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Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween!! (Favorite Food Find Friday will return next week-I'm just too excited about Halloween.)
Well it couldn't be a more beautiful day! A tad warmer would be nice-but it's a beautiful crisp day. I'm busy getting everything ready for trick or treat tonight.
Last night we carved our jack-o-lanterns. We found HUGE pumpkins to carve this year so it took a lot of elbow grease to get all the inards out and to get a knife through to cut off the top. Pampered Chef makes this great little paring knife that is perfect for carving the faces. I think they cost a dollar. I'm pretty sure I've only used them for pumpkin carving!

Now please tell me that you did not throw away the pumpkin seeds when you carved your jack-o-lanterns? You didn't did you? They make the most wonderful Halloween treat.

Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups pumpkin seeds
2-3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Remove pumpkin seeds from pumpkin and disconnect any pumpkin or "strings" from seeds. Rinse gently under water then pat dry with towels.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread dry seeds in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle the oil over the seeds then sprinkle with the pepper and salt; toss to coat.

Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Now that was my successful Halloween treat...here is my unsuccessful Halloween treat: Candy Corn Caramel Corn. I was pretty excited when I first put it together, but it just didn't quite get to the right texture; it was a bit soft for caramel corn-almost like a rice crispy treat, but not.
Look at it...it looks like something my jack-o-lantern threw up.

Oh well maybe when candy corn is 75 percent off at the supermarket next week I can experiment and come up with something better.
Enjoy your spooking night!! Don't eat too much candy. BOO!!

YUMMY!! It's our Halloween candy....I'm going to try hard not to eat any before the trick or treaters come...oops, too late I just ate a 100 Grand bar!


Barbara Bakes said...

Now I feel guilty I didn't save the seeds! The popcorn looks great though!

Karen said...

Oh yeah, the seeds are the best! Happy Halloween!

Tanya said...

I want to trick or treat at YOUR house! YUM!

Jeni said...

I posted a similar seed recipe on my site about a week ago and they are GREAT! I'd never roasted them before, but hated to see all of these great seeds go to waste and I loved the pepper added to them! BTW, your photography is MUCH-MUCH tastier than mine! Kudos!

Mary said...

I never thought to save the pumpkin seeds. Clever girl!

Lisa said...

Love the recipes and how cute are your pumpkins!

That Girl said...

Normally I just do salt and pepper on my pumpkin seeds, but this year I added some cumin which gave it a fantastic little kick!

The Blonde Duck said...

Come to my blog! There's a surprise!

Grace said...

i wish my pumpkin would throw up something that looks as good as your caramel corn. :)

ChefDruck said...

I'm bummed the caramel corn wasn't good - it looked delicious. Your pumpkins look professional!

Pam said...

The salt and pepper seeds and the caramel corn look amazing! Hope you had a great Halloween.

Anonymous said...

Looks tasty! You give out whole packs of M and M's? Cool!

Allie said...

I love pumpkin seeds yuumy! Sorry your caramel corn didn't come out good, it still looks tasty.

Veronica said...

Blonde Duck-I can't seem to post comments on your blog...so I'll thank you here until I can. Thank you for the nice surprise!

Anonymous said...

I attempted Caramel Corn for Halloween as well. It was kinda chewy... but good. I think it could have been in the oven another hour though. Oh, well.