After five months of rehearsals, my concert came and went (successfully, whew!) but now there’s a huge vacuum in my brain where Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart previously took up residence. Let’s just call it creative space. The serious side of me was also in desperate need of fun.
Enter Catherine Hackman.
“Would you like to contribute a recipe to my Zombie Halloween Party?”
Of course! It sounded quirky and amusing, plus I enjoy her stories tremendously. (You can read her latest short story here.)
The last time I did anything Halloween-like was a few years back when we were invited to a party at a friend’s house. My hubby preferred not to go. When I showed up at the door all by my lonesome, the hostess inquired, “Where is he?”
I gestured to my side and replied, “Right here. He’s The Invisible Man.”
In the spirit of fun, I’m bringing a few “no brainer” appetizers to Catherine’s party — food fit for zombies — or for folks who recently worked their fingers to the bone.
Bony Fingers (String Cheese Appetizers)
(Recipe credit: Spoonful)
Mozzarella string cheese sticks
1 Tbsp. cream cheese, softened
1 yellow bell pepper, cored and seeded
Cut string cheese sticks in half. With a paring knife, shape each stick to resemble fingers. Cut an indentation for the fingernails and carve “knuckle wrinkles.”
Spread a small amount of cream cheese in each indent.
Cut fingernail shapes out of the bell pepper; affix a “nail” to each fingertip. Chill, covered, until ready to serve.
These are yummy all by their lonesome, but if you’re feeling adventurous, try dunking them in Blood Curdling Scream Dip.
Blood Curdling Scream Dip (Roasted Red Pepper Pesto)
(Recipe credit goes to my Mom, who cut it out of a magazine and sent it to me. Holler if it’s yours and I’ll give credit where it’s due.)
1 c. roasted red peppers (I used jarred ones due to my zombie-like state)
1/4 c. walnuts
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (see note)
Drain peppers. Place ingredients in a blender or food processor; pulse to desired consistency.
Note: The original recipe didn’t call for cayenne, but in my opinion it’s a scream-worthy addition.
Chill, covered, until ready to serve.
For a spooky presentation, serve “fingers” and dip on a blood red plate… or in a ghoulish light.
As for the lil’ zombies lurking about, the credit goes to my Sis. Her skill with a needle and thread rivals Dr. Frankenstein. (Thanks, Sis!) She credits her inspiration to Zombie Felties.
Catherine has a gift for connecting with teens and young adults through her writing. She also throws a great Halloween party! I guarantee the serious side of you will smile.
Enjoying creative space,