Food Net­work and Cook­ing Chan­nel cel­e­brate Hal­loween with some boo!-ti­ful treat ideas

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Tv & Cable Guide - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

Un­less you’ve been stranded on a South Pa­cific is­land a la Tom Hanks in “Cast Away,” you’re prob­a­bly well aware by now that Hal­loween comes next week.

To get you in the proper state of culi­nary mind, Food Net­work and Cook­ing Chan­nel have con­cocted a sched­ule rife with ideas for what to pre­pare and serve on or around the hol­i­day. So sit back, turn on the TV and take in the tips, tricks and recipes that their ex­perts have to of­fer.

Prob­a­bly the most note­wor­thy en­try on this week’s sched­ule comes up Mon­day, Oct. 21, on Cook­ing, when Carla Hall hosts the hour­long spe­cial “Trick or Eat,” in which the chef and au­thor ven­tures to stops in At­lanta, New Or­leans and Salem, Mass., to sam­ple such tricked-out treats as zom­bie burg­ers, Franken-chops and freak shakes. Hard to say “boo!” to these op­tions.

Also in the hol­i­day mood is Guy Fieri, who on his Satur­day, Oct. 26, episode of Food’s “Guy’s Ranch Kitchen,” in­vites in Amanda Fre­itag to pre­pare a red hot blood or­ange mar­garita with spicy cin­na­mon syrup and smoked, deep-fried chicken wings coated in hot sauce and pome­gran­ate mo­lasses; Marc Mur­phy to make or­ange­and-black caviar-cov­ered dev­iled eggs and a cheesy risotto served in an acorn squash; and Chris­tian Petroni for a ten­deroni pizza with hot honey and a fire-roasted bro­co­col­ini sprin­kled with sweet and tart pre­served lemon. Hal­loween eats have never been so up­scale.

Also that af­ter­noon on Food, Tr­isha Year­wood of “Tr­isha’s South­ern Kitchen” is tak­ing on a Roar­ing Twen­ties look for her Ghoul­ish Gatsby Party, dur­ing which she will serve up such of­fer­ings as a fes­tive fruit gelatin mold, crunchy fried olives, shrimp cock­tail with dip­ping sauces, and spi­der web dev­iled eggs, all washed down with an ap­ple cham­pagne cock­tail suit­able for toast­ing. Cheers!

If com­pe­ti­tion shows are your thing, Food Net­work has you cov­ered, start­ing with Mon­day’s penul­ti­mate episode of “Hal­loween Bak­ing Cham­pi­onship,” in which the four re­main­ing bak­ers are tasked with cre­at­ing desserts with a grave-rob­ber theme and sculpt­ing a mar­bled tomb cake.

On the Sun­day, Oct. 20, edi­tion of “Hal­loween Wars,” the teams of three must cre­ate dis­plays that show how hol­i­day mas­cots like Santa and the Easter Bunny do trick-or-treat­ing, with ac­tor Jack­son Rath­bone (the “Twi­light” movies) serv­ing as a guest judge along­side reg­u­lars Shin­min Li and Todd Tucker.

And im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing on “Haunted Gin­ger­bread Show­down,” “The Mummy’s An­cient Curse” is in ef­fect as host Clin­ton Kelly chal­lenges three gin­ger­bread artists to tell a story of mum­mies run amok. With­out the odor, ob­vi­ously.

Carla Hall

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