Late Night Double Feature

3 Nov

I was working in my kitchen, late one night…

Who didn’t love the late night horror films as an impressionable child? Fun, spooky and a great start to the weekend. And what’s better than one creature feature? Two! And so, late last night in my kitchen, I made not one but two recipes from two masters of horror; Boris Karloff and Vincent Price.

Boris Karloff

As we ride the coattails of Dio de los Muertos out, it’s time to remember Boris Karloff. I’ve chosen his recipe for this festival for two reasons; in his later years he starred in several Mexican horror films such as House of Evil and Isle of the Snake People. And Mr Karloff was also a huge fan of Mexican food. So in his memory, I made his signature guacamole.


And in the “spirit” of the festival, this guacamole’s got spirit. Sherry to be precise…

2 avocados

1 medium tomato, finely chopped

1 small onion, minced

1 tbsp. chopped canned green chiles

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp sherry

Dash cayenne (optional)

Salt, pepper

Peel and mash avocados. Add onion, tomato and chiles, then stir in lemon juice, sherry and seasonings to taste, blending well. Serve as a dip for tortilla pieces or corn chips or as a spread. Makes 10 to 12 appetizer servings.

(recipe from

It’s frighteningly delicious…


Vincent Price

Vincent Price has been known for decades not only as the face but also the voice of horror. But not many know of his culinary passions.

In a book he wrote with his second wife, Mary, I found his recipe for a Bloody Mary…


Say it three times and the drinks will appear!

Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary…


And here’s the recipe…



Worcestershire sauce



monosodium glutamate

canned vegetable juice

1. In a large pitcher mix: 6 jiggers vodka, 6 drops Tabasco, 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 6 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp freshly ground pepper, 1/4 tsp monosodium glutamate, 2 teaspoons of sugar and two medium cans of vegetable juice.

2. Stir well and pour into glasses over ice.

Note: Our Bloody Marys are hot and sweet-sour and they show their fist.

Shockingly good…


Actually, it wasn’t that good but I had forgotten to add the sugar, salt and pepper as I was caught up in a very complex zombie board game. So although it didn’t have my full attention, my spirit was in it. Ha ha ha ha

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