December 7, 2023


Here’s an eclectic mixture of recipes to celebrate Halloween.

Ghostly Heavenly Hash for Halloween aka Deconstructed Heavenly Hash

In the spirit of Halloween, today I’m making “Ghostly Heavenly Hash.” My inspiration for this treat is one of Louisiana’s best kept secrets regarding candy factories. A little chocolate candy factory is tucked away in the rural South Louisiana town of Ponchatoula. The 160-year-old Elmer’s Candy Corporation produces specialty chocolate candy for the holiday seasons…

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Cream Cheese & Persimmon Brownies for Halloween

These brownies have just a tint of orange color and just a pungent “bite” that make them perfect for a “hint” of Halloween. I love cream cheese brownies; and I’m never sure which I like best — the brownies or the swirled in cream cheese. I decided to add a ripe persimmon to the cream…

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Pumpkin and Spice Snickerdoodles

It’s October — the season for pumpkins and gourds. I’m beginning to see small pumpkins for sale in grocery stores and farmers markets. These pumpkins are called sugar pumpkins and are best suited for baking and eating– rather than the huge ones sold for carving and decorations.  A recipe for Pumpkin Snickerdoodles caught my attention.…

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Healthy Halloween Treats: Homemade Graham Cracker S’mores and More

Last night was Halloween, definitely an American tradition. We participated in trick-or-treating in our neighborhood, as we have done for as long as I can remember. This year we counted 355 trick-or-treating youngsters that stopped by our house for candy. For safety, we only pass out pre-packaged candy. But here’s another idea for a healthy trick-or-treat…

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Spiked Hot Mulled Cider

This Halloween I’m going to spice things up with Spiked Hot Mulled Cider. I served a variation of this recipe at my wedding reception years ago which is in November. The punch recipe is hot apple cider with spices and Burgundy wine. The warm spiced apple cider is soothing and flavorful and the red wine…

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Spicy Molasses Cookies For An Autumn Treat

While sorting through an old recipe file, I found a recipe for Spicy Molasses Cookies. It is a soft cut-out cookie; full of spices — cinnamon, ginger and cloves. With cooler autumn weather here; this seemed like a great time to bake the cookies. I used Halloween cookie cutters and decorations. In case you are wondering;…

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Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls and Food Day

Halloween is coming and this reminds me of the homemade popcorn balls that my sweet next-door-neighbor gave out to trick-or-treat goers. I tried making some of this candy confection myself and its pretty good. October brings Food Day as well as World Food Day. It is kind of a stretch, but I made a connection with…

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Stirring Up Gluten-Free Crunchy Halloween Bites

Who says gluten-free goodies don’t taste good? I modified a recipe for Crunchy Butterscotch Treats and came up with a winner. At least my family liked them; when I returned from work all the treats were devoured.  These small bites make great homemade Halloween treats for anyone following a gluten-free diet. Adapting the Recipe for…

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