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What's Cooking Behind The Shades - SuperDuperBowl Menu 
Jan. 4, 2010 12:17 pm 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2010 8:26 am
The NFL Regular Season came to end last night when the Cincinnati Bengals, rather than showing up in the freezing cold for a meaningless game, decided to take the night off to go see the tree in Rockefeller Center & to see who survived the plane crash on Desperate Housewives. That's all well & good but what does that have to do with cooking  or food you may ask. Well that's certainly a good question and I am just the man to answer it for you.
Super Bowl Sunday or as I prefer to refer to the spectacle, SuperDuperBowl Sunday, is virtually an unofficial national holiday. Friends & Family gather in front of large screen TV's with piles of food in front of them or on the buffet by the kitchen while they watch the game, the commercials and the myriad of illegal 100 square pools & various other sundry sidebets they have going. The game itself is invariably remembered more often for the commercials & food than it is for the final score so it has been my goal ever since I learned how to cook for myself (thanks Mom) to have a more than impressive spread available during the viewing of the game.
Now when it comes to planning the menu, I begin as soon as the SuperDuperBowl is over. What worked ? What didn't ? What did I hear about in the days after the game that other people had that I want to have ? What have I tried t other parties or restaurants that could be fun to twist ? What city is hosting the SuperDuperBowl ? And of course, which two teams are playing in the big game because we need to make sure that we have some regional representation in the cuisine. So let's look at this year's teams and let's see where we might be headed since I need to start planning NOW !!!
NFC Teams
New Orleans Saints - crawfish pies, alligator chili - 2 dishes that have made the menu in the past - we could see some beignets this year too
Minnesota Vikings - hmmmm - deep fried walleye cubes ? deep fried snickers ? Lutefisk ? (I hope the vikings lose)
Dallas Cowboys - something tex-mex or maybe bbq, perhaps the Texas Crabgrass will reappear on the menu
Arizona Cardinals - Phoenix.....ummmmm......I'll get back to you on this one
Green Bay Packers - Cheese, cheese dip, port wine cheese & crackers, a stilton perchance ?
Philadelphia Eagles - no cheesesteaks, no cream cheese, going to have to think on this one
AFC Teams 
Indianapolis Colts - ummmmm - I know they celebrate with Milk at the Indy 500
San Diego Chargers - some hawaiian fusion, seafood, maybe a mexican influence while keeping it light or perhaps a zoo platter of exotic meats
New England Patriots - clam chowder ? a lobster roll ? baked beans ?
Cincinnati Bengals - they tell me that chili is big in Cincy so maybe I tie in my gator chili if they play the Saints
New York J-E-T-S jetsjetsjets - bagels with a schmeer ? hot pastrami sliders ? dirty water dogs ? street meat ?
Baltimore Ravens - Crab cakes or crab dip - could tie in with the Texas Crabgrass though I would shoot myself if I had to sit through Baltimore & Dallas in the SuperDuperBowl.
And of course, since the game is in Miami this year, we need to do something with a cuban influence to it.
I have also already decided that I have to try and recreate the Tennessee Tailpipes from Fat Annie's Truck Stop in NYC and I will obviously make my honey orange chicken wings too along with a tray or two of corn muffins and mini sundaes in phyllo dough cups (a MUST according to the swamprats). Those are givens.
So that's What's Cooking Behind The Shades for now. Please help me fill in my culinary blanks and give me some other suggestions too. I am open to try just about anything.....once.
Jan. 4, 2010 1:09 pm
I'm personally praying the Philadelphia "Buzzards" DO NOT make it and my Cowboys do! Good luck with the rest! If Green Bay happens to be in the bowl, I made a Beer Cheese Fondue from Taste of Home last Superbowl that was divine!
Jan. 4, 2010 1:17 pm
I would be physically ill if I had to live with the Iggles in the SuperDuperBowl. I should have thought of Beer Cheese when I thought of the Pack - thanks for stopping by
Jan. 4, 2010 7:24 pm
In Minnesota we're hoping the Vikings WIN and I would recommend wild rice soup. Better get ready for that!
Jan. 5, 2010 4:55 am
Wild Rice Soup ? I guess that would that be served chilled these days. Thanks for the suggestion and try to stay warm.
Jan. 5, 2010 6:50 am
Maybe some Indian Tacos or a southwestern stew for the Arizona team?
Jan. 5, 2010 8:20 am
my wife suggested cactus stew or roadrunner - I put a call into Wile E. Coyote to see what he might have in his ACME cookbook
Jan. 5, 2010 8:21 am
I'm orginally from Indiana (and a HUGE Colts fan) so I thought I'd help ya out on some of our traditional foods. Pork Tenderloin sandwiches, corn on the cob, watermelon, sugar cream pie, and loose meat sandwiches.
Jan. 5, 2010 10:35 am
Hey! I take the Iggles comment personally (we bleed Eagles green in South Jersey!). There's nothing more Philly than scrapple. Not sure what you could make from it though!
Jan. 5, 2010 11:11 am
To k861084 - sugar cream pie ? My interest is definitely piqued....hmmmm thanks for stopping by & good luck in the playoffs
Jan. 5, 2010 11:12 am
to happycooker - all you can make with Scrapple is a mistake (I am from North NJ and don't like anything Philly including the cream cheese) - I could see using some taylor ham or pork roll.....hmmmm Thanks for commenting - beat the cowpokies !!!
Jan. 5, 2010 12:53 pm
Taylor Pork Roll... YUM! How about grilled pork roll and WHITE american cheese sandwiches with mustard! I'm drooling! I'm originally from Cape May County, NJ and still DISLIKE the Buzzards!
Jan. 5, 2010 1:13 pm
Pork Roll Sliders - sounds a hell of a lot better than White Castle - love Cape May - hate the iggles
Jan. 17, 2010 7:44 pm
Hope you've been researching those wild rice soup recipes. It's looking better and better for Minnesota!!
Jan. 18, 2010 8:26 am
I did go to the Norwegian Seaman's Buffet the other day for lunch as a way to research scandanavian food. So do you have a favorite wild rice soup recipe to share ?
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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