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Nightmare Before Christmas – Snake and Spider Stew, Halloween Candy Canes, Sugar Cookies, Worm’s Wort Soup, Gingerbread Cookies, Hot Chocolate, and Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Quick links: Worm’s Wort Soup | Snake and Spider StewGingerbread Men | Halloween Candy Canes | Sugar Cookies | Hot Chocolate | Pineapple Upside-down Cake | Verdict

 

Welcome ghouls and goblins to the Halloween special of Disney Meals. We’re taking a break from our normal Walt Disney Studio’s animation and looking at Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas–a Halloween and Christmas classic. So go gather some spiders and severed limbs and get ready for some spooky treats!

 

Worm’s Wort Soup

Sally is some cook there. She makes the evil scientist his favorite, Worm’s Wort Soup. 

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(Credit: Disney)

Since Worm’s Wort doesn’t really exist and frog’s breath can’t really be considered and ingredient, I had to improvise. Now, something I found out is that wort is different than wart. Wart is the skin condition, but wort is a medicinal plant. So, I came up with my own green soup with plenty of Worts.

Worm's Wort Soup
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
27 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
27 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cups water
  2. 3 cubes chicken bouillon
  3. 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
  4. 1/4 cup fresh aloe (Worm's Wort)
  5. 4 tablespoons butter
  6. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 2 1/2 cups milk
  8. 1/2 cups cream
  9. 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  10. 1 tsp basil (frog's breath)
  11. 1 clove garlic
  12. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, bouillon, aloe and spinach.
  2. Bring to a boil, and cook until spinach is tender and aloe has dissipated.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add garlic
  5. Stir in flour, and cook for 2 minutes.
  6. Gradually whisk in cream then milk.
  7. Season with minced onion, basil, salt, and pepper.
  8. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  9. Stir in spinach mixture.
  10. Serve with crushed bones or spider legs.
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Snake and Spider Stew

This might be Oogie Boogie’s favorite meal. After eating bugs for Lion King last week, I wanted to take a break. So no spiders or snakes. But here’s a chili-esque stew with meatball spiders and noodle snakes!

Snake and Spider Stew
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Medium Onions
  2. 2 tsp minced garlic
  3. 1 tbs olive oil
  4. 3 cans of black beans
  5. 1 can hot chili beans
  6. 1 can great northern beans
  7. 3 diced green peppers
  8. 2 cans of corn (drained)
  9. 2 cans petite dice tomatoes (lightly drained)
  10. 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinager
  11. 1 tbs dried oragano
  12. 3 tsp red chili peppers
  13. 2 tsp salt
  14. 2 tsp black pepper
  15. 1 tps paprika
  16. 1 tbs chili powder
  17. 2-3 tsp cumin
  18. 1 package meatballs
  19. pretzel sticks
  20. 1/2 package Bucatini
Instructions
  1. Mix all of it (besides the meatballs, pretzel sticks and bucatini) in the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours. Or cook on stove top until, heated thru, simmer for awhile to let flavors soak together.
  2. While that is cooking, prepare the meatballs.
  3. Break the pretzel sticks in half and jab them into the cooked meatballs. 4 to a side to make spider legs.
  4. Cook the bucatini in a pot of boiling water until mostly cooked through
  5. Drain
  6. 30 minutes before the stew is done, stir in the cooked bucatini, then place the meatball spiders on top.
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Gingerbread Men

During the making Christmas song we see little elves batch making gingerbread men. 

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(Credit: Disney)

Gingerbread Men
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Prep Time
4 hr 15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
4 hr 25 min
Prep Time
4 hr 15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
4 hr 25 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups flour
  2. 2 teaspoons McCormick(R) Ginger, Ground
  3. 1 teaspoon McCormick(R) Cinnamon, Ground
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon McCormick(R) Nutmeg, Ground
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 3/4 cup butter, softened
  8. 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  9. 1/2 cup molasses
  10. 1 egg
  11. 1 teaspoon McCormick(R) Pure Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add molasses, egg and vanilla;mix well.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.
  5. Press dough into a thick flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap.
  6. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface.
  9. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter.
  10. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  11. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown.
  12. Cool on baking sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  13. Decorate cooled cookies as desired.
  14. Store cookies in airtight container up to 5 days.
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Halloween Candy Canes

We also see some elves putting candy canes in stocking as well as a monster carrying a box of Halloween Candy Canes.

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It being halloween, we went with the halloween canes.  These were difficult to make….and burnt my hands. But it was fun.

Halloween Candy Canes (Maple Rum Flavored)
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 cup light corn syrup
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  6. 1/4 tsp rum extract
  7. 1 tsp maple extract
  8. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  9. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  10. 2 drops red food coloring 6 drops yellow
Instructions
  1. Grease 2 large baking sheets with butter. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar and bring to a boil. Let boil, without stirring until a candy thermometer reads 280F.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in the extracts, nutmeg, cinnamon and food coloring
  4. Immediately pour onto prepared pans in 8x1 in strips. You have to be quick or else it will harden.
  5. Let stand until cool enough to touch (1-2 minutes). It will still be very hot so move fast and/or wear gloves.
  6. Work very quickly and roll each strip into a rod and curve the top for the cane. It helps to have 2-3 sets of hands helping.
  7. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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Oogie Boogie Sugar Cookie

Not really Oogie Boogie’s sugar cookies. The police man that keeps on getting calls has sugar cookies on the desk.

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But sugar cookies can be halloweenish too.

Oogie Boogie Sugar Cookie
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 cup butter, softened
  5. 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks. Let cool completely before frosting.
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Radio Broadcaster’s Hot Chocolate 

He also has some hot chocolate sitting on his desk.

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(Credit: Disney)

I made some very yummy homemade hot chocolate
 

Hot Chocolate
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  2. 3/4 cup white sugar
  3. 1 pinch salt
  4. 1/3 cup boiling water
  5. 3 1/2 cups milk
  6. 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
Instructions
  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan.
  2. Blend in the boiling water.
  3. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir.
  4. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.
  5. Watch that it doesn't scorch.
  6. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and the half-and-half and heat until very hot, but do not boil!
  7. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.
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Pineapple Upside-down Cake

At the very end, Santa saves Christmas and brings a yummy Pineapple Upside Down cake. MMM
 

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(Credit: Disney)

Pineapple Upside-down Cake
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  2. 3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
  3. 1⁄3 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
  4. 1 1⁄3 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
  5. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  6. 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup butter
  7. 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple slices
  8. 1 (8 ounce) jar maraschino cherries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Follow instructions on cake box for making an oblong single layer cake.
  2. Prepare cake batter and set aside.
  3. Cut up butter in small pieces and place all over the bottom of the oblong pan specified on cake box.
  4. Sprinkle brown sugar generously over the butter.
  5. Place pan on the stove (or in the oven) and heat slowly until butter and sugar melt to a liquid then remove from heat.
  6. Evenly space the pineapple slices around the bottom of pan in the heated sugar and butter.
  7. Place the cherries and nuts between the pineapple slices (Tho the cherries and nuts look nice and taste great, they are optional).
  8. Pour cake batter on top of the pineapple/cherry/nut mixture.
  9. Place in oven and bake as directed on cake box.
  10. As soon as cake is done place a plate over the cake and turn upside down and carefully remove pan.
  11. If you wait too long the sugar will harden and be difficult to remove.
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This is Halloween?

All the food was really good. Some good Halloween dishes. I really loved the Hot Chocolate, sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies. But it was all very yummy.

Verdict:

Worm’s Wort Soup – 7/10

Snake and Spider Stew – 8/10

Gingerbread Men – 9/10

Halloween Candy Canes – 6.75/10

Sugar Cookies – 9/10

Hot Chocolate – 9/10

Pineapple Upside-down Cake – 9.5/10

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The Little Mermaid – Shrimp, Crab, Les Poissons, Baguettes, Wedding Cake

Quick links: Shrimp | CrabLes Poissons | Baguettes and Wedding Cake | Verdict

 

Les poissons, les poissons! How I love les poissons. Love to chop and to serve little fish. First I cut off their heads, then I pull out their bones. Ah mais oui, ca c’est toujours délice.

Little Mermaid is one of the Disney all-time greats. It has some great food too if you’re a seafood lover. So become a nasty fish-killer and check out all the food from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

 

Shrimp

To establish Ursula’s evilness, the first shot of her shows her eating live shrimp.

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(Credit: Disney)

We weren’t brave enough to pop a live shrimp in our mouths, but we tried to keep them as untouched as possible. 

Shrimps
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag frozen shrimp (or fresh shrimp if you want)
  2. Pot full of water
  3. Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Fill a pot with water and add sea salt
  2. Bring water to a boil
  3. Dump the shrimp in and boil for 3 minutes.
Notes
  1. Cooked shrimp should be a C shape, if they go full O, you've cooked them too long.
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Also, here’s a homemade easy ****tail sauce

 

 

Sebastian’s Crab Meat

For a French cook that is employed by royalty, I really question his cooking methods. Maybe there’s something I don’t know and if anyone has more info on his cooking style, let me know.  But when the chef finds Sebastian, he throws Sebastian in a sauce and then flour,

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as if he was preparing to fry him. It is like he’s breading him for frying or baking in the oven. But instead, he stuffs him

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and he throws Sebastian in a pot of boiling water, where the flour and sauce would just come off.

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So we followed the same pathway as Sebastian did.

Sebastian Crab
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 live crabs
  2. 1 c. White Wine
  3. 2 tbs lemon juice
  4. 1 onion
  5. 1 celery stock
  6. 2 tbs fresh parsley
  7. 1 tbs sea salt
  8. crushed pepper
For the sauce
  1. 1 c french salad dressing
  2. 1/4 cup white wine
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1 egg
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. flour to coat
Instructions
  1. Fill a pot with water so that it'll cover the crabs, add the white wine, salt, pepper and lemon juice
  2. Bring pot to a boil
  3. Add the onion, celery and parsley
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the salad dressing, white wine, egg, milk salt and pepper
  5. Get your crab. If it's been in the fridge or icebox, it'll be less active and easier to coat.
  6. Dip the crab in the sauce and coat it in the flour
  7. Now undo all that work and throw it in the pot and boil for 7-10 minutes
  8. Serve on a bed of lettuce with lemon wedges, fresh parsley and croutons
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But also, here’s a recipe for a stuffed crab that makes more sense.

What the Chef should have done
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 live crabs
  2. 1 c. White Wine
  3. 2 tbs lemon juice
  4. 1 onion
  5. 1 celery stock
  6. 2 tbs fresh parsley
  7. 1 tbs sea salt
  8. crushed pepper
For the stuffing
  1. 1/2 c fresh mayo
  2. Fresh parsley and spinach
  3. Croutons (cut into smaller pieces)
  4. Salt and pepper
For the sauce
  1. 1 c french salad dressing
  2. 1/4 cup white wine
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. 1 egg
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. flour to coat
For the crab
  1. Fill a pot with water so that it'll cover the crabs, add the white wine, salt, pepper and lemon juice
  2. Bring pot to a boil
  3. Add the onion, celery and parsley and let boil for a few minutes
  4. Add the crab and boil for 7-10 minutes.
For the Stuffing
  1. Remove the crab and let cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  3. Clean out the crab and set aside the meat.
  4. Add the meat to a bowl with fresh mayo, parsley, croutons.
For the breading
  1. In a separate bowl, combine the salad dressing, white wine, egg, milk salt and pepper
  2. Dip the stuffed crab in the sauce and then coat it with flour.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and cook in oven for ~20 minutes, until the stuffing starts sizzling and the breading gets golden.
  4. Serve on a bed of lettuce with lemon wedges.
Notes
  1. I have not tried this recipe, but anyone that does, let me know how it is.
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Les Poissons

So les poissons is french for the fishes.  The chef during his ear-worm song, makes some yummy fish appetizers. 

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(Credit: Disney)

We made these with with olives and added a little swiss cheese.
 

Les Poissons
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lbs fish (I used salmon)
  2. Sea salt
  3. 1/2 cup butter
  4. 1 small block swiss cheese
  5. Green pitted olives
Instructions
  1. Like the chef on Little Mermaid, rub the fish with the salt. (You may remove the head and gut it before this)
  2. Melt butter in pan on a medium heat.
  3. Place the salted fish in the pan and let cook for ~10, until the fish has reached 145F
  4. Remove from pan and cut into cubes
  5. Cut the swiss cheese into cubes as well
  6. Place 1 cube of fish on top of 1 cube of swiss cheese, top with an olive and skewer with a toothpick.
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Baguettes and Wedding Cake

We have made baguettes and wedding cake before, as it was shown on Little Mermaid. So for those recipes, check out Pinocchio for the baguette and Lady and the Tramp for the Wedding Cake. 

 


Will it Make you use a Dinglehopper?

Sadly, we don’t really love shellfish and crustaceans except for shrimp. So we weren’t too crazy about the crab. But crab lovers will hopefully love it., The shrimp was good and the fish was great.

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Verdict:

Shrimp – 7/10, ****tail sauce – 5/10

Crab – 5/10

Les Poissons – 7/10

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Oliver and Company – New York Hot Dogs, Cat Food Concoction, Chocolates for Dogs, Pink Champagne Cake

Quick links: New York Hot Dogs | Cat Food ConcoctionChocolates for Dogs | Pink Champagne Cake | Verdict

 

Fire up some Billy Joel and get ready for some NYC action. I actually really like Oliver and Company, even though it is one of Disney’s lowest rated films. It also has really great food, especially if you’re a cat or dog! 
There is some food in the movie that we didn’t make because it was featured in other movies. For the bread recipe when they steal bread from a truck,
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see Stromboli’s French Bread from Pinocchio.
For the dog biscuits that they give Fagin,
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see the Kanine Krunchie recipe from 101 Dalmatians

 

Stolen NYC Hot Dogs

Dodger is one sly dog. He tricks Oliver distract the hot dog cart guy and in turn steals the yummy hot dogs.

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(Credit: Disney)

To make this more authentic, I recommend using Sabrett Hot Dogs. If you can’t come by those, at least use all beef franks.

NYC Hot Dogs
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-8 All Beef Hot Dogs
  2. 4-8 Hot Dog Buns
  3. Mustard
  4. Any other toppings
Instructions
  1. Boil a pot of water
  2. After it has reached boiling point, put the dogs in the pot and take it off the heat.
  3. Cover the pot and let the dogs steam for 6-8 minutes
  4. Place toppings on.
Notes
  1. If you have a steamer, you may use that to steam the buns.
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Jenny’s Cat Food Concoction

If you have a cat, you’ll love this recipe. When Jenny first gets Oliver, she brings him back to her giant house and makes a who-know-what concoction to give to him.

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You see some sort of cereal or bran, eggs, and a bunch of messy dishes. Fortunately, when I made it, I didn’t make as big of mess as she did.

Jenny's Cat Food Concoction
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can mackerel
  2. 1 egg yolk
  3. 1/3 cup oats
  4. 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  5. 1 bag of cat treats
  6. 1/4 cup whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Mix oats and evaporated in bowl.
  2. Once mixed, add egg and mackerel
  3. Add Cat treats and mix until blended
  4. Top with whipped cream (or don't)
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Chocolates for Dogs

I know, I know, chocolate is really bad for dogs. But we see Georgette eating chocolates from a heart-shaped box and doing yoga.

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I searched and found that Carob, a chocolate substitute, and its cleared by ASPCA as non-toxic for dogs. So we made some molded chocolates filled with peanut butter. Our dog loved them!  We also made some milk-chocolate candies for us too 🙂

Chocolates for Dogs
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 Bag Carob
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. 3 tbs peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Heat up the milk over a very low heat
  2. Add the carob chips a little bit at a time
  3. Stir vigorously with wooden spoon.
  4. Once all the chips are added, you might need to add a couple more splashes of milk until the carob is creamy
  5. Let the carob cool a bit
  6. Fill candy mold 1/2-3/4 way full with the carob
  7. Place peanut butter in a pastry bag (or a plastic bag with its corner cut)
  8. Squeeze a little dab of peanut butter on top of the carob in each mold. About the size of a big pea.
  9. Cover the peanut butter and fill rest of mold with carob
  10. Place in freezer for about an hour or until the carob solidifies. You may also place in fridge, but wait longer for the solidification.
Notes
  1. You might need to hold the pan off the stove a bit if it gets too hot and you start to smell it burn.
  2. For milk chocolate, melt the milk chocolate in a microwave on a low heat, stirring every 30 seconds, or melt in a double boiler. Follow the rest of the instructions. You may place anything you wish in the middle of the chocolates. I put in Nutella and raspberry jam.
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Pink Champagne Cake

At the end of the movie, everything is good and every is around Jenny as they celebrate her birthday.

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Being super rich, she probably had a fancy cake (even though you only see a generic pink cake). How do you make a fancy cake? With champagne of course! This is a somewhat difficult and time consuming recipe. Just a head’s up.

There is also chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream shown in the movie. This cake pair well with Neapolitan ice cream! So pick some of that up from the store.

Pink Champagne Cake
Serves 10
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
For the Champagne Reduction
  1. 2 cups (480 ml) champagne, pink champagne or sparkling wine
For the Champagne Velvet Layer Cake
  1. 2½ cups (280 grams) sifted Self-Rising Flour
  2. 2 cups (400 grams) granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup (1 stick/113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  4. ¼ cup (48 grams) shortening
  5. ¼ cup (56 grams) vegetable oil
  6. ½ cup (120 ml) champagne reduction
  7. ½ cup (120 ml) buttermilk, at room temperature
  8. ¾ cup (180 grams) egg whites (about 6), at room temperature
  9. ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure almond extract
  10. ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  11. Extra flour and shortening to prepare cake pans
  12. 1 cup raspberry jam
  13. 2 containers of buttercream frosting
  14. Red food coloring to dye the frosting
Prepare the Champagne Reduction
  1. In a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, bring champagne to a boil.
  2. Boil until reduced to ½ cup, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; set aside to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, arrange oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  5. Grease three 8-inch round with shortening or oil.
  6. Line bottoms with parchment or wax paper cut to fit the size of pans.
  7. Grease paper linings and dust lined pans with flour, tapping out the excess.
  8. Set aside.
Prepare the Champagne Velvet Layer Cake
  1. Mix self-rising flour and sugar until well combined and aerated.
  2. Add butter, shortening and oil and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Mixture will be very thick.
  4. In a 2-cup glass liquid measuring cup, whisk together champagne reduction, buttermilk, egg whites and extracts using a fork until well blended.
  5. Slowly add half of the liquid mixture to the batter and mix.
  6. Then beat until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add remaining liquid mixture and beat just until smooth and thoroughly combined, again scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary.
  8. Using rubber spatula, scrape and pour batter into prepared pans dividing evenly (a little over 2 cups of batter per cake pan).
  9. Smooth tops evenly with rubber spatula and then rap each pan on counter surface 2 to 3 times to expel any air bubbles. This step will create a nice level cake.
  10. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  11. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
  12. Run thin metal spatula around edges of each cake to loosen, then invert onto wire rack and peel away parchment or wax paper.
  13. Turn right side up onto wire racks (using an additional rack to flip) and cool completely or wrap while still warm to retain moisture.
  14. Wrap each cake layer tightly in plastic food wrap and keep at room temperature until ready to fill and frost.
To Assemble, Frost and Fill the Cake
  1. Mix a couple drops of food coloring into the frosting to turn it into a nice pink color.
  2. Use a scant ¾ cup frosting between each layer.
  3. After frosting each the bottom and middle layer, pipe a simple ¼-inch border of buttercream around the perimeter of the cake to act as a dam to prevent the filling from going over the edge of the cake layer.
  4. Following this, lightly spoon about 4 tablespoons of the Raspberry Filling on top of the buttercream in the center. Using a small angled metal spatula, carefully spread the filling outward to the dam border of buttercream.
  5. Carefully place the next cake layer on top and press down gently.
  6. Proceed to frost the cake as desired with remaining buttercream.
To Make a Rose Cake with “Rose Swirls”
  1. Use a scant ¾ cup frosting between each layer and then proceed to frost the cake with a “crumb coat” or thin coat, but not too thin.
  2. The cake should have good coverage and you should not see the cake peeking through the frosting.
  3. Next, assemble your pastry bag with coupler and tip.
  4. Fill pastry bag and twist closed.
  5. Make sure your hands are not too warm or your buttercream will get too soft. You are now ready to pipe roses!
  6. To pipe roses, start at the bottom and work around the cake to complete a full circle of roses. T
  7. o pipe each rose, start in the center of where you want your rose to be. T
  8. hen pipe in a circular fashion counter-clockwise going around the center point once or twice depending on the size of roses you desire.
  9. The roses don’t need to be perfect!
  10. This is what is so great about piping swirled roses as they look lovely shabby and chic.
  11. It is best to end in the same place each time and I like to end at the top right side of each rose.
  12. Once you complete the first row around the cake, continue with the next row and then the top. To fill in any gaps, I like to pipe small stars or flourishes that contour the rose swirls. Rose Cakes are the best. So simple, but so stunning!
Adapted from http://wickedgoodkitchen.com/pink-champagne-velvet-layer-cake/
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Will it make you get the Street Saviore Faire?

Overall, this was a really good haul. Hot Dogs were great, the cake was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had, and if you were a cat, I’m sure you’d love the concoction. The dog chocolates were pretty disgusting for humans. I don’t really like carob. But my dog loved them. But the milk chocolate candies were amazing.

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Verdict:

Hot Dogs – 7/10

Jenny’s Concoction – 3/10 (for humans) 10/10 (for cats)

Dog Chocolates – 3/10 (for humans) 10/10 (for dogs)  Human Chocolates – 10/10

Pink Champagne Cakes – 10/10

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Sword in the Stone – Shortbread Cookies, Turkey Leg, Water Strider, Roast Pig, Honey Cake

I think Sword in the Stone is one of the least plot driven movies in the Disney Universe. Arthur (Wart) basically has fun with Merlin until he randomly pulls out the sword and is king. End movie. It’s a fun movie though…although, it doesn’t have much food.

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Peter Pan – Pineapple Rum Codfish and Potatoes

Quick links: Pineapple-Rum Codfish | Verdict

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I’ve had lots of people tell me that they can’t wait for me to do Peter Pan because all that food the lost boys eat looks amazing. What they don’t realize is, that’s Hook with Robin Williams. Peter Pan actually didn’t have any food in it whatsoever, besides some rum and a bowl of fruit.
However, I didn’t want to leave everyone hanging. So here’s a recipe inspired by Peter Pan brought to you by me and a robot. (What?! A robot? Read on and find out)

Hook-is-a-Codfish Codfish

Since Peter calls Hook a codfish, and the croc ALMOST eats Hook,

(Credit: Disney)

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I decided to make some Hook-inspired piratey codfish.  I used a cool webapp called Chef Watson. It uses IBM’s super computer Watson to pair up common ingredients and generate a recipe based off of other recipes. You can actually find a bunch of awesome inspiration on there.

I knew I wanted to use codfish and rum. I also wanted it to have a Caribbean flair. I was able to generate a recipe based on those perimeters. However, I did do some tweaks I added some pineapple to give it a little  So without further ado, Here is Hook is a Codfish Codfish.

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  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1.5 lbs Filleted Codfish
1/2 cup Rum
1/2 teaspoon Anchovy Paste
1/2 tsp Red wine vinagre
1/3 cup Coconut water
1/3 cups Peanut or Canola oil
6 Red Potatoes
2 Minced Shallots
1 Chopped Vine-ripe Tomato
1/3 cup Water
1/4 cup creme fraiche
1/4 cup whole milk
3 tbs coconut oil
1/4 c crushed or pureed pineapple
Sea salt, pepper, cumin, basil to taste

 

  1. Bring rum, shallots, coconut water and vinegar to boil in heavy small saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and cover.
  4. Let stand at room temperature.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 fahrenheit.
  6. Place each russet potato on separate sheet of foil, rub in oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and wrap tightly.
  7. Bake about 1 hour.
  8. Remove foil; cool to just warm, about 20 minutes.
  9. Cut lengthwise in half.
  10. Scoop flesh into medium microwave-safe bowl, leaving 1/4-inch-thick potato shell.
  11. Add the canola/peanut oil and milk to russet potato in bowl; mash well.
  12. Stir in creme fraiche.
  13. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  14. Loosely cover shells and filling separately and let stand at room temperature.
  15. Rewarm russet potato shells, then filling.
  16. Stir anchovy paste into filling; season with sea salt and pepper.
  17. Mound filling in shells.
  18. Sprinkle basil.
  19. Place tomatoes on top.
  20. Place 212 fl oz water and cod fillets in heavy large skillet; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  21. Cover; steam over medium-high heat.
  22. Meanwhile, rewarm rum-shallot reduction over medium-low heat.
  23. Add coconut oil and pineapple, alternating 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking continue whisking until beurre rouge is thick (do not overheat or sauce may separate).
  24. Season with salt and pepper.
  25. Spoon sauce onto 4 plates.
  26. Place russet potato on the remaining side.
  27. Arrange the cod strips atop sauce on each plate; sprinkle with cumin and basil.

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Will it Make you Fly off to Neverland?

Watson, by George we’ve done it. (Ok, wrong movie). But this recipe turned out great.

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The potatoes were a great paring to the pineapple rum codfish. I was thinking it would be a good addition to add a tangy piña colada-type sauce on top of the cod. So if someone makes this and comes up with such sauce, let me know.

Verdict:
Codfish – 8/10
Potatoes – 8/10

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Make Mine Music/Fun and Fancy Free – Chocolate Pot-roast & Pistachio Gravy, Old Fashion Chicken, Coconut Cake, White Cake, Chocolate Cake, Plum Pudding, Raspberry Lemonade, Candied Beets, Ice Cream Boat, Fish Sandwich, Avocado Spread and Dumplings

Quick links: ‘Murican Ice Cream | Stacked Fish Sandwich & Avocado Spread | Luana’s White Cake | A Cricket’s Chocolate Delight Cake | Slim Bean Sandwich | Willie’s Medieval Chicken | Coconut cake | Raspberry Lemonade | Fe-fi-fo-plum Pudding | Candied Beets | Donald Duck Dumplings | MMM, Chocolate Pot-roast | Smishmashio Green(ish) Gravy |  Verdict [twitter-follow screen_name=’DisneyMeals’] “Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum I smell the blood of an anthropomorphic rodent!” – Willie the Giant (paraphrasing…kinda)….
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Pinocchio – Lemon Roasted Fish, Yellow Cake, Roasted Chicken, Homemade Bread, and Strawberry Pie

Quick links: Figaro’s Fish | Princess Cleo’s Cake | Geppetto’s Chicken | Stromboli’s French Bread | Pleasure Island Pie | Verdict [twitter-follow screen_name=’DisneyMeals’] One of the saddest parts of Pinocchio is that Geppetto made a huge mouthwatering feast that no one got to eat! The Fish Figaro Failed to Eat So as it goes, Pinocchio gets turned into a living puppet that’s…
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Snow White – Fish Stew and Gooseberry Pie

Quick links: Fish Stew Recipe | Gooseberry Pie Recipe | Verdict [twitter-follow screen_name=’DisneyMeals’] There is a full recipe given in this movie, but since I’m not in the market for eating a poisoned apple, I decided to opt for the other foods featured in the movie. MMM….SOUP! The first food shown in the movie was right after the dwarves…
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