Sunday, October 18, 2009

This is Halloween

For the next two weeks this blog will be dedicated to one of the greatest holidays of the year—Halloween. This candy-filled and spooky holiday generates some of the most fun for children in America. It’s the one night of the year where they get to go door to door and demand candy from strangers. What could be better?

Fond memories for me involve trick or treating, going to the haunted house at the local fire department, and then coming home and sorting through my candy while watching The Simpson’s tree house of horror specials on TV.

To get into the Halloween spirit this year let’s take a look at one of the most basic recipes of the season—roasted pumpkin seeds. When you are carving your pumpkin don’t throw away those seeds. Instead, keep them in a bowl and rinse all the pumpkin guts off them.

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Toss the seeds with some salt and vegetable oil, olive oil, or butter. Spread the seeds out on a cookie sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

It might not be as exciting as trick or treating, but this simple, crunchy, and salty snack is a great way to get ready for the ghouls and goblins of Halloween. So is watching a little Nightmare Before Christmas...

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