Halloween is coming soon. When I was a kid, my parents gave out pretzels and nuts and pencils and even sugar free gum. As you might imagine, our house was rarely a neighborhood favorite. I didn’t even like hanging around the place on Halloween.
As America Inc. pushes even more candy on our families, the farm is pushing back. With one of the funnest days of the year coming soon, here are some great ideas to have fun and eat well too.
Boo Spaghetti – http://www.jeannebenedict.com/
1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, making sure to keep some long noodles intact, as opposed to breaking them to fit into the pot.
2. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Pull a noodle out and form the word “boo” on the foil; make a few.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes until firm and place your “boos” on top of red sauce on spaghetti.
Make carrots look like fingers by using some creamy dip to attach sliced almonds (fingernails) to the ends, then stick 5 “fingers” into the dip (have other carrots to the side for dipping).
Tomato soup with ghost toasts –
Ghost-shaped toasts are a perfect garnish for creamy tomato soup. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the ghost. Toast the bread in the and use peppercorns to make the eyes.
Mummy Burritos –
Cut out slits for eyes and use olive pieces. Pack them full of fresh vegetables for lots of energy later tonight.
Pumpkin-faced Quesadillas –
Use a large cookie cutter to make pumpkin-shaped tortillas, and top with thin layers of refried black beans and grated cheddar cheese. Top the cheese with more pumpkin-shaped tortillas, but cut out a jack-o’-lantern face before heating to melt the cheese.
Vampire Apples –
Slice the middle section out of a quarter of an apple to create a mouth shape. Then insert slivered almonds into the apple flesh for vampire teeth.
Pumpkin-faced Quesadillas – Use a large cookie cutter to make pumpkin-shaped tortillas, and top with thin layers of refried black beans and grated cheddar cheese. Top the cheese with more pumpkin-shaped tortillas, but cut out a jack-o’-lantern face before heating to melt the cheese.
Jack-o’-lantern Pancakes –
Instead of pouring round pancakes, whip up pumpkin-shaped oval cakes with a little extra batter at the top to form the stem. Use fruit, chocolate or nuts to give each pumpkin-shaped cake a cute – or frightful – face.
The whole crew at Montalbano Farms hopes that you enjoy your produce this week!