Welcome to The Storied Recipe Halloween Episode! Halloween seemed like a holiday that The Storied Recipe podcast simply had to cover. It's a holiday that contributed so many of our most vivid childhood memories and many were centered on food. After all, the crowning event of the holiday is walking about and begging for food! So, I put out an open call for Halloween Storied Recipes. I received responses from some of the most unexpected guests and the interviews went in three different directions. Here's a little about each guest and what they covered.
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Amie's Caramel Popcorn Balls:
We begin with Amie’s “wisp of a memory” of making caramel balls with her parents in their 70’s kitchen. I chose to start with Amie because she really distilled Halloween down to one word: “Welcome”. You’ll agree there’s no better way to begin a show about food than with Welcome! She also introduced me to the phrase "the joy and labor of cooking" which I found to be so profoundly beautiful and accurate. Isn't it true that cooking is both?
Beverly's Gory Decapitated Meatloaf Zombie
Beverly responded to my request for Halloween storied recipes with images of gruesome, edible sculptures that she created for Halloween last year. I was impressed with the detail and artistry in her sculpture and intrigued by her bio, which said: "Plant based food photographer, Filipino, Architect, Environmentalis"t. Even though Beverly didn’t have a recipe to share, I was interested to hear more about each part of her bio and I know you will be too. My interview with Beverly is a little over 13 minutes.
Beverly is an incredibly talented artist that you can find on Instagram under two different accounts - one just couldn't hold her ambitions! 😉 Find more of Beverly's food photography and musings at https://www.instagram.com/beverlyamandag/
Alternatively, you can see the handmade journals that she makes from unique textiles and curios on this account here: https://www.instagram.com/heartamandag/
Some of Beverly's work is featured here below. First is the decapitated meatloaf zombie head. Next you'll see several of the larger-than-life carvings she made for debutante balls - Venetian masks and a Little Red Riding Hood haunted forest scene. Finally, she shared several other styrofoam sculptures.
I LOVE the second set of images as they depict Beverly's process in creating these.
Brenda's Southern Harvest Recipes
Candied Bacon, Pimento Cheese
Brenda befriended me on Instagram several months ago and offered to share her recipe for an apple-shaped cheese ball, which would be perfect for a harvest party. Now, a cheese ball wasn’t the most exciting recipe I could fathom, but I find Brenda so fun, knowledgeable, and entertaining, I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to talk with her. Sure enough, she had me laughing in 30 seconds, and I walked away from the interview with two additional recipes I just had to try!