Friday, October 31, 2014

Our Halloween Party Recipes


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WE SERVED AT OUR RECENT
HALLOWEEN PARTY.
ENJOY!!!




Jellied Brains Recipe

Ingredients:

4 (3.4 oz) boxes of strawberry Jell-O
2 (3.4 oz) boxes of orange or peach Jell-O
1 (8 oz) can evaporated milk
2 1/2 cups of boiling water
1 cup of cold water
non-stick cooking spray
1 brain mold

Directions:

Spray brain mold with cooking spray. Remove excess with paper towels.

Boil 2 1/2 cups of water. Pour in all of the Jell-O. Stir well until completely dissolved. Pour in cup of cold water and evaporated milk. Mix well. Carefully pour into mold. Set in fridge for 4-5 hours until set. Carefully turn upside down onto serving platter.




Sugared Eyeballs

This is the same recipe we used for making Doctor Who's "Fish Fingers" and Custard. Click HERE to go to that recipe.



Rotten Ears

This is the same recipe we used for making Daryl's "Walker Ear" Cookies (The Walking Dead). Click HERE for that recipe.



Blood Fudge

Ingredients:

3 cups of sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup half and half 
1 (7 or 8 oz) jar of marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups of white chocolate chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
non-stick cooking spray
red food coloring

Directions:

Spray a 9" square metal or glass pan with non-stick spray. Line it with heavy duty foil. Spray foil.

Melt butter in microwave-safe dish. Add in sugar and half and half. Stir. Microwave 4-5 minutes. Stir well. Add in marshmallow cream. Stir again until well incorporated. Microwave another 2-3 minutes. While it's still very hot, add in white chocolate chips and stir until you have a smooth texture.

Scoop out 2 cups of this mixture into a second bowl. Pour in the semi-sweet chips. Stir until the chips have melted. Add in the red food coloring a tablespoon at a time until it is the color you desire.

Drop tablespoons of both the white and red fudge batter into the foil-lined dish, rotating colors. When all the batter has been dropped, take a butterknife and begin swirling the blade through the batter to give it a marbled look. Place in fridge until hardened and set, overnight preferably. 

Cut into squares with a large knife.



Gray Matter (AKA "The Grey Stuff" from Beauty & the Beast)

Click HERE to learn how to make this delicious dessert.




Dragon's Bile

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
taco seasoning or any spices/seasonings you like
2 (32 oz) bricks of Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes
2 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
milk, to thin

Directions:

Brown beef in pan. Add seasonings to taste. Dump into crock pot along with Velveeta and Rotel. Cook on high until melted, stirring occasionally so that it doesn't burn along walls of pot. Add milk to thin out (optional).


Stewed Ravens' Brains

Ingredients:

1 large bag (or 2 small bags) of frozen meatballs from Sam's Club or Costco
1 (16-20 oz) bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

Directions:

Dump into crock-pot and cook on high 3 hours, stirring once every hour.


Innards in Blood Sauce

Ingredients: 

2 lbs of smoked sausage links, cut into discs
2 cups of BBQ sauce

Directions:

Dump ingredients into crock-pot and cook on high 2 hours.



Blood Brew:

Ingredients:

2 scoops of vanilla ice cream (per person)
Red Hawaiian Punch

Directions:

Scoop ice cream into glass. Add in enough punch to fill. Enjoy!!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


Polyjuice Potion Recipe (Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets)

Have you ever wanted to know
what Polyjuice Potion tastes like?
Well, here's a Muggle version
that you're sure to love!
This sinfully sweet, white cocoa
is infused with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
for an extra touch of "magic".

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Polyjuice Potion
*makes 10 cups

Potion Base:
6 cups of whole milk
2 cups of heavy whipping cream

Ingredients:
3 measures of fluxweed = 3 pinches of ground nutmeg
2 bundles of knotgrass = 2 cinnamon sticks
4 leeches = 2 vanilla beans, cut in half and split open down the middle
2 measures of lacewing flies = 2 cups of white chocolate chips
3 measures of boomslang skin = 3 tablespoons of grated (gourmet) chocolate bar
1 measure of ground bicorn horn = 1 tablespoon of sugar
+ 1 scoop of lacewing flies = 1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips (for each cup)



Directions:
Pour milk and heavy cream into a large pot and heat on medium-high heat. Add in nutmeg. Drop in cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add in chocolate chips and grated chocolate bar. Finally, add in sugar. Stir well. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. 

Turn off heat. Ladle into serving cups and top with 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips. Enjoy while watching Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Victor & Emily's Wedding Cake (Corpse Bride)

Make a scaled-down version of
Victor & Emily's Wedding Cake
following this easy recipe.


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 Corpse Bride Wedding Cake
*serves 10-12

Cake Ingredients:

1 (6-inch round) blue velvet cake, baked & cooled
1 (8-inch round) blue velvet cake, baked & cooled
1 (muffin-size) blue velvet cupcake, baked & cooled
16 ounces vanilla almond bark (or white chocolate chips)
1 silicon skull mold (I used an ice cube tray)

Bake cakes according to package or recipe directions. If you cannot find a blue cake mix, simply mix a white cake mix and add blue food coloring. Let the cakes cool completely. Slice the tops to level them out (see the above video to learn how to do this). 

Turn the 8" cake onto a serving plate or foil-covered cake board. Spread some frosting in the center. Now turn the 6" upside down on top of the 8" and place it in the center, using the frosting as a glue. Do the same for the muffin. Place a dollop on the 6" and place the leveled muffin upside down in the center (watch the above video for help with this step). Now frost the entire 3-level cake.



Place your almond bark in a microwave safe cup or bowl. Microwave for 60-90 seconds until melted. Stir well. Pour into the skull mold holes. Place in freezer for 10 minutes to set. Pop out the skulls and use a bit of frosting to glue them along each layer of cake. Glue 4-5 skulls on the top layer. 

Spoon some of the frosting into a gallon-size baggie. Using kitchen scissors, cut 1/4" off one corner. Squeeze a bone shape in between each candy skull. (To see how easy it is to make the bones with frosting, watch the above video.). That's it! You're done!!



Buttercream Frosting:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temp
1 cup all-vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups powdered sugar
4-6 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Place butter, shortening and vanilla into mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until creamy. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. The frosting will be hard to mix and crumbly once all the sugar has been added. Now add in the milk and mix again until spreadable and creamy. Follow the above directions to see when to spread it on your cake.





Friday, October 10, 2014

Remy's Tomato Soup (Ratatouille)

Recreate Remy's Soup
from Disney-Pixar's film
"Ratatouille"
with this easy
one-pot recipe!!


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Remy's Tomato Soup
*makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 leeks, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, pureed in blender
1 tablespoon sugar
cracked black pepper
1 cup white wine (or substitute 1 cup water)
5 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, cubed
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
4 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
sea salt, to taste
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
green onion, for garnish (optional)


Directions:

Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the onion and cook until tender and almost translucent (about 3 minutes). Add in the leeks and garlic and cook until the onions are completely translucent (about 2 more minutes). Pour in the pureed tomatoes. Stir. Add the sugar and black pepper. Stir well. Now add in the white wine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes until the wine has reduced. The liquid will become thick and the steam won't have the smell of alcohol any longer.

Pour in the chicken broth. Now add the: cubes of parmesan, thyme, basil, bay leaves, cayenne pepper and sea salt. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer 20 minutes.

Remove lid. Add in the heavy cream and parsley. Recover and let simmer an additional 10 minutes on low. Serve* with crusty French bread or a baguette. 

*If you don't like it with the chunky veggies, then pour it back into your blender (a few cups at a time) and puree the soup before serving.



Saturday, October 4, 2014

Daryl's "Walker" Ear Cookies (The Walking Dead)


 Make these gruesome-looking "Walker" Ears just like
the ones Daryl Dixon wears on his necklace in
AMC's "The Walking Dead".
And the best part is that they're EDIBLE!!!
You're going to LOVE these super-soft sugar cookies
because they have cream cheese mixed right into the dough.



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"Walker" Ear Cookies
*makes 4 dozen

Cookie Dough Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1.5 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3.5 cups all-purpose flour
food coloring (red, yellow, blue & green)
powdered sugar, for dusting
all-purpose flour, for dusting


Directions:

Place cream cheese, butter & sugar into large bowl. Mix on high with electric mixer until creamy. Add in: salt, baking powder, egg & vanilla. Mix again. Now add in flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each. You should now have a sticky dough. Dump out onto sheet of plastic wrap. Cover well and chill in fridge for at least 2 hours.

Remove from fridge and knead on a flat surface that has been sprinkled with a mixture of 50% flour and 50% powdered sugar. Split into two dough balls. Recover one with plastic and place back in fridge.

Take the second lump of dough and make a small bowl in the center. Drop in 2 drops of red food coloring and 1 drop of yellow. Knead well until the dough has turned flesh colored. Wrap this one back up and place in fridge. 

Take out the uncolored lump and make another small bowl in the center. This one is going to be greenish-gray. Drop 1 of each: red, yellow and green food coloring. Now drop 2-3 of the blue. Knead this until it has all been colored, you can add more food coloring droplets until it reaches the desired color. Now rewrap this one and take the flesh colored back out. (The reason we keep doing this is because the dough can become soft from the warmth of our hands.)

Tear a chunk from the flesh-colored dough (about 1/5 of it). Place it on a flat surface with more flour/powdered sugar and roll it out with a rolling pin until it is 1/4" thick. 

Take a spoon from your silverware set and hold it upside down so the rounded bowl side is facing up. Use the edge of the spoon to cut out an oval ear. The following steps for shaping the ear can't really be described. It's best to watch the above video to see exactly how this is done. The instructions are very simple, though.

Once the ears have been shaped, place them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake them in an oven that has been preheated to 375 degrees F and bake them for 4-5 minutes. Let cool.

After the ears have cooled, use chocolate syrup and a thin paintbrush (new and clean) to brush into the creases and crevices of the ears. Also, dab in random places to make them look dirty and dingy.

Now, brush on the Edible Blood (recipe below) on the nicks and bitten areas of the ears to give them a bloodied look (or substitute the Edible Blood with strawberry preserves). 

Enjoy while watching your favorite episode of The Walking Dead!!



Edible Blood Ingredients:

chocolate syrup (from a bottle)
red food coloring


Directions:

Squirt some chocolate syrup into a dish. Add 2-3 drops of red food coloring. Mix well. Add more food coloring if you like.