Finger Food

Pistachio shells mimic scratchy finger nails; they're even more fun if painted with nail polish!

VAMPIRES UNITE!

A convenient can of cherry pie filling becomes a tasty bowl of blood and guts.

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"I didn't know that!"

Popcorn and honey. Chicken and peppermint. Sound strange? Maybe not as much as you might think. A group a Belgian scientists have created a Web site offering food pairings that might never have been considered, based on the scientific characteristics of various foods.

Whether you're a culinary explorer or an average home cook, you'll be fascinated with what you can learn about food at foodpairing.be. The scientists' aim is to inspire new food combinations and provide options when replacement foods are needed (in case you forgot to buy an ingredient or have an allergy).

It's a great resource for inventing new dishes from scratch or doctoring up an old recipe. You'll find yourself putting flavors together in a way you never imagined.

VAMPIRES UNITE!

A convenient can of cherry pie filling becomes a tasty bowl of blood and guts.

SCARE UP SOME FUN!

It's time for sweet treats, creepy costumes, trick-or-treating and ghoulish get-togethers. Get ready with Halloween Party Favorites 2009. This handy 100-page, softcover book features seasonal food, devilish goodies, jack-o'-lantern ideas, no-sew costumes and easy, impressive decorations. Follow our tips and tricks for the best Halloween ever! On sale through October 19 wherever magazines are sold.

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It's the sense of what family is at the dinner table. It was the joy of knowing mother was in the kitchen making our favorite dish. I wish more people would do this and recall the joy of life. - Paul Prudhomme

CHEF & COOKBOOK AUTHOR

blast from the past

GREAT FIND In a nutshell

* Watch costumed staff churn butter, make quilts, candles, beads, soap and more in over 70 historic buildings

Go ahead and ask questions! The staff is well versed in life in the 1800s

* Tying the knot? You can have a Victorian-themed wedding complete with period costumes, music and a horse-drawn carriage

* Open daily from June through mid October

Travel back to a simpler time with a trip to Kings Landing Historical Settlement in Kings Landing, NB. This living history museum is a favorite of Field Editor Heidi Harrington of Steuben, ME, whose young daughters and mother-in-law also love visiting.

"You can go back several times and never feel bored," says Heidi, who especially enjoys the settlement's Thanksgiving Festival in October (Canada celebrates the holiday on the second Monday of October).

Costumed staff at King's Head Inn serve a traditional, 19th-century Thanksgiving meal, with turkey and all the trimmings—plus Heidi's favorite, Old-Fashioned Brown Bread. "I usually buy several loaves and freeze them to enjoy later in the year."

For more details about life at Kings Landing, go to tasteofhome.com/links

TOUR ST. MARK'S CHURCH AND A REAL WORKING MILL WHILE VISITING KING'S LANDING

old-fashioned brown bread

PREP:20MIN. +RISING BAKE: 35 MIN. +COOLING YIELD: 2 LOAVES

This chewy, old-fashioned bread boasts a slightly sweet flavor that will transport you back to olden days.

2-1/3 cups boiling water

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup butter, cubed

1/3 cup molasses

5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

5 tsp. active dry yeast

2 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, pour boiling water over oats. Stir in butter and molasses. Let stand until mixture cools to 120°-130°, stirring occasionally

In another bowl, combine

3-1/2 cups flour, yeast and salt. Beat in oat mixture until blended. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into loaves. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 375° for 3540 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

TOUR ST. MARK'S CHURCH AND A REAL WORKING MILL WHILE VISITING KING'S LANDING

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