Friday, January 30, 2009

Fabulous Find Friday!

Are you ready for some football?? I hope so, because it's all you're going to hear about for the next 48 hours. I'm not shy about the fact that I almost could care less about the Steelers and the Cardinals. I'm a hopeless Cowboys fan. However, I am getting hyped for the fabulous commercials that cost a mere $3,000,000 for a 30 second slot. You heard me right....3Mil baby!! Did anyone else think last year's commercials weren't all that funny? I hope they really think outside the box this year. That's my favorite part!

Well, not only is this the biggest game of the year, and the biggest day for pizza sales across the country, but it's also the biggest party day. You might be throwing a big bash or you just might be a guest at someone else's big show. I'm going to give you a few ideas to make this Superbowl party the easiest and most delicious yet!!

Dips and chips are the perfect party food. It's quick to put together, easy to refill the chip bowl and a classic snack item. Who doesn't love some good queso?? While it's a staple, add a little guacamole to the mix to really spice things up! I make a mean guacamole and it's really very simple. 3 large avocados would make enough dip for about 10 people, so we'll go with that!
  • 3 large avocados
  • Garlic salt- to taste
  • Fresh lime juice- I use about a 1/2 of a lime, but again, to taste
  • Salsa- I use a considerable amount of salsa, and I like to use hot salsa. I would say start with 1/3 of a cup, but again, add more if you'd like
  • *Diced tomatoes and onions- I do not put this in my guac because I don't like either one, but if I were making it for a group I would add it
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash it backwards with a fork until desired consistency.

If you REALLY want to do this the easy way, Williams-Sonoma has a guacamole starter that is truly fabulous and insanely easy. You literally just add avocados! If you wish, you can add some fresh diced tomatoes and onions.

If you are the hostess and you are looking for more of a "main course" this dish is delicious and very easy! It's not a last minute ditty though, you need to start it in advance. My mom's dear friend, Cathy, made this BBQ pulled pork recipe once and we were hooked! It's made in the crock-pot, so throw it in and let it cook! Done and done!

Cook in large Crock Pot

  • 3 lb pork roast or tenderloin (remove fat if you buy one with the fat on it)
  • 1 cup of water

Cook on HIGH in the crock pot for 7 hours.

Stir to shred

  • 1 18 oz bottle of BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of woo sauce (to clarify...worcestershire sauce!)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Louisiana Hot Sauce (I always put a little more)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper

Cook on LOW for 1 more hour.
Serve on buns

Now for the dessert....How many of you can sit down and eat a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies like it's your job? I'm not speaking from experience or anything, but I've heard it can be done. I love those things! This cake from my good friend Marty combines all the necessary flavors to make this cake a hit. This recipe shows you how to make it from scratch, but I'm not going to lie I would use a boxed chocolate cake mix and frosting and add the mint extract to the icing for flavor. I'm all about convenience! Another twist on this recipe is to make a brownie and then add the mint flavored icing. To-die-for!

"What-do you know? They're little footballs!" Name the movie and we can stay friends....

I hope these recipes have given you some inspiration for your big game! Be sure and let me know what you serve. I'm always looking for great ideas! Go Cardinals!!


Kristen said...

It's pathetic how much I love this post. It's true, fatty foods are my fave - there, I said it.

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David said...

How can you say that last year's commercials weren't funny? We were gifted with the E*Trade commercials with the baby throwing up and talking to his naughty girlfriend!

Tiffany said...

You know what, I ALMOST wrote, "Except for the baby commercials where he talks dirty to his baby girlfriend." But I erased it. ha!

Sandra said...

I'm making the recipe from Martha right now! But using brownies instead! I'll let you know how they turn out (if I get to eat one!)