Friday, January 21, 2011

Fabulous Friday *Football* Food


Just in case you haven’t heard yet, there’s a little football game on this Sunday. It’s called the Superbowl.

Just kidding! It isn’t the REAL Superbowl, but if you’re from around these parts, it might as well be. The Bears are playing the Packers for the chance to go to the Superbowl and nary a rivalry has been seen in NFL football history.

Just a few stats before we proceed.

- The Bears and the Packers have 48 players in the National Football Hall of Fame—more than any two teams combined.

- The Bears/Packers rivalry spans 90 years and 181 games—the oldest in NFL history.

- Sunday’s game will the first time since 1941 that the two teams have played for the Division Championship.

- The temperature right now in Chicago is -1. On game day, the high is predicted to be a balmy 21 degrees.

- Both the matriarch and the patriarch of the Wild fam household were raised in Bears families, thus you know who we will be rooting for this Sunday.
Things are crazy around here, kids. All the news is about the big game on Sunday. That’s all anybody is talking about.

Well, that and the weather which has been pretty dicey this week. We had some slushy rain earlier in the week which quickly froze, leaving our driveway and front walk looking pretty much like an ice skating rink. Seriously, the ice is about an inch thick. You’re taking your life in your hands to just go out to the garage!

That said, I haven’t ventured out very much this week. You’d think I’d be cooking up a storm with all the hanging around the house I’ve been doing, but I haven’t done much of that either.

So, in honor of the Superbowl this Sunday (I know, I know), and the actual Superbowl in two weeks (when I’ll have about 40 college kids descend on my house--yippee!) I thought I’d just give you some ideas of what I might serve at these events. So, you know, you can plan ahead and all.

Ina Garten’s Pan Fried Onion Dip – oh my! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite dips.

Chili Cheese Dip

Paula Deen’s Black Bean Salsa

My sister Jodi’s homemade salsa—a definite must, but I can’t give you the recipe right now. How ‘bout I promise to give it to you soon? Just to keep you coming back. (tee hee!)

Meatball subs. This doesn’t even take a recipe—I’ll just tell you how to do these if you’ll promise to make them. They are SO easy and SO gooooood!

- Go to Costco. Buy a bag of frozen meatballs.

- Go to Trader Joes. Buy a couple of cans of their TJ’s marinara (yes, it comes in a can for about $1.79). And if you don't have a Trader Joe's near you, let's just have a moment of silence, shall we?

- Put the meatballs in a crockpot; throw the marinara over the meatballs. Cook for several hours in the crockpot until the meatballs are tender.

- Serve on buns with provolone cheese. Mmmmmm.
I’m telling you, this is such a crowd-pleaser. There’s nothing to it, and everyone will be so happy.

Now, I've got stuff to do today, one of which is to go to Trader Joe's where I'll be picking up a few extra cans of their $1.79 Marinara Sauce. And I'll be preparing for all the football-watching and couch-sitting I'll be doing this weekend.

I know we'll be having fun. I hope you will be too.

So tell me, what are you doing this weekend?



  1. Ok, too funny! I came here from Twitter to see ideas for game food this weekend for while I'm watching the Packers CRUSH the Bears! Hahaha!

    I posted a week ago ( about being a multi-generational Cheese-Head, even though I've lived in Virginia my whole life. :)

    I'm looking forward to trying your meatball subs--they sound delish! Have a good weekend with your family--glad I stopped by!

  2. Discovered your blog through your guest post on Life . . Your Way, and love it. I'm a native Southern IL girl, and I grew up rooting for Da Bears! So, we'll be watching them from my SC home this weekend. Enjoy!

  3. Hi. Keep meaning to tell you I tried the Brun Brot cookies and my girls and I loved them. Took them to our friends of which one is a Minn. Swede - she said "How can they be Swedish if there's corn syrup in them" To which I replied "How many Swede's settled in Minn./IA and where does much of Corn Syrup come from?" We had a good laugh. As I can't get corn syrup here, I substituted with treacle (like molasses) and they came out great. Thanks!

  4. You can hold that moment of silence for me. We don't have a Trader Joe's. . .or a Costco.

    Life is primitive here in the south!

  5. GO BEARS!!!!!!!! We'll have to break down the game when we meet this week:)

  6. Hi Shelly!
    I 'found' you via Lysa Terkhurst's blog and comment section.

    I'm so sorry to read your post today, merely a few hours after your sad defeat. While I sympathize with being on the losing end of the stick, I grew up in Wisconsin and have been a die-hard Packer fan through the years when DaBears trampled all over us. Sorry.

    I look forward to hearing how your rousing well-fed crowd handled the game. :)...and reading more from your blog.

  7. Good morning, Shelly! What an ending to the game yesterday . . . so close! Did having good food at least help?

    Thanks for the info on my fridge. As I looked at it this morning, I think you are right. It would not have worked anyway. Gladly, we are used to it now.

    Looks like your getting some new readers . . . fun.


  8. Sadly, no Trader Joe's anywhere in the near vicinty. True confessions: I have never even BEEN INSIDE a Trader Joe's. My life, it is lacking...