Pumpkin Jello Shots

Nonstick cooking spray
12 maraschino cherries
Rolled fondant, optional
Six 3-ounce boxes orange flavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups vodka, optional
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Lightly spray a 12 shot glasses. Place a cherry in the center of each glass.
Add the gelatin to a bowl. Whisk in 2 cups boiling water and mix until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Add the vodka, (if you do not want to use vodka then substitute with 1 1/2 cups cool water) brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice to the gelatin mixture and whisk until well to incorporate. Pour into the prepared muffin tins, candy mold and sheet tray and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
Gelatin shots can be stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve. They can be made up to a week in advance and stored in a sealed container or cover with plastic wrap.

 Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva

Halloween Spider Web Cupcakes

1 package cupcake or cake mix
1 container Ready-made Vanilla Frosting
1 tube black or dark brown cake decorating gel

Make cupcakes according to instructions on package. Use vanilla frosting and frost cupcakes. Decorate cupcakes with decorating gel to make spiders, webs, etc.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

 Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva

Fall Lamb And Vegetable Stew

2 pounds Lamb stew meat
2 Tomatoes
1 Summer squash
1 Zucchini
1 Potatoes
1 can Mushrooms, sliced
12 cup Bell peppers, chopped
1 cup Onions, chopped
2 teaspoons Salt
1 each Garlic cloves, crushed
12 teaspoon Thyme leaves
1 each Bay leaves
2 cups Stock, chicken
2 tablespoons Butter
2 tablespoons Flour

Peel, seed, and chop tomatoes. Slice summer squash and zucchini. Dice potatoes. Place lamb and vegetables in crock-pot. Mix salt, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf into stock; pour over lamb and vegetables. Cover and cook on low 8 hours. (Don't peek. Lifting the lid prolongs cooking time.) Turn to high. Blend flour and butter, then shape into small balls. Drop into stew and cook, stirring several times, until thickened. Serve over hot noodles or rice.

   Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva

Easy Orange Cupcakes

A box of white cake mix (follow instructions on box)
Orange food coloring
White packaged frosting

      Prepare mix as indicated on box. Add 2-4 drops off orange food coloring to batter. Pour into cupcake tin and bake as indicated on box. Empty white frosting into bowl and add 1-2 drops of food coloring, blend well. Spread frosting evenly.Place a few pieces of candy corn on each cupcake.

 Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva

Halloween Pasta: Black Pasta with Orange Alfredo Sauce

Orange food coloring
½ cup of butter
8 oz. of cream cheese (block)
1 cup of half and half
1/2 lb cooked shrimp
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
Pinch of black pepper
½ cup Parmesan cheese

Bring pot of water to boil for pasta. Melt butter in sauce pan. Add in cream cheese. Once blended add in parmesan cheese, half and half, garlic powder and black pepper. Add in 1-3 drops of orange food coloring. Heat until thickened. Add in shrimp, heat for 3 minutes. Once pasta is cooked, pour mixture over pasta and serve.

 Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva

Caffe Amici, Selden, NY 11784

 The Gourmet Mom Food Review:Caffe Amici, Selden, NY

I wanted to let you in on one of my favorite Italian restaurants on Long Island, Caffe Amici. The food is fantastic whether it be sit down or take out. Its not often that I rave about anyone's sauce, but the Chef there is just phenomenal as well as the serving staff. The only time I ever had a problem was with a grouchy hostess, but the waiters and waitresses are very accommodating and sweet. There are 3 things that I alternate when I go there and they are Gnocchi Bolognese, Pollo Mona Lisa and the Penne Alla Vodka. All so delicious that I wish I could go there right now. Their portions are so big that I always have leftovers for lunch the next day! Your dinner comes with a salad; which I have to say is always so cold and fresh as well as their salad dressings. My daughters favorite part of the meal are the garlic knots. They are a meal in themselves. Oh and wait the olives they serve with parmesan cheese....oh so yummy. I have also had their pizza many, many times and just outrageous. So I highly recommend that you go here and have a great meal by yourself, your date or with your family. Its extremely affordable. Its very versatile to fill your table needs. Their website is below.
They are located in Selden on Middle Country Road in the Home Depot shopping center. 

Happy eating!


English muffins
Melted margarine
Apple, peeled and thinly sliced
Brown sugar
Apple pie spice
American cheese slices

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Split muffins. Brush each muffin with melted margarine. Top each half with about
6 slices of apple. Brush with butter and sprinkle 3 teaspoons brown sugar and dash of apple pie spice on each muffin slice. Bake for 15 minutes. Put cheese slice on for the last 3 minutes of baking.

 Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva


2 large tubes Pillsbury Crescents
2 (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 stick butter or margarine

In large bowl soften cream cheese. Add the 1 cup granulated sugar and vanilla extract, and mix well. Open 1 tube of crescents and unroll, but do not tear apart. Put them in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Spread cream cheese mixture over crescents. Put the other roll of crescents on top of cream cheese. Melt butter and pour over crescents. Mix the 3/4 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mixture over top and bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes.

 Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva

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1 (19 oz.) box chocolate brownie mix
2 large eggs
1/3 C. vegetable oil
2 T. water
1 C. chopped roasted peanuts (optional)
2/3 C. prepared chocolate frosting
3 C. candy corn (18.5 ounce bag)

Preheat oven to 350ºF. In medium bowl, stir together brownie mix, eggs, oil and water until smooth (about 50 strokes). Stir in peanuts. Spread on a 13-inch pizza pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Cool on pan. Spread frosting over brownie to within one-half inch of edge. Decorate with candy corn. Cut into wedges to serve.
Makes one brownie pizza (12 to 16 servings).

 Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva

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1 (18 oz.) tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. milk
4 C. sliced peeled tart apples (about 3 large)
1 (12 oz.) can lemon-lime soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 C. caramel ice cream topping
1/3 C. chopped pecans

Press cookie dough into a greased 14-inch pizza pan. Bake at 350ºF for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Run a large flat spatula under crust to loosen from pan. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, brown sugar and milk until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust. In a bowl, combine apples and lemon-lime soda; drain well. Toss apples with cinnamon; arrange over cream cheese. Drizzle with the caramel topping and sprinkle with pecans. Cut into wedges. Yields 8 to 10 servings.

 Recipe By The Gourmet Mom
Lisa Montalva

10 Steps For A Halloween Party

10 Steps For Planning A Halloween Party - Creative And Creepy Halloween Ideas For Revelers Of All Ages.

The sky is darkening. You feel a chill and ghostly horrors in the air as the moon shines brightly on this cloudless night. It is the last night of October, October 31st. It is officially Halloween night and you have decided to have a hauntingly exciting Halloween party. How ghoulishly delightful! But where do you start in planning your Halloween holiday celebration. Here are 10 steps to help you in planning a great Halloween Party that will have all those ghosts, wicked witches and grim goblins screaming with delight.

Step 1: Halloween Party Kickoff: Think about who the party is for - for you or your children? An adult Halloween party will be quite different from a children's Halloween party when it comes to planning the Halloween theme of the party, Halloween decorations, Halloween recipes and beverages. Adults and older children usually love to be frightened, but that is not the same for smaller children. So when planning your event keep the ages of your guests in mind. Once you have that figured out, now it is time to pick the date, time and place of your Halloween party. And don't forget the guest list.

Step 2: Halloween invitations: This is where you can have fun and set the mood of your unforgettable night of horror chills and thrills by sending out unique and spookily inviting Halloween party invitations. You can purchase them or make some yourself with some construction paper and some glitter markers, or how about buying some inexpensive Halloween paper eye masks and writing the words on the back. Include all the important information such as date, time, place and a request for RSVP to your Halloween party.

Step 3: Halloween party food and recipes: now the party would not be a party without a lot of great Halloween munchies. Plan a menu and write out your shopping list. Try to do as much in advance as possible, and try to pick Halloween recipes that can be made ahead and stored or frozen. And again, think of the ages of your guests - there are a lot of fun Halloween foods for both kids and adults. Here might be the place to use up some of those Halloween pumpkin guts.

Step 4:Haunted Halloween Pumpkins: plan to buy your pumpkins early to get the best selection. By selecting a variety of shapes and sizes of pumpkins, you will be able to make a variety of interesting jack-o-lanterns ghosts. And don't forget about those miniature pumpkins, they can make great party favors or Halloween decorations also. And the day before the party, carve your pumpkins and double check you have enough candles or use small flashlights to show off their ghostly grins.

Step 5: Halloween Costumes: there is always something exciting about putting on a Halloween costume and taking on another identity. So prepare yourself and your families Halloween party costumes in advance so that you don't have to run around in a panic trying to put something together at the last minute. It is easy to find a lot of great Halloween costume ideas that will not cost a lot of money or time.

Step 6: Halloween Party Games or Activities: Halloween games and craft activities are especially popular for younger Halloween party guests, but this does not mean that adults would not enjoy the fun of Halloween games and showing off their ghostly talents. So think about what Halloween activities your guests would be interested in and gather all the materials you need in advance. Also be sure to have some extra Halloween activities incase a game that you are expecting to take 45 minutes only lasts for 20. And do not forget the Halloween prizes, these can be easily and inexpensively assembled by a quick trip to your local novelty or dollar store or ordered online to be delivered straight to your door.

Step 7: Halloween music and sounds: there is no time then the present to start thinking about what kind of Halloween music you want at your Halloween party celebration. Are you looking for some fun party songs for dancing music, or hauntingly spooky background ghost music for a dinner party, or a collection of sing-a-longs for the kids. Also, you might want to incorporate some Halloween special effects outside with spooky horror sounds as your guests walk up to the front door. There are a lot of special music tapes or CD's available to purchase, or if your try making one on your own - it could be almost as much fun as the Halloween party itself.

Step 8:Halloween Party Favors: party favors add an extra treat of fun to any Halloween party and are a wonderful addition as a Halloween treat for each guest or something they can take home. They do not need to be elaborate Party Favors or costly and can range from a small plastic toy to a homemade individual bundle of snack mix wrapped in Halloween decoration style.

Step 9: Halloween Decorations: decorations for your front yard and house for Halloween can be a lot of fun and again does not need to be costly. You can get a lot of great eerie Halloween effects by experimenting with some horror lighting placed around your indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations. And adding in some Halloween music or ghost sounds can make some of your Halloween decorations come to life.

Step 10: Party Guests Arrival: today is the day - Halloween party Night, and your guests are about to arrive. Have a quick look around to see if all is in order and that your house is a safe setting. Keep a porch light on so everyone sees any steps or other obstacles, and make sure all your guests have a way back home after the Halloween festivities come to an end.

Final note: Remember that your Halloween party does not need to be elaborate, the main component of a great Halloween party are a few willing participants that want to have fun, a few simple Halloween decorations and props, toss in some spooky music and ghost sounds, and definitely the Halloween food - and you will have a smashingly and howling Halloween Party. So when the party starts, enjoy yourself! It will be a spookily great time.

10 Steps For Planning A Halloween Party - Creative And Creepy Halloween Ideas For Revelers Of All Ages by: Daryl Plaza - Article Link: http://www.articlecity.com/articles/family/article_2172.shtml
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