Monday, December 18, 2017

Tampa Bay


Ho Ho Ho...we love a late season NFC South showdown, especially when it is a Monday Night Football game. The game also features Jon Gruden being inducted into the Bucs' Ring of Honor, and I am way too excited about that aspect.

Cuban Sandwich Buccaneer Pizza

This was an easy one. We took all of the ingredients typically found on a Cuban Sandwich and threw them on a pizza. It tasted like home.


Publix Brand


Olive Oil and Fresh Black Pepper


Cubed Ham
Cubed Pork
Diced Dill Pickles
Italian Blend Shredded Cheese

Bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees.

Secondary Toppings

Dill Pickle Juice and Mayo, whisked together.
Yellow Mustard and Mayo, whisked together.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are nacho home team anymore, Sandwich Gal. I still love them, quite a bit, and the entire Tampa Bay area. The Atlanta Falcons played the Bucs in the season opener. I decided that a perfect homage to my former home was the following nacho recipe. It tasted just like home!

Cuban Sandwich Buccaneer Nachos

Tortilla Chips
Ham, small diced
Pork, small diced
Dill pickles, small diced

Cheese topping:
I  used a recipe for a typical French Sauce Mornay, minus the nutmeg.

Secondary topping:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup pickle juice
1 TBSP yellow mustard
Whisk it all together, and turn yourself around.

2015 Season

All of the feels are real for this post. I never dreamed I would be cooking for a game against the Buccaneers. The adjustments to our new home here in Atlanta continue. The last time the Falcons played the Bucs we were lucky enough to attend the game at The Georgia Dome. After cheering for the Bucs for almost two decades and sincerely trying to embrace my new city's team, I pretty much clapped for every play. By both teams. Yeah, football!!

This week was also the easiest to plan, there was almost no research necessary. I often dream of the fresh seafood from The Gulf Coast. I decided to try and make my own Fish Dip. It had a little kick, but was in no way as good as the countless spreads I have shoved in my mouth up and down said Coast.

The main dish was a no-brainer. If you know me, you know I love my sandwiches. These Cuban Sliders were simple and delicious.

A slice of Key Lime Pie rounded out my taste-of-home meal.

The husband and I are homesick 6 months into residency. The schedule is no joke. This meal was cooked solo-style, and will be enjoyed re-heated late on a Sunday night when The Doc gets home. Until he gets home.....Go Falcons.
And.....Go Bucs.

Here are some more tasty treats from Tampa Bay:

Chocolate Pirate Cocktail

Tampa Bay Buccaneer Fish Burger

Grouper Reuben Sandwich

Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups

Orange Julius

Cuban Quesadilla

Sunday, November 5, 2017



My husband was super excited about this spicy Carolina Panthers inspired pizza. It did not disappoint!

Carolina Panthers BBQ Pizza


Any crust you want, we went with a Publix pre-made dough this week.


Carolina style BBQ sauce. This sauce is known for its vinegar base. So tangy!


Red onion
Baked Beans
Jalapeno slices (fresh)
Sweet potato cubes (we cooked this on the stove top with olive oil, salt, and pepper for about 20 minutes before putting on the pizza.) The sweet potato is North Carolina's state vegetable! There is your random fact for the day.

Cheddar cheese

We also chose to add a little bit of MorningStar Farms veggie crumbles, for texture and a little protein. Don't judge me too harshly, meat lovers! This pizza would obviously be a great showcase for pulled pork, I may try that next time.

After it came out of the oven, we topped it with diced pickles and tomatoes, and drizzled on a little bit more of that sauce.


The NFC South rival Carolina Panthers always come to town with an amazing defense and a bad attitude. Luckily, the great state of North Carolina offers some tasty local cuisine. Many delicious food items also originate in Carolina. For our football game day, the main dish of the day was Pulled Pork Nachos.
Top tortilla chips with the following items:
 Pulled Pork
Cheddar Cheese
Sliced Okra Pickles
Baked Beans
Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

Heat in the microwave for one minute, until you have a gooey pile of yummy.

After heating, add the following items:
Sour Cream (I like to stir in a little lime juice for this recipe)
Shredded Lettuce

We served these delectable nachos with two Carolina originals: Krispy Kremes and Cheerwine.

Here are a few more ideas from the Tar Heel State!
Carolina Tea

Panther Burger

Carolina BBQ Sauce

Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich

Carolina Panthers Cheese Dip

Cheerwine Cocktail

Carolina Panthers Hot Pimento Cheese and Collards Dip

Fried Chicken

Chili Cheese Dip

Carolina Panther Punch

Carolina Panther Rice Krispie Treats

Sunday, October 29, 2017

New York


If Spencer and I were food items, he would be a pizza and I would be a sandwich.
Behold this happy marriage, New York style!

New York Jets Reuben Pizza


I used the pre-made from Publix this week. Super easy and delicious.


Thousand Island Dressing (I used mayo, ketchup, dill pickle relish, one clove of minced garlic, garlic salt, tobasco, and a little bit of white onion, finely chopped.)


Corned beef, cut into cubes
Caraway seeds
Swiss cheese

Then I threw on a few chopped pickles and drizzled more of the dressing on top. So good!!


Start spreading the news! If you are cooking a New York themed meal, for sports or any other occasion, the possibilities are endless.

For a recent game against the J-E-T-S! , the following items were delightful game day fare.
Check back in the future, I will surely be updating this page. There are so many NY teams to cheer against, and so much food from that city to love.


Corned Beef


This was a simple and delicious recipe.
Layer the following in order:

Pumpernickel Bread (Butter outside)
Thousand Island (we made a quick version-mayonnaise, ketchup, chopped dill pickles)
Turkey or Corned Beef (We made one of each!)
Swiss Cheese
Pumpernickel (Butter outside)
Grill or sandwich press

Manhattan Clam Chowder

Black and White Cookies

Thanks, Publix!

Dr. Brown's Soda


The Bagel is straight outta New York. If you know me, you know I love the sandwiches. This Pressed Bagel Sandwich is just about perfect for your game day eating needs. Follow it up with "The Big Apple" (or two) for a sweet ending.

If you are playing the New York Jets or Giants, you are in for a football day filled with lots of amazing food and drinks:

New York Style Cheesecake

New York Cocktail

New York Style Pizza

The Absolut Jolly Red Giants

New York Giants Pizza Burger

New York Jets Breakfast Pasta

Drunken Black and White Cookies

New York Giants Spritzer

Waldorf Salad

Sunday, October 22, 2017

New England


I had high hopes for the SBLI rematch between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.

Those hopes were quickly dashed.

Luckily, the food was delicious.

New England Patriots Lobster Pizza Two Ways

We made a simple lobster salad for the first pizza. I baked an individual-sized thin crust (brushed with olive oil and topped with salt and pepper for 10 minutes on 425). For the salad, we used lobster, a Greek yogurt based mayo, lemon, celery, and salt and pepper. We threw on some lettuce and had go time.

For the other pizza, we went the savory route. Butter on the crust with a little celery salt, lobster, monterey jack, bacon, tomato, cashews, and crushed red pepper. So good!


I sort of want to pahk my cah and eat all of the food in and around Boston. If you are looking for a North Eastern themed day, the options are plentiful. Feel free to send suggestions so that I can try them out next time.

Lobster Rolls

What a simple and delicious sandwich. As I am a beginning cook with a lot going on, I try to make things as easy as possible.

Lobster pieces
Diced celery
Mayonnaise (I used the Spicy Mayo from for a nice kick!)

Lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

The spicy version

The regular mayo version

Clam Chowder
From a can. I will learn to make this from scratch some day!

Boston Cream Donuts
Thank you, 7-Eleven

Sam Adams Beer-I am a huge fan of the Cherry Wheat, the extra point is good!

Here are more game day ideas for the New England Patriots:

Sunday, October 15, 2017


Full disclosure: this was meant to be a Mahi Mahi riff on the classic Pillsbury Veggie Pizza for the Falcons vs. the Dolphins game this Sunday. Unfortunately, I am in possession of a mouth that needed a crazy amount of dental work this week. So instead of the aforementioned fish, I used shrimp because that is what I had on hand.

My recuperation > Mahi Mahi aquisition

I love that you can use whatever vegetables your little heart desires.
I used carrots, cucumbers, celery, red pepper, red onion, cauliflower, black olives, and corn BECAUSE I PUT CORN ON EVERYTHING.

I also added a little shredded cheddar, because cheese.

It was delicious, and that is all that really matters. Please feel free to share your Miami recipes with me, Fins Fans!

Here are some more Miami-inspired recipes for your game day needs:

Cuban Sandwich

Miami Dolphin Jello Shots

Pressed Cuban-Style Burger

Blue Dolphin Cocktail

Cheesy Beef Empanadas

Miami Dolphin Cupcakes

Mahi Mahi Fish Sandwich