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All Hallows: 2 Halloween Recipes

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Margi Cintrano View Drop Down
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    Posted: 26 October 2012 at 07:00
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The word, Halloween was first found in the 16th Century and is of Scottish heritage, All Hallows Even, Evening, that is the night before All Hallows Day, October 31st. The history of Halloween can be traced to the Ancient Druids, of the 2nd Century B.C.  
As the Daylight hours grew shorter, they celebrated their festival of "summer´s end", and winter food stores were opened and families extinguished the fires on their hearths, while superstitious Priests lit bonfires on hilltops to honor the Sun, and to frighten away evil spirits. Angry 
The head of each family received live embers from the bonfires to re-kindle the hearth, which would then
be kept burning for another year. The souls of the dead were said to, wander on this night but benevolent spirits were believed to arrive and frighten them away. Wink
The holiday as we know it today, is a combination of the ancient Celtic holiday of SAMHAIN, the Roman Catholic Hallowmas, the Roman Festival of FERALIA and European folk traditions.
Bridging the seasonal changes from autumn to winter, abundance and lack of and therefore life and death, Halloween is a time of great celebration and superstition.
1) Halloween Trees: number sign or hash p/u/127/mfZeg5rlL02s
2) Mummy Meatloaf:  Prepare your favorite meatloaf recipe and shape the loaf to resemble a mummy´s body with crossed arms and bake the loaf until its cooked through. Do not turn off oven. Let rest about 5 minutes and then lay, 1 inch wide strips of Feta, Provolone or Fontina cheese across the body, leaving a narrow space on the head for the olive slice eyes. Trim overhanging cheese, and place in warm oven to slightly melt the cheese about 1 minute.
3) Ritz Cracker Spiders:  Ingredients: Ritz Crackers; thin pretzel sticks, peanut butter of choice; rasberry, strawberry or cranberry marmalade ( red ) and raisins or chocolate chips for eyes. Now spread a good amount of peanut butter on a Ritz top and top it with another Ritz ( sandwich). Insert a pretzel stick for the spider´s legs in between the 2 crackers, as the Peanut butter acts as a glue. Then put a teaspoon of red marmalade on the top Ritz; and place 2 raisins or 2 chocolate chips for eyes.
For additional ideas, please see Mary Canovas Website: En Casa Contigo on You Tube. She is a member of the American Club in Madrid Capital.
Kindest, Happy Halloween,
Margi Cintrano.
Volamos a Mediterraneo, un paraiso que conquista su gente u su cocina.
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