Sunday, January 27, 2013


So my team didn’t win!!!! Shoot!  It really doesn’t matter…the Super Bowl is ALL about the party for me!  The party may be different every year but, a Super Bowl party is a tradition we have come to rely on.  This years party began with simple decorations ...for me there always has to  be some "nod" to a party atmosphere. I didn't decorate for a specific team. I usually don't care enough who is playing to really dedicate time or money into specific "team" decorations.  I stick to the basics.  
Brown footballs, green grass, and the black and white stripe of the  umpires shirt are an inspiring combination and it is all the theme I need!   I also did it  cheap and easy!!!!!  I always get big bang for my buck using football lanterns. They go up easy, and store flat.  I think it's fantastic that something with this much volume can be stored so easily!
 I used a plastic football banner from the dollar store.  It was actually pretty long.  I cut it in half.   To spice up the dollar banner I tied the string that held the pendents with ribbon and hung an extra football cutout in the middle of the pendents.  Party City has packages of 10 paper footballs for a buck...Thank you Party City. 
 I couldn't make them that cheap.  Their paper fans are also surprisingly cheaper than making them.  When I don't want to use a specific paper...I go cheap.  I added more of the footballs that I used in the banner for center of them of the tissue fans.   The tissue paper fans are $1.99 for 5.  Good deal! 
While I was at the party store I saw the funniest hat,   had to buy it.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, I just had to have it. 
 I got a genius idea it would make a good mold for a peanut butter rice krispie football.  I think it is so funny, too funny in fact.  Looking back it may have been a mistake but, whats done is done! 
You can shape this stuff into any shape you wanted...that could get scary! I had plenty of leftover warm rice krispie goo that I made several other treats. 
My family loves to eat these.   I have to admit I was sad to see the goofy giant football get cut into pieces.  It was so cute on the table...why did they have to eat it?!?  Oh!!! That is right...that was why I made it.  

Another family favorite is a homemade hot dog.  No, I'm not at home stuffing ground meat parts into casings.  I'm referring to the homemade bun. 
 The entire family loves these.  I REALLY don't like a hot dog.  However, these don't really qualify as a hot dot.  With these, it is all about the bun!  What's not to like about that!?!   In honor of the hosting city of New Orleans, I decided to throw a little Cajun flavor in.  This is a Cajun Mustard Sauce.  I was a little skeptical at first...not any more.  I am seriously thinking about always keeping a mixture of this in the fridge.  It is killer on the dogs and would make a  great spread for sandwiches.
  The great flavors of New Orleans continued in several other classic dishes.  Beignets, are always loved and don't stay around long.  When we are in Scottsdale we like to eat at restaurant that serves beignets.  
Their beignets always come with 3 dipping sauces: Chocolate, raspberry, and a lovely cream sauce.  We decided to recreate these fantastic sauces.  SOOO GOOD!  This beignet  recipe  is one that my mom uses.   It is made the night before and put it in the fridge overnight.  The next day you roll it out, fry it up, and sprinkle them with powdered sugar. I can't think about eating these without the sauces. 

There are only a couple of people in my family who don't like shrimp.  I feel bad for them when we serve this dish. Nawlin's Shrimp.  It has all the fantastic flavors of New Orleans.  
The shrimp are perfectly cooked and they are delicious.  However, the BEST part it the sauce that the shrimp are cooked in.  HOLY COW, so good.  I have a crazy sister who HATES, HATES, HATES, shrimp but, would  drink a bowl of the sauce.  

The secret to the sauce is the unique blend of spices and of course, butter.  We serve cubes of bread by the side of the shrimp bowl.  There is nothing better than fresh bread dipped in this sauce. Getting the spices together is the longest part to this dish.  Once they are ready, this dish is ready in under 5 minutes. 
What is football without Hot Wings?  They just seem to go hand in hand. 
 We have way too many people to serve dinky little chicken wings. So, we serve Buffalo Drum Sticks.  These spicy meat sticks hardly touch the serving platter before they are gone.  
They are served next to a fresh bowl of homemade ranch dressing.  Not the kind from the package...the real homemade kind!  YUMMM!!

 Just when you think that there is a gross amount of food on the menu...we add the dips, chips, and veggies!  These are three of my personal favorite party dips.  Really anyone of these dips stand alone but, together they are a force to be reckon with!  
The first is a Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip.  It is D-lish on crackers, bread, and celery.  (The Celery is my favorite!)  It has chicken, Franks Sauce, cheeses, and a killer ranch flavor.  This would actually make a fantastic Hot Wing Cheese Ball.  Wouldn't that spicy up the cheese ball world!?!
The second, is a dip that makes a baked potato super jealous!  All baked potatoes everywhere are begging to be covered in this dip.  On game day, the potato of choice is in the form of a chip.   This dip has all classic flavors of a fully loaded baked potato.  My oldest and most sarcastic son lovingly refers to this dip as "All That AND A Bag Of Chips"  or "Tater Chip Dip".  Call it what you will...we love this on any form of potato! 
Last but, certainly not least...The Jalapeno Popper dip.  I have to admit that although I am a giant baby when it comes to spicy stuff, I love the taste of the  popper. I just hate taking the time to prepare them.  This dip wraps all that bacon, jalapeno, and cheese into one quick dip.  I hate to pick a winner...but this Popper Dip might just be it!

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