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The National Food-Ball League Divisional Playoffs 
Jan. 11, 2011 8:33 pm 
Updated: Jan. 20, 2011 4:46 am
The National Football League Wildcard Playoffs have come and gone. We saw a veteran guest rudely show their young host the door, a young quarterback beat a timeless veteran in the final seconds, another quarterback got bitten by a game ending interception and the run of a lifetime caused an earthquake in the northwest that was felt throughout the football world. Even the self important judges on CHOPPED would have been hard pressed to find fault in the final results. But all those results actually did was guarantee the four winners tickets to face the four teams that got to take last week off in the next round.

It also means that we have four new matchups in the National Food-ball League Divisional Playoffs. We are down to the final eight teams. It’s time to look past the generalities & cheap plays on words and look for some real substance in the food we put up to represent each team. Our crack team of researchers back in the test kitchen have been scouring the comments in the last blog as well as the  Allrecipes files to try and come up with that little bit extra that the Divisional Playoff round deserves. So this round I decided to let actual Allrecipes recipes do the talking for me.

Ravens at Steelers

Even with my faux pas of suggesting boiled crabs instead of steamed crabs, the Ravens were able to top the Chiefs and their BBQ. This round however, they are coming up against their hated divisional rival and a team that they have both beaten & lost to this season. The Steelers and their fans are as rock solid as a case of Iron City Beer and the food that represents western is solid too. I felt that I had to heed the advice of the Raven’s fans and go with a steamed crab recipe. I also felt that I needed something substantial for the Steelers that had a little more flair than the humble pierogie.  

Steamed Blue Crabs vs Pittsburgh Potatoes

Packers at Falcons
The Cheeseheads may have taken out the Cheesesteaks in the wildcard round but they are going to face a little more of a challenge when they face the Dirty Birds this week. Just presenting a hunk of cheese isn’t going to give the Packers a chance at doing the Lambeau Leap no matter how much snow & ice builds up on the highways & by-ways of . The Falcons have been sweet at home this year behind the pass & catch duo of Matt Ryan and Roddy White so I went looking for a real peach that could represent at their level.

Wisconsin Native’s Beer Cheese Soup vs GA Peach Pound Cake

Seahawks at Bears

I may have shortchanged Seahawks fans by suggesting a cup Starbucks coffee but what a cup of coffee that turned out to be. Marshawn Lynch broke more tackles on his way to the end zone than my nephew does on bath night. The Seahawks beat Da Bears earlier this season but it really doesn’t matter how you played then, it matters how you are playing now so I knew I had to up my game too. Da Bears, outside of a blowout in the snow at the hand of the Patriots, finished the season with some offensive flair so I knew I had to find a food that showed some flair too. I have no faith in Jay Cutler to win his first ever playoff game especially against a team that is essentially playing with house money.

Asian Salmon vs Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Jets at Patriots
Normally when you give the ball to Peyton Manning with just under three minutes to go and all he needs is 3 points to win, the game is over but someone forgot to tell the Jets and they stuffed their bagel down the throats of the Colts. They will need to come into Foxboro and beat the Walking Talking Touchdown Tossing Ken Doll and the rest of the Patriots at their own game. The Patriots have been the whole package all season so they need something that embodies that to put up against one of the two teams to actually beat them this year. Throw out that blowout from a few weeks back. The Jets just had a bad night in kitchen.

Style Clam Chowder vs Firehouse Clambake Style

Those are the matchups that we have on the gridiron & the griddle. From a purely football standpoint I am liking the Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks and Jets (only because Dad is a J-E-T-S Jets ! Jets ! Jets ! fan and I would be disowned if I picked against them). From a purely Food-Ball standpoint I am taking the Steamed Crabs, Beer Cheese Soup, Chicago Hot Dogs (only because there is a hot dog place in called “Hot Doug’s”) and the Manhattan Style Clam Chowder because clambakes have never done it for me.

So who or what do you like as we get another step closer to the Super Bowl ?
Jan. 11, 2011 9:02 pm
Well, Doug, since my chiefs went down to the Ravens (But had a phenomenal season in spite)I'm rooting for Hasselbeck and the Seahawks. Saint's didn't know what hit them and, besides, I love an underdog (been a Chiefs fan for 23 years, 'Nuff said:)
Jan. 11, 2011 9:05 pm
I can't wait to read this more in detail tomorrow but for now, thanks for the wonderful entertainment and knowledge you bring.I have only made a couple of cheese soups from this site and I posted one of them not too long ago and here it is. Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
Jan. 11, 2011 9:06 pm

I have never ran into you before now but LOVE YOU Mangel!
Jan. 11, 2011 10:08 pm
Well Doug (or Dave Matthews as you are known in some circles), loved the blog and the thought you put into this one. Also appreciate that you reconsidered the coffee selection and went with a lovely salmon selection. For this round, I'm going against the grain and selecting the seafood platter. We'll start with the appetizer of the steamed crabs, followed by the soup selection of Manhattan clam chowder, and of course finish off with a fillet of salmon. Now I'm too full for dessert as lovely as the peach pound cake sounds, I'll order the cheddar soup to go and have it in my lunch tomorrow. Fun blog.....see you this weekend.
Jan. 12, 2011 3:52 am
Good morning Mangel and as a Broncos fan, you have my sympathies for being a chiefs fan. I think a lot of people are going to keep cheering for those underdog Seahawks. Thanks for stopping in.
Jan. 12, 2011 3:56 am
Good morning Soup Loving Nicole - Thanks for the nice comments. If you ask my kids, Daddy doesn't know anything. I do know that I need to try some different cheese soups myself.
Jan. 12, 2011 3:58 am
Good morning & Thank you Avon - much like with the recipes that I have on the site, I pay attention to the comments & the suggestions. I don't need to get taken to the "woodshed" more than once. Enjoy the seafood.
Jan. 12, 2011 6:30 am
Mornin' Doug, You got your wish,"Eagles Out!" ! Now on to more important issues. steamed blue crabs(you can't go wrong have to steam them with beer,what's wrong with these people?) next beer cheese soup (all I have to say is beer and cheese were made for each other!) I have to with "DA BEARS" (Chicago Style Hot Dogs-YUM!) And finally ,on to the Firehouse Clam Bake New England Style,(Go Pats!!!!-my son will love me again!) Thanks for another great blog!
Jan. 12, 2011 6:32 am
I'll take some of those potatoes as a side to my salmon & clams, thank you very much! And because I am a Georgia Girl, pass the pound cake!!
Jan. 12, 2011 7:52 am
The Broncos??? REALLY??!!!? (ha, ha)Have a great day:)
Jan. 12, 2011 8:34 am
I'm hungry. Ok foodwise I go with Steamed crabs, beer-cheese soup, the loaded doggie and the clambake. But team wise, I'm with the Ravens because I detest, nay, hate the Steelers. Packers because I am a mid-west girl. Seahawks because I love an underdog and was born on the west coast so gotta spread the love. And between the Pats and Jets, I really don't care, I like both teams but I'll go with Jets. Fun blog, thanks!!
Jan. 12, 2011 8:34 am
I'm not much of a football gal but my hubby is. He'll watch any sport. I'm more of a movie watcher. Sorry Doug, however, enjoy hearing from you as well as your recipes!!!
Jan. 12, 2011 8:39 am
As far as food is concerned, crabs, cake, hot dogs, and of course clam bake - although I have never had one (bad New Englander!). For football, steelers, packers, seahawks, and of course the pats! We are goin all the way again!!! See you in the Superbowl, w/our Ken doll QB!! And, Doug, I've compiled a list of New England food for you for Feb 6th. (We are a cocky bunch of fans!)
Jan. 12, 2011 8:41 am
Still think you should have gone with the conch/crab fritters but you can't go wrong with a good chowder. Go Pats!
Jan. 12, 2011 10:47 am
Doug, another good blog! Darn those Chiefs but like I said I feared our food served would be better than their scores in the game. Alas, oh well, I'm really here for the food anyway. Hmmm..cheese soup..salmon..chowder. They are sound good!
Jan. 12, 2011 11:38 am
hi doug, great blog! i'm going with hotdogs, potatos, fire-house clam bake and off course...peach pound cake! all home teams btw..
Jan. 12, 2011 12:40 pm
Good afternoon dragonfly22 - sorry about your Iggles....not really....and beer with hot dogs and clams too....I commend you for embracing the dark side for the sake of family
Jan. 12, 2011 12:42 pm
That does sound like a tasty meal GAHSMOMX3 - thanks for stopping in
Jan. 12, 2011 12:43 pm
Yep Mangel - the donkeys - and I deserve the ridicule this year
Jan. 12, 2011 12:44 pm
Hmmm...let's go with Packers (still think they can find a way to beat ATL at home...hoping anyway), Steelers, Bears (think Seahawks run ends here) and Patriots. Wondering what your dad thinks of Rex Ryan. He makes me laugh during pre/post game interviews. Especially after the whole foot fetish thing
Jan. 12, 2011 12:45 pm
Hey Jena - thanks and I like your picks on both slates. Glad you stopped by again
Jan. 12, 2011 12:50 pm
A movie watcher luv2cook ? May I suggest North Dallas Forty as a film that skewered the seamier side of football in the 70's or Brian's Song - a true life football story that makes even real men cry
Jan. 12, 2011 12:52 pm
Hey Mary C. - I love a confident fan - I look forward to seeing your ideas if you make it that far
Jan. 12, 2011 12:54 pm
I was saving your fritters for the super bowl Nate - do you have a recipe you want me to use if you get that far ?
Jan. 12, 2011 12:56 pm
Hi Cat Hill - I find that once my team is eliminated it becomes all about the food that the game revolves around
Jan. 12, 2011 12:59 pm
Thanks gderr - all the home teams can certainly win but I don't think that any home team is an absolute lock this round either. I may have to try and make some peach pound cake myself this weekend
Jan. 12, 2011 1:01 pm
Hey b.riddle - the Pack certainly gave the Falcons a run for their money earlier this season. And like all good Jets fans, we are fixating only on Nick Folk's foot
Jan. 12, 2011 1:47 pm
Ok- food-wise I'll go with the pittsburg potatoes, pound cake, the chili dog and clam chowder... And now for the teams I'll choose Steelers, Packers (here's hoping! :), Seahawks, and Jets! :)
Jan. 12, 2011 1:49 pm
Seriously, the bears???? WHAT A JOKE! Although I wouldn't mind beating them again ;)
Jan. 12, 2011 6:50 pm
Hi Doug! The Wild Card weekend was well, wild, was it not?! Food wise, I will go with the potatoes, the pound cake, the hot dog and...well, the last one is hard because I do not like seafood- if I had to choose, I would go with the chowder (I could probably choke that down!). Well, you know I am going with the Steelers (Here we go Steelers, here we go!!!!). I'll take the Falcons, Seahawks and Jets. I can't stand the Ravens or the Pats! I am already a nervous wreck about this weekend lol! I take this game very seriously :) Great blog and happy watching!
Jan. 12, 2011 7:29 pm
Good evening geranium - I have no love for Jay Cutler & Da Bears - Cutler quit on my Broncos, I wish him nothing but pain and lots of it...Packers have the best shot at beating the Falcons
Jan. 12, 2011 7:32 pm
I am from Wisconsin, and we love our GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!! Cheese Soup? No. Cheese Fondue with Beer Bread, oh yeah! Brats hot off the grill, finished off on top of the stove, cooked in Kraut, Beer and Onions, always! Go with, Cheesy Potatoes, of course! In my neck of the woods, Cheesecake, what else! Served any way you like it, hot or cold, sweet or savory:) And this is what is served before the game!! Wait until half time! ?Here We Go Packers ? Here We Go ?
Jan. 12, 2011 7:32 pm
Thanks and I have to ask Puck ( aka RMFGJL) - do you have a Terrible Towel ? Ravens always match up well with your Steelers but this time, you have Ben back. And I bet you would rather see the Jets than the Pats. Nobody wants to play the Pats right now.
Jan. 12, 2011 7:35 pm
Hey Cascabel - Great menu ! If the Pack gets to the Super Bowl, I may have to borrow it. GB only lost by 3 when they played earlier this year and now your boys are flying. It's going to be a very good game and a very good spread.
Jan. 12, 2011 8:23 pm
I think I 'll have the peach pound cake, asian salmon, and steamed crab and, of course, clam chowdah! Oh, wait...I'm supposed to pick football teams too??
Jan. 12, 2011 8:31 pm
Football BigShotsMom ? What's football ? We are all just eating !
Jan. 12, 2011 8:40 pm
Do I have a Terrible Towel?!!! Only in every room of my house lol! I also have an 8 foot long Steelers flag in my front yard, but it is inside now for some much needed repair- I hope that doesn't jinx us! Yes, the Ravens always match up well with the Steelers...that is what scares me so much! It is going to be a great game. And you got that right- nobody wants to see the Pats! Sanchez is young and much more easily rattled than Brady (not knocking the guy, he just isn't the veteran Brady is). I agree with you about Cutler too- the way all that went down with your Broncos leaves no love lost for him, I am sure!
Jan. 13, 2011 5:19 am
Extremely entertaining blog! Just caught this now and was captivated by your creativity! I am not a football fan (but am married to one) although I do watch the games over the rims of my glasses while doing a crossword puzzle if something interesting happens ;) Out of all the recipes you have paired up, the only one that interests me is the salmon, so I am going with that and leaving the rest to a flip of the coin! :)
Jan. 13, 2011 5:57 am
Thank you Gitano - I am glad I got your attention. My mom always watched while not watching too just so she could report the scores if we came into the room. And I will call "Tails" on that flip of the coin.
Jan. 13, 2011 6:01 am
Only an 8 foot Towel Puck ? Slacker. I am surprised that Cromartie called out Brady this week considering Cromartie's middle name is "Toast" - not good for the Jets. Good luck against the Ravens.
Jan. 13, 2011 7:15 am
Go Bears! Although a creative blog/selection of menu ideas you provide, for the Chicago game I am considering Italian Beef sandwiches or Deep Crust Pizza...both Chicago mainstays on the culinary circuit. Again, GO BEARS!
Jan. 13, 2011 8:49 am
As a fan of Da Bears Here's_What's_Cookin' you have the right to pick whichever foods you deem the best & luckiest. I chose the Hot Dog because of Hot Doug's. Now which Jay Cutler is going to show up for the game ?
Jan. 13, 2011 10:55 am
Clambake all the way, baby...done on the beach, nothing beats it... although I do love blue crabs and a good Chicago dog. Sidenote to some posters: Manhattan chowder does not qualify as "chowdah", and please keep hating on the Pats. New Englanders love the hate, we feed on it, baby!
Jan. 13, 2011 12:02 pm
You have good reason to be proud of your clambakes abd you have home beach advantage too. And yes, no good new yorker would ever say "chowdah" - good luck this weekend
Jan. 14, 2011 6:15 am
Go Steelers!...with a Primatti Bros.-style sandwich in one hand and Yuengling beer in the other!
Jan. 14, 2011 6:34 am
Hey Susan C-T - those Primatti Bros. Sandwiches look like a heart attack just waiting to happen - can't wait to try one. Thanks for stopping by
Jan. 14, 2011 6:48 am Guess who we're rootin' for!
Jan. 14, 2011 6:54 am
Hmmmmmm....that's a tough one swchef....if you get to the next round I promise to use the Deep Dish Pizza
Jan. 14, 2011 1:15 pm
GO PACKERS!!! Unfortunately, I am on a diet (I've got engagement photos and a wedding dress I want to look good in) so cheese soup is out for me! BUT I will be having cheese and apples. Once again, great job on a very entertaining blog Doug. I'm hoping my cheese heads SMASH those dirty birds!!!!
Jan. 14, 2011 3:06 pm
Congrats on the impending nuptials - sounds like a touchdown to me - cheese & apples sounds great - I like them with a little Gold's Horseradish sauce on a cracker - good luck this weekend
Jan. 14, 2011 8:28 pm
Go Bears! Changed the menu...Chicago Hot Dogs this Sunday. Got to have better than Old Style beer so going with a mini keg of Spaten. As for which Cutler shows up...great question and one we Bears fans are concerned with but...the Bears are the better team, they are better than when they last played Seattle, Bears have a better running game now and Cutler has less picks...which leads me into my weekend winner picks...Steelers, Packers, Bears, Jets. Would love to see Bears/Packers in Chitown next week, outdoors where football should be played. Green Bay will be tough. Just hoping the Bears get thru this first round. Go Bears!
Jan. 15, 2011 9:47 am
Cromatie is going home with his tail between his legs tomorrow. What's he gonna call Brady then. Just play football. Pats all the way.
Jan. 15, 2011 10:19 am
Bears/Packers for the Conference Title would be some serious old-school football Here's_What's_Cookin' - I bet Vince Lombardi would be watching from the heights of Mt. Olympus somewhere north of the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field
Jan. 15, 2011 10:21 am
You have to wonder what Cromartie was thinking Ed's Kitchen - if you are going to taunt a quarterback, don't taunt the Walking Talking Touchdown Tossing Ken Doll
Jan. 15, 2011 12:55 pm
Ok - I know I have to be the "lone ranger" out there in the football universe - because I don't really care for football. However, I do watch the Superbowl for the (drum roll please) - commercials!!! So for that reason - I'll weigh in on the foodball. As far as the Ravens/Steelers - I'd make a Crab Potato Bisque and let them fight it out! As for the Packers/Falcons - well it's going to be a "Sweet Georgia Song" - better make that pound cake cause it's a poundin that will be dessert and packin the Packers home. Seahawks/Bears - hmmm... I believe it's going to be a "Dog Day Afternoon" for the Seahawks - go for the Bratwurst on the grill with all the trimmings - see ya Seahawks! The Jets/Patriots - clam chowder vs a clam bake - - I'd bake the clams and put them in the chowder - so that ones a toss up - it's a quarterback call. Now I'm not picking teams - I'm in it for the food!!! Go Commercials!!
Jan. 15, 2011 1:11 pm
Oh - BTW - Down here in the "Land of the Losers" - our menu is "crow" for dinner and for dessert "humble pie"
Jan. 15, 2011 1:48 pm
Now that is one seriously well thought out menu luv2cook - what time should I come over ? (and yes, we will be discussing commercials before, during & after the Super Bowl)
Jan. 15, 2011 1:57 pm
Oh - you don't want to come down to the "Land of the Losers" - the food is over "season"ed - and very bitter. There's no fixin it! Fast forward to the commercials!
Jan. 15, 2011 2:02 pm
My team has been playing golf since week 4 - completely lost season for us
Jan. 15, 2011 2:23 pm
Repeat after me - "Next year - next year - next year!" After a while you even start to believe it. I'm going to my home field advantage - my kitchen - there, I don't lose!
Jan. 15, 2011 2:25 pm
I'm making fish tacos with guac & a cilantro cream sauce - nothing but winners year, next year, next year
Jan. 15, 2011 5:00 pm
YAY Steelers!!!!!! :)
Jan. 15, 2011 5:18 pm
Break out those Yuengling's - the Steelers have moved on to the Conference Finals. Time to start looking for some more Pittsburgh food. Does the Amish Country count ?
Jan. 15, 2011 5:37 pm
I'm thinking it DOES!
Jan. 15, 2011 5:41 pm
Hi Doug! Can you here me cheering from here?! Yay Steelers! I am thrilled, now that my heart has stopped racing! If you really want to feature Pittsburgh food, try finding a clone of a Primanti's sandwich...
Jan. 15, 2011 6:09 pm
Well done Steelers - Well done. Ok - so the crab/potato bisque needs to be heavier on the potatoes. I can do that. Now - we're on to Falcons/Packers - my Peach Pound cake is almost done. And the commercials are pretty decent for the play-offs. What is a "nose tackle"? - in my world that would be a recipe gone bad.
Jan. 15, 2011 7:40 pm
Great job Steelers! (as a chiefs fan, I feel avendged at the fall of the Ravens:) Currently having a ball watching Green Bay trounce those Falcons. Beer Cheese soup comin' up...Go Cheese Heads!
Jan. 15, 2011 8:08 pm
Steel City puts the hammer down. Sweet. Green Bay showing those ATL Falcons they aren't quite ready for prime time and only wussies play in domes...which turns out to be "doom" for the birds. Now I need those Bears to take care of biz on Sunday and we will get the black and blue division rivals playing to punch their ticket to the Superbowl. And Dougie M...don't forget, up there with Vince is Papa Bear George Halas overlooking his "Monsters of the Midway". Just hope the Bears can get er done this Sunday. GO BEARS!
Jan. 15, 2011 8:49 pm
Ok - I know I'm not a football officiando - - but aren't there suppose to be 2(two) teams on the field to play this game? Did some one tell the Falcons? I guess I don't get it. And here I sit with mud on my face - but peach pound cake in my mouth - it tastes better than crow.
Jan. 16, 2011 8:18 am
Those dirty birds found themselves smothered in cheese - the Pick 6 at the end of the first half effectively ended that game right then & there and allowed me to change the channel. Time to start looking for some good Bratwurst recipes for next week's conference finals.
Jan. 16, 2011 8:34 am
No surprise to me that the Pack took that game. Rodgers is rolling. All my picks are playing out so far. Really want to see the Packers/Bears next week!!!! If you are interested, I'll share with you the BEST way to cook brats IF the Bears win today. Being a transplanted Chicagoan, I know how to make brats the right way. Post in here if you want my recipe for awesome brats IF the Bears post the 'W'. Go Bears!
Jan. 16, 2011 9:30 am
HEY! No way! Brats are straight up 100% Milwaukee! (You guys got your hotdogs, HWC!) I have the PERFECT Wisconsin brat recipe ready to share for Supper Bowl Sunday.
Jan. 16, 2011 10:36 am
So am I making salmon or hot dogs for watching the 2nd game today ? Da Bears scored first but that means nothing.
Jan. 16, 2011 10:36 am
Give me a recipe for your team and I will get it worked into the next round's blog. I promise.
Jan. 16, 2011 11:00 am
The bears are looking like last nights packers. I'd be getting those brats on the grill. Cut up strips of onions, peppers, jalapenos, and mushrooms - season - drizzle with some olive oil - and then put a handful of this mixture on aluminum foil squares and bring up corners to form pockets. Put these pockets on the grill with the brats. Toast hoagie buns on the grill - slather with a mustard/horseradish aioli sauce - stuff in the brat - load on the grilled pocket vegs then smother with a shredded sharp cheddar or provolone. Heart attack on a bun - but what a way to die!
Jan. 16, 2011 11:09 am
luv2cook - If I make one of those bad boys I am going to be very glad that the first aid squad is less than a mile down the road. Might just be worth the ride to hospital.
Jan. 16, 2011 11:09 am
looks like it may be time for me to break out this bad boy....
Jan. 16, 2011 3:01 pm
I don't want to jinx the Jets but it's halftime and I may be making a Pastrami Primati's style sandwich for next week's game
Jan. 16, 2011 4:19 pm
Do you want to revise your comments about the Packer's chances against the Falcons? Thanks for the recipes, anyway. Chicago is on the way from Green Bay to Dallas. And we know how to play Da Bears. I will be checking your predictions for next weeks NFL championship game - Packers vs Bears. Marinate your brats in beer before grilling them. Way more popular than beer cheese soup here in Wisconsin.
Jan. 16, 2011 4:36 pm
Okay - it's Chicago deep dish pizza time, Doug.
Jan. 16, 2011 4:46 pm
next year!!!
Jan. 16, 2011 4:46 pm
Okay, so the smart fan will ignore all my picks, but I say Steelers & Packers for the big showdown. I CANNOT be a fan of Cromarti:)
Jan. 16, 2011 6:18 pm
Talk to me priscillat - give me some more hints into the culinary side of Wisco. I am definitely pulling for the Pack to beat up on Da Bears
Jan. 16, 2011 6:19 pm
Pizza.....mmmmmm.....swchef.....but I am picking the Cheeseheads
Jan. 16, 2011 6:19 pm
I bet those weren't the first two words that came to mind after the game Icooknow - good luck
Jan. 16, 2011 6:37 pm
Some great Wisconsin food- Brats in beer with kraut,Door County cherries,frozen custard, Sunday ham and hard rolls, paczski,friday night fish fries(lake trout),cranberries,smoked chubs,fried smelt,George Webb food when we are drunk on beer,and we sometimes have a little cheese.
Jan. 16, 2011 7:54 pm
Ok New Jersey Doug - start a new blog for the FoodBall playoffs for the next round. I'm in Florida - so I'm going to weigh in from a Southern perspective.
Jan. 16, 2011 8:06 pm
How about them Bears! Read thru the posts and will agree that brats are a little bit, slightly more "traditional" north of the IL border, but, they are VERY popular in IL, particularly in Chicagoland. Dougie, I did not see that you are interested in my brat recipe...and I saw a couple of recipes above that don't come close to what I have perfected over the years. You tell me Doug, you gonna make 'em if I share with you? BTW, can't fault you for going with the Pack next week. They will be tough. What will be amusing is the talking heads during the week sizing up the upcoming game between Packers/Bears. My picks later in the week. So, you want the recipe?
Jan. 16, 2011 8:11 pm
BTW, check out my comment within this blog from Jan. 14, 2011 8:28 pm...who's yo daddy?!
Jan. 17, 2011 7:19 am
Here ya go....the perfect brats and more than happy to share after a Bears 'W' --->
Jan. 17, 2011 4:20 pm
here is suggestion for you for Sunday Doug; Of course, here in the Burgh we can get chipped ham from Islays but you really just need shaved ham. Yummy sandwich. It is a staple at work when we have crowd lunches. Go Steelers!!!
Jan. 18, 2011 5:37 am
recipe looks great Here's_What's_Cookin' but i think the popular consensus is that The Pack fans get the Brats but I will save your recipe for the Super Bowl - if you get there - good luck
Jan. 18, 2011 5:38 am
Wow Hazelnut - I may spend my whole day scrolling through Packers food and forget to do anything else - that is one impressive list of grub
Jan. 18, 2011 5:39 am
Looking good DeniseY - I may have to try that one at home - also looks like a good one for representing pittsburgh on my Super Bowl menu - if you get there - good luck
Jan. 18, 2011 5:45 am
abd as for your predictions on Jan. 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm Here's_What's_Cookin' - you absolutely nailed them
Jan. 18, 2011 7:08 am
I bow to the Pack fans getting the brats, totally in agreement (although every sausage that runs around Miller Park at every home game is just as popular in Chicagoland). So, I am saving Chciago Style Deep Dish pizza for Super Bowl IF the Bears get there. I'm going with Italian Beef sandwiches for game day this coming Sunday. I am constructing a recipe today. Go Bears!!
Jan. 18, 2011 2:01 pm
Just wanted to let you all know that yesterday I had crow for lunch and today it was my hat. I bow very humbly to all you Packers, Bears, and Steelers fans, but especially to you Jets fans. The Jets knew what they wanted and went out and got it! p.s. Tom Brady sucked! Doug, I'll save my NE food list for next year. Although Celtics and Bruins are doing great! Maybe?
Jan. 18, 2011 6:11 pm
In WI, the Bears playing the Packers IS the Super Bowl!! One more win and Super Bowl here we come!! As for the sausages that run around Miller Park every home game, they made their Grand Appearance, during the dance, at my son's Wedding. Do we love our sports teams or what!!!! Here we Go Packers, Here we Go.
Jan. 19, 2011 12:48 pm
Oh yeah cascabel! :) - we rock (love them WI sports teams!!) - BTW @ here's_what's_cooking, I'm so in on the food wager ;)
Jan. 19, 2011 2:22 pm
Hi Geranuim, ok, game on. I'll try and catch up with you in the buzz at some point.
Jan. 19, 2011 2:26 pm ---> *** Doug, these two AR recipes are the ones I would recommend going with if you select IB as a food fit for "Monsters of the Midway". I have created a personal recipe but not yet ready to share until I make it this weekend. Go Bears!
Jan. 20, 2011 4:46 am
Thanks Here's_What's_Cookin' - if the bears win this weekend, I promise to use one of them
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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.
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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