Friday, October 9, 2009

Fun Halloween Recipes for a Great Halloween Party

Are you planning to organize a Halloween costume party this year and you do not know what food to prepare? Why not make your party more fun by preparing fun Halloween recipes. Aside from the interesting costumes worn by your guests and the spooky Halloween decorations that you have prepared, your party will be doubly fun if you also prepared Halloween-themed foods. Here are some fun Halloween recipes that you should include in your party’s menu.

* You can prepare the very traditional spaghetti with meatballs for your Halloween party. You might wonder if it is appropriate for Halloween. Yes, of course, if you add a little twist to it. Why not make the spaghetti meatballs look like eyeballs? It is very easy. Cook the spaghetti and meatballs the way you always cook them. Once the meatballs have been cooked and moulded into balls, you can add a small portion of cheese at the center of the meatball to make it look like an eyeball. Simple yet very Halloween-ish.

* You can also bake a pumpkin pie that looks like a spider web. Get a recipe for making pumpkin pies. Bake the pumpkin crust. Once the crust is baked and cooled, spread cream over the surface of the pie. This will be the background of the web. To create the web, you can sue a mixture of chocolate and butter heated inside the microwave. Draw a spiral from the center of the crust to the edges. Using a toothpick, draw lines from the center to the edge of the crust for it to resemble a spider web.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Creamy sauce that can be thickened

Sauce is the ultimate ambassador and has led to many fun things - friends we may not have met otherwise, getting to know some of our favorite bands and musicians, meeting a talented graphic designer (who found a bottle of. In danielle howle's fridge and soon became our label and website designer), and interesting strangers calling and e-mailing about our hot sauce. Palmetto pepper potions began in the south carolina kitchen of mark and julie riffle after a friend had gifted us with a surplus of chile pepper plants. The peppers were eagerly planted all over the yard, along the driveway and among the wildflowers. When the peppers ripened, we experimented with herbs, seasonal fruits and fresh vegetables to create a rainbow of vibrant, fresh-tasting sauces. Friends, family, favorite musicians and a surprising number of strangers clamored for more.

In just four years, palmetto pepper potions has earned 12 international awards in the world's top fiery foods competitions. Each flavor has been handcrafted to the music of a favorite band or musician from the southeast. Palmetto pepper potions hot sauces are inspired by the beauty, hospitality and heat of south carolina. Try daily red, larynx lava, molten golden and trenholm venom.
Sauce is a thick, creamy sauce that can be thickened more for use as a gravy or thinned as desired. At first it seems like a basic white sauce with pepper added, but the creaminess and zest sets it apart. The thicker version is used in homestyle cooking in the american south over classic southern dishes while the thinner version can be poured over steaks and pork.

Sauce is a heavy mixture of twangy flavors, " instead of makinga neat sauce using habañeros, they started with a base ofregular tabasco and added stuff. " for tacos, it narrowly beatsout original tabasco just by being hotter, but it's too salty to useall the time. Category:" cumin. Sauce is all natural and low fat. We use no artificial colors or flavors. All natural ingredients: water, tomato paste, soybean oil, wine vinegar, onion, chili pepper, dehydrated garlic, sugar, red pepper, spices, herbs, and dried parsley. "do yourself a favor -- pour on the flavor. Sauce is asian inspired with stuff like soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and a bit of paprika and cayenne. It can be used as a sauce or a marinade for chicken, meats and seafood. Really good. So good that it has won 7 national awards in the fiery foods industry -- including. Best wing sauce, best low carb flavorful wing sauce.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

How to Cook a simple Curry

With recession still looming about, it is an excellent idea to cook something that is not too expensive but still is good to eat. What a better dish than a simple vegetable or lamb curry? All of the ingredients are available in any supermarket. The base for the curry is the paste. Once this paste is made, you can add any thing into it. Other ideas are Prawn for Prawn Curry, Potatoes for Potato Curry and so on.


2 medium onions

5-6 garlic cloves

Small piece of ginger (crushed)

2-3 medium tomatoes

Few Coriander leaves

Sunflower oil


Mixed Frozen Vegetables or 1 lb boneless lamb cut into small pieces



Chilli powder

Haldi Powder

Cumin powder

Garam Masala

1)Take two medium onions and slice them thinly.

2)Take a frying pan and add two table spoon of Sunflower Oil and heat it.

3)Add the onion to hot oil. Fry the onion until golden brown.

4)Add salt (to taste), red chilli powder (half a teaspoon), cumin powder (half a teaspoon), haldi powder (quarter teaspoon), garam masala (half a teaspoon).

5)Add 5-6 cloves of garlic. Let it simmer until garlic is tender.

6)Then add crushed ginger and tomatoes and let it cook for 10-15 minutes. Keep stirring meanwhile.

7)Put everything in a blender and blend in into smooth paste.

8)Add frozen vegetable (or anything else you would like) to this paste and let it cook for 10-15 minutes until vegetables are cooked.

9)Add coriander leaves on top.

This vegetable curry can be eaten with either Nan bread, or with boiled rice.

Takeaway food contains far too much salt which is not good for your health. High salt contents cause hypertension (high blood pressure) which can lead to many heart diseases such as stroke, or heart attack.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cooking Pot Roast in Slow Cooker - Recipe and Instructions

One of the most satisfying and delicious home cooked meals you will ever make is a pot roast cooked in a slow cooker, also known as a crock pot. It is especially wonderful during cold winter months. This easy to make, tender and savory pot roast recipe is sure to be a huge hit with your friends and family. There are many variations to this dish and if you ask 5 different people how they prepare a pot roast, you will more than likely receive 5 different answers. While the ingredients for making pot roast may vary from cook to cook, the method is generally the same: Season then brown a piece of meat on all sides and then slowly cook the meat along with a mix of vegetables in some type of broth mixture until the meat is fork tender.


The very first step to cooking a pot roast is to choose a cut of meat. There are several cuts of meat that will work for pot roast, but some are better than others. I recommend that you visit your local butcher and ask him or her to recommend a good piece of meat for your pot roast. If however, there is no butcher shop close by, visit your local supermarket. Most supermarkets will put helpful labels on the meat telling you what that cut of meat is generally used for. Common cuts of meat used for pot roast are Chuck, Brisket, Top Round and Bottom Round. Most people prefer chuck as the meat of choice, but I find it a bit too fatty and prefer to use Bottom Round. Experiment with different cuts to find the one you like best. For the purpose of this recipe, choose a cut of meat that is 3 - 5 Pounds.


I like to use a variety of different vegetables when I make this dish. It makes it more interesting than the usual carrots, celery and onions that many recipes call for. The best vegetables to accompany pot roast in my opinion are carrots, celery, onions, garlic, potatoes, turnips and rutabaga. You are free to use all of these or just a few. The choice is yours and nothing is written in stone. I just love the different textures and flavors that these different vegetables provide. Here are the measurement estimates for the veggies I like to use. Use more or less depending on how big your crock pot or slow cooker is. You don't want to overcrowd the crock pot.

1/2 Cup of Chopped Turnip
1/2 Cup of Chopped Rutabaga
1/2 Cup of Chopped Onion
1/2 Cup of Chopped Carrot
1/2 Cup of Chopped Celery (Look for celery with celery leaves still attached. The leaves impart an excellent flavor to the broth)
3 Garlic Cloves Minced


People use a variety of liquids to braise a pot roast and add their own unique flavors to this dish. People use a combination of water, beef stock, red wine (choose a wine that you would drink, not a cooking wine) and even beer. I like to use simple water mixed with beef stock. I usually use one part water to one part beef stock and use enough to where the roast is only submerged half way.


Ok, we are ready to start cooking this beautiful dish.
Step 1

Season the meat with salt and pepper to taste. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meat on all sides, in a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Step 2

Place your chopped vegetables in the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the meat on top of the vegetables and then pour your liquid over the top.
Step 3

Cover the slow cooker and cook at the lowest setting possible for roughly 8-10 hours. Meat should easily fall apart when pierced with a fork and vegetables should be soft. Remove meat and vegetables and place on a serving platter.
Step 4

Now to make the gravy. Whisk together, in a sauce pan, 1/4 cup of cold water and 2 tablespoons of flour until smooth. Slowly incorporate 1 cup of the hot broth from the pot roast and bring to a simmer stirring constantly until thickened.


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Friday, October 2, 2009

Easy Hamburger Recipe for a College Football Game Party

During the fall, just about every sports fan in the United States anticipates the beginning of the new college football season. So, if you’re like me, you tend to spend your Saturday afternoons in front of a television somewhere watching your alma mater (or your other favorite universities) compete against their arch rival schools. And, of course, during this time, you may even be thinking of inviting some of your friends over to you house or apartment to witness these fiercely contested collegiate battles that takes place during each and every week of the season.

Usually, when you have a busy schedule like mine and you want your friends to come over to watch the game with you, you typically won’t have time to prepare all the food, let alone go shopping for the all ingredients you’d need. So what can you do to throw a great party yet make your workload much easier?

Well what you could do is just opt for the easy way out – buy ready-made food from a restaurant either by take out or delivery. But the problem with this is that you can never be sure if the food you ordered is fresh and filled with good ingredients. Also, the food you ordered could already be cold and soggy by the time you run to the restaurant and back for take out. You also could encounter a problem if you have your food delivered such as the driver not being able to locate your house or delivering a wrong order. And if this happens, your hungry friends wouldn’t be too happy with you to be sure.

So, to do away with all of the disadvantages of eating restaurant-bought food while at the same time, leaving time for you to have fun with your friends, you can simply have a build-a-burger barbeque party. All the ingredients that you would need for this party are easy to buy and you don’t have to spend too much time in preparing them. It’s also guaranteed that all the food you would serve in this party is made fresh and with good ingredients. On top of all that, you and your friends will have more time to drink and relax while you all keep an eye glued to the big screen.

For your build-a-burger barbeque party there are a ton of great hamburger recipes that you could try but if you and your friends to heat things up while you enjoy the game and each other's company, then a good choice for you is the Jalapenos Burger following the hamburger recipe included below and which can also be found at This is surely a great tasting and healthy burger because aside from using lean ground beef, which cuts the fat content of the burger, it makes use of Jalapeno chilies, which gives you a lot of health benefits such as an increase in metabolism that can actually help with weight loss.

SO give this recipe a try as these spicy burgers are delicious, but make sure you have enough to drink on hand!

Jalapenos Burger Recipe


1 1/2 lb. Lean Ground Beef

2 Jalapeno Chilies, seeded and finely chopped

1 medium Onion, finely chopped

1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped


Preheat grill, and add vegetable oil to the grill rack.

In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, jalapenos, onion, and garlic. Mold into 6 patties, about 1/2” thick.

Grill over medium heat for 8 to 12 minutes, flipping once.

Remember that any burger tastes better with cheese, you’re always welcome to add your favorite American, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Swiss to any burger if desired.

And Enjoy!

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

So, use this hamburger recipe for your next college football party and you can be sure that you and your friends will have fun and eat healthy at the same time.

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