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Are you ready for some football?!...
That is what you will hear people asking just days before the big game and as they enter our home. I don't know how, but ever since my husband and I got together and moved in together, we have played host to family and friends for all football games. And, now that we have kids of our own, that makes for a fun addition to the Sunday football game days at our house.
While I miss the tailgating we used to do back in our college days and before the kids, I have to say that I love being home and cooking for family and friends. It is my excuse to get into the kitchen and cook up a variety of foods -- both finger and for a sit down meal. You never know how long a game will go for, so I have to be prepared to feed everyone over a long period of time.
Even if a game doesn't go into over-time, I am still ready to feed excited football fans and even those who just saw their team lose (as we always have fans that come that root for the other team), so that they are sent home with a full belly. :-) Come on, I am Italian, so I am used to being around food and making sure everyone is well fed, with a meal and sweets. I just can't help myself. :-)
Do you have any fun Game Day traditions in your house? In addition to being in charge of cooking the food, I also make a point to keeping everyone else in my family on top of their duties. My girls are in charge of the snack table and letting me know when something is getting low so that we can re-stock. I never want a guest to reach for dip or a chicken wing and find the bowl empty. As for my husband, when he is not making up or grabbing drinks for the adults, he makes stops into the kitchen periodically -- usually during the commercial breaks, to help with the dishes or taking out the trash, which always seems to pile up.
When it comes to food that I put out for guests, if you were to visit on game day, you would find the must haves...chili, chips and dip (at least 4 different kinds including ranch, salsa, bean and cheese dips), potato chips, chicken wings (mild, medium and hot), salad, rolls, finger sandwiches and other snack bag foods that are quick to tear open and pour into bowls. I try to please everyone's tastes, so make a point to have an assortment of food available. And, I never have to worry about storing leftovers, are there are never any left, or if they are, I have takers ready to take doggie bags home with them. :-)
Want to see what I have served up at our recent Game Day gatherings? Hopefully you are not reading this post on an empty stomach as your mouth will water...just warning you beforehand...
Red Beans and Andouille Sausage
Southwestern Stuffed Burger
Mushroom Philly cheese steak with provolone cheese
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