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Who is going to The Souper Bowl ? 
Jan. 18, 2013 7:29 am 
Updated: Jan. 24, 2013 1:13 pm
There is a reason that the Oddsmakers in Las Vegas love me so much and my more than slightly inaccurate prognostications last weekend were a prime example of why. After predicting (not publicly and indeed well after the fact) all four wildcard games correctly the previous weekend, I only got one of the four games right this past weekend. But never fear because win, lose or get burned like toast, I will be here with your predictions for this weekend’s National Food-ball League Conference Championships.

Before we start, I have to go back to last Saturday’s Broncos-Ravens game for just a minute as this has been chewing away at me for a while like piece of gristle from a cheap piece of steak. How in the world can you EVER let a man get behind you on a Hail Mary Pass ? The Denver Broncos defensive back that fell on his keister looked a lot like my cousin Earl during last summer’s family reunion touch football game that got a little too personal down in the trenches between Aunt Sandy & her sister in law but that really is another blog for another time and I digress. And then Peyton Manning throwing across his body in overtime was like banging the oven door shut on a soufflé. I am so depressed thinking about it I am probably going to go get some pork rinds from the overpriced vending machine here at work. But enough of this wallowing in my misery, let’s get to the task at hand. Who’s going to the Souper Bowl in New Orleans this February ?

National Food-Ball Conference
The San Francisco 49ers at The Atlanta Falcons

Though I didn’t pick either of these teams to be here at this point in the playoffs I am somewhat excited to see this game. The 49ers may be the most exciting team left in the playoffs with their quarterback Colin Kapernick leading the way. This kid can run & throw as well or maybe even better than Cam Newton or RG3. Throw in the running of Frank Gore, the speed of Michael Crabtree, the sacrifice of Randy Moss and an exciting defense and you have a team that could be headed to New Orleans with the Alex Smith Controversy in their back window. Of course that doesn’t mean that the home team & #1 seed over on the other side of the ball is going to go lie down like a wilted lettuce leaf at the end of Las Vegas Buffet. “Matty Ice” finally won a playoff game and the Falcons exorcised a whole lot of playoff demons when that field goal split the uprights. Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, Julio Jones & Michael Turner will help key the offense while the defense will have some explaining to do for last week in order to write their ticket to New Orleans.

But what’s a Souper Bowl without a Battle of the Soups ?

Bodega Bay Cioppino (San Francisco)


Grilled Vidalia Onion Soup (Atlanta)

Anyone who has read some of my earlier blogs know that I now know my way around a Cioppino and this Bodega Bay variety from Northern California has a great mix of seafood all-stars (offense) combined with a zesty red sauce (defense) that you just want to sop up with sourdough bread. The Grilled Vidalia Onion Soup is a more than slightly different version of a French Onion Soup that we all love & know so well that gets its New Orleans connection from the splash of sherry at the end. It makes for a great battle but in the end, the sourdough bread will make the difference.

San Francisco 31 Atlanta 30
(I’ll take the grilled Vidalia onion soup myself)

American Food-ball Conference
The Baltimore Ravens at The New England Patriots

The Say Goodbye To Ray Tour didn’t come to end in Denver like everyone thought it would and so now we have a rematch of last season’s American Food-ball Conference Championship Game and it’s being played on the exact same field. The big question is, will it have the exact same result ? The Ravens defense has come back to life on thanks to both the return of Ray Lewis from injury and from the fact that he has announced that he will retire at the end of his playoff run this year. Throw in quarterback Joe Flacco coming out of his late season funk and suddenly Baltimore is one step away from New Orleans instead of having one foot in the football grave. Of course the Walking Talking Touchdown Tossing Ken Doll and his team of seemingly interchangeable parts just keeps winning & winning. Throw in a dose of revenge for an early season loss at the hands of these same Ravens and you have more than enough motivation in the nightcap.

So which Chowder will get to stroll down Canal Street in two weeks ?

Creole Crab and Corn Chowder (Baltimore)


Allana’s Zesty Red Clam Chowder (New England)

When I think of Maryland, I think of crabs. When I think of crab soup, I usually think of crab & corn. When I think of a crab dish that could get the Ravens to the Souper Bowl in New Orleans this year I think of this soup. The creole seasonings that abound in this soup are a tribute to Ray Lewis and the rest of the Baltimore defense. When I think of New England, I usually think of a fairly tame & traditional creamy white clam chowder but this game is in New Orleans and you need to bring some excitement to the table if you want to stand out on Bourbon Street. Out of the four recipes I picked today, this was the only one that was already in my recipe box and out of these four teams, the Patriots are the only ones that have been to the Souper Bowl this century.

New England 27 Baltimore 20
(corn & crab vs clam ? I take corn & crab every time)

So those are my picks for who is going to The Souper Bowl in New Orleans. What do you think and what soups would you pick for either these teams or for your favorite team ? See you in New Orleans !
Jan. 18, 2013 7:53 am
I feel compelled to give my picks since I am such a noted Football expert(...not...) my choice for the National Food Ball Conference is an easy one....San Francisco and the Cioppino all the way. San Fran is one of my favourite cities in the world and for the soup...well it has fresh shrimp so enough said. The American Conference is harder for me...I'm throwing my experts pick to Baltimore and the Ravens....although I do like Baltimore...it's crab that really speaks to me. Now we wait and see....thanks Doug!
Jan. 18, 2013 7:56 am
Hi Ellie - I forgot to mention but if your picks of SF & Baltimore come true, it will be brother coaching against brother and that should make for some fun times at the family dinner table. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 18, 2013 8:01 am
DM: I have absolutely no idea about the football...but the Bodega Bay Cioppino sounds fabulous!
Jan. 18, 2013 8:08 am
hi bikerfamily - it does sound good enough but not good enough for me to cut off my finger again. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 18, 2013 8:10 am
Gotta go with Charm City. Had Cream of Crab soup at Di Pasquale's last weekend. MMMMMM. Place was featured on Dinners, Drive In's and Dives.
Jan. 18, 2013 8:15 am
Good morning Dog Fish - Cream of Crab sounds great - I have made a She Crab Soup that is cream based that was also out of this world. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 18, 2013 8:24 am
Hi, Doug....sorry can't help with the soups. No seafood goes in my belly! BUT, as a Ravens fan, besides wanting them to go on, I think a Harbaugh Super Bowl will be great and make for some interesting commentary. GO RAVENS!!!
Jan. 18, 2013 8:36 am
Good morning GEOJU and no worries on the seafood. So tellme, what non-seafood dish would you choose for the Ravens ? I know a lot of football people who were eating crow after last week. Good luck and have a great weekend.
Jan. 18, 2013 8:46 am
Joe Flacco is from Audubon New Jersey. Give him some "Jersey Fresh Tomato Soup"....GO RAVENS!
Jan. 18, 2013 8:49 am
Hi SHORECOOK - Joe may be a jersey boy but he broke my heart last weekend - I have nothing but rotten tomatoes for him B-) - Have a great weekend
Jan. 18, 2013 8:52 am
No Baking Papa says to heck with the soups - he is going with the Sour Dough Bowl. Since the Rams deserted LA and left us teamless we have to cheer for those 49ers.
Jan. 18, 2013 8:54 am
Hi BN - I don't think anyone from NoCal would ever cheer for a team from SoCal so I applaud you & Baking Papa for your loyalty to the Niners. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 18, 2013 9:08 am
Let me tell you Doug - we don't advertise our Niner allegiance locally - now if the Chargers would ever kick it into gear we would jump ship in heart beat. In the mean time at least we have good bread.
Jan. 18, 2013 9:22 am
Cioppino is not a favorite of mine, but GO NINERS. I spend a week in Bodega Bay every year and my fav seafood restaurant is there. Need I repeat...GO NINERS.
Jan. 18, 2013 9:43 am
As a broncos fan BN, I will ignore your chargers allegiance and say at least you aren't a raiders fan. The sourdough pushes any soup over the top in my eyes.
Jan. 18, 2013 9:49 am
Hi Connie No PRO-O - just wanted to check, was that a GO NINERS ? Have a great weekend & good luck
Jan. 18, 2013 10:11 am
Hey Doug . . . you’re calling was cooking, and not so much as an oddsmaker. Enjoy the games and game food, we certainly will.
Jan. 18, 2013 10:23 am
Good afternoon ConkyJoe - I did win $400 in Las Vegas betting on the Souper Bowl 2 years ago. Haven't won since. I think you are right, I should stick to cooking.
Jan. 18, 2013 10:27 am
I am in denial or mourning so to speak, Doug-since the Broncos didn't win. I am going to drink orange crush on Souper Bowl Day and maybe even eat Orange Vegetable Soup. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/orange-vegetables-soup/detail.aspx I'll show those Ravens!
Jan. 18, 2013 10:40 am
Hi Lela - I'll bring the Blue Corn Tortilla Chips. My daughter claims the Broncos lost because they wore the orange jerseys on National TV. I am sure that figured into it.
Jan. 18, 2013 12:41 pm
Geez, last weekend was rough! We kept saying we were glad we didn't put money on those games! I am still sulking because the Pack didn't make it through... catching the ball may have been the key for them,lol! Great menu, Doug!
Jan. 18, 2013 1:18 pm
Good afternoon arich01 & thanks - I was really hoping for a Broncos / Packers Souper Bowl myself - my teams may not be playing but I will be watching. Have a great weekend.
Jan. 20, 2013 10:27 am
I'm with you Doug, I'll take the corn and crab every time too. The New England Patriots however...uhm, is that like the Florida Panthers? The Detroit Red Wings? Who plays goal? Hockey is back my friend and I know for certain that my team will play with passion and lose like gentlemen.
Jan. 20, 2013 2:02 pm
Hey Randy - I am so happy that hockey is back. Lord Stanley is headed back to NYC and I will be there for it. Let's Go Rangers !
Jan. 20, 2013 7:47 pm
Hmmm . . . let me see - - I think I'll pick a 49's vs Ravens heads up for Super Sunday - - - is it a safe bet???? Why of course!!! Since hindsight is 20/20, I'm seeing clearly now - - that both games are over. However, had I read your blog before the post game wrap up - - I would have chose the Falcons and Ravens. Oh well - at least now my loyalties won't be divided - - - Go Ravens!!! Crab & Corn everytime - great combo!! Hockey??? What is that???? A pawn shop item to open your door???
Jan. 21, 2013 7:43 am
Doug....the big match up between the 49ers and the Ravens is now being referred to as the Super"Baugh"....Coaches Jim and John Harbaugh facing each other with their teams for the big ring....now in addition to the halftime show and the commercials I will be paying attention to which brother can throw a better hissy fit on the sidelines. Have you thought about your big game day menu yet?
Jan. 24, 2013 1:13 pm
The Patriots may not be going, but *please* note that you will not see "red" chowder in New England! From Wikipedia: New England clam chowder is a milk- or cream-based chowder, commonly made with potatoes, onion, and clams. Including tomatoes is shunned; a 1939 bill making tomatoes in clam chowder illegal was introduced in the Maine legislature.[3] Happy cooking!
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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.
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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