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My Menu for Super Bowl XLV (subject to change) 
Jan. 31, 2011 11:18 am 
Updated: Feb. 8, 2011 10:09 am
This is it.

Thirty two teams have played a combined total of five hundred twenty two games to get to this point.

Two teams are left – The Green Bay Packers & The Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday February 6 at 6:30pm Eastern Time – Live from the shrine that Jerry Jones built to himself in .

Super Bowl XLV

The Super Bowl, however, is much more than just a football game. It’s an event that has outgrown even itself. It is a media circus with hundreds of reporters from all over the world looking for a fresh angle to a stale story. It’s television commercials costing $2.8m for just 30 seconds that can make or break a company the next day in the USA Today Ad Meter ratings. It’s millions & millions of dollars being bet legally & illegally in casinos and 100 square office pools.

And finally, it’s food and lots of it because no one watches the Super Bowl without a Super Spread.

Every year I somehow get my wife & children to leave the house soon after breakfast on Super Bowl Sunday. Every year I make a last second rush to the grocery store for things I have forgotten or things I think I might need. Every year I come home and do some work outside to get my head right before entering the kitchen. Every year I try to out do myself from the year before. And this year I have some added pressure in that when my wife & kids come home from their day of “forced exile”, they will be bringing my father with them as well as my wife’s friend Vilma. I need to deliver like I never have before.

Like any good coach, I have been working on my menu/game plan for a couple of weeks. Actually, I started working on this year’s Super Bowl as soon as last year’s Super Bowl was over. What worked ? What didn’t ? Which dish needs to be retired ? Which dish needs to transform ? I continue working on it all season as I travel from city to city trying new foods. I then start to focus in as the playoffs begin and we can get a sense of the regional aspects we need to address. There are old stand-bys who play every year. There are new kids trying to break in and make a splash. There are going to be audibles called as the game goes on based on time & ingredients.

But for now, there has been too much talk. Let’s meet the Super Bowl XLV Menu Line-up for this Sunday.

ALLIGATOR CHILI – This recipe has been a Super Bowl standard since 2006 and I could not imagine a Super Bowl now without it. You can even see me make it if you click on one of the links below.

HONEY ORANGE CHICKEN WINGS – a long time favorite in our kitchen starts with a base of Uncle Dougie’s Chicago Style Chicken Wing Marinade (< ) and adds in OJ, Honey, Mustard & Key Lime Juice for juicy fall off the bone chicken wings.

BABY BACK RIBS – cook them low & slow with a rub or sauce to be determined at the moment they hit the pan. This is one of those decisions best made on the fly.

CHEDDAR BACON DEVILED EGGS – as simple as their name implies in that I add shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon bits & some hot sauce to the mustard, mayo & paprika that usually is found in the center of a deviled egg.

PITTSBURGH HAM BBQ CRESCENTS – this one is a mashup of 2 recipes here on AR in that I plan to make the ham bbq and then instead of serving it on a bun, I am going to roll it up into Pillsbury Crescent dough and then slice it into rounds that I will then bake. I may make this a bi-partisan dish by introducing cheese to the mix but I need to taste the sauce first.

CRAWFISH & CORN NACHO SCOOPS – (for lack of a better name) I saw a recipe booklet for 50 kinds of nachos the other day stuffed into a magazine and it had a crab & corn recipe that looked interesting. Now I am going to play with it a little but picture cheesy crawfish goodness spilling out of a tiny tortilla shell….mmmm

BASIL ROASTED RED PEPPER JACK CORN MUFFINS – it’s a mouthful to say and a mouthful to eat. I do believe that this was actually the very first recipe I ever saved into my AR Recipe Box and I also believe that this is the first time it has ever been served at the Super Bowl. It’s also the first time I will make muffins instead of a loaf pan.

CHERRY BALSAMIC DUCK WITH SPINACH & GOAT CHEESE PANINIS – here’s a wild card entry this year. I have had really good luck with paninis in the past and I have had really good luck with duck too. I wanted to do something fresh & interesting and this combo caught my eye as a salad on a menu recently and then grew from there as I thought it out some more.

EGGS BENEDICT WITH KEY LIME HOLLANDAISE – This is the dish that least likely fits in with the rest of the menu (also a tradition – see yellow pea & apple daal from last year) and this is easily the most likely dish to not get made. Which of course means that I will go out of my way to make it at the expense of some other dishes. There is no way it will be as good as I see it in my mind but I will serve it anyway. Wish me luck.

SWEET POTATO FRIES – I always order these whenever I see them on the menu. I always screw them up when I try to make them. Despite that, everyone always loves them. I don’t know why I try every year but I do.

MOM’S BLONDIES – I am making these especially for Dad this year. Mom passed away back in August and I know he hasn’t had these in well over a year. I’ll use mom’s recipe and I will use her nasty old non-stick cookie sheet that has been responsible for countless trays of this goodness.

and finally – MINI SUNDAE BAR WITH PHYLLO CUPS – 3 or 4 kinds of ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate syrup, cut up bananas, whipped cream & sprinkles – use a melon scooper to drop the ice cream into the phyllo cup and have at it. Always a hit at the end of the meal with the kids.

So there you have it. That’s the game plan as of right now. There will be additions and there will be subtractions. There will be success and there will be failure. Not everything will come off as I hoped it would but if you have watched enough cooking shows like I have, you know to expect the unexpected. (I know I can also plan on my wife making her kick butt guacamole.) Who cares who wins (my team was out of the race by late September) as long as everyone enjoys themselves and is fat & happy after the game.

So what’s on your menu for Sunday ?
Jan. 31, 2011 11:31 am
If I wasn't in Mexico for the SuperBowl, I would most definitely be coming to eat your spread - YUM!!! and extremely ambitious too! LOL! Enjoy the game, cooking and fraternizing with your buds on the big day! Cheers!
Jan. 31, 2011 11:37 am
Buenos Dias Gitano - I promise a tip of the guacamole hat in your direction at kickoff - have fun in Mexico
Jan. 31, 2011 11:40 am
You are a true chef and host, Doug! I agree with Gitano, EXTREMELY ambitious of you! Please pace yourself. The host needs to enjoy his guests and the game too. Take care!
Jan. 31, 2011 11:41 am
Gracias mi amigo.... ;) Salud!
Jan. 31, 2011 11:44 am
Wow! You're gonna be busy!! And sounds like no one will go hungry! Haven't decided where we'll be watching the big game, so food still undetermined - But I am in a gumbo-cookin' mood!!
Jan. 31, 2011 11:47 am
Wow Doug! I am very impressed! What a menu! I disagree about one thing- not everyone has a Super Spread...I am too nervous to even contemplate eating anything! However, I was just telling BF about your menu and he said "so, what are you making?" So now I may be forced to come up with a menu of my own so that others can eat. I love your ham bbq crescent idea, so I may have to do that. And maybe a Primanti style sandwich bar or something like that. I will have to give it some thought. Thanks for another great blog! Hoist a cold one for my team and happy watching :)
Jan. 31, 2011 12:00 pm
Hi Cathy - it is ambitious but I think I can pull it off. The Eggs benny will probably fall by the wayside but you never know. Thanks for checking in.
Jan. 31, 2011 12:00 pm
Hi Staci - I'll trade you some gator chili for some of that gumbo ?
Jan. 31, 2011 12:02 pm
Hi Puck ( aka RMFGJL) - as far as I am oncerned, a cold 6 pack and a hot pizza makes for a great spread for the game too. I just can't help myself. We will have leftovers for days. Good luck on Sunday
Jan. 31, 2011 12:22 pm
Husband is big Packer fan so of course he made sure he was off work this Sunday. Have a pork butt I need to use. Will prob do Kalua pork and sweet potato fries. Predicting Packers 27 Steelers 24
Jan. 31, 2011 12:42 pm
That sounds like a great combination b. riddle but I need the Packers to win either 31-26 or 33-24 (my boxes)
Jan. 31, 2011 12:45 pm
Here is one for the Packers....
Jan. 31, 2011 12:54 pm
Thanks Baking Nana - a cheese dip should be something easy I could make on Saturday
Jan. 31, 2011 1:11 pm
What time should I plan on getting there? For the first time since 1968 no one will be watching the Super Bowl in my home. DD is doing the honors. I fully expect a frantic phone call late Friday night with a list of things she wants me to make. Where do you find alligator meat?? I haven't found any recently here on LI. Enjoy that spread!
Jan. 31, 2011 1:13 pm
Thanks BigShotsMom - any time before kickoff is fine...I get all my gator meat (and crawfish too) from in Lafayette, LA - it's worth the extra shipping
Jan. 31, 2011 1:17 pm
I feel like we need a drum roll for this blog. Mom-in-law has invited us "kids" for a super bowl party and has decided to go Mexican. I'm thinking cheese dip:)and that's assuming the twenty-two inches of snow allows us to go anywhere this weekend. If we're stuck at home, I'll go broccoli cheese soup (green & gold, baby:)and some sort of bread for dipping. That'll be game time I'll add some hot and spicy sausage and bring out the tortilla chips. Good luck everyone.
Jan. 31, 2011 1:20 pm
Mangel - and people here are complaining about the 2 or 3 inches we are getting tomorrow - broccoli cheese soup for the Pack - I like that. Good luck this weekend. I am supposed to go to Vegas for the night on Thursday.
Jan. 31, 2011 1:22 pm
Good luck with the mid-west airports. Actually, by thursday flying will probably be safer than driving in these parts:)
Jan. 31, 2011 1:28 pm
Hey Doug, your menu sounds great! All that food ......Yum!! How do I get to your house again? Will your family mind having a family of five come for a visit!? I hope I do your chili justice when I make it this weekend! And your Mom's blondies sound soo good. Take care, have fun and chow down!! Go Packers!!
Jan. 31, 2011 1:45 pm
Don't know what I'm serving yet depends on what the blizzard dumps. There were crawfish on sale not too long ago here but they were cooked so I passed. Crawfish Nachos. I like Nachos. Wonder if I can get enough to try that when the creek thaws in June :)
Jan. 31, 2011 2:06 pm
Your menu sounds so good! I'm going to a bar to watch the game so will have appys...
Jan. 31, 2011 2:31 pm
Mangel - Not worried about a connection for once - have a direct flight to Vegas and the casinos have a direct tap on my wallet
Jan. 31, 2011 3:00 pm
Just make a left when you get about halfway through NJ dragonfly22. I hope you all like the gator chili. Good luck with the Pack this weekend.
Jan. 31, 2011 3:04 pm
Let me know when the snow melts Cat Hill and I will come out and turn some stones in the creek with you. Hope you all thaw out soon.
Jan. 31, 2011 3:09 pm
Have fun at the bar with all the other fans Nurse Ellen - the camaraderie of my fellow fans is all I miss from my drinking days.
Jan. 31, 2011 6:13 pm
Dang Doug! You're making me feel like a "schelp!" I'm buying cheetos and pepsi... NOT REALLY! However, my menu is no where close to the likes of what you'll be serving. So, I've just called the fam and cancelled our SB Party. Now, how do I get to your place?
Feb. 1, 2011 4:49 am
good morning candice - head east for a couple of days and when you get to New Jersy, turn right. I'll be making small amounts of each dish to help on time management. Have fun and see you on Sunday.
Feb. 1, 2011 5:30 am
Sounds delicious! I haven't even begun to think about a menu for the game. I love the idea of the barbecues on the pinwheels! Here we go, Steelers!!
Feb. 1, 2011 5:32 am
Good morning Pam-3BoysMama - variations of those pinwheels have become my "go to" for quick easy family functions. Good luck on Sunday
Feb. 1, 2011 6:01 am
Thanks, Doug...I have been looking for a good Blondie recipe. Now if Hubby will just stop on his way home in the ice storm to get me some walnuts...not to worry, I have the "nasty old nonstick cookie sheet" covered.
Feb. 1, 2011 6:25 am
Good morning bigcountry - I know you won't be disappointed - good luck in the storm
Feb. 1, 2011 9:48 am
Where are all the Steelers fans on this blog?! I love cheese with a passion, but I have decided there will be NO cheese whatsoever this Sunday!!! I have settled on having wings (various flavors) and a sandwich bar (which is not going to be so great now that I have laid down the no cheese rule). Also, I am stealing your sundae bar idea- I am going to make strawberry, vanilla and chocolate ice creams (I love making ice cream!). Anyways, once again, happy watching Doug and I hope all goes well with your menu (even if you aren't rooting for the right team!).
Feb. 1, 2011 11:38 am
Hi Puck - i was just wondering the same thing - where are any of the football fans ? I also have another friend who has banned all Miller Beer products since they are originally from Wisonsin. Have fun with the ice cream - i only make mine in the summer - Chipotle Mango was the last one I made. Wave that Towel !
Feb. 1, 2011 12:46 pm
May I recommend SNOW ice cream for the menu? I've got 14" and blizzard conditions...Also some dry ice if anyone wants the main ingredient, I'd be happy to send EVERYONE some of the white stuff:) I also posted some potential Steeler recipes on Doug's pro bowl blog. I'm off to make a BIG pot of beef stew and watch the 5' drift on my deck get deeper. Happy Days, everyone!
Feb. 1, 2011 1:42 pm
Snow Cones, Shave Ice, Snow Balls - I think we all have these coming out our ying yang by now Mangel - enjoy that beef stew
Feb. 1, 2011 3:45 pm
Holy carp, Doug! Can I come watch the Super Bowl at your house?
Feb. 1, 2011 4:07 pm
WOW sounds delish! I'm on a diet so I can only drool :)
Feb. 1, 2011 4:20 pm
Good Lord Doug -when will you get any sleep fixing all that wonderful food? But even more important what's the cocktail for the day? I saved your blondie recipe for dessert for my spread. Hope you have a great Super Bowl. Go Pack!!
Feb. 2, 2011 5:19 am
good morning Keri - be my guest, jump on to Route 80 east and turn right when you get to New Jersey - thanks for checking in
Feb. 2, 2011 5:20 am
Good morning Celeste - I'm on a diet too but we are both taking Sunday off - thanks for stopping by
Feb. 2, 2011 5:22 am
Good morning Sweet Basil - I think I have the timing down for most of it - I am formulating an outline - the eggs benedict are the only thing I am waffling on....hmmm...waffles....with hollandaise....hmmmm
Deb C 
Feb. 2, 2011 6:34 am
That's an impressive spead. I'll be there!
Feb. 2, 2011 6:54 am
we will be expecting you Deb C. - now to see if I can pull it off
Feb. 2, 2011 7:08 am
Wow, this is my first time to write a comment. I've enjoyed reading all of your entries since the fall, but this is the first one that has compelled me to comment. WOW, I've never watched a Super Bowl Game and have never been to a party with a feast like this. What time do you start eating?? It must take forever to go through an extensive menu like this. Do you only have tastes of the various food items? I'm not from timbuctoo, but football isn't big with my family - my father always watched the Grey Cup (Canadian Football Championship) but we never ate a different meal because of it. Have a blast and I hope you have Monday off from work to rest.
Feb. 2, 2011 7:20 am
Good morning the little cook - I am glad that you stopped in to comment. I will get all thge diffreent platters out on the table starting about 5:30-6:00 with kickoff around 6:30. It does come out as more of a tasting menu than anything else though I will make big platters of ribs & wings since they are always a standard. No day off on Monday but I doubt I will work very hard.
Feb. 2, 2011 7:45 am
Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for sharing this. I am hosting my first big get-together for the Super Bowl as a newlywed. Hubby is a Steelers fan. This has really helped and inspired me to figure out what I'm making! Good luck and thanks again!
Feb. 2, 2011 7:48 am
Congratulations on the wedding shellbell9561 - you know they say that marriage is an 8 letter word so that makes it twice as bad as any 4 letter word - but seriously, it's by far & away the best thing I ever did. Good luck on Sunday
Feb. 2, 2011 8:44 am
hi doug! an amazing menu! my mouth is watering! what torture!! cruel shoes man!
Feb. 2, 2011 8:55 am
But now the real question gderr is, can I pull it off ? The pressure is on and the camera is waiting. Thanks for checking in.
Feb. 2, 2011 8:59 am
You've set the bar with your menu! My husband asked this morning what I was planning to make and what time was the game. He's NOT going to see your menu ;-P We tend to just eat our way thru the day! Good Luck!!
Feb. 2, 2011 9:31 am
I may not want to see my menu by Sunday morning either Luv2Cook - if I hadn't posted it with so much bravado, I would already be going the pizza route
Feb. 2, 2011 10:08 am
I need a man like this. My husband cannot follow directions on a box of macaroni let alone operate the microwave to reheat his coffee.
Feb. 2, 2011 10:14 am
That is terrible YummyFoodLover - there is no excuse for a man not being able to handle the basics in a kitchen and I don't care how old or what generation a dude is, I got tired of eating bad happy hour bar food myself. Thanks for checking in.
Feb. 2, 2011 11:30 am
Can I just say thanks for a terrific mother-in-law...My hubby can not only cook, but vacuums, dusts, AND does laundry. I'm guessing, Doug, that you're mom raised you right, too:)
Feb. 2, 2011 12:00 pm
I can cook mangel but cleaning up is a whole different story.....
Feb. 2, 2011 12:41 pm
My menu for Sunday? Vodka. LOTS o vodka, probably bubblgum vodka mixed with 99 bananas (I call it "JuicyFruit"). Pittsburg Packers and Green bay Steelers oh, what EVER.....I'll be glad when its over and I can have my husband (and my TV) back to normal. Don't care about football...waaaayyyyyy too much testosterone for me. Come back later and ask me what the buffett spread will be for The Academy Awards...Oscars! Now, THERE'S something to celebrate.......
Feb. 2, 2011 12:55 pm
Vodka - I almost remember those days msntnkrbll - of course back then we only had 2 flavors of Vodka - Good & Bad.....and a menu inspired by the Oscars....hmmmm...what to pair with The Black Swan or True grit....
Feb. 2, 2011 4:58 pm
Wow, that is a lot to make! I would collapse if I did that much. I'm impressed and it sounds delicious!
Feb. 2, 2011 5:02 pm
Hey Doug - I only have one word for your Supper Bowl menu - "TOUCHDOWN"!!!! That is one impressive spread! Even the gators down here in Florida have heard of you - and they don't scare easy! My hubby & I will be going to a SB get together and I'm making deviled eggs (similar to yours - although I never thought about adding cheese - I may throw in some pepper jack - thanks for the new twist) and chocolate trifle. There is soooo much in your food feast that I would love to sample - "lucky" are the ones that will be privileged to partake. Have a Super Food Day - go commercials!
Feb. 2, 2011 7:39 pm
My goodness! You could feed both teams with all that!!!! Now I'm slightly jealous of your wife, kids, father and Vilma...
Feb. 3, 2011 3:41 am
Good morning ChristinaBambina - I guess I always think of the Super Bowl as my "Top Chef" moment....and yes, I will collapse too
Feb. 3, 2011 3:43 am
Good Morning luv2cook - PeppeJack in the eggs sounds awesome - the kids won't let me spice it up too much....I'll trade you for some of that Chocolate Trifle....have fun on Sunday
Feb. 3, 2011 3:44 am
Hi Melanie - Let's see how I do before we start getting jealous. Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend.
Feb. 3, 2011 3:55 am
I'd sell my tv for one of those duck paninis! I'm still working on my menu...but I know my Buffalo born hubby would kick me out of the house if I put anything other than hot sauce on his wings! Awesome menu.
Feb. 3, 2011 4:37 am
I could use another TV blue-eyes - I'll send over some of the paninis. I've been to Buffalo and I understand about the wings. Have a great weekend.
Feb. 3, 2011 9:04 am
Aloha Doug! That is quite a spread that you will be hosting. That Gator Chili sounds kind of kewl but hmmm never tried it here. So far I know for sure that we are making deep fried Turkey and Kalua a small pig. LOL the things we do for an event Good Luck on your blocks and have fun as well. . .Mahalo for sharing
Feb. 3, 2011 11:56 am
Chicken wings are a must on Superbowl Sunday, and always tossed in our own DT's homegrown hot sauce - harvested, brewed and bottled from the garden in the fall. In the honour of Pittsburgh, I will be serving my version of chipped ham - slow smoked butt, cooled then passed through the grinder with herbs and cheese, formed into patties and fried and ready for home baked buns. For the Packers, I'm going to go with deep fried cheese (I have a local supplier with the stringiest, saltiest mozza around) and a zippy marinara for dipping. I've also stocked up on a variety of cheeses, cured salami and pepperoni, olives, and just last week I tried, and loved, tiny skewered BLT's. Stack a fried crouton (seasoned as you wish) with a square of cooked bacon, a slice of lettuce, a goat cheese stuffed grape tomato and another slice of bacon. Skewer with a toothpick and drizzle with a balsamic/oil/seasoned dressing. The rest of the menu is still up in the air... I know, I'm running out of time! Something to consider if you want a quick and pretty eggs benny, try puff pastry cups with ham and scrambled egg, topped with swiss, baked and then served with bernaise. (that's dinner for us tonight :) Peace out, and enjoy your family.
Feb. 3, 2011 12:03 pm
I will wrap a fresh keilbasy in dough (like pizza dough) and bake it then slice and serve with some mustards. I will be trying a new marinated mushroom recipe - tonight, actually - and am making some potato salad - don't know what kind, I'll go on the fly. I understand how special those blondies will be on Sunday, enjoy the shopping, preparation, and company. Thanks for a great blog. . .now what can I look for from you until next season?
Feb. 3, 2011 5:37 pm
I know this question could be food-overload to even ask - - but I'll ask anyway. After all this "Super" food for Super Sunday - - what do you plan to do for Valentine's Day Monday? Do you do a date night dinner or is it the wife's turn to plan the menu? Or is a "night out on the town" and let your favorite chef do the cooking?
Feb. 3, 2011 6:15 pm
Only Cheese at my Steeler Super Bowl will be shredded. That is what the Steelers will do to the cheese heads. Wings and hot sausage are a staple.
Feb. 4, 2011 4:14 am
wow! the menu sounds sooooo good! you make sooo much! i've always remembered Super Bowl for the food, not the football. Yum!
Feb. 4, 2011 7:59 am
Sorry I haven't responded yet but I will to one & all. I hasd to take a 24 hour detour to Las Vegas
Feb. 4, 2011 11:18 am
WOW---sounds like quite an undertaking, for sure! For your deviled eggs "heat", may I suggest adobo? It makes awesome deviled eggs, as well as many other things. I actually take an entire jar of mayonnaise and put about 1/4 in another container and then add adobo to make adobo aoli...good on lots of stuff! As for me, I'm going to "pot luck" where the luck has been surgically removed. Most of us either have assignments or have volunteered (or been volunteered) to bring something we are knnown to do well: my contribution will be burracho beans. I'll have to check to see if AR has a good burracho bean recipe, and if not, I'll share. My chef-coach was the executive chef at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, known for southwest cuisine. Yummy! Like most of the women I know, SuperBowl is more about friends, food and commercials! (in that order!) For the rest of you, enjoy the game. PS---I am very sorry about your mom. I lost mine in 1996, and still miss her.
Feb. 4, 2011 11:28 am
hi doug just discovered your blog and all your amazing recipes. my family are huge wing fans and was wondering if you would share your honey orange wing recipe? i could not find them among your recipes. thanks a bunch
Feb. 4, 2011 12:06 pm
Loved the addition of cheese to make your Pittsburgh Ham Crescents more bi-partisan. Personally, I'd leave the Pittsburgh Ham out of it completely. :-)
Feb. 4, 2011 6:49 pm
I just watched your Alligator Chili video on "What's Cookin'". Two things: Those are some wicked-cute kids you've got and OMG, I want your kitchen!!!!! BTW, if you get a chance to try the Polynesian Sausage Supper from AR (also in my recipe box); it is awesome. I used hot and spicy italian sausage and gave new meaning to our ground-hog day tradition! Enjoy the party Sunday:)
Feb. 4, 2011 6:51 pm
...and the Italian Sausage might have managed to melt a little of our 20" of snow:)
Feb. 4, 2011 9:04 pm
You can poach eggs early in the day (like Julia Child did), then reheat them when you are ready, in hot water for a couple of minutes. Sounds like a great menu! Good luck!
Feb. 4, 2011 9:07 pm
Well, I've had a few days to size up SB45 since the Pack downed "my" Bears. Many a SB does not live up to the grand finale hype...but this one truly has the potential to be a classic albeit a grind em out battle. My heart is with Packers but my $$ is on the Steelers with their Big "Ben there" experience. Put on your hard hats and bring a well stocked lunch pale (Packer themed with brats and a "delicious" food penance selected by geranium from our Packers/Bears food bet)as this one could be a tight one decided late in the 4th. 17-13 Steelers. Enjoy the game everyone.
Feb. 5, 2011 4:08 am
Just wanted to say how awesome it is that you thought of your Dad with the Blondies! All that you are attempting, and still you thought of something so special for your Dad. Awwwwwwww
Feb. 5, 2011 4:41 am
Wow! What a menu! It was lots more fun for me to watch the Packers when my cousin was playing for Lombardi in the first two Super Bowls! But I'm still a fan. Cheers!
Feb. 5, 2011 5:21 am
Crawfish nachos? That sounds delicious! Recipe please!
Feb. 5, 2011 5:46 am
I will be watching the game (even though not much of a Steelers or Packers fan-but when I grew up, you watch the Super Bowl - PERIOD!) with my dog Blondie. We/I will be dining on chili and cornbread. With just me, I think that will be enough ;) It won't be gator chili but it will be good nonetheless. Probably have a Margarita or two (at least) ;)
Feb. 5, 2011 6:52 am
Your menu sounds fabulous! The deviled eggs sound so yummy! But, you mentioned your wife makes a mean guac -would your wife mind you sharing her recipe? Guacamole is my one weakness...
Feb. 5, 2011 7:30 am
Wow...I am very impressed by your menu and feeling like quite the minor leaguer (oops, wrong sport!) Not attempting any team tie-ins with the exception of a cheese tray to demolish (we Chicagoans are not to fond of the packs). Serving oven roasted bbq briscuit, pasta salad, crunchy cole slaw, baked beans, and rolls for the main course; hot crab dip, chips guac, and salsa, veggies and hummus for the munchies. Brownies and ice cream sundae bar for finale. Have a great day at your party!
Feb. 5, 2011 8:06 am
Wow! Props on your spread.Very impressive. Happy cooking. Wish I lived in your neck of the woods. Us Texans are happy to be hosting the big game. Although, we are very confused about who to root for. Neither one of those teams is the COWBOYS. ; )
Feb. 5, 2011 8:10 am
Hi Doug! Well, give us the recipe for the cheddar-bacon deviled eggs, for crying out loud! I'm not into the Super Bowl, but I'm a Jersey girl - now living and teaching mathematics in Africa! What's up?! :)
Feb. 5, 2011 8:17 am
wow your menu sounds great heres ours we have the restraunt style buffalo wings,chili cheese dip,Mississippi Dip,Sloppy Joe Meatball Subs,original homemade italian beef, chili of course and some cornbread muffins,the fabulous football dip and something chocolate for also trying to find a good punch recipie!!
Feb. 5, 2011 8:18 am
Mississippi Sin I meant hehe
Feb. 5, 2011 10:13 am
It's a total cheat, but Ore-Ida Sweet potato fries come out perfect every time... I have tried other brands and making them myself and they're never as good. I cook them in the oven according to package directions and sprinkle them with kosher salt as soon as they come out. Serve with chipotle catsup and they're delicious. Nice work on the menu. You're FAR more ambitious than I.
Feb. 5, 2011 11:15 am
No green stuff at all?? Maybe at least a pea salad w/ mayo, bacon and cheese? Maybe some grilled mini green chillis w/ a quac/salsa dipping sauce? A green salad w/ lots of antipasto ingredients in it? Grilled vegetables w/ lemon, garlic, olive oil? fresh Vietnamese spring rolls (rice won tons filled w/ shrimp. mint, lettuce and served w/ garlicky sweet soy/chili sauce? Chinese green beans w/ hoisin sauce eaten w/ the fingers? Asparagus roasted w/ lemon, olive oil garlic eaten as above?? Greek salad?
Feb. 5, 2011 11:50 am
Aloha Aloha! - my family & I can't wait to come back to the islands in March - please save us some of that Kalua Pork ! Have a great weekend.
Feb. 5, 2011 11:51 am
Hey ManicRabbit - that is a great menu and worthy of blog itself - I like that mini eggs benny idea - have fun tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 11:53 am
Hi cynth - sounds like you have some great ideas for your super bowl menu. As for me, well you can count on offbeat observations on foods & food trends - visits to restaurants - food challenges & family versions of chopped - then again, who knows ? Thanks for checking in and have a great time tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 11:56 am
Hi luv2cook - my wife & I never go out for Valentine's Day and we wind up all doing a family dinner. I am sure that each of the kids will want to do something (my son will contribute his appetite) - my next BIG challenge will be birthday dinners for my girls later this month & in April - then comes Mother's Day
Feb. 5, 2011 11:57 am
I love it kellyPT and I "steeling" that line for my twitter feed - good luck tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 11:59 am
Hi Caty24 - I almost didn't recognize you without your shades on. I know you love the Super Food and the Super Commercials and now the Black Eye Peas are the halftime entertainment so you are going to love that too. So what are you going to eat first ?
Feb. 5, 2011 12:00 pm
Hello Aunt Zibba - I know & love the magic of adobo and those burracho beans sound awfully good. Thanks for stopping by and have fun tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 12:03 pm
hi paulpretty - thanks - the wings are easy - I use about a 1/2 cup of wing sauce, 1/2 cup oj, 2 tbs of honey (maybe more), 2tbs of mustard & a tablespoon of key lime juice - marinate the wings for at least a few hours and then cook(covered) in the over for 2 hours at 300 to 350 - stir in the middle and uncover near the end to brown a little - enjoy - have fun tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 12:04 pm
Nice GLITTER53 - Good luck to your Packers tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 12:04 pm
The menu sounds fabulous!
Feb. 5, 2011 12:05 pm
Thanks Mangel - you can have my kids any time and yes, please share the recipe - have fun tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 12:06 pm
thanks bbkiss - I have a feeling that I may just do that and then keep them in the warming tray too - have a great day tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 12:43 pm
Excellent Game Analysis Here's_What's_Cookin' - I don't disagree but I think we are going to see a little more offense - having "Ben" there before will help the Steelers - have a great day tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 12:44 pm
Thanks Dana - I was thinking of Dad but I was also thinking of me - I love the blondies too - have a great day tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 12:46 pm
HendoShoe - you can't drop a nugget like that and not spill as to your cousin is - I am football history fan having been there for most of the modern era...and thanks for dropping in - have a great sunday
Feb. 5, 2011 12:48 pm
Hey Jamiej4429 - I am going to be making those crawfish nachos on the fly but I can see crawfish, corn, red peppers, green onions, monterey jack and some spices getting stuffed into a tortilla scoop and baked....maybe black beans too - have a good time tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 12:50 pm
Chili, Cornbread & Margaritas - sounds like a great party to me Grams - hope you & Blondie enjoy the game
Feb. 5, 2011 12:52 pm
Hi Joy - I had to dip into Caty24's recipe box for this one - have a great sunday
Feb. 5, 2011 12:55 pm
Alisa622 - I bow in your general direction and chant "I'm not worthy" - awesome menu - I will be over in the 3rd quarter to sample a few of the dishes - have fun
Feb. 5, 2011 1:01 pm
Hi ChristinaMor - how are you all coping with the weather ? The best place to watch the game may just be at home. Have a good one and stay warm
Feb. 5, 2011 1:03 pm
Jambo PrettyMissusR !!! Ask & ye shall receive. I take out the boiled egg yolks and mix them with a little mayo, mustard, shredded cheddar & bacon bits to taste. I like to also add a little chipotle tabasco if the kids let me. Thanks for stopping by. I admire the job that you do.
Feb. 5, 2011 1:06 pm
wow selesprincess - that is impressive - I'll be over in the 4th quarter to try some out so please save me a plate - have a great time tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 1:08 pm
DRUCIFER - you don't know how much I want to do that (and just might). I am so tired of screwing them up EVERY year - it's like Groundhog's Day only I can't learn anything - have fun tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 1:11 pm
Guilty As Charged Bluestocking - I do have some whole foods hummus and a ton of veggies in the fridge so I should put out a tray - maybe do the asparagus spears as well - hope you have a good day tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 1:12 pm
Thanks robin - hope you have a great weekend
Feb. 5, 2011 2:11 pm
Can we come? We have lots of frequent flyer miles!! Sounds delicious. Greetings from Washington State and have fun.
Feb. 5, 2011 2:17 pm
I don't know what I am making, but I am inspired, now! I think you just invented a new cooking genre - Creative Comfort foods.
Feb. 5, 2011 2:27 pm
Hi spoko mom - all are always welcome - Have a great time tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 2:28 pm
Hi littlekimbrlyus - creative comfort - I like that. It is fun to put a twist on the familiar. Hope you have a great day tomorrow
Feb. 5, 2011 2:48 pm
Hey, Doug--ambitious spread. Bet you have started some of that labor of love already. Hubby would be up for anything with alligator, but since he got Bambi's daddy instead of Ole Leatherhide, I'll be serving venison chili and cowboy cornbread, with a few simple appys like ham asparagus roll-ups and maybe something with an Asian flavor for variety. Best of luck with your game pool--hope ya win big.
Feb. 5, 2011 3:17 pm
where do you buy alligator meat for the chili from
Feb. 5, 2011 4:06 pm
I know I should have already started Idess but I haven't - I'll get going around 11am tomorrow - enjoy the chili & the game
Feb. 5, 2011 4:07 pm
Hi PassionBrown - I get all my gator from the folks at - enjoy !
Feb. 5, 2011 5:19 pm
Hey Doug, That is so great to keep some of your family should get your kids to do some of your mom's recipes. It is the good stuff of life. I just had a huge lefse making session with my sons. I am making some killer chili for tomorrow but would like to do some of your recipes soon also. Take care, Blessings to you and your family
Feb. 5, 2011 5:37 pm
Thanks Roseblush2 - the kids do help me out - my mom taught me so I am trying to teach them. Hope your chili comes out well and that you have a great time watching the game
Feb. 5, 2011 5:54 pm
Dougie, last check in before the game, just gotta say that you are a class act. Nice to see you responding to each comment posted on a personal basis. That's cool dude and is a courtesy that is in my wheelhouse. Enjoy the game, let's hope for a good one and most of all..."wait 'till next year" for our team(s). pitchers/catchers report in 8 days. Ahhh, the world will be right again! (-;
Feb. 5, 2011 5:55 pm
FWIW...I enjoy football but I'm passionate about baseball...Go Cubs!
Feb. 5, 2011 5:57 pm
Hi Doug, Cheers from Vancouver! Great post. Good luck and hope everything goes well. A suggestion for sweet potato fries. Cover them in olive oil and cumin (ground or seeds). Bake it at 350 for 25 mins and dip in honey mustard. Works great.
Feb. 5, 2011 7:16 pm
I usually start menu planning in earnest with the playoffs, because I love for the food to reflect the towns represented in the teams playing. Do a little "what if" @ playoff time, but no decisions until the players are known!Daughter loves the Packers,I'm a Pgh girl myself. SO....Tiny sausages for GBP, BUT cooked in the Heinz Chili Sauce and Cranberry sauce, Mini Roesthis-Burgers, Troy Polumalesian Wings, Shaved Ham on Hawaiian Rolls. Dessert, still TBD, but I dont bake. Oh, and yellow cheeses sausage dip with blue chips and Guac w/ white chips.
Feb. 5, 2011 7:22 pm
also purchased cute Steelers and Packers napkins @ Walmart. I wanted to keep it quite simple, as it is probably my "Dream Super Bowl" and I want to see every minute of it, the ads, half time -- <3 Fergie and her Peas! Looking forward to a great day. To me, Super Bowl is like another Thanksgivng, gathering with family and friends and this year better than ever since my team is playing my baby girl's team! AND, why oh why didn't I realize what a delicacy chipped chopped ham was growing up! We're doing shaved deli ham which I find is much healthier anyway!
Feb. 5, 2011 8:10 pm
**Spectacular** menu. Hosting friends and at least 3/4 of the population of the State of New Jersey or 10 people from Hoboken? Goodness!
Feb. 5, 2011 8:24 pm
Asante sana, Doug! (Means, "Many thanks!") I saw that you were away, and took the time to personally answer everyone's comments and/or requests! Very commendable!! The deviled eggs sound great - I'm having a party soon, and I'll definitely make them (the chipotle tabasco is a nice touch!). We're on the Cambridge system here: three terms instead of two like in America, and the teaching "style" is vastly different, too, in that it's much more rigorous. I just finished my summer "vacation", so now it's back to work on Monday. However, I did indeed "work" throughout my vacation - math teachers never stop working! I'll be having a party at my place soon, to help alleviate the stress levels of the teachers. Most of them LIVE at he boarding school where I teach, so as you can imagine, they get enormously stressed out because they can't "escape", like I can!! The theme of my next party is "American", so these deviled eggs will be great for the buffet!! Thanks for sharing!! Hey, and great blog, too! Keep it going, guy!! Take care now, Lauren
Feb. 6, 2011 4:21 am
Wow, your menu sounds awesome!!! Enjoy the game. I have to say though, I'm a Steeler fan!! Sounds like you will have an awesome time. Hope you are having lots of people over to enjoy all that!!
Feb. 6, 2011 4:22 am
Hey by the way, you need to take some pics and post them!! I want to see your beautiful buffet!!
Feb. 6, 2011 6:45 am
Wow, I wish I could come to your house. That is an amazing menu. Hope you have a great time with your family and friends. I'm a huge Falcons GO STEELERS!
Feb. 6, 2011 6:52 am
Good morning Here's_What's_Cookin' - the oven has just been turned and the cooking is about to begin....pitchers & catchers ? I'm a Mets fan, so you can understand my know, we still have the Stanley Cup to award - Let's Go Rangers !!! Have a great day
Feb. 6, 2011 6:54 am
Good morning jalaludink and happy super sunday to you - sounds like a great way to do the fries - I'm thinking of trying all the different methods suggested one potato at a time and serve them all at once. Thanks for checking in.
Feb. 6, 2011 6:56 am
I love the way you think LindaMacc and I really hope that you all have a great day today - sounds like a tremendous menu and a great way to watch a game - is there a side bet between mom & daughter ?
Feb. 6, 2011 6:57 am
Hi Buckaroo - only hosting my hungry family - leftovers are always in high demind for the week after the game - Have a great day and thanks for stopping in
Feb. 6, 2011 7:02 am
Good morning (though I guess it would be afternoon by now for you) Lauren - I figure if someone has taken the time to not only read my mindless drivel and then also take the comment, the least I can do is answer them back. I get to learn a lot of new things that way too. Have a great day and stop in again. I promise to try and come up with something somewhat interesting to write about.
Feb. 6, 2011 7:04 am
Good morning chefchristabug - the batteries have been changed in the camera and I might even charge up the FLIP too. Good luck to your Steelers today
Feb. 6, 2011 7:06 am
Good morning chickie - thanks - sorry about your Falcons - that game really surprised me - Matt Ryan will be playing in a Super Bowl soon enough. Have a great day and thanks for checking in
Feb. 6, 2011 7:31 am
sounds AWESOME! We are doing a clam bake. Those crawfish & corn nacho scoops sound soooo good! I love how you are using your mother's cookiesheet that rules. Your dad will appreciate it I'm sure :) GO STEELERS!! GET 7! (i'm from western PA)
Feb. 6, 2011 7:51 am
Hi kaylajo - I hope you have a great clambake and Good Luck to your Steelers today.
Feb. 6, 2011 8:36 am
After this, I'm headed to the kitchen. Just wanted to mention that I've decided to make an Anasi bean soup. Wanted to make a black-eyed pea soup, but not a black-eyed pea in the house (just thought of it this morning and no time to hit the store). Can't wait to see the pics, doug. BTW you might want to rethink giving me your kids as hubby and I are childless and have been accused of "ruining" a number of nieces and nephews over the years:)
Feb. 6, 2011 8:49 am
WOW! Im attending a party IM sure the sread isnt going to be like your! I am bringing Deer Sausage meatballs... yours sounds amazing! HAve a wonderful super bowl! Even though the Packs playing Im still wearing my Blinged out Horns and my Peterson Jersey!
Feb. 6, 2011 9:06 am
Great for a man to do the cooking and not sit there and expect to be cooked for, waited on and cleaned up after!
Feb. 6, 2011 10:35 am
Do you have a clone or staff? How can you do all that and personally answer each comment!!! Amazing !! No party here but we are thrilled the sun is shining and the deck has been cleared of ice we are grilling salmon!!! Enjoy your feast!!!
Feb. 6, 2011 1:00 pm
Doug are you single?
Feb. 6, 2011 1:15 pm
Oh yeah, Where do you buy alligator here in the NE? Once when I was in LA I bought and cooked it, but never saw it for sale up here.
Feb. 6, 2011 7:30 pm
Congrats all you Packer fans! The commercials were a waste, but the game was pretty good.
Feb. 6, 2011 8:08 pm
Bravo Packers - ya'll played a good game - but I thought both teams played a great game - too bad there can only be one winner. But I respectfully have to disagree with Mangel - sorry Mangel - but I thought the McDonalds commercial with the bears was a riot - I loved it! Turning that car inside out and upside down for that last fry - priceless! But that could be because I've done the same thing - lol!
Feb. 7, 2011 5:05 am
good morning mangel - how did the soup come out. I'll save you and keep the kids. Have to say I loved seeing Roseanne get smacked with a log and the mini-Vader's reaction was priceless. Joan Rivers & Kim K scared me.
Feb. 7, 2011 5:06 am
Good morning imcorbinsmom - I couldn't bear to wear my Broncos jersey but I did wear orange & blue - those meatballs sound good - hope you enjoyed the game.
Feb. 7, 2011 5:08 am
good morning CRKIRK - I wasn't raised that way and neither will my kids - we all love to get into the kitchen and cook.....the cleaning....that's a different story
Feb. 7, 2011 5:09 am
Good morning Icooknow - it's just me but as you may have noticed, I kind of let the comments slide when the cooking got to be more than I thought I could handle - thanks for stopping by - I hope you enjoyed the game
Feb. 7, 2011 5:13 am
Good morning luvfood - my loving darling beautiful wife of 16 1/2 years loved your comment and was interested to see how many different ways I could mention her beauty style & grace while speaking of my eternal devotion to her. Hope you enjoyed the game
Feb. 7, 2011 5:14 am
luvfood - and I buy all my gator from - order by tuesday on your front step by friday
Feb. 7, 2011 5:16 am
My kids went to see Yogi Bear before the game luv2cook - they LOVED that commercial
Feb. 7, 2011 5:18 am
In case anyone is wondering - I made 11 out of the 12 dishes listed above. I have pictures of most of them. I will be writing a short review blog later. I also won 4 out of 5 of my big bets from my quick Las Vegas Boondoggle at the end of last week. Thanks again for all your comments.
Feb. 7, 2011 7:35 am
Good morning!Sounds like you were a busy man!It was just the 2 of us and I did taco's with the works.We miss our Superbowl parties.We always had a party when we lived in Colo.Can't wait and try a few of the recipes.Good job!
Feb. 7, 2011 11:37 am
The soup was/is fabulous, thanks for asking. See my blog of yesterday for details on my "Souper-bowl" Sunday menu. My freezer is full and so is my husband:)
Feb. 7, 2011 10:01 pm
Well, I certainly didn't plan for 4 turnovers with 3 of those turning into scores...thus the difference. Decent game to watch and happy for "Title Town". As for the Steelers, they should be doing a lot of thinking about what "Coulda Ben" while munching pretty heavy on these --->
Feb. 8, 2011 10:09 am
Hi again Doug! I was wondering how things turned out eventually for you, for your SB shindig! "What worked and what didn't" - that's what you had said in your initial posting, and that intrigued me. When you come right down to it, I think you hit the nail on the head regarding these types of large parties: the food (of course!) but also the people! Just get friends and family over, and have fun!! Great blog, Doug! Ciao for now - Lauren
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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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