Simply Spooky Halloween Treats 575

With Halloween around the corner you may have already had your fill of spooky hayrides, corn mazes.  If you don’t feel like getting into costume for a night out or if weather decides not to cooperate you can have plenty of fun making these Halloween-themed treats at home.

Severed Finger Cookies

Severed Finger Sugar Cookies

 

 

Ingredients
1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1 egg
1/4 cup raw slivered almonds
1/4 cup seedless strawberry jam
7 drops red food color

Directions
1.  Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
2.  In medium bowl, mix cookie mix and egg, using fork or spatula, until well mixed and texture of sand or bread crumbs. Squeeze handful of dough  crumbs together tightly to form small log or “finger.” Score top of log with butter knife to shape the knuckle, then press 1 slivered almond at one end to make the fingernail. Repeat to use up dough. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
3.  Bake 15 minutes. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
4.  Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix jam and food color with whisk. Trim base of “finger” with fork to give it a severed look. Dip base of finger into jam.

The longer and thinner you shape the fingers, the more lifelike they will be.
Since the dough does spread out a little, shaping longer fingers will work out better.

Super Easy Witches Brooms 

How easy is this!  Simply insert a pretzel stick into a Reese’s cup and that’s it!   If you want to jazz them up a little more, you can pipe some black icing around the bottom of the sticks where they go into the chocolate.  Make them your own and everyone will love them!

No Bake Witches Hat

Ingredients
1 14.3 ounce pkg Chocolate Creme Oreo Cookies
36 Hershey Kisses
1 package Wilton Candy Melts (yellow)
1 tube Orange Icing

Directions
1.  Take one Oreo cookie and one Hershey Kiss
2.  Squirt some orange icing on the bottom of the Hershey Kiss and press it down onto the Oreo
3.  Cut the candy melts into little squares and place in the icing that is mushing out from under the Hershey Kiss.

Silly Oreo Spiders
Just a warning, you might have a hard time eating these sweet chocolate cookie spiders, they’re just too cute!

Ingredients:
• 1 package of Oreo cookies (or another similar chocolate sandwich cookie)
• 1 package of black lace licorice
• 1 package of candy eyeballs
• 1 cup white candy coating

Directions: Begin by preparing the package of candy coating you purchased according to the specific directions on the box then set aside. Next, start cutting your licorice lace into 4 inch pieces. Then gently twist your Oreo cookie until the two halves come apart. Place the 4 inch licorice lace onto the side of the cookie with the most filling, and press them down into the filling. There should be licorice hanging out of the cookie, these are the legs!

Next use about a teaspoon or so of the white candy coating you prepared, place it on top of the licorice lace and filling to act as an extra adhesive. Then use a little bit of that candy coating to stick the eyes on top of your cookie. Repeat this process until you have as many cute spider cookies as you need!

Magic Pretzel Wands
The perfect treat for your little witch or wizard!

Ingredients:
• 1 package of pretzel rods
• 1 container of vanilla frosting (prepared)
• Multicolored variety pack of sprinkles

Directions: Dip each pretzel rod into the frosting container, covering a little less than half of your rod with frosting. Then roll your coated section of pretzel rod into the colored sprinkles of your choice! You can make wands of all different colors with all different types of sprinkles!

Popcorn Pumpkins
You’ll have your very own sweet & salty pumpkin patch of tasty treats by the time you’re done with this recipe!

Ingredients:
• 1 cup candy corn
• 5 cups popcorn (popped)
• 3 cups miniature marshmallows
• 1 cup chopped peanuts (salted)
• 4 drops of red food coloring
• 3 drops of yellow food coloring
• ½ cup butter
• 4 sticks of black licorice

Directions: Start off by greasing a muffin pan, and set aside. Next combine popcorn, peanuts and candy corn into a large bowl, then set aside. Melt your butter into a large saucepan on medium heat. Stir in your marshmallows and food coloring, you may need to adjust to make the color more orange.

Once the marshmallows are totally melted pour the sticky concoction over the popcorn, peanuts and candy corn that you set aside earlier. Mix well so that all of the ingredients are distributed as evenly as possible. Using a greased spoon, fill the muffin cups with your concoction. Lastly add in your licorice to act as a stem and mold your pumpkin around the stem. Let sit until firm then pull out your pumpkin by the stem and enjoy!

Apple Teeth Treats
These funny looking fruity treats are a great healthy alternative, and a nice break from all that candy and chocolate!

Ingredients:
Red apples
Peanut butter
Mini marshmallows

Directions:
Cut apple slices into flat wedges.
Dip in lemon juice if making ahead of time.
Spread the butter of your choice on the bottom wedge.
Stand mini marshmallows upright on bottom wedge.
Spread the butter of your choice on the bottom side of top wedge.
Place top wedge on top of the marshmallows.

Source: Allrecipes.com

Updated10.2019

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Don’t Miss LI’s Winter Restaurant Week January 26th- February 2nd, 2020 778

Long Island Restaurant Week Winter 2020

Join us for our Winter Long Island Restaurant Week January 26th – February 2nd, 2020. As always during restaurant week, participating restaurants will offer a $29.95 three-course prix fixe all night every night they are open from Sunday to Sunday, except Saturday when it only has to be offered until 7 p.m. 

There are new restaurants participating this winter. Why not take this opportunity to get out and try a new spot, or head back to some of your favorites. With so many different cuisines and options to choose from, you are sure to find something to suit your palate. Bon Appétit!

Here is the list of participating Suffolk County restaurants, click on the Restaurant name for menu options or to make a reservation :

Alexandros Kitchen and Bar (631) 979-9700  Suffolk – Smithtown, Mediterranean

Alexandros Restaurant (631) 928- 8600  Suffolk – Mount Sinai, Mediterranean

Athenian Greek Taverna  (631) 499-7660  Suffolk – Commack, Greek

Avino’s Italian Table (631) 803-6416  Suffolk – Bellport, Italian

Babylon Carriage House (631) 422-5161  Suffolk – Babylon, American

Barmani’s Kitchen and Bar (631) 659-3889  Suffolk – Huntington, Continental

Bella Vie  (631) 500-9045 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Italian

Besito Mexican  (516) 620-3222  Suffolk – West Islip, Mexican

Besito Mexican  (631) 549-0100  Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Bistro 25   (631) 589-7775  Suffolk – Sayville, New American

Bistro 58 (631) 881-6013  Suffolk – Islandia, American

Bistro Cassis Huntington (631) 881- 6013  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Café Buenos Aires (631) 603- 3600  Suffolk – Huntington, French

Cafe Havana Bar And Grill  (631) 670-6277  Suffolk – Smithtown, Cuban

Café Joelle (631) 589-4600  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Captain Bill’s  (631) 665-6262 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Seafood

Casa Rustica  (631) 265-9265  Suffolk – Smithtown, Italian

Chachama (631) 758-7640  Suffolk – East Patchogue, New American

Chop Shop Bar and Grill (631) 360-3380  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

Cinque Terre Ristorante  (631) 923-1255  Suffolk – Huntington Sta., Italian

Drift 82  (631) 714-4950  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Garden Grill Restaurant  (631) 265-8771  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

George Martin’s Strip Steak (631) 650-6777  Suffolk – Great River, Steakhouse

H20 East Islip  (631) 277-4800  Suffolk – East Islip, Seafood

H20 Smithtown   (631) 361-6464  Suffolk – Smithtown, Seafood

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails  (631) 421-6900  Suffolk – Huntington, American

Imperial Meat Company (631) 824-6222  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Irish Coffee Pub   (631) 277-0007  Suffolk – East Islip, Continental

ITA Kitchen (631) 267-5916  Suffolk – Bayshore, Italian

Jonathan’s Ristorante  (631) 549-0055  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Konoba Huntington (631) 824-7712  Suffolk – Huntington, Mediterranean

La Parma II Italian Restaurant (631) 367-6360  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

LaTavola (631) 750-6900  Suffolk – Sayville, Italian

Le Soir Restaurant  (631) 472-9090  Suffolk – Bayport, French

Lombardi’s on the Bay (631) 654- 8970  Suffolk – Patchogue, Italian

Mac’s Steakhouse (631) 549-5300  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Maria’s (631) 979-7724  Suffolk – Nesconset, Latin

Matteo’s of Huntington (631) 421- 6001  Suffolk – Huntington Station, Italian

Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern (631) 751-0555 Suffolk – Stony Brook, French

Mission Taco (631) 614-8226 Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Monsoon   (631) 587-4400  Suffolk – Babylon, Asian

Nantuckets  (631) 509-4848  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Orto  (631) 473-0014  Suffolk – Miller Place, Italian

Pasta Pasta  (631) 331-5335  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, Italian

Piccola Bussola Ristorante (631) 692- 6300  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Piccola Mondo (631) 462-0718 Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Pietro Cucina Italiana (631) 862-6129  Suffolk – St. James, Italian

Pine Grove Inn Steakhouse & Seafood (732) 900-4978  Suffolk – East Patchogue, American

Raimo’s of Amityville (631) 608-3260  Suffolk – Amityville, Italian

Recipe Seven Cocktails and Kitchen (631) 331-5454 Suffolk – Miller Place, American

RHUM Island Inspired Cuisine & Rum Bar  (631) 569-5944  Suffolk – Patchogue, Eclectic

Ristegio’s (631) 731- 3663  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Salt & Barrel  (631) 647-8818  Suffolk – BayShore, Seafood

Sandbar Restaurant (631) 498-6188  Suffolk – Cold Spring Harbor, American

Sea Basin Restaurant (631) 744-1643 Suffolk – Rocky Point, Seafood

Snapper Inn  (631) 589-0248  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Taormina Ristorante (631) 499-6900  Suffolk – Commack, Italian

The Blue (631) 446-4233  Suffolk – Islip, American

The Fish Store (631) 472-3018  Suffolk – Bayport, Seafood

The LakeHouse Restaurant (631) 666-0995  Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

The Main Event (631) 522-1030  Suffolk – Farmingdale, American

The Sayville Inn (631) 319- 6774  Suffolk – Sayville, American

Ting Restaurant (631) 425-7788  Suffolk – Huntington, Asian

Verace  (631) 277-3800  Suffolk – Islip, Italian

View Restaurant  (631) 589-2694  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Vittorio’s Italian Steakhouse (631) 264-3333  Suffolk – Amityville, Steakhouse

Wave Steakhouse and Seafood (631) 928-5200  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Whalers (631) 647-9300 Suffolk – Bayshore, New American

Long Island Restaurant Week is a tri-annual event designed to garner positive publicity and additional business for the region’s restaurants. Since 2006, it has been an annual November promotion until the first spring Long Island Restaurant Week was launched in April 2011 and then winter was added in January of 2016, due to popular customer and restaurateur demand.  Don’t miss out, get out and be a part of this popular event!

 

Bellport High School Robotics Team Attends First LI TECH Challenge Qualifier 538

Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 participated in the FIRST Long Island TECH Challenge qualifier, a robotics competition, held at William Floyd High School on Jan. 11. Under the direction of high school technology teacher Jaime Canjura and alumnus Brian Larkin, the 11-member robotics team competed against 21 Long Island teams from Suffolk and Nassau counties.

FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge each year. The team’s next competition will be held on Feb. 2 at the Long Island School for The Gifted in Huntington.

Since the 2018-19 school year, the team has doubled in size and hopes to continue growing due to the interest of incoming eighth grade students participating in the Bellport Middle School FIRST Lego League.

“The team’s philosophy is to inspire students to be and do their best,” Mr. Canjura explained. “We follow the concept of Gracious Professionalism, a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.”

The South Country Central School District extends team members Joseph Balsamo (lead software engineer and programmer), Jake D’Esposito (programmer and IT), Robert Gronenthal (secretary and robot chassis designer), Isaiah James (team president and lead designer), Chris Lannon, Thomas Miller (treasurer), Ainesis Reid (media, marketing and programming), Soteria Reid (media and marketing specialist), Antonio Suarez (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee), Jack Stark (mechanical hardware technician and designer trainee) and Michael Vengroski (team captain and lead designer) best wishes for success.

Photo caption: Members of Bellport High School’s Bellport Clippers Team 12899 held their robot designed for the FIRST robotics competitions.

Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

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