Spooky Dishes for Halloween Parties by CookinGenie

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28 Oct 2022

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Spooky Dishes for Halloween Parties by CookinGenie

At CookinGenie, we take pride in cooking up every out-of-the-box request our customers make. Because creating extraordinary dining experiences is our passion! So, we got creative when a customer requested we whipped up a Halloween party meal.   

Our Halloween menu for six has the spookiest American dishes with the scariest ingredients: bats, zombies, eyeballs, faces, and skulls. The perfect addition to an eerie Halloween meal!  

  • Flayed Man Cheese “Ball” with Dark Rye Bread  

A classic American appetizer, our Cheese Ball is made by whipping together the softest cream cheese and grated cheese until the mixture is smooth. We give the dish a scary twist by adding a flayed face. Eew!   

Carefully arranged with Dark Rye Bread, it is the perfect Halloween appetizer!  

  • Bat Toasts  

Bats are to Halloween what toasts are to every American meal – indispensable! So, we put together both these classic traditions. That’s right. We’re serving Bat Toasts!   

Another creative twist on the classic meal course, Bat Treats are made with rye bread and your choice of spread and filling. It’s the perfect serving as a side dish for a Halloween meal.  

  • Zombie Eyes  

Serving up some eerie delights is the menu’s main course. Tender, moist, and full of delightful flavor, this meatball and spaghetti dish is costumed for the occasion!  

This dish uses the meatball to look like eyeballs. We place halved black olives between slices of string cheese to make up the pupil and iris and put these on the “eyeball.” Ketchup is the glue to hold all these together (and to look like blood!). Spaghetti around each eyeball adds effect.  

  • Upchucking’ Halloween Pasta Salad with Crazy Caprese Eyes  

One of the most iconic Halloween symbols is a pumpkin. So, we can’t leave it out of our dining arrangements. But first, we mix pasta, fresh veggies, and flavorful dressing for a yummy Pasta Salad.  

Then we slice cheese and fresh tomatoes and layer the cheese on top of the tomatoes. We cut and lay out olives as the last layer and lay out these layers to look like eyes floating around, to make the salad “eerie.”    

For the final touch, we take a pumpkin, cut holes for eyes and a mouth and arrange it to look like it’s upchuckin’ the pasta salad. Yuck!  

It’s the perfect Halloween side dish!  

  • Horrible Face Hummus Dip with Black and Orange Tortilla Chips  

A creepy face that’s trying to claw itself out of a plate! What could be a better addition to your Halloween meal?  

Hummus made from chickpeas and seasoned with fresh spices makes an excellent dip. We also cleverly arrange Black and Orange Tortilla Chips to add even more Halloween color to your dining.  

Also Read: Hiring a Personal Chef: What to Expect in Terms of Cost?

  • Cheesy Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Skulls   

We have cooked up a storm for Halloween, but this dish takes the prize. The ultimate Halloween dish is a plate of pizza crust skulls made using a unique skull-shaped mold. Creamy stuffing made from cheese, broccoli, and chicken adds flavor.  

These are great ideas for your own Halloween meal, even if it might taste different than a professional chef preparing it. Happy Halloween! 


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We have spoken about the idea of having someone come to your home to cook for you. How do you ensure that this is safe for you & your family? The idea of allowing someone you do not know into your home and preparing food for you and your family feels intrusive. So today we are going to discuss why those fears exist, how other industries have overcome it. As well as some practical advice for you so you can feel safe while you make good choices for your family. Overall though, if you do your homework and follow some basic safety precautions there is no reason you should feel hesitant to enjoy services like in home cooking.

So, what are the safety concerns of bringing a CookinGenie into your home? Common concerns are theft, personal safety, and food safety. Let’s explore a few other emerging industries that pushed our comfort boundaries when they first entered the scene and examine how they put our fears at ease.

Getting in a stranger’s car. Isn’t this the EXACT thing that mothers in the 80’s warned their children about? Then Uber and Lyft hit the scene and the world transformed. What makes them safe? Geolocation, background checks, driver reviews, and customer reviews. In today’s digital age this dual rating system protects the buyer and the seller by giving each a chance to rate each other. Encouraging everyone to keep things on the up and up.

Allowing Strangers in our home. Another one our mothers warned us against. It’s not a bad principle, unless your refrigerator breaks, or your washing machine, or you need cable installed, or you have a clogged pipe. When something goes wrong, we shift our fears and let a stranger in. Why? Because we trust people who are vetted by reputable firms or reviewed by our trusted circle. Online ratings help.

Staying in a stranger’s home. This is how campfire stories start. You should never ever stay in someone’s home. Especially if the owner is not there. Unless it’s and AirBnB. Suddenly the world shifted again when AirBnB started allowing property owners to rent out their residences to weary travelers. Especially for families, having a cost-effective alternative to a hotel with all the comforts of home solved a problem for traveling families. So what do they provide to make this once taboo idea feel safe and even luxurious? Boundaries. In every AirBnB booking there are house rules. Clear written boundaries for both parties to agree- encouraging open communication and enforced with a dual rating system.

So how do you decide if you want someone to come to your home & cook for you? Common questions may be – is this person insured? Is he or she background checked? Is this person rated highly? Is this person local?

Do your due diligence & you will start feeling comfortable soon. Our Genies are background checked, know about cooking & are from your locality. You feel comfortable with your favorite babysitter? This is no different.

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Delicious Gluten Free Meals with CookinGenie

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The Challenge of Eating Gluten Free

For many Americans, trying to find good gluten free meals is a never-ending struggle. It’s estimated that about 30% of Americans follow a gluten free diet. A small number of these people have celiac disease, a rare disorder that causes violent illness after consuming products with gluten, but many others avoid gluten due to more minor sensitivities or to improve overall health.

Whatever your reason for seeking out gluten free meals, there’s no doubt it can be challenging. Today, as the popularity of gluten free diets have risen, it is easier to find gluten free foods, but there can still be many obstacles.

Many restaurants still don’t offer very many gluten free options on their menus, or menus don’t have specific dietary labels, which can make it hard for diners to distinguish which items are safe to order. Even in the grocery store, unless an item is clearly marked as gluten free, it can be hard to read labels and determine what is actually gluten free or not.

CookinGeine Has Plenty of Delicious Gluten Free Menu Items

This dynamic can make trying to cook gluten free meals at home difficult. Luckily, CookinGenie can service all your gluten free meal needs and then some! Scroll through the menus of our many talented genies, and you’ll find plenty of healthy, delicious gluten free meals available.

Treat yourself to a heart-healthy, gluten free meal of Pan-Seared Salmon over Creamed Spinach, courtesy of genie Lashondre’a Lenor. Or if you’re looking for an elegant gluten free chicken dinner, look no further than the delightful Lemon-Rosemary Cornish Hens found on genie Dylan Tompkin’s menu.

And if you also follow a vegan diet, (we have plenty of vegan food too) there are still plenty of delicious gluten free meals to be found on CookinGenie, such as genie Vanessa Cahoun’s amazing Jamaican Vegetable Curry or genie Ozelm Saritoprak’s authentic Turkish Stuffed Grape Leaves.

Our Genies go the Extra Mile to Create Gluten Free Dishes

Our genies take care to carefully select their ingredients to be accommodating to many different dietary restrictions. Take, for example, genie Jared Kent’s vibrant Pad Thai, which uses gluten free soy sauce, opening up dishes to gluten free eaters that might not normally be available.

Amazingly, that even goes for dessert! It’s notoriously hard to find good gluten free desserts, but CookinGenie has you covered. You can get your fix for a gluten free chocolate craving with genie Lamont Denny’s addicting Chocolate Caramel Turtles or genie Christian Farah’s decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars.

Each dish is marked with tags that explicitly note if that item is gluten free, so there’s no guesswork involved. But even if you see a dish that’s not marked as gluten free, there’s a good chance if you give us a call, we can work with your genie to adjust it to your preferences. Often times all it takes is swapping out flour or pasta for a gluten free alternative. Our genies are skilled adapters and are happy to go above and beyond to satisfy their customers.

Eating gluten free can be tough; let CookinGenie make it a little easier, and a little more delicious.

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A Guide to Best Wine Festivals and Events in Ohio

25 Nov 2022

Ohio is home to many great wineries, and wine events are the perfect way to sample some of the world’s best wines. From small, local festivals to large-scale events, there is something for everyone in the Buckeye State. Wine festivals provide an opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn about their processes.  

There is also a wide variety of food available at these events, allowing you to pair your favorite wines with some delicious dishes. And because they are typically outdoor events, you can enjoy the beautiful Ohio scenery while you sip your way through the offerings. Best of all, many wine festivals also feature live music and other entertainment, making them the perfect way to spend a fun-filled day with family and friends.   

So next time you look for a new and exciting way to explore Ohio’s wine country, check out a wine festival near you. You are sure to have a ‘Grape’ time!     

 

Also Read: A Guide to Visiting Ohio Wineries and Vineyards

 

Most popular wine festivals in Ohio  

Every year, Ohio holds some of the best wine festivals in the country, offering unparalleled grape tastings, gourmet food pairings, and educational seminars. With close to 500 wineries around the state, there is a festival for everyone’s palate.  

Here are some yearly wine festivals in Ohio, along with their venues. Be sure not to miss them!  

  1. The Ice Wine Festival, Debonne Vineyards. 
  2. The Vintners in Northwest Ohio (V.I.N.O.) Wine Festival, Wood County Fair Grounds. 
  3. The Vintage Ohio South Wine Festival, Clark County Fairgrounds. 
  4. The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, Lake Metroparks Farmpark. 
  5. The Columbiana Wine Festival, TownCenter at Firestone Farms. 
  6. The Wine & Walleye Festival, Ashtabula Harbor. 
  7. The Columbus Summer Wine Festival, The Kelley Green. 
  8. The Toast of Ohio Wine Festival, Jackson Street Pier. 
  9. The Dandelion May Fest, Breitenbach Wine Cellars. 
  10. The Kent Art & Wine Festival, Main Street Kent, Kent. 
  11. The Valley Vineyards Wine & Beer Festival, Valley Vineyards, Morrow. 
  12. The Cleveland International Wine Festival, Cleveland. 
  13. The Annual Summer Solstice Festival, Sarah’s Vineyard Winery, Cuyahoga Falls. 
  14. The Wine & Walleye Festival, Historic Ashtabula Harbor, Ashtabula. 
  15. The Geneva Area Grape Jamboree, Geneva. 

At each event, you can sample some of the nation’s finest wines, admire breathtaking scenery, and get valuable information from experts on wine-making techniques. The overall experience will be memorable as you learn more about some of your favorite wines while enjoying delicious food and live entertainment. Whether it is a day trip or an overnight adventure you are looking for — make sure to attend one of these fabulous wine festivals! 

Additionally, if you wish to know about more fun wine events in Ohio, here’s a table with a list of upcoming wine tastings and festivals. Whether you are looking to sample some classic vintages or hunt down rare selections, we have something for the oenophile in you.   

Source: https://www.ohiowines.org/events 

Make the most of your experience  

Wine festivals are a fantastic way to explore new wines and meet other people who share your interest in wine. However, knowing how to make the most of your experience can be tough with so many wine festivals. Here are some tips that can help you make the most of your wine festival experience:  

  1. Do your research: With so many different wine festivals, it is essential to research before selecting one. Look for events that feature the types of wines you are interested in exploring.  
  2. Make a budget: Wine festivals can be expensive, so it is best to set a budget before you go. Decide how much you will spend on wine tastings and souvenirs, and stick to it.  
  3. Dress properly: Wearing suitable clothing can make a significant difference at a wine festival. Choose comfortable shoes and clothes that will not show spills, and remember a hat or sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.  
  4. Arrive early: Many wine festivals offer V.I.P. experiences or early access tickets that allow you to avoid the crowds and get the best possible tasting experience. If possible, arrive early to take advantage of these opportunities.  
  5. Pace yourself: It is easy to get carried away when tasting wine at a festival, but it is essential to pace yourself so you do not get drunk. Stick to one-ounce pours and take breaks between tastings by grabbing food or water.  
  6. Spit it out: Many people feel they must finish every drop of wine in their glass but spitting out excess wine is perfectly acceptable (and encouraged!) at a wine festival. Not only will it help keep you from getting drunk, but it will also prevent your palate from becoming overwhelmed.  
  7. Talk to the experts: Wine festivals are an excellent opportunity to meet winemakers and other experts in the field. Strike up a conversation and ask them for recommendations on what to taste (and what to avoid).  
  8. Take notes: With so many different wines to taste, it can be hard to remember what you liked (and did not like). Be sure to take notes on each wine so you can reference them later when stocking your home cellar or buying gifts for friends.  
  9. Do not wear strong cologne: Attending a wine-tasting event requires being mindful of your choice of fragrance. Wearing strong colognes or perfumes can interfere with the smell of the wines, making them seem unpleasantly perfumed. A whiff of fresh spring flowers is all you need. It will also make it much easier to focus on picking up subtle notes and nuances of flavor as you explore different wines throughout the day.  
  10. Have fun: At the end of the day, remember that wine festivals are for enjoyment! Do not worry about trying to taste everything or getting every detail perfect – relax and enjoy exploring the festival.  

Concluding thoughts  

Ohio may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of wine, but the state’s wine scene is thriving. And what better way to explore it than attending one of the many wine festivals held throughout the year? From intimate gatherings featuring local wines to large-scale events with hundreds of wines to sample, there is something for everyone. These festivals offer a wonderful opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn about their craft. So, check out an Ohio wine festival near you whether you are a wine lover or just looking to expand your horizons. Cheers! 

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