You just never know when inspiration will strike.
For me, it came in the form of a mysterious eyeball that washed up on a beach in Florida.
When the story first broke, all they knew was that they had a grapefruit-sized eyeball that was "probably marine in nature" (after which I immediately mentally ran through a list of all non-marine possibilities and didn't come up with any satisfactory answers).
The article also included a delightfully close-up picture (watch the video if you have yet to see the mystery eyeball).
Now, admittedly this eyeball is fairly grotesque and not the sort of thing that would typically lead one to create a dish modeled after it, but I am not typical and we are just two weeks away from Halloween.
If you have the stomach for it and don't mind eating something that looks as if it washed up on a beach, then here is how you make Mystery Eyeball Deviled Eggs:
1. Click here and follow my deviled eggs recipe. The only change is that you need to add the desired amount of blue food coloring to the yolk mixture before you pipe it into the eggs. Don't worry about the pickle relish. If you add enough food coloring, it'll be fine.
2. Add a sliced black olive to the top of each egg. By happy accident, I purchased a can of olives with jalapeno, so some of my pupils had the added benefit of looking bloody and tasting great!
Once you've done all that, be sure to take a moment to enter our Halloween costume contest (the grand prize is $5,000).
Now, why not serve up some special Halloween cocktails to go with your Mystery Eyeballs? BANK Café and Bar in the Westin Verasa has shared the recipes for such seasonal potions as the Zombie and the Corpse Reviver: Please see Halloween Cocktail Recipes from the Napa Valley.
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How are you celebrating the Halloween season? Do you decorate your home and workplace? Share the scare with us! Check out Napa Gets Spooky for Halloween, and add your photos to the gallery.