These burgers go perfectly with a side of butternut squash or sweet potato fries with garlic tahini dipping sauce!
Remember the plastic Halloween costumes back in the 70’s? Well some of you might. These were an American Iconic Symbol during that time. They came in a rectangle box that had a clear window in the front to show off the really cool costume inside. Boxes lined K-mart and Woolworth’s shelves with popular characters such as Scooby doo, the Flintstones, Tom & Jerry, the Wizard of Oz, super heroes like superman, the hulk, wonder woman, or the occasional Frankenstein, ghost or witch. Open the box and that fragrant whiff of rayon plastic fills the air and inside was a plastic mask with the eyes, nose and mouth cut with an elastic band to hold it in place. I remember the horrid elastic band that was attached by a single staple that would tangle in my hair and would even pull a few stands out when I took it off or the sharp edges would dig into my face. Also, included was the way cool cheap plastic smock that tied in the back like a hospital Johnnie, most of the time the strings would break and they were highly flammable. I always had layers of cloths on underneath and my mom would make me wear a winter coat over my costume covering it up which did not make me particularly happy. However, by the second street I could not breathe and my face was hot and sweaty from running house to house trying to beat my brother to each door, so the mask always ended up off my face and pulled up on my head. Or my mother would end up holding it because the elastic broke as she stood at the end of the driveway.
Then, by the end of the night when we could not carry our pillow cases full of candy anymore, I sat on the floor in our living room with my costume still on and excitedly dumped out all my loot and inspected what I got, candy bars, Dots, bags of candy corn, some pennies , nickels and dimes, lollipops, popcorn balls, comic strip gum, and a couple boxes of cracker jacks. I quickly sorted out what I didn’t like and quietly shoved it over to my brother’s pile. We would put it all in our own separate bowls and it was usually enough candy to last us a month.
Today’s Halloween costumes have come a long way over the past 30 or 40 years sense I was little and the days of the plastic costumes are a thing of the past. Today costumes are very realistic and range from super heroes, food items as in a burger or slice of pizza, movie stars, sports heroes, law enforcement, military, pirates, sexy French maids, monsters, evil villains, princesses, fairies, animals, even furniture, and I have seen tables and chairs, showers, and salt and pepper shakers, the imagination is endless and if you have seen it, ate it, watched it, lived it, worked it then you can dress up as it. Huge department stores are dedicated just for Halloween supplies and costumes. Selling everything from a complete costume a bag to endless accessories, wigs, make-up, shoes, accessories, wings, tutu’s, hats, life like face masks with no elastic, fake nails, swords, wands, glow in the dark hair paint, teeth, even blood and flesh wounds. Costumes are made to look as life like as possible to scare, be funny, impress or pretend to actually be that character or thing for one day
Halloween, costumes and kids running from door to door asking perfect strangers for candy did not start until after World War II in the United States. However before that, the history of Halloween and costumes dates back from European and Celtic roots over 2000 years ago which was filled with mystery, superstitions of ghosts, witchery and sacrifices. It is believed that in Celtic times, people from Ireland, Northern France and the United Kingdom celebrated the festival of Samhaim. November 1st was declared a time to honor all saints and Martyrs by the Pope Gregory III and was also the New Year. It was the end of the summer months and the beginning of the cold days and was associated with human death at the time. The Celts believed that the night before the New Year the boundary between the living and dead became blurred and the ghosts returned to earth on this day. People would set bonfires and wore customs of animal skins to ward of ghosts. This day was also called All-Hallows and the night before in Celtic religion was All-Hollows eve then Halloween.
Then, by 1846 the US was flooded with Irish immigrants who brought with them the traditions of All-Hollows eve. Together with American and Irish traditions, people would dress up going from house to house asking for money or food. The costumes were intended to fool the spirits and the households they went to. The “Trick or Treat” that is said at each house came from children who would threaten to perform a prank such as egg throwing, tipping over outhouses, opening of farm gates if they did not get a treat. Today some of these pranks still go on.
The early costumes worn by kids and adults were downright creepy. There is just something about them that made them scarier than the modern day spooky mask, maybe it was the black and white old pictures that add to the creepiness. The really early 1900’s costumes were usually handmade using burlap sacks or other materials and some simply painted their faces white or black. Check out some of these earlier time costumes from the 1900’s. The first store bought costume did not appear until the late 1930’s. Benjamin Cooper was the creator of the mass production of costumes during this time. The 1950’s it was all about the sock hops with Elvis, poodle skirts and the Fonze and costumes included the Lone Ranger, Jetsons, Popeye, Betty Boop, and Mickey Mouse. It really wasn’t until the 60’s and 70’s that Ben came out with the cheap ever popular plastic box costumes came out. However, If you are too young and did not have the honor of wearing one of these 70’s costumes consider yourselves lucky and didn’t have to endure the plastic face mask with elastic that made you sweat and pulled your hair out. But, I believe you can buy one on E-bay.
So, what does this have to do with this week’s pumpkin recipe? Well nothing really. I came across an old vintage plastic costume like one that I remember wearing as a kid and thought it would be fun to look back on some of the history of Halloween costumes. So, for my pumpkin recipe this week I was in the mood for a good burger, again nothing to do with the 70’s costumes. This is for a huge burger with tons of delicious flavor that is better than Halloween candy (well maybe not chocolate but sure comes close). It is so easy to make that it can be made for dinner on Halloween night before the kids go out “trick or treating”. At least you know they will have something healthier before shoveling all that candy down. This is a black bean pumpkin burger with “bacon”, guacamole, tomatoes, dehydrated onion strings, fresh spinach, and garlicy tahini sauce and on the side are crispy rosemary salted butternut squash baked fries.
Pumpkin Burgers with squash fries and side of garlic sauce
Yields: about 12 patties depending how big you make them. I made them about ½ inch thick
Time: prep - 15 min Cook - 20-25 min
2 cans 14oz. black beans rinsed
1 can 14 oz. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
2 cups cooked brown rice
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
2 tbsp. teriyaki sauce (trader joes)
1 tbsp. garlic powder (or 2-3 cloves chopped fresh garlic)
1 tbsp. onion powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp. chopped fresh Rosemary (1 tbsp. dried)
Salt and pepper to taste
Yields: 1 cup
Time: 10 minutes
½ cup tahini
½ cup water
½ lemon juiced
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. tamari
2 tbsp. maple syrup (or honey if not strict vegan)
1 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp chopped fresh ginger (1 tsp powder)
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
Keep in mind you can add all sorts of toppings but for this burger I used:
Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato Fries
1 medium squash
1-2 tbsp. fresh rosemary chopped fine
1 tbsp. Mrs. Dash seasoning original
1 ½ tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil
1960’s and 70’s costumes http://www.metv.com/lists/20-strange-cheap-halloween-costumes-from-the-1960s-and-1970s
creepy costumes http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/19-horrifying-vintage-halloween-costumes#.wd6akEl85y