This Halloween cake should get some grave consideration
In its annual homage to Halloween (yes, it's Friday), Hershey's has some special-edition candies. There's a candy-corn flavored Hershey's Kiss . But an Atlanta Journal food writer especially liked the tombstone-shaped Cookies 'n' Creme bars. These white chocolate and wafer-cookie bars, pictured on this cake , should be a hit with trick-or-treaters. Get the Cemetery Cake recipe at www.hersheys.com/recipes/.
Food Network tries its hand at print
Does the world need another food magazine? Apparently the Food Network and Hearst Magazines think so and have teamed up to launch the premier/test issue (November/December) of Food Network Magazine, on newsstands now at $3.99 per copy. Six more issues are due out next year. A 10-issue subscription is $15; check it out at www.foodnetwork.com/magazine.
Local food feast and fundraiser Nov. 8
For $20 on Nov. 8 you can get local food prepared by some of the best culinary talent in Charlotte. It's part of the “Local Flavor! Food for Thought” fundraiser by the Charlotte Tailgate Farmers Market: 5-7 p.m. at 100 West Park Ave. Buy tickets from market vendors or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The market is open Tuesdays 3:30-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cooking, wine, mountains – that's a vacation
The Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis has a new cooking school – well, it's more like a slow-cooking vacation. The Mast Farm Inn School of Cooking offers what it's calling “culinary class vacation travel packages.” Sessions start with a four-course dinner on Sunday and end with Wednesday breakfast. Rates start at $790 per person for a “mother-daughter” team sharing the same room. Early November sessions are sold out, but there are openings Nov. 16-19; Nov. 30-Dec. 3; and Dec. 14-17. Details at http://mastfarm.net/mfi-school-cooking/.
Chimichurri for those in a hurry to try
Chimichurri, the herbally intense South American condiment, isn't hard to make but it is time-consuming, which makes Gaucho Green Chimmi-Churri sauce a terrific go-to. A Chicago Tribune food writer sauteed it with diced turkey and onions for a Latin-style wrap, but you can also use it as a marinade, grill sauce, salad dressing, etc.
A 12.7-ounce jar is $12.50 in Williams-Sonoma.
Stylish, convenient small containers
Fit & Fresh's Smart Portion Chill Containers fit into small lunch bags or purses. Best of all are the super-thin ice packs that snap into the lid. A set contains four 2-cup containers with multi-colored lids and 2 ice packs. Cost is $9-$10 at Target. Details at www.fit-fresh.com.
Get mini hotdogs from local schools
Remember those mini hotdogs we wrote about Oct. 15? Well it turns out you can get them in Charlotte, too. A number of area schools sell Market Day products as a fundraiser, including St. Gabriel Catholic School and Community House Middle School. Who knew? Go to www.marketday.com and type in your ZIP code. If you are still having trouble finding them, call the South Carolina office at 864-331-1902.