My sister was visiting for the weekend, which, happily, coincided with one of my favorite events in New York, the Halloween Dog Parade.
â€œIâ€™m watching it, and I still canâ€™t really believe itâ€™s happening,â€ said Sarah, as a dog dressed as a bumblebee sniffed a dog dressed as Michael Jackson.
Sharks were clearly a theme this year â€“ from classic Jaws to Hammerheads. Dinosaurs were another popular choice. Ballerinas. Princesses. Wonder Woman. A dog for every taste.
â€œHereâ€™s what weâ€™ve learned today,â€ said Jon. â€œIf you want to win, you need to go homemade, for sure. Store bought costumes are just the table stakes for this one. Punning helps. Something political makes a nice change. Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s not going to cut the mustard: a knitted sweater. A leash decorated with beads. A bandana. Seriously. Get it together.â€
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1 rasher of streaky bacon for every 2 no soak de-stoned prunes
I usually count on people eating 4 or 5 depending if thereâ€™s any other food to eat. They can be made in advance and frozen, then cooked from frozen in the oven.
- Cut a slice of streaky bacon in half
- Using a knife blade carefully stretch out the bacon as though you are buttering bread
- It should now be much thinner and about the same length as the original slice
- Place the prune at one end and roll up
- Put on a tray with the loose side on the bottom
- Cook in a hot oven (400ish) for 12 â€“ 15 minutes until the bacon is cooked
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving