Monday, January 25, 2010

It's Game Time!...Super Bowl Menus and Recipes

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Okay it's almost here, the most anticipated sports weekend of the year... the Super Bowl! (yawn).   Frankly, I just sleep through it, play bridge or go to the movies.  I am not a football fan, but I am an avid baseball (Yankees!), tennis and golf fan, and oh yes...the Olympics are coming, must get ready for that.   I have decided that it's not so much the sports I like but the competition.  I am intensely competitive... inherited it from my mother, the one who doesn't like broccoli anymore, like old "41".

Perhaps the only thing I like about the Super Bowl is the food, and then again, not that much.  I am a fan of Chili, especially on a cold winter night;  but as I'm getting on in years, Turkey Chili has replaced  Beef Chili in my repertoire.  And the dips, love those too! I'm so glad dips are back.

If you are on a budget and have a big plasma TV, you have just hit the jackpot.  There are lots of budget friendly recipes for this event so make a list and invite those you must, particularly the ones who hate to dress up for your dinner parties.  This is the time for casual and jeans, men... the only time!  Beer and wine are the drinks of choice and I don't know of a single male guest or fan who doesn't show up at one of these parties without a six pack under his arm. Testosterone and beer must go well together. I never allow guest to bring anything to my dinner parties but this is one occasion when it is okay and even fun to let them participate and show off some of their favorite is that informal.  So take advantage of this economically- friendly, entertaining opportunity and invite everyone you owe.  There is no excuse  for not reciprocating and paying back all those invitations you've had during the last year.

Here are some suggestions of things you can bring or serve.  They are all on this site or in my country blog, My Kitchen By The Lake.

Appetizers and Hors D'Oeuvres

Thai Fried Chicken Wings With Hot And Sour Sauce



-OR -

Have a Sundae Bar !

and let everyone fix their own!!

If you want to keep it simple, serve only vanilla ice cream, (already scooped and served in a big bowl) and have different sauces (Hot fudge, Caramel or Butterscotch, and Strawberry)Make sure you have pecans or walnuts, whipped cream and some fun toppings such as Sprinkles, Oreo cookies, Heath Bar get the point!


  1. What fun! I only rarely watch the Super Bowl (I too find football to be grindingly dull) and then for the ads and the half time, also so I can participate--albeit nominally--in the water cooler chatter at work. You've got me thinking dips and I shall be sure to try one of yours. Thanks, Reggie

  2. Ah, the super bowl -- probably one of the most food days of the year -- and no matter where the party is, there are always appetizers!

  3. I've spent the day writing a column about great snacks for Super Bowl Sunday. It won't be in the paper or on my blog until next Wednesday but I totally agree with you about football.. Boringgggggggggggg

  4. I'm loving all you recipes and your websight is so elegant. I am not a sports fan, but that doesn't matter with all the Fine Recipes you post. I can use them any ole time.

    Hugs to Lucy from my boys.

  5. Granny, Carol, Martha & Reggie,
    guess none of us is too keen on the superbowl..but it's always a good excuse to chow down!

  6. Julieta,
    I enjoy your blog tremendously. Your refinement and delicious recipes are an asset to all of us.
    I recently had a dinner party and made the chicken scallopini breaded with panko and got many compliments from my guests. I also share your passion to the game of bridge.
    Annie Nielsen Sardiña

  7. Annie,
    How nice to hear from you and so glad to hear the scallopini was a success. It is a house favorite. Please give my warmest regards to Eddie and maybe next time I am in town we can sit down for a game of bridge. Not many of us left...


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