Halloween 2009

There's nothing more fun than cooking up traditional Halloween Treats during the mystical month of October! Each year, I add new Halloween recipes that are sure to please any ghostly guests who happen to stop by your home!

This year, my Halloween page pays tribute to one of the most creative sitcomes of the 1960s ... Bewitched. Who could ever forget the beautiful witch Samantha and her earnest attempts to abandon her witchcraft to please her mortal husband, Darrin. The writers and the amazing cast brought entertainment which continues today in reruns and DVD collections.

BAT SANDWICHES

3 cups (12-oz) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (8-oz) container chive-and-onion flavored cream cheese, softened
1 (4-oz) jar diced pimiento, drained
1/2 c. chopped pecans, toasted
24 whole wheat or pumpernickel bread slices

Stir together first 4 ingredients. Using a 3- to 4-inch bat-shaped cutter, cut 2 bats from each bread slice. Spread about 2 tablespoons filling over 24 bats. Top with remaining 24 bats. Makes 24 sandwiches.

EAT 'EM UP GHOSTS

1 (10-oz) bag of marshmallows
1/4 c. margarine or butter
6 c. crisp rice cereal
12 oz vanilla-flavored candy coating, melted
Black licorice candy
Chocolate sprinkles
Miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

In a large pot, combine marshmallows and margarine. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is melted. Gradually stir in cereal until well combined.

Use 1/2 to 1 cup of the cereal mixture per ghost to form into ghost shapes. Set aside to cool completely.

Dip each ghost shape into melted candy coating. Use pieces of licorice, chocolate sprinkles and/or chocolate pieces for the eyes, nose, eyebrows and mouth. Makes 9 to 12 ghosts.

HALLOWEEN FUDGE

1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16-oz) package powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
1 (12-oz) package white chocolate chips, melted
1 c. toasted chopped nuts
2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 drops yellow food coloring
4 drops red food coloring

Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, grease with butter; set aside.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended after each addition.

Add melted white chocolate, nuts, vanilla and food colorings; mix well. Spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Cut into 48 squares.

TURTLE S'MORES

2 NESTLÉ SIGNATURES TURTLES Candies
4 graham cracker squares
1 large marshmallow, cut in half

Place 1 Turtle on 1 graham cracker square.

Top with 1 marshmallow half.

MICROWAVE on HIGH (100%) power for 10 to 15 seconds or until marshmallow expands.

Immediately top with 1 graham cracker square.

Repeat with remaining Turtle, graham cracker squares and marshmallow half. Makes 2.

BLOODY POPCORN

Pop some corn (air popper, microwave, pan popped ... your preference).

Using butter spray, lightly spray the popcorn and mix as you spray to coat well.

Sprinkle with paprika or a red colored season salt, mixing as you go to coat all kernels.

**GREAT for watching those scary movies during the Halloween season!


In Salem Mass., a statue was erected as a tribute to Bewitched.
The ceremony was attended by show director William Asher,
who was married to Elizabeth Montgomery, as well as a cast members
Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay), Kasey Rogers (Louise Tate) & Erin Murphy (Tabitha)

TRANSYLVANIA PUNCH
2 cups water
1 (3-oz) package cherry-flavored gelatin
4 (12-oz) cans lemon-lime carbonated beverage or ginger ale, chilled

In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups water to boiling. Transfer to a bowl. Add gelatin and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Cover and chill 4 hours or overnight.

To serve, pour about 1 cup of ginger ale into a glass. Add a spoonful of the chilled gelatin. (Gelatin should float atop beverage.) If desired, stir together just before drinking. Makes 6 servings.

HAUNTING HOT CHOCOLATE

1 medium orange
3 c. whole milk, divided use
2/3 cup.anilla-flavored baking pieces
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Purchased marshmallow ghosts
Whipped cream (optional)
Ground nutmeg (optional)

Remove peel of orange with vegetable peeler; set aside.

In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 cup of the milk, the vanilla-flavored baking pieces, orange peel, and nutmeg; whisk over low heat until baking pieces are melted. Remove orange peel. Whisk in remaining milk and heat through. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

Serve warm in mugs. Add a marshmallow ghost, dollop with whipped cream, and sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired. This hot white chocolate drink looks even spookier with a ghost-shaped marshmallow floating in it. Makes 5 (6-oz) servings.

WITCHES BREW TEA

SPICE SYRUP:

2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
3 T. finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1/3 c. water
1/3 c. sugar

In a small saucepan bring syrup ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Cool syrup and strain into a container for storage.

Syrup may be made 1 week ahead and chilled, covered in the refrigerator.

Brew up your favorite tea and add a few drops to your cup of tea to taste. You can use a cinnamon stick for stirring.

Syrup can also be added to soda or coffee.

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This page is dedicated to
the enduring memory of

ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY