Fall Is Here

Fall is here! The cool breezes, the smell of wood burning stoves, jackets, scarves and everything pumpkin! We are in a new neighborhood this year for Halloween and I am really looking forward to seeing all the new trick-or-treaters. This year we are going to have a firepit at the end of our driveway and free smores for who ever comes. Kealee is going to make signs for me so the kids know they get free smores. And, as always, CANDY!

We plan to have our whole family here, plus, my husbands family. This year our menu consist of: Whale Vomit, Bat Wings, Cow Eyeball and a few more things. The food will actually be very tasty but the names may cause the kids to ask a few questions.

This is my Whale Vomit Recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon, cut into a small dice
1 pound hot Italian sausage, ground or links with casings removed
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth or stock
3 cups Russet potatoes, cubed
sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
2 loose packed cups kale, in bite size pieces
1 cup heavy cream or 14 ounce can evaporated milk
Parmesan cheese, grated, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large soup pot or sauce pan cook bacon over medium until crispy. Add sausage and break it apart as it cooks. Once sausage is browned and crumbled drain off the grease leaving a tablespoon or two to saute the onion.
  2. Push the sausage to the edges of the pot and add onion to center – saute until translucent then add garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in broth and potatoes, season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, simmer for about 20 minute or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add kale and heavy cream or evaporated milk. Bring to a simmer. Taste and re-season as needed. Serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

The Bat Wings:

For the Wings

  • 3 pounds chicken wings (if whole cut up and discard the wing tip)
  • Salt and pepper in a large bowl

For the Seasoned Buffalo Sauce

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • clove garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup  Frank’s Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce 
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  1. Heat the grill to medium-high. Season the wings with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook wing for 12 minutes on each side. Of course, this depends on the size of the chicken wings. Smaller wings taking less time.
  3. While the wings are cooking, make the sauce. Combine the butter and garlic in a small sauce pan. Cook for until the butter is melted. Stir in the hot sauce, salt, onion powder, chili powder and sugar. Set aside.
  4. When the wings are finished on the grill I put them in a large bowl and pour the sauce over the top. Then toss untill every wing is covered in the yummy sauce!
  5. I serve with celery sticks, carrots, ranch and blue cheese dressing.

chicken wings

The Cow Eyeballs are just meatballs I make with hamburger.  I slice and olive and stick it in the middle of meatball and pour BBQ sauce over them. I bake for about 35 minutes and there you have it…Cow Eyeballs.

I do have to work on a few more food items for our party.

Here are a few decorations that I have done this year for Halloween:

We hope your Halloween is safe and fun! Happy Halloween everyone!

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