Orange and Black Dishes That Make You Scream ... with Joy

Besides using forbidden rice, that cool Chinese black rice previously reserved for emperors only, you can do all sorts of things to make your meal or spread more Halloween-themed, besides using candy and food coloring. There are black beans, char-grilled marks, raisins, black sesame seeds, and rye seeds. And what choices do you have for orange foods? That's easy. Start with sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, butternut squash, cheddar cheese, and go from there. In this recipe, baked sweet potatoes are mashed with butter, cream, and maple syrup for an easy Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish.