A Halloween Cookbook Review

In this edition of my Halloween Countdown, I want to take the opportunity to recommend one of the best Halloween cookbooks you can own: Ghoulish Goodies, by Sharon Bowers.

It celebrates the true creepiness of the holiday and has inspired many of the recipes that are posted here and that I’ve served at Halloween parties over the years.

There are plently of sweets, like Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Fudge and Carmel Apples, but also some savory treats like “Cheddar Eyeballs,” which is a buttery, flaky appetizer that is so good I make it all year round.

Sharon Bowers is also the author of a book called Candy Construction, in which she describes dozens of objects you can build using–you guessed it–candy! She is so creative and talented, you should definitely get one or both of her books!

Reading Terminal

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. Mine was great. One day I went to the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. It’s like a food-lovers paradise with great things to see, eat, and buy!

I made a stop at a great bookstore called the Cookbook Stall (www.thecookbookstall.com). The owner was so nice and the selection of books was amazing!  I got one called Insanewiches by a fellow blogger named Adrian Fiorino (www.insanewiches.com). It’s full of crazy sandwiches shaped like Rubiks Cubes and hamburgers. I can’t wait to make some!

I  bought all kinds of pickles at an Amish stand and a box of delicious homemade chocolate at the massive candy counter.  There are bakeries, fishmongers (one had the hugest shrimp I ever saw–it weighed almost a pound!), produce stores, butchers and more. If I lived nearby, I would get all my groceries there.

Before I left I had a great lunch at one of the many restaurants (every ethnic cuisine you can think of, but I chose a fresh hot turkey sandwich with homemade mashed potatoes) and had a pumpkin ice cream cone at Bassetts, which is a famous, old ice cream brand that has been in the same family for generations.

The Reading Terminal Market is definitely worth the trip!!



Food Network Magazine Review

Hi.  I’m here to tell you all about the cool stuff in my new issue of Food Network Magazine that just came this weekend.

There’s an article about how to make homemade Pop Tarts that I can’t wait to try.

There was also a feature explaining what items were the biggest bargain at those salad bars where you pay by the pound. It’s actually cheaper to get things like grilled chicken and blue cheese that way. But watch out for garbanzo beans and cucumbers. You pay a big premium for those.

If you are over 18 you can also enter a “Design Your Own Food Truck” contest sponsored by Food Network. My mom entered a truck called “Let’s Get Rollin'” that would serve all kinds of international variations on Chinese egg rolls. (She got that idea from my brother, back when he was thinking about different jobs he might want. He decided to join the circus though instead. If she wins she will have to split the prize with him.)

What cooking magazines do you guys read?