This Is No Trick: a Halloween Treat

pumpkin puree and muffins!

When MSNBC news correspondent Norah O’Donnell and her husband, chef Geoff Tracy, published Baby Love, we felt a moment of guilt (and jealousy). How could they — with their demanding jobs and three kids under 4 — have time to make their own healthy baby food and write a book about it?

Two weeks worth of fresh baby food in less than one hour is how. So we asked them to whip up a Halloween recipe for us — in their spare time.

Jack-o’-Lantern Muffins
Makes around two dozen

1 stick butter, room temperature
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1½ c. pumpkin puree (recipe below)
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. allspice
½ tsp. ground ginger

1. Preheat oven to 350º.

2. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs.

3. Mix together all-purpose flour, wheat flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and ground ginger. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

4. Mix in pumpkin puree.

5. Spoon the mixture into a small or large muffin tin. Bake small muffins for 20 minutes. Bake large muffins 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready to remove and cool on a rack.

Pumpkin Puree

3-5 pound pumpkin

1. Remove top and spoon out seeds and stringy insides.

2. Slice pumpkin in half and put in baking dish with 1-2 cups water.

3. Bake for 90 minutes at 350º. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

4. Spoon out flesh of pumpkin and puree until smooth.

For more delicious recipes, check out Baby Love, by Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy, available online at amazon.com.

this week in atlanta!
Taste of Atlanta

What: Make food-related crafts like self-portraits out of candy and sample tons of eats.
Why: Macaroni necklaces are way cooler than diamonds.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Tech Square, Fifth St., b/t Techwood Dr. & W. Peachtree St.; Spring St., b/t Biltmore Pl. & Armstead Ave. Tickets online at tasteofatlanta.com. Adults, $25 in advance; $30 at the door; under 13, free.

Movies Under the Stars

What: Settle in for an outdoor screening of How to Train Your Dragon.
Why: Wiggle to the Hokey-Pokey and play games beforehand.
When: Fri., 7 p.m.
Where: Gwinnett Place, b/t Belk & JCPenney parking lots, 2100 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth (770-476-5160). Admission is free.

Yo Gabba Gabba Live

What: Don’t miss the energetic show with zany characters like Plex, Foofa, and DJ Lance Rock.
Why: You’re dying to see Biz Markie’s munchkin-friendly act.
When: Sat. & Sun., 2 & 5 p.m.
Where: Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE (404-881-2100). Tickets at 877-725-8849 or online at yogabbagabbalive.com. Adults and children, $38-$66.

Photo: elena’s pantry / Flickr

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Tech Square
5th St
bt Techwood Dr & W Peachtree St
Atlanta, GA 30308
Gwinnett Place
2100 Pleasant Hill Rd
Duluth, GA 30096
660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308