It’s Tailgate Time!

Once upon a time, in a very sad and lonely land, lived a girl who didn’t like football.  Not only did she not like football, she didn’t know anything about it, and didn’t care to (the time she asked that cauuuuuute french horn player in high school to sit by her at the game and “explain the rules” didn’t count).

She didn’t like it, that is, until she went off to graduate school at a college that lived and breathed football.  And quickly learned that if she wasn’t into football, well, then she was just weird.

She didn’t want to be weird.

Quite honestly, it was hard not be into it when the entire town was a constant barrage of purple and white.  Also, since football parties usually entailed food and um, drinks, she learned to like it pretty quickly.  And her world was a happier place.

The end.

Recipe: Party Muffulettas



  • 1 loaf bakery bread (I used an Asiago loaf)
  • olive salad (recipe below)
  • 3/4 pounds each of thinly sliced salami and ham
  • sliced provolone cheese


  1. Slice bakery loaf in half. Spread olive salad over the bottom.
  2. Layer salami, ham and cheese over salad.
  3. Top with more olive salad, and cut into bite-size sandwiches.
  4. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 days before serving.

Recipe: Olive Salad



  • 1 12-ounce jar roasted red bell peppers, undrained
  • 1 13-ounce jar jalepeno-stuffed olives
  • 1 6-ounce can pitted ripe black olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red onion
  • 5 pepperoncini peppers, cut in half
  • 2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Drain roasted red bell peppers, reserving 1 tablespoon liquid.
  2. Pulse all ingredients and reserved liquid in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
  3. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Recipe from Christmas with Southern Living 2009Cooking, Food & Wine Books)

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip



  • 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened (I used fat-free)
  • 1/2 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot, Buffalo style
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheedar cheese
  • 1/2 bunch celery, for dipping


  1. Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat until heated through.
  2. Stir in cream cheese and dressing.
  3. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm.
  4. Mix in the cheese.
  5. Serve warm with celery sticks.
  6. If you’re a true tailgater, make this dip ahead and keep warm on the grill in a saucepan!

Recipe from Allrecipes

Recipe: Cookie Cups



  • 1 16.5 ounce package refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 24 Snickers minis
  • mini-M&M’s, in your team colors


  1. Divide dough into 24 balls and placed in greased mini-muffin pan.
  2. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 350, until edges are lightly browned.
  3. Remove from oven, and press 1 bite size Snickers into each cookie.
  4. Sprinkle with mini-M&M’s.

Recipe from Southern Living, July 2009

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Also, a huge thank you to Amy, the Fearless Homemaker, for helping a technological moron (me!) figure out how to get printable recipes working.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, do it now.  There are soooo many yummy recipes there, I don’t know where to start!

And, a long overdue thank you to Char at Delight Design Biz for making my awesome blog header and basically designing my entire site.  Seriously, I barely know how to get music on my iPod, let alone design a web page.  You wouldn’t want to know what this blog would have looked like without Char’s help.  Shudder.

Happy Friday, and GO STATE!


  1. amy @ fearless homemaker

    how fabulous are these recipes?! i especially love the party muffalettas – delish! i used to be indifferent to football, + going to school at Vanderbilt didn’t help. however, my now-husband figured out that my getting me involved in fantasy football / pick-’em leagues, my interest would be piqued + he was right. i can’t sit + watch 10 hours straight like he can, but i do enjoy watching + following football now, + love tailgating/going to games in person.

    thanks for the shoutout, by the way! you know i’m always happy to help! =)


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