Happy Halloween! For Foodies fall’s favorite holiday is just one more excuse to look at great foods – and this time on the sweet and savory side.
Master Chef semifinalist and host of the upcoming Foodie Next Door, Becky Reams joins Chef Mary and Duane to talk about foods and wines for the chilly nights. Themed for the holiday will be Halloween chili, cornbread and a crisp garden green salad – perfect for adults dolling out the treats or for the kids – before or after – their trick or treating!
How to roast perfect pumpkin seeds
It’s time to roll up your sleeves and clean out your pumpkin.
Remove the seeds and the gooey membranes from the pumpkin.
Soak the seeds in sea-salted water (the membranes of the pumpkin will fall to the bottom of your bowl and the seeds will float to the top).
Lightly dry off the seeds and place them into a bowl.
Toss the seeds with salt.
Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Place the seeds into a 300-degree oven and toast for 10-15 minutes.
Flip the seeds in the pan to make sure they do not burn.
Add a little more crunch to the pumpkin seeds by increasing the temperature to 325 for six to eight more minutes, but keep a close watch so they don’t burn.
Once the seeds are nice and toasty check them to see if they need any more salt and, at this point, if you want to change things up add a little brown sugar, cinnamon or paprika.
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