Disney Dinners: Haunted Mansion

An elegant, spooky Halloween party inspired by Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride It’s been six long months since I posted a Disney Dinner and I just couldn’t resist celebrating such a milestone anniversary. The Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, California opened 50 years ago this fall! To celebrate the 50th anniversary, I hosted a…

Foolish Mortal Cocktail

An easy three-ingredient cocktail with spooky smoke I am so proud of this cocktail. I wanted a bright green drink for Disney Dinners: Haunted Mansion  and was thrilled to discover how easy and delicious the simple combo of pineapple, Midori, and elderflower liquor is. I had St. Germain leftover from my Midsummer Night’s Dream party and…

Ghost Hand Pies

Delightful, frightful appetizers perfect for Halloween! Now here’s a classy Halloween appetizer for you! These would be adorable served at a Halloween cocktail party or luncheon, but I served them with a simple salad (spinach, plums, blackberries, pumpkin seeds, balsamic vinaigrette; recipe here) as the first course at Disney Dinners: Haunted  Mansion. The Rose Table…

Graveyard Pasta

The perfect Halloween dinner dish! Remember how I said that my alfredo sauce would be so fun at Halloween? I never say anything that I don’t mean. Here it is, all dressed up as a spooky dinner that takes ten minutes to make! I came up with this sinister pasta for Disney Dinners: Haunted Mansion…

Pumpkin Muffins

Want the perfect fall snack? Bake my pumpkin muffins! I’ve been baking these for years and finally wrote the recipe up for you. These muffins take less than ten minutes to make (I baked these this morning while my coffee was brewing) and twenty minutes in the oven, which means you are thirty minutes from…

The Best Fall Treats & Eats at Dollywood

Fall is such a fabulous time to visit Dollywood. There are pumpkins around every turn, fun fall photo ops, spooky nighttime lights, and of course, loads of treats to be had during the Harvest Festival, which runs September 27 – November 2 this year. It’s highly atmospheric and is sure to put anyone in the…

Cauldron Queso

I realized in horror last week that I have basically no Halloween content here on The Rose Table, which all of my friends would find positively shocking. I adore Halloween so I wanted to rectify the lack of Halloween recipes by adding a few of my favorites. I’m delighted to present you with a total…

Ghosts in the Graveyard

An updated Halloween classic I’ve eaten Ghosts in the Graveyard almost every Halloween of my life. My mom made it at all of my Halloween parties and I continue the tradition today. It just wouldn’t be Halloween without it! I’ve updated the classic dirt pudding dish with freshly whipped cream instead of the whipped topping…

Dinner Noir

Do you ever just have a dinner party concept strike you like lightning? That very phenomenon happened to me recently while I was typing away at work. The entire menu just sort of came to me all at once. I love this because it just so happens to be a classy Halloween fete. Here’s how I…

Simple Squid Ink Pasta

My friends were so nervous to try squid ink pasta! It sounds terrifying but trust me, squid ink really just gives pasta a brilliant black hue. It does not taste fishy at all, I promise! I love making squid ink pasta because it’s so dramatic looking but it’s especially satisfying in October when you want…

Mini Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

I have long thought I should start a support group for those of us who liked pumpkin before the Pumpkin Spice Latte. As a lifelong pumpkin lover I find it incredibly frustrating that all pumpkin things seem to now be pumpkin spice. These are not. Like my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, these mini cheesecakes are pure…

Ideas for Leftover Halloween Candy

It’s All Hallow’s Eve Eve and I’ve got tricks and treats on my mind. They say you shouldn’t buy Halloween candy you like but I couldn’t disagree more. Buy candy you actually enjoy and turn the leftovers into delicious treats! Y’all know I’m not a candy/canned/processed food person but ’tis the season and one Kit Kat Milkshake or Almond Joy Chocolate…