Spooky Taco Cheese Ball and Ghoulish Green Goddess Dip

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Halloween is always a crazy day in our house.  Regardless of how much early planning goes into effect, the giddiness of the holiday takes hold making it difficult to sit down for a focused meal before goblins and ghouls arrive (and mine go out candy-seeking).  Historically I’ve found it best to assemble quick eats so tummies are lined for the long night of adrenaline and sweets (or for the ‘Trick or Drinking’ some of the neighbors host). Many of the recipes I’ve shared this month line a festive table for family and friends to dip into between outings.  We always have ‘drop in’s’ who welcome a quick nosh before setting out Trick-or-Treating again. I’m a bit bent on sticking with a Halloween color theme which honestly DOES amplify the excitement of the evening.  These two recipes … {continue reading}

Pumpkin Chipotle Cream Pasta Sauce

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Despite the temptation, October cannot be spent existing solely on spooky treats.  We’d all be psychotic by Halloween or suffering a sucrose coma in the least.  Admittedly I’m having trouble letting the whimsy of the holiday go, wanting to eke out every last moment until November 1. I challenged myself this week to consider making something with pumpkin that felt festive to the season but not baked or soup.  I don’t know that I’ve ever used pumpkin outside those two food genres.  Somehow incorporating it into pasta piqued my curiosity and I set out to whip up a spicy rendition of a pasta cream sauce staying true to the fall flavors. I love the smoky flavors of chipotle en adobo and that immediately sprang to mind.  To my good fortunate the experimentation unveiled a creamy, … {continue reading}

‘Becoming Van Gogh’ & The Vincent cocktail

One of three of Van Gogh's self portraits in the exhibit.  I learned he had two different color eyes.  {Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1887. Oil on canvas. Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).}

  The Denver Art Museum has hit is out of the park (again) with the newly opened ‘Becoming Van Gogh’ exhibit which tracks Vincent Van Gogh’s  largely self taught journey as an artist for the 10 years prior to his unexpected death.  Though the works are extraordinary, perhaps more impressive is the fact that this exhibit was conceived of by the Denver Art Museum and curated thus so, with the help of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.   Seventy Van Gogh works, as well as 20 works of the Masters who inspired him, sourced from 60 lenders in 40 countries make up this show representing a tenacious decade of effort and one that expires in aggregate after the show’s end January 20, 2013.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I did not know much about Van Gogh’s evolution as I would … {continue reading}

Homemade Spiced Pear Vodka

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There is arguably no other time of year flaunting more distinct flavors than fall.  Perhaps it is due to coming off of summer’s massive bounty, narrowing to a much more finely honed bevy of seasonal produce and the traditional consorting spices. Though I love the ‘options’ summer’s fare has to offer, I’m distractible and am equally relieved when life becomes a bit more simple with fall’s offerings.   One of my favorites is the arrival of pears.  I love a pear.  They are a self contained still life to me with such a pleasing shape, gorgeous mottled skin and divine flesh.  Their Rubenesque appeal makes me think of…..well, booze.  Not all the time but my first haul of the fall certainly did. I’d begun fall baking and spontaneously was motivated to try an infusion with pears and … {continue reading}

‘Off With Your Hand’ Halloween Punch & Giveaway!

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As the seasonal whimsy continues to abound I have one more quick, fun Halloween treat to share; ‘Off With Your Hand’ Halloween Punch (title credit to my 9 year old).  Over the years we’ve cultivated some Halloween favorites for home celebrations or school parties.  My not-so-secret M.O. is always high impact with ease.  This favorite was inspired after a surgery when being sent home with a mutated ice pack fashioned of a filled, frozen surgical glove. It’s simple.  Vinyl medical gloves (available at any mainstream drug store) filled with juice of your choice (preferably a juice with complimentary flavor to the punch you make), secured and frozen to function as the ice in your festive punch but also an eerie reminder of Halloween!  You can use any punch recipe though I’m sharing one we … {continue reading}

Rustic Mini Pumpkin Cakes

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I can think of no other holiday with as much whimsy as Halloween.  Being the lead off to the long holiday season I find Halloween is embraced with all the orange and black people can muster.  After all who does not enjoy the idea of assuming a new personae for a day?  I myself dress up annually and my costumes have ranged far and wide. When my family first became gluten free, I felt I’d be baking a lot from scratch.  No more ordering birthday cakes from a local bakery.  And with that I wanted to make sure the occasions were as festive as when we did eat gluten.  Decorative cake pans did a lot of that for me until I discovered so many gluten free options in recipes and mixes (though I still love the novelty of the unique baking pans!).  I frankly had no idea there … {continue reading}