Weekend Special – Halloween Kitchen Party

You know you live in New Hampshire when …

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… you guessed it! There’s snow on the pumpkin and ice on the pond! My snow blower is heading out this morning for its annual check-up (it’s been at least five years so I figured it was due). And not a minute too soon! Or is that just a minute too late because the weekend looks like a mixed bag of sun, snow and ice.

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I’m crossing my fingers for a good day on Saturday. Pumpkin Carving at Courser Farm starts at noon. They hope to get all the pumpkins displayed and lit around 5:00. It’s great fun, a fabulous event for families and Halloweenies like me.

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Or maybe you’d rather visit the Corn Maize at Springledge Farm. It’s open all day with a spooktacular show in the evening.

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After an afternoon and evening in the chilly air, bring friends and family together for a fun and festive kitchen party.

First warm up with a mug of Hot Mulled Cider, with or without a shot of  apple jack. If you are in the Halloween spirit, try a Bloody Tini!

Keep it casual with a souper supper. Start with a beautiful Antipasto Platter. Nibble roasted veggies, great cheeses and prosciutto while a big pot of Roasted Butternut Squash Soup warms on the stove. Make the soup in the morning and you can relax and enjoy the evening.

For a heartier meal, nothing beats Butternut Squash Risotto. Risotto is perfect for a kitchen party. I like to serve it with Swiss chard, spinach or a mix of cool weather greens. Sauté the greens with a little garlic and a few spicy pepper flakes in extra virgin olive oil and finished with a spritz of fresh lemon juice. Then again, my Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna is pretty special. You can make it in advance and enjoy a worry free afternoon of fun. Serve it with a Caesar Salad.

For dessert, Pumpkin Cupcakes are great for the young or young at heart. If you’ve had enough squash, nothing beats a Rustic Apple Tart. And send everyone home with a little bag of Buttery Almond Brittle.

Bloody Tini
Serves 1

1-2 ounces dark rum*
2 ounces fresh orange juice
4 ounces cranberry juice
Splash of club soda or sparkling water
Garnish: spooky ice cubes

Put the rum, juices and club soda to taste in a cocktail glass and stir. Add ice and top with a creepy-crawly ice cube.

For a big crowd, fill a pitcher with rum and juices and store in the refrigerator. Pour into glasses, top off with a little club soda, add ice and a creepy-crawly ice cube to each glass.

for a non-alcohol version just skip the rum.

Creepy, Crawly Ice Cubes

Ice cube tray
Assorted plastic or gummy worms or bugs

If using plastic bugs and/or worms, wash and dry them. Arrange the creepy crawlies in the ice cube tray.

Add water or fruit juice to each cube. Put the tray into the freezer until the cubes are frozen solid.

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Have a great Halloween! Bon Appétit!

What’s cooking in your kitchen this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

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2 thoughts on “Weekend Special – Halloween Kitchen Party

  1. Dear Susan:

    No snow or ice in the forecast here in balmy Switzerland. Some haze, lots of beautiful color in the vineyards, the wine train is off through La Cote vineyards this Sunday, the marche aux puces will be on in Nyon as well and yes, the Croix Verte still makes the best lasagna and pizza anywhere around! La chère vielle Madame is still running the place and we have become “regulars” with our “own” table and greeted by name at the door. It’s a warm and fuzzy feeling there as always and we have told her that for all our special family occasions, or just a night out, the Croix Verte is our “home away from home” where we can have the goodness of home cooked food without the prep and clean-up. My idea of a really nice evening out. I used to have two places like that but then you moved back to the states. . .hope the snow blower gets back in time for the first dump. We’ve got a Halloween party here tomorrow, mostly for the kids but there will be some adult friends there as well. So will be making your pumpkin spice cake recipe. At least you know that we’re well-covered in the costume department! So Boo! to you, and enjoy the trick or treaters.

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    • J. – CV was my favorite Friday night hangout. Glad it has not changed. I’m blushing from your kind words! Gorgeous sunny day today so most of the snow is gone for now.This early in the season it doesn’t last long. A Nor’easter in in the forecast … so we’ll see! Have fun at the marche and a great party! Take care, S.

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