Super Bowl XLVI ~ The Game, The Eats, & The Man Cave

Super Bowl excitement is in the air! Stats show more than 173 million people will watch Super Bowl XLVI.  The New England Patriots and New York Giants are poised, practicing and preparing for Super Bowl victory. Who’s your pick to win the Super Bowl?

It’s a split decision for us.  We are a mixed marriage- Dave is a Patriots guy and I Louisiana loyal to the Manning men. And of course, the Southern roots run deep. Archie was a New Orleans Saint, Peyton a Tennessee Vol, and Eli an Ole Miss Rebel (think Leigh Anne Tuohy).  If you are  like the gang at Places In The Home, the pomp and circumstance leading up to the game is already at a fever pitch.  Our at home Super Bowl party and  menu primes the event for optimum game, commercials, and halftime show viewing.  Forever in design mode, I popped over to Olioboard to mock up an idea for Dave’s man cave or at least my idea for Dave’s man cave.

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Bradley Club Chair from Home Decorators

Popcorn tub & cups from Crate & Barrel

“I’m the Greatest” by Ken Auster Giclee on canvas from Spirit of Sports


Vissani 5.8 cu. ft. Wine and Beverage Cooler

I’m no authority on beer or the correct pairings, but the folks at Epicurious have it covered in their Beer and Food Pairing Guide.


What’s on the menu for your Super Bowl soiree?  Being the culinary coordinator of the house, the question of  the game day menu has been asked, but not answered as of yet.  Here’s what I’m thinking-

Cranberry Party Mix


2 cups Cinnamon Chex

2 cups Corn Chex

2 cups Wheat Chex

2 cups hazelnuts

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup butter, cubed

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 cups dried cranberries


In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the cereals and hazelnuts;set aside.   In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the syrup,butter, brown sugar, salt and nutmeg.  Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute; stir until blended.  Pour over cereal mixture and toss to coat.  Microwave on high for 5-6 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring after each minute. Stir in cranberries.  Spread onto waxed paper to cool.  Store in an airtight container.  Yield: 2-1/2 quarts

via Taste of Home 


Willie’s Pimento Cheese is basically required eating-a house appetizer staple.  My paternal grandmother cut straight to the pimento cheese chase with her minimal ingredient recipe. Mayonnaise is not used in Willie’s recipe as is in most recipes.  If desired, adding ½ cup mayonnaise would enhance the creaminess.

Willie’s Pimento Cheese


1 large Velveeta loaf
4  4 ounce jars pimento;drained
salt & pepper to taste


Allow Velveeta to soften at room temperature. Place the Velveeta and pimento into large bowl. Using a potato masher, mix until combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

I’m serving this with red and green apple slices, celery sticks and Ritz crackers.

Dave the Builder has put in his request for this version of Creamy Shrimp Chowder.

Creamy Shrimp Chowder


½ cup celery (chopped)

1/3 cup onion (diced)

2 tablespoons butter

8 ounces cream cheese

1 cup milk

1 ½ cups potatoes (cubed)

½ pound prepared cooked shrimp (thaw and drain)

2 tablespoons dry white wine

½ teaspoon salt


Saute celery and onions in butter in a large pot. Mix in cheese and milk, stirring over low heat until the cheese melts. Mix in the potatoes, shrimp, wine and salt.  Heat, stirring occasionally.  Serve and enjoy! Serves 4.

recipe and photo via Free Recipes 

These Smoked Cheddar Mini Muffins from Better Homes and Gardens look absolutely delicious. I am looking forward to making these.

Smoked Cheddar Mini Muffins


½  cup all-purpose flour

½  cup yellow cornmeal

2  tablespoons sugar

1 ½  teaspoons baking powder

1/8  teaspoon salt

dash cayenne pepper

3/4  cup shredded smoked Cheddar cheese (3 ounces)

1 egg

½ cup milk

2 tablespoons cooking oil or 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Poppy seeds, sesame seeds, thin strips roasted red sweet pepper, shredded smoked Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease eighteen to twenty 1-3/4-inch muffin cups; set aside.  In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper.  Stir in the 3/4 cup cheese. In a small bowl, combine egg, milk, and oil.  Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture; stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Batter will thicken upon standing.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling three-fourths full.  Sprinkle with desired topping. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.  Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups; serve warm.  Makes 18 to 20 mini muffins

via Better Homes and Gardens 

Caramelized Banana Pudding

Didn’t you read Monday’s post?  Caramelized Banana Pudding is definitely repeat worthy. Get the recipe replay here.

What’s on the menu for your Super Bowl party?


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