Halloween comes early on Fire Island because almost all but 3 restaurants/bars are closed by the beginning of October. They have Halloween parties the 2 middle weeks of October. I decided to make some seasonal fall dishes for the occasion. One of the things you do at the end of the season is empty your refrigerator of all perishables.  I had a bunch of tomatoes (that I didn’t want to throw away) so I decided to make a fresh tomato soup.

I found other ingredients that were also in the fridge… Yes I’m a food shopaholic!!!

I found some basil, onions and garlic, in the produce drawer and chopped those up and added them to my  mise en place


I decided to make tomato soup, and a little César salad. I started by chopping some onions.

Then I blanched the tomatoes in boiling water to remove the skins.

I chopped up some Basil.Onions and Garlic

Then I used my stick blender to blend tomatoes, basil, (some dried oregano), onions, garlic, salt and pepper.

So what would go well with Fresh Tomato soup????IMG_2483

PRETZELS !!!!!!!


 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature, plus melted butter for brushing

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

1 1/4 oz packet of active dry yeast 

6 cups of all purpose flour

2 teaspoons of kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling

 cooking spray

2/3 cup baking soda 

mustard for dippingIMG_2320Shape into pretzel shape

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes

Serve with soup and saladIMG_2282everyone had a great time!!!!IMG_2319

Parties all night

IMG_2282IMG_2293IMG_2284IMG_2326Time to head home

IMG_2279until next summer…….

2 comments on “Halloweeney

  1. Michael P. Rethman says:

    Ah another season fades among the many (too few?) of our lives. Be well and aloha — and, of course, eat well!


  2. Diane Efantes Farrell says:

    Again I’m drooling over the food. And again the photography is BEAUTIFUL….
    I can’t think of Thanksgiving without thinking of you and the aboundance of delicious foods and great company at your holiday feasts. Happy Holiday
    Love you🐔💞💕💞💌💞💓💞


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