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Sunday, September 24, 2017

GT v UNC 9/30/17

Final September game this season!
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GEORGIA TECH 
Yellow Jackets

vs

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
Tar Heels

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
@
NOON

BOBBY DODD STADIUM
ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Georgia Tech heads into this game with another win under their belts after beating Pitt last week 35-17.  It's a "WHITE OUT" game, so the GT fans are asked to wear white in an attempt to intimidate the UNC team - we'll see...but for the tailgate, it's another brunch.

I grew up in the south and going to visit my grandparents in Gainesville, FL, my grandmother always had country ham available.  I love it - that saltiness on a buttery biscuit! OMG!  So I'm adding a childhood favorite of mine to the menu which will also include a breakfast casserole you can make in the crock pot (so you're not racing around so much on Game Day), and I'm preparing a few other new things such as a Blueberry Muffin bread - how yummy does that sound?


MENU:

APPLE SLICES WITH APPLE CINNAMON DIP
BLUEBERRY MUFFIN BREAD

COUNTRY HAM AND BISCUITS
OVERNIGHT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

CINNAMON ROLL COOKIES

SWEET CAROLINE

APPLE CINNAMON DIP
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1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all of the above listed ingredients in a small bowl. Chill and serve.

BLUEBERRY MUFFIN BREAD
(Adapted from Frugal Mom Eh)
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1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 TBSP vanilla
1 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups fresh blueberries, washed and dried

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch loaf pan. Cream together the butter and sugar.
Add the eggs, vanilla and milk beating well.

Add the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.

Add blueberries and mix by hand gently with a spatula being careful not to crush the berries.
Pour batter into your loaf pan and bake for 60-75 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to finish cooling.

COUNTRY HAM AND BISCUITS

I'm going to heat the ham up on our grill the day of the game, and then quickly assemble the sandwiches right before family and friends arrive.

CROCK POT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
(Adapted from fav family recipes)
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1 lb hot pork sausage
12 eggs
1 cup milk
salt and pepper, to taste
1 pkg (2 lbs) potatoes o'brien (hash browns with diced onions and peppers)
1 tomato diced
2 cups cheddar cheese shredded

Brown sausage in skillet until cooked through and crumbled.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat eggs together with milk. Add salt and pepper.

Stir in sausage, potatoes, tomato, and cheese.

Spray crock pot with cooking spray, and pour in egg mixture.
Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
Top with sour cream, salsa, scallions...

CINNAMON ROLL COOKIES
(The Kitchen is My Playground)

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1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1/2 lb butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 cup flour

Filling:
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg white
1 TBSP water

Glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 TBSP hot water

For the Dough: Bring cream cheese and butter to room temperature; cream together until fluffy. Add 1/4 c. granulated sugar, salt, and vanilla. With mixer on low, add the flour, mixing until just combined.

Dump dough onto a well-floured board; roll it into a ball. Cut dough ball in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.

After chilling, roll each dough half into a 9x6-inch rectangle.

For the Filling:Whisk together the egg white and water until foamy.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and 1/4 c. granulated sugar.

Brush egg white mixture onto the surface of the rolled out dough; sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Starting with the 9-inch side of the dough rectangle, roll each into a log, pressing gently to seal the edge. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Remove dough logs from the refrigerator and unwrap. Using a serrated knife, gently cut dough logs into 1/2-inch thick slices. Transfer to a baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. Cool.

For the Glaze:Combine confectioners' sugar and hot water until smooth. Drizzle over the top of cooled cookies. Let glaze set to dry.

SWEET CAROLINE

Our family loves this drink so much, we offered it as one of two signature drinks to guests at our daughter (Caroline's) June 24th wedding this year!  It's yellow (thus a perfect Georgia Tech drink) and refreshing, so it's perfect for a game day drink in the south!

For one drink:

1 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz St Germaine
1 1/2 oz yellow grapefruit juice
Club soda (to fill the glass)
Mint sprig for garnish

Combine Vodka, St Germaine and grapefruit in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain over fresh ice. Top with soda. Garnish with a spring of mint.


Skirt: Nordstrom
Earrings: Tory Burch
Shoes: J Crew
Top: Target
Necklace: J Crew Factory
Bracelet: Mine (Tory Burch)
Bag: Parson's



*All images are mine unless otherwise credited.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

GEORGIA TECH VS PITT 9/23/17

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Actually I LOVE college football!!!!

Our next tailgate is coming up on September 23rd in Atlanta, GA.  We've had a bit of a rough go in the southeast with Hurricane Irma wrecking havoc following the last home game, but we've dried out and are looking forward to just enjoying ourselves tailgating with family and friends.  The players should be healthy and raring to go after their last game was cancelled vs UCF in Orlando.

This game should be sunny and gorgeous with a high in the low low 80s. Perfect!  And it is (yet another) early game, so we'll be having brunch fare.

GEORGIA TECH

VS

PITT

TAILGATE TIME:
9:00AM

GAMETIME:
12:20PM

BOBBY DODD STADIUM
ATLANTA, GEORGIA

MENU:

GRILLED PINEAPPLE
GREEN GODDESS DIP WITH VEGGIES
MAPLE CANDIED BACON

BREAKFAST BURRITOS
CHEESY GRITS SOUFFLE

TOFFEE BARS

SPIKED LEMONADE


GRILLED PINEAPPLE
(Adapted from Allrecipes)


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We had grilled peaches at the last tailgate for our brunch (topped with yogurt), and they were such a hit, I decided to grill another fruit at this tailgate.  Again, it's super easy and the flavor is fabulous! Double or triple your recipe depending on your crowd.

1 fresh pineapple - peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch rings
1/4 tsp honey
3 TBSP melted butter
1 dash hot pepper sauce
salt to taste


Place pineapple in a large resealable plastic bag. Add honey, butter, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Seal bag, and shake to coat evenly. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or preferably overnight.
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Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil grate. Grill pineapple for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until heated through and grill marks appear.
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GREEN GODDESS DIP with veggies


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1 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellman's or Dukes)
1 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts (6 to 7 scallions)
1 cup chopped basil leaves (18 to 20 leaves)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp anchovy paste
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sour cream
Assorted veggies for dipping

place the mayonnaise, scallions, basil, lemon juice, garlic, anchovy paste, salt, and pepper in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.

 Add the sour cream and process just until blended.




Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.


MAPLE CANDIED BACON
(Adapted from Closet Cooking)




1 lb thick cut bacon
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar

Place the bacon on a wire rack on a foil lined baking pan, brush the top of the bacon with maple syrup and sprinkle on some brown sugar.


Bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 15 minutes, flip the bacon, brush with maple syrup and sprinkle on the brown sugar and bake for another 15 minutes or until it reaches the desired level of crispiness.


Note: You can also sprinkle on some black pepper or cayenne for a bit of heat.

Easily make these in advance, and transport them to your tailgate.

Ready to head to my tailgate party!


BREAKFAST BURRITOS
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Easy peasy main course here.  As a host, all you have to do is prep the ingredients and place in small bowls for your guests.  And scramble some eggs JUST prior to serving.  Delish!

Stuff a flour tortilla with whatever sounds good to you such as:

Scrambled Eggs
Crumbled Bacon
Crumbled Sausage (turkey or pork)
Sliced fresh jalapeños
Salsa
Shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
Scallions
avocado
tomato
hot sauce

CHEESE GRITS
(Adapted from an old Southern Living)


catebogue


This recipe is THE best for cheese grits. It's not TOO rich, and the chicken broth makes it! It always gets rave reviews. I've been making it for years and it always garners compliments.  It's super cheesy without the heavy cream or cream cheese from some recipes.

6 cups chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 cups regular grits
16 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter
8 oz. grated white cheddar cheese
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Bring broth, S & P and garlic powder to a boil. Stir in grits and whisk. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thick (8-10 minutes). Add shredded cheddar and milk and stir. Slowly stir in eggs and butter. Pour into casserole dish, and sprinkle with white cheddar.
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Bake at 350 degrees 35-40 minutes until set.

TOFFEE BARS
(Adapted from Epicurious)

Crust
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour

Topping
7 to 8 ounces milk chocolate, broken into pieces, or 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped almonds, toasted
***NOTE - can substitute toffee baking bits for 1/2 of the almonds to heighten the toffee flavor!

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment.
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Prepare the crust. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg yolk, vanilla, and salt. 
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue


On low speed, gradually beat in the flour just until mixed. The dough will be stiff. Pat the dough evenly over the bottom of the baking pan.
Photo Credit: Cate Bogue
Bake in the center of the oven until pale gold on top, about 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and scatter the chocolate pieces evenly over the crust.
Return the pan to the oven for 1 minute. Remove the pan again and, using a knife, spread the chocolate evenly over the crust. Sprinkle evenly with the almonds.

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Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Using a sharp knife, cut into small squares, then carefully remove from the pan with a small offset spatula or an icing spatula.

***I'm making this dish way in advance of our tailgate party, and then will cool, cut up into squares, and I'll place in an airtight container and freeze.  It'll be perfect to thaw out the day before.

SPIKED LEMONADE

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Another football game = another fun Georgia Tech themed drink.  It'll be in the 80s still in Atlanta, GA, so this refreshing drink fits the bill.  You probably only need one before the game though! ;0)

Easily can be multiplied and put into a pitcher for a crowd so you're not left making individual drinks all morning.  The following recipe is for ONE drink:

1.5 oz Lemon Drop Mixer (I used 3 cups for my tailgate)
1.5 oz Vodka (I used 3 cups here)
~ 3 oz Club Soda (I added 5-6 cups)
Fresh mint (garnish)
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Combine ingredients in a tall glass and stir.

And - here's what I'm going with outfit wise:


Earrings: Bauble Bar
Shoes: Jack Rogers (Zappos)
Top: Nordstrom (ON SALE NOW)
Sweater: Nordstrom (old)
Skirt: Mine - J Crew Factory 
Bracelet - Mine - Tory Burch old

A few pics of another successful tailgate day:









































Next up: GT VS UNC!

*All photos are mine unless otherwise noted