SHEILA LUKINS’ “CANDY CORN”

This is a print from a vintage slide that I found on ebay.  Remember when you used to make your own Halloween costumes?  Me either, unless being a “hobo” counts as making a costume.

There is no doubt in my mind that this man is a lawyer.  Can you spot the telltale signs? First, there is the attention to detail — look at how carefully those hand-drawn freckles have been applied.  The completely humorless expression is another clue:

Then, of course, there is the trophy wife:

But the thing that really gives this guy away is his legs.  The whiter than white legs (don’t look directly at them or you may go blind).  No self-respecting lawyer would ever sport tan legs — that might suggest that you have free time to pursue interests outside of the office and the law is not your life.  Or maybe lawyers, like vampires, can’t handle exposure to sunlight.  Yep, those ghostly white legs are a dead giveaway:

There is one other clue that this man is probably a lawyer.  He was on his way to a party where the costumes were going to be judged, which obviously brought out his fierce competitive streak, because he went for the win:

Holy cow — first prize!  Way to go, Bill!

This photo, and the fact that Halloween is just a few days away, inspired me to dust off a recipe for “candy corn” that appeared in Parade magazine 15 or 20 years ago.  It was created by Sheila Lukins, one of my culinary idols, of Silver Palate fame.

What is it about candy corn?  Looking around the interwebs, I found dozens of recipes using candy corn or incorporating candy corn colors — candy corn truffles, popsicles, cake balls, popcorn, bark, fudge, pretzel rods, cookies, and mousse, just to name a few.  There are a lot of recipes for homemade candy corn floating around, but at about $1.50 a bag, I think I’ll just buy my candy corn and save those hours in the kitchen for something else.  Like this savory “candy corn” recipe.

SHEILA LUKINS' "CANDY CORN"
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Recipe type: Vegetable, Halloween
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Ingredients
  • 4 carrots, cut into ¼" dice
  • 1 large potato, cut into ¼" dice
  • 4 ounces slab bacon, cut into ¼" dice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 cups frozen or canned corn
Instructions
  1. Fill a medium stockpot half full with water, add two teaspoons salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add carrots and potatoes, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered until tender but not mushy, approximately 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Place bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat and cook until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Add olive oil and onions to bacon drippings in pan and saute onions until translucent, approximately 10 minutes. Add maple syrup and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in bacon, potatoes, carrots, and corn, season to taste with salt and pepper, and continue cooking until heated through.

 Trick or treat! 

 Left:  The real deal candy corn

Right:  The Mom has too much time on her hands faux version 

4 thoughts on “SHEILA LUKINS’ “CANDY CORN”

  1. The passion in Bill’s eyes is what did it for me. Yep. He’s definitely a lawyer. I could just talk to him for hours about tort reform.

  2. Hysterical. I was laughing out loud at this one. That Bill is a stunner and the trophy wife – absolutely! Love it. I recently made the eye balls with blueberries. It was very popular at the neighborhood Halloween block party and made my store bought cupcakes look a little more homemade! Thanks. Love the blog.

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