Begin and end your neighborhood's Halloween rounds at your house. Feed the little ones and send them on their way. Then, the get-together continues with appetizers and beverages for the grown-ups.
It just makes sense to get some real food into their stomachs before kids hit the street. To start off the eve, I'll lure the neighborhood children and their chaperones to my house. There aren't too many kids or adults who'll refuse homemade Mac and Cheese (extra hearty with added chicken). I'll also have a big pot of spiced apple cider simmering on the stove that'll make the house smell fantastic.
Once our little monsters head out the door, I'll bring out my stash of grown-up appetizers for the remaining adults and maybe we'll even spike that cider with a little rum or brandy.
All that's left is to sit back to enjoy the parade of costumes that come to the door. How easy a party is that? And, if you happen to see a particularly worn-looking adult at your door, you can always slip her a mercy canape.
As one reader said, "Quick, fun, and hot!" -- how perfect is that?
Long before wraps became the rage in America, Asian cooks folded savory fillings within rice-paper wrappers, thin pancakes, and lettuce leaves. The lettuce leaves provide a crisp, fresh contrast to a spicy filling.
Ghoulish and gourmet! A pool of crimson spicy roasted red pepper dipping sauce and a pile of delicious digits...
Succulent steak bits and fiery salsa nestle in a bite-sized crunchy shells -- you know there'll be a party monster standing guard over these.