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Friday, January 31, 2014

The BIG Game!!!




I'm so looking forward to this year's Super Bowl!  I'm a huge Peyton Manning fan, so I'll be cheering on the Denver Broncos.  Should be an exciting game.  The only tragedy of this particular game is that there is NO TAILGATING at the game!  Hard to believe!  No matter to me, as I'll be tailgating at home!  Here's what I'm serving up:


(Adapted from Detroit Free Press)

Photo Credit: Detroit Free Press
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise (regular, reduced or nonfat)
½ cup horseradish, white or red
1 package large (at least 10" in diameter) lavash bread (6-8 pieces) or favorite flatbread/tortilla
1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, very thinly sliced or shredded
1½ pounds good-quality medium-rare roast beef, sliced thin
2 large red,yellow or orange bell peppers, chopped
1-2 packages arugula
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
In a small bowl, stir together the cream cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish until combined.

Place one lavash on a clean, flat surface. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture over the bread, especially on the uppermost edge (this is the glue that holds the lavash together after it has been rolled).

Place about 2 slices of the cheese on half of the lavash. Repeat with the roast beef.
Sprinkle red peppers over the beef and place a hearty line of arugula on top of the beef along the outer edge (this will end up in the center of the wrap).

Begin rolling from the outer edge, using your fingers to keep the filling in place. The last roll should contain no filling.

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill 2 hours before slicing. When ready to slice, place the roll seam side down on a cutting board and cut the lavash into about 1-inch slices on the diagonal.

Repeat with the remaining lavash slices.

(Adapted from littlebcooks)
makes 36 mini muffins

Photo Credit: littlebcooks
6 hot dogs (I like Hebrew National Beef)
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
½ cup sugar
2 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Preheat oven to 350 F, and spray your mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
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In a medium skillet on medium heat, brown the hot dogs for about 5-8 minutes (just until they start browning, you don't want them to be burnt or for the skin to be too tough). Remove from heat and cut each hot dog into 6 pieces.
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients for the corn muffin mixture.
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Add the egg, milk and vegetable oil, and stir until just combined.
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Fill each cup in the muffin tins about 3/4 full. Place and press one piece of hot dog into the center of each muffin cup.
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Cook for 10 minutes at 350 F, then increase heat to 400 F, and cook another 2-4 minutes - you want them to be nicely light browned, but not burnt, so watch carefully. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing from trays.
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Serve with your favorite hot dog condiments like mustard, ketchup and relish.

(Adapted from The Chew)
Photo Credit: The Chew
1/3 cup Mayonnaise (I use Hellman's)
1/3 cup Cream Cheese (I use low-fat)
1/4 cup Sour Cream (I use low fat)
1 tsp Smoked paprika
1/4 tsp Cayenne
1 1/2 cups Lump Crab Meat
3 Scallions (thinly sliced)
freshly cracked Black Pepper
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, stir together the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
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Season to taste and transfer to an oven-safe serving dish.
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Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly and golden on top.  Serve with your favorite crackers.
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Photo Credit: Pinterest
2 cans Rotel tomatoes
1 large can diced tomatoes (or whole tomatoes, chopped)
½ red onion finely chopped
4-5 cloves of garlic (I usually use fresh, but I was out, so I used jarred minced instead)
1-3 fresh jalapenos (depends how hot you want it)
1 large bunch of cilantro
Salt and pepper
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Combine all ingredients and allow time time for the flavors to blend in the refrigerator.
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Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
(Adapted from Crazy for Crust)
Photo Credit: Crazy for Crust
I love all things coconut!  But . . . even if you're not a fan (yes, I'm talking to my husband and daughter), these brownies will be devoured.  Totally yummy!

2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
1 cup evaporated milk
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 cup unsalted butter, sliced into tablespoons
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
To make the Brownies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
Place the two baking chocolates and butter in a large, microwave safe bowl.
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Heat on HIGH power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Stir in sugar.
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Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Add eggs, vanilla, and cocoa and stir well.
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Add flour and stir carefully. Spread batter in prepared pan.
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Bake about 25 minutes, until a toothpick 2 inches from the outside of the pan comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.

To make the Frosting
Combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, and butter in a medium saucepan.
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Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the butter has melted and the mixture thickens and bubbles.
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Once it bubbles, reduce heat to low and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla, coconut, and pecans.
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Cool about 1 hour, until the mixture is spreadable. Spread frosting over the top of the cooled brownies.
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Cut into squares.
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Store in refrigerator. Then devour!  ***These freeze well if you need to make them in advance.

Photo Credit: Esquire
Since it's the middle of winter, and we (Atlantans) have just survived our first (and probably only) snow storm of the season, I thought a Dark and Stormy would be an appropriate drink for this year's Super Bowl.  There will be plenty of beer on hand as well though!  We first had this drink at Atlanta's The Optimist and have loved it ever since.

2 oz Kraken Spiced Dark Rum
3 oz Ginger Beer
Lime wedge (for garnish)
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

I found these at my local Kroger and think they are just adorable for serving at a Tailgate Party!   They're disposable, but they'd be fantastic to serve alongside raw oysters or on a relish tray.  Love! $4.99 for 48.
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue


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  2. Great blog and recipes. Keep up the good work. I'm not as ambitious a tailgater as you so I stick to fancy hot dog recipes with interesting toppings and condiments. I found some great inspiration at I hope you enjoy.