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HOW TO PLAN THE ULTIMATE TAILGATE PARTY

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If you want to know what a ‘thing’ tailgating is, just take a walk through the UK Stadium, or the muni lot outside of Cleveland Stadium before a football game. Being raised by parents from Brooklyn, New York, the concept of eating food served from the back of a pick up truck was bizarre yet fascinating. Actually, tailgating is a serious thing.

Googling the ultimate tailgate supplies was amazing and for many people its much more than a thing….its a huge investment in time and dollars. Check out these rare and unusual finds……

Tailgater Dual Tank Backpack Drink Dispenser 210oz $39.95

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Backpacks aren’t just for books!
Backpack beverage dispenser serves up shots, your favorite brew, or most delicious tailgate kool-aid in style
Lightweight nylon, padded shoulder straps, mesh bag for extra cups
Two 24″ in canister hold a whopping 210 ounce capacity; measures 25½”x12”x4”

Deluxe Six-Pack Beer Belt Holster

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Really………

Hiding that six pack around your waist has never been so easy
It even has a hidden zippered pocket on the back keep your money, license, and credit cards safe
Featuring a classic camo appearance
Measures 43”x4½” and adjusts to accommodate waistlines between 28” and 43″

 

The Grill Sergeant BBQ Apron $19.99 and free shipping for Amazon Prime Members

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Get your grill on
Our unique camouflage grilling apron holds everything a real man could want or need for an afternoon of fun.
One size fits all with adjustable strap
Makes a Great Fun Gag Gift
Great for parties

 

Instagate Tailgate In A Box: $19.99 + $6.49 shipping

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#1 game day solution for tailgaters
More than 50 tailgate items in 1 over $50 in value
Includes foldable tailgate grill, 3 bbq tools, minit-lite® charcoal and party supplies
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New and improved value and performance

 

And last, but not least….this is actually a good one….

NFL Wooden Tailgate Toss Cornhole Football Field $74.86 and free shipping for Amazon Prime Members

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Choose your NFL team

Size: 24 x 48″
Two 24″ x 48″ all-wood target boards
Vinyl shield with a Football field design and your teams favorite colors proudly displayed
Foldable legs for easy storage
Eight 16oz bean bags included

Here’s the million dollar question: Tonight is a gigantic nite for Cleveland sports,  having both the Cavs game after the official Ring Ceremony AND hopefully the last World Series game for the Indians, so do we call it a tailgate party, or is that just a football thing? If we had to rename the snack attack for these sports, we could call it “BASE ‘N BASKET BALL SNACK PACK!” Hmmmm.

Here’s an easy and crowd pleasing appetizer:

PIZZA CUPS

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Ingredients

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 jar (14 oz) pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
36 wonton skins

Directions

1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 18 muffin cups with cooking spray.
2 In 10-inch skillet, brown beef with pizza seasoning and salt over medium-high heat until beef is browned; drain. Return beef to skillet; stir in pizza sauce.
3 Place 1 wonton skin in each muffin cup. Divide half of ground beef evenly among muffin cups. Top each with about 1 tablespoon cheese. Repeat layers starting with second wonton skin.
4 Bake 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

PEPPERONI PIZZA FOOTBALL CHEESE BALL

This Pepperoni Pizza Football Cheese Ball is easy to make, delicious, and perfect for a tailgate party!

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Ingredients
16 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp Italian seasoning
8 oz finely shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 5 oz bags mini pepperoni slices
3 green onions, thinly sliced
½ cup chopped bacon
1 4 oz jar diced pimientos, drained and patted dry

Instructions
Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in the Italian seasoning, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese.
Mix in half of the pepperoni slices, green onions, bacon, and pimientos.
Line a small bowl with plastic wrap. Spoon cheese mixture into bowl. Press mixture into bowl so that it takes on the shape of the bowl. Use the ends of the plastic wrap to wrap up the cheeseball firmly. Transfer the wrapped cheese ball to a cutting board and use your hands to shape it into a football.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Remove the cheese ball from the fridge and cover with remaining pepperoni, pressing gently to adhere.
Serve with pretzels, bread sticks, crackers, and veggies.

Dear Friends,

Thanks for popping in! If sports is your thing and you love tailgating, I hope you enjoy these recipes and reading about these unusual supplies to complete your tailgate! 

Cheers to celebrating enjoying all that each season has to offer with friends and family!

Until next time…

🍸Laura

 

 

 

 

 

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SASSY SUMMER SALSA!

Hola señoritas y señores! Tis the season for my SUMMER SALSA OBSESSION! Salsa is an easy ‘dump from the jar with a bag of nacho chips and call it a dip,’ but, summer’s delicious bounty of fresh fruits and veggies makes for the  best chipping and dipping! Finish it all of with a refreshing Ruby Red Margarita, and call it a FIESTA!

Here are some of my newest and chunkiest fruitful & sassy salsas! Spice em up or keep em cool!

IMG_5339PINEAPPLE–PEPPER SALSA

(MAKES 4 CUPS)

PEEL AND TRIM:

1 cup fresh pineapple, diced

PEEL AND JULIENNE:

1/2 cup jicama, julienne

TOSS WITH:

1/4 cup purple onion, slivered
1/4 cup red pepper, diced
1 T. fresh lime juice
1/2 t. habañero, seeded and minced 1/2 t. salt

1/8 t. cayenne pepper
2–3 drops Tabasco or Siracha

JUST BEFORE SERVING, MIX IN:  diced 1 T. fresh cilantro, chopped 1 T. fresh mint, chopped

TWO TOMATO SALSA

(MAKES 3 CUPS)

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MIX TOGETHER:

1 cup red tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 cup yellow tomatoes, seeded and diced

3/4 cup white onion, diced and rinsed

3 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
2 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. light olive oil
2 t. jalapeno, seeded and minced 2 t. fresh garlic, minced

1/2 t. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. cayenne pepper

 

ROASTED TOMATO SALSA WITH JALAPENO AND CILANTRO

YIELDMakes 2 1/2 cups

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INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes (about 10 medium), preferably plum
2 to 3 fresh jalapeño chiles (1 to 1 1/2 ounces), stemmed
Half of a small white onion (2 ounces), sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 generous teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar

PREPARATION

  • Heat the broiler. Lay the whole tomatoes and jalapeños out on a broiler pan or baking sheet.
  • Set the pan 4 inches below the broiler and broil for about 6 minutes, until darkly roasted — even blackened in spots — on one side (the tomato skins will split and curl
  • flip over the tomatoes and chiles and roast the other side for another 6 minutes or so.
  •  Set aside to cool.
  • Reduce heat to 425 degrees.
  • Separate the onions into rings combine with the garlic.
  • Roast in the oven, stirring carefully every couple of minutes, until the onions are beautifully browned about 15 minutes total. Cool 
  • Rough chop the tomatoes, onions, garlic & peppers & pour into a bowl adding the juices. If necessary,  stir in enough water to give the salsa an easily spoonable consistency. Stir in the cilantro.
  • Taste and season with salt and vinegar

HABAÑERO SALSA WITH YELLOW TOMATOES & PAPAYA

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  • 1 medium yellow tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 2 habañero peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 2 T. fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small papaya, coarsely chopped
  • 2 T. each fresh lime & orange juice
  • 1 T. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 T. water
  • pinch of sugar (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Serve!

 

 

Ruby Red Margaritas

Makes four 12-oz. drinks

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  • Kosher or margarita salt
  • 1  can frozen limeade concentrate (12 oz.)
  • 2  cups ice cubes
  • 1⁄2 cup tequila, optional
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 11⁄3 cups ruby red grapefruit juice

Lime slices

Dip rims of 4 glasses into grapefruit juice, then in salt, if desired; set aside.
Blend limeade, ice cubes, and tequila in a blender until smooth. Divide the mixture evenly among the glasses. Top each with 1⁄4 cup club soda and 1⁄3 cup grapefruit juice; garnish with limes.

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Gracias! Thank you for coming to visit. I hope that your summer fiesta is a celebration to remember!

Salud y Hasta Mañana!

Señorita Laura

WALKING TACOS

You know, I have never heard of a walking taco until I was on a recent visit to Lubbock, Texas. The airport was an experience in itself. 

I had heard that everything in Texas is big, but I just didn’t have a clue exactly what that meant. Surrounded by belt buckles, leather accessories,  Jumbo Texas Fly Swatters, 61qYNzwytXL._SL1200_and cowboy hats of every shape, size & color, I encountered a FRITO PIE STAND!  wild-game-chili-pie

The guy at the stand looked up at me, smiled a crooked smile and announced in his very southern, southern, drawl, “Get your tastebuds ready to buckle up, Little Lady!  What can I get ya?”

Eyeing the spicy chili, jalapeños, and coleslaw, and knowing I was about to board a small plane, I began to rethink my lunch choice. I imagined those poor people around me as my stomach began to rumble and thought better of it.

 “Wellllll,” I politely answered, “I have a flight, so I’m not sure I have the time to eat.”

“I’m happy to fix that!” he pressed on. He proceeded to open a small bag of fritos, and piled on the chili, onions, coleslaw and sour cream, put a fork on top and said, “There you go! On the House!” I graciously took the bag, tipped the guy, and thought to myself, “I need to at least taste this…..” AMAZING!

My Steve LOVES fritos and chili, so I knew he would love this. I hurried back to the stand and asked the guy to make me a few to go, which he was more than happy to oblige!

What happened next is….a Laura story……

Entering the plane, I put the bag of frito pies to go in the overhead bin, making sure the bag was tied tight at the top. Sitting next to me was a young man dressed in a crisp white dress shirt and jeans. As he was telling me about his recent job interview, mid sentence he sniffed his sleeve.  He apologized for his smell, as he had been in the same shirt all day, and had nervous sweat during the interview. This poor guy thought he had B O and he was SO relieved when I told him that it was my fruit pies in the overhead bin! I offered to share one, which he declined, but told him if the plane gets delayed, we will have food!

 

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BUFFALO CHICKEN FRITO PIE

Ingredients
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups rotisserie chicken, 1” pieces
1 teaspoon season salt
½ cup frank’s hot sauce or siracha
¼ cup cream
¼ cup butter
½ cup Mexican cheeses
1 bag FRITOS® Original Corn Chips (do not portion)
3-4 tablespoons ranch dressing
¼ cup tomatoes, diced into ¼ inch pieces
¼ cup green onions, chopped into ¼ inch pieces & sliced jalapeños
GOES GREAT WITH…
FRITOS® Original Corn Chips

Instructions
Add broth and chicken to sauté pan, then season with salt.
Heat until broth is reduced by a little more than half
Add hot sauce and cream, then let reduce
Add butter and half the cheese, and incorporate.
Pour FRITOS Corn Chips into a bowl and top with chicken mixture and remaining cheese.
Drizzle with ranch dressing, then top with green onions, sliced jalapeños  and tomatoes and serve immediately.

 

WALKING TACO

Ingredients
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground chicken or turkey
1 ea white onion, diced
2 tbsp garlic, chopped
2 bottles light beer
2 tbsp corn oil
3 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp garlic powder
3 tbsp light chili powder
1 tbsp paprika
32 oz ground tomatoes
1 cup water
Salt and pepper

FOR GARNISH:
2 2 oz bags FRITOS® Original Corn Chips
Sour cream
Shredded Vermont cheddar or mexican shredded cheese
Scallions & prepared coleslaw & sliced jalapeños
GOES GREAT WITH…
FRITOS® Original Corn Chips

 

Instructions
1. Saute Onions and Garlic in oil.
2. Add all ground meats and beer.
3. Cook, until all meat is cooked through.
4. Add spices, Tomatoes, Water, and beef base.
5. Let cook for minimum of one hour over low heat.
6. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.

TO PLATE THE DISH (or fill the bag):
1. Open snack size bags of FRITOS Corn Chips 
2. Ladle hot chili on top.
3. Garnish with sour cream, coleslaw, sliced jalapeños cheddar cheese and scallions. Top it with a fork!

Hola & thanks for swinging by today! Check out these deals from Amazon and try your hand at these amazing walking tacos! You won’t be disappointed.

Until next time, Adios! Laura

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