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Aloha ! It's time for the National Food-Ball League Pro Bowl 
Jan. 27, 2011 4:33 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2011 3:21 pm
Let’s be honest, nobody cares about the NFL Pro Bowl. Nobody that is except for the player’s wives and the player’s agents and the only reason they like the NFL Pro Bowl is because it takes place in (except for last year when they foolishly played it in ). They also get an extra paycheck and usually they trigger a clause in their contract that gets them a bonus. That’s sweet music to the ears of the player’s wives & to the wallets of their 10% agents. The players on the other hand haven’t played in a couple of weeks and after wearing pads every day since mid July, they are  more than ready to call it a season since they aren’t playing next week in the Super Bowl. That game, of course, being the only game that every player wants to be playing in at the end of the season. In fact, the Pro Bowl used to be played the week after the Super Bowl but it got changed last year (when they foolishly moved it to ) to the week before the Super Bowl as a way to keep football on TV and all other sports out of the spotlight if for even a minute.

So what does that mean for us in the National Food-Ball League ? Well it could mean that we honor the best of the best but we already have seen countless end of the year “Best of” lists and to be honest, we aren’t about that anyway here in the National Food-Ball League. We have always been about the cuisine and/or grub that best represents the team & it’s locale. Now since it’s hard to pick foods that represent teams called “American” & “National”, we are going to pick some foods that say ALOHA !!! instead. So come join me for a virtual food-ball luau as we sit back and watch a bunch of overpaid all-stars go through the motions.

Every food-ball spread needs some finger foods & some appetizers so in the spirit of all that is Shake I present to you our own food-ball Pu Pu Platter

Hawaiian Chicken Wings (because honestly, how can you watch football of any caliber on TV without some wings ?)

Hawaiian Hot Dog Surprise (because how can anyone say no to little hot dogs especially with baked beans & pineapple ?)

and Hawaiian Fried Won Tons (because while Spam may just be misunderstood meat in a can, in the islands it’s a tasty way of life)

Once the pre-game show is over (the college basketball game over on CBS or ESPN), it’s time to move into the main course offerings and once again we have taken an island twist on a couple of dishes.

Hawaiian Pizza (because pizza & football belong together and I LIKE pineapple on MY pizza too)

Hawaiian Sandwiches (because pineapple sounds so wrong yet so right in a grilled cheese & bacon sandwich – serve it with a mango ketchup)

Hawaiian Chicken I (because chicken & pineapple as a combo is as classic as sweet & sour chicken in a Chinese restaurant and it looks good heaped on rice)

Baked Butterfish (because while it doesn’t sound Hawaiian in name, the first time I ever had butterfish was in and it just melted)

Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker  (because PIG is Football and PIG is ALWAYS the star of any luau)

Aloha Coleslaw & Hawaiian Coleslaw (because you always need coleslaw with any & all barbecue so since it’s the Pro Bowl, we have two)

and for dessert

Hawaiian Wedding Cake II (because I needed a dessert with the word “Hawaiian” in it)

And Pineapple Orange Sorbet (because we need something light to help cleanse our pallet just before we start in on the whole spread all over again)

So grab a Mai Tai or Pina Colada and dig right in. Enjoy the Pro Bowl. I know I won’t be watching the game myself but I did see a can of Spam in the kitchen cabinet near a can of crushed pineapple and some coconut milk. Come back next week when we not only set up the Packers & Steelers menus for the “Supper Bowl” but when we also review the menu I will be making for the game. (I just found out that my father is coming up to watch the game with us so the pressure is on.)

Mahalo & Aloha.

Jan. 27, 2011 4:35 pm
i love Hawaiian food! everything sounds so delecious! i can't wait until the supper bowl!
Jan. 27, 2011 4:58 pm
thanks for clearing up my question on your thread - was wondering WHEN they changed having the ProBowl to PRE-Super Bowl when it was always POST-SuperBowl.....dumkoffs.... AND, I can imagine that the number of players from the 2 teams going for the SuperBowl are NIL??? heaven forbid they get hurt before the big game that really counts...whose idea was this??!! and by the way ~ I LOVE pineapple on my PIZZA! AND, I will be watching the SuperBowl from Mexico! headed there next week and that will be the only time I will spend INDOORS! :)
Jan. 27, 2011 5:16 pm
Hi Caty24 - I had a feeling that you liked hawaiian food - a little humpback whale told me
Jan. 27, 2011 5:18 pm
Hola Gitano ! What a great time of year to escape to Mexico (he says from under a fresh 12" of snow). Super Bowl players are definitely NOT in the Pro Bowl. They can get voted in, trigger their bonuses and then opt out so another player gets the trip and the bonus check. It stinks but then again, who really watches anyway ? Have a safe trip.
Jan. 27, 2011 5:21 pm
Not sure I like Hawaiian food. Maybe if I could get someone to take me there I could figure out if I do....I'm working on that ;0 I know I HATE pineapple on my pizza...... Gitano knows not what she speaks of (can ya tell I'm jealous of the whole "I'm going to Mexico thing?" At any rate, your blog made me laugh cause, yeah, no one cares about the Pro-Bowl.
Jan. 27, 2011 5:24 pm
Hi Jena - there is a lot to be said about eating hawaiian food in Hawaii. I think even shoe leather would taste great if I was sitting & watching the surfers on the North Shore. Thanks for stopping in.
Jan. 27, 2011 5:28 pm
Doug ~ ANYTHING would taste good while sitting on a beach in 80F weather watching the waves, surf and inevitable bikinis everywhere... :) Jena? you don't like pineapple on your pizza?! weird.... LOL!
Jan. 27, 2011 5:34 pm
Gitano - I don't know what we are going to do with these non-believing pineapple pizza heathens...
Jan. 27, 2011 5:40 pm
they are NOT invited to Hawaii then...plain and simple :)
Jan. 27, 2011 5:40 pm
OH...and MORE for US! :)
Jan. 27, 2011 6:24 pm
Oh I was so beyond pi$$ed when they moved the Pro Bowl. It really makes no flipping sense to me to have it before the Super Bowl! Like you said, no one really cares too much about it, but it used to be a fun way to unwind after the stress of the REAL Bowl and now it is just filler. Sigh. Of course, that doesn't mean I won't watch it, especially since they moved it back to Hawaii, but still. I wish I could say I feel bad that your Jets lost last week Doug...but clearly I cannot. Perhaps you and your dad can now root for the right team in the Super Bowl lol! Thanks for another great blog- looking forward to the next one with bated breath :)
Jan. 27, 2011 6:43 pm
Doug, I answered your last post about NASCAR but I was a tad late, so go check your recipe requests and read please! :)
Jan. 27, 2011 6:57 pm
I was in Aloha stadium a few years ago for a college football game. It is weird how close it is to Pearl Harbor. I doubt I will watch any of the Pro Bowl cause it is just a weird game. I will be watching the NHL All-Star game this weekend though. Did you see how they changed that up? It is kind of cool. They picked two captains Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal and they will each get to pick from all of the players who were selected by the voters (except Sidney and Malkin who are both hurt). Kind of like gym class. Can't wait to see who is last, that will be funny. Can't wait for next weeks blog. go Steelers!!!
Jan. 28, 2011 4:44 am
good morning Puck ( aka RMFGJL) - I have to admit that I am a little partial to Aaron Rodgers because he went to Cal like Mom did but then again, I almost put on a yellow & black shirt today (opted for red, white & blue of my NY Rangers instead). Have fun watching the game, I'll be planning my SuperDuperBowl Menu.
Jan. 28, 2011 4:45 am
That's any interesting selection of drivers Gitano - is it true that Jeff is driving the AARP car this year ? My kids like Kyle, Kurt & Joey Logano. My wife likes Robby Gordon because he gets mad and throws his helmet at other cars.
Jan. 28, 2011 4:48 am
Good morning DeniseY - I would love to go to a game at Aloha Stadium just so I could say I had been to a game there. I like the twist to the NHL All Star Game this year. I wonder if Eric Staal will pick his brother Marc or if Lidstrom will beat him to it ? And if they really want to play pond hockey, they should just toss all their sticks into the center and then toss them randomly to either end for the make up of the teams. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 28, 2011 5:22 am
Robby Gordon???!!!!! pfft..... (no offence to your wife), but really? he couldn't drive his way out of a paper bag..... he needs to stick to the baja stuff where he can drive like the maniac he is without causing the inevitable wreck he always does... ok, I'm done now, sorry... :)
Jan. 28, 2011 7:54 am
Gitano, I'm weird? Who goes to Mexico in January?......wait....dont' answer that.
Jan. 28, 2011 8:10 am
LOL Jena! I leave Feb 1st! soooo technically not January! But I was there last January, and living in Southern Ontario, anywhere from Dec to Mar is a GOOD time to go to Mexico! :)
Jan. 28, 2011 8:20 am
Doug, you've inspired me - my superbowl party menu is going to represent the home towns of the teams. My family is making the GB food and my brother is cooking to represent the Steelers. boycotting the pro-bowl but the hawaiian menu looks fun.
Jan. 28, 2011 11:20 am
Hi GAHSMOMX3 - I have always felt that you have to have at least one dish that represents each of the teams in the game. I am thinking Ham BBQ Sliders for the Steelers but no clue as to what to pick for the Pack. Have a great weekend
Jan. 28, 2011 11:21 am
Gitano - Robby Gordon is great ! I use him at least 3 times a year in my fantasy NASCAR league - Infineon & Watkins Glen and sometimes Indy
Jan. 28, 2011 12:21 pm
I want to go anywhere far away from here the week before the super bowl and for sure the weekend of. I can stand in the front yard of my buisness and see "Jerry World", what we in Dallas not so fondly call Cowboy Stadium...I'm really hungry now thinking about Hawaiian Pizza. Really,you can't think of what food to pick for the CHEESE heads? Ha!
Jan. 28, 2011 1:53 pm
I feel for you LCook - that stadium is out of control. As for the Packers, it more a case of what DON'T I pick for them I have had that many suggestions from Packers fans. It's the Steelers I am not too sure of.
Jan. 28, 2011 3:24 pm
You're right, it is. I can't give you any suggestion for what to serve for either team. I'm not even going to watch the game. I find it hilarious that tv stations and newspapers all over the country have been giving out ideas on "TEXAS" parties and food that are so horribly bad. I'm afraid people in NJ think we eat queso with celery, carrots and agave in it. Yack! I think I'll grab my husband and go to our fav little TexMex joint and try to order that...Wow. That was way off subject, sorry. Maybe I should start another blog.
Jan. 28, 2011 3:56 pm
No offense LCook - I am a queso loving NJ boy who wouldn't dare serve it the way you describe it. As for mexicab restuarants, I learned during my time I spent living in Denver & Dallas that the worse the place looks, the better the food
Jan. 30, 2011 11:28 am
Just checking in with a big thumbs up for the pineapple pizza! We agree (hubbie and me--yes both of us--with you AND each other) that pineapple makes everything better. Not so sure about grilled cheese, though, but bacon (being a food group and all:) definitely works with pineapple! ALOHA Everybody.
Jan. 30, 2011 2:53 pm
Aloha Mangel - bacon is truly a food of the gods - have a good one
Jan. 30, 2011 3:13 pm
BTW, I decided on my Mizzou t-shirt and a re-run of the "Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again". It really is all about the food:)
Jan. 30, 2011 3:21 pm
Okay, I promise I'll leave you alone for awhile after this post. I found some Pennsylvania Dutch recipes you might want to consider for the Steeler fans "supper bowl" menu:

Now I'm logging off and getting another beer!
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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.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
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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.
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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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