Fantastic Feasts: Jack Skellington’s Nightmare Before Christmas gingerbread house -SYFY FANGRRLS

When I was asked by my editor at FANGRRLS if I wanted to do a gingerbread house to run alongside the FANGRRLS Genrebread Contest (it runs till December 28 and you should enter!), I immediately said yes for three simple reasons:

1. I freaking love gingerbread.
2. It’s a genre contest which means I get to do my all-time favorite movie: Nightmare Before Christmas.
3. Did I mention I love gingerbread? I do.

Because gingerbread houses are traditionally considered a Christmas project, I decided to do my take on Jack Skellington’s house at the end of the film when Santa makes it snow in Halloweentown and have fun imagining how he’d decorate his place for the occasion.

Of course, the first thing I needed to do was find some good reference photos.

Luckily for me, Nightmare Before Christmas has only gotten MORE popular in the 25 years since it was released and there are lots of incredible products out there dedicated to serious NBC collectors (like myself), including this amazing replica of Jack’s house (hint hint, Secret Santa!).

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Nightmare Before Christmas Krispy Wreath

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season which means it’s time again to break out my absolute favorite movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas!  To celebrate this cinematic masterpiece, I wanted to make a treat that was both delicious and appropriate to the theme of the film.

We’ve already made several Nightmare Before Christmas inspired yummies, including the Jack Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Sally’s Worm’s Wart Soup and my personal favorite, Oogie Boogie Meringue Cupcakes, and this treat continues that tradition: it’s both true to the film and delicious!  It’s a win-win!

Now, as much as I’d love to take full credit for this idea, there are several other versions online which are all equally good.  This is just the Nom’s take.

Read More – Nightmare Before Christmas Krispy Wreath – Eat The Dead

Have a Surrealist Thanksgiving with Salvador Dali’s recipes

In 1973 Salvador Dali published his cookbook Les Diners des Gala (Diner for a Gala) in which 136 recipes over 12 chapters are printed with his ubiquitous collages, pictures of the bizarre creations and photos of Dali himself with world class chefs. The food itself isn’t really that odd, with recipes like ‘Roast side of Beef and vegetables’ and “Lobster Tail in Tomato Sauce”, what is truly iconic are his presentations.

I have always aspired to be a party host, watching countless episodes of Martha Stewart Living, The Barefoot Contessa, and Nadia G’ Bitchin Kitchen. I’ve always aspired to be dressed in my finest, cooking course after course of unique and delicious meals for my friends. Right now it seems a little far-fetched, I live in a compact 1 bedroom apartment, with a small dining room table that is currently covered in burlesque costume ephemera.  But I still pick up items for the eventual parties I will throw, items like plates, cups, serving bowls, silverware or what else would add to the over all atmosphere. I have the goal of throwing regular parties so crazy, with artists, thinkers and influencers that it becomes legendary. Until then, I will just continue to pin food ideas in my pinterest board and continue collecting pieces for my future parties. 

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Beetlejuice Curry – Recipe

In case you missed my announcement post on October 1st (this one!), you probably know that I am hosting this month’s Food ‘n Flix event here at Kahakai Kitchen with the perfect October and Halloween movie, Beetlejuice! Although not the most foodie of films, entries have already been coming in and as usual, my Food ‘n Flix fellow participants, both old and new are outdoing themselves with creative and fun entries. I can’t wait to show you in the roundup I will be doing after the deadline!

If for any reason you have not seen Beetlejuice, my announcement post gives a quick breakdown of the plot so I won’t go into that in this post and instead, I’ll talk about my movie-inspired dish.

I have seen Beetlejuice about a bazillion times and probably my favorite part is the dinner party scene with the sculptural shrimp cocktails that turn into hands and grab the guests into their bowls (but not until after their bodies are taken over by a rousing dance to The Banana Boat Song). I knew going in, I would take inspiration from those shrimp and the bowls but I wanted to change things up a bit. Instead of shrimp cocktail, I wanted to make some sort of soup and have the shrimp over the side–instead of in it.

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Read More – Ghoulish Green Curry Veggie Chowder with Optional Grilled “Scary” Kauai Shrimp for Food ‘n Flix: October: Beetlejuice and Souper (Soup, Salad, & Sammie) Sundays – Kahakai Kitchen

 

The Deathly Hallows Cocktail – Recipe

Yes, we are talking yet another Harry Potter inspired cocktail today. I didn’t intend to share two back to back Harry Potter inspired cocktails (see the Death Eater Negroni), but after a pumpkin cocktail fail (it was bad…don’t ask), I fell back on a recipe that I knew would be good…and fun!

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As you guys can see, I am clearly having fun with these Halloween posts. I think it’s been just such a crazy busy year, that I’m just having way too much fun letting the creative holiday freak in me come out. Not going to lie, it’s a little hard developing so many cocktail recipes (especially for someone who is relatively new to making cocktails), but I’m also loving the challenge.

So, what is The Deathly Hallows Cocktail?

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