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Halloween treats

Boo! It's that time of year again. Pumpkins are carved, costumes crafted and now all that's left is food. Halloween allows cooks to get creative, experimenting with foods to make them look cute, creepy or downright disgusting. Now you can be creative too by making these dishes to dazzle or haunt your friends.

Ramadan recipes

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, requires Muslims to fast every day from sunrise to sunset as a way to gain self-discipline, self-cleansing and sympathy for those who are less fortunate. But after 12 grueling hours of fasting, it is Muslim tradition to be surrounded by loved ones and count down to sundown, when one can finally fill up with a delicious meal. Some popular dishes made during this holy month include "cholay or chana," fried chickpeas usually served within South Asian families; Qatayef, or Arab pancakes, a dessert from the Middle East that is usually filled with nuts or sweet cheese; and Haleem, a thick lentil and meat soup enjoyed in both the Middle East and South Asia.

Delicious slices of the moon

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays in many Asian countries. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month on the Chinese lunar calendar, typically falling between mid-September and mid-October on the western calendar. Originating from the legend of the moon goddess, the festival is a special time when family members come together to gaze at the full moon, put up lanterns and, most importantly, eat moon cake. Moon cake is served with a variety of fillings ranging from the popular and traditional red bean and lotus seed pastes to the more exotic and bizarre durian paste and tiramisu. Homemade moon cakes add an extra dimension to any Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.

Celebrate reunion with family and friends

According to Chinese folklore, a goddess named Chang'e is banished to earth from the heavens. In an effort to regain her immortality, Chang'e takes the immortality pills and is forever separated from her friends and family. On Sept. 25, the day of the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, the Chinese will celebrate Chang'e's reunion with her loved ones. As a part of the celebration, the Chinese will enjoy various foods, including longevity noodles, which represent the hope for eternal gathering with family.

A sweet new year

As the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, fast approaches, it is important to find delicious dishes to start the year off right. Tradition often dictates the recipes that appear on the holiday dinner table. Sweet foods like noodle kugel are used to symbolize a sweet new year and apple cake's round shape represents the year circling to a close but never ending. Try these easy recipes to ring in the year 5768.

Hot and cold holiday drinks

Winter has arrived, and with it comes the holiday season. Whether you're trying to warm up after a snowball fight or throwing a party to celebrate the holidays, you can use these hot and cold drinks that could make even Scrooge happy.

Thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving is like a marathon. Holiday revelers must endure tons of delicious food and the eccentric relatives that seem to appear ever holiday without fail. Then there is the main event, Thanksgiving dinner. After hours of slaving over a hot oven, or watching oversized cartoon characters float over Manhattan, the participants gather around a sagging dining room table and dive headfirst into the seemingly endless dishes of turkey, stuffing, casseroles and desserts. Soon enough dinner is over, the in-laws are passed out in the living room and only one question remains: What to do with the leftovers? Lucky for you, Silver Chips Online has some great suggestions to save those delicious dishes from their imminent fate of becoming mold-encrusted monstrosities.

Pumpkin Perfect

Now that the Halloween festivities are over, some of you over-zealous decorators may find that you have a problem on your hands. You remember those 18 pumpkins you carved to look like the Adams Family? Yeah, well now they're just sitting there rotting on your doorstep. If you're looking for the tastiest possible way to get rid of some pumpkins, or just some great recipes to experiment with in the upcoming weeks before Thanksgiving, look no further. While it's probably not such a great idea to use pumpkins that have been sitting outside for anywhere from several days to several weeks, these recipes are still a great way to get rid of new pumpkins.

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Halloween food fare tends to run a narrow range between Snickers bars and Skittles, but if you feel devishly daring this Halloween you might try this wickedly delicious pudding-based dish. Both creative and tasty, this is perfect for parties and can be made either in a casserole dish or parfait style in individual serving cups.

Hot Buttered Cranberry Cider

After coming home from a cold night of collecting delicious Halloween candy, trick-or-treaters of any age will enjoy this recipe which provides a new taste for old-fashioned cider.
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