My Pumpkin Carving Party went pretty well, considering it rained all day. I was surprised how many people didn't take thier pumpkins home with them. They're overflowing on my front steps! I think this could be an annual event at our house. Next year I need to remember to start the party later. 6pm was too early, I think 8 would have been better.
We had waaaaay too much food and beer, but it's always better to have too much rather than not enough. The cider (I tripled this recipe, threw in a hand full of cinnamon sticks and served it out of a big coffee server to keep it hot) and raspberry bars (Sept & Oct 2005 issue of Cook's Illustrated) were a crowd pleaser. I will be sure to make them again.
Hot Spiked Cider
1 quart water
3 orange tea bags
1/2 c. light brown sugar
2 c. apple cider
1 1/2 c. Captain Morgan's
Pour water into saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and toss in the orange spice tea bags. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in sugar, apple cider and rum. Heat just to steaming - do not boil.