(Little Food Junction)
black grapes & carved cape gooseberries. Try using olives and cheese instead.
Mashed Boo-tatoes (Martha Stewart Living)
Use a pastry bag to pipe mashed potatoes into ghosts and sweet potatoes into pumpkins.
Glow-in-the-dark Drinks & Jello (ourbestbites.com)
Tonic water (diet or regular) *must contain quinine
Crystal Light lemonade
Tonic water is bitter, so only add a little.
Try only half tonic (or less) to water for making Jello. Make Jigglers.
Spiderweb Soup Topping (Better Homes and Gardens)
Soup (tomato or carrot)
3 Tbsp sour cream
1 Tbsp milk
Plastic condiment bottle
Mix sour cream and milk and pour into a plastic bottle. Carefully squeeze several circles onto the surface of warm soup. Use a toothpick to drag lines from the center out toward the edges to create a web design.
pictures and text from Better Homes and Gardens
Pumpkin Black Bean Soup (Julie Lloyd)*
3 Tbsp butter
1 ½ c finely chopped onions
3 large cloves minced garlic
¾ c canned tomatoes, pureed
1 c fresh or canned pumpkin puree
6 oz boiled ham cut into 1/8” cubes
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2½ - 3½ c beef stock
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt or to taste
½ tsp pepper
Melt butter and stir in chopped onions and garlic. Sauté until soft. Puree the tomatoes in a blender and then add to the vegetables. Add the pumpkin, ham, black beans, beef stock, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cook uncovered for 20-25 min, stirring occasionally. Taste for salt. If too thick, add stock. If too thin, continue cooking till thicker. Serve with sour cream.
Adam's Ribs (Better Homes and Gardens)
I think I'd only use this for a grown-up dinner!
Your guests will love these succulent pork spareribs with spicy Jamaican jerk seasoning. Stab the carving knife through a red sweet pepper heart for party presentation.