For all you girls that are not exactly enthusiastic fans and are tired of football, well get ready, it won’t be long until the last super bowl commercial is aired. Until then be a sport (or not) and enjoy the kitchen. Really it’s been three weeks and so far your diet and new exercise routine are going as planed- RIGHT? Sure they are and what’s more you deserve a treat for your stick-to-it-tive-ness.
May I suggest that for all those friends that you just could not hook up with during the holidays and for the sister-in-law that you emailed by mistake sharing how your shrink for understands your crazy in- laws; or for the neighbor that’s always inviting you to parties and you haven’t reciprocated I say …..LET’S PARTY!
The playoffs and the divisional and the Super Bowl itself are perfect times to really have fun in the kitchen. It’s the perfect time to experiment, create, try something you have never done before. Forget about the way over done 97 layer dip that after the first 3 people dig in it begins to resemble an unpleasant excretion of a zoo animal. Yuk. Now you can take some of the ingredients (not all 97) and create a dish that will get you “touch- down cheers”.
Try taking the black beans and drain them. Splash on a little rice wine vinegar and some fresh cilantro on them. Meanwhile open a bag of frozen corn and sprinkle it with oil. Mix it around and sprinkle it with cumin, white pepper and shove in a hot oven (400) for 15 minutes or so. Bring it out while it’s still hot and toss with your beans and serve it with those little scooper thingies.
Who said wings? Got to have ‘em ? Alright, but promise you won’t get them from the wing store! PLEASE.. you can do much better and may even make them slightly less artery filling. Costco and Sam’s both have packages of wings, real wings that have not been messed with. Plain, natural, large, meaty, inexpensive wings just waiting for you. Let’s grill ‘em! Come on we talked about this last week. I know it’s cold. Football is cold. Don’t be chicken (LOL). All you have to do is heat some sauce BBQ, Asian or mustard, you decide, and let your guests dip to their heart’s content.
Grilling wings is easy and you can do them ahead of time or during the game. Here we go.. wash them good and toss them in a large bowl with oil (save the virgin, 1oo% olive oil will do just fine). Season with kosher salt and lots of black pepper. I like to grill and smoke at the same time. A few hickory or apple or even oak chips soaked in water for 30 minutes will add a distinct flavor and it’s so easy. The trick here is once the wings get going chances are you in for a flair-up. That’s when we move them to the other side of the grill and use indirect heat and partly covered so the smoke engulfs them.
Send me your football recipes. If I like them, if they are unique, if they are “The Good Stuff,” I’ll bring you and your co-workers lunch to your office!
Thanks for stopping by and GO STEELERS!! Joe.
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