Hungry Halloween

I constantly struggle with choosing my favorite season. Usually, my answer would be summer without any hesitation, but there is something intriguingly magical about the fall. The leaves have begun to change here in New England and there is a chill in the air. Plus, two of my favorite holidays happen to take place during the fall: Thanksgiving (duh, food) and Halloween.

Halloween is just around the corner and yes, I have been planning my costume for months! I’ve always loved the concept of giving and getting candy; I was one of those kids who still trick or treated when I was definitely too old to do so. Halloween may have some scary connotations; I myself do not like being chased by ghosts out of haunted houses, but there is so much more to it than that. It is about coming together as a community and as friends for one night out of the year. It is about dressing up and having fun, being generous with the candy, and laughing together at all the adorable kids walking around the neighborhoods in their little costumes.

Nothing can get you into more of a Halloween spirit than food! I’ve found some ~spooky~ recipes on the Forq app that can help you out of you’re stumped! Be creative and make it festive; no one can say no to food! It’s super easy to take your favorite recipes and make them scream Halloween.

I have found one of the easiest ways to turn a recipe from standard to Halloween is to get some Halloween themes cookie cutters. Using this sugar cookie recipe, get a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter and frost them with some orange frosting made with this frosting recipe, or a bat shaped cookie cutter with these chocolate brownie flavored cookies. The shapes are fun and festive as well as tasty! They will automatically be a hit.

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Halloween themed cookie cutters are an easy and adorable way to make any cookie scream Halloween!

Another automatic favorite are cupcakes; you can never go wrong with this tasty treat. You can use the boxed kind or this decadent yellow cupcake recipe. You can easily dye the cupcakes a festive black and orange by dividing the batter, coloring half orange and half black with food coloring, then layering the two in the cupcake cups. Again you can use this frosting recipe that is easily dyeable if you so desire, then sprinkle with candies like Halloween colored shots and candy corn. If you’re not a huge fan of yellow cake, these chocolate cupcakes will suffice, they just won’t be colored.

I can’t stress it enough; you can pretty much make any recipe fit for any holiday if you just use a little creativity! Take this vanilla caramel corn for example. Follow the recipe, but throw in some candy corn and orange and black sprinkles to automatically adapt it to fit the Halloween theme! The same thing goes for this salted chocolate caramel pretzel bark. You can use the recipe as is, or add some Halloween sprinkles to create some pizazz.

Another tasty recipe that can easily be transferred into Halloween-mode are these Oreo cookie balls. Yes, the recipe says to dip them in melted semi-sweet chocolate, but try dipping them in white chocolate instead! Add some skeleton faces and you automatically have skeleton Oreo balls. Or, use food coloring to color the white chocolate orange, add a green leaf on top, and voilà, you have mini pumpkin-shaped  Oreo balls!

I’m sure there are hundreds of more recipes on the Forq app that could be made over into the spirit of Halloween. Just remember that simple things like color go a long way! I hope that you all go through Forq and use the recipes to create some of your own tasty treats!

Pumpkin EVERYTHING

Pumpkin- the vegetable of autumn. As much as I hate to admit it, I did have a pumpkin spice latte (or three) since Starbucks released this year’s fall flavors. The start of the season is celebrated by pumpkins lining every doorstep. Family and friends gather to pick the perfect pumpkins to display and take hours to scoop out the seeds and carve the perfect face.

So now, what to do with all that leftover pumpkin? I think I can answer that with another question: what brings people together even more than pumpkin carving does? Yes, you guessed it… food! Yes, you can toast the pumpkin seeds easily in the oven to munch on after carving, but the pumpkin itself is a spectacular fall flavor. Pumpkin may seem a bit scary, especially to amateur chefs like myself, but there are many options to make your pumpkin recipe fun easier! You can use your leftover pumpkin pieces to make your own pumpkin puree to use in your recipes, or you can go the easy route and use pre-made goods that are easily found in the grocery store.

Making your own pumpkin puree isn’t as hard as it may seem, just a bit time consuming. A basic recipe for creating pumpkin puree can be found on the Forq app here. If you choose to go store-bought, make sure you know what your recipe is calling for; there is a difference between a can of pure pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling!

Now for the fun part; the pumpkin party. Below are a few pumpkin recipes I am going to try out this fall. These recipes are all submitted by our Forq app users and are available on the app. Directions can be found through the links that will bring you to our app!

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Skinny Pumpkin Muffins

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Creamy Pumpkin Curry with Chicken

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 Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Pumpkin Frosting

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Pumpkin Bisque

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Creamy Pumpkin-Filled Biscuits

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Autumn Leaf Pie Pockets

Game Day Snacks

Fall. Apple picking, pumpkin carving, leaves changing, and ~drumroll please~ fall sports. For my family and I, Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays- the football game is on the TV regardless if anyone is watching or not. If the Bruins are playing, the channel will be set to the hockey game. Sunday night football has become sort of a tradition for my family and friends. If a good game is on, we will squeeze onto the couches and armchairs with the coffee table full of food in front of us and watch the game. Fall sports are just as much about the food as it is the game. We look for easily snackable finger foods that are just as tasty as they are easy to make.

What do you do for game day snacks? Order a pizza? Open up a fresh bag of potato chips? Special games call for some special food. You can order a pizza any day, but for me, game days deserve some snacks that are exceptional. I’ve planned out my next few game day treats and shared them below. The possibilities are endless. Feel free to use them or search for something similar on the Forq app!

These recipes are all submitted by our Forq app users and are available on the app. Directions can be found through the links that will bring you to our app!

 

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Honey Sriracha Wings

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Mozzarella Sticks

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Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

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Beef and Black Bean Chili

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Bacon Dip

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Bacon Cheddar Potato Skin Poppers

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