Before the Hunt

Quick! Feed the family…it’s Halloween and all the kids want to do is get into their costumes and go trick-or-treating. It’s really not about the candy itself, it’s about the hunt. At the end of the hunt, there is the candy weigh-in, then the candy sorting and trading begins. Of course, there is eating candy along the way. Our dentist has a great approach —  he tells the kids to eat all the candy they want the first night, then throw the rest away.

No matter how you feel about the loads of candy and the aftermath, here’s a quick and nutritious way to feed the goblins before they embark on their annual take. They’ll need a hot meal to sustain them and something in their stomachs before they eat candy. It can all be made ahead of time so all you have to do is heat and eat. You will also need something if you are walking along as parents in charge.

Invite a few of the neighborhood families and start the trick-or-or treating at your house. The kids like the Sloppy Joes and sometimes they will eat the chowder. But the adults all like the chowder.

Halloween Menu

Sloppy Joes – make it easy on yourself, use lean ground beef and buy a prepared Sloppy Joe mix. Get really fresh rolls.

Corn Chowder – my recipe below, make a few days ahead so the flavors marry up, heat it on the stove or in a crock pot

Cole slaw

And, finally no dessert. That is NO dessert.

Happy Halloween!

Corn Chowder by Barbara Kelley

This recipe is easily doubled or tripled. Here is the six-serving version.

  • 1 onion, diced (Hint: Do not use sweet Vidalia-type onions, they lose their flavor when cooked. The onions need to stand up and be counted in this soup.)
  • 3 medium potatoes diced (2-1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cans cream-style corn (15 oz can)
  • 2 cups milk (I use 2 percent to make it lower in fat)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fresh dill – about 1/2 cup chopped

Saute onion in about 4 T of oil of your choice. Put potatoes and water in stock pot to cook.  When onions are soft, add them to the stock pot. Hint: I carmelize half of the onions to add to give it a rich flavor.

Cook until tender. Add the remaining ingredients. Season to taste. You can add more dill if you like that flavor. Or try another seasoning. Make it your own.

Hint: If you want a thicker soup, when the potatoes are cooked, take about a cup out and puree them and return to the stock. Another thickening trick is to add dehydrated instant potato flakes.


One thought on “Before the Hunt

  1. The chowder sounds delicious – I’ll have to try it. I completely agree with you about filling up their little bellies with something warm and nutritious before they hit the ‘hood for candy. Years ago, we settled on Cincinnati chili and cornbread, with salad for those patient enough to take the extra few minutes to eat it. Now, it would not be Halloween without that chili dinner. Even if I wanted to vary it, my kids wouldn’t let me!

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