Host Your Own World Series Party

Texas Rangers or St. Louis Cardinals? No matter who you are rooting for, if you are hosting a World Series party, we want to make sure you have all bases covered… particularly serving great food! A fun and easy ball park inspired option would be to have a create-your-own hot dog station with home made condiments.

Try These for Toppings:

Beer-Steeped Sauerkraut: Steeped in beer, sugar, and chili powder, this classic hot dog topper takes on a new flavor.
BBQ Chili: Quick-cooking chili, flavored with barbecue sauce and ready in only 25 minutes, makes the perfect addition to hot dogs or even burgers.
Crunchy Corn Relish: Peppers, onion, relish, fresh cilantro, and lime juice give corn a refreshing new taste.
Caramelized Chipotle Onions: Infused with chipotle chiles, caramelized onions add a kick to hot dogs and burgers.

 

 

 

Need more party snack ideas? Take a look at our appetizer menu here!

Pumpkin Spice Martini

 
Ingredients:
· 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
· 1 1/2 oz Modern Spirits Pumpkin Pie Vodka or Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
· 1/2 oz triple sec
· 1/4 oz anise liqueur
· 1 egg white
· 3 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
· Grated nutmeg for garnish (optional)
 
Preparation: Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously (to ensure the egg is properly mixed). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle grated nutmeg on top if desired.

Holiday Pops Wreath

Need: Orange spray-paint, foam wreath form, unwrapped lollipops, glue gun, clear semigloss lacquer, orange bow, florist wire

1. Use orange spray-paint to cover foam wreath form. Let dry.
2. Trim sticks of unwrapped lollipops and attach to foam with glue gun. 3. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
4. Spray lollipop wreath with clear semigloss lacquer 3-4 times, letting dry between coats. Do not overspray, as the lollipops will melt if they are too wet.
5. When dry, attach orange bow to wreath. Hang with florist wire.

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Spider Brownie Bites

Fudge Brownies for Spider Bites
Ingredients:
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8-inch square baking pan.
2. Heat butter and chopped chocolate in microwave on low. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted and smooth.
3. In a mixer, add sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
4. Add the melted chocolate and butter to the sugar mixture and mix until combined.
5. Add flour and mix until combined.
6. Spread the brownie batter in greased pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until done.
7. Let cool.

If you want, you can also use brownies from a box mix and just follow the decorating instructions below.

Makes 25 spider bites, more if your roll into smaller balls.

After the brownies are cooled, (they can be still be slightly warm) cut 25 equal brownie squares, trimming off the outside edges first. This will help when you start to roll them.

These brownies were so moist and moldable already, I decided to try rolling them without using any frosting. And it worked out just fine. The brownie balls in the photo above are all brownie and actually pretty easy to roll. The only hard part is trying not to pop them in your mouth before you get to the actual decorating.

To decorate:
1-2 16 oz. packages of chocolate candy coating (also called confectioner’s coating, candy melts or bark coating)
10 licorice wheels
50 raspberry gumdrops (you can also use m&m’s or other red candy)
Black non-nonpareils
Confetti color stick sprinkles

Prepare the licorice legs first. Unroll one licorice wheel at a time and cut it into as many 2 3/4 inch sections as you can. See how the strand is doubled up in the picture above. You can separate each strand of licorice by pulling apart the two pieces. Start on one end and pull the two pieces apart, leaving them attached at the other end.

Repeat until you have four pairs of legs for each spider body. (totaling eight licorice legs each.) Set them aside until ready to use.

Prepare the raspberry gumdrop eyes second. All you do for these is cut small pieces of the leftover licorice and press directly into the tops of these raspberry candies. The candies are soft, so don’t be afraid to press down firmly to get the licorice pieces to stay.

Start dipping! Place the candy coating in a small, deep microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave on low in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth. Don’t overheat the chocolate.

Drop the ball in the bowl of chocolate coating. Don’t stir or move it around. Then cover it by spooning more melted chocolate over the top, completely covering the brownie ball.
Then, using the same spoon, lift it out of the chocolate and tap the handle of the spoon on the edge of the bowl. This will force any excess chocolate off the ball and back into the bowl. When most of the excess has fallen off, transfer the ball to a wax paper covered cookie sheet and immediately sprinkle a few black non-nonpareils on top. Repeat with remaining brownie balls.

Let the spider bodies dry completely before applying the rest of the decorations.

Use the remaining chocolate candy coating to attach the licorice legs and candy eyes. You won’t need much, so just reheat what is left in the bowl that you used for dipping. Place the top (attached) part of the licorice leg pair in the coating and then attach it to the side of the spider body. Hold in place for a few seconds while the chocolate sets. Repeat with remaining legs. Don’t move the spiders until the coating has completely set with the legs attached.

Then, use more candy coating to attach the raspberry candy eyes and let dry.

For the finishing frightening, touch, insert two sprinkles for fangs (I used white confetti color stick sprinkles). Just push them right in and have a frightfully Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Pizza Mummies

Ingredients:
English muffins
Pizza sauce
Black olives
Scallions
Red or green pepper
Cheese sticks or slices

Instructions:
1) Heat the oven to 350º F. For each mummy, spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half of an English muffin (toast it first, if you like).
Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slices of green onion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils.
2) Lay strips of cheese (we used a pulled-apart cheese stick) across the muffin for the mummy?s wrappings.
3) Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasty.

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