I live in a house divided. David bursts with excitement when jack o’lanterns, bats, and ghouls appear on the shelves of stores. He loves the smell of plastic masks and gets a thrill from wearing costumes. I am all about Christmas lights, metallic bulbs, and old decorations pulled out of a box every year, dusty with age and memories. I love compiling photos from the year to use in Christmas cards, which I write out at the table while crackly records play Christmas music. David wants to watch movies with ghosts and spirits, while I want to watch A Christmas Carol… with ghosts and spirits. (Okay. I guess we can agree on one thing.)
Luckily, this division only means that we get to take turns with decorating and creating seasonal treats. So when I was contacted by Cara at Fork and Beans about her Halloween Recipe E-book, I knew it was everything David would crave in a cookbook. After all, in what other cookbook can you find vampires, tombstones, and monsters? (But don’t be too afraid. No faces were harmed in the making of her spaghetti & eyeballs.) All of the dishes are gluten, egg, and dairy free. In addition, there’s a bonus section with recipes for 10 homemade candy bars! It’s everything a person needs for a Halloween party or quiet evening spent waiting for the Great Pumpkin.
I’m a longtime fan of Cara and Fork and Beans. It’s such a creative pursuit, full of fun recipes, and Cara’s wit and witticisms. She brings a sense of play and joy to every dish. Like David, she is a Halloween enthusiast in every sense, and so that’s why she’s the perfect person to bring Sugar Cube Skulls to life! (Wait. That came out wrong.)
Her cookbook is a mere $7, and today you get a little peek into it with this recipe for Monster Rice Cereal Treats.