halloween treats

happy halloween everyone!  

copyright jillian schiavi 2010

 

such a good turnout for costumes and treats this past friday night.  here's what we had on tap:

 

 

the people: lollipop princess, medieval wench, monkfish, the windy man, annie hall, flapper, fireman, a banana within a banana, the oil spill, the late devil, sam adams, a bag of leaves, pulp fiction, general washington, art and gym, the sex pistols, gypsy, hermione granger and the nerd, the garden of eden, hamburger helper, the cat burglar, holmes and watson

 

 

the food: bacon brownies, savory puff pastry palmiers, pumpkin whoopie pies, cheddar-herb biscuits, cheese plate, curried butternut squash tart, apple crisp

 

enjoy the gorgeous weather and the rest of your haunting halloween weekend!

 

bon appetit!

just a quick plea that everyone run right out tomorrow and go see 'julie and julia', the meryl streep/amy adams masterpiece that weaves the illustrious and expansive life of julia child with the somewhat sniveling and snarky, yet still redeemably adorable events of the year in which julie powell succeeded in cooking her way through mrs. child's legendary book, 'mastering the art of french cooking'.  i have always been in love with julia.  i can remember gathering around the television with my whole family on sunday mornings to watch her charming and quirky cooking show (followed, of course, by the frugal gourmet - another of my favorites!).  is it any wonder then that whenever i decided (or decide - i still do it to this day) to put on a 'live cooking demonstration' in our kitchen myself, i found myself not only attempting to mimic julia's extensive knowledge of culinary finesse, but also her incredibly recognizable falsetto?  i love the power she held on screen, even in her later years when she would simply stand by and watch other master chefs who'd been invited to cook with or for her.  her presence was undeniable.  she was unapologetic both in cooking and in life, and i can only hope to possess the amount of unfailing confidence and 'courage of conviction' that guided her through foreign lands and trying times.  

the movie was absolutely lovely.  both meryl streep and amy adams were perfect in their roles.  and the food.  oh the food.  thank goodness nora ephron hired herself a phenomenal food stylist, because i've been harboring a massive craving for anything with butter and cream and a side of light and crispy french bread.  dinner tonight is much anticipated. 

 

bon appetit!

jilly