What’s Cooking Wednesday: Trick or Treat Tomato Eyeballs

What's Cooking WednesdayHappy Halloween!

Some of you have asked about what’s going on in Italy for this “holiday,” and I’m sorry to report: niente. That means nothing.

In some parts of the country, they are starting to get children involved with costumes and whatnot, but no one around here does any such thing.

This could be because I don’t have kids yet…because if you think my kids are going to miss out on trick-or-treating, well, you’ve underestimated me and my weakness for candy.

I’ll even have the good stuff shipped in from the US and distributed to the neighbors (for distribution to the children, of course, with other healthy treats encouraged too):

Halloween candy

Added bonus is that the kids around here most likely won’t have to cover up their awesome costumes with big ole coats like we always had to do where I grew up….

Anyway, back to the business at hand, I’m keeping up the Halloween theme for this week’s What’s Cooking Wednesday and giving you a quick, fun idea for a holiday treat.

But there’s a catch–you have to go here to find the recipe for

Trick or Treat Tomato Eyeballs

Why not whip up a batch and then head over to Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun to celebrate?

Ghouls Just Wanna Have FunAlso, check out the true ghost stories over at Tui’s True Spooks Blog Carnival. Make sure you turn the light on first though! There’s some creepy stuff in there.

And, since it is the last day of October and I’ve yet to post my Monthly Musing, I’ll give you a little bit of why I love this wonderful month as we say good-bye for another year:

Sweet sweet October
Only a few words to say
How much I love you…

Sweaters, fireplace fires,
My birthday, delicious soups,
And this year, puppies!

What do you love about October?


26 Beans of Wisdom to “What’s Cooking Wednesday: Trick or Treat Tomato Eyeballs”
  1. Roam2Rome

    Happy Halloween Michelle!!

    That’s so cute, you already have your kid’s Halloweens planned out πŸ™‚

    Glad your internet connection allowed you to join us on the blogosphere halloween atmosphere πŸ™‚

    Tomorrow NaBloPoMo starts! let’s hope your connection keeps up with you…

  2. Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy

    You are nicer than I would be!! I am getting a contraband shipment today (friend went to US army base in Germany) and I am NOT sharing!! πŸ™‚

    I’ll give the kids here Kinder πŸ˜› if they want better candy, they should start importing πŸ˜€

  3. My Melange

    Happy Halloween! I am with you on the candy thing! Mmmmm, chocolate! I love October for the leaves, the crisp air, apples, cider and the best of both worlds…apple cider donuts πŸ˜‰

  4. alexmom

    Happy Halloween, Michelle. The only halloween candy I bought this year was for you, but I ended up eating it all on the way home. Back to the gym for me!!! Sorry we missed you. Tonite’s my Italian class, so there’ll be no trick-or-treaters for me either!!!

  5. sognatrice

    R2R, let’s keep our fingers crossed for this connection. Three times it’s gone out for a few seconds/minutes today and every time I’m thinking…Nooooo!

    Sara, hah! I’m sure you can spare just a handful of candy corn, right? Maybe?

    Robin, mmm, cider! Yum! I think I’m going to have to figure out how to make my own….

    Alexmom, well at least the candy was enjoyed πŸ™‚ I’m sorry we missed each other too (and sorry I missed your call!), but when bureaucracy calls….

  6. Stefanie

    What do I like about October? The leaves changing, the crisp air, and pumpkin stuff everywhere! Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup… Yum. πŸ™‚

  7. The Other Girl

    No healthy treats on Halloween! No walnuts! No dried apricots! It’s Snickers or nothing! (Three Musketeers also accepted.) (Also, M&Ms.) (And Tootsie Rolls.) (But seriously, no apricots.)

  8. sognatrice

    Stefanie, I’m a pumpkin lover myself; I miss the changing leaves though πŸ™

    TheOG, I see we have similar candy tastes. For some reason, those two favorites didn’t make it into the last package my mom sent, but she probably thought I still had some from last time she sent them. Hah.

  9. Karina

    Love the little poem! My favorite things about October are the changing leaves and the crisp air…there’s something about the air, the feeling, the smells…it’s like no other.

    The tomato recipe is great, I wish I would have had it for my party last weekend!

  10. sognatrice

    Karina, I’m with you–October is just special. You can always make the eyeballs for (a creepy) Thanksgiving πŸ˜‰

  11. Giulia

    OMG, candy corn!!! I miss that sooooo much. Can I be your child? πŸ˜‰

  12. witnessing am i

    And Happy Halloween to you. I am anxious to read your Nov 1 post.

    October is a wonderful month. It is the absolute best month to say: Ok-toh-ber. Yummy. I am with you on sweaters and soups and fires and yes, stolen Halloween candy (my two boys just get too much of it, I have to help them out, I’m afraid).

    I ain’t going near the eyeball recipe though, sorry.

  13. Felicia

    Glad they’ll still get to have fun! Happy Halloween πŸ™‚

  14. qualcosa di bello

    woo hoo!!!! those of us with internet problems are up for hallowe’en!!

    i love your ghost stories…& i am especially freaked out by the footsteps you heard when your neighbor had died. the coffin would have sent me into spasms!

  15. Karen Cole

    Here I am munching on some tomato eyeballs, staring at the roaring fire, wrapped in my cozy sweater (over my costume, of course!).

    What more could a girl ask for?

    CHOCOLATE!!!!! I always hated candy corn.

    First time I took my kids out trick or treating, we came home ,oohhed and ahhhed at the candy and then they pushed it aside and asked for yogurt!!! I could have cried.

  16. Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita

    October is the best month. Chilly air, sweaters, apples, a fire..we are the same in our likes. I also like raking the leaves and jumping in. The way it is dark at suppertime and you bring out the candles again. I also am from a place where you had to sometimes wear a coat over your costume. Bummer haha

  17. sognatrice

    Giulia, you should really start kissing up to my mom–she’s the Candy Queen πŸ˜‰

    Witness, aw, a few eyeballs never hurt anyone πŸ˜‰ I hope you’re not *too* excited about tomorrow’s post though. I don’t like pressure πŸ˜‰

    Felicia, yes, the imaginary possible future children are set for Halloween πŸ˜‰

    Qualcosa, believe me, I wasn’t thrilled with the coffin scene either. *So* glad it was light out when I saw it!

    Karen, sounds like you’re having a lovely evening…and don’t worry, I’ll be happy to eat your candy corn πŸ˜‰ Your kids wanted yogurt?! Gah!

    Maryann, yes, I secretly like that it gets dark so early too…only for a little while of course, and then I’m ready for long days again, but for now, I’m loving it πŸ™‚

  18. somepinkflowers

    so much good stuff over here!!!
    i do NOT mean that candy-corn…


    i always bring my earl grey
    when i visit you
    take my time
    and enjoy

  19. Cre8Tiva

    have we danced yet…hope you’re having a ghoulish day…blessings, rebecca

  20. Sherry

    I love what you said about October…so perfect!!!!

    I love that you are in Italy!!

    Happy Halloween and ciao!!!

  21. bella

    My hubby from Montenegro doesn’t get the whole Halloween thing. This year we did it up in style, decorating the house and taking our girl trick or treating and to a party.
    I love October. It’s my birthday month too. It came and it went, and it was lovely.

  22. Anali

    I hope you had a Happy Halloween! I’ll be looking forward to your posts each day now that NaBloPoMo is here!

  23. sognatrice

    SPF, I love that you bring your Earl Grey b/c oftentimes I’m sipping it while over at your place too πŸ™‚

    Cre8tiva, hope you had a great one!

    Sherry, glad you enjoyed the post, and I hope you had a lovely Halloween!

    Bella, good for you! I’ll be over to your place shortly to see if there’s photographic evidence πŸ˜‰

    Anali, yes, every day. Each and every day. So long as my internet connection cooperates!

  24. PEA

    Happy Halloween Michelle:-) I ran out of time to visit everyone at the Ball last night so I’m continuing to party this morning! hehe How wonderful that you order candies from the States so that you can pass them out to the children near you…I had made 120 treat bags but only 48 children came due to the winds and rain we had last night:-( xo

  25. Frances

    I love the eyeballs recipe.
    Im sprinkling a dash of paprika on mine so they will be bloodshot eyeballs LOL

  26. sognatrice

    PEA, happy to see you! I ran out of time too…I think I’ll be visiting at the Ball for at least another week! Sorry you had nasty weather; we did too, but since we don’t have trick-or-treaters, well, that didn’t matter too much anyway.

    Frances, brilliant!!!!!

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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