I think the squirrels added to the carving of this menacing Jack O’ Lantern which I spotted on a stoop of a South Philadelphia rowhouse. Hopefully it will last long enough for me to catch a photo of it lit up.
This Italian Pear Cake would be a light ending to a decadent meal, or incentive to roll out of bed in the morning for a slice and a cup of hot coffee. I’m a big fan of one pan, no frosting, fruit studded cakes, and this one does not disappoint! Continue reading →
If you’re burning the midnight oil working on a Halloween costume and want some background noise in the spirit of the season, here is nearly 12 hours of old time radio shows that will give you the creeps. These are from the Lights Out program which ran on radio in one form or another from 1934 to 1947. There was also a short lived television program that aired during the dawn of television, but it was very tame compared to the radio program. It also had a tough time competing with the theater of the mind that audio dramas provided. Listeners’ imaginations were always greater than the shoestring visuals of early television.
To me, these are the obvious inspiration for some of the over-the-top horror tales illustrated in EC Comics’ notorious classics such as Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Horror. I don’t doubt that writers up against a deadline lifted an idea here and there from a Lights Out or Suspense program.
I was trying to come up with another idea for a Halloween Head when I realized I had never done Dr Jekyll’s monstrous alter-ego Mr Hyde. It was high time I gave half of this split personality my full attention!
This cake is a total cheat – it’s a doctored up yellow cake mix, with vanilla pudding mix in the frosting, and (clutch your pearls) Cool Whip. However, if you have to make a cake for an occasion, are short on time, and want everyone to love your dessert – this is your recipe! Continue reading →