Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Ghost Hunters Academy, Most Haunted USA, Ghost Lab, My Ghost Story, Paranormal State, A Haunting….we are inundated with paranormal reality tv. Some might consider that an oxymoron (paranormal and reality side by side), but I don’t.
In fact, I like it. I like that I can flip on my TV any night of the week and find something haunting the screen. Although it is turning me into quite the couch slouch. I’ll admit, I’ve watched more television in the past two years than in the last decade I’m sure, but that’s primarily due to the (finally) awesome paranormal and horror shows out there. Ghosts, serial killers, zombies, vamps and wolves, oh my! Anyway, I digress.
I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and be completely transparent now (no pun intended). I really enjoy watching stories about paranormal research, but I don’t necessarily agree with every research team’s practices or beliefs about the paranormal. Mainly, because I’m an unapologetic Christian that holds tight to the belief the dead do not walk among the living and mostly because I’ve experienced the supernatural from a much darker side. You may be thinking that doesn’t make any sense. How can someone believe in their experiences with ghosts without actually believing in ghosts? Simply put, I think it’s all bad news. It’s much more insidious than that. I don’t think the apparition you see standing beside your bed is truly Grandma Mabel coming back with a reassuring “I’m okay now” message. Nor do I think the strange noises you hear down the hall are being made by the former resident that hung himself in the cellar. I know most paranormal researchers would argue vehemently with my perspective, and that’s fine. It makes for an interesting discussion.
My screen rant: Presently, my two favorite paranormal reality shows are Ghost Adventures and Paranormal State. They are both so totally opposite in their approach and their casts couldn’t be any more different, but I love them both equally. I’ve been watching wacky Zack and the boys on Ghost Adventures since it first aired several years ago. I’m entertained by the almost over the top drama, the around-the-campfire narrated back stories of each location, and the constant barrage of ghostly activity that always seems to freak the guys out more than it does me. My favorite episode is definitely their visit to the Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa, because of my own personal experiences in that house. About Paranormal State, I respect the research group’s dedication and seriousness when it comes to their investigations. I think that Ryan and his team truly care about the people they interact with, and I also think Ryan puts more stock into the spiritual side of the paranormal than most others I’ve watched. Sadly, I just recently found out on founder Ryan Buell’s blog that he’s leaving the show. I know I’ll miss his sweet smile, his thoughtful drone, and his contribution to this so very intriguing subject. He announced it back in January. I should really keep up on my blogs.
I could write an entire novel on my experiences with the supernatural. I do intend on sharing many of my real life “ghost” stories, but if I gave away everything at once, what would keep readers coming back? Oh, yeah. The recipes. Duh.
The Recipe: Light in color, but heavy on indulgence; this subtly liquor-spiked fondue will be quick to disappear. Much like the entity standing at the end of your bed…muwahahaha
Ghostly White Chocolate Kahlua Fondue
(roughly 12 servings)
12 ounces white chocolate (chopped into small pieces with a sharp blade)
¾ C whipping cream
3 Tbsp Kahlua (you can add more if you want a bolder Kahlua creamy flavor)
Yummy things to dip: pound cake chunks, strawberries, seedless grapes, glazed and chocolate doughnut holes, shortbread cookies, pretzels
Add the dismembered chocolate pieces to a heat-proof bowl. In your small saucepan, medium heat the whipping cream until it is just about to boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate pieces. Stir with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is smooth and silky. Stir in your Kahlua until completely incorporated. Transfer your awesome fondue to a small Crockpot to keep warm. You can also cover this fondue with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until you are ready to warm it up and serve it up. Don’t forget to add plenty of yummy things to dip with your disappearing fondue!