Even if you aren't a football fan, I believe everyone is energized by this big food day. The game airs at 6:30 p.m. this evening and I have some work to do this afternoon to get ready for it.
Yesterday I bought chicken wings and found a great "very spicy" sauce to toss them in. We'll have a blue cheese dipping sauce and lots of napkins. We'll start the late afternoon with an artichoke dip and crackers. Hubby will open a dark beer and will open a bottle of Lite Corona with a lime for me. We'll settle in front of the fire place (25 degrees here this weekend) watching the pre-game stats and predictions. About halfway through the game, I'll fake a stomach ache and retire to my new Kindle Fire while he continues to scream and shout "No Way!" and a few words I won't be able to write here.
One of the teams will win...it always turns out that way for some reason. Hubby will come and find me and tell me he is getting ready to slice into the cake I made for him and ask if he can cut a slice for me. That's the way it will go later today for us.
What's happening in your neck of the woods?
Huge football fan here and love the fact that this year there are no Patriots, Cowboys, Broncos and especially no Steelers playing in the Super Bowl. Love the fact that the Harbaugh brothers are playing each other (their respective teams) and another interesting fact, on each respective team there is a black player that was adopted and raised in a white family. That is so interesting to me and adds some personal touch to the game. Being from the West Coast, I should be loyal to the 49ers who I used to love until our State received a franchise team. However, this year it makes no difference to me.
Unlike you Diane, I will be more like Thom, glued to the screen.
It is the perfect "snack" meal day here, too. I make homemade chili dip and serve it with white corn chips. Just fix it in the crockpot and leave it on low. Then I fix grilled chicken wings and serve them with both a spicey buffalo dip and blue cheese dip. We are having a veggie plate with dips, cheese plate with crackers, and fruit plate with dip made with sour cream and brown sugar. Then I fix a plate of fried bacon and one of sliced tomatoes with a bowl of washed Romaine lettuce leaves and there is a plate of slider buns so people can make their own slider BLT's and there is a special sauce made with mayo and cocktail sauce for them. The little boys have to have their crockpot (small size) with the Little Smokies and barbecue sauce, so that is on the menu. I also made apple fritters and corn fritters, so everyone just nibbles from about 1 pm through the rest of the day and the game.
There is a few different beer labels (yes, I like the light Corona with lime, too), and plenty of fruit juice; Cranberry, Cranraspberry, Apple, White Grape, and orange juice, so the 3 kids have that and normally one beer is all I like and then I can enjoy the fruit juice, too.
We made your Chocolate cake, as well, and my daughter made Shortbread cookies. My son-in-law made a cheesecake from scratch, too; NY style with choice of chocolate sauce to drizzle over it or fresh sliced strawberries or fresh crushed blackberries. He just finished a carmel sauce, too. So plenty of choice there.
They have invited a couple over (their special friends) so it should be nice. The little boys have their DSi's to play when they get bored, so all is fine in our world.
Now, please, some of the rest of you, share how you are spending Super Bowl Sunday.
Linda, you have to be exhausted! Holy cow, what a wonderful menu for today!! Everything sounds fantastic especially the apple fritters and the corn fritters. I want both recipes when you have time to post them.
Apple Fritters with Lemon Flavoring
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup sparkling water
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Zest of 1 large lemon
2 cups olive oil
2 cups vegetable oil
3 firm apples, such as Granny Smith
In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, the cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the sparkling water, buttermilk and vanilla, and stir until the mixture forms a batter. Let rest for 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and the lemon zest.
In a heavy 4 to 5-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil and vegetable oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. (If you don't have a thermometer, a cube of bread should brown in about 3 minutes.)
Meanwhile, peel and core the apples, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices and then into bite-sized pieces. Using paper towels, blot the apple slices dry.
Add the apple slices to the batter and toss until coated. Working in batches, drop heaping tablespoons of batter in the oil and fry the apples, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with the lemon sugar while still warm. Serve immediately.
This post was modified from its original form on 03 Feb, 9:20
Apple Fritters with Orange flavoring
1 cup cake flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup whole milk
4 teaspoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped peeled tart apple
Oil for frying
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, butter, orange juice, peel and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples.
In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat 1/4 in. of oil to 375°. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons into oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm. Yield: 2-3 servings.
Diane, I make a batch of the lemon and a batch of the orange apple fritters when I make them and these can be stored in a container if you have leftovers and they are so good the next morning with a cup of coffee (heat slightly in microwave if you prefer them warm). They would be a great item to take in to work, too.
The corn fritters are great for a dinner meal, too, especially if you use the bacon or ham in them. I have made scrambled eggs and either sausage patties, links or fried bacon and it is a great change for a breakfast dinner.
Does anyone have a special corn chowder recipe to share, please?
Guess I'm alone here. I avoid football like the plague (as much as I can anyway on Superbowl Sunday). I was odd man out in my family growing up. I was inundated with football all the time.
I'm a Buffalo girl born & bred. While the Anchor Bar originated Buffalo Chicken Wings, we love the wings at the Buffalo Brew Pub the best. They also have great roast beef on kimmelweck. Since we can't get to Buffalo often, I make wings at home. I like the original better than all these other versions that are around...Thai, etc. Can't get my daughter to touch the blue cheese dressing though. She goes for Ranch. Gotta have celery & carrot sticks to go along with them, too.
It'll be a normal meal tonight. While, to my mind, I'm fortunate that Pete doesn't watch much football, I know he'll be watching the game tonight, so I guess I'll be hanging around for the commercials.
Don't feel bad. Football isn't for everybody. Some people, such as myself, prefer the quieter sports such as baseball and maybe a bit of basketball. To each his own.
Enjoy yourself even if you have to watch a bit of the game.
Grab a bottle of your favorite beverage and just relax - this coming week will probably be another hectic one coming up.
Wait til all the theorists start blaming the government for the shooting of that navy seal yesterday or today.
This world has gone completely bonkers.
All those scrumptious recipes are making my stomach growl. LOL Enjoy.
Jim, you read my mind. Opening a nice bottle of dry red wine would help soothe me.
I'm waiting for the Left in some way, shape or form to take advantage of the Navy Seal murder to push their extreme gun control agenda. Which ever way it goes, it is bound to be another "interesting" week.
Well, Jim, have to weigh in on this. I like both college and NFL for football, grew up with baseball so I do enjoy it but not as much anymore; the really greats are gone. Story there is that Spokane was the AAA team for the Los Angeles Dodgers back in the 60's and so the Dodgers came to town one Summer during a bye and played an exibition game with the Spokane Indians. Since the Valley Boys' Baseball League had their championship game at the stadium right before the exhibition game, I was in the press/score box to keep score and got to meet Dodgers big wigs. They let me score the exhibition game for them and after the game I got to go down and meet the Dodgers; Don Drysdale, and all the greats of that era and it was the highlight of my life to that point.
So, not as much baseball anymore. As for basketball, only college and I love the March Madness since my two favorite teams ususally re there, Gonzaga U and Georgetown. As for NBA, you could not pay me to watch a game. Do like NHL though, hockey is a great sport.
As for TV viewing, enjoy college girls' gymnastics, any of the figure skating and gynmastics, and a few others. I don't watch football every weekend but a good many depending on who is playing; but never miss the Super Bowl.
I have to admit that there were some interesting moments (even to me) during the game last night, even not including the lights going out. e.g. The B. Ravens football player (don't know his name) who ran all the way across the football field to make a touchdown.
What was with that 'Go Daddy' commercial? That was disgusting.
I like to watch the Olympics. Summer especially,
As Super Bowls of the past few years, especially the since 2000, go, this was not too bad, only one very bad call. Had to hand it to the brothers, that had to be a hard game on both. As someone said, John will undoubtedly not wear his ring to the family Thanksgiving dinner. LOL
They are a great family and handled the whole thing like true gentlemen.
It was just good to not see the Steelers, Patriots or Cowboys in the Super Bowl for a change.
The best commercial for the day - the Anheuser Busch commercial. Brought tears to my eyes. They always have the best! Some of the commercials were really disturbing to me. I'll take the quiter ones that make their point without yelling and ballyhooing!
There were 10 people in my house. Everybody brings their favorits chips, crackers and dips - not to mention the other incredible dishes. These are to munch on during the game. We furnish a full bar - however, there are also folks who like to bring their favortie beverages. We have it in our sunroom (also known as "Florida" room). Everyone brought their own "lucky" charms and, of course, everyone wore their favorite T-shirt and team clothing. It was a mixture. And, some of them a riot!
During half time - we serve my hubby's chili with onions and cheese toppings. A ham for sandwiches and the most loved chicken wings. And, this year, there was approximately 10 different desserts. Everything from brownies to Mississippi Mud Pie.
Both hubby and I are HUGE football fans. Of course our favorite is the Florida Gators. But we also watch the pros almost every weekend. We both wanted the Niners to win but alas the Baltimore Ravens (I call them the Baltimore Buzzards) eked out the victory. And, I still don't like Ray Lewis.
As for basketball - college is fine - don't like the pros. And, the Florida Gators are #4 so we will be watching even more college basketball.
What a fun day, Tara Jane. Glad there is another football fan here among the gals. I enjoy college, too. I don't have a real favorte there, probably the OSU (Oregon State U) would be the closest. Remember, I am from the Northwest. Not a UofW Husky fan, booo hiss, as I am from Eastern Washington, home of the WSU Cougars; only Washington game that interests me is the Apple Cup between the two and then it is WSU all the way. I do like the U of Idaho Vandals but the play in the Mountain Conference I believe. Now basketball; I have to say that I am a Gonzaga Bulldog fan 100%. My Aunt is a Georgetown fan so we have lots of fun during March Madness.
Now Gymnastics has me routing for Florida all the way and currently they are #1 nationally.