Terror in the Kitchen

For me, Halloween is a very food-centric holiday and a good Halloween party will have Halloween type foods. Not just pizza mon frere!

So I’m going to share a couple recipes that are quick, easy, and HALLOWEENY!

Bubbling Cauldron

Bubbling Cauldron

- 1 package (16oz) Velveeta
- 2 cans (15oz ea) black beans, drained
- 1 cup medium to hot salsa
- 1 can (4oz) diced jalapeno peppers, drained
- 2 loaves (18oz ea) round marble rye bread, unsliced
- pretzel rods
- cubed rye or pumpernickel bread slices

Melt cheese in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in beans, salsa and jalapeƱo peppers, if desired. Carefully cut center out of bread, leaving 1-1/2-inch shell. Cut bread center into pieces for dipping.
Reserve 1 pretzel rod. Arrange remaining pretzel rods on serving plate to resemble campfire logs. Place bread cauldron on pretzels; fill with cheese dip, allowing some to spill over top of bread cauldron. Arrange bread pieces and cocktail bread around cauldron. Place reserved pretzel rod in cheese dip; serve immediately.
Green Meanie Monster Mouths

Green Meanie Monster Mouths

- 4 green apples
- 1 cup nut butter (cashew, almond or peanut butter)
- Almond slivers

Place apple, stem side up, on cutting board. Cut away 2 halves from sides of apple, leaving 1-inch-thick center slice with stem and core. Discard core slice. Cut each half round in half. Then cut each apple quarter into two wedges using a crinkle cutter. Each apple will yield 8 wedges.

Spread 2 teaspoons nut butter on wide edge of apple slice. Top with another crinkled edge apple slice, aligning crinkled edges to resemble jaws. Insert almond slivers to make fangs.

Creepy Crawly Punch

Creepy Crawly Punch

- 1 cup gummy worms
- 1 liter lemon-lime sports drink
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 packages lime flavored gelatin
- 1-1 1/2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
- 1/2 cup superfine sugar

Arrange gummy worms in bottom of 5-cup ring mold; fill mold with thirst quencher beverage. Freeze until solid, 8 hours or overnight.

Pour boiling water over gelatin in heatproof punch bowl; stir until gelatin dissolves. Stir in cold water. Add lemon-lime beverage and sugar; stir well (mixture will foam for several minutes).

Before serving, unmold ice ring by dipping bottom of mold briefly into hot water; add to punch bowl. Serve cups of punch garnished with gummy worms. For something extra creepy you can add dry ice.

All these recipes and more I found on TLC Cooking.

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About Ash Wednesday

Some say the pen is mightier than the sword. Ash Wednesday believes so, especially when you use one to stab somebody in the eye! Her first big girl book was Jurassic Park in 4th grade and she's been a sci-fi/horror book fan ever since. With her affinity for things with big teeth and biting habits, she also loves good (or really bad) zombie, vampire and supernatural flicks. For the record, vampires don't sparkle.