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The National Food-Ball League Wildcard Playoffs 
 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:20 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2011 6:00 pm
The regular season portion of the National Football League schedule has now been completed. After 17 grueling weeks, the field for the playoffs has finally been set and the participants all have one goal in mind. They all want to get to Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 to play in the Super Bowl.

But what if the Super Bowl wasn’t played on the Gridiron and instead, it was played on the Griddle ? (or stovetop or range or oven as the case may be) What if these 12 teams were playing “Food-Ball” instead of Football ? Instead of playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, what if they were playing for the Chef Tony Trophy ? Which city has the dishes to not get chopped ? To paraphrase my good friend, The Chairman’s nephew, who’s cuisine would reign supreme ?

So let’s take a look at the 12 teams that qualified for the NFL Playoffs and then let’s take a look at the Wildcard Matchups coming up this weekend.

In the American Football Conference the New England Patriots & Pittsburgh Steelers have both earned byes this weekend so we will discuss the merits of clam chowder & pierogie’s in Round 2.

Jets at Colts – is not only a melting pot of people but it is also a melting pot of foods. There are so many quintessential dishes & cuisines that it is hard to pick just one to represent the Jets. Do you go with thin crust pizza ? Do you go with Little Italy ? Do you take a pastrami sandwich from the Carnegie Deli ? All great ideas but I think in this case, unless I am overruled, we are going to put up a Bagel with a Lox & a Schmeer. As for Indy, I am somewhat at a loss. I know that they drink milk at the Indy 500 and I know that is also known as the Hoosier state but I have no real idea what food best represents the Colts. I did go back and check my blog from last year about Super Bowl Menus where some dishes were suggested to me, so in this case we are going to put up Sugar Cream Pie. (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sugar-Cream-Pie-I/Detail.aspx< ) 

-          Bagels w/ Lox & a Schmeer vs Sugar Cream Pie
 

Ravens at Chiefs – When I think of Baltimore, I think of Crab, Crab and more Crab. There is little in life that is better than a bucket of crabs, a table covered in newspaper and mallet in your hand. You can beat those crabs silly like you are Ray Lewis and the rest of the Ravens defense. That being said, we are putting up a Crab Boil for the Ravens in this round. has been known for it’s stockyards & meat since the days of the old west cattle drives. Being a Denver Broncos fan (even Rocky Mountain Oysters are too good for those bums) I hate everything about KC but even I will admit, it’s hard to hate their barbecue. So for the Chiefs, we are going to put up a rack of barbecue beef ribs.

-          Crab Boil vs Beef Barbecue
 

Over in the National Football Conference, the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears got the Top 2 seeds so they get the weekend off to watch, eat & enjoy. We will come back and discuss southern fried chicken & deep dish pizza next week when we see who they are going to be playing in the semi-final rounds

Saints at Seahawks – Now I have to admit, I am somewhat counting on the Allrecipes home crowd here to step in for the Seahawks with some suggestions. The Saints however, need no such help. The history of Nawlins is rich in food & flavors and trying to pick just one dish could ultimately be the Saints undoing. However, there does seem to be one very natural matchup that these two cities generate.

-          Café Du Monde Beignets vs Starbucks Coffee


Green Bay Packers vs Eagles – This NFC wildcard matchup is even more straightforward than the other NFC wildcard matchup. I don’t even need to go into detail.

-          Cheese vs Cheese Steaks


So there we have it. The first round wildcard matchups in the National Food-Ball League Playoffs. I’m taking the Bagels, Crab Boils, Beignets & Cheesesteaks (even though I hate Philly and think the best cheese steaks are actually at Hoagie Haven on Nassau Street in Princeton).  Who or what are you going to pick ?

Come back next time when we discuss Round Two of the National Food-Ball League Playoffs and whether that Chowdah is really as good as people seem to think it is.
 
Comments
Jan. 4, 2011 1:25 pm
Picking based on foot-ball: Colts, Ravens, Falcons, Saints and the Pack advance. Based on food-ball...I'll only change one and that's picking Chiefs over Ravens...southern gal here so I gotta go w/ BBQ over Crab Boil any day.Great blog Doug!
 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:27 pm
Thanks b.riddle - glad you stopped by - I saw that you were a football fan over on the Buzz....I'm picking the Razorbacks tonight
 
Jena 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:29 pm
You picked it perfectly! And since the Raiders are out I don't care about the real teams...only the food, as it should be!
 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:31 pm
As a huge football fan, I love this, so creative! Makes the pain of my Vikings not in the playoffs better... Bagels, Beef, Coffee, and Cheese (I can't believe I picked anything Wisconsin!) :)
 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:32 pm
Great Job Doug! I'm taking the Colts and Ravens in the AFC and Saints and Eagles in the NFC. So i'm taking Sugar Cream pie, Crab boil, Beignets and of course Cheesesteaks!
 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:38 pm
hey Jena - be glad the raiders didn't make the playoffs - as a Broncos fan, who knows what kind of nastiness I would have uncovered to represent the East Bay
 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:39 pm
At least you have a coach now Minnesota_Girl and I can't believe you picked something Wisco too...
 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:40 pm
Thanks CNM Catering - if the Iggles don't win, I know a few people that will be eating dog food
 
Puck 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:47 pm
Very cool Doug! In the AFC I am also taking the Colts and the Ravens, even though I want the opposite to happen in both cases. In the NFC, Saints and Eagles. But as far as the food goes, I would like to replace the BBQ for the crab as I do not like seafood! (And btw- I am rooting for both the Steelers and pierogies after the bye!!!). Fun blog :)
 
Jena 
Jan. 4, 2011 1:57 pm
A Bronco's fan? A BRONCO'S FAN? Ugh, only thing worse than a Bronco's fan is a Chief's fan.
 
Jan. 4, 2011 2:07 pm
I am reserving my main dish for CHOWDAH and lots of it in a big way as it has been all season (almost). For food, Bagels, Crab Boil, Starbucks and Cheese. In football, my biggest fears are the Steelers and the Eagles, and I wish the Jets and Colts could beat each other both out in that one game!! Go Pats!!
 
Jan. 4, 2011 2:31 pm
Woo hoo a fellow Broncos fan! :) :) MMmm....I pick Bagel, Crab, Beignets and Cheese Steaks! :) Go anyone but the Chiefs! LOL...
 
Jan. 4, 2011 4:37 pm
Now, this is my type of playoffs Foodball!! Gotta go Bagels with paper thin lox, Crab Boil, Beignets and Cheese.
 
Jan. 4, 2011 4:50 pm
Good evening Puck ( aka RMFGJL) - maybe we can clean up the mess after this round with your terrible towel ? And I can see why you don't like the ravens or colts - can't think of many folks of your persuasion who would. See you next round
 
Jan. 4, 2011 4:50 pm
at least neither one of us is a chargers fan Jena...
 
Jan. 4, 2011 4:52 pm
You let me know what kind of CHOWDAH you want next round Mary C. and we will go ahead and link it up - enjoy the week off
 
Jan. 4, 2011 4:54 pm
It's been a hard year for us Jenwee99 but maybe Elway can be our savior....again. I think he even has a steak house and they don't serve KC beef
 
Jan. 4, 2011 4:55 pm
Hi BigShotsMom - we know what kind of games people like to play around here - thanks for checking in
 
Jena 
Jan. 4, 2011 5:57 pm
Amen to that Doug!
 
Jan. 4, 2011 8:56 pm
Bagels, crab boil, coffee, cheese. Not an NFL fan really, so the teams matter not to me. :-)
 
Jan. 4, 2011 10:21 pm
You say Starbucks, I say salmon is a much better representation for the "SEAhawks". I love the Seahawks but even I know they are one and done this go around and just the fact that they are even there is newsworthy. That said, I'm having a bagel with my crab boil, some freshly grated cheese on it, and yes a beignet for dessert.
 
Jan. 5, 2011 4:48 am
good morning ElCay - Isn't the Super Bowl almost as much about the food as it is about the football ? So which sport or team does pique your interest ?
 
Jan. 5, 2011 4:50 am
Good morning & very true Avon - I suppose we could have just as easily put some cedar plank salmon up against some crawfish etoufee - another interesting matchup to say the least
 
Jan. 5, 2011 5:46 am
NBA is my sport. I'm an avid fan of the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics, but I'll watch just about anyone!
 
Jan. 5, 2011 5:53 am
ElCay - I grew up sitting a few rows behind the Knicks bench in the days of Bill Bradley, Walt Frazier & Willis Reed - I have always had a healthy dislike for the Celtics. Remind me to breakdown the NBA Playoffs when they start in May
 
Jan. 5, 2011 8:16 am
Mornin' Doug, late start but this blog is too cool. I wish they did have the foodbowl!! I have to go with...Bagel with lox and a shmeer,(even though my son likes the colts, we are trying to get him some help!!!) then Crab Boil (Go Flacco, some of our family goes to UofD) then it has to be Beignets( not a fan of the Saints but hey, love those Beignets!) and finally the Cheesesteak( originally born in Jersey but migrated to Delaware county outside Philly I prefer Phils and Jims Cheesesteaks in Parkside!! They have the best hoagies and cheesesteaks around! And Vick's not doing so bad,never liked McNabb either. I loved the Eagles and Packers only when Reggie White played!!) Great blog! GAME ON ; )
 
maggie 
Jan. 5, 2011 8:23 am
I completely agree with you Doug. I am in for bagels, crab boil, beignets (maybe some gumbo too) and cheese steak. Enjoy the weekend!
 
Jan. 5, 2011 8:47 am
Creamy chowder of course! But I don't like mine too thick, a little on the brothy side. I make my homemade chowder using the broth from a clamboil! Yum!! And Celtics ROCK! As do the Bruins, and the Sox weren't so bad last season either. I am a true New England fan!
 
Jan. 5, 2011 8:49 am
Hey Doug, quick question. Where do you order the alligator meat from? I'm trying to remember, you mentioned it before I think...The Cajun Grocer? Hoping for hubby to make it for one of the Super Bowl dishes! Thanks.
 
Jan. 5, 2011 9:04 am
I am with Avon, Seattle should be represented by seafood. Salmon would be a fine choice but I really think that our shellfish are some of the finest in the world. Are you an oyster fan Doug? The Olympia oyster is the best. It's pretty much only farmed around the small city of Olympia south of Seattle. Or for something truly wild wacky and inconic of the Pacific Northwest you could choose the geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) which is a giant clam. When I say giant I mean giant - there have been geoducks at 10 pounds plus. Geoduck ceviche- yum! Or chowder! As far as coffee goes, I prefer Tully's to Starbuck's anyday. The Seahawks are one and done I am sure but I'm going to be cheering anyway! Fun blog.
 
Jan. 5, 2011 9:14 am
Hey dragonfly22 - I had Flacco on my fantasy team this year and he paid dividends as the season went on - Reggie White was a beast when he played - so different off the field....we get the gator from www.cajungrocer.com - good luck
 
Jan. 5, 2011 9:15 am
Hey maggie - thanks for stopping in - I may have to stop in at Mother's in Nawlins for some Gumbo now
 
Jan. 5, 2011 9:17 am
My wife used to have me make this cheesy clam chowdah when she was pregnant Mary C. - http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Marilyns-Cheesy-Clam-Chowder/Detail.aspx - I'm Knicks, Rangers & Mets myself - hate the yankees with a passion
 
Jan. 5, 2011 9:25 am
Hi Sharon@MLT - I love it when they give Goeduck Clams to the chefs on CHOPPED - seriously ugly but I bet they are good....I know seafood would have been a better representation but I had to play the beignet card. Don't count the seachickens out just yet, the 12th Man could still be a factor
 
K-Dub 
Jan. 6, 2011 8:56 am
Go Packers! Its all about the cheese AND cheeseheads! HA! I enjoy reading your blogs so much, you are VERY creative. I will be tuning in next time to see who cheese will be pared up with next time! :)
 
Jan. 6, 2011 9:17 am
Hey K-Dub - Got to love those Cheeseheads. (and you avatar has to scare Michael Vick) So what else besides cheese & beer can we attribute to Green Bay for the next round ? Thanks for checking in and congrats on the COW.
 
MiniO 
Jan. 6, 2011 9:22 am
I agree with B.Riddle. Chiefs are hungry for a playoff win. Its been seven long years, and the smell of victory is overwelming!
 
Jan. 6, 2011 10:44 am
Oh No MiniO - I don't know if that is victory that you all are smelling out there at Arrowhead. Ravens are going to be tough to beat.
 
cynth 
Jan. 6, 2011 11:28 am
I just discovered this while looking for inspiration for my grody frozen tilapia filets. Thank you for sharing your creativity and good humor. If my beloved bagels should win, it will be "whoopie pies" for me next week up here in Bangor, Maine as I bleed green watching the Patriots (cheat) do battle. Thanks again from a misplaced Jersey girl.
 
Jan. 6, 2011 11:49 am
Glad you stumbled by yum-o...I know what it is like living in the land of the Patricheats - bleed that green proudly and we will see you next round
 
Jan. 6, 2011 11:52 am
Great blog! Let's see, my picks are the same for the Food Bowl and the Football! Colt's Sugar Cream Pie, Raven's Crab Boil for sure,mmm Saints Beignets and of course Packer's CHEESE! Go Pack!!! Here in WI we love our cheese and our Packers!
 
Jan. 6, 2011 12:07 pm
Thanks Tessalynn - I may have to make some of that Sugar Cream Pie just to see what Indy has to offer....so once the Pack gets past the Iggles, what food do we put for them against the Dirty Birds ? More cheese ?
 
Jan. 6, 2011 12:56 pm
ok...here goes, jumping the gun i know. grits, peaches and watermelon against clam chowder in the souper bowl! i like the ain'ts and eagles in the playoffs. the steelers and ravens in the afc.
 
Jan. 6, 2011 1:17 pm
I think you are right about the chowderheads in the AFC but I'm still not sold on the grits, peaches & watermelon just yet but they do look good...have a great weekend
 
Jan. 6, 2011 3:51 pm
BOO Doug Matthews!!!! I'm one of the Chiefs biggest fans :) I was born there and would like to say raised as well but guess where I was raised basically (moved there when I was 9 and stayed until 21)? COLORADO SPRINGS!!! LOL! I stayed faithful to my roots though. You hating the Chiefs got me to wondering if you would "Respect the Bird" I just sent your way? LMAO! I am just teasing. Great blog!
 
Jenny 
Jan. 6, 2011 5:02 pm
Very entertaining and I LOVE the idea of having a food themed football showdown. Here are a few other suggestions: Jets/Colts: Oyster pie (a la The Oyster Bar) vs. Roasted Pork Tenderloin Love what you said about Ravens vs. KC. I wouldn't change a thing! Seattle vs. Saints: Pikes Place Market, man! Fresh Whole Baked Salmon vs. Shrimp Etouffe! Green Bay vs. Eagles: Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese Soup vs. Geno's Cheesesteaks! Winning it all though is New England Clam Chowder - Go Pats! There you have it.
 
Jan. 6, 2011 5:14 pm
LOL Soup Loving Nicole - Best Comment Ever. I bow down to your "Bird". Go Broncos !
 
Jan. 6, 2011 5:15 pm
Excellent Suggestions Jenny and certainly ones that I will consider in the next round....another Pats fan I know suggested greasy clam fritters for the Chowdah Boys...thanks for stopping in
 
Jan. 6, 2011 6:04 pm
Ha! I can totally see why you're aren't a Celtics fan! I am a native Texan and have lived in north Texas most of my life, so I'm a die-hard Mavs fan...and a die-hard Spurs hater!
 
Jan. 6, 2011 6:55 pm
SO Doug, I happen to have an Elway jersey that I picked up on clearance (still has tags hanging off of it) after they lost one of their earlier Super Bowls years and years ago. It is their original hideous orange and it is packed in a box somewhere that I have yet to find BUT, if/when I do, it would be my pleasure to send it to you. I want to say it is a mens large or X-large. Regardless, it is yours when I find it. Thanks for being a good sport about the "bird". I very much enjoy your blogs. You are a great asset to allrecipes!
 
Jan. 6, 2011 7:01 pm
I'm with Soup Lovin' Nicole:) You hate everything about KC? Ah, you haven't been to my house! My BBQ Dude can rock a mean grill and I can do a cool homebrew. Go Chiefs! Even though I fear our food will outshine their score this Sunday:(
 
Jan. 6, 2011 7:08 pm
Yeah Cat, I AM happy they made it to the play-offs BUT we have seen this too many times. They will choke first thing and leave us all disappointed. One of these day they might just pull through for us but I am not holding my breath. In the meantime, BBQ it is!
 
Jan. 6, 2011 9:06 pm
Hey Doug....Wisconsin is Brat country too. I say find something that any self respecting Packer fan will be proud to serve.
 
Jan. 6, 2011 9:28 pm
Hi Doug, great blog.. and so very clever! Mmmm... Beignets and coffee. Even though the Seahawks have a losing record - they are still in the playoffs and that deserves a "cuppa" in celebration. What better way to enjoy the game than with a Beignet too! So, my Cardinals didn't make the playoffs.. they were just good enough to get the 5th overall pick in the draft.. can they have screwed up any more if they had tried? So.. with my team out, I have to go with... ummm, I don't care. Give me any underdog - just not Michael Vick. He's not forgiven for what he did.. even though the NFL said it was OK and even Obama said he deserved a second chance. In my eyes, he doesn't.. so Eagles are OUT! If Tom Brady promises to rip off his jersey and run his fingers through that gorgeous hair of his.. I could easily enjoy the Patriots this year. Tee hee...
 
Jan. 7, 2011 4:40 am
I lived & worked in Dallas back in 1990 ElCay so I know first hand about the Mavs & Spurs - Cuban needs to do something quick before Dirk runs out of gas
 
Jan. 7, 2011 4:47 am
Good morning Soup Loving Nicole - I love the old "hideous" orange jerseys and I love the fact that you have an Elway jersey. We have a Chiefs hat in our house and my wife & I hide it in each other's stuff like it is some sort of bad luck charm. and thank you for your kind comments. I have felt very welcome here by the community. It's a lot of fun.
 
Jan. 7, 2011 4:48 am
Good Morning Cat Hill - well I guess there are exceptions to every rule - I have been to Arrowhead. My wife & I were the only ones not wearing red. Oops.
 
Jan. 7, 2011 4:51 am
Cat Hill & Soup Loving Nicole - While the Ravens offense under Joe Flacco has improved greatly, it's their once vaunted defense that could be the difference in the game. If Charles can establish the ground game & Cassel can stay upright, Bowe could go long & deep. The Ravens don't want to get into a shoot on the road.
 
Jan. 7, 2011 4:52 am
Thanks Avon - I may just have to find a killer brat recipe for the next round if they beat the Iggles.
 
Jan. 7, 2011 4:55 am
Good morning BellesAZ - I can think of a way the Cards blew it this season, they beat my Broncos thus helping my donkeys get the #2 pick in the draft. You all need to find a good young QB who's name isn't Matt Leinart. and I have my own thoughts on that QB in New England for next round. Have a great one.
 
Jan. 7, 2011 11:49 am
Native New Englandah heah.....all this talk about chowdah and clam boils and clam cakes (not "fritters"!) is making me extremely homesick for both the food and the coast! GO PATS!!!
 
Jan. 7, 2011 12:06 pm
Hey ALVA416 - blame my Boston buddy for the fritter comment - come back net week when we talk about who the Pats are playing and whose lunch is going to get eaten by whom....
 
Jan. 7, 2011 2:56 pm
Just saw your mention of the blog so came over to read. As a Steeler fan I have to pick the Chiefs over the Browns, oh wait they go by the name Ravens now. I think the Colts will win there game, Peyton is just so good in those games. The NFC is tougher to pick but I think I will go with food picks and say Beignets and Cheese Steaks. Don't have the same feelings about the NFC as I do AFC, except I use to live near DC and can't stand the Redskins but they stink so it doesn't matter.
 
Jan. 7, 2011 3:09 pm
Hey Doug, cool blog! May I suggest some "Traditional Indiana Breaded Tenderloin Sandwich" for the Colts after they beat the Jets? As the WSJ pointed out, between Freeney, Mathis n Manning, the Jets don't have much hope of adding to their W column, especially considering Ryan's Jets are 5-1 vs the Colts:) So, sugar cream pie all the way! Now as for the rest of the pics, I myself grew up in NYC, daughter to one of the biggest Giants fans to walk the planet, and so naturally I loathe any other east coast or nfc east team! so it'll have to be beef bbq, cheese n beignets:)
 
Jan. 7, 2011 6:00 pm
good evening DeniseY - love the shot at the Browns/Ravens, almost surprised you didn't call the Colts - "The Mayflowers"....and I never realized how much animosity there was between Pittsburgh & DC until the NHL Winter Classic and now you. Thanks for stopping by
 
Jan. 7, 2011 6:03 pm
Hey back mamasama and thanks - one of the things mentioned to me by another Colts fan last year was loose meat sandwiches so that pork tenderloin probably would fit the bill if they actually beat Rex & Co. - and living in the NY/NJ area and being brought up in a J-E-T-S JetsJetsJets household meant I had to HATE the giants. Thanks again for stopping in.
 
Jan. 7, 2011 7:17 pm
1990...such different times! Not our darkest days, but certainly not the brightest either. And people have been saying Dirk's on the way out for years, but he's still a scoring fool.
 
Kim_C 
Jan. 8, 2011 6:29 am
Go Sugar Cream Pie!
 
mboyd10 
Jan. 8, 2011 10:56 am
They may make a crab boil in DE or VA but no self respecting "Balmer" Ravens fan would desecrate their sacred crabs by boilng them. Here we steam crabs with Old Bay and Natty Bo, hon! But, since steamed crabs aren't an option I'll take the crab boil, or any type of crab over BBQ any day.
 
Jan. 8, 2011 11:29 am
Hey Kim - if the Colts win, I may have to try and make a sugar cream pie for the next game
 
Jan. 8, 2011 11:31 am
I stand corrected mboyd10 and I will say that I am a HUGE fan of Old Bay on just about anything including pizza - good luck today
 
Jan. 8, 2011 11:32 am
I don't disagree that Dirk is a scoring fool ElCay - there isn't a team in the league that wouldn't love to have him in their lineup. I just think that his back & knees are getting a bit creaky to have to carry the whole team.
 
Jan. 8, 2011 11:33 am
You are right Doug. I lived in Maryland when the Colts bolted in the middle of the night and even though I wasn't a fan, I felt bad for their fans. The animosity between the two teams started years ago when Mario was playing and has only gotten worse with the comparisons between Crosby and Oveckin.
 
Jan. 8, 2011 1:56 pm
When it comes to hockey DeniseY I am a Rangers fan so I hate both the Penguins & the Caps as well as the devils, islanders & flyers
 
MrsRPM 
Jan. 8, 2011 5:02 pm
Well, well, well.....Better start pourin' some Starbucks there, Doug!! Saints are goin home....Go Seahawks!!!
 
Jan. 8, 2011 5:19 pm
You got me there Mrs RPM - what a game the Seahawks just played. Guess I better go find a killer salmon dish for the next round.
 
suz 
Jan. 9, 2011 12:28 am
"what a game the Seahawks just played" is right! I'll take the salmon, and then have beignets AND Starbucks for dessert. :)
 
Jan. 9, 2011 5:23 am
fun blog...my team is the pats so I will definetely be voting for clam chowder next week but I was born in Seatle, Wa. Foods to represent the NW regions could be Salmon, mushrooms & wild berries. When I was a kid and visited my mom's family out west we always picked wild mushrooms for an incrediable feast!
 
robin 
Jan. 9, 2011 7:33 am
Great Blog!!!
 
Jan. 9, 2011 8:29 am
Hey suz - I think it is safe to say that the Seahawks had the "Beignets" secondary for lunch.
 
Jan. 9, 2011 8:31 am
Good morning GAHSMOMX3 - New England vs New York again - it seems to happen in quite a few sports - thanks for the tip on the mushrooms & berries - see you next round
 
Jan. 9, 2011 8:31 am
Thanks robin - I appreciate you checking in
 
LeVere 
Jan. 9, 2011 12:29 pm
Doug So much fun looking forward to next weeks food ball play off picture. right now I am 3 for 3...see how my sunday night food pick goes. BTW we are having cheesesteaks...we had crabcakes for the early sunday game.
 
Jan. 9, 2011 12:43 pm
Well Doug, might I suggest the Anne's Fabulous Grilled Salmon from here? You can always wash it down with the Space Needle Smoothie. Either will pair nicely with the fried chicken or deep dish pizza. We missed you on the buzz during the game. Were your ears burning?
 
Jan. 9, 2011 12:55 pm
Sniffs :( At least I knew it was coming but one can always hope.
 
Jan. 9, 2011 1:05 pm
Nice picking so far LeVere but I think that the cheesesteaks may be fed to the dogs by the end of the game - I am liking the Cheese in those Cheeseheads
 
Jan. 9, 2011 1:06 pm
Avon - I was smart enough to stay away from the Buzz during that fiasco yesterday - the saints defense looked like a busted collander - I am already researching recipes for the next round
 
Jan. 9, 2011 1:07 pm
I'm sorry Soup Loving Nicole - that was a tough game to watch
 
Amanda 
Jan. 9, 2011 3:20 pm
Hey, for a food that represents the Colts(even though they are out)did you consider the wonderful, Bacon Wrapped Pork Burger?? I have only ever seen them in Indiana, and they are sooooo beyond a hamburger.
 
Jan. 9, 2011 3:48 pm
Wow Amanda - a bacon wrapped pork burger sounds like a great reason to go to Indiana - thanks for checking in
 
Jan. 9, 2011 4:44 pm
and with that final interception in the end zone we now have the Divisional Playoffs set - New England vs New York - Pittsburgh vs Baltimore - Atlanta vs Green Bay & Chicago vs Seattle - see you in a few days
 
Jan. 10, 2011 7:54 am
Can't wait to see your ideas for Super Bowl Sunday. I am always looking for ideas based on where the teams are from!
 
Jan. 10, 2011 8:12 am
Good morning Soprano - what I like about Super Bowl Sunday & All Recipes is that it doesn't matter where the team is from, someone is going to have something local to suggest.
 
Jan. 10, 2011 8:38 am
Awesome idea Doug! I'm having a happy day with the Cheese victory yesterday, so I thought I'd suggest a few other WI ingredients. We have the beer, brats, and cheese as a given(beer brats, my mouth is watering!), but right across the bay from Green Bay is Door County, and they grow some delicious sour cherries there. Don't forget the cranberries either. Perhaps some smelt might tempt you?
 
Jan. 10, 2011 8:55 am
Nice win yesterday Kandyce78 and thank you for the recipe hints - I think it's going to be fun trying to come up with this week's matchups
 
Jan. 10, 2011 8:57 am
How about frozen custard for WI? We have THE BEST custard here :) GO PACKERSSS! It originated in new York, but is most popular here in milwaukee WI.
 
Jan. 10, 2011 9:01 am
Thank you for the suggestion geranium - the Packers deserve a good dessert after that win yesterday
 
Jan. 10, 2011 9:01 am
BTW, WIsconsin is known at the "custard capital of the world."
 
Jan. 10, 2011 9:21 am
and now I have a better idea where those "Custard Mustard & Brew" restaurants came from - thanks geranium
 
Jan. 10, 2011 1:07 pm
I just gotta say the Seahawks fans on this site.....Congrats! You should have a bit more faith in your favored team. I was rooting for the Saints because Drew Brees is from my alma mater. With your new coach, I am going to be watching the Seahawks. I guess I will be making Salmon for the next game because I certainly have no love for Chicago Pizza!!!! Ha! Rooting for Green Bay now and Seahawks because my teams are out. Yuck! So I guess I will be enjoying beer brats and salmon!
 
Grams 
Jan. 10, 2011 1:21 pm
Picking on "Food"Ball preferences only ; ) SUGAR CREAM PIE --- BEEF BBQ --- BEIGNETS --- CHEESE Great FUN blog Doug.
 
Jan. 10, 2011 1:24 pm
Sounds good to me cookhealthy - I am not a fan of deep dish chicago pizza myself....headed to Atlanta tomorrow for food research
 
Jan. 10, 2011 1:25 pm
Good thing you didn't bet on those picks Grams - you would have only won on the Cheese - come back in another day or two for the next round of Food-Ball fun.
 
Jan. 10, 2011 3:26 pm
I am a rabid football fan and a fanatic cook. I love to combine the two. I am picking the Pats and the Falcons for the Superbowl. I love to serve "hometown" dishes during the big game. I look forward to what you have to say about them. Please not clam chowder as no one here will eat it!
 
Mamaw1 
Jan. 10, 2011 3:47 pm
What a "hoot" of an idea, Doug! I personally love to make, eat, and also support sugar cream pie. being from Indiana. What a jaw-dropper of a game!
 
Jan. 10, 2011 4:07 pm
PATS PATS PATS~!
 
Jan. 10, 2011 5:18 pm
Don't worry Maranda - I learned my lesson with Seattle - no more easy generalizations - look forward to compating menus
 
Jan. 10, 2011 5:20 pm
I think I want to try some of that jaw dropping sugar cream pie mamaw - still can't believe the Jets beat Peyton
 
Jan. 10, 2011 5:21 pm
I think you spelled that wrong Piggyluver~! - isn't it J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets! ???
 
Jan. 10, 2011 7:38 pm
Again, SO sorry DOUG. It was a long day and I don't even like your cousin :) Happy Tuesday!
 
Jan. 11, 2011 1:51 am
Did you SEE that run downfield to win the game??!!!! We in Seattle were ROFL and screaming and throwing seafood everywhere! :D Who cares what's to eat - bring on "Da bears"! We're delirious here, drinking and dancing. Great blog, Doug!
 
jessibags 
Jan. 11, 2011 6:53 am
hi doug- I've never posted before, but I love to read your blog! On this one though, I have one thing to say as a girl from the Chesapeake Bay and a HUGE Ravens fan- no self-respecting Baltimorean would ever boil their crabs!! Here, it's called a Crab Feast, not a Crab Boil (like you may expect in some of the gulf states), and our crabs are STEAMED! Although, I spent some time in Louisiana, and LOVED every crawfish boil I attended (which I did frequently). Thanks for your blog, I love to read it! And here's to a good table-full of a dozen Baltimore steamed crabs LOADED with Old Bay and dipped in vinegar taking down those pierogies next weekend!
 
Jan. 11, 2011 10:21 am
Seahawks fans' frenzy felt by seismometer Seahawks fans literally shook the Earth in their elation over Saturday's upset of the New Orleans Saints&#10;&#10;http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013900070_seismic11m.html
 
Jan. 11, 2011 12:16 pm
going with the Pats..I am thinking the Jets should have some kinda feet in their dish..LOL
 
Jan. 11, 2011 12:47 pm
No worries SLN - I don't like my cousin's music either
 
Jan. 11, 2011 12:49 pm
I fell off my chair mizemma - one of the best runs you will ever see anywhere.....and as a Broncos fan, I am not sold on Jay Cutler - will the magic continue ?
 
Jan. 11, 2011 12:51 pm
Hi jessibags - I stand corrected (again) and certainly won't make that mistake again - and I love OLD BAY too - should be one hell of a game this weekend
 
Jan. 11, 2011 12:53 pm
We could feel the ground shaking back in NJ during that run Sharon@MLT - simply amazing
 
Jan. 11, 2011 12:54 pm
Bazinga Icooknow - I wonder what the recipe search will show me if I put in NY & Feet ?
 
Mamaw1 
Jan. 11, 2011 5:51 pm
Colts - not forgotten, just set back a bit. To keep them alive, sugar cream pie style, go to "Sugar Cream Pie II, or III" and get the basic, excellent "Hoosier-style" recipe. Go Peyton! Meanwhile, try a traditional plate-sized breaded tenderloin sandwich, fully dressed, from the "Monon Grill" with your pie! Good comfort food for Hoosiers.
 
Jan. 11, 2011 6:00 pm
ohhhlallaa a Big Bang fan!!!! I will leave it up to you to find a fitting foot & NY dish..... consider it a challenge .....perhaps to get on a show ....bazinga.......
 
 
 
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Doug Matthews

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Princeton, New Jersey, USA
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Mendham, New Jersey, USA

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Mar. 2000

Cooking Level
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Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work

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About Me
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.
My cooking tragedies
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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