Oct 022016


Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.  Over the millennia the holiday transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.

5 (Scary Easy) Halloween Party Recipes

  • Halloween Party Recipes

The amount of Halloween party recipes and ideas floating around the Internet is impressive. I want to celebrate the season and have fun like everyone else, but let’s get real. In my opinion, the kitchen is the scariest place in my home. Yikes!

I generally try to keep my culinary adventures easy peasy. Or, I’ll try a recipe once I’ve heard from a few or like 10 people, that it’s really easy. Case in point, I’ve never regretted attempting these slow cooker tacos, but it took a lot of convincing. Eh, but tacos don’t really scream, “Halloween.” I want to try a recipe that is both scary easy and fun.

I’ve compiled a list of Halloween-inspired recipes – featuring dairy, of course! – that I think are less scary and more fun. To help me judge these factors, I’m using the Motion Pictures Association of America’s rating system (to rate scariness) and the typical academic grading scale (to rate the fun factor).My list of 5 (scary easy) Halloween party recipes:

Spooky Ghost Milkshakes

Dairy: Milk and frozen yogurt


Scary Rating: I can’t complain about the simple ingredients list, and the preparation is minimal.G

Ghost Milkshakes Recipe
Image source: Florida dairy farmers

Fun Factor: I like how you can customize the glasses to your level of spooky, but I don’t think this recipe would be too much fun as a solo project. The fun rating would go up when making it with little ghosts and goblins. A-

Guacamole with Black Olive Spiders

Dairy: Greek yogurt

Scary Rating: The ingredients list is longer, but individually, the ingredients are simple. Minimal scary factor at the grocery store. PG

Halloween Guacamole Recipe
Image source: Florida dairy farmers

Fun Factor: What a presentation! The salsa cob web makes it special, and hands down, I love black olives. Plus, this recipe comes from my Florida dairy farmer friends too. A+

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Dairy: Cheddar and cream cheese

Scary Rating: The Food Network calls this recipe easy, and I tend to agree. The cheese ball needs at least two hours to chill so plan

Pumpkin Cheese Ball
Image source: Food Network

ahead to maximize this non-scary recipe. I wouldn’t use the minced jalapenos it calls for; another reason this recipe seems pretty easy. GFun Factor: Crushing tortilla chips, or pretty much anything crunchy into bits, is usually pretty fun. The presentation looks nice, plus you get 2 hours for more fun while the cheese ball chills. A

Pillsbury Mummy Dogs

Dairy: Cheese

Scary Rating: You can’t be a perfectionist with these mummy dogs. The dough may not cover correctly or the mustard eyes could get lop-sided. This is the

Image source: Food Network

recipe where you just have to go for it, and hope it all works out. Ease any fears and watch video with Pillsbury’s recipe. PGFun Factor: I grew up with “pigs in a blanket” so the fun factor for me is the nostalgia of turning these hot dogs into mummies. A

Mummy Spinach Dip

Dairy: Mozzarella string cheese, Parmesan cheese and sour cream

Scary Rating: This recipe no doubt requires an investment of time. The ingredients list and instructions are lengthy. PG-13

Image source: SnackWorks.com

Fun Factor: I’m definitely drawn to the creativity. The string cheese mummy bandages and black olive eyes (I really like black olives) – this recipe was made to be enjoyed at a party. A+Do you have a scary easy Halloween recipe I should try? Share in the comments. And, best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Halloween!


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Dec 252014



 A little recipe my gramma use to make! Stuffed Sicilian Artichokes … a delicious and tasty appetizer.

Ingredients – Serves 4 persons

8 – Medium sized artichokes

1 Lb – Plain bread crumbs

1/4 Lb – Grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano Cheese

2 Cloves finely chopped garlic

Fresh parsley

EV olive oil

Salt & pepper


 Clean the artichokes by removing the harder outer leaves and cutting the stem and the top part of the leaves as they may have thorns.

Wash and drain the artichokes well.

In a saute` pan put the bread crumbs and the garlic. Saute` until the bread crumbs are lightly golden. Let cool off.

Add to the bread crumbs the finely chopped parsley, salt & pepper as desired, a bit more finely chopped garlic, the grated cheese and some olive oil.

Mix the ingredients very well until the oil is evenly absorbed.

Take each artichoke, open the leaves as much as you can and insert among the leaves the bread crumb mixture.

Place the artichokes in an oven pan and add 1 1/2 inches of water.

Place the pan on the stove and cook for 15 mins.

Finish off by putting the pan in the oven for 15 more mins. at 400 F.

 Gramma always made these on Christmas Eve/Buon Appetito!


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Merry Christmas Morning many years ago in fact how about 1952… that’s my Mom, and my big brother and gee look at that baby girl… hmmmm? Wonder who that is?



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