Filed under: in the kitchen
First, I’ve had this tray for ages and not had an excuse to use it. It’s a pearly gray with a hint of lavender and made from plywood. You can see the ply around the edge. I love it. So, tada! Here it is! (Humor me.)
Second, Saturday I put together a pumpkin carving party for thirty folks, on a budget. They’d all paid ten dollars to attend, and the pumpkins had eaten up half of that per person. After buying red wine for mulled wine, apple cider for mulled cider, hot chocolate, and sodas, I had a limited amount to work with for edibles. The treats had to be tasty and inexpensive, but, because I’m just like that, they had to look twice as fancy as they were. Personal standards will be the death of me, yet.
I confess, the mini chocolate croissants were from Costco. I just didn’t have it in me to master flaky pastry for thirty people in two days. But presentation means a lot, even when you’re using store bought goods. Get it out of the plastic clamshell and onto a platter, people!
The cupcakes were homemade, though. Carrot cake bottoms and cream cheese frosting tops, with homemade colored sugar sprinkles. That cream cheese frosting recipe is ridiculously good, especially as it lets you adjust sweetness to taste. And the colored sugar? After perusing the baking aisle at Safeway, I knew store-bought sprinkles were not going into the budget equation. And why should you pay so much for 1/4 cup sugar, when you have sugar at home? Put some white sugar in a lidded jar, add your food colors of choice, and shake it up!
Leftover frosting? Slide it between two Moravian spice cookies (or gingersnaps!) and call it a marvelous day. I can’t speak for gingersnaps, but the Moravian cookies will get soft if they sit around in contact with the frosting, so, oh horror, you’ll have to eat them relatively soon. What a travesty.
Also on the night’s menu:
Rice krispy treats (have you seen the price of cereal lately? shriek!), half made plain with colored sugar on top and half made with orange food coloring in the marshmallow mix. Add 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the marshmallow before you mix in the cereal to really up the oomph.
Spinach rolls. Uber easy, inexpensive if you find the spinach on sale, and oh so good.
Sliced apples and caramel dip. The apples will stay white all night if you toss them in orange juice first (I prefer this to lemon juice). The caramel dip can be homemade or store-bought. Dulce de leche or Confiture de Lait makes a good dip too.
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