And I fully acknowledge that I am the Queen of the Theme cooking.
I will take any holiday, sporting event, television program, news item, or even an overheard sentence uttered by a stranger in the grocery store and turn it into a themed meal.
It's just kind of what I do--an inside culinary joke I have with myself four nights a week.
This month alone we've had paella and burgers for Columbus Day, Nathan's hot dogs for the playoffs and apple pie for the presidential debates. But the creme de la creme of my kooky cookery, my celebratory savories, festive foodstuffs, and motif meals is Halloween.
Our usual dinner is a pot of chili and the obligatory mummy dogs and cupcakes, but I think I've found a new freakish fare for the table: Mummy Meatloaf.
Use this guide from Spoonful.com and this 1770 House meatloaf recipe from Food Network Magazine (which is by far the best meatloaf I've ever eaten, family confirms) and you'll become a permanent member of my themed cook support group.
P.S. Our next meeting is November 1st for All Saint's Day. Bring divinity, angel food cake, and St. Louis style ribs.
P.S.S. Imagine pairing this with graveyard ghost mashed potatoes? Ok, I'll stop now.