Posts Tagged ‘football’

Tailgating Parties

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12925225_SFootball season is here!!!!! What does that mean? Tailgating parties. If you are lucky enough to have tickets to a game, good for you, but just because you couldn’t get tickets to the game – or your team’s on the road doesn’t mean you can’t have a tailgate party at home. Park your truck in front of your house or in the driveway, and decorate every square inch of it. Drag your television (with a long extension cord) and chairs out onto the lawn. But either way, this is how to have a great tailgate party.

If you are going to the stadium be sure you know all the tailgating rules.

Check the weather forecast. Pack umbrellas if necessary.

Good tailgating menus include the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs, but you can also think outside the box and do ribs or kebabs just to mix things up.  Cupcakes, pies or cookies are good dessert options. Bring beers and soda or if you want to get really creative concoct a cocktail based on your favorite team.

Pack your BBQ grill, charcoal, lighter fluid, spatula and tongs. Also remember to bring paper plates, disposable silverware, napkins and cups for beer or soda. It’s also not a bad idea to bring wet wipes, trash bags, a bottle opener and a football or Frisbee to throw around. Decide whether you need a table or intend to use the back of your truck as an impromptu surface.

Prepack your ice chest and cooler as much as possible the night before to save time when you’re heading out for the game in the morning and to be sure that all your beverages are cold.

Bring folding chairs so everyone can enjoy the tailgate in comfort. Think about how to broadcast the pre-game show and keep track of other games that are in progress. After all many of your guests are probably in a fantasy football league and they want to keep track of their teams stats.

Drink responsibly, please designate a sober driver. And most of all enjoy yourselves!

Football, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Entertaining, Family

Let’s gear up for Monday Night Football! When temperatures drop and evenings become chilly, when there is a bite in the air and frost on the car windows in the morning you know that it’s fall. Before the heavy duty holiday entertaining starts why not have friends over for a Sunday or Monday themed football party.

Simply turn on the TV, set out coolers of beer and bottles of wine. Add some sodas, juices and bottled water for the kids.

For your menu serve a classic children’s favorite, but glam it up so it’s more gourmet and grown up. Yes, we are talking about tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. The soup can be made a day in advance. The day of the party slice, and skillet toast the bread, grate the cheese and then set everything out just before guests arrive.

Use the last of your home grown tomatoes to make a creamy tomato soup. Our favorite recipe follows:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Yellow onion diced
  • 2 Garlic gloves, chopped
  • 4 Cups, chopped tomatoes
  • 3 Cups chicken stock, homemade if at all possible but low sodium from the store works too
  • Splash of Cream
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Melt butter over medium high heat in a deep skillet. Add onions and garlic. Sweat the onions and garlic until they are clear and softened – about 15 minutes.

Add tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 20 – 30 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft.

Working in batches, transfer soup to the jar of a blender and puree until smooth. Return to saucepan and place over medium heat. Add the cream and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soup is heated through. If soup seems too thick, stir in some extra stock to thin. Makes 6 cups.

For the grilled cheese offer sourdough, rye, pullman or whole grain. Instead of American cheese or velveeta use cheddar, fontina, mozzarella, Gruyere and Swiss. Grate the cheese so that it melts more evenly.

Why not add ham (goes great with Gruyere), prosciutto (goes great with mozzarella), or bacon (goes with anything). Don’t forget spreads like whole grain mustard, sauerkraut, fig jam and for garnish – minced chives.

Let everyone make their own sandwich and cook them a la minute. Serve with a mug of tomato soup.

Now that’s what we call a party! Da Bears!