Ghoulish Zombie Eye Balls and 7 more Halloween ideas

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Zombie Eye Balls for Halloween

Zombie Eye Balls for Halloween

Halloween is one of those days when you can be totally silly.  My Halloween costume when I answer the door usually involves a chef’s coat, blood and witches brew.  These ghoulish eyes are the perfect “treat” for the occasion. The Food Bloggers of Los Angeles met at my house for a Halloween themed potluck.  Take a look at what they brought.

 

Pumpkin Salad with Pistachio Pesto - orange and festive!

Pumpkin Salad with Pistachio Pesto – orange and festive!

I took the easy road and made my favorite new dish, the Pumpkin Salad with the Pistachio Pesto. Everyone loved it so much, they licked the plate clean. I figured we needed some real food to eat afterall, not just “food blogger tricks or treats”.

The ghostly angel landed for a visit on my table.

This ghostly angel landed for a visit on my table.

Some of my fellow food blogger friends were way more creative though.

"BOO" Berry Truffles from She Paused for Thought.

“BOO” Berry Truffles from She Paused for Thought.

The artist in our presence, Cathy of She Paused for Thought, always shows off with something really special. Underneath the white coat of these “BOO” Berry Truffles was a healthy and delicious berry truffle. Aside from what looked like hours designing and dressing up her ghosts, the recipe looks pretty easy. They stole the show. Look how cute they are.

Harvest Gold Pumpkin Cake  (vintage recipe) from BakeThisCake.com

Harvest Gold Pumpkin Cake (vintage recipe) from BakeThisCake.com

Leslie of Bake this Cake made a cake of course. A delicious vintage Harvest Gold Pumpkin Cake. Beautiful, delicious, moist and flavorful.

Chai Latte Pumpkin Pudding with ground pepita from Peaceful Cooking.

Chai Latte Pumpkin Pudding with ground pepita from Peaceful Cooking.

How do you spell decadent? How about with these Chai Latte Pumpkin Puddings with ground Pepita made by Danielle of Peaceful Cooking. So gorgeous in these mini plastic containers. I stole two more of them before Danielle found the door.

This beautiful Fall Harvest Salad contained squash, millet, walnuts and kale.

This beautiful Fall Harvest Salad contained squash, millet, walnuts and kale.

Kelly of Tasting Page followed my lead and made a Fall Harvest Salad of Squash, Millet, Walnuts and Kale. This was also very delicious.

The Pink Pumpkin centerpiece was donated by Melissa’s Produce.  They are selling these throughout October and the proceeds benefit breast cancer research.  Check it out at www.PinkPumpkinPatch.org.

Kahlua Christmas Fudge #2657 10-14

Kahlua Christmas Fudge

Then there was Kahlua Christmas Fudge (Could be a Halloween treat!) made by Patti of Worth the Whisk. What? Did she forget to look at her calendar? OK, some bloggers plan so far ahead with what they are cooking and photographing and Patti is planning way ahead.

Sanguinetti Red Walnuts

Sanguinetti Red Walnuts

We’ll excuse her since she brought two cases of the red walnuts that were in the fudge to share with us, complements of Sanguinetti. It’s a new walnut variety grown in Linden, California that is non-GMO and has a creamy, nutty flavor without a bitter walnut taste. I’m glad to have these on hand as I plan out my holiday baking and to bring to our Pies and Tarts Cooking Class on November 13. 

It was a potluck of salads and desserts – nice concept for a party. Rebecca of Baby Boomster brought her Spinach Salad with a Pumpkin Seed oil dressing. Have a look at it on her blog.

Zombie Eye Balls

Zombie Eye Balls

I got creative one night thanks to Melissa’s #FreakyFruits and made the ghoulish “Zombie Eye Balls” from some passion fruits they gave me. Anyone can do this.  Here’s the recipe: 1. Cut the passion fruits in half. 2. Cut some grapes in half and insert into the center of the passion fruit.  3. Insert a chocolate chip in the center of the grape. Easy, Peasy! Child’s play, I say!…and you know what, they were pretty tasty too. The sour taste of the passion fruit balanced with the sweet grape and chocolate chip candy were delicious.  Happy Halloween!

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