Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Tricks...or Treats ~ You Decide

So I've been perusing the internet and oogling all the weird, gross foods people seem to love to bring out for Halloween. Things like jellied eyeballs, cookie fingers, bread bones, and brain cakes. I don't know what it is, but the grosser the better it seems. That got me to thinking about the weirdest thing I ever actually ate:

I'll preface this with, I live in Arizona :-) My husband is from New York and had only been out here a few years when his brother visited us. I suggested a favorite Cowboy style restaurant and when you walk in and look at the floor, you assume that it is covered in sawdust. It's not. They are peanut shells. Each table has a little bucket of peanuts in the shell that you eat and throw the shells onto the floor. The guys thought that was the greatest thing since sliced bread...until the menu arrived and they began looking over the appetizers. Fried pickle chips, onion rings, potato skins, RATTLESNAKE! Yes, the boys were stoked! Testosterone flowing!
Photo courtesy of Sniper's Hide
It was a good thing Rick's mom wasn't with us because she would have tipped right over. She's terrified of snakes, and the idea that there could be a kitchen full of them just steps away from where we were sitting would have been enough to send her into cardiac arrest.

These guys being the macho creatures they are had to order it. When the crispy little fried morsels arrived, with a little trepidation, we all tried it....and in unison said "Chicken, it tastes like chicken." :-) Doesn't everything?
Photo courtesy of Hennings Crossing
What kinds of wild and wacky foods have you tried? I'd love to hear about it. I think :-). I don't know whether to apologize for this post cause it's so gross, or not. I mean, it is Halloween. But it's not pretty like some of my other posts. But, it is only once a year. I don't know, what do you think? Too Gross?

By the way, we've decided on a relatively simple (but still fun and fabulous) Halloween menu.

Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip
Cheese Platter
Caesar Salad
Spaghetti (Rick's fav)
Buca Style Meatballs (Giant baseball sized)
Ciabiatta Bread
 Chocolate Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Cupcakes (Brandi's Recipe)
Ice Cream 
(Cold Stone Style w/Halloween Candy Mix-Ins)
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!


  1. When on a mission trip to Alaska, I had ceviche with baby octopus... thought I would DIE trying it but goodness it was yummy. And passing thru Arizona a few years ago, we ate at a place called the Dam Bar (I think that was it) and we got to throw peanuts on the floor there. LOVED it.

  2. We had a restaurant in Pa. where you could through the peanut shells on the floor. My kids loved it. They served steak and snakes or chicken..ughh..I would have been with Mom; cardiac arrest!
    It is Halloween though...we are having pizza :)
    I am a new visitor and follower from Over 40.

  3. Hi Kim, Thinking about you before I go to bed and am praying that you are getting a peaceful night's sleep. Interesting on the octopus :-) Those little suckers would be hmmmm, different :-). I haven't heard of the Dam Bar, but I'll look it up. We like to try new places. Wishing you a blessed weekend.

  4. Hi Doreen, Welcome and thanks for stopping by. I can imagine the kids getting a kick out of it. Yep the pic up there even gets to me :-). Many blessings for you as you forge ahead with your physical healing and dealing with the bully. Ugh! Bullies! Blessings and Have a safe and happy Halloween.

  5. I think one of the grossest looking stuff I ever ate was goose pate' and raw oysters on the half shell.
    Thanks for coming by my blog.
    ~Naila Moon

  6. I've had oysters before but never goose pate :-)