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Happy Halloween!

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. Welcome Important Friends
2. What’s New!
3. Halloween Decorating Tips and Ideas
4. Halloween Recipes
5. Soul Food Column - All About Pumpkins
6. Soul Food Care Package
Soul Food Resource Center (New)
Link to Your Gift: New Trends in Soul Food Cooking

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1. WELCOME IMPORTANT FRIENDS,
WE’RE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU WITH US!

Hey Soul Food Lovers! Thank you for joining us. We invite you to send comments, suggestions, and ideas on what you would like to see in this newsletter.

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2. WHAT’S NEW! - SPECIAL HOLIDAY EDITION

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3. HALLOWEEN DECORATING TIPS AND IDEAS

A third grader wrote me and asked if we would have something in the newsletter for children. Well, this edition is all about Halloween with fun and exciting recipes, decorating tips, and ideas for small parties, and family gatherings. These decorating ideas can be enjoyed with the entire family.

Great Halloween Party and Kid-friendly Decorating Ideas

· Start a circle ghost story! Sit in a circle and start a scary ghost story. Each guest adds on to the story until it reaches a scary ending!

· Have a pumpkin carving contest for your kids and their friends. Buy a few smaller pumpkins and give prizes for the most creative. You can also use paints as an alternative.

· Use apples for taper candle holders. Choose small, round apples that will sit stable on a flat surface and remove the stems. Cut a small round hole in the top of each apple - deep and wide enough to securely hold a taper candle. Make sure the apples are shaped so that they have a flat bottom, so they won't tip over.

· Add some spider web to your party decorations and haunt, you can find it at most stores selling Halloween products. Just attach to something and pull it out all over!

· Use mini ears of Indian corn, mini pumpkins and gourds to embellish your Halloween party table. They make excellent arrangements for an autumn table as well.

· Make sure that any store bought costume is fire retardant. Nylon and other materials used to make mass produced Halloween costumes is highly flammable. Those made out of vinyl can be particularly hazardous.

· Add some skulls and bones - random piles of bones and the occasional skull can set off your graveyard or walk way.

· If you are holding your party in your house, make sure that you move any breakable pieces of furniture or knick-knacks to another room where they can't get broken. A forgotten heirloom vase that hits the floor could ruin the night for you!

These Halloween tips are from the Halloween Online Magazine. For more Halloween tips and ideas, please visit http://www.halloween-online.com/tips/index.html

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4. HALLOWEEN RECIPES AND TREATS


Haunted Pizza
Candied Apples
Witches’ Brew
Spooky Eye Tacos
Dirt Pie
Wormy Apples
Pumpkin Pie Muffins
Chocolate Grab Bag Cookies
Witches’ Brew Ice Cream Soda
Witch’s Hat Chocolate Cupcakes

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5. SOUL FOOD COLUMN - ALL ABOUT PUMPKINS

The word pumpkin originates from the word “pepon” which is Greek for “large melon.” The French adapted this word to “pompon,” which the English changed to “pompion” and later American colonists changed that to the word we use today, “pumpkin.” The origin of pumpkins is not known, although pumpkins are thought to have originated in North America.

Pumpkins generally weigh 9–18 lbs (4–8 kg) with the largest (of the species C. maxima) capable of reaching a weight of over 75 lbs. and varies greatly in shape, ranging from oblate through oblong. The rind is smooth and usually lightly ribbed. Although pumpkins are usually orange or yellow, some fruits are dark green, pale green, orange-yellow, white, red and gray.

Traditionally, pumpkin is a very popular Halloween and Thanksgiving staple. Although most people use store bought canned pumpkin, home-made pumpkin puree can serve the same purpose.

When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted. Often, it is made into various kinds of pie which is a traditional staple of the Canadian and American Thanksgiving holiday.

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Cassandra Harrell is an avid soul food lover and the author of the new Soul Food Lovers’ Cookbook with 250 easy-to-follow soul food and southern recipes from three generations of Southern cooks. Throughout the cookbook you’re find helpful cooking tips and fun recipe stories about the dish.

Cassandra Harrell
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