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Scare People With Your Food!

By Chris Chen

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Halloween is just around the corner, which means frightening parties and delicious treats. Scare your guests with some Halloween addons!
Here are 5 tips on how to make your food spookier:

 

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 Dry ice provides a haunting effect of clouds, puffs of smoke that will spill over the edge for that creepy feel. It also keeps the drinks cool as ice should. Be cautious when handling the ice as it can cause burns/frostbites.

 

2. What screams blood better than some ketchup!
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 Maybe ketchup doesn’t have that deep dark color that blood has or it’s too thick but that’s no problem at all. Mix ketchup with some water and corn syrup to fix the consistency of the ketchup and adding some drop of red food coloring can do the trick for this bloody mess.

 

3. The insect we all despise, cockroaches.
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Decorate your sweet treats or top off the cakes with these crawly creatures. To make a creepy crawler, you’ll need some dates, walnuts or almonds, cream cheese and scallions tops. Stuff the date with some creamed cheese and chopped almonds or walnuts for the crunch! Use the scallion tops to poke in for the antennae.

 

4. Insert sweet shards of glass.enhanced-buzz-578-1381308642-5It’s really simple to make, all you need is some granulated sugar and water. Bring the two to a boil in a pot, when the sugar dissolves, pour the liquid into a baking sheet and tilt it to fill the pan. Let it rest and harden. After it has cooled twist the sheet and break in any shape. Do warn your guests before eating, we wouldn’t want any blood or broken teeth.

 

5. How about some worms? Worm-Sammy-from-Our-Best-BitesJust slice hot dogs and drop them into boiling water to cook, so they have a curl factor. You can throw them into sandwiches and top them with some BBQ sauce. If you don’t like them in a sandwich form no worries, throw them into some chili to resemble dirt.

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Happy National Grilled Cheese Month! 3 Ways to Revamp Your Favorite Classic

By Emily Collins

Grilled cheese: An American classic, a staple of your childhood. The tasty, quick meal has come very far in the past few years and even has the entire month of April to celebrate its deliciousness. We all have our tried and true favorites, but to celebrate the delightful sandwich, here are some great, new ways to revamp your classic comfort food!

1. The Grilled Cheese Roll

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Grilled Cheese Rolls | Photo credit: gimmesomeoven on Tablespoon

 

First up is my personal favorite: the grilled cheese roll. They’re adorable, functional and only take about 10 minutes to prepare. These treats are perfect for a party appetizer or to eat on the go. If you like tomato soup with your grilled cheese, this recipe is the best way to maximize your dunking experience!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of your favorite type of pre-sliced bread
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Optional: a can of tomato soup

Directions:

  1. Take your two slices of bread (or more if it’s for a party!) and cut off the crust.
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten your bread. If you don’t have one, a wine bottle always works.
  3. Take your slices of American cheese and place them on the flattened bread.
  4. Take the bread and cheese and roll it very tightly.
  5. In the meantime, take your 2 tbsp of butter and let it simmer in a frying pan on medium heat.
  6. Make sure your grilled cheese rolls are nice and tight and place them seam down in the pan. This will prevent your grilled cheese rolls from unrolling in the pan.
  7. Once the edge is sealed, flip the rolls so they’re cooked evenly for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Serve on a plate with a bowl of tomato soup while they’re still hot!

2. The Lazy Grilled Cheese

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Classic Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Closet Cooking

Next up is what I like to call “the lazy grilled cheese.” We all have those days. You forgot to shop. Bread and cheese are your only options, turning on the stove feels like such a chore. But wait! There’s hope! Got a toaster? How about a microwave? You’re in luck! This recipe is a life saver if you’re too busy to cook or are just feelinga little lazy.

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of white or wheat bread
  • Your favorite kind of cheese (I love to use shredded cheese for this quick recipe)

Directions:

  1. Place 2 slices of bread in the toaster until it’s nice and crispy.
  2. Take toast and place the cheese between.
  3. Put the sandwich in the microwave about 15-20 seconds, no more than that!

3. Date Night Grilled Cheese

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Tomato, Avocado and Jalapeno Grilled Cheese | Photo credit: Delicious-Delightful-Delovely

 

Now, we’re about to step up our game a little bit. This is our date night grilled cheese. Don’t know how to cook at all, but want to impress your date? This is the meal for you. It’s a tomato, avocado and jalapeno grilled cheese. It’s a spicy twist on your favorite classic and totally easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • A thick bread, ideally French bread or Panini style bread. This is crucial to make your date fall in love with your grilled cheese in disguise
  • Sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • 4-5 cilantro leaves. Whole or chopped
  • Chopped and seeded jalapenos, as many or as little as you want
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced tomato
  • Butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place a frying pan on the stove at medium heat.
  3. Butter the outside of both slices of bread.
  4. Place buttered bread onto frying pan.
  5. Start to layer your ingredients, cheese first.
  6. As the cheese is melting, lay the tomato, jalapenos, cilantro and avocado gradually. Be sure to check the bottom of the bread and make sure it is not burning.
  7. Add another layer of sliced mozzarella cheese and place the other slice of bread atop the sandwich.
  8. Once the bottom layer is melted, slowly flip your sandwich to the other side.
  9. Apply pressure to the sandwich gradually. Once the cheese is melted and warm, take your grilled cheese and place it onto a greased cooking pan.
  10. Place the sandwich in the oven for about a minute to ensure the cheese is completely melted.

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5 DIY Foods That Can Play Double-Duty as Really Cool Gifts

By Jane Poretsky & Debra Liu

from me to youFinding the perfect presents for your friends and family can be tough (and expensive!). This year, why not save some of your hard earned money and make some delicious presents yourself? Handcrafted gifts made with love will make your mother proud. Here are some great gift ideas:

(1) Swirled Chocolate Bark

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Chocolate Bark

Ingredients: 12 oz each: white chocolate, dark chocolate, sprinkles of your choice (we used red ones),3-5 drops of red food coloring, 1 tsp mint extract (optional for peppermint flavored bark)

Instructions: 

  1. Prepare a double-boiler to melt the chocolate.
  2. Separate white chocolate in half, and then put each half (6oz) into a small heat-proof bowl. Pour the dark chocolate in another bowl.
  3. Melt each bowl of chocolate over the double boiler or in the microwave (30 second increments, mixing in between).
  4. Add red food coloring and mint extract(if using) to one bowl of white chocolate.
  5. Pour the dark chocolate as a base onto a parchment-lined baking sheet that is relatively flat with short edges. We used a Pyrex in our video but it made removal more challenging. Use a thin spatula or the back of a spoon to spread out the dark chocolate base. It should be about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Next add the white chocolate, and spread it thin. Be careful not to overspread so it stays white. Finally, pour pink chocolate over and repeat the same process. Use a fork to swirl all the chocolate together. Make sure the thickness does not exceed 1/2 of an inch, or else it won’t break apart. You need a large baking tray. If you are using something that is fairly small (8X13), you can halve the recipe.
  7. Sprinkle the chocolate with red sprinkles or desired toppings (dried fruits, nuts, etc) and set in the fridge until it has firmly set. This usually takes about 30-60 minutes.
  8. Once it has fully cooled, remove the chocolate from the fridge and break it apart into jagged pieces. Enjoy!
  9. To gift this bark, place it into a nice cellophane bag and tie with festively colored ribbons. Voila!

We’ll be posting a video on how to make Chocolate Bark soon so be on the look out!

(2) Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles (Photo Credit: Food Network)
Chocolate Truffles (Photo Credit: Food Network)

Ingredients: 11 oz bittersweet chocolate (I like Valrhona), 2/3 cup heavy cream, cocoa powder for dusting (use high-quality dutch processed)

Instructions: 

  1. Chop the chocolate and place it into a large, heatproof bowl.
  2. Bring cream to a boil and pour over the chocolate.
  3. Stir with a whisk in concentric circles until the ganache is smooth and lump-free.
  4. Let the mixture stand until it has come to room temperature. Use a spoon or mini ice cream scooper to take out small rounds of the hardened ganache. Wearing latex gloves, rub it briefly between your hands to form a small ball. Do this until there is no more chocolate.
  5. Lay the chocolate truffles on a large, clean surface and use a sifter to dust cocoa powder over them.
  6. Keep them in the fridge for up to two weeks, although we know they won’t last that long outside of your mouth!
  7. For gifting, we recommend placing the truffles in a single layer, in a pretty tin. Make sure to line the bottom with some sort of tissue or waxy parchment paper.

(3) Chai Tea Mix in a Jar

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Chai Tea Mix in a Jar (Photo: Myrecipes.com)

Ingredients: 1 cup non-fat dry milk powder, 1 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer, 1 1/2 cups french vanilla non-dairy coffee creamer, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups unsweetened instant tea, 2 teaspoons ginger, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1 teaspoon clove, 1 teaspoon clove, 1 teaspoon cardamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg,  1 teaspoon allspice

Instructions: 

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a blender.
  2. Put in jar. Decorate jar with ribbons and tags.
  3. Now, go give to your friends!

(4) Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar

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Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar (Photo: Putitinajar.com)

Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions: 

  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  2. Place flour mixture in 1-quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above, pressing firmly after each layer.
  3. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon. Now, give to your friends!
  4. Attach this RECIPE to the jar:  Preheat oven to 375° F. Beat 1 1/2 sticks of softened butter, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and mix well, breaking up any clumps. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 – 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

(5) Homemade Vanilla Extract

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Homemade Vanilla Extract (Photo: reclaimingprovincial.com)

Ingredients: 5 whole vanilla beans, any type of alcohol (vodka is most common but bourbon, run or brandy can also be used), glass jar or bottle with cap. (Ratio: about 5 beans per 1 cup of alcohol)

Instructions:

  1. Split the beans lengthwise and place into bottle, pour enough alcohol to cover beans.
  2. Close jar/bottle and store in a cool, dry place for at least 8 weeks. Shake the bottle, at least once per week.
  3. To give as gift, you can add a ribbon to it!

Are you ready to make some awesome handmade presents that your friends and family will absolutely adore? Yeah, you are. Let us know how people like ’em!

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com