Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Spooktacular Grill Party

Poppin’ Good Corn Balls
Devilish Meat Balls and sausages
Dunkin’ bread in cheese fondue
Relishin’ the Veggie and fruit Tray
Fallish Jack Frosted Rice Cereal Squares
Brew Delight

Build a campfire, if possible, in addition to heating up the grill. Decorate with seasonal fall items like cornstalks, pumpkins, gourds, hay bales and flowers. Children may collect colorful leaves and make a row down the center of the table. May use pumpkins and place orange or pumpkin scented candles inside.
For an activity with children, clean and cut a pumpkin into a face. Place a candle inside.

Tell lots of ghost and eery stories-true or false!


Poppin’ Good Corn Balls

5 qt. Popped corn
1 c. corn syrup

Pop corn in a Dutch oven. Pour syrup over corn and shape into 3-inch balls or leave in stirred stage. Balls may be placed in airtight containers or bags as take home treats.

Devilish Meat Balls and sausages
1 # hamburger meat
1 # cocktail sausages
½ c. breadcrumbs
¼ c. chopped onion
2/3 c. milk
1 t. salt
1 egg
1 c. Shrimp cocktail sauce or barbecue sauce
1 c. grape jelly

Make hamburger balls with meat, crumbs, onion, milk, salt and egg. Fry in black skillet until done. Heat sauce and jelly in a dutch oven. Pour meatballs and/or cocktail sausages into sauce and serve warm with toothpicks.

Dunkin’ bread in cheese fondue
Melt 1 # of favorite cheese in a dutch oven with ½ cup milk. Cut French bread or home made bread into cubes and place on wooden skewers. Dunk into cheese.

Relishin’ the Veggie and fruit Tray

Clean and cut favorite vegetables and fruit into shapes like rounds or sticks. May use as dunkers into cheese, if desire. May melt caramel candy in a dutch oven and dip fruit. Apples, carrots, celery are always good choices.

Fallish Rice Cereal Squares
¼ c. margarine
1 large package colored marshmallows
6 c. rice cereal

1 c. M & M candy

Melt the margarine and marshmallow in a dutch oven. Stir well. Add cereal and candy and mix. Press into a sprayed aluminum pan and cut into 24 squares. Cool enjoy!

Brew Delight

2 c. orange cola
2 c. lemonade
1 c. tea
½ c. sugar

Stir together in a black pot and serve with or without ice. Serves 24 punch cups. Dry ice makes an eery effect for the Spooktacular party.


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Fall Grill Cooking

While out looking at the fall leaves or treking to county fairs, take the grill and cook a meal or two along the way. Here is a sample of a Fall Affair. Store pork chops in an air tight container and keep cold until time to grill. Heat up the grill and cook. Mix up a pan of dressing and toss in a Dutch Oven. It will take about 45 minutes to cook. Take a can of green beans, pour off liquid and add a can of coke and cook down while the dressing is cooking. Toss some carrot slices in vinaigrette dressing and you'll be good to go with salad. Mix up a yellow cake in an aluminum pan and cook while you are eating or make this first. Bring along some tubes of frosting and allow the kids to decorate the cake while the other food is grilling. Fall into the fun of grilling with this Fall Affair.