A cast iron skillet is a useful tool to have in your kitchen arsenal (bonus: it doubles as a weapon). When you’re not using it to bash heads, consider whipping up a pizzadilla. J. Kenji López-Alt of Serious Eats was inspired by a Redditor to throw a tortilla in the cast iron, add on sauce and cheese, and put a second tortilla on the top. He finished off the pizzadilla by cooking both sides and then adding toppings and sticking it under a broiler. Yum.
Get all the details at Serious Eats.
Residents of Philadelphia: please go to PYT Burger so I can live vicariously through you. The burger joint’s menu looks mouthwatering, but one creation in particular has caught the attention of my stomach. Meet the D’oh Nut burger. It’s a glazed donut bun stuffed with a beef patty and american cheese. The whole thing is topped with bacon. Yowza.
(Foodbeast via Incredible Things)
The creations of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli lend themselves to being re-created in the world of desserts. Characters like Totoro, Catbus, and Kiki are cute and look good on confections – like these cupcakes! These My Neighbor Totoro sweets were made for Westley J. Wong by his girlfiend, and the Totoro, Catbus, and soot sprite designs are simple and perfect.
See the precious Kiki’s Delivery Service cake after the break.
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Supernatural is crossing the 200 episode milestone this season. The show’s been on for ten years, and the Winchester brothers have survived death, countless monsters and each other. Things always change, but the trusty Impala, a.k.a. Dean’s baby, is still with them and gets them from town to town. It’s only appropriate that a party celebrating the 200th episode featured a big ‘ol Impala cake.
(via Jason Fischer)
Looking for something new to do with candy corn? Amy of Oh, Bite It has an idea for you: deep fry the yellow, orange, and white pieces of sugar. I can’t say that it looks appealing, but the process could create a tasty ball of melted candy. She used Pillsbury crescent dough for the breading and put four pieces of candy corns into each ball. Then she deep fried away and made ooey gooey candy corn puffs.
Get the full recipe and how-to over at Oh, Bite It.
When DeviantArt user EmpressofSquee, a.k.a. Melissa, got inspired to make a Doctor Who pumpkin for Halloween, she didn’t go with the usual approach. Instead of carving the exterior of the TARDIS onto a pumpkin, she turned it into the TARDIS control room. It looks pretty awesome, and I bet it looked even cooler when she added a glow stick for lighting.
Some kids want to be Batman or Disney characters for Halloween. Not Redditor MoobytheGoldenCalf’s son. He asked to be a vending machine. Since past years’ Halloween costumes have included a traffic cone and a mailbox, it’s clear the kid has a thing for inanimate objects. MoobytheGoldenCalf constructed the costume and stocked it with real snacks. He explains:
The front has a plastic/plexiglass sheet so that kids don’t run up to him and steal the chips. The slot on the right is the candy deposit slot, so the candy goes down a chute into the “push” bin section at the bottom. The inside of it has a piece of mirror film on the back of the chip area, so that he can see out, but people can’t see him. And the thing lights up too, which is probably a good idea as it’s just a black box from the back.
More pics of the creative costume after the break.
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Kids have the craziest ideas when it comes to food. The Buffalo News reports that a ten-year-old girl was hanging around the BreadHive bakery and eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, and she suggested putting the Cheetos on top of bagels. BreadHive’s Allison Ewing figured it was worth trying so they crushed a bag of the Cheetos, dipped bagels in them, and voila! Flamin’ Hot Cheetos bagels. I’d definitely try one.
I hope someone runs with the idea of junk food on bagels because I think Doritos bagels could be delicious.
(FWF via Neatorama, photo via BreadHive)
Halloween is just over two weeks away, and if you’re having a party you should start thinking about snacks. This new chocolate mold from ThinkGeek would make a great addition because it has everything you need to make a graveyard scene – even zombies! You can use it for chocolate and also for ice and Jell-O. Anything you can squish into a mold is fair game.
Use the finished zombie and tombstone pieces as cake or cupcake toppers or simply arrange them on top of chocolate cake crumbs in a bowl.
See the mold after the break.
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The prospect of heading into space is stressful and daunting. You can take the edge off with booze though. Actually, don’t do that unless you’re only pretending to be an astronaut for Halloween. If that’s the case, we have the backpack you need. This design looks like an oxygen tank, but it’s actually a giant flask that holds 64 ounces of liquid. Strap it on your back and take the party with you wherever you go.
Product Page ($39.99 via 7 Gadgets)