With Halloween just one week away, you’re likely getting set to carve tricked-out jack-o’-lanterns in preparations for next Friday’s fright night. As you roll up your sleeves and scoop out the mushy innards of your pumpkin, keep an eye out for the seeds; these flat, tear-shaped bites are indeed edible, and when they’re roasted with seasoning, they turn into crunchy, savory bites ideal for seasonal snacking. Learn the basics of How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds below, then check out Food Network’s complete guide to master the easy technique.
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Here are 10 of the simplest ways to bring tons of Halloween fun to a party, classroom or family table in just minutes.
1. Creepy-Crawly Caterpillars (pictured above): Thread green grapes onto a long wooden skewer until it’s completely covered. Add mini chocolate chips to each grape on the very end for eyes (use a little frosting or cream cheese for glue).
2. Spider Sandwiches: Use a biscuit cutter to cut bread into 3- to 4-inch rounds. Spread with the usual favorite fillings like PB&J. Add four pretzel sticks to each side for legs, then put the sandwich top on. Use peanut butter for glue as you add two raisins for eyes.
Even if you hardly find yourself craving sugar during the day, it seems that nearly everyone develops a sweet tooth come Halloween time, and with only a few weeks left until Fright Night, it’s not too early to indulge in scary-good tricks and treats. From creamy chocolate to the rich flavors of caramel and the chewiness of candy corn, there are surely Halloween-inspired eats to please every palate. Read on below to find Food Network’s top-five spooktacular treats from The Pioneer Woman, Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and more chefs.
5. Candy Corn Popcorn Balls — With a mix of sweet and salty tastes, these candy-studded snacks are ideal for kids’ parties and adults-only bashes alike. Plus, they’re ready to eat in only 25 minutes.
4. Spiced Caramel Roulade with Ginger Cream — The secret to this comforting dessert is rolling the cake on a sugar-dusted towel, which will help the fragrant cinnamon-laced cake roll easily with a fluffy ginger filling inside.
You love food, and you love Halloween. How can you satisfy both of your passions at once? No, not with fists full of bite-size candy bars you will sneak from that big bowl you’ve set by the door for trick-or-treaters. Or at least, that’s not the only way. You can also let your food-nerd flag fly proudly by dressing up — or dressing your kid up — in a food-themed Halloween costume (pictured above).
While you can certainly buy food-related costumes (cute ones, funny ones), any cook worth his or her salt knows that homemade is best. And if you’re hungry for ideas (no, really, stop with the chocolate bars), the Internet is filled with ideas — floating around like apples in a bowl, ripe for bobbing.
These egg and bacon costumes will let your kids show off their sunny-side-up attitudes, not to mention their love of cured meats. Food Network Magazine offers step-by-step instructions on these and other appetite-stirring creations.
With the backyard barbecues, shoeless picnics and pool parties of the Labor Day long weekend comes the realization that summer is, all of a sudden, coming to a close. Soon enough, we’ll be trading sandals for socks, summer camp for school and iced coffee for the hot stuff. Rather than wallowing in the end-of-summer blues, think of it as an excuse to end the season on a sweet note with Food Network’s collection of Labor Day desserts.
While we’re still hauling blueberries home by the crateful, spare two cups for Food Network Magazine’s Blueberry Cheesecake Galette (bottom right). Coupled with a smooth, slightly sweet cream cheese layer, juicier-than-ever berries burst open with pent-up lusciousness when they’re popped into the oven.
Come Monday in honor of Labor Day, you’ll be swapping your briefcases, lunchboxes and break-your-shoulder bags for picnic baskets and beach totes. Instead of moseying through the cafeteria or eating from Tupperware at your desk, this day off demands a spread that’s ideal for outdoor eating. Set up a menu that screams day off and works for picnics, porches, backyard parties or anything without four walls. Here are the recipes you simply can’t end summer without:
Dress up shredded chicken or turkey with celery, mayo and onions for Chicken or Turkey Salad Sandwiches. Fold in apple, fennel or radish if you’re looking for a more exciting crunch.
If the fireworks are sounding off and you’re more concerned with where your next hot dog is coming from, then let’s not kid ourselves. For a lot of us, some things are best celebrated by way of our stomachs. Since a red, white and blue burger wouldn’t be nearly as cool, siphon your patriotism into tricolored 4th of July desserts, each a perfect ending to your celebratory cookout. There will be no denying — especially if you’re the type to don a red, white and blue getup at the barbecue, which nation you’re celebrating with these tricolored treats.
Lined with fresh cream cheese icing and studded with raspberries and blueberries, Ina Garten’s classic Flag Cake (top right) is 4th of July party gold. With this step-by-step how-to, it’s ultra-easy to make.
If you’re having a Fourth of July party this weekend, serve Ina’s crowd-pleasing cake that feeds up to 24 guests. You can make the easy vanilla sheet cake ahead of time and decorate it with berries and frosting the day of your party to cut down on in-the-kitchen prep during your gathering.
As if the Fourth of July isn’t already festive enough, here are five recipes that even the littlest cooks can help make. Each dish gets high marks in two key areas, cuteness and simplicity, which gives everyone enough time to enjoy his or her fine work when it’s done.
Berry Trifle: Layers of berries, cake and cream — any dessert with such an easy-to-follow recipe is one all kid-friendly kitchens should have on hand.
Starry Cheese, Tomatoes and Crackers (pictured above): With the help of a star-shaped cutter, transform an average afternoon snack into one with a patriotic punch.
While there are plenty of ways to get festive for the holiday with cakes, pies and all-American favorites, the drink department requires a bit of effort. At any July 4th party, you can probably find lemonade, iced tea and maybe some punch. But to really wow your guests, you’ll need a few of these colorfully creative cocktails.
Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris
Ah, the daiquiri. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy this classic summer drink. The red portion of this version is sweetened with strawberries and watermelon, making it extra-light, while the white portion is made with coconut sorbet, giving the drink a bit of creaminess. And the blue center is made with white rum, blue passion-fruit liqueur and blue curacao, giving the drink its grown-up kick.