Sunday, October 15, 2017

Miami

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

Ceviche




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Buffalo

2017

This week was fairly easy in the planning department. When thinking about flavors, it is pretty clear what direction you should go when playing the Buffalo Bills. Enjoy!


Buffalo Bills Pizza

Crust

I used the Publix dough this week. I get it from the bakery area. Follow the directions on the package. I love this dough!

Sauce

For my base this week, I used Sweet Baby Rays Creamy Buffalo Wing dipping sauce. It had just the right amount of kick.


Toppings

1 cup shredded chicken mixed it in with some Marzetti's Ultimate Blue Cheese Dressing
1/2 cup hearts of palm
1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
1 ear of corn, removed from the cob
1/4 cup sliced red onion

8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

(Next time I would also add a little bit of bacon! Because...bacon!)

Bake for 20 minutes on 400. Drizzle with blue cheese and wing sauce.


If you cannot make this recipe and you are looking for Buffalo Style Pizza, head to Galla's in Atlanta. Their pizza is crazy good.






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2014

I absolutely love the flavor of Buffalo Burgers.
Buffalo meat is a little on the pricey side, but well worth it for the amazing taste. You would also be wise to grill up some onions to top these bad boys.

Colby Jack holds it all together nicely.



A perfect side for any game against the Bills is Frank's Redhot Buffalo Chicken Dip. We served it piping hot with carrot chips and crackers.




With some good draft picks and that whole buffalo wing thing, the recipes for playing against the Bills abound.

Here are a few. I can't wait to try this Shredded Buffalo Chicken Salad from my blogger friend Nichole. She is also the creator of the hummus dip below. That gal loves the Buffalo flavors! 










Sunday, September 17, 2017

Green Bay

2017

You know Aaron Rodgers and The Pack want to exact some revenge on The Falcons after not one but two beat downs last season. Let us hope that they fail a third time.

While the game plays out, enjoy this week's pizza!


Spicy Green Bay Packers Pizza

Crust

This week I used Mama Mary's pizza crust. It is ready to bake. I found these flavorless and quite dense, I probably won't use this brand again.

Sauce

It's Green Bay, so you know you have to have beer and cheese.

1/4 cup beer
1/4 stick of butter
1 TBSP flour
2 cups of cheese (I used a Monterey Jack & Cheddar blend)
Salt & Pepper

Whisk together in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add a pinch of this and a dash of that for desired consistency.

Toppings

Sauteed onion
Sliced bratwurst
Fresh corn
Sliced red chili pepper
Sauerkraut


We baked these bad boys for 10 minutes on 350. Straight out of the oven, we topped them with hot sauce and mustard. I would use a little less hot sauce next time, I was a bit heavy handed and The Doc and I were both sweating profusely about half way through the pie.

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2014

I have been a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan for long enough that I remember being in the old NFC Central with the Green Bay Packers. There were many hard fought "Battle of the Bays." The Frozen Tundra offers up many great menu options.

I knew I had to do something with Bratwursts. If you know me, you know I love the sandwiches. My husband loves pretzel rolls. These two were perfectly harmonious.

Pretzel Roll Recipe:


Saute white onions with sliced bratwurst.
Load up onto a pretzel roll. We topped everything
with Dijon, white cheddar, and jalapenos.
The Naan Crisps are for the following dip!

We needed a side, and that side obviously needed to include two perennial Wisconsin staples: Cheese and Beer. This Beer Cheese Dip with Bacon filled the need perfectly. It was a bit on the salty side, but delicious just the same.


A dessert to make any Green Bay fan proud were these super easy Chocolate Pretzels. Just pick out the yellow and green M&Ms and you will be the hit of the Packer party.


Here are some more great links for you Cheeseheads:












Sunday, September 10, 2017

Chicago

I am mostly recovered from the Atlanta Falcons' Super Bowl LI loss.

Mostly.

The Doc and I have had many discussions about this epic championship. We should have seen it coming. These last few years have been all about the upsets. My beloved Tar Heels losing to Nova in the title game in 2016. The Cubbies finally winning it all. The Cavs epic come back in 2016.

Trump?

The impossible is always possible, and maybe that is a big part of the reason that I love sports so much. It hurts to be on the wrong side of that winning coin, however. I guess I had it coming when I was feeling pretty smug with that 21-3 lead at half time. I danced with Gaga, then proceeded to have my heart crushed by Tom Brady et al.

The Falcons will kick off the 2017 season against the Chicago Bears. Here is hoping to a great season for all of you football lovers and foodie fans out there!

Chicago-Style Hot Dog Pizza


Crust

I used the Pillsbury brand thin crust pizza dough. We topped it with olive oil, celery salt, and poppy seeds and baked it at 400 for 8 minutes.

Toppings

2-3 All-beef hot dogs, thinly sliced
1/2 cup Sport Peppers
1/2 cup chopped white onion
1/4 cup green sweet pickle relish
2-3 dill pickles, medium sliced
1 tomato, sliced
Bake for another 8-10 minutes. Drizzle with cheese sauce and yellow mustard.




I thought this sounded crazy the whole time I was cooking, but it was quite delicious. You could also cut this into small pieces and serve as an appetizer.


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2016

I absolutely love the great city of Chicago. The World's Best Mother-In-Law hails from Arlington Heights, and my youngest broseph is a big Bears fan. Family ties? Endless Restaurants? Sports of all Sorts? End to end culture? This city has it all, and these nachos were a small reflection of the city's most definitive entree, the deep dish pizza.


Chicago Bears Pizza Nachos


Pita Chips

Cut two pitas into eighths. Drizzle with olive oil. Top with cracked pepper and garlic salt. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Cheese Topping

Melt 2 TBSP of Butter with 2 TBSP of flour. Stir.
Whisk in 1 cup of milk.
Add 6 ounces of shredded mozzarella, continuously stirring.
Stir in one pinch of garlic salt and one pinch of oregano.
Add 1/2 cup of pizza sauce, stir.

Top with pizza sauce, black olives, pepperoni, and parmesan cheese. Or whatever your little pizza loving heart desires. 


Here are some more great Windy City inspired recipes!















Sunday, January 22, 2017

Atlanta

2017

Rise Up! The Atlanta Falcons are playing in the NFC Championship game. In honor of this illustrious event, we decided to make some home-based nachos.



The Dirty Bird Nachos with Peach Guacamole


Chicken

3-4 chicken frozen chicken breasts
1 jar of hot sauce (we used Texas Pete's original)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup of lime juice
1 can of black beans
1 cup of diced onions
1 sliced jalapeno
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup water
salt
pepper
cumin
chili powder
crushed red pepper flakes

Combine all in a crock pot, low setting for 8 hours then shred chicken with two forks.


Peach Guacamole

2 avocados, mash
1 cup sour cream
1 diced peach
1 chopped jalapeno
1 chopped tomato
1 packet Concord guacamole mix


Mix all, top with the juice of one lime & chill for at least an hour.



Cheese Sauce

2 TBSP Butter
2 TBSP flour

Whisk and heat for a few minutes, then add 1 cup of milk.

Stir in 6 ounces of cheese (I used the shredded Mexican blend)
Then add a dash of chili powder, a big pinch of salt, and 1 chopped jalapeno.

Sour Cream Topping

1 cup sour cream
zest of one lime
1 TSP olive oil
salt
pepper
cilantro

Layer the chicken onto the chips. Top with some of the remaining sauce from the crock pot, lettuce, sour cream topping, cheese sauce, guacamole, tomato, and whatever else your nacho loving heart desires.



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2014

The great state of Georgia offers up many ideas for your Southern-style cooking needs. The Bucs play the Falcons twice a year, here are a few Atlanta-ish recipes.

Tomato and Vidalia Onion Salad with Steak Sauce Dressing



Pimento Cheese Sandwich






Fuzzy Navel




Atlanta offers up a vast variety of recipes for your game day needs!