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Knowing to Cook: Halloween Cuisine

By Ryan Cashman
On October 31, 2013


For many people I know, Halloween is their favorite holiday because they get to dress up and scavenge for candy.

Personally, my favorite holiday is coming up in about a month, but since I am writing this before Halloween has come to pass, I've decided to keep with the spirit. There is not much I can say about Halloween on a food basis. I could give a list of my favorite candies, but this column is called Knowing to Cook.

So, rather than continuing on with an in-depth discussion on Halloween candy, I'll talk about fun ways to create terrifyingly tasty All Hallows Eve treats!

Now, these treats are recommended to be for your personal consumption, because let's face it, Trick 'r Treating children are not interested in anything but massive amounts of store bought candy.

An idea that has frequently made its presence known in my brain is this: why is there no Halloween dinner? We have Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners, and Easter dinner, but no Halloween dinner.

Perhaps it is just not in the spirit of the holiday or maybe we are too busy entertaining the neighborhood children that we have no time to think of preparing a meal. Not to mention, we do not always get the day off for Halloween.

Though it is a fun idea to think about, because Halloween dinner can be a creative has the holiday. You could have a feast of homemade sweets arranged in a horror like fashion, or you could have an entire meal based around pumpkins. It is up to you.

My advice though, is just to have fun with it. Create new and interesting treats for your family; make candied or caramel apples; bake a pie; even if Halloween ain't yer cup o' tea (as the Irish might say) then just curl up on the couch with a hot drink and watch a scary movie.

Halloween is a creative and wonderful holiday. It never ceases to amaze me how much time and effort some folks put into their costumes and decorations.

I wasn't sure what kind of recipe I'd give you this week. I have been so busy with academic and theatrical obligations that testing out a recipe for you all just slipped my mind. So, since I couldn't think of a recipe this week, I've decided to be aided by the master herself: Julia Child. And since as of yet I have not provided you with a dessert recipe, here is Julia's recipe for Perfect Pie Crust.


PERFECT PIE CRUST (Courtesy of Julia Child)



1 1/3 cup flour

1 ¼ stick of butter

2 Tbs shortening

1 tsp

1/3 cup of water



  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor just until it crumbles.


  1. Pulse again until ball forms.


  1. Makes single or double crusts.


  1. Roll out into desired size.


  1. Place crust in pie mold with your favorite pie filling.


  1. For Halloween I recommend Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie. 

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