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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
2016 Tailgater magazine game ball award winner
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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ALL IN CLEVELAND! THE CHAMPIONS! Today’s Recipes: Shephard’s Pie Party Bites & Apps on a Stick

It was a nail biter till the bitter end! I could hardly watch the last two minutes…..and then…..WE WON! And OMG!!!!! The crowd went WILD! IMG_5017

It’s more than winning a basketball game. It’s more than beating last year’s champs.

It’s personal It’s about Cleveland. You see, Cleveland fans are the ultimate fans.IMG_5077

It was no accident that our fans sang our country’s  National Anthem at the opening of the first Finals home game. It took my breath away.  No need for celebrities to help express our love for our country. IMG_4773

All watched with great emotion as LeBron James dropped to his knees and cried. We have watched this incredible athlete grow from a boy to a man; a man of great values who gives back and has never forgotten where he came from.

I vividly recall what LeBron did for his neighbors when he announced that he would be returning to Cleveland. He hired a small cupcake store to deliver cupcakes to all of his neighbors in Akron as an apology for the paparazzi and interruption of their quiet residential street. 

So now….we can talk about

CLEVELAND EATS!

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He has taken Cleveland by storm with his amazing restaurants

and has put us on the map!

Check out Iron Chef’s Michael Simon’s Cleveland restaurants here!

This photo was taken with Michael Simon at the Food Network Show in Cleveland this year. He hosted a Tailgate Party venue which featured a variety of samplings from his local restaurants. He is definitely a carnivore! 

Well, foodville is back for more great snick snacks to keep you revealing for your favorite team or just host a small bites party! These are my  PINTEREST  favorites from my GAME DAY BOARD and my APPETIZERS AND BITES BOARD.

SHEPHARDS PIE PARTY BITES

Sheopard's Pie Party BitesI fell in love with these Shepherds Pie Party Bites from Spinachtiger.com.

olive oil
1 pound grass fed ground beef
1 clove garlic
1 onion, diced
2 cups chopped kale
1 cup frozen peas
few sprigs fresh thyme or oregano
sea salt
black pepper
dash red chili flakes
¼ cup milk
⅓ cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
olive oil, garlic mashed potatoes or any mashed potatoes
Mini tart shells using your favorite pie crust, Rolled out to 3 inches for a 2 inch cookie cutter pan and baked at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.
INSTRUCTIONS
Place enough olive oil in pan to cover bottom. Add onions and saute until softened. Season ground beef with salt and pepper. Crumble in and stir fry until meat is cooked through. Add milk and stir until milk in cooked down. Add in white wine and turn on low and cook down until alcohol is cooked off, about ten minutes. Add in a tablespoon of butter. At this point meat should be in nice wine sauce. Add in raw kale and continue to cook until kale is softened. Season as needed with salt, pepper and chili flakes.
ASSEMBLE
Spoon mixture into the mini tart shell. Top with mashed potatoes using a pastry bag. Place under broiler just until potato is golden.
Serve immediately.
When making entree, you can use individual dishes or a larger dish. Make sure it’s something you can put under the broiler, like a cast iron pan.
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CHECK OUT THESE

 FOUR INGREDIENT APPS ON A STICK!

MINI APPS

These are all from the Pillsbury website.

Ingredients

1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
64
toothpicks
Smoked Salmon with Dill
Dab cream cheese
Thin slice smoked salmon, cut into quarters
Fresh dill weed sprig
Shrimp and Cucumber
Very thin slice English cucumber, cut in half, folded
Fresh dill weed sprig
Small cooked shrimp, tail shell removed
Caprese
Slice small fresh mozzarella ball or string cheese
Half grape tomato
Tiny basil leaf or fresh basil leaf strip
Antipasto
Half slice hard salami, folded into thirds
Slice sweet banana pepper (from a jar)
Kalamata or black olive
Dried Fig and Mascarpone
Dried fig, cut in half lengthwise
Mascarpone cheese star (using softened cheese)
Grated orange peel
Roast Beef Roll-Ups
Rare roast beef slice (spread with below)
Garden vegetable cream cheese spread
Fresh parsley sprig or tiny dill pickle slice
Cheese and Pimiento Olive
Swiss cheese cube
Half pimiento-stuffed green olive
Turkey Club
Lettuce
Crisply cooked bacon
Turkey breast slice, rolled up, sliced
Grape tomato slice
Steps
1
Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough onto cutting board. Cut in half crosswise and lengthwise on perforated lines to make 4 rectangles. Press diagonal perforations to seal.
2
Starting with long side of 1 rectangle, roll dough tightly into 6 1/4-inch roll; press seam to seal. Repeat with remaining dough rectangles.
3
Spray thin serrated knife with cooking spray. Cut each roll into 16 slices. On ungreased large cookie sheet, place 32 slices about 1/2 inch apart. Place remaining 32 slices on second ungreased large cookie sheet.
4
Bake 1 cookie sheet at a time 8 to 9 minutes or until slices are light golden brown.
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Top baked slices using all 8 toppings and making 8 appetizers of each, or choose your favorite topping options and make as many of each as you’d like. All toppings are quick to assemble, taking only about 4 to 8 minutes to make 8 appetizers.

GET READY FOR YOUR CAVS CHAMPIONSHIP PARTY!

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Price: $18.50 – $32.99

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Price: $49.99 FREE Prime Shipping once available
Usually ships within 3 to 5 days.

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Thanks for popping in today! Even if basketball isn’t your thing, I hope you enjoy the recipes shared from my Pinterest board! Have a great day, and cheers to the CAVS!!

Laura 

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IT’S THE PLAYOFFS! Game on! All in! Menu… Cavalier’s Cocktail, Mini Chicken Pot Pies, Bourbon BBQ Sliders with Spicy Slaw

CAVS VS WARRIORS

At our house, if there is a ball involved, we will either be at the game, or it will be on our television…our 75 inch television. So, “Why, ” you ask, “do you need to be at the game with a television that large and in HD???” I have once answer: my husband Steve. So tonight, the Cavs are playing against the Warriors, and this is an important game. Steve decided to watch the game at home tonight with a few friends, so I thought I would throw a few appetizers and a …Cleveland Cavaliers Cocktail!

Here are a few do ahead appetizers that won’t keep you from center court! GO CAVS! (I guess I get a little excited about it too :))

CLEVELAND CAVALIER COCKTAIL aka my favorite:

THE SUNSET 

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  1. 1/2 ounce Coconut Rum
  2. 1/2 ounce vodka
  3. 1/2 ounce crushed fresh watermelon or tiny melon balls.
  4. 1/2 ounce Pineapple Juice
  5. Scoop watermelon into a blender and blend till smooth.
  6. Chill ingredients prior to use.
  7. Place small scoop of watermelon  or small melon ball in the bottom of a small glass.
  8. Combine rum, vodka and juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a shot glass. 

MINI CHICKEN POT PIE BITES

MINI CHICKEN POT PIES

Ingredients

2 cups Green Giant™ frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 cup diced cooked chicken
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ refrigerated biscuits

Steps

1 Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, combine vegetables, chicken and soup; mix well.
2 Press each biscuit into 5 1/2-inch round. Place 1 round in each of 8 greased regular-size muffin cups. Firmly press in bottom and up side, forming 3/4-inch rim. Spoon a generous 1/3 cup chicken mixture into each. Pull edges of dough over filling toward center; pleat and pinch dough gently to hold in place.
3Bake at 375°F 20 to 22 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from pan.

BOURBON BBQ MEATBALL SLIDERS with HORSERADISH COLESLAW

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FOR THE SLIDERS

  • 1 lb. each ground turkey & ground beef
    Salt And Pepper
    3 Tablespoons Butter
    1 whole Large Onion, Diced
    1/2 cup Whiskey
    ½ cups Ketchup (Heaping)
    ½ cups Brown Sugar, Packed
    ¼ cups Bourbon Whiskey
    1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce12 whole Slider Buns Or Dinner Rolls, Split
  • Form the meat into 12-2″ meatballs and flatten into small patties.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook  about 3-4 min. per side.
  •  Remove the patties from the skillet and set aside.
  • Drain off grease, leaving about 2 T.
  • Salute onions 2-3 min.
  • Add ketchup, brown sugar, whiskey, lemon juice & Worcestershire.
  • Cook 2-3 min.
  • Place patties in sauce, turning to coat, and simmer till hot.
  • Place the patties on buns spooning sauce over top.
  • Top with spicy slaw & top of bun. Serve!!

FOR THE SLAW

WHISK TOGETHER:

  • 2 T. prepared horseradish
  • 2 T. olive oil mayo, & cider vinegar (may use play yogurt)
  • 1/2 t. each black pepper & kosher salt
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper

Add 4 C. coleslaw mix & refridgerate.

FUN SERVING IDEAS!

CAVS GLASSES

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