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Expert Guide

5 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast

Pumpkin Crepes

The talent behind F&W’s Photo Tour of Berlin, Marta Greber creates and photographs beautiful recipes for her Tumblr, What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today? Here, she shares some of her favorite pumpkin breakfasts. Read more >

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Expert Guide

Party Like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka on Halloween

Neil Patrick Harris

Noted Halloween fanatics Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka made headlines last week for their family's impressive, adorable Alice in Wonderland costume ensemble, which became an Instagram hit to the tune of almost 100,000 likes. Since then, Harris has posted a couple of shots of the prep for his and Burtka's annual Halloween bash. Here, F&W's look at last year's edition of their over-the-top event. Read more >

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At-Home Sommelier

What to Pair with Halloween Candy

Photo © John Kernick.

It's not only for sugar-ravenous youths and bored customers in line at the drugstore. Halloween candy tempts serious food and wine lovers this time of year as well. Here, three sommeliers share expert wine pairings for their favorite brands. Read more >

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Editor Obsession

What to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy

I’ve always believed that the day after Halloween is better than the holiday itself—November 1st being the day when all candy left on store shelves goes on half price sale. If you’re not like me, if you’re already getting sick of the candy you stole from your kids, or legitimately trick-or-treated for yourself, here are some smart strategies for unloading those sweets. 5 ways to use up leftover candy, from drinking Snickers bars to making jelly bean mosaics. »

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Wine Wednesday

Spooky Halloween Wines

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Grilled Beef Ribs with Smoky-Sweet Barbecue Sauce // © John Kernick

Pair chef David Burtka's frighteningly human-like beef back ribs with one of these spooky Halloween wines. / © John Kernick

Here’s the way I see it with Halloween wines. There are plenty of wines out there that are propelled by some sort of marketing gimmick—Dracula’s favorite Transylvanian Zinfandel, 2012 Mr. Bones Bug Juice, what have you—but there are also some wines that more organically have a spooky Halloween vibe to them. Here are a few possibilities that would be appropriate served out of black glasses in a Haunted House, and that also actually taste good. The list of Halloween-ready booze. »

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Grace in the Kitchen

Creepy But Sweet

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Chocolate Mice // © David Malosh

These icky-cute mice feature three kinds of chocolate: semisweet in the
creamy, cakey center and white and bittersweet in the crisp chocolate shell.
© David Malosh

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

More than Christmas, more than 4th of July, more even than my birthday, I love Halloween! It wasn’t always this way. I think I had to have kids to fully embrace the total fun-ness of it all. Plus, license to consume more sweets in 24 hours than a person should have in an entire month doesn’t pass without great appreciation. In an effort to keep my kids from over-over-overindulging, I sometimes swipe bits here and there, but they’re so maniacal about cataloging their loot that they know exactly what’s there and what’s not. “Hey! Who took one of my Take 5 bars?” A friend of mine (more clever? or more piggy?) laid down the law with her daughter from the very beginning. “You pick half of what you collected and we give the other half to those less fortunate.” Hmmm... When I throw Halloween parties, I always include these chocolate mice along with loads of other sweets and savories. They’re so cute, and kind of gross if you put them all over other foods. When it’s not Halloween, they can be formed into balls for adorable cake-pop truffles. SEE RECIPE »

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Kitchen Trash

Pippa Middleton's Kooky Halloween Party Tips

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Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers

© David Malosh

“It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom,” admits Pippa Middleton in her new book Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends, which will be released next week. Also a bit surprising: the socialite's kooky Halloween party tips.>>

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Kitchen Trash

Cooking Your Wife and Other Food Crimes

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© Quentin Bacon

© Quentin Bacon

Is it my imagination or is food-related crime on the rise?

Not that criminal activity involving food is a brand new thing. Here’s an AP dispatch from July 2004, featuring the activities of Michael Monn, who was arrested on his 23rd birthday in Maryville, TN, while "drunk, nude and covered with nacho cheese." Take it away, AP:

"Monn was detained early Sunday as he ran toward a Jeep in the parking lot outside a swimming pool snack bar. According to police, he was stark naked and was carrying a box of Frito Lay snacks and a container of nacho cheese. 'The male had nacho cheese in his hair, on his face and on his shoulders,'" Here now, more recent crimes—some much more serious than others—from the culinary world. »

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Grace in the Kitchen

Gnarly

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Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers // © David Malosh

Come Halloween, shape cheesy crackers into creepy witch fingers,
pressing a sliced almond into each one to make the nail. // © David Malosh

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Practically any recipe can be adapted for Halloween with just a few changes. Of course, changing the name is purely conceptual unless you make physical changes to match the name. I turned my favorite cheese coin recipe into perfectly ghoulish Halloween tidbits by rolling the dough into long cylinders, putting an almond “fingernail” at one end and calling them Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers. SEE RECIPE »


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Frightening Halloween Desserts

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