Category Archives: Recipes & Entertaining

Just Like Mom Used to Make

There are just some meals that no one could make better than your mom, to include any of the Iron Chefs.  And those meals vary from person to person.  For me, no culinary specialist could top my Irish mom’s shepherd’s pie.  Shepherd’s pie is, as you would expect, a traditional Irish dish of ground lamb, carrots, onions, garlic and various herbs and spices topped with mashed potatoes and cheese.  Mom would bake the dish until a perfect cheesy/potatoey crust formed on top that provided a perfect consistency with the underlying lamb.  I’m doing my best impression of Pavlov’s dog right now, despite the lack of a bell and becoming a vegetarian as an adult.

Prior to going vegetarian, I had never sampled a shepherd’s pie that could hold a candle to mom’s.  However, I think if MagicKitchen.com  made the dish they would come in a very close second.  Alas, they do not offer a shepherd’s pie, but they do offer other recipes that certainly give moms everywhere a run for their money.  Here are a few of our favorites and I bet at least one of them will bring back memories of your mother preparing it with love just as food critic Anton Ego’s (voiced by a marvelous Peter O’Toole) mother did for him in the movie Ratatouille.

Chicken Parmigiana – Our chefs coat the succulent chicken breast with freshly crushed panko breadcrumbs and bake.  They then smother the baked chicken with sauce made from Valoroso pear tomatoes straight from Italy, fresh basil, thyme, marjoram and garlic and then top it with Parmesan and whole-milk mozzarella cheese and bake again, just enough to melt the cheese into the sauce.  Mangiare!

Macaroni and Cheese – Just about every mom had a homemade recipe for mac and cheese that put the boxed versions to shame and ours does the same while taking you back to your childhood kitchen where your feet dangled off the chair, not yet reaching the ground.  Our elbow macaroni is made from scratch and we cover it with the finest mild cheddar and Parmesan cheeses.  We then add various secret spices and bake to perfection.  Simple is sometimes best.

Roasted Turkey with gravy – Our turkey breast is slow roasted, thickly sliced and then coated with our delicious turkey gravy seasoned with oregano, basil, sage, rosemary, marjoram and thyme.  Some “sage” advice from “Rosemary:” sounds like its “time” to order this dish and not just for Thanksgiving.

California beef stew – That’s actually perfect for a cold midwestern or northeastern winter’s day.  The prime cuts of cubed beef are slow cooked in a tomato and red wine gravy and a mirepoix of potatoes, carrots, peas, onions and garlic.  Throw in a dash of our perfect mixture of herbs and spices and you might not be able to tell ours from mom’s.

Cinnamon raisin bread pudding with caramel rum sauce – What adult cannot remember their mom’s sweet desserts that you could eat no matter how stuffed your tummy was?  Since smell is the sense most closely associated with memory, the smell of cinnamon wafting through your kitchen as you heat up this wonderful example of comfort food will, no doubt, evoke childhood memories aplenty.  This moist dessert has just the right amount of pure vanilla, plump raisins, caramel and, of course, cinnamon to cause you to loosen that belt a notch or two.  Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream…ahhhh, life is good.

Double fudge brownie – As with the mac and cheese, no artificial box version here.  We use fresh ingredients, to include gourmet Guittard chocolate, that make it worth walking around all day with brownie crumbs wedged into the corners of your mouth as you did as a youngster.  Oh yeah, I almost forgot the best part, the “double” in the title refers to the chocolate chips embedded into the fudge of the brownie.  No need to thank us.

Dutch apple pie – Gotta hand it to those Dutch, they created an awesome dessert that we improved upon, as did your mother, I’m sure.  We hand roll a flakey, single crust…no top crust in the Dutch version of apple pie, just a light covering of cinnamon crumbly goodness…and then mix our sun-ripened apples, picked at peak freshness, with brown sugar and vanilla, among other things, and then bake it until a golden halo appears.  It’’ll just feel like you’re in Heaven.

As mentioned, these dishes might not top mom’s, but they sure come darn close.  Try them and the memories of you and mom in your childhood kitchen will arrive thick and fast and that’s always a good thing.

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Look! New Menu Items…Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Quality restaurants do it on a regular basis (add things to or alter their menu) and since we are a quality restaurant that delivers to your home rather than your table, we decided to do the same thing.  But don’t freak out…we’ve kept our popular favorites and still offer specialized menu items for our patrons with special dietary needs.  So why did we make the decision to expand our menu?  We did so in order to provide you with more options and greater variety for yourself and your sometimes hard to please family.

We are especially pleased with our expanded Thanksgiving menu that now includes a whole, fully cooked turkey or ham as the entree in our complete meal packages which include seven sides, a desert and serves up to six people.  Our deluxe herb-roasted bird weighs between ten and twelve pounds and arrives with apple sage stuffing, buttered mashed potatoes, green beans in herb butter, cranberry-orange relish, turkey gravy, smashed maple-butter yams, nine grain dinner rolls and a nine-inch pumpkin pie.  You say some of your guests prefer ham rather than turkey…then tell them to get stuffed…wait, don’t do that, simply add a hickory smoked, spiral sliced honey ham to your order and everyone’s happy.

We also fully understand that some of you would rather cook your own bird (turkey or goose) or ham, but you would rather have root canal than prepare all the sides and dessert.  Not a problem, just order as many sides as you need from our a la carte menu and add buttered carrots, creamy spinach, Dutch apple pie and raspberry-rhubarb pie to your selection process from our sides and desserts menu.  Or maybe your guests are bringing the sides and desserts and all you’re responsible for is the turkey and/or ham.  Then just visit our special Thanksgiving page  and order a succulent turkey, ham or both.  Like I said at the beginning, we’ve provided more options, so you can make more people happy…yourself included.

Now that we’ve got Thanksgiving covered, let’s talk about our additional new menu items.  We hate to brag, but with our expanded menu, we’ve now got the beef!  And here’s the proof…we will soon offer a family-sized beef Pot Roast, BeefTeriyaki, Beef with Bordelaise Sauce and California Beef Stew.  We also have new items coming to our complete meals menu to include, but not limited to: chicken alfredo and penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach; creamy mac and cheese with grilled chicken, garden peas and carrots; and tangerine orange chicken breast with stir fry vegetables and brown rice.

So why not make your Thanksgiving and/or upcoming holidays a bit less stressful by letting us remove all the meal preparation items from your to-do list.  Heck, we here at MagicKitchen.com can alleviate the stress from any busy time in your life by delivering delicious, fully cooked meals right to your door.  So enjoy the upcoming holiday season and let us do the cooking.  After all, it’s what we do best.

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A Tale of Two (Thanksgiving) Dinners

It was the best of dinners, it was the worst of dinners, it was the age of entertaining, it was the age of cooking, it was the epoch of presentation, it was the epoch of preparation, it was the season of isolation, it was the season of socialization, it was the autumn of family, it was the autumn of folly.

A man, let’s call him Tim, realized that it was late October and thus, was time to begin the laborious process of planning to host his family for Thanksgiving dinner and he began to despair.  He loathed the hours he was about to spend planning, shopping for, preparing and, most of all, cooking the family feast.  For it was the cooking that relegated him to the loneliness of the kitchen while his family conversed, laughed, reminisced, and reveled in each other’s company.  Yes, Tim despaired mightily.

Another man, let’s call him Roger, also noticed that the porch pumpkins had arrived in his neighborhood which meant the time of giving thanks was not too far behind.  However, he did not despair, instead, he rejoiced.  He rejoiced because it meant his far-flung family would soon converge upon his home and he would be immersed in the warmth that is his family, if only for a short time.  Roger would spend little time planning, shopping for, preparing or, best of all, cooking his dinner of thanks.  For you see, Roger, years ago, had discovered a way to host his large family for Thanksgiving while spending every precious moment in their company.

Tim, days after the trick or treaters rang his doorbell and accepting of his fate, began preparations for the fourth Thursday of November.  He counted the confirmations, planned the menu, and then trudged to the local, oversized supermarket to play grocery cart bumper cars with soccer moms, octogenarians, and other work-from-home dads.  He, as always, purchased the staples: a frozen bird, potatoes, rolls, corn, green beans, pumpkin and apples pies, and canned, gelatinous cranberry jelly.

Roger, days after moving all the time-keeping devices in his home back an hour, began his preparations for turkey day by turning on college football, grabbing his laptop and logging on to MagicKitchen.com.  He then browsed their extensive Thanksgiving menu, located and purchased everything his family requested, from appetizers to apple pie.  This simple process took him a total of 30 minutes, but 15 of those minutes was spent yelling at the TV as his alma mater was losing once again.

When the Pilgrim’s favorite holiday finally arrived, Tim just wanted to get it over with, rather than enjoy it.  He got up at 6:00 AM, after imbibing a bit too much the night before, to baste and shove the bird in the oven and then began to prepare the sides, to include mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.  By the time the guests arrived, he was exhausted, still slightly hung-over and began to resent the very kitchen he had so loved after it was remodeled.  That resentment stemmed from the fact that he was trapped in that kitchen along with the new granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and Italian tile floor, cooking for the family whose company he so enjoyed.

A few days prior to Thanksgiving, Roger’s entire meal from MagicKitchen.com arrived at his door, fully cooked and flash frozen.  He then placed it in his freezer until just prior to feast time.  Next, he simply heated it to the necessary temperature and then served it, buffet style, to his guests.  Prior to that, he spent his day conversing with his siblings and parents, playing board games with his nieces and nephews and watching football with his dad and father-in-law, and a grand time was had by all.

The moral of the story: ‘tis better to spend time with family and friends on Thanksgiving then to spend time with kitchen appliances.

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Easter Means Spring, So Eat Like it!

Easter is, of course, a deeply religious holiday for Christians across the country and many observe it in reflection at their house of worship, followed by a rare, sit-down meal with friends and family.  And it is to the latter that this post is focused.  A theologian I am not.

Easter also serves a secondary purpose, just as Memorial Day ushers in summer and Labor Day ushers it out, Easter signifies the end of winter and the arrival (or imminent arrival, depending when it falls on the calendar), of spring.  And spring usually means a change in our eating habits from filling, winter comfort food to lighter, healthier, more active fare.

With this in mind, perhaps we should look for alternatives to the traditional ham or lamb, scalloped or au gratin potatoes, veggie casseroles, and dessert cakes for our Easter meal.  So here are some of those alternatives to consider.

Salads

This is the perfect opportunity to meld the two things that most represent spring: fruits and vegetables…with a light dressing such as vinaigrette, sesame ginger, or garlic balsamic.  Spinach and strawberries always work well together and other fruits that work well in an otherwise veggie salad are grapes, raspberries, diced pear, avocado, mango, cranberries…oh hell, just about any fruit works in a green salad and the same could be said for nuts…walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, etc.

Appetizers

Is it not time to ditch the deviled egg appetizer that everyone thinks is so cute after the kids have spent the morning hunting those same eggs (How did eggs get associated with Easter anyway?  It’s not like Easter bunnies lay eggs).  How about a nice avocado or hummus dip or spicy salsa?  Or some roasted edamame and/or artichoke hearts, or cauliflower wings (essentially cauliflower wedges dipped in various wing sauces.) Martha Stewart, as always, has some great ideas here http://www.marthastewart.com/275143/lighter-appetizer-recipes

Entrées

I guess this subtitle should have read “entrées other than ham or lamb.”  For the vegans/vegetarians in the crowd, a nice eggplant Parmesan, veggie lasagna or pasta primavera (primavera means spring in many romance languages, after all) would be to die for.  For the carnivores, a nice slab of roasted or poached salmon is a great alternative as is a nice baked chicken dish.  Here are some other great ham/lamb alternatives  http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19868/holidays-occasions/easter/dinner/

And of course, you can always order ready made meals at MagicKitchen.com.

Desserts

I think it goes without saying that I’m not referring to chocolate bunnies, peeps (you know, those fluffy, yellow blobs of sugar), or candied eggs of any type here.  Perhaps your guests would prefer cinnamon baked pears, a fruity sorbet or sherbet, a berry and yogurt parfait, a light and airy angel food cake (topped with fruit, of course), or hollowed out strawberries filled with vanilla yogurt and topped with graham cracker crumbs.  There are plenty of low-cal, spring dessert recipes out there and here are a few examples  http://www.self.com/gallery/9-healthy-3-ingredient-desserts-under-250-calories

Remember, just because you’ve eaten ham/lamb and some creamy potato dish every Easter since you were a kid does not mean it must continue.  This spring, break the bonds of Easters past, step away from tradition, embrace change and eat differently.  It’s not like there’s momentous consequences at stake here…it’s only Easter dinner.

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The Solution for Those Who Hate Cooking in Summer

fireinpanThere’s a reason two of the more popular kitchen clichés involve the word “heat” (“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” and “That’s taking the heat out of a hot kitchen”).  And that reason is because it can get frickin’ hot in the kitchen, especially during the summer months.

Think about it…it’s 90 degrees out there with 87% humidity and you’ve got the stove cranking at 425° and two boiling pots going on the stovetop.  That combination tends to cause one to sweat their (fill in the blank) off!  The grill does offer a solution, but there’s only so much grilled meat, seafood, and veggies one can eat.  The solution, obviously, is to have some cooked meals delivered to your home via the magic of MagicKitchen.com.

Lasagna without using the oven!
Lasagna without using the oven!

Every so often, during the summer months, wouldn’t it be nice to have a delicious, non-grilled meal, already cooked, waiting for you and your family in the freezer?  You bet your a$$ it would!  No marinating, no firing up the grill or oven, no prep work, no time spent cooking in a kitchen that doubles as a sauna in summer, no worrying about over or under cooking the entrée…the “no” list goes on and on.

Beef Pot Roast dinner, just heat in microwave.
Beef Pot Roast dinner, just heat in microwave.

The only work required by you is to simply place your pre-prepared and cooked meals in the non-heat producing microwave, watch it spin for a few minutes, and then present the meal in a pleasing manner to friends and/or family.  You can then, if you so desire, simply brush off all the praise heaped upon you for spending so much time and effort in a hot kitchen to prepare such an awesome meal…or you could simply tell them our little secret… cooked meals delivered from MagicKitchen.com

Custless Spinach Quiche
Crustless Spinach Quiche

MagicKitchen offers quite a variety of foods not usually eaten during summer, but are still missed none-the-less.  Sure, August is a great time for summer salads and grilled salmon, but there’s only so many summer salads and grilled cuts of fish one person can eat.  How about a nice change of pace with an appetizing Stuffed Peppers with Marinara Sauce, or Chicken Marsala, or crab cakes, or lasagna, or crustless spinach quiche?  And best of all, they come right to your door, frozen and ready to enjoy after a few minutes in the microwave.  Simply check out MagicKitchen.com’s extensive cooked meals delivered menu, select what appeals to you and then wait for the FedEx truck to deliver your delectable dinners all while not sweating your (fill in the blank with a different body part from the first fill in the blank) in a tropical kitchen!

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Best Summer Meal Pairings

The best thing about summer is eating easy meals. Nothing’s easier than MagicKitchen.com meals. Here’s our take on the best summer meal pairings for 2016!

    • Sliced Beef Brisket, for easy summer meals
      Sliced Beef Brisket- yummy!

      Try our sliced beef brisket, warm, on big rolls with hot mustard and coleslaw with potato salad on the side.

    • Here’s something summery: Warm our crab stuffed sole and serve with fresh-tasting barley vegetable pilaf.
    • In the mood for hearty? Try our corned beef inside toasted rye bread with sauerkraut and German mustard.
    • Grill our Bone-in Ham steaks and pair them with Scalloped Potatoes you can heat in the microwave.
    • A vegetarian option is to warm our stuffed baked potatoes as your main course, with a couple of your favorite salads.
    • Grill Bone-in Ham steaks, slice thin, and serve on corn tortillas with a pineapple salsa.
    • sliced-beef-tacoSpeaking of tacos, our Tritip or beef brisket would both be incredible inside a tortilla with some homemade pico de gallo.
    • Sliced Beef Tri-Tip Au Jus, served on a French roll, with the jus on the side. We’d serve this with oven fries and a side of coleslaw.
    • A website called It’s Yummy! has a recipe for a Reuben Salad that sounds like a perfect way to repurpose some delicious corned beef.
    • Love a lettuce wrap? So do we! Try putting out a variety of meats and veggies, with a couple of sauces, and let people help themselves. Suggestions: Beef Brisket, caramelized onions, sliced tomatoes with a smoky BBQ sauce. Or grilled prawns, rice noodles mixed with sesame oil, sliced jalapeños, and a smear of Hoisin Sauce.
Ham Steak for tacos, sandwiches and other easy meals
Bone-in Ham Steak
Ham Steak for tacos, sandwiches and other easy meals
Slow Smoked Corned Beef
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6 Healthy Alternatives to Sugary Drinks

Low fat Cod in Mediterranean Sauce from MagicKitchen.com
Low fat Cod in Mediterranean Sauce from MagicKitchen.com

When you’re trying to watch your weight, keeping track of your diet makes a big difference. In fact, a recent study found that people who kept a food journal lost twice as much weight as people who didn’t.

Why? When you make the effort to write down what you’re putting into your mouth or log your meals and snacks with a mobile app, it makes you more aware of your food choices. Stick with it, and over time you start to recognize eating patterns and food choices you can improve on. For example, you might figure out that you’re eating right, but you’re drinking far too many calories in the form of soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, or coffee loaded with sugar and whipped cream.

In case you’re wondering, a typical 32-ounce soda served at a fast food restaurant contains 272 calories. Gulp down your favorite mocha latte from a coffee shop, and you’re drinking about 360 calories. Even too much fruit juice can ruin your diet at 100-plus calories a glass. And it all starts to add up. Let’s say you have a 32-ounce soda five days a week. That’s 1,360 calories. In a year, you’ll drink 70,720 calories (equal to 20 pounds of fat).

If you’re serious about practicing portion control, making healthy food choices is a good place to start. Check out healthy and tasty Portion Control meals made by MagicKitchen.com. Then take a closer look at what you’re drinking from day to day. If you’re tossing back a few too many sugary drinks, try these low-calorie alternatives:

Water
It’s free from the tap, or inexpensive in bottled form. And it contains zero calories.

Fruit Punch

No. Not the bright red stuff made with sugary powder or high-fructose corn syrup. You can make your own with fresh fruit and sparkling cider. Check out the recipes for Summer Fruit Punch.

Strawberry Citrus Sangria

While this thirst-quenching drink has more calories than a glass of water, it packs a punch with vitamins and nutrients from sliced strawberries, peaches, orange, and lime. Here’s the recipe.

grapefruit-cocktailRuby-Red Grapefruit Cocktail

Mix a little campari, gin, and seltzer water with a freshly-sliced grapefruit and juice. Add ice, and enjoy. It’s only 121 calories per serving, and tastes a lot better than gulping down another soda. Here’s how to make it.

Fresh Cherry Lemonade

If you’ve been drinking sugary lemonade from a can, powder mixture, or some just-add-water frozen variety, you don’t know what real lemonade tastes like. Try making your own Fresh Cherry Lemonade with real cherries and lemon juice.

Cucumber & Melon White Sangria
Can cucumber and basil leaves actually taste good in a drink? You’ll have to try it. Mix these

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Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

cornbeefandcabbageSt. Patrick’s Day is a day for a party all over the United States and of course Ireland, the mother country. Enjoy the day with traditional foods like Corned Beef & Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, Shepherd’s Pie or Irish Stew. We all know (Or can imagine) what Corned Beef and Cabbage tastes like, but the other dishes might perplex a few readers. Irish Soda bread is a dark quick-bread (meaning using no yeast or other leavener). It has whole meal flour, porridge oats and lots of butter and buttermilk, along with the soda.

Shepherd’s Pie is a classic dish all over the British Isles. Lots of veggies,ground beef or lamb, stock, flour and a bit of red wine, all covered in mashed potatoes, and baked until golden and bubbly. Irish stew uses lamb or mutton,  along with potatoes and barley for a very hearty dish.

Iirsish-bread-dipf you’re not in the mood to throw together a whole feast, here are some smaller recipes that will work just as well. Reuben Braids are the brain child of Kellie Mulleavy, Lambertville, Michigan. What a fabulous and easy way to emulate corned beef and cabbage!

200806-r-avocado-soup-crabNancy Citro’s Emerald Island Dip recipe gives us an easy dish with a wonderful presentation. The shamrock cut-out is perfect for an Irish-themed party.

Chilled Avocado Soup with Crab is just green enough to be pertinent, and definitely delicious enough to be devoured.

Savory cheesecakes like  Pesto Swirled Cheesecake from Elizabeth Jackson, Portland, Oregon, are delightful appetizers, and this one has the requisite green as well as being creamy and divine.

mintbarsReady for some dessert ideas? St. Patrick’s Chocolate & Mint Cheesecake Bars are decadent, creamy, and decidedly green.

Shamrock Milkshake Cupcakes fit the bill, and you can serve them in green cupcake liners.

Last but never least, Martha Stewart, the queen of cuisine, has this dessert recipe to offer:
Lime Squares with Pistachio Graham-Cracker Crust.

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12 of the best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Start with MagicKitchen.com’s Fully cooked Roasted Turkey Breast, and add some of these amazing sides, for an easy Thanksgiving dinner. If you want it even easier, order one of our full Thanksgiving dinners.

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The Ultimate Green Bean Casserole
Sautéed cremini mushrooms and blanched green beans are combined with a luscious sauce of chicken stock and cream. Then the dish is topped with homemade fried shallot rings and baked until bubbling.
See Recipe on Williams Sonoma..

brussels
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts and red onions are seasoned simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roasted until caramelized and sweet.
See Recipe on Martha Stewart…

Dauphinoise

Potato Gratin Dauphinoise
Dauphinoise is the French method of baking potatoes in milk, cream and cheese.
See Recipe on Gourmet Food..

threesomeMashed Potato Threesome
This Mashed Potato Threesome involves butternut squash, curry, and buttery garlic mashed potatoes.
See Recipe on Cooking Stoned

sweetLemon-Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Here’s a delicious alternative to the usual sweet potato side dish, baked with brown sugar, lemon and cinnamon.
See Recipe on About.com

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Buttermilk Biscuits
These buttermilk biscuits are light, flaky and rich with flavor — perfect for sopping up extra gravy or slathering with butter.
See Recipe on Cooking Channel

glazed-carrotsGlazed Carrots with Thyme
Cooking carrots in a bit of water, butter, and sugar brings out their delicate flavor and coats them with a thin glaze.
See Recipe on Martha Stewart…

 

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Cheesy Mushroom and Broccoli Casserole
Shiitake mushrooms, rice and broccoli add heft to the cheddar-Monterey cheesy goodness.
See Recipe on Cooking Channel…

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Russet potatoes blended with roasted garlic, butter and milk and mashed to creamy perfection.
See Recipe on All recipes…

cauliflower
Cauliflower with Melted Onions and Mustard Seeds
Cauliflower may not seem like a glamorous vegetable—at least not when you steam or boil it. But roast it and it develops an unusual, delicate sweetness that’s almost exotic.
See Recipe on Food and Wine…

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 Bourbon-Cranberry Compote
A splash of bourbon adds a kick to this classic cranberry compote.
See Recipe on Real Simple…

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Carrot Ribbons with Cashews
Nuts and spices surprise the palate in this surprising and delicious dish.
See Recipe on Country Living…

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Fun Halloween Treats for Adults

Ready for a Halloween Party? Here are some easy to make appetizers to make the party extra spoo-o-o-oky. Kids like their Halloween snacks to be gruesome, the grosser the better. These are more classed-up, but still distinctly scary. Flavor without the gloop.

 

These first two recipes come to you courtesy of http://www.myrecipes.com/.

 

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On the left is a delicious cheeseball shaped like a white pumpkin. Plenty of grown-up flavor there, with extra sharp cheddar and goat cheese. White Pumpkin Cheeseball recipe here.  On the right are Bat Bites, with two kinds of cheese mixed with pesto. Olives and peppercorns make the eyes, while tortilla chips become wings. Bat bites recipe here.

The incredibly creative Martha Stewart team gives us the next two adult Halloween snacks.

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On the left, we have Scaredy Crackers, made of puff pastry. They are cut into shapes, sprinkled with spices, and baked. Scaredy Crackers recipe here. On the right are some simple pumpernickel sandwiches, cut into bat shapes. Lots of cookie cutters would be a great prep for these recipes. Or make your own cookie cutters. Bat Sandwich recipe here.

We love these two recipes. One comes from delish.com via Food and Wine, the other from Woman’s Day.

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Scallop-and-Olive Eyeball Canapés on the left are a simple sea scallop mousse cut into rounds and decorated with black olives. Scallop-and-Olive Eyeball Canapés recipe here. On the right is a scrumptious looking dish, little pie-shell sandwiches with ham and good cheddar. Pumpkin Patch Bites recipe here.

We can’t eat all that good food without a couple of drinks, right? Here are some perfectly ghoulish drink recipes that fit the day.

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On the left is a Vampire Delight Martini from Magnolia Days. Recipe here. On the right is a refreshing Candy Corn Sipper. Recipe here.

Finally, we can finish the night with some slightly scary desserts.

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On the left, OMG chocolate desserts gives us white chocolate mummy truffles, more cute than terrifying. Recipe here. On the right, cute little strawberry ghosts from Taste of Home. Recipe here.

We hope you enjoyed some of our favorite Halloween treats for adults!

Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger.

 

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