It’s Another Patriots Super Bowl Weekend Special

New Englanders are beside themselves with excitement. Tom Brady and the boys are in Minneapolis for Super Bowl 52! They’re going for number six … that’s six Super Bowl wins. It’s party time throughout the region. Football fans will be watching (and eating) in fancy screening rooms and ordinary family rooms. Man caves will be packed and, invited or not, women will be there in their number twelve jerseys.

Now for the spread … how about Italian? … because – who doesn’t love an Italian feast. Here are a few ideas for a delicious spread:

Let’s start with beautiful antipasto platters. To start, arrange some of your favorite cheeses, sliced sausages and prosciutto on a platter, add some fruit and a few nuts. Next, roast some of your favorite veggies. Think Cauliflower, Beets and Butternut Squash as well as Mushrooms, Leeks, Shallots & Pearl Onions. If you like, add a small pitcher of Balsamic Reduction Finally, fill a basket with artisanal crackers, toasted baguette slices and a few breadsticks and invite your friends to make their own crostini.

Enjoy your favorite pasta at halftime. Now you can keep it simple and toss up a big batch of Penne alla Vodka. (Hint: make the sauce in advance.) Or take the make ahead route with Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Pasta Bake or everyone’s favorite Four Cheese Lasagna Bolognese with Spinach. Serve the pasta with a colorful Romaine & Radicchio Caesar Salad.

For dessert? How about a cupcake? Of course you’ll want to bake one with a white frosting … so you can add a few drops of food color to celebrate your favorite team. You might like my Sour Cream Cupcakes with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting. Not enough chocolate? Well, then give my Double Trouble Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes a try. Too much, then maybe you’d like my favorite Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Touch down and bon appétit!

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It’s a Patriots Super Bowl Weekend Special

New England is ecstatic. Tom Brady and the boys are in Houston for Super Bowl 51! Whether you’ve invited the entire neighborhood over or need to bring a dish to someone else’s party … here are a few delicious ideas.new_england_patriotsThe almighty apps … As in appetizers, not software for your smart phone. Here are a few favorites:

If it the Super Bowl, you gotta have a great dip. Try any or all of the following!
Roasted Beet & White Bean Hummus
Artichoke Pesto
Barba Ganoush
Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Warm Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts

Don’t forget the wings! Roast them in the oven or get out the grill:
Spicy Tequila Chicken Wings
Hoisin Chicken Wings

Next, comes that football favorite … chili!  I’ve got something for everyone – carnivores to vegetarian:
Pumpkin Chili with Turkey & Black Beans
Pork & Black Bean Stew with Salsa Verde
Red Bean & Pork Chili
Chicken, Black Beans & Corn
Chili Con Carne
White Bean & Veggie Chili

Add something green. Add a little crunch with a great salad or slaw.
Crunchy Slaw with Cilantro, Mint and Peanuts
Jicama Slaw
Spicy Cucumber & Radish Salad
Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons

Finish it off with something sweet.
Chocolate Hazelnut Bars
Peanutbutter Brownies
Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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What’s up with you this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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It’s a Super Bowl Weekend Special

super-bowl-50It’s the golden anniversary of sport’s biggest spectacular … Super Bowl 50! Whether you’ve invited the entire neighborhood in or need to bring a dish to someone else’s … here are a few delicious ideas.

Start with the almighty apps … As in appetizers, not software for your smart phone. Here’s my take on a couple of traditional football favorites:

Tostadas with Avocado Crema & Black Bean Salsa

Corncakes with Guacamole and Simple Salsa

Spicy Tequila Chicken Wings

Warm Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts with crostini or artisanal crackers

Moving on to something more substantial. How about baked pasta … perhaps something like …

Poverty Casserole

Decadent Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower & Bacon

Mac & Cheese with Roasted Broccoli & Sun-dried Tomatoes

… or chili …

Chili Con Carne

Red Bean Chili with Pork and Butternut Squash

Chicken Chili

Add something green

Crunchy Slaw with Cilantro, Mint and Peanuts

Jicama Slaw

Spicy Cucumber & Radish Salad

Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons

Finish it off with something sweet

Peanut-y Chocolate Chip Cookies

Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies

Espresso Brownies

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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What’s up with you this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! © Susan W. Nye, 2016

It’s a Super Bowl Weekend Special

Spinach_PizzaAlrighty then. It’s the Super Bowl this Sunday. That’s when two groups of very large men spend several hours running. As I understand it, they are supposed to run up and down the freezing field and try to get the ball to one end or the other. In reality, they spend most of their time running into each other.

Meanwhile, Super Bowl Parties are in the works all over the United States. Fans are trying to install giant, new flatscreen televisions and multiple remotes. They’ll spend the next couple of days on hold with customer support, the cable company and/or their techno-savvy twenty-something kid. Not to mention the snack aisle in the supermarket, it hasn’t been this busy since the 4th of July.

So? What are you serving this Super Bowl Sunday? Or bringing along to the pot luck?

How about one (or all) of the classics? Or my updated or slightly twisted but still delicious version of the classics! Here’s a quick round-up:

Finger Foods

Hoisin Chicken Wings
Potato Skins
Flat Bread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions and Spinach
Greek Pizza
Greek Stuff Stuffed Mushrooms
Chips with Homemade Salsa and Guacamole or Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salsa

Chili, Chili and more Chili

White Bean & Veggie Chili
Red Bean & Pork Chili
Chicken, Black Beans & Corn
Tex-Mex Braised Beef, Black Beans & Fresh Corn

A Sweet Fourth Quarter with Brownies, Brownies and more Brownies

Espresso Brownies
Peanut Butter Brownies
Triple Threat Brownies
Black & White Brownies

Have a great party and bon appétit!

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What about you? What’s on your Super Bowl Menu? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2014