Well Dined

27Oct/160

Halloween Recipe Round-up

If you are in need of festive dishes, look no further!  I have collected my most relevant recipes onto one page for you.

Halloween Candy

Well Dined | Halloween Round-up

Halloween Candy Bark
Candy Corn Jello Shots

Apple Desserts

Well Dined | Halloween Round-up

Apple Oat Muffins
Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies
Cheddar Apple Hand Pies

Black and Orange
More like green and orange, but you get the idea.

Well Dined | Halloween Round-up

Butternut Squash and Kale Mac and Cheese
Sweet Potato and Chard Gratin
Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza with Smoked Mozzarella and Bacon
Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna with Homemade Spinach Whole Wheat Noodles

23Aug/168

Food ‘n Flix – Hotel Transylvania 2 (Oozing Eyeball Pasta)

Well Dined | Spinach Dip Stuffed Meatballs

Holy miracle, Batman - I finally got my act together in time for Food 'n Flix again!  It's been almost a year, yikes.  This month, our film was Hotel Transylvania 2, hosted by Kimberly at Coffee and Casseroles.

Well Dined | Food 'n Flix

This film is a sequel, and though we didn't have to, I watched both films - I had been meaning to see them anyway, because my neighbor's kids are obsessed and quote them all the time.  These are really cute films about acceptance, diversity, fear mongering, and family.  Big topics for kids movies, I know.  They voice actors are big names, too - Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi.

Well Dined | Food 'n Flix

They also had all kinds of cute and creepy (but not too creepy) foods - like "scream cheese" and "monster-ball soup".  So there was lots of foodie inspiration.

Well Dined | Spinach Dip Stuffed Meatballs

I had seen a Buzzfeed video for Spinach Dip Stuffed Meatballs and thought how cute those would be as Oozing Eyeballs!

29Oct/151

Halloween Candy Bark

Well Dined | Halloween Candy Bark

The other day, Melissa (Smells Like Brownies) asked me if I wanted to help her make Halloween candy bark.  Um - YES. Obviously.  I mean - I'm not a crazy person.

Well Dined | Halloween Candy Bark

Turns out, it is incredibly easy.  Melt around 2 cups of chocolate, spread it on a silpat or parchment paper, sprinkle and press candy into it, chill, and done.  What a great way to use up extra candy!

Well Dined | Halloween Candy Bark

You can really use anything here - any kind of chocolate, any kind of candy.  We used semi-sweet chocolate and reese's, tootsie rolls, m&ms, white chocolate chips, and heath bits.

Happy Halloween, lovelies!

One Year Ago - Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
Two Years Ago - Butternut Squash and Kale Mac and Cheese
Three Years Ago - Halibut en Papillote
Four Years Ago - Homemade Ricotta

27Oct/158

Food ‘n Flix – Hocus Pocus (Candy Corn Jello Shots)

Well Dined | Candy Corn Jello Shots

This month's Food and Flix selection was Hocus Pocus, hosted by The Lawyer's Cookbook - a perfect flick for Halloween!  This movie came out when I was 8 years old, and I loved it.  I hadn't seen it in years, and it was interesting going back and watching it as an adult - I still found it to be a lot of fun.  I also noticed that the director was Kenny Ortega - aka the director of High School Musical, ha!  My favorite character is definitely Sarah Jessica Parker, she is so goofy and I love her singing in this film.  Amok! Amok! Amok!

Well Dined | Candy Corn Jello Shots

Anywho, I had been wanting to make candy corn themed jello shots for a while, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!  (Although, I despise actual candy corn - yuck.)  I didn't like a lot of the recipes out there using orange and lemon jello, the flavors just didn't seem right to me.  So I opted to start with a white liquor (Rumchata) and get my colors with food dye.  I added in some butterscotch schnapps for extra deliciousness, too.  I used equal amounts of each color, but that resulted in a really big white layer, so I have adjusted the amounts in the recipe below to better represent the appearance candy corn.

30Oct/131

Butternut Squash and Kale Mac and Cheese

Well Dined | Butternut Squash and Kale Mac and Cheese

So I actually made this a year ago and didn't manage to post it before it was way past butternut squash season, doh!  I figured I would just hold off and post about it the next Fall, which is what I am doing now.  The problem is, my photography has improved leaps and bounds since then so these photos look really awful.  I am so sorry in advance, but the mac and cheese is really good.  I promise.

Well Dined | Butternut Squash and Kale Mac and Cheese

I saw this recipe on an episode of The Chew, and the idea was that it was orange and black for Halloween.  Orange from the squash, black from the kale.  Except that kale is green, even when it's wilted...  Whatever - it uses Fall produce and it's delicious, so let's pretend it works.

Well Dined | Butternut Squash and Kale Mac and Cheese

Cook up some bacon (I used pancetta because stuff and things), add some butter, sweat some onions and garlic, wilt some kale - awesome.  So here's where the original recipe gets weird (The Chew website is notoriously bad at reviewing their recipes) - it says to have 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced, and to saute the squash in the pan.  Then later it says to add in the butternut squash puree.  What butternut squash puree?  There is no butternut squash puree in the ingredient list.  Huh?  Also - sauteed squash?  Meh.  So here's what I did (as you can see in the previous picture) - tossed that cubed squash with olive, salt, pepper, and nutmeg; then roasted it.  Yummy.  Then I took half the roasted squash and mashed it.  Ah-ha!  Now there is butternut squash puree, sort of.