October 29th, 2013
07:15 PM ET
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It’s not exactly where you’d expect to find a bake sale - in an old warehouse, down a damp cobbled street in London’s East End. But then, it’s no ordinary bake sale.

Just in time for Halloween, a group of London cake makers have made it their task to create some of the most disgusting-looking, unappetizing cakes imaginable.

Anybody fancy a tentacle flapjack, or a bleeding wound cupcake? How about a chocolate severed hand, a scarred flesh rocky road, or an oozing eyeball? Didn’t think so.
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Bowman on Beer: Mummy yeast and wicked beasts
October 29th, 2013
11:00 AM ET
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Greg Bowman is an Editor Producer with CNN Creative Services in Atlanta and is also a craft beer enthusiast. Follow his beer escapades on Twitter @gboCNN.

While you may have found the perfect costume for Halloween, you probably haven’t given much thought to what beer you will be drinking. This is Halloween, and picking up a six pack of domestic at the convenience store just will not make the cut.

On this night, everything should be a bit scarier. Homes are decked with spiderwebs and jack o' lanterns, horror movies are in constant rotation and people dress up as zombies, monsters and vampires.

So why should your beer be any different? Dive into seven wicked brews that are sure to make your Halloween night a bit more frightening and also freakishly tasty.
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October 28th, 2013
11:00 AM ET
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When Americans hand out Halloween candy this week they may inadvertently be contributing to the destruction of orangutan habitat thousands of miles away.

But don't feel guilty. Instead, do something about it.

Many types of Halloween candy - and lots of other packaged foods in the United States - contain palm oil, much of which is farmed in Malaysia and Indonesia, where orangutans live. Wild forests that support the endangered orangutan are being chopped down and burned to grow geometric rows of trees that ultimately produce oil.
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5 spooky boozes for Halloween
October 25th, 2013
04:45 PM ET
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.

Somehow I find it bizarrely gratifying that the most popular Halloween costume so far this year (at least based on Google searches) is apparently not Miley Cyrus, but a Minion from the animated film Despicable Me. While it’s a little premature to take this as a wholesale redemption of our national culture, at the very least it means that there should be less twerking going on this Halloween by people who should never, ever twerk, even alone in a locked room, and for that we can all be thankful.
 
And what better way to express our deeply felt aesthetic thanks than to raise a glass of wine (weirdly enough, there’s even someone on Etsy selling hand-painted Minion wine glasses, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend you rush out and buy one). And, since it’s Halloween - or near enough - how about a glass of Halloween-appropriate wine? Below are five appropriately spooky bottles to consider.
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Halloween candy is dandy - even when it's fish, guts and onions
October 25th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

I have a high tolerance for Halloween candy. My preference is for mini bars that have a good ratio of chocolate to caramel to something salty and crunchy (I’m looking longingly at you, Take 5 bars!). I can, however, also blow through non-chocolate items like candy corn, Skittles and even Nerds.

But there are some candies out there that are so ridiculously gross and silly that I won’t have anything to do with them. You can say, “They’re just regular candy dressed up as something silly.” And you’d be right. Still, I’m going to leave all the gummy internal organs and pickle gumballs for someone else.
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October 24th, 2013
08:00 AM ET
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Editor's Note: America's Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Our mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. To do this, we test each recipe 30, 40, sometimes as many as 70 times, until we arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe. America’s Test Kitchen's online cooking school is based on nearly 20 years of test kitchen work in our own facility, on the recipes created for Cook’s Illustrated magazine, and on our two public television cooking shows.

Introduced in the 1950s, the Bundt pan has been used by inspired bakers to create cakes that look like mountains, cathedrals, flowers, and, yes, pumpkins. For this cake, you stack two Bundt cakes, making sure that the flat sides are sandwiched together and the ridges are aligned. Orange buttercream frosting and a cupcake "stem" are the finishing touches.

We wanted a Pumpkin Patch Cake recipe that looked like a convincing, life-sized pumpkin - but tasted like a cake. We used a bread knife to even out the bottoms of the Bundt cakes, ensuring a more even cake after assembly. And we colored our frosting with only a couple of drops each of yellow and red food coloring, adding more if necessary. We found that too much food coloring created an undesirable, dark orange color.
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October 17th, 2013
10:00 AM ET
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No one takes as much ghoulish glee in Halloween as the staff at Martha Stewart Living. Their signature blend of sweet, cute and just a touch spooky is irresistible to treat lovers of all ages and skill levels.

Take a peek at this gallery of creepy treats, and your guests will soon be gobblin' up their favorites.

Skull Pop
To make a skeleton head, you'll need two regular marshmallows. With scissors, cut one marshmallow widthwise to expose stickiness and make pieces for the head and jaw. Poke holes with a toothpick to make sticky spots for the eyes, teeth and nose. Poke white candy-coated licorice pastels into the jaw for teeth, and press in black licorice drops for the eyes.

Snip a piece of black licorice twist into a small triangle for the nose, and press into place. Poke the marshmallows a few times with the toothpick to make a large hole for a candy stick. Push the candy stick into the hole, through the jaw, and into the skull. Wrap in a cellophane bag if desired.
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5@5 - Halloween party tricks and boozy treats
October 26th, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

It's monster mash-planning time, but don't let your to-do list scare you.

Nate Howell, head bartender at Cusp Dining & Drinks and Hiatus Lounge, has all the tricks and treats to raise the spirits of you and your guests this Halloween.

Oh, and did we mention the killer punch recipes?

Five Tricks for Throwing a Halloween Cocktail Party: Nate Howell
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Spooky wine and beer for Halloween
October 26th, 2012
10:00 AM ET
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.

Halloween is definitely scary - if you’ve got kids. They come home, they’ve been trick-or-treating for hours, they’ve been downing candy the whole time, now they want more candy, and what you end up with are some truly maniacal sugar-jacked little demons who are just moments away from overload/exhaustion/complete wailing meltdown. See? Even if you don’t have kids, you’re scared now.

What you need after dealing with a situation like this is a strong drink. You could do bourbon straight, but on the other hand, why not opt for a glass of something appropriately spooky? It’ll rekindle the awareness in you that Halloween is actually pretty fun. Here, a few good choices:
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