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Countdown to the Big Game: Save the Day with Nachos

by in Recipes, February 2nd, 2017

Though we all love to look at and feast on impressive party centerpieces, some of us aren’t keen on all the preparation and planning that goes into these awe-inspiring creations.  For those of us on the lazier side, even game-day staples like wings can pose a challenge, from the time needed for meat to marinate to all the work of frying.

Our solution? Nachos. They’re quick, versatile and pretty hard to mess up. We’re not talking six-foot nachos, though we’d love to be at that party. These are dishes you can make less than an hour before game time.

Chili Dog Nachos

Rachael Ray’s 25-minute recipe puts a chili dog spin on basic ground beef with hot dogs, tomato sauce and chili seasoning. You’ll need to use the broiler for all of two minutes to melt the cheese.

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Countdown to the Big Game: Sandwiches with Major Flavor

by in Entertaining, Recipes, February 1st, 2017

Turkey Burger Patty MeltIf you can’t agree on a winning team, you and your Super Bowl party guests can certainly find common ground on one thing — the fact that sandwiches are delicious (and satisfying) no matter how you slice ‘em.  And while traditional subs are never a bad idea, trying something a little different will take your party to the next level. Whether you’re piling on the spice or opting for something sweet, these unique sandwiches are sure to please any crowd.

Turkey Burger Patty Melt (pictured above)

There’s nothing like biting into a juicy burger hot off the grill to bring game-day bliss. But pair that patty with Gruyère cheese and two toasted slices of rye bread (like Guy Fieri does here), and you’ll never look back.

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Google Reveals the Favorite Snacks of Football Fans in Every State

by in News, January 31st, 2017

Google Reveals the Favorite Snacks of Football Fans in Every StateWhat do football fans in your state love to snack on during the Super Bowl? Is it the same as your favorite big-game food? Google has provided some insight, releasing a list of the most-searched-for foods in the run-up to the Super Bowl in every state.

And the snack preferences as are diverse as this great country of ours. In California and Connecticut, they favor cupcakes, while in Colorado, it’s all about queso dip. In Maryland, residents are apparently madly Googling chickpea soup ahead of kickoff time. Mississippians are searching for sweet potatoes shepherd’s pie, and fans in Oregon are looking to cook up a Tater Tot casserole. Not surprisingly, dips of various types are mega-popular across the country, as are jalapeno poppers.

The big game is Sunday, of course, but it’s hard not to get hungry while reading the list right now. Check out the foods below and get related recipes to tackle. (Hut, hut … hike!)

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Big-Game Food Fight: Atlanta vs. New England

by in Events, Recipes, January 31st, 2017

This year’s Super Bowl is an East Coast battle, with the Atlanta Falcons facing off against the New England Patriots. Will your game-day spread feature Southern comforts or New England classics? We’ve got you covered, no matter whether your loyalties lie north or south of the Mason-Dixon.

Plus, for decor that doubles as a sweet snack, show your team spirit with these candy centerpieces for the Patriots and Falcons. Read more

Countdown to the Big Game: Winning Wing Recipes for a Crowd

by in Recipes, January 30th, 2017

Buffalo WingsWhen it comes to football, chicken wings could be considered the quarterback of your game-day spread. Think about it: No football feast would be complete without them, just like the New England Patriots without their star quarterback Tom Brady would just be, well, weird. That said, you’ll want to make sure you have enough to go around, so we found flavorful wing recipes to double up on. Read on to find your favorite. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Big-Game Snacks

by in Restaurants, January 29th, 2017

White Cheddar Crab Dip
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

When it comes to football’s biggest day, few things are as important as the spread — the snack spread, that is. We spoke to chefs across the country about recipes from their own party playbooks that always please the crowd. Ready, set, go get that oven fired up. It’s time to win at your own big game bash. Read more

Bringing the Big Game Home with Themed Decor

by in Recipes, Shows, January 28th, 2017

Touchdown TouchesIt’s one thing to don the jersey of your favorite NFL player or paint your face the colors of your home team. But when you go so far as to transform your home decor in the name of game day, you’re surely inching closer to superfan status. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts offered up a roster of Touchdown Touches to bring the big game to life. Football-themed balloons, pillows, mugs and more must-see features are easy to put together and will earn you big points for creativity at your tailgate. Read on below to see three of our favorite ideas from the show, then click here to find all of the Touchdown Touches.

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5 Better Ways to Drink Beer on Game Day

by in Drinks, February 6th, 2016

Game Day is one of the most divisive days of the year, but if there’s one thing that can loosen tightly-wound team alliances and unite us all, it’s booze. Recent Nielsen data shows that the week prior to the Super Bowl generated a nine-percent sales increase in beer nationwide — an impressive spike to be sure, but the same report indicates that the popularity of wine and spirits is also on the rise. The unofficial national beverage has some stiff competition, and perhaps a huddle is in order. Here’s the plan: Rather than piling your brews into a gigantic ice-filled tub, greet your guests with a fizzy (and budget-friendly) cocktail featuring your favorite lager or ale. We’ve got a potent michelada, citrusy beer punch and even a spicy ale-based Bloody Mary to bring beer back into the end zone.

Mauro’s Michelada Supreme (pictured at top)
Jeff Mauro serves this boozy creation in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass just like a traditional michelada, but with a few invigorating additions — namely, fish sauce, hot sauce and a generous dose of chile powder.

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Where to Dine Out in San Francisco for the Big Game

by in Restaurants, February 4th, 2016

Best NachosHeaded to San Francisco for this Sunday’s football finale?

While the big game may be the main draw, take advantage of Fog City’s unrivaled restaurant scene with these San Francisco dining guides.

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6 Game-Day Favorites That Are Even Better As Dips — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, February 4th, 2016

Taco DipWhen football fans arrive at your house in droves on Sunday, forget serving them composed, sit-down dishes that’ll hinder their cheering and jeering. Instead, transform game-day classics into innovative, easy-to-eat dips that say no to forks.

Tacos Instead of Taco Dip

Instead of using the store-bought taco seasoning packets to make full-fledged tacos, go for another game-day favorite: Taco Dip. Complete with beef, beans and everything you would load into your taco, it’s a football-party winner made for crunchy tortilla chips.

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