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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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: Muffaletta

Muffaletta

I don’t believe in sandwiches without mayo, seems unfair to the bread. Unless of course said mayo is replaced by the ridiculous olive spread on this here muffaletta.

Four big games this weekend calls for a serious sandwich, and this is it.  The only word that came to mind when building, and then eating this monster… Obscene!

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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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Touchdown Thursdays: Beer Brats with Sweet Sauerkraut

Do you ever feel alive? Like truly alive?  I’m not talking about jumping out of a plane, or your wedding day, or watching the World Series from the dugout… I’m talking about those little moments.

For me it’s hiking with the boy and his dog, hearing a melody that gives me shivers, giving someone a hug and meaning it, seeing a sunrise like it’s for the first time, drinking a beer that makes my taste buds dance, smiling at someone that you can tell needed it.  I bring this up, because in making this dish, I was standing over a pan of peppers and onions, and another with beer and brats, and taking in the smells, I thought, “Man, this is living.”  I love those little moments, the ones that they don’t make cards about, that can’t be truly captured, those tiny, fleeting, beautiful moments.  That’s why I love cooking.  And that’s why I do this blog.

Sorry for waxing poetic… it’s just one of those days :)

Now give me the meat and beer!

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Touchdown Thursdays: Apple Pie Egg Rolls

It’s been a long held belief of mine that hand pies would be the next big thing to hit the food truck craze.  They’re small, they’re cute, they’re portable, they’re easily adapted for the sweet or savory lover.

They also conjure images of Patti Lupone stuffing them with humans… but I digress.

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