The Season of Rx

One of the beauteous things about eating fresh and healthy — in theory, anyway — is a preponderance of vibrant colors. That said, let’s see what kind of spread we can concoct using mostly heart-friendly recipes, and only All Hallow’s Hues:

Agent Orange

A Paleo-eater I am not, but I’m willing to try anything. These turmeric gummy pumpkins might be a good gateway drug. They’re made with pumpkin puree, coconut milk, gelatin, and a good dose of spices poured into gourd-shaped molds, and they’re adorable.

The runner-up: This banana ketchup originated in the Philippines and is reported to have been Googled 12,000 times a month last year as it gained more global popularity.

Spotted at: Unbound Wellness and HeatOnMinded

Soylent Green

There’s a lotta good green out there, but this matcha popcorn recipe looks as ghoulish as is does delish — though not without its hidden expenses. Matcha can run upward of $35 a bag, and the recipe-recommended Ghee (clarified butter) appears to go for about $1 an ounce these days. But matcha is also believed to have anticarcinogenic properties, among other benefits, perhaps justifying a little extra expense on a chilly October night ripe for noshing.

Spotted at: Oh How Civilized

Purple People Eaters

With just one severed-head of red cabbage, an entire table of purple plates can be made — including color-changing cocktails, a very unicorny looking soup, a goblinesque cabbage salad, or (my personal favorite) Nightmare Before Mashed Potatoes. Plus, according to the tried and true Farmer’s Almanac, cabbage lowers cholesterol, boosts the immune system, and is believed to help heal ulcers.

Spotted at: Tastemade;  Low Carb, So Simple; Food Corner, and

Red Rum

So many crudité dips are green and chill, it’s nice (?) to see a warm red contender. A red-wine Bagna Cauda (Italian for hot bath), doubles as a meat dressing and features not one, but two varieties of anchovy in its recipe. It’s a great choice for anyone who’s dairy-free, and contains high levels of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K.

Spotted at: Food and Wine

Turmeric Photo by Marta Branco on
Matcha Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on Red Soup Photo by Darina Belonogova on

a man with a burger king mask and medallion standing at the top of a hill on a street. There is a city skyline behind him.

The Incredible, Edible Costume Round-up of 2022

It’s Spooky Season, and the brands are back with their entrees into the costume-as-PR game.

The menu is a little lighter this year than it has been in the past, when the neighborhood streets teemed with unsettling hoardes of the Burger King, Ronald, and the Man Who Runs on Dunkin’.

But Spirit Halloween, which has collabed with brands before – my most recent favorite being the Colonel – is keeping the sugar show going, having joined forces this year with Mountain Dew to offer the carbonated costume in three flavors (Baja Blast, Code Red, and original) plus the added Voo-Dew Grim Reaper get-up.

This Dewsome pairs easily with any of the Cheetos brand-collab costumes, including bag, slutty dress, and individual Cheeto. Or, add protein with the White Castle Chicken Fries costume.

In a party full of life-sized foods and beverages, though, Franzia may top them all with its Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon costumes, which glow in the dark and come complete with 5L bags of wine and working spouts. There’s also a less expensive, non-wine-dispensing version of the Sunset Blush box, if that’s more your jam.

As an aside, Franzia’s year-round merch game is on. Point. Winter? Peep the Franzia pom-pom hats, ugly sweaters, and gift wrap. Spring? They’ve got push pins and plush pillows for your home-improvement needs. Summer brings with it the one-piece bathing suit and pool float, and we’ve already covered the interactive wine-tunics of Fall, 2022.

Officially licensed alcoholic ensembles don’t stop with wine, either — Anheuser-Busch has a full selection of bottles and cans, both original and light, and Fireball has entered the chat with two versions of a nip bottle.

Feature image Big Wheel Race 2013: Burger King Guy Fashion by Lynn Friedman, via flickr.

Costume ideas spotted at:

31 Days of Horror Viewing

It’s not quite fair to call 31 days of horror viewing in October a goal for me — I don’t generally hunt for low-hanging fruit. But it’s not about the finish line so much as the race anyway, so read on for this year’s checkpoints.

First, to the Island

The Island of Dr. Moreau – I finally watched this wreck after wrapping up September with the documentary Val.

Then, I had to follow that up with Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island. This documentary is a right romp, and great Blogtoberfest viewing for those in search of some spook, but not looking for a horror-induced panic attack.

Let’s Go Grave-spitting

I Spit on Your Grave I, II, III, and Deja Vu – I initially earmarked this series to serve as my Freaky Franchise for the year, but there’s not really a lot to say about 7.5 hours of torture- and revenge-porn. I didn’t even get a certificate for all of that work, but I can share that the original movie poster didn’t feature star Camille Keaton’s can, but that of Demi Moore — a fact I could’ve figured out without mental scarring, but here we are.

Four Houses, Unlimited Funerals

Funhouse – While not a masterpiece, the digital effects – and the animated panda villain – alone make this film worth a watch.

Madhouse – Not worth as much of a watch.

There’s Someone Inside Your House – Kind of an I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe from Netflix and Chills 2021.

The House That Jack Built – A serial killer acid-trip lead by Matt Dillon.

Songs of the Sutherland

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) – There’s nothing like some weird seventies terror footage to jumpstart your week. Donald Sutherland is awesome – and amazingly funny in the first half – and I forgot Jeff Goldblum existed before 1982. I also think we need to give Veronica Cartwright her due, already — this queen carries large swaths of this movie, not to mention she’s been working consistently and in some very visible roles for six decades.

Don’t Look Now – Another Donald Sutherland joint, and a really beautiful, classic horror. I think this film suffers from its terrible title; I’ve been skipping over it for years, and as such missing out on Sutherland-as-a-sex-symbol.

Throwing Darts

Stalker – sometimes, the itch to just see what’s out there hits. This Hulu scratch wasn’t half-bad; a solid thriller stocked with red herrings.

Death Trip – This flick had potential; a cool aesthetic, good actors, and a great score. But I must reiterate, this film had potential. And that’s that.

The Sitter – A 1995 junker that will be a special stand-out for Alicia Silverstone super-fans.

Old – M. Night Shymalan’s latest attempt, exploring the life’s a beach theory.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes – Found-footage mockumentary style that is served on a fairly convincing plate.

Eraserhead – In the ongoing quest to see all the horror movies, this was a big omission on my checked-off list. Now seen, I’ve joined the ranks of people who’ll never unsee it.

The Annual Rewatches

A year rarely goes by without viewing The Amityville Horror and The Craft, among other faves. Check and check, plus a full revisit of The Blair Witch Project franchise just to get my rock-piles off. Book of Shadows has its redeeming points, I swear.

I also threw in some Practical Magic to ease up on the horror, as well as the animated Addams Family.