Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy #Halloween Week from all of us at Mystery Lovers Kitchen!!



BOO!!!

I'm posting on Sunday. It's not a guest blog. It's the kickoff to our HALLOWEEN WEEK! 
Scary!
But there's a non-scary giveaway below, so check it out at the end of the post!


We at MLK love Halloween. We come up with scary ideas; some of us get inspired by the others! I'm a traditionalist. I like candy. Particularly chocolate and caramel. I like things around this season that have those kinds of flavors. So, check out the recipe below.

But first...I'm not big into being scared. My husband says the one thing I DON'T do well is go to scary movies. I remember one of our first dates was seeing Alien, and I sat curled in a little ball in the theater seat. He did not get a lot of kisses that night. Chocolate Kisses or otherwise.

I remember, pre-hubby, going to the movie The Shining. It was a Jack Nicholson movie. I thought, "Comedy, great!" And then the first 5 notes of the movie's theme rang out and, yes, I sat curled up in a ball in the theater seat. Nightmare on Elm Street? Not happening...ever!  I DO like The Twilight Zone, except for that one episode where the little girl rolls into the wall to chase after her dog. Did you see that? Argh!!

Lately, I've been noticing lots of gruesome decorations around the neighborhood. 


Are they more gruesome than ever, or is it just because I'm walking my dog and have more time to "notice" and "assess" them? Ghouls everywhere!!!! Hanging people with chains around their necks. Cobwebs, blood, tombstones. What happened to the cute little pumpkins with glowing smiles?



Anyway, a year ago, inspired by the neighborhood's decor, I wrote STIRRING THE PLOT. It came out September 30 and it has a Halloween theme! And Halloween recipes within.  NOTE: THIS IS NOT A PARANORMAL. IT IS A TYPICAL CULINARY, DELICIOUS COZY.

I had so much fun creating the recipes. I've shared a few in the past month. Popcorn balls, witchy woman cocktail, brittle, and last week (only a few days ago on my regular Wednesday), a chocolate cake (in honor of Black Cats).

Today, I'm sharing a recipe that Bailey - do you know Bailey? Jenna's best friend and now the top sales person at the Cookbook Nook? I adore Bailey. She's flighty but she's coming into her own. Learning what she likes; learning what's good and not good for her future. Anyway, Bailey's mother owns The Pelican Brief diner in Crystal Cove. She's a fabulous cook. Bailey can cook, too. Jenna--not so much! At the end of the book, Bailey shares this recipe, which is in her mother's cookbook. It's dessert and it's breakfast, and the sauce doubles as another dessert.

But I've got to tell you, it's gross looking. It is! I couldn't help it. Anything with nuts in a gooey sauce, well, you can see where I'm going with this. It screams Halloween and guts and gore and, well, curl up in your theater seat, you're in for a bumpy ride!

But it's frightfully delicious!!!




Pumpkin Maple Syrup Cheesecake
(especially good on Halloween!)

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin  (about 1 ½ cups)
3 large eggs
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter; press firmly on bottom of 9-inch springform pan. [Note: if you need to eat gluten-free, you can make this crust with a crushed gluten-free sugar cookie.]



In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until fluffy. Add in the pumpkin, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt, and mix well. Pour the mixture into the springform prepared pan.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the center appears nearly set when shaken. [Don’t shake like crazy; a little nudge will do.] Turn off oven and let stand in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 1 hour. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

To serve, spoon some Maple Pecan Sauce over cheesecake.

Maple Pecan Sauce
      1 cup whipping cream
      3/4 cup pure maple syrup
      1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the whipping cream and pure maple syrup. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low, and continue to “boil” for 10-12 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir occasionally. [Note: this is a candy, so do not let the mixture go past the caramel color stage. If so, it will burn and you’ll have to start over. So pay attention the last 5 minutes.]



Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped pecans.

Truly gross looking!!

Cover and chill the sauce until ready to serve. Stir once before serving.

Note from Bailey: Mom adores sweets. I do, too. Especially cheesecake. I also adore breakfast, and there’s nothing that says breakfast better than syrup. Pancakes and syrup. Waffles and syrup. Even scrambled eggs and syrup. Don’t tell me you’ve never swirled your eggs into that last bit of syrup left after you’ve had a pancake with all the trimmings breakfast. Anyway, put the two together, and this makes for a delicious and not too hard to make cheesecake. Follow the baking instructions. That wait time after the cake is cooked is crucial. By the way, this sauce is fabulous over plain vanilla ice cream, too!


And now for the giveaway! I have a Mystery Lovers Kitchen tote bag to give away! It's good for books, groceries, or travel! And one signed copy of Stirring the Plot. Tell me what your scariest Halloween memory is!! LEAVE YOUR EMAIL IN CASE YOU WIN SO I CAN CONTACT YOU.


A teaser for Stirring the Plot:
Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster. Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there’s one unexpected addition to the menu: murder. When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there’s no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth… 

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98 comments:

  1. I was trick or treating and walked up to a house. It had the porch lights on and I could hear sounds from the T.V. I rang the doorbell, and the wicked witch of the west answered the door. She did the evil laugh as soon as she opened the door! I think I might have jumped in surprised. But she wasn't all that evil because I did get candy (and I wasn't dress as Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ... I'm glad I didn't own a pair of ruby shoes). :) That's my only really scary Halloween memory.

    Please enter me in the contest. Thank you!
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    1. Jen, it's always fun when the treaters trick.
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  2. For some reason the comment didn't show up, so I'll post again.
    One year I worked at a local Halloween theme park. I worked the exit door of the 3D Freakshow. Next to the house was the beer tent which meant many people went through our house having too much to drink. At the exit was an optical illusion of a spinning vortex. Well, you can guess that many people didn't feel very well after they exited. The scariest part was trying to avoid people exiting the haunt looking for someplace to vomit and trying to collect their 3D glasses.
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  3. Watching scary movies with my dad when I was a kid and running through a haunted trail being chased by a man with a chainsaw.

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  4. Mine is kinda boring, hey I must have lead a boring childhood LOL. I was invited to a halloween party and drove myself there, What I did not know early on was the area it was in. I was unfamiliar with it as it was over an hour away. Well I got there had a great time but trying to navigate home in this area with people in weird costumes all over the place, street lights broken and cops wiping by everywhere. I was scare but I did make it home ... safe and alive.

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    1. That's not boring. It's scary to be in an area that is unfamiliar. Did you ever see the movie with Michael Douglas whose car broke down in an area like that? Scary!
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  5. This is not really a Halloween story but when my husband and I were still dating we went to the movies to see When a Stranger Calls. That movie really creeped me out, especially since I lived in an apartment by myself. He and I had met at the movies, coming straight from work and after the movie, he kept telling me he was tired and going home. I really didn't want to go home alone! He did come back with me and made sure I got in safely and even checked under my bed and in my closets before he went home.

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    1. Yep, scary movies can really make an impact on us. They're visceral experiences. Glad you were safe!

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  6. I would say it would be the first time I ever went to a haunted house. I was young and didn't know what to expect. I had nightmares for months

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  7. Went to a haunted house and the last thing was a zombie with a chainsaw!

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    1. Again, yipes! What is with the allure of zombies? :)

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  8. I went to a haunted house and was chased by people with chainsaws! It was scary because I was running across a field into a maze. I list my sense of direction quickly.

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    1. A field into a maze. I remember going to a corn maze with my son and teaching him how to navigate to find his way out. Anyone can panic when disoriented!!

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  9. I do NOT do scary movies, haunted houses etc...one year a really cute guy asked me out to go to a haunted house. I think I almost ripped his arm off and he practically had to peel me off. Funny he never asked me out again.

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  10. I love Bailey! Especially if she's sharing yummy recipes.

    It's not your imagination; Halloween decorations are getting more gruesome. Google Spirit Halloween, but not while you're eating. Yikes.

    Halloween is my favorite "holiday", and we have a big deal party, with every inch of the joint decorated (non-gruesomely) every other year. This is an off year, thank goodness.

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    1. Good for you to enjoy it fully. A girlfriend of mine decorates solely for herself. She gets no trick or treaters but loves Halloween decor. :)

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  11. we had a school carnival at halloween - they had a haunted house (very well done as it was in a classroom) and at the end there was a coffin with a vampire in it that came out and gave you a small prize (vampires are a fear of mine) I was only in the 2nd grade and was totally scared

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    1. But after seeing the vampire you got a prize! That's a good way to experience a vampire, I would imagine. So sorry you were spooked!

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  12. Love cheesecake but love your books more!

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  13. I love Halloween! I love watching all the scary movies and getting dressed up! But when it comes to haunted houses I am a wimp! I went to one and halfway through they came and escorted me out because one of the guys jumped out and grabbed my arm! Well like any one would do when they are scared and then grabbed I turned and hit him as hard as I could! I do not go to any more haunted houses ! Safer for me and the people!

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    1. Terri, I'm laughing. Yes, those poor guys/women in scary houses. They probably get hit a lot!

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  14. When I was younger, my family and good friends of ours, would always dress for Halloween and do live action out in our front yard and scare the pants of people. We had a blast!

    I really enjoy the Cookbook Nook series. And the tote is beautiful!

    lisaksbookreview@aol.com

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    1. Lisa, do you want the show, Modern Family? That family loves to scare the neighborhood. LOL

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  15. So not fair! My Sweet recipe binder (a volume separate from my Savory recipe binder) already has a section devoted to cheesecake, and now I have to add this one. So little time, so many cheesecakes! Sounds lovely, though.

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    1. Sheila, I know exactly what you mean!!!! I'm at a cap on recipes and yet I still print them and try to make them all. :)

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  16. Benglish@whro.net

    Being a 5 year old, I was not too knowledgeable about Halloween traditions. My church had a Scavenger Hunt for the youth group. Image my horror when this group of teenagers showed up at my house and my parents let them take my beloved black cat. Of course they returned her after the party with the news that she helped them win the hunt. But I was one scared and frightened little girl that night. And that was only the first of many Scavenger Hunts she attended.

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    1. Oh, poor little girl and your poor cat probably wondering what was happening!

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    2. BJ, you won the giveaway by random number generator! I'll be contacting you via email. Congrats!!!

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  17. Hmmm. I was in Florida in college when my parents leased a 400 year old farmhouse on Aquidneck Island. I am infinitely grateful that I did NOT come home for Halloween. The regular between terms nights in my room in that farmhouse were bad enough. The same two ghosts showed up every night. My Siamese cats stared at them, I tried to pretend they weren't just standing there. I told NO ONE.
    And years later people I never met, happened to meet my parents at a cocktail party. These people had also rented The Lawrence Farmhouse. And they described the same ghosts I saw. My parents had not seen these ghosts and certainly hadn't heard about them from me, but thought it amusing to tell me about the sighting. NOT so amusing.
    Kath who now lives in an unhaunted house in KY.

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    1. Wow, Kath, that is spooky indeed. You should write about this.

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  18. I was just a kid, maybe 8 years old, going around my neighborhood trick or treating when suddenly there was a blast of scary music and an apparition shrouded in black materialized out of the shrubbery. It had the most ungodly face. I made it home in record time leaving a trail of candy but I was so frightened that I was oblivious to the fact that I had lost some of my precious candy! The next day I realized
    "the apparition" was my neighbor and although he was not the most handsome of men, his face wasn't actually "ungodly"!
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  19. "Psycho" just about did me in for scary movies. I remember driving home from seeing it and sure an ax murderer was waiting for me at every stop sign.

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    1. Yep. Psycho did me in, too. Showers...I love showers, but not in motels.

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  20. I remember going to an outdoor movie that was some kind of horror movie for Halloween---with the big kids for the first time. I was so scared and it was so dark. To this day I have still never watched another horror movie.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Which big kids? Did they tease you or spook you while watching? That's what's always hard to take!

      Hugs,
      Daryl / Avery

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  21. I lived down the street on the first floor from my college. On Halloween night, I heard tapping on my window and thought it was one of my friends telling me to let them in. I went outside and I saw this guy from a distancing running from my window. Apparently, this random person who was wearing the Freddy Krueger gloves and mask and he was going around tapping at people's windows. Guess who would be the person most likely killed in a scary movie <---- nmagante@gmail.com

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    1. Don't these guys who put on these masks know? Can you imagine being a policeman on campus that year and seeing him? They would arrest before waiting for a response, I'd bet. :)

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  22. When I was small there was a hunted house on our street, it was old and creepy and everyone said it was haunted so it had to be!! My older sister was being mean and picked me up and dumped me over the fence :( I had never been so terrified in my life!!!! her and her friends ran away and then I herd it someone coming to get me.... I was 7 and thought I was going to die!!! Turns out it was our school grandma and she took me inside, called my mom and gave me cookies :) She got alot of free yard help that fall for clean up!!! My sister got in huge trouble!!! ( hstanley1224@yahoo.com )

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    1. Oh, my, older sisters. Mine was very similar to yours! All sorts of trouble. She loved to scare the spit out of me!

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  23. Psycho made me a wreck in my younger yrs & stil does . I wont take showers in motels & only in upscale hotels.

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    1. Sandra, I echoed this earlier. It's hard to even imagine that movie.

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  24. I was convinced by friends one halloween to see the most recent movie release of Halloween on Halloween... I sat in the theater for two hours with my eyes covered. msly09@gmail.com

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    1. Boy, sounds like most of us get scared at these things. :)

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  25. Mine is split between two, and both when I was older, LOL. One was my brother made his own Halloween mask, sticking his face in whatever it was to make the mold and goop to make the mask, he added horns and painted it, and when he put it on and lurked around the house, it freaked me out even though I knew it was him. The other scare was I went to a haunted barge (instead of house) with my husband, I'm the only person I know that went through with my eyes shut most of the way, LOL, of course I decide to peek when some guy was getting electrocuted, it was so realistic that it still makes me shudder.
    I love this series and thanks for the chance to win!
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    1. Debbie, isn't that funny? We can peek at things, and somehow that makes it "less" scary? :)

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  26. My scariest Halloween memory is watching the original Halloween movie. It's the only time I couldn't sleep after watching a movie.
    sgiden at Verizon dot net

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    1. Yep, I never saw that one. Yipes! Can you imagine being the director, writer or actor in that movie? They lived it over and over, but I guess that would lessen the impact, right?

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  27. Oh yes, that Twilight Zone episode. When we were young my sister and I shared a bed. Since I was the big sister and it was "my" bed after that episode she had to sleep on the side by the wall. Even now that episode creeps me out.

    No scary Halloweens for me, but also when young no one but my father would watch Creature Features with me. So there I would be snuggled in the big chair with my dad - until the tapping started on the window and I realized dad wasn't there anymore but something (probably the Wolfman) was outside my window. Funny guy.

    And there's the poor little guy WE must have traumatized. When our children were small it was my turn to take them trick-or-treating and my husband's to hand out the candy. He had a sky blue sweatshirt he wore with a little cut-out mask of a fox, just went over his eyes, like a Richard Scarry character. Very cute. Except to the little boy who took one look and ran off screaming. His mother was not a happy woman: shame on you, if you don't want to hand out candy . . .; " Poor hubby felt so bad. I hope the little boy has recovered.
    Love the recipes and the series. Thanks!
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    1. Aw, but that's part of the fun, dressing up for the kids who arrive. LOL. Sorry to the kid, but I bet he recovered.

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  28. my family didn't really do Halloween. So I guess that's why I love it so much now. I do love your stories though. They are awesome! Joannlowehunter@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Joann. I'm so thrilled that many of you are my fans. Yay! It's sort of interesting when we're "denied" something early on, how we crave it later on.

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  29. In college my friend and I visited a haunted house attraction at a big country fair. It was the first time I'd seen anything like it, with real actors in costumes. As we moved through the attraction we got so scared that, at one point, we couldn't stop screaming and the actor finally broke character and politely asked us to move on, reminding us that, really, none of this was real.
    The recipe looks amazing and Stirring the Plot was an excellent read! Thanks!
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    1. Renee, that is hysterical. The guy broke from character? Too funny!! Guess he should have worn earplugs.

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  30. We love Halloween especially costumes .

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    1. Yep. Love costumes. When my son was little, I made him all sorts of capes and such. He loved getting dressed up. Now...he loves dressing up for Comicon!! :)

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  31. I was in college in 1970 and my best friend and her boyfriend double dated for Halloween. We had been to 2 or 3 parties and decided to go eat at about 2am to an all nite diner. My girlfriend and I got in backseat to talk about Day of Dead party we were hosting next day. We were not paying attention and when the car slowed down we were in a dark wooded area and when we asked where we were the back doors flew open and ZOMBIES jumped in the backseat with us. I never screamed so much in my life. The BOYFRIENDS thought it was pretty funny. Thank God there was no FB or TWITTER in those days!!!

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    1. Omigosh!! That would absolutely freak me out. Especially because I write mystery. Can you imagine? Back woods not knowing where you are? Yipes! Glad you lived to tell the tale.

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  32. On Halloween night, while getting into my car, a bloody hand & arm shot out from the car and grabbed my ankle. I screamed & backed away so fast that my brother was dragged out from the car before he let go. He ended up with scrapes on his chin and elbow! It really changed how approached cars for several years. I can't remember the movie but that was where he got the idea - maybe Stephen King?
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    1. Linda, your poor brother. LOL. But good for you. Yes, we have to approach cars carefully. I remembering being followed in a parking lot and so thankful that my horn worked without the car being turned on.

      PS I don't "do" Stephen King movies. :)

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  33. What a great recipe, Daryl! Delicious anytime, but esp this week, I too will never forgot The Shining. Screamed out loud!

    Your neighborhood looks perfectly spooky.

    XO

    MJ

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    1. Hi, MJ. It really is a delish recipe any time. But when I was trying to figure out when to post it (since it comes from Stirring the Plot) this week seemed especially perfect. :)

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  34. When I was young we went out on Hallowe'en by ourselves since it was a different day and age. Safe and simple times. The costumes, the fun and the candy was always fascinating for me, until we approached a house with scary music and the most hideous costumes of all. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ah, those days, when it was safe to go alone. But was it really? Did we live in a world where we just thought it was safe? I do remember walking the neighborhood with my son and his pal as they went house to house. Excuse me, RAN house to house. So much fun to see their delight. We were pretty sure about the safety of that neighborhood.

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  35. All the old Hitchcock movies are really scary, though not specific to Halloween. Especially "The Birds." And "Psycho" (although I must have got over that movie, as our midnight-black cat had that name). And North by Northwest - you mentioned a corn maze - that scene with Cary Grant being chased as he ran through the corn field was always terrifying!
    But I loved your blog; love your recipe and always enjoy your books.
    Nancy R - still posting as Anonymous!

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    1. Still Nancy, I know you're anonymous, but not to me. I adore Hitchcock films, all except Psycho. So clever with suspense.

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  36. Great post, wonderful recipe and best ever books. Watching The Birds and Psycho was really unforgettable. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Petite, thanks. Did I pay you for that endorsement? If not, I hope thanks is enough. :)

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  37. Watching Rosemary"s baby at 8 months pregnant! Was ready to divore hubby of 1 year! pamrp52@yahoo.com

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    1. I never saw that movie. Heard from friends that I shouldn't.

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  38. Yum. I love nuts and ooey gooey caramel stuff! I don't like gore and scary movies (though I do love a good suspense-Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski are my 2 favorite directors). I also love true ghost stories. This Saturday night I'm meeting a friend I haven't seen since 1982-we're going on a ghost hunt in my favorite building in Buffalo, NY-the Central Terminal! That adventure might lead to a scary Halloween-fortunately, I haven't had any-aside from perhaps looking for the last of the Halloween candy and finding all the chocolate bars are gone!

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  39. Oh this recipe looks so so so so good! Yummy! Let's see, scariest Halloween...I think the year I trick or treated as a mummy. I remember getting scared several times while out trick or treating that year. There were lots of crazy houses that year with guys sneaking on the porch, etc.

    brooke811 at ymail dot com

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    1. Porches. Very scary. So many places to "appear"!!

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  40. Maybe not scary, but definitely uncomfortable. I was about 12 when someone threw some green paint on my dad's blue truck, a cop rang the doorbell at O dark 30, and I had to go out and clean it up while it was still wet.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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    1. Oh, Kaye, so sorry. Do you know why they did it? Trashing anyone's personal property is so...wrong!

      Hugs
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  41. Scariest Halloween - we had a small graveyard in the middle of the block - r teenagers placed cobweb ghosts on the tombstones with lights that flickered intermittently.

    Thanks for the yummy recipe.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Flickering lights. Cool at Xmas. Not so much at Halloween. :)

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  42. My first Haunted House!!! They kept yelling "Fresh Meat" and calling my name in one room. My friends mom told them it was my first and gave my name. It was awful! Then when I went running out at the end, I fell! The chainsaw guy tried helping me up but I wasn't having it. I laugh about it now but it was awful.

    Becky W
    Bwilhoite87@gmail.com

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    1. Went to a haunted house tonight. It was for "tots." So much nicer without any chainsaw guys!!!!

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  43. I love Halloween! It's my favorite holiday. I don't know why, maybe cause I was the night before . . . on Hallow's Eve, or Goosey Night, or Mischief Night. Whatever you like it, I'm so glad I was born near Halloween! But, I'm also not too good with the scary. My hubby took me to see "Children of the Corn" back when we were dating. I spent the whole movie with my face in his shoulder. LOL! I prefer Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie Brown, Scooby Doo, Perfect Magic, Sleepy Hallow, etc. My biggest Halloween decoration is of a purple tombstone, with a ghost & a pumpkin. The neighborhood kids love it! For me ... it's all about the kids & making sure they have fun!

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    1. Oh ... my big decoration is a blow up! LOL!

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    2. I love Scooby Doo. Fun, but scary, but solve-able!!! :) It is all about the kids, isn't it? It's supposed to be fun. At least for me.

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  44. My scariest Halloween memory is being chased by a person with a chainsaw in a haunted house when I was a teenager. Even though I know there isn't a chain on the chainsaw in the haunted houses, it still scares me. rachaelybrown at att dot net

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    1. Man, I can't believe all the chainsaw stories tonight. Yipes! I have never seen, nor do I ever expect to see, a chainsaw. Ever!

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  45. When I was in high school, I took a bunch of younger kids trick or treating. The neighborhood was pretty dark and this car slowed down and followed us for a little bit. I was freaking out and not sure what to do to protect all these kids and thinking the worst since it was halloween, when the window rolled down and it was my parents. My dad had just gotten a new car and I hadn't seen it yet so I didn't recognize them. anajs95 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, too funny! Dad, the scary stalker. Isn't that amazing?!!!

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  46. Running out of Candy was always scary.
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    1. Oh, LOLLOLOLOLOL! That is funny. I don't want to run out of candy, ever!

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  47. I guess it would be when we went to a haunted house and a skeleton jumped out at me! I was a wimpy kid!
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  48. My scariest Halloween memory? I was somewhere around 10 years old, and I went to a church Halloween fair with my teenage cousin. There were tons of people, and an oversized jack-o-lantern that talked. (With a deep, spooky voice, of course.) That pumpkin freaked me out. I didn't understand that the disembodied voice was coming from a speaker inside the pumpkin, and that the fact it could "see" me was because the voice came from the adult in the curtained room behind the pumpkin. All I knew - and all I really remember to this day years later - is that there was a pumpkin talking specifically to me and that such things were not normal! *shiver*
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  49. Mine would be back when I was a teenager there was 3 of us that went out for Halloween we had a bag of candy and we were walking back to my friends house when this man jump out of the bushes he was dress as a zombe and came at us screaming with a huge knife he almost cut my friends arm with it I yell at him to stop and he came at me we all ran down the road we could out run him and got home we called the sheriff but they could not find any one I still remember it
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  50. I don't have any scary Hallowe'en stories. For me, Hallowe'en was always fun. There are some Twilight Zone episodes that creep me out, though. :-)

    My e-mail is on my profile.

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