The Dish




Halloween ranks as one of the biggest party days of the year, just behind New YearM-Fs Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. Here are some ideas to help you get in the spirit of the celebration:


For a creepylooking drink for the grown-ups, why not check out HPNOTIQ, an aqua-blue French liqueur made from vodka, cognac and fruit juices? Try combining 1 ounce of HPNOTIQ with 1 ounce of amaretto and 1 ounce of pineapple juice in a martini glass and garnish with a glow stick for a Halloween treat. Per serving: 188 calories; 0 grams protein; 0 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 26 grams carbohydrate; 0 grams fiber; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 3 milligrams sodium


No Halloween party would be complete without the obligatory hors dM-Foeuvre made up to look like a detached body part. HereM-Fs one idea from the Canned Food Alliance that will give your guests an eyeful. Take 1 can of grade AA lychees in syrup, drain and pat dry. Fill each lychee with M-o teaspoon cherry, strawberry or raspberry preserves. Place a blueberry, blossom-end facing out, onto the cavity of each lychee. Secure with a toothpick.


Linus would find a Great Pumpkin cake made in a Great Pumpkin Pan worth waiting for. Simply divide 10-cup bundt-cake batter between the two halves of the pan. Bake, then trim the cake tops flat and press together. Then dust with confectionersM-F sugar, drizzle with a glaze or pipe on decorative leaves, vines or a jack-oM-F-lantern face for the perfect Halloween party centerpiece. The cake pan is available at Williams-Sonoma stores for $29.


Surprise your goblins by giving them candy in glow-in-the dark wrappers. The wrappers are available on fun-size bars of Snickers, M&MM-Fs, Twix, 3 Musketeers and Milky Way candies. Look for them in stores nationwide. They have a suggested retail price of $2.89 for a 13-ounce bag.


It was 155 years ago this month that Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore. His death remains a mystery, as does what he ate for his last meal, but the Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum this Saturday will cook some 19th-century dishes that Poe could have eaten. Halloween crafts and games will be available for the kids. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum, 844 E. Pratt St. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for kids. Call 410-837-1793.


Join chef Jerry Edwards for a class on pasta 6 p.m. Monday at the Timonium Dinner Theatre, 9603 Deereco Road. $40. Visit www.chefs to register.

Receive and share old family recipes 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Williams-Sonoma, 1725 Annapolis Mall. $40. Call 410-266-3221.

Discover new ways to cook chicken 7 p.m. tomorrow at For the Love of Food in Reisterstown. $50. Call 443-865-0630 or 410-833-5579.

Learn to make new fall and Thanksgiving dishes in a series of classes 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at DonnaM-Fs in Columbia, 5850 Waterloo Road. $35 per class, $100 for the series. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112.

Taste the hottest California wines 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Bin 604, 604 S. Exeter St. $35 in advance, $39 at the door. Call 410-576-0444.

Join Wine Underground in Roland Park, 4400 Evans Chapel Road, for an evening of wine and fall-inspired cuisine 6 p.m. Saturday. $30. Call 410-467-1615 for reservations.

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