Terrifyingly Tasty Treats for Halloween
Terrifyingly Tasty Treats for Halloween

The “halloweenies” you see here are adorable, but they really don’t even deserve a recipe. They’re just cocktail-size sausages artistically wrapped in thin slices of puff pastry with little black currant or peppercorn eyes… (some people use mustard dabs for eyes after they’re cooked). Bake in a moderately hot oven (375 F/190 C) about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Halloween really snuck up on me this year, and that never happens.

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Autumn Cravings: A Pumpkin-Spice Breakfast Bread
Autumn Cravings: A Pumpkin-Spice Breakfast Bread

Call it squash seduction. Call it the autumnal chill. I don’t know what you want to call it, but the pumpkins in the farmers’ market have been calling to me. Of course, I’ve been too lazy (or maybe just too busy) as of late to turn one of those tempting orange gourds into a pie. Luckily, I’m told that few palates can actually discern the difference between fresh-made pumpkin puree and the pumpkin puree that’s conveniently canned.

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A Day for Goooools and Globlins
A Day for Goooools and Globlins

I’d intended on making chocolate skulls with white chocolate and dark chocolate detailing. They were going to be So. Very. Cool. Unfortunately, the white chocolate refused to come out of the plastic skull molds. Instead, they looked like globby white chocolate messes. I needed a Plan B. Stat. Thanks to some handy pepitas, shredded coconut and chow mein noodles, Plan B was hatched… and out came these cute little globlins. My roomie called ‘em that.

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The Cookies of the Dead
Recipes The Cookies of the Dead

Much as I love Halloween, I think the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is waaay cooler. A couple of hundred years ago, Halloween held a solid position in the autumn calendar as a religious event. These days, I’d bet a lot of people don’t even realize that the “Eve of All Hallows” is supposed to be followed by All Saints’ Day on November 1st and All Souls’ Day on the 2nd.

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Recipes Banana-Walnut Muffins. The (Not Very) Scary Cakes

Long ago, of my coworkers earned the nickname, “Scary Cakes.” I wasn’t around at the time, but I gather it was hoisted upon him after he recommended that every conceivable occasion deserved a new line of themed cupcakes. Cupcakes were produced for Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, Mother’s Day, Football Season, Groundhog Day, National Tortilla Chip Day… you get the picture. It was scary. Last week, I was talking with the nutritionist at work about healthier Halloween treats and I thought about how the holiday really is a nutritional wasteland.

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About Me

Miss Ginsu is a nom-nom-nom de plume of Leitha Matz, who worked at Tabla and FreshDirect in NYC, wrote about the food scene from 2004 to 2009 in Brooklyn and presently lives in Berlin. Occasionally seen on TV cooking segments, Leitha has also written for FreshDirect, contributed to Cee Cee Berlin, The Food52 Cookbook and has been interviewed/quoted in The Food Keeper as well as The Washington Times and Salon.

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