Good meals for the hungriest Halloween hearts
The official day is here, Halloween or All Hallows Day. The kids are excited, the costumes are ready and the giant basket of treats for the trick or treaters is ready. Our family had very few visitors on this evening due to living out in the country. Mom would still have treats ready just in case. Halloween parades were very popular with lots of floats and fun created by the teenagers — hilarious, clean fun. My dad lost bib overalls stuffed with straw, jockey shorts ended up on the pigs and cows wore nightgowns. The farm outhouse could be anywhere — on a float in the parade or in the middle of West Line Road! We laugh about it now and we did back then. The part time constable/full time TV repairman told my dad once, “Your boy was full of mischief the other night.” My dad asked, “Which one? I only have nine boys.” Our TV repairman and the part time deputy had double work since we lived on the Mason Dixon Line; he served both Maryland and Delaware. True story, folks!
Crescent roll taco pizza
The kids will not want to eat dinner before trick or treating and after the school parties, so let’s make a quick meal. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown 1 lb. of ground beef or turkey and drain off fat. To this, add one envelope taco seasoning according to directions. Add one 14oz. can of refried beans and mix well with one 14-oz. can of diced tomatoes, drained, 1/2 cup diced green onions, 1/2 cup sliced black olives and one small can sliced jalapeno peppers. Mix well and make sure there is not a lot of liquid; if so, just drain off. Then unroll two 8-oz. cans of crescent rolls and place on an ungreased 11-by-16in. pan with 2-in. sides. A cookie sheet works well. Press dough on bottom and 1/2 in. up the sides of the pan to form the crust. Spoon filling in crust. On the very top place 2 cups shredded cheese. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. baking powder and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup slightly softened butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring. Add 3/4 cup pumpkin puree and one beaten egg. Mix well. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, then add 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips and mix well. Using a 1-1/2 tbsp. scoop, drop onto ungreased cookie sheets. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Press cookies down slightly, then bake in a preheated oven for 14 to 16 minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheets. These cookies are great any time.
Peanut butter squares
These are easy to make and very tasty. Mix together two sticks margarine, melted, 1-3/4 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs, 1 cup chunky peanut butter and 2-1/3 cup sugar. Mix and pat into 9-by-13-in. pan. Melt 2 cups milk chocolate chips and spread over the mixture in the pan. Place in refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. Cut into squares.
Happy Halloween! Coming up: Thanksgiving recipes.