Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween
This week’s theme is the witch. About time, right? I know. I must say witches, by far, are my favorite part of all things Halloween. Ever since I was a little girl and I saw Samantha from Bewitched twitch her nose for the first time, I’ve wanted to be a witch. And now I am–LOL. How about the movie Practical Magic? I mean, how many of you felt empowered when you heard the line: “there’s a little witch in all of us”or felt a little witchy when they danced around their kitchen while drinking “midnight margaritas”? I know I did. And if you love Practical Magic, you’re probably also a big fan of The Craft and The Witches of Eastwick. Of course there’s also movies where the witches’ features are a little more pointy, not to mention they have warts, and other hag-like qualities. Movies such as The Witches (don’t love) and Hocus Pocus (love). However, we’re not going to focus on them today. If you’ve read my posts, Vampire Venue and Walk Like You’re a Zombie, then you’ll know how emphatic I am about staying true to the scary interpretations . . . not the “hot” or “sexy” interpretations; however, for this week’s theme I’m going to make some exceptions. Maybe somewhere down the line I’ll do pointy-warty-haggy witch week, but this week I’m doing crafty-eastwick-magic.
In this post I’m going to show you how to have a witchy-themed day of Halloween fun by providing examples of the following:
- song of the day
- dinner, beverage, dessert
Song of the Day
It seems like there’s always a Rob Zombie song ready and waiting to fit my weekly criteria. This week is no different. The song “American Witch” is a song about the Salem witch trials in 1692. When Rob sings about the “20 innocent . . . the 20 accused” he is referring to the 20 people who died during the witch hysteria.
Movie: Classic and Current
Classic: The Witches of Eastwick
This movie is based on a novel by John Updike of the same name. This movie is dark, yet delightful in all things witchy. It’s also fun to watch the witches stick it to the devil.
Current: The Conjuring
Three important things that make this a great Halloween movie: 1. based on a true story, 2. the real witch, Bathsheba, 3. old-school scares.
Bonus: Practical Magic
. . . because this movie is always a win.
Dinner, Beverage, Dessert
As I’ve said before: The key to remember when cooking for visual effect is that it still needs to taste good. It has to mess with your mind but not your palette, otherwise, the whole point of Halloween cuisine is lost. So what I’m going to suggest you make for dinner is not always necessarily a recipe, but some tips on presentation.
- Eyeball Subs
- Skin of a Dutchman
- Witch’s Brew
- Witch Finger Cookies
The first item on our menu is the eyeball subs. Essentially, I’m putting a spooky spin on the meatball sub. You can basically make these however you like. That’s why I’m simply listing ingredients as a guideline, and you can go from there.
- frozen meatballs (you can make from scratch if you want, but why would you want to?)
- sub buns (white, wheat, whatever)
- mozzarella slices (thick–not thin)
- pizza sauce (or spaghetti, or marinara)
- black olive slices (green olive slices also works well as long as you include the pimento)
To cook the meatballs: cover the bottom of a baking dish with a jar of pizza sauce, place them in the baking dish, and follow directions for cooking/baking as directed on the package, or whatever your recipe specifies. For the last 5-10 minutes of baking, add mozzarella that has been cut in small squares and place on top of meatballs. Immediately after taking the meatballs from the oven, place the black olive slices on the meatballs right in the center of the mozzarella.
To serve: scoop up a little meatball, scoop up a little sauce, and place on the sub bun. Serve with the Skin of a Dutchman (Austin Power’s reference), which is basically barbecue (or whatever flavor you prefer) potato chips.
I picked up this recipe for Witch’s Brew years ago from one of those Better Homes and Gardens mini cookbooks, you know, the ones you always see hanging out around the checkout aisle at a grocery store. It’s a big hit and a repeat favorite for our 13 Days of Halloween menus.
Makes 4 (6-ounce) servings
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Process cider, ice cream, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg in food processor or blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Serve immediately.
Serving suggestions: Add a few drops of desired food coloring to ingredients in food processor to make a scary brew.
Lighten up: To reduce fat, replace vanilla ice cream with frozen yogurt.
Witch Finger Cookies
For this one, I use pre-made sugar cookie dough, but if you’d like to create these from scratch, here’s the original recipe.
- sugar cookie dough (refrigerated or from scratch)
- almond slices
- raspberry/strawberry jam
Preheat oven as directed. Take about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough and roll until about 5 inches in length. Place almond sliver at the top and then make several horizontal cuts into the dough to make the knuckles. I also like to shape my cookie fingers so they look a little bony or gnarled. Arrange them unto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake as directed.
While the cookies are cooling, heat jam in a small pan over low heat for about 2 minutes–or you can heat in your microwave for about 1 minute. Dip the blunt ends of the cookies in the warm jam and serve.
And there you have it, a wickedly fun day of celebrating. Enjoy.
Until next time . . .