Touchdown Thursdays: Duck Fat Chex Mix

Duck Fat Chex Mix

Popable.  Portable.  No muss.  No fuss.

These are typically the goals of tailgating/entertaining food stuffs.

For this, the first installment of the 2013 season of Touchdown Thursdays, I’m hitting up a classic that satisfies all of the above, but with a seriously sophisticated twist… duck fat and smoked salt!

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Leek & Cheddar Beer Spread

Leek & Cheddar Beer Spread

Sweet, subtle, and earthy, leeks possess a unique ability to offer main ingredients support, without stealing the show.  Quite simply, I hardcore them, and this time of year they are more beautiful, lovely, and yummy than ever.

Salty cheddar, hot sauce, beer, and leeks combine to form this delicious spread, perfect for Spring entertaining, or solo comfort munching.

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Beer Swiss Fondue

Beer Swiss Fondue

Planning a special dinner for that special someone this Thursday?  Nothing says “love” like beer and cheese… or maybe that’s just my version.

Chances are you have a fondue pot that’s been lying in wait since the 70s, dying to see the light of day, set him free.  This fondue is so easy to throw together, you’ll be sipping martinis and dunking in about 20 minutes.

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Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip

Apparently there’s some sort of sporting event taking place in a week; a sort of nationally televised gladiator type thing. Eh, who cares?!

Ha. Yeah right. It’s here!!! The moment we’ve been waiting for all year. I don’t have a pony in this race, but seeing as how I’m from Maryland and am surrounded by Ravens fans, I might have to throw my support their way. I’m still up in the air.

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Touchdown Thursdays: Spicy Sweet Potato Chips & Cilantro Dip

Sweet Potato Chips & Dip

It happened you guys.  Call it a gust of wind in my sails.  A wind beneath my wings.  A fire under my butt.  The dawning of a new day.

Maybe it’s the killer Redskins game I went to on Monday.  The hustle, bustle, and merriment of the holiday season.  Or just more sleep.  Whatever it is, like my boy Constanza says, “I’m back, baby!

I’m super-mega pumped to bring you some great holiday ideas and recipes in the coming month, so let’s get started!

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Touchdown Thursdays: Spicy Pimento Cheese

It stinks.  It really stinks!  And yet, you keep leaning in to smell more.  It’s gross.  It’s really gross!  And yet, you can’t look away.  It tastes weird.  It tastes really weird!  And yet, you keep going in for another bite.

This scenario pertains to me as a kid and pimento cheese.  It scared me.  I wasn’t sure what it was.  The stuff was bright orange.  But, for some reason, I loved it.  It could have been that in my mind pimentos were some magical creatures, but it was yummy and weird, all at the same time.

I’d like to think my more mature, and delicate palate appreciates the subtle nuances that make this delicacy a staple on most Southern tables.  Or maybe, I just realized that it’s full of cheese and tiny little red things.

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