I love Halloween! I have so many fond memories of this pagan holiday, it is hard to know where to start. Not so many years ago, before we moved away from our suburban neighborhood, and into the ‘suburban country’ (on a few acres), we use to gather at my sister in law’s house, or at our house, to indulge in comfort food dinners and adult ‘spirits’ (kids had cider). After we finalized costumes and makeup, we’d hit the neighborhoods, and dutifully watch our children trick or treat in their glutenous frenzy from the sidewalk.
Later when our children were in their hyperglycemic state, we would cringe at the bulging pillowcases of candy, and would plot to divert a large portion of the sweets, either to our own caches, or to the freezer for doling out later.
While observing our children immersed in the excesses of the holiday was a kick, I think I enjoyed decorating the house, putting spooky music on, and answering the door to screaming and giggling, princesses, ghosts, vampires, cats, etc., even more. Later after the children crashed, oh, I mean, were tucked in, I’d watch some B horror movie (couldn’t help myself) while my husband dozed on the sofa...I’m a late nighter, and he’s an early riser.
Oh, and back in the day...in my young adult years, it was all about the costume, with that sexy twist of course. In fact, as I recall, I looked darn good in that ‘dead french maid’ outfit, with the white face makeup, and black fishnet stockings... It’s funny now that the kids are older, a girl still wants to look good in her outfit. But let’s face it, we’re not twenty anymore (well a lot of us aren’t).
Nowadays, my husband and I enjoy our friend’s annual costume party. And in trying to find something original to fit the theme of the year, often times irreverent, we have had more fun than ever. The pic above was the year of television personalities... I’ll never see those ‘D’ cups again, but I won’t forgot the night when more people stared at my chest, than met my eyes...
All Hallow’s Eve Comfort supper:
Beer Cheese Soup
1/2 cup butter 5 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup finely diced carrots 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup finely diced celery 8 ounces sharp Chedder cheese,
1/2 cup finely diced onion shredded
1/2 cup flour 11 ounces flat beer
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp dry mustard
Have all the ingredients ready for mixing before starting to cook. Melt butter in large kettle or stock pot; let butter “froth” but not brown. Add vegetables and saute’ until tender. Gradually blend in flour, turning heat down slightly. Add salt and dry mustard, rolling it between your fingers to avoid lumps. Cook mixture until it begins to brown. Add chicken broth; return heat to high. Add cheeses, blend and stir constantly. Add beer. Bring to a boil for only a moment, reduce heat and serve.
Stomboli/ or Pinwheels
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2 balls of pizza dough ( I get mine at Winco for 1.99 each) or make your own
Flatten, stretch into rectangle without putting hole in dough, then cut in half.
Layer salami, pepperoni and 1” strips of provolone at one longer edge, then roll up
(like a cinnamon roll/pinwheel)
Cut 2 inch slices and place on sprayed cookie sheet.
Brush with garlic olive oil and bake 375 degrees, checking at 15 minute intervals until golden brown and cheese bubbling.
*Serve with Beer Cheese Soup and Hot or Cold apple Cider
Happy Halloween everyone!