Say Hello To Tailgating Season

Football and tailgating season is here, and we’re a nation of football enthusiast who live for this time of year when fans gather together with the common interests of good times, good eats and victorious scores.


PTO days have been building, work schedules cleared, weekend honey-do-list put on after football season hold, supplies gathered, parking passes purchased, hotel rooms, campground sites and flights booked, menus planned, grills and smokers cleaned, the ESPN college football app downloaded.

Now comes tailgating time.


Classy Girls Wear Pearls

Saturday kicks off this year’s college football and tailgating season.

Tailgating is the pass a good time prelude to the game where tablescape ideas, menu suggestions and recipes run the field of creativity.


Homegating works too!

Proper tailgating and/or homegating takes time to plan, and everyone has a method to their tailgating madness.

Decoratively successful tailgating times is defined in different ways, but festive camaraderie is the common ground game goal of all.

NCAA LSU Tigers Team Inflatable Helmet

NCAA LSU Tigers Team Inflatable Helmet

We’re geared up and good to geaux for the fall afternoon into evening Louisiana Saturday night tailgating season.

There’s no way to eloquently put it- the Deep South is one hot bowl of summer heat and humidity until it decides it’s not.

We don’t let it discourage us; we simply dress cool, decorate even cooler, and forge on the football faithful.

Saturday Night Tailgating Season

Orange Bushel Basket

Magnolia Leaves Wreath

Pumpkin Punch Bowl Beverage Dispenser in Clear

6pk Copper Shot Cup Caddy Set

Rattan Pumpkin Basket by Ashland®

Large Hanging Willow Basket by Ashland®

Melamine Wheat Wreath Platter

27oz Apple Spice Metallic Candle

Late in the year holidays and celebrations can be the inspiration to guide your tailgating/homegating theme of the week.

Repeat after me: affordable and reusable.


Go Dawgs! Sitting Bulldog Figurine

Initial costs sting the wallet at first, but grant a good deal of bang for your party buck satisfaction from season to season.

To this day I find burlap a neutral and inexpensive choice of table covering. Burlap does come in a good selection of colors allowing you to go with team colors game to game.


Seasonal local fruits and vegetables make excellent table and centerpiece decorations.  Scatter about or stack on a pedestal in groups.  I’m never disappointed with the outcome and the response fellow tailgaters have to the seemingly effortless placement details.

Vanderbilt University Official-Size Vintage Football

Stems, leaves, and branches denoting regional and seasonal beauty in varying heights and colors gathered together in vases or free form vignettes achieve the look of effortless style and casual elegance.



Finish the look with ribbon, fabric, figurines, and embellishments in team colors to tie it all together.


Doesn’t this wrapped candle favor a football?

Stitched Leatherette Wrap Band Apple Chai Woodwick Candle Clear - Threshold™

Stitched Leatherette Wrap Band Apple Chai Woodwick Candle Clear 

Same with this faux leather plate charger.

Faux Leather Plate Charger

Faux Leather Plate Charger

Fall fabulous faux leather pumpkin.


Decoristas have never met an end of summer retail markdown, sale, and clearance aisle they didn’t at the very least pay attention to, and at the very best pay a little for a big decorating score.

4pk Football Placemats

4pk Football Placemats

Always amazed sums up the impression left on my designing and decorating heart at some of the tailgating soirées we’ve attended over the years.

Tablescapes impress, menus rival five star restaurants, and the drinks flow like the Mississippi River.

Tailgaters bring their A-game ready to party, revel, and impress.


Pumpkin Punch Bowl Beverage Dispenser in Clear

Perhaps too warm at the moment, but when the temps dip a hot chocolate bar is a big hit on cool fall game day afternoons and evenings.

6pk Copper Shot Cup Caddy Set

6pk Copper Shot Cup Caddy Set

Set up the “bar” with decorative buckets, planters or baskets.

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Better Homes & Gardens Woven Water Hyacinth Tank Basket, Natural


Fill each with an array of instant hot cocoa packets, marshmallows, chocolate and toffee chips, cinnamon sticks, pretzel rods, Pirouette cookies, candy canes or peppermint sticks.

Ground nutmeg and chilled cans of whipped cream top it off.


Stylish Styros



Mainstays 23-Ounce Football Cooler Glasses, Set of 6

For the over 21 crowd, spike the hot chocolate flavor into the Southern Comfort zone.


 Tailgating Tunes Gotta Have It List


Saturday Night Tailgating Season

Orange Bushel Basket

Magnolia Leaves Wreath

Pumpkin Punch Bowl Beverage Dispenser in Clear

6pk Copper Shot Cup Caddy Set

Rattan Pumpkin Basket by Ashland®

Large Hanging Willow Basket by Ashland®

Melamine Wheat Wreath Platter

27oz Apple Spice Metallic Candle

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Recipes in this tailgating post give a spirited and seasoned tip of the hat to Louisiana.


LSU Spiked Blueberry Lemonade Recipe


2 oz. vodka

1 handful blueberries

1 pinch sugar

12 oz. lemonade


Add the vodka, blueberries and sugar to the bottom of the glass and use a spoon to muddle (or mash) everything, just until the sugar has dissolved and the blueberries are broken up.  Add ice and lemonade, stirring to mix in the vodka-soaked blueberries.



Cinnamon water is my go-to option for an inexpensive and delicious alternative to leaded libations.

This stove top method brings out the flavor and color of the cinnamon.

Begin by adding 2 cinnamon sticks to 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.

Simple one cinnamon stick to one cup of water math for increasing the amount.  To prepare a gallon of cinnamon water you’ll  use 16 cups of water and 16 cinnamon sticks.

Allow concentrate/starter to cool before adding to cold water and ice to desired strength.

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Who wants a Bloody Mary?


Game Time Bloody Mary


6 ounces of chilled Clamato

1 ounce vodka

generous sprinkle celery salt

Pickapeppa sauce

ice cubes

fresh lemon juice

Louisiana spicy beans



Pour Clamato and vodka into glass.

Add to that several splashes of Pickapeppa sauce, celery salt, and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Stir well.


Garnish with a spicy bean garnish and it’s game time!


Garlic Shrimp recipe from Southern Living – Photography by Antonis Achilleos


Louisiana persimmons, seasoned pecans, and charcuterie boards score big points with the tailgating and/or homegating crowd.


This c’est si bon recipe for Creole Sugar ‘N’ Spice Pecans from The Farm Girl Cooks is a delicious stand alone appetizer or complement to a cheese board spread.

I invite you to visit The Farm Girl Cooks for more farm fresh delicious recipes.


Creole Sugar ‘N’ Spice Pecans

Add as much cayenne or other spicy chile powder as you like. Pure ancho or chipotle powder are especially good here.


1 egg white

⅓ cup sugar

2 T Creole seasoning purchased or make your own

10 oz pecan halves


Preheat oven to 300° and place a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet. Alternatively, use a silicone baking pan liner.*

In a medium bowl, whisk egg white until frothy. Whisk in sugar and creole seasoning. Using a spatula, stir in pecan halves, making sure to coat them evenly and completely.

Pour the nuts onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, ensuring they are in a single layer. There shouldn’t be much gooey eggy spicy liquid, but if there is, don’t scrape it all out of the bowl and onto the pan. It will just stick to the parchment and will make for more difficult nut removal.

Bake the nuts at 300° for 15 minutes. Give the nuts a stir – I used a large off-set spatula to do the dirty work – then reduce the oven to 250° and bake the nuts for another 10 minutes.  Immediately give the nuts another stir to release them from the parchment.

Allow to cool and store in an airtight container (something with a padlock would have been helpful here) for as long as you can stand not eating them.


Creole Seasoning


1/3  cup paprika

3 tablespoons dried oregano

3 tablespoons ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dried basil

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoons cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon granulated onion

4 teaspoons dried thyme

4 teaspoons granulated garlic


In a medium bowl combine paprika, dried oregano, ground black pepper, dried basil, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, dried thyme and granulated garlic.  Stir to combine.  Can be stored in an airtight container for up to three months.

-Places In The Home

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Country Living – Photography by Brian Woodcock

Caramelized Onion Dip with Crispy Shallots


¼ cup olive oil, divided

3 large sweet onions, chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 shallots, sliced into thin rings

1 (16-ounce) container sour cream

1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives

Pretzels and potato, beet, and sweet potato chips for serving


Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are a deep golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon; cool completely.

Combine sour cream and onions in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Top with crispy shallots and chives. Serve with pretzels and chips.

-Country Living

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sweet potato cajun fritters

Sweet Potato Cajun Fritters


4 to 5 sweet potatoes (about 3 ½ pounds)

2 large egg yolks

¼ pound tasso ham, finely chopped

7 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cups pastry flour

3 large eggs, beaten

3 cups Japanese bread crumbs (panko)

vegetable oil, for frying


Preheat oven to 400°.   On a rimmed baking sheet, roast sweet potatoes until tender, about 1 hour.  While sweet potatoes are still warm, peel and pass them through a food mill into a large bowl.  Add egg yolks, tasso, cheese, Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper.  Using a spatula, gently combine.

Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Prepare 3 shallow bowls of pastry flour, egg, and panko.  Roll each sweet potato ball in flour, egg, and bread crumbs, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Freeze overnight.

In a large Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4 inches, and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry or candy thermometer reads 325°.  Add sweet potato balls, in batches, and cook until golden brown, about 4 to 6 minutes.  Drain on paper towels.

Serve with Creole mustard, if desired.

-By Chef Brian Karam, Lincolnshire, Illinois via Louisiana Cookin’

Mr. B's Barbecued Shrimp

Mr. B’s Barbecued Shrimp


3 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus 12 tbsp. cut into 1/2″ cubes and chilled

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1⁄2 cup Crystal hot sauce

1⁄4 cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp. Creole seasoning

4 tsp. ground black pepper

1 1⁄2 lb. head-on large shrimp, unpeeled

Kosher salt, to taste

French bread, for serving


Heat 3 tbsp. butter in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook until soft, 1-2 minutes. Add hot sauce, Worcestershire, juice, Creole seasoning, and pepper. Bring to a simmer; cook until sauce is reduced by half, 5-7 minutes.

Add shrimp; cook, flipping once, until cooked through, 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in chilled butter to make a smooth sauce. Season with salt. Serve with French bread.





2 (9-inch round loaves) muffuletta bread, halved crosswise

½ pound thinly sliced salami, divided

½ pound thinly sliced prosciutto, divided

½ pound thinly sliced mortadella

½ pound thinly sliced soppressata, divided

½ pound thinly sliced provolone

5 cups Four Generation Olive Salad, divided


On bottom halves of muffuletta bread, layer half of salami, prosciutto, mortadella, soppressata, and provolone on each bread half.  Top each with 2½ cups olive salad, add top half of the loaves; slice sandwiches into quarters, and serve.

Muffulettas may be made up to a few hours in advance.  Cover, and refrigerate until serving.

Four Generation Olive Salad


1 anchovy fillet

2 tablespoons plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

3 cups coarsely chopped cured green olives with pimento

2 cups coarsely chopped black olives

1 cup finely diced celery

1 cup finely diced carrot

1 cup thinly sliced fennel

1 cup finely diced cauliflower (optional)

4 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup capers, chopped

10 baby artichokes, boiled and quartered

1 thinly sliced lemon

¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)

1 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)

½ teaspoon salt (optional)


In a large bowl, combine anchovy and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mash with a fork until combined.  Add olives, celery, carrot, fennel, cauliflower, garlic, capers, artichokes, lemon, and oregano, stirring to combine.  Add remaining ¼ cup olive oil to just cover mixture, and stir well.  Cover, and refrigerate 1 hour.

Taste mixture, and add lemon juice, salt, and pepper as needed.

***When I can’t find muffuletta bread I use a loaf of Everything Italian Bread from the bakery at Walmart.

-Louisiana Cookin’

Now for something sweet and big easy


Chewy Pralines

Aunt Sally’s Chewy Pralines


When only the original will do, and no recipe I’ve tried quite captures that New Orleans sweetness, place an order for these original creole delights guaranteed to be a sweet hit.


Place your order online or by phoning Aunt Sally’s Original Creole Pralines direct at (800) 642-7257

Talk about the Big Easy!


New Orleans Beignets


1 package (¼ ounce) active dry yeast

¼ cup warm water (110° to 115°)

1 cup evaporated milk

½ cup canola oil

¼ cup sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

4-½ cups self-rising flour

Oil for deep-fat frying

Confectioners’ sugar


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add milk, oil, sugar, egg and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky). Do not knead. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Punch down dough. Turn onto a floured surface; roll into a 16×12-in. rectangle. Cut into 2-in. squares.

In a deep cast-iron or electric skillet, heat 1 inch oil to 375°. Fry squares, in batches, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Roll warm beignets in confectioners’ sugar.

-Taste of Home

Tailgating Season Food Safety Tips

Pack food in a well-insulated cooler with plenty of ice or ice packs.  The temperature should be kept below 40º F.

A cooler placed in the back seat of an air-conditioned vehicle vs. a hot trunk will ensure cooler storage.

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.

Two hours is the max time foods should be allowed to sit out.

If it’s an exceptionally hot day or evening I would adjust the max time to one hour.

Our tailgating mantra is “chunk it” when the party’s over.

Food poisoning is never a welcomed guest at any party.


Here’s wishing all you football fans a happy tailgating season!

Tasty Tailgating Recipes For Tailgating Times

Tasty tailgating recipes for tailgating times are on my mind.

Our favorite team is picked, we’ve rallied our friends, and the ideas for tailgating recipes are flowing.

Tailgating is a parking lot or stadium grounds pregame ritual based on the principle of celebrated camaraderie and good food and drink shared among home team friends and fans.

Tailgating sets the pregame football excitement in motion.

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As fall and football season make their collective presence known, the party atmosphere is everywhere.

Selecting tailgating recipes takes time and thought.

Dishes pleasing to the masses and the pocketbook as well as ones that prove easy to prepare determine many tailgating menus, ours included.

Here’s the starting lineup of tailgating recipes for this season’s tailgating times beginning with the pass a good time crowd-pleaser, Cajun Lemonade.


Cajun Lemonade


2 cups light rum

1 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce

1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled

Crushed ice & garnishes:  sugarcane sticks, lemon slices


Stir together first 3 ingredients. Add club soda just before serving. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.

Southern Living 


Pub-Style Pretzels and Beer Cheese Sauce


1 ½ cups warm water

1 packet active yeast

4 cups all-purpose flour (will need extra for kneading)

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 large egg

½ tablespoon sea salt

1 tablespoon flavored seasoning of your choice (This recipe uses McCormick Grill Mates Molasses & Bacon)

Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Beer Sauce

Yield: about one cup

½ cup of beer (This recipe uses Sierra Nevada for its strong taste. Use a

wheat beer or blonde ale for a milder taste.)

½ cup grated smoked Gouda

½ cup grated sharp cheddar

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 ½ tablespoons flour

¼ teaspoon ground mustard

¼ teaspoon paprika

salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Place a non-stick baking mat on a cookie sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, add yeast to warm water.  Stir until dissolved.  Stir in salt and sugar.  Once mixed, add flour one cup at a time.  Mix thoroughly until dough is thick and no longer sticky.

Create a floured surface for kneading.  Knead dough for approximately 5 minutes.  Separate dough into even sections, about six.

Roll dough into ropes, making width even throughout.  Make pretzel shapes by creating a circle with the dough.  Twist ends and press down to finish shape.

On a plate, mix sea salt and seasoning together for sprinkling.  Beat egg in a small bowl and brush on pretzel tops.  Place pretzels on baking sheet, and sprinkle salt mixture on top.

Bake for 10 minutes.  After the first 5 minutes, switch to broil.  Keep an eye on them to avoid over-browning.  Remove from oven and serve warm with beer cheese dip.

Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Beer Sauce

In small saucepan, heat beer on low until it bubbles. Slowly whisk in flour, then add cheese (Image 3).  Whisk until smooth.

Add sour cream, mustard and paprika while whisking.  Add more flour for a thicker sauce, or more beer for a thinner sauce.  Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.  Yield: 6-8 pretzels



Photo by Molin on Unsplash

Tailgating Olive Dip


8 oz. cream cheese

1  cup  olives, chopped (I use green salad olives)

½ cup mayonnaise

2  tbsp. juice from olives

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1  teaspoon hot sauce, optional

½  cup finely chopped pecans


Soften cream cheese.  Mix remainder of ingredients.  Best to prepare the night before to allow flavors to marry.  Keep chilled during transport. Serve with pita chips or cracker of choice.

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Imitation is the highest form of tailgating tablescapes flattery.


Flamin’ Cinnamon Cider


8 cups apple cider or apple juice

1 cup red cinnamon candies, such as Red Hots brand

Thinly sliced red and/or green apples

Thin orange peel strips (optional)


In a large saucepan heat cider over medium heat until hot, but not simmering.  Add candies; stir until melted.

To serve, float apple slices on the cider mixture.  If desired, top with orange peel strips.

-Better Homes and Gardens


Home Essentials Copper-Finish Mixing Bowls, Set of 3



paper cone

Rustic Hammered Copper Cauldron



Bacon Popcorn Drizzled with Creole-Spiced Butter

Bacon Popcorn Drizzled with Creole-Spiced Butter- Photo by Eugenia Uhl 

From September to November, you’ve got a lot of themes to work with.

caramel peanut popcorn snack mix

Southern Living-  Photo by Greg Dupree

Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix


15 cups popped popcorn (about 3/4 cup kernels)

vegetable cooking spray

1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. firmly packed dark brown sugar

½ cup butter

½ cup dark corn syrup

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts

wax paper

1 (10.5 oz.) package candy-coated peanut butter pieces (such as Reese’s Pieces)


Preheat oven to 325°.  Spread popcorn in an even layer on a lightly greased (with cooking spray) heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined 13- x 18-inch pan. Stir together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a simmer, and simmer, stirring constantly, 1 minute.  Pour over popcorn, and stir gently to coat.

Bake at 325° for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.  Add peanuts during last 5 minutes.  Remove from oven, and spread on lightly greased (with cooking spray) wax paper.  Cool completely (about 20 minutes).

Break apart large pieces, and stir in candy pieces.  Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Southern Living


Corn and Black-Eyed Pea Salad aka Death Valley Salad 


2 cans black-eyed peas

2 cans white corn, drained

2 cans yellow corn, drained

1 bell pepper, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 medium purple onion, finely chopped

1 medium bunch green onions, chopped

1 teaspoon black pepper, optional

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup vegetable oil

¾ cup white vinegar


Chop bell pepper, celery, purple onion, and green onions, add to large bowl. Add black-eyed peas,  drained white & yellow corn.  In separate mixing bowl combine sugar, oil, and vinegar, mixing well.  Pour over salad, cover, and refrigerate overnight.


Four-Chile Chili


2 tablespoons olive oil

3 ½ pounds ground sirloin or chuck

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 large Spanish onion (1 ½ pounds), coarsely chopped

8 large garlic cloves, minced

3 large jalapeño chiles, seeded and minced

3 tablespoons ancho chile powder

2 ½ tablespoons sweet paprika

¼ cup tomato paste

2  28 oz. cans peeled Italian tomatoes, coarsely chopped and juices reserved

3 cups chicken or beef stock or canned low-sodium broth

2  19 oz. cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and minced

1 tablespoon dried oregano

pinch of cinnamon

coarsely chopped cilantro, for serving

sour cream, for serving


Heat the olive oil in a enameled cast-iron casserole.  Add half the ground beef in large chunks and season with salt and pepper.  Cook over moderately high heat until brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes.

Stir and cook until most of the pink is gone, about 3 minutes; keep the meat in large chunks. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining meat.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the casserole.  Add the onion, garlic and jalapeños and cook over moderately low heat, stirring often, until softened, about 6 minutes.  Add the ancho powder and paprika and cook over low heat, stirring often, until fragrant, about 5 minutes.  Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the paste is glossy and starts to brown, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes and their juices, the chicken stock and the cooked beef and any accumulated juices.  Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the kidney beans, chipotles and oregano and simmer for 30 minutes longer.  Season with salt, pepper and a large pinch of cinnamon.  Remove from the heat and let stand for at least 20 minutes.  Reheat before serving.

Serve the chili in bowls, topped with a generous sprinkling of cilantro. Can be refrigerated for up to 4 days and frozen for up to 2 months.

-Food & Wine

chili-spoonsFood presentation, especially when tailgating, should be fun.

These Chili Cook-Off Wooden Spoons from Personalized Gallery take first, second and third place in the category of how fun!

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Jack Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Fondue


4 slices bacon, halved crosswise

¼  cup finely chopped green onion

¼  cup finely chopped red or yellow sweet pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (16 ounces)

2  8 ounce carton sour cream

2 -3 teaspoons finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

French or Italian bread, cut into bite-size cubes

Tortilla chips or tortilla chip cups


In a heavy, medium saucepan, cook bacon till crisp. Remove bacon; reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble bacon and set aside.

Add green onion, sweet pepper and garlic to saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium heat about 5 minutes or till vegetables are tender.  Stir in flour.  Stir in cheese, sour cream and chipotle peppers.  Cook and stir over medium-low heat until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.

Transfer cheese mixture to fondue pot over a fondue burner or slow-cooker on the low-heat setting.  Top with crumbled bacon.  Keep warm up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Serve with bread cubes or tortilla chips.

-Midwest Living

vanilla bread pudding with vanilla sauce

Vanilla Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce


For the Bread Pudding:

1 loaf (1 pound) French bread

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup half-and-half

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 cup Vanilla Flavor NESTLÉ Coffee-mate Natural Bliss All-Natural Coffee Creamer

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

For the sauce

½ cup butter or margarine

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup heavy whipping cream

¼ cup Vanilla Flavor NESTLÉ Coffee-mate Natural Bliss All-Natural Coffee Creamer

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract


For bread pudding:

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 13 X 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Break French bread into small pieces; place into prepared pan. Melt butter or margarine.  Pour over bread. Combine sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in large bowl.  Add cream, half and half, and Coffee-mate Natural Bliss; mix well. Pour over bread pieces.

Bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

For the sauce

Combine butter or margarine, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cream, and Coffee-mate Natural Bliss in small saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil.  Remove from heat.

Stir in vanilla extract.

Serve warm with bread pudding.

-Places In The Home



Easy Tailgating Punch


½  12 ounce can (¾ cup) frozen citrus blend juice concentrate, thawed

½ 12 ounce can (¾ cup) frozen berry blend juice concentrate, thawed

orange slice halves (optional)

12 liter bottle ginger ale, chilled

ice cubes


The Day Before:
In a ½-gallon insulated jug combine citrus juice concentrate and berry juice concentrate. Cover and chill overnight.

Tailgating Day:
If desired, add lemon slices, orange slice halves to juice mixture.  Tote juice mixture in the chilled jug.  Tote ginger ale and ice cubes in an insulated cooler.

At the tailgating site, slowly pour ginger ale down the side of the jug; stir gently.  Serve juice mixture at once over ice cubes

-Better Homes & Gardens


Super Bowl Party Recipes

Big flavor for the big game comes from tailgating good times and delicious Super Bowl party recipes.

Regardless if you are parked in the stadium lot or at home in front of the big screen, Super Bowl Sunday is synonymous with good times, great sports and tasty team food!

Dine & Dash asks the question, “ are you ready?”

You know we are, especially when it comes to Super Bowl party recipes starring your Pepperoni Pizza King’s Hawaiian Bread.


This Super Bowl tailgating party favorite recipe from How Sweet It Is for Crockpot Cheddar Beer Chicken Tacos is on our gameday menu radar.


Did someone say spicy hummus?

We’re digging and dipping this quick and easy recipe for spicy hummus from PopSugar.


If it’s January in Louisiana, and it’s Super Bowl Sunday, you can bet it’s a party and a shucking good time for a crawfish boil.


Up next in our Super Bowl party recipes suggestion box is a Places In The Home house favorite, Baked Sweet Potato Wedges with Honey Lime Creamy Dipping Sauce.


Baked Sweet Potato Wedges


4 medium sweet potatoes, washed, scrubbed and cut lengthwise into thick wedges

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 ½  teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash and scrub sweet potatoes.  Cut potatoes into wedges of desired thickness.  In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, parsley, cinnamon, nutmeg,  garlic powder, sea salt and pepper, coating potatoes evenly with all ingredients.  Cover and marinate at least two hours.  Lightly coat large baking sheet with olive oil, about 1 tablespoon.

Place marinated sweet potato wedges on baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until tender.  Serve immediately.

Places In The Home Honey Lime Creamy Dipping Sauce


¼ cup plain yogurt

¼ cup mayonnaise

1 ½  tablespoons honey

1 ½ tablespoons barbecue sauce

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt and mayonnaise to incorporate flavors together.  Add the honey and barbecue sauce, whisking all ingredients together.  Last but not least, whisk in the fresh lime juice.

Wait a minute!

What about something sweet?

BeanTown Baker scores with her yummy recipe for Samoas Rice Krispies Treats.

This sweet treat is reminiscent of the taste of one of my favorite Girl Scout cookies and a snack classic, the rice krispie treat.


Enjoy the game, the Super Bowl party recipes, the camaraderie and all the fun and festivities of Super Bowl Sunday!