Asked & Answered: Part 2

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Do you have a cooking question? Well I’ve got your answers! In this edition of Asked & Answered, I cover the best way to zest a lemon as well as the difference between broiling and baking something. Feel free to submit your own questions in the comment below or on Food City’s Facebook page!

 

Happy cooking,

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Spidey Snacks

Spidey Snacks

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I love Halloween—the costumes, the kids, the parties…the snacks! Growing up, my grandmother would make these every year…and I thought it was the sweetest treat around. Now that I’m the one in charge of sending snacks to class parties and putting together trick-or-treat get-togethers, this is a recipe that is always at the top of my list. How could it not be? It’s a no-bake, 3-ingredient recipe that’s cheap, easy and delicious!


Chocolate Spider Webs
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can of crispy Chow Mein noodles
1 can of cocktail peanuts

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In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips in 30-second increments, stirring in between cook times. Once it’s melted, stir in the Chow Mein noodles and the peanuts. Place tablespoon-sized scoops of the mixture on a cookie sheet with wax paper and place in the fridge/freezer to cool. And that’s it!

Keep these in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them, and you can even use white chocolate with food coloring if you’re trying to match a party theme. If you want another fall variation of this recipe, substitute the chocolate chips with butterscotch chips and you’ve got some yummy “haystacks”—perfect for the kiddie table at Thanksgiving! Oh who am I kidding? The grown-ups will love them too. 😉

Enjoy!

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Glamour Gourds

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A few years ago, I was standing on our front porch, looking down at our sad and droopy jack-o-lanterns. Did we carve them too soon? Is this unseasonably warm weather rotting out our pumpkins?! Why, oh why is Halloween ruined?!?! (OK—maybe that last thought was a little dramatic.) But it’s true—you want to have your pumpkins out and on display for weeks before Halloween so you can enjoy them! A great (and less messy) alternative to carving pumpkins is to paint them! Seems simple enough—the first time we painted them, I painted mine with a cute, swirly “C” and some polka dots, and my husband went all out and painted an Angry Bird on his. Success! This year, I wanted to get a little more creative and since the kids are older, they can participaint too! (See what I did there?)

Anyway, here are a couple ideas to try out this Halloween!

Spider Pumpkins
Ornamental pumpkins
Black spray paint/acrylic craft paint
Foam paint brushes
8 twigs per pumpkin
Small knife (Exacto)
Yellow or red pins (2 per pumpkin for eyes)
White contact paper, cut into 2 small triangles

I love those tiny little pumpkins…and kids love doing this project! Paint the entire pumpkin black with the acrylic paint and allow to completely dry (a few hours or overnight, if possible). Spray paint the twigs and allow them to dry, too—these will be the spider legs! Once everything is dry, you’re ready to assemble. Simply cut small holes on the side and insert the twig legs. Use the pins as eyes and stick the contact paper triangles to the pumpkin as teeth! This is a great project for the kids—either at home or for a classroom Halloween party! *You can also use black pipe cleaner for the legs if you want to skip the twig step.

Stencil and Spray Pumpkins
Pumpkins of various sizes
White contact paper, cut into shapes (spiders, bats, polka dots, etc.)
Spray paint of various colors—match to any theme!

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Simply place your contact paper shapes on your pumpkin and spray paint away! I’m loving the metallic spray paint right now, and it comes in so many colors—you can have pumpkins to match any theme and use them indoors or out! Peel the contact paper away and there you have it—customized pumpkins to put on display!

Enjoy!

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