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Last-Minute Halloween Treats!

I Scream Cakes bakes the scariest things you've ever seen!

Halloween is right around the corner! When you take a break from raising some hell this weekend and start craving sugar, leave the humdrum candy to the kids and try making something more creative. Like this Peanut Butter-and-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake I Scream Cakes shared on our Facebook wall. This eclectic cake shop was featured on the ice cream episode of Food(ography), owner Kerry Soraci the creative mind behind the Deer Cake we featured on back in June.

If this one’s too ambitious for your taste, we’ve got plenty more ideas for spooky sweets.

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Sifted: Halloween Cocktail Edition

Bloody Brain Shooters will definitely be the talk of your Halloween party.

Linkage we’re into:

* 11 Sexy Halloween Cocktails, plus the INFAMOUS Bloody Brain Shooter [Food2]
* Creepy Halloween Bubble Cocktails — Enjoy with straw or fork [Instructables]
* Frosty Apple Bobbing Cocktail Punch — Right in the kisser [Southern Living]
* Spooky Party Drinks for Kids — Just, yuck. [Squidoo]

(though we may take Emeril’s lead and go with this one.)

What chilling beverages are you serving or looking for this Halloween?

More HALLOWEEN on Devour the Blog here.


Sweet, Savory, Spooky: Halloween Recipe Gallery

A Halloween take on the gingerbread house = Edible party decor!

Looking for something festive (and possibly frightful) to whip up for your Halloween party this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Go all out with this haunted Halloween Candy House or experiment with crazy recipes like Nigella’s Slime Soup. It’ll freak out your guests, but fortunately, still tastes really good (it’s pea soup with mozzarella). You could also take the subtle route, channeling the holiday’s orange-and-black color palette with these sophisticated orange-scented, dark chocolate-dipped doughnuts.

Browse our Halloween recipe gallery for more ideas.

Fall Fest: Save ’Em While You Can


Fall Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

It’s almost over, kids. Garden season, that is. At least in many parts of the country. The big spike in hard squashes, the return of spinach, and the appearance of apples and pears in farmer’s markets means the end is near. But don’t despair, this week of fall fest is all about the ways you can make your produce last a teeny bit longer.

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Sifted: Get Your Food On This Halloween

Kate Perry in egg costume

Katy Perry's showing off her love for food. You should too this Halloween. Check out Food2.com for more ideas.

Linkage we’re into:

* Foodie looking for a creative costume? See what others have come up with [Food2]
* Hungry? Feast your eyes on 23 food costume ideas
[Chefs Blade]
* Getting Serious about coming up with your food-inspired costume?
[Serious Eats]
* Good eats, and great costumes
[Food Network]

Make sure to swing by Food2.com for a hint at what other foodies are wearing…

Pear Butter for Chilly Autumn Mornings

Pear Butter Oatmeal with Pear Butter and Pepitas

Autumn’s been asserting itself in San Francisco. After a few weeks of Indian summer, full of sun and occasionally blazing heat, the mornings now break cool and grey, swathed under a scarf of silvery fog.

On these chilly mornings, I find a strange comfort in the blandness of oatmeal and plain black tea, but I also see no harm in punctuating such monasticism with a little punch of flavor. I favor a dollop or two of pear butter plus a scattering of pepitas for crunch.

Once I’ve filled my belly with warming oatmeal, cradling my tea in my hands, the morning’s veil is lifted, and I’m ready to embrace the day.

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Join Emeril at the Carnivale du Vin

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation supports the next generation of New Orleans chefs.

When Emeril isn’t in the kitchen, he’s busy helping his native New Orleans. From after-school and summer programs to innovative partnerships and events, The Emeril Lagasse Foundation has been striving to improve the quality of young people’s lives with grants for funding to children’s charities that assist in improving education, life skills development, hospitality and culinary training since 2002. 

The Foundation’s flagship event, Carnivale du Vin, an all-out celebration of the finest wines the world has to offer, has raised $10 million for the foundation since 2005. Emeril hosts the 6th annual Carnivale du Vin at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Grand Ballroom on Saturday, November 13, and it promises to be nothing short of amazing.

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Aida’s New Tricks and Treats

Stand back! Aida dissects a Halloween treat.

Aida Mollenkamp begins a whole new season of FoodCrafters this week. Watch her kick off the food-hunting adventures with a trip to candy makers PapaBubble, just in time for Halloween.

Here’s a sneak peek at the candy tug-of-war technique behind PapaBubble’s confections:

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Jamie’s Pumpkin-Palooza

Butternut Squash Muffins

Jamie's Butternut Squash Muffins

Short ones, fat ones, striped ones, massive ones — we’re talking about pumpkins and squash, of course! Whether your garden has a bumper crop or if you just went overboard at the pumpkin farm (see: my kitchen counter), don’t use your bounty just for decoration. Today at 2:30 pm Jamie cooks up these butternut squash muffins (you might call them cupcakes) and more, from his garden’s harvest. Keep reading to get a taste.

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Matt Entertains: Chocolate Cherry Cookies

How could you resist?

Consider me late to this party — the one where chocolate and cherry shack up and everyone lives together happily ever after. It’s not that I didn’t think chocolate and cherries would be perfect together, it’s just that cherries can be oh-so-seasonal and if you blink, you miss them. Luckily my newfound love for cherries is sustained during parts of the year other than summer with high quality dried tart cherries from Michigan. And seriously, I’m not trying to be a geographical snob, but I’ve seen (and tasted) the light: sour cherries like Montmorency or Morellos have a tartness and herbal note that marry perfectly with chocolate. 

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