Satan’s Hairy (Meat) Balls

I came across a recipe for “Sea Anemones” in an old cookbook of my grandmother Hornsby’s. The book is called Hawaii Cookbook & Backyard Luau by Elizabeth Ahn Toupin. “Sea Anemones” are meatballs made with minced shrimp and rolled in broken vermicelli noodles which have the marvelous property of puffing into white, wormy strands when […]

Pumpkin Muffins

This recipe for pumpkin muffins was (mildly) adapted from the Joy of Cooking. It may be more correct to even say it was just barely adapted, and only by accident. By accident because it turns out it is very hard to bake pumpkin muffins (or anything) while you are wearing a Freddy Krueger glove, so many […]

Homemade Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows video (scroll down for printable recipe) Homemade marshmallows are SO EASY. Like, really really really easy. As long as you have a stand mixer with a whisk attachment and a thermometer (see link at the bottom for the one I use) you, too, can make marshmallows at home to put on top of your […]

Dirt Cake

Dirt Cake recipe Video (scroll down for printable recipe) The Dirt Cake is something that many people grew up on. Not me. I think dirt cakes are indigenous to the American midwest which would explain why I’d never heard of them until I was well past voting age. That, and my mom is a devout sugar-hating […]

Gummy Worms Recipe – Fruit-juice Sweetened

Gummy Worms Recipe Video – scroll down for recipe card I’ve gotcha a fruit-juice sweetened, natural gummy worms recipe right here for Halloween. But first, a spooky Halloween story. Halloween night, late 1980s. My family lived in the boonies so there were no good streets or even houses at which to trick or treat. All […]

Gravlax Recipe — Swedish Cured Salmon

When I was in New Zealand some decade or so ago, wwoofing*, occasionally I would be allowed to work some of my wwoof-hours in the restaurant kitchen. The chef there made gravlax. It seemed so easy and tasted so delicious, I’d since then always intended to try making it myself, but never got around to […]

Dog Costume for Halloween!

How to make a Halloween costume for your dog! HOT DIGGITY DOG! This is the first in an occasional crafting series, featuring Daisy and Mr. Banjo! To make the hot dog costume for your dog you will need: 1 yard (45″ wide) quilted fabric or heavy felt, tan in color 1 yard white or beige […]

Chocolate Tart

Holy hell on a hot tin roof. This spiced chocolate tart is so GD easy you wouldn’t even believe me if I told you. So I had to show you.

Halloween Punch with Eyeballs

Here’s a boozy tequila punch for Halloween! The eyeballs are optional, but who wouldn’t want a couple of popped-out eyeballs floating around in their Halloween punch? Right?