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Imagined Dinner Party

What would witches eat for their Hallow’s Eve Feast? That is the question that we asked ourselves when coming up with our first Imagined Dinner Party. We wanted a meal that was both intriguing and repelling, like witches are themselves. The entire contents of this dinner party (including all the bugs) are edible….And delicious.

We took inspiration from stories we remembered from childhood, some iconic and others more personal. For example, our chicken pot pies with the chicken feet sticking out comes from Roald Dahl’s amazing book The Twits (granted, the characters in that book were not witches, but they certainly looked and acted like them!) There was also the time, when I was about 4 years old, that my mother took me to a dinner party in Paris and I watched in horror as they gleefully ate snails (escargot) and Frogs Legs. I remember being glued to my chair, wide-eyed, horrified, and suspicious that perhaps my mom and her friends might all be witches…Was I on the menu next?



Pumpkin Cheesecake with Bugged Out Brittle

Like I said before, everything on this table is edible. Something like the bug brittle can be baked, placed on the cheesecake, and then removed before consumption if you or your guests don’t feel up to munching on a grasshopper or beetle. With this dinner party, we wanted to bring back a little bit of fright to Halloween. I think many Witches would be disappointed with the food fare suggested…

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Chicken Pot Pies With Chicken Feet

Like I said before, everything on this table is edible. Something like the bug brittle can be baked, placed on the cheesecake, and then removed before consumption if you or your guests don’t feel up to munching on a grasshopper or beetle. With this dinner party, we wanted to bring back a little bit of fright to Halloween. I think many Witches would be disappointed with the food fare suggested…

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Bloody Beet Soup & Escargot

We also imagined that these witches live deep in the forest, tucked away from humanity so that they can live freely to revel in their Wiccan ways. For the reason, we included things that they could forage in the forest, like weeds instead of salad leaves and bugs baked into brittle. The salad is covered in Dana Cowin’s buttermilk dressing from her recent book Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, which…

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Coca Cola Braised Tongue and Foraged Weed Salad With Buttermilk Dressing

The inspiration for the tongue came from various stories of witches putting together their brews and potions (eye of newt is surprisingly hard to come by). The witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, for example, call for the “tongue of dog” … I couldn’t bring myself to go quite that far and had never cooked tongue before, so we used Danny Bowien’s cow tongue recipe. We also liked that this tongue was braised in Coca-Cola: A nice nod to the sugar of…

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