Kick-Offs & Recaps

The Fantasy line-up is set.  The jersey perfectly rumpled.  The beer cold.  The chips and dip aplenty.  Dish with clear line of sight of the southern sky – for maximum Sunday ticket reception.

It’s here dear friends.  The day of days… NFL FOOTBALL!!!

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Macaroni Salad

Options.  In football it helps manage the game clock.  At the grocery store it’s paper or plastic.  At the bar it’s Bud Light or Bud Heavy.  At the salon it’s blonde or brunette.  The world is full of options, and this weekend I’m hitting you with a bevy of options in a very serious department – pasta salads!

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Goat Cheese Potato Salad

Picky eating ain’t my thing, but when it comes to potato salad, I’ve got a few ground rules.  No eggs.  No raw yellow/white onions.  No Yukon Golds.  No yellowy matter pretending to be dressing.  So usually, I’m pretty disappointed when it comes time to grab some from the picnic spread.

This recipe – saves me from all that nonsense.  It’s got creaminess, tang, zip, texture, chunk, and funk.  I’d like to think of it as a little slice of potato salad heaven.

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Grilled Corn with Cheese and Chile

By now I’m hoping you’ve dusted off those greasy grates and thrown down some serious meat and veggies, getting your grilling hearts aflutter.  While you might only be concerned about the best way to get some char on massive steaks, thick burgers, or ribs, let’s not forget that those nice healthy vegetables get the same awesome boost from some grill time.

So here we go- I’m about to write a check that I’m positive my butt can cash… this is best and only way to eat grilled corn on the cob.  Seriously folks, I’ve made this dozens of times and it’s come out perfectly every single time.  This is different, easy, and delicious.  Do yourself and your fellow diners a favor and add this to your grilling lineup.

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Guinness Corned Beef, Cheddar Soda Bread & Pilsner Parmesan Potatoes

It’s by pure accident that I’m posting my St. Patrick’s Day Feast – before March 17th!  (I don’t want you to think I’m losing my procrastinating ways). So hopefully, this will give you some ideas for maximizing your drinking family time on Saturday.  This plan is for a day of cooking, with very little of it spent actually cooking – love it!

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Shrimp & Coconut Curry with Mango, Apple & Orange Chutney

“No time! No time! There’s never enough time!”  I don’t enter into caffeine pill induced freak outs, but I do wish for more time when I look at the stacks of food magazines and books that clutter my floor.  My list of things to make and bake grows longer by the day, and there’s never enough time to test and post.  Someone find me a longer day, please.

Case in point, this showed up in the December 2010 issue of Bon Appetit, and I’ve been dying to make it ever since.  A year and a half later, here she is – wow, look at that turn around time.

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Soupy Sundays: Curried Peanut Squash Soup

“We both have so much in common.  We both love soup.  And we love the outdoors.  We love snow peas, and talking, and not talking.  We could not talk or talk forever, and still find things to not talk about.”

What better way to drop a quote from one of my favorite movies, Best In Show, than announcing the birth of a new feature on this here old bloggy blog?

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Touchdown Thursdays: BLT Dip

The BLT – talk about an all-star, Pro-Sandwich Hall of Famer!  Now add dairy in two lovely forms (cream cheese and sour cream), turn it into a dip, and we’ve got a serious football party!

This recipe also includes one of our other favorite cooking words… easy!  The only part that will slow you down is the shredding.  Grab some already shredded cheese, a bag of shredded Iceberg and you’re good to go.  Enlist the help of a chopper for the tomatoes, and you’ve got a dip that comes together in a matter of minutes.

You could switch up the spices or the cheeses to your liking.  Hey, it’s football season, call an audible.  Without my boy P-Mann around this year, I’m more than making up for it in the kitchen!

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