I believe we acquired these pumpkins last year, but John updated the stack with a few more lights and changed the color of some of our outdoor lights.
Earlier in the week, Big Ugly was unpacked and all the boxes stored in our next door neighbor's garage. Jim & Melinda graciously offered their patio for the party. It's the perfect venue for our intimate group and John's collection of props and toys.
The big tree secures the canopy of lights, spider webs, skeletons and vampire bats.
The theme for this year's party was Weird Science. We challenged the chefs in our group to carry that theme into the kitchen in preparing a dish to share.
John dressed the part, and I was his Not-So-Sexy Lab Assistant in my over-sized lab coat, leopard-skin tights, and Newfy slippers.
The lab wouldn't be complete without jars of skulls, biohazardous material, and test tubes filled with bodily fluids
Perhaps even more impressive than the Plasma Globe, at least when it came time to eat, was the Thermal Immersion Circulator. John borrowed two of these from work so we could experiment with Sous Vide cooking.
Chefs Kai and Alec took their cooking to a whole new level
Kai focused on the "weird" in Weird Science, with his fun and creative presentation.
Here, we have Mr. Pumpkin with a meat cleaver embedded in his temple. Arranged beneath his esophagus, you will observe some ribs broken away to reveal a heart, two full racks of barbequed ribs, and a coil of sausage bowels.
Alec tended his burning embers in preparation for his Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin, a trimmed beef tenderloin crusted with a half pound of salt, wrapped in a cotton cloth, and charred on the bed of fiery embers
Alec's beautiful Nina, came as a pregnant, wine-drinking, Nun.
Nina's Layered Crepe & Caramel Cake
Hill & Nina
This was my dessert offering, Vanilla Panna Cotta Brain with Port-Cherry Sauce. I used Food & Wine's Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta recipe, but made a port cherry sauce instead of the honey glazed apricots.
Here's the lovely, bewitching, and devilish Carmen
Carmen prepared Antipasto Sandwiches, with pickled and marinated melazane, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and fava beans, with layers of fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, prosciutto and peppered turkey. She spread the hollowed out bread with a mixture of two pestos - basil and artichoke heart. She also shared two cheesecakes from Collins Bakery, October birthday gifts shipped courtesy of her mom.
A Halloween Party wouldn't be complete without Jim's Jell-O Shots and Vodka Gummi Worms, made with lime Jell-O, vodka, and peach schnapps. The Gummi Worms were soaked in vodka for three days and tripled in size! Jim and Carmen suggest using sugar-free, Gummi brand worms and draining on paper towels. They're also a great snack to sneak into a movie theatre!!!
Pammy aka Rosie baked up some Severed Witch's Fingers with Marinara Sauce, but it was Rosie herself who was a feast for the eyes, as she confidently strutted about with her voluptuous breasts and rather large, but firm derrière. Dr. Brad enjoyed his lap dance, as did all of the other men at the party!
Baby Beaubeaux and Grace joined us for some Halloween cheer
I think Peter must have found one of our bags of discarded Newfy fur to make his wig
Peter belongs to Julie, on the left, and Jackie, in the middle - the two Fruity Licious Pumpkin Spice Girls, who were joined by Ohura from Star Trek
Once again, this group outdid themselves with entertaining costumes, culinary creativity and Halloween cheer! John and I are truly blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends and neighbors.