New Year's Eve Party Menu

New Year’s Eve Party Menu

The year is almost over, and this year has presented certain challenges to those of us at Patty Cake’s Pantry, but in spite of these hardships, we decided to ring in the new year with an intimate party for our closest friends and family.   I love to serve food that people can graze on throughout the evening, or that they can grab and snack on while they mingle.   This prevents a bottleneck at the buffet.  This year, we decided to keep things simple.  Our New Years’ Eve Party Menu included the following dishes.

Our Favorite Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Our Favorite Ways to use Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you find yourself with tons of leftovers from Thanksgiving Dinner, don’t fret.  These can easily be transformed into a number of delicious meals that bear little resemblance to the original meal.  This is particularly good if you have a picky family that doesn’t like to eat the same thing for more than one meal.  Check out our list of delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Makeovers.   We know you’ll love them. 

Jack-o-lantern Brownie

The first time I made this was when I was in college.  It was first year that baker’s man and I were together.  I wanted to impress him with my domestic skills, but I wasn’t really good at cake decorating.  Instead of the usual way to decorate, I used a bag of m&m’s and some jelly candies that we had on hand to decorate a pan of brownies.    It was a tradition early in our marriage, but after we had kids, we eventually switched to making mud for Halloween dessert. 

Cream cheese and pepper jelly decorated wtih ripe olives make the perfect appetizer for your halloween buffet

A Simple, Frank, Halloween Appetizer

If you are looking for an easy appetizer that is sure to impress, we have the perfect solution for you.  This Frankenstein appetizer is made from only three ingredients.  It’s easy to prepare, and your friends will think that you are a Halloween  menu planning genius. 

Halloween Treats Disappear Quickly

Halloween Menu

Since today is Halloween, I thought that I would share our menu for this evening.  When children are small, it’s very difficult to get them to eat anything for dinner before heading out to Trick or Treat.  One of the traditions in our house is that we always serve something Ghoulish for dinner, so that the pre-trick or treat meal is also part of the festivities. Dinner will consist of the following: Mummy Meatloaf served alongside Caterpillars and Cheese with added Brain Matter. For finger foods and snacks during the evening, we will have an assortment of Halloween Style Deviled […]

Chocolate Pretzel Pumpkin Candies

Chocolate Pretzel and Pumpkin Candies

I love to make variations on simple recipes.  I am in love with the candies that are made by melting either hugs or kisses on top of pretzels and smashing them down with either a candy or a nut.  I have already publishes three variations on this recipe, but I had to do just one more.  You can find the versions with candy corn, marshmallow gummy eyeballs, and rolos with pecans elsewhere on this site. One day, while I was at my local grocer, I saw that they had the cutest little candy pumpkins.  I have a confession.  I am […]

Caterpillars and cheese

Caterpillars and Cheese

This is another one of my non-recipes.  It’s just a cooking technique that effectively changes a very kid friendly dish, macaroni and cheese, into something a bit more ghoulish for Halloween.  The entire process is very simple.  All you need is a box of macaroni and cheese plus all of the ingredients needed to prepare it along with some green food coloring. 

Brain Matter

Brain Matter

I have always thought that cauliflower florets looked like brain tissue with the undulating shape of the florets on the dense surface.  As a result, I have attempted to transform them into something ghoulish and frightening for Halloween.  This is a very simple process, but I have to confess that I made a mistake with the first batch that I cooked.    This is another non recipe.   It’s only the description of a cooking technique, but it’s very easy and makes a great addition to your Halloween menu.

Mummy Meatloaf--The perfect Halloween Dinner

Mummy Meatloaf Dinner

There’s nothing better than a mummy meatloaf to encourage your kids to eat something before heading out for their Halloween activities.  This recipe is simple and delicious.  It’s easy to assemble, bakes without any additional hands on time,  and it makes a frightfully delicious dinner entrée.  

chocolate pretzel eyeball candies

Chocolate Pretzel and Eyeball Candies

I previously posted about the candies that are made from candy corn, hugs, and pretzels.   These are very easy and tasty, too.  They might even impress your friends.  The next obvious choice would be to make them with some Reese’s Pieces on top and that would be good, but we wanted to switch things up a bit and try some more unusual toppings for our pretzel based candies. We started with Hershey Kisses.  An observation that we made is that the kisses don’t seem to melt as smoothly as the hugs.  In fact, some of the kisses seemed to almost […]