Super Bowl XLII
In honor of the victorious New York Giants, we're featuring the image of a cupcake devoted to them. This image comes to us from Clever Cupcakes, a Flickr user and baker out of Montreal. These puppies are chocolate cake with a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup in the center. They are topped with Vanilla Buttercream grass and a fondant logo. Tasty and sporty!
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You best believe I was watching the Super Bowl all afternoon (with a few flips back and forth from AnimalPlanet to catch the Puppy Bowl) and though I was supporting the Patriots here all week in our very own Slashfood Bowl, it's the New York Giants who won today!
And since the Giants have won Super Bowl XLII, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino lost his bet with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mayor Menino will send a package of Boston foods to New York: New England Clam Chowder, Dunkin' Donuts coffee, Boston cream pies, chicken sausages and Brigham's ice cream. The food will be donated to local food charities in New York.
Congratulations, New York, and great job, Giants!
I certainly had fun during Super Bowl Week here at Slashfood, but an entire week is nothing compared to the actual Game Day. It's here! It's today! I have been waiting all
Slashfood friends, if there is one course I love to eat, one way of eating that I prefer above all else, it's snacking on teeny tiny bites and appetizers. Even if I weren't going to be on the West Coast watching the Super Bowl this afternoon as opposed to evening, I'd still serve appetizers all-event long, making "courses" out of each of the different types of appetizers. Here is my Ultimate Game Day Menu, and if it happens to read like the Appetizer section of a sports bar or any of those large chain restaurants, well, now you know a little bit more about the foods I love.
So this is the Super Bowl. You don't need to spend all those unearned bets on Wagyu or Kobe or whatever fancy beef for burgers, and you definitely don't have to go and make full-size burgers, either. First of all, a full-size burger suffers the same syndrome as Buffalo wings. They are messy, and if you and your guests eat burgers the way me and my guests eat burgers -- rare -- they'll be dripping bloody greasy juice everywhere. Secondly, with all that food being served all afternoon (or evening), a small taste of a great burger in the form of a slider is better than trying to force down an entire burger. It lets people taste everything else on the table.
Inevitably, there will be at least one person -- maybe you -- at a Super Bowl party who's going to be looking for "healthy," or at least healthier, options. Luckily, hummus doesn't taste healthy, and serving it with vegetables ups the health factor quite a bit. Of course, I serve hummus with pita chips which, deep-fried, can't be any better than potato chips. Sure, there is some fat in it the garbanzo bean puree, but it's in the form of olive oil. If you make hummus at home, make extra so you can make yourself pita-chos during the post-game.
Drain and rinse 3 cans of garbanzo beans.
Throw a peeled clove of garlic into a food processor and let it go until the garlic is fairly well chopped. Throw in the garbanzo beans and puree. For some reason, I have this weird thing about the translucent "skin" on the outside of each garbanzo bean, so I actually spend the two hours it takes to slip all those suckers off before pureeing.
Add 2 Tbsp tahini, 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice and begin drizzling about ¼ to ½ c extra virgin olive oil while the food processor is running until the hummus is the consistency you want.
Salt to taste.
Naturally, I'm going to have nachos while watching the Super Bowl, but before the guests arrive, it's a good idea to set out what is basically "nachos light" because it doesn't have to be served hot: tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and maybe a bean and cheese dip on which to snack all day.
I like to set out two different types of
Roasted nuts (along with chips/dips and vegetables/dip) are a good thing to set out at a Super Bowl Party just before the event starts. That way, if guests show up early, or you happened to have underestimated how long you would need in the kitchen, your guests will have something to snack on while you run around the kitchen like a chicken with its Buffalo wings cut off. I like to put out little trios on different tables around my house of roasted peanuts (a standard), roasted pistachios in shells (with a small bowl for the discarded shells), and these ridiculously, deliciously addictive Rosemary Marcona Almonds from Trader Joe's that I ate by the bagful over the Holidays. You can also make these yourself, using a recipe that Bob posted a few weeks, substituting Marcona almonds for the cashews.
Earlier today I said that cereal was the ultimate "bowl" food, but I'm sure a lot of you think that soup would be number one in that category. And I really can't argue against that. I think it's a toss up, really.
One of my favorites is French Onion Soup. All that oniony goodness and the dripping gooey cheese on top (though I hate eating it in front of someone else - too messy). This recipe touts itself as "the best onion soup you'll ever have." The recipe includes red wine.
So this day is dedicated to food that is served in bowls (bowls...Super Bowl...get it? Ha!), and what is the ultimate bowl food? That's right, cereal!
I had planned to do a series of posts where I mix two different kinds of cereal and then review how they taste together. But I forgot to buy the cereal last night and all I have in the cupboard is Crispix and All-Bran Complete Wheat Flakes, and it's not worth doing if that's all I have right now. So how about we find some cereal recipes from around the web? Starting with this Crockpot Cereal, which takes a while to make but sounds like it would be really comforting on cold winter days.
And yes, there's nothing wrong with having cereal as a meal.
If you ordered a Domino's pizza, there may soon be a way. The pizza chain is currently testing a phone tracking system in 3,200 of it's 8,500 U.S. stores. You would call the system, enter your phone number, and be informed of the whereabouts of your pizza to within 40 seconds.
There's one area of the order cycle that Domino's won't inform you about. Domino's did consider a GPS tracker for drivers. But for safety reasons, the tracking system won't tell you where the actual delivery person is en route to your location. You'll just have to be content knowing when your pie left the store. Even without knowing where the deliverer is, it's nice to be able to know where your pizza is the rest of the time.