Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Old Salem 

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you all have a wonderfully spooky and fun day. Are you dressing up?

Famous last words
An amazing Alice costume
Ben & Jerry's 'Tales from the Flavor Graveyard'
10 spooky treats
Today's Google Doodle lets you make your own potions
Dog costumes
A spooky story
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Chocoscotch Spiders

Getting ever closer to Halloween! Which means it's time for some treats. This super quick recipe is from Jill Thompson's Scary Godmother, which beyond being a wonderful comic, has fun little crafts and recipes (all are very kid friendly too of course).

Chocoscotch Spiders (from here)
1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips
1 12-ounce bag butterscotch chips
1 12-ounce bag crunchy chow mein noodles

Combine chocolate and butterscotch together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between until everything is almost melted, and then stir until no lumps remain. Add in chow mein noodles and stir until coated. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper, let sit until fully set (or pop them in the fridge to quicken the process).

 Chocoscotch Spiders

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Cider Donuts

I went to college in Amherst, MA, and nearby there was the best farm store with the most amazing cider donuts (they're such favorites of anyone who tries them, Kringle Candle has added it to its line of scents). When fall comes, I start to crave cider donuts, since I'm a couple hours from my favorites, I decided to make my own version. Not quite the same, but they definitely fill that void.

This recipe is the perfect amount for my donut pan, but this would also work just fine as muffins (or mini muffins).

Cider Donuts
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons apple butter
1/4 cup apple cider
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sugar Coating:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and grease your

In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, set aside. In a separate bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients until smooth. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture, stir until just combined. Let batter rest for about 5 minutes before filling the pan.

After resting, pour donut batter into the prepared pan. Bake donuts for 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through to ensure even baking. Allow donuts to cool for a couple of minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack.

For the sugar coating, mix together remaining sugar and cinnamon and pour onto a plate. Brush a donut lightly with the melted butter and then dip it into the cinnamon sugar, turning it over and rolling it to get a good coating of sugar.

this recipe can also be found at some of my favorite food blog hops

Cider Donuts 

Cider Donuts

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Penguin Horror curated by Guillermo del Toro

Happy October!

Today Penguin Classics is releasing 6 classic horror stories with special covers curated by Guillermo del Toro (director behind Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth and many others). I love the colors and the artstyle of these. The Raven is definitely one that will be finding its way to my bookshelf soon.

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