Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Yesterday afternoon we had friends over for pumpkin carving.  My family's traditional Halloween chowder was served along with spiced apple cider and Stephanie's scrumptious sweet potato biscuits

Seeds were saved to be toasted later.

To celebrate our beautiful creations we lined them all up along the fireplace mantle as we sat in awe and horror! 

Annette's Halloween Chowder or
Sausage Bean Chowder

1 pound pork sausage
crumple and cook until red color is gone (drain fat)
2 15 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
2 15 ounce cans of red kidney beans
1 medium onion chopped and 1/2 green pepper chopped
2-4 medium potatoes diced
1 tsp seasoning salt
1 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp of garlic salt
1-3 bay leaf 1 tsp thyme
salt and pepper (usually you do not want to add any more salt it is salty enough with all the other salts added)
Cook slowly on medium low heat for about an hour.  Stirring occasionally.
In my family this recipe debuts for the season during Halloween festivities and retires on New Year's Eve night.  It can be easily doubled and like with any good chowder is even better the longer the ingredients sit together so it makes excellent leftovers. 

Spiced Apple Cider

Your favorite 100% apple juice or cider like R. W. Knudsen Apple
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1-2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 star anise
1/2 orange sliced with rind

Warm over medium low heat.

Happy Halloween everyone!


  1. Sounds like a great time! Love sweet potato, so cannot wait to try the biscuits. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I love the way these recipes sound! I'd love to try them as soon as I can next weekend :) Hope your Halloween was fantastic and lovely to see you here for a spell!

  3. Lisa, You won't be diappointed. They are yummy. Try them as a sandwich with warmed ham and cheddar cheese. SO GOOD!

    Thanks Jude!


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