebie)

 

Directions

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the scotch, vermouth and grapefruit juice and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the grapefruit twist. Makes 1.

 

 

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The Smokin’ Dog

Bourbon Apple Sidecars

Red Velvet Champagne Cocktail

A Cozy-Comforting Weeknight Meal Planner

As the weather begins to cool down, we’re slowly slipping into comfort food mode, craving all sorts of soups, stews, casseroles and hot drinks. This week, celebrate the season of fall with hearty dishes loaded with flavor to warm you up from the inside out!

 

Monday, October 13th

Corn Chowder with Jalapeno Peppers

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