You guys, you know Halloween is my favorite, right? I have posted about our Halloweens in the past, but if you don’t want to go read about all of that, suffice to say that I love to decorate the house and dress up, and I don’t consider it a successful Halloween unless I’ve made at least one child cry. Don’t worry. We give out good candy.
This year, I am Very Excited because the one person I know who loves Halloween at least as much as I do (and probably more), is my friend Kathy Hester. She loves Halloween so much that she throws a multi-course Gothic dinner party every year. Only 13 people are invited, and everyone has to dress up. It is the best! She has really upped her Halloween game this year by authoring a Halloween-themed eCookbook called The Ghoulish Gourmet: A Bewitching Collection of Vegan Halloween Recipes.
If you’re like me and a Halloween Fan, that’s really all you need to hear, so you can click on the “Buy Now” button below the book cover and have at it.
If you’d like to learn more, I can help you with that too.
The Ghoulish Gourmet: A Bewitching Collection of Vegan Halloween Recipes contains recipes for everything from Dips and other Appetizers (Ghostly White Tangy White Bean Dip, anyone?) to soups (Black of Night Black Bean Soup with Flame Garnish) to main courses (Crypt Coffin Loaves with Cauliflower Brains–I’ve had these, and they are fantastic) to desserts (Devious Devil’s Food Whoopie Pies–I’ve had these too, and yes, they are delicious. So good!) to drinks (Frightful Fall Spice Syrup–perfect for jazzing up your seasonal beverages or pouring on pancakes). In all, Kathy has developed 25 recipes, many of which are specifically for this book. And lest you think these dishes are all just gimmicky, Kathy is a respected vegan cookbook author and she takes her recipe development very seriously, even if she doesn’t take herself very seriously. The magic this woman can work with vegan ingredients makes me, a die-hard omnivore with a very soft spot for cheese, almost not miss the meat and dairy. Seriously. Kathy is a vegan magician and the dishes in this book can be easily de-spookified so you can serve them any time during the year.
Here’s a sample recipe for you, Pumpkin Juice. Recipe by Kathy Hester from The Ghoulish Gourmet by Kathy Hester.
- 10 dried apricots
- 1½ cups water
- 2 cups apple juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 7 whole allspice berries
- 2 (2-inch) pieces of thinly sliced ginger
- ½ vanilla bean, , split (or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract)
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Soak the apricots in the water for at least 4 hours or overnight in the fridge. Add the apple juice, cinnamon stick, allspice, ginger and vanilla bean to a saucepan. Bring almost to boil, then turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Take off heat and let it cool a bit.
- Add the apricots and the soaking water to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the pumpkin purée and nutmeg and blend again. Strain the apple juice mixture into the blender to make sure only the liquid comes through. Blend until smooth.
- Put a fine mesh strainer over a pitcher and strain the pulp so that only the thick juice drips into the pitcher. Sprinkle with ground nutmeg before serving.
Eyes make everything more spooky!
Kathy is also no slouch at throwing a Halloween themed party since she and her wife Cheryl have been throwing one every year for ten years now. The first chapter in the book is all about how to decorate on a budget, whatever your budget might be. She shares her tips and tricks for decorating, her go-to sources for spooky dishware and tableware, and even where to get vegan googly eyes!
Are you convinced yet? I hope so! If you’re a Halloween fan or like to collect holiday-themed cookbooks, The Ghoulish Gourmet: A Bewitching Collection of Vegan Halloween Recipes should be on your list!
Thank you for taking the time to read today. I do hope you grab a copy of The Ghoulish Gourmet!
Have a lovely day.