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How to Throw an Ohio Style Tailgate Party October 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — carly71722 @ 9:43 am

This past weekend Joe and I helped my parents throw a great tailgate style party for the Ohio State vs. Wisconsin game. The Buckeyes lost ๐Ÿ˜ฆ , but the party was a blast. I showed up at my parent’s house on Friday to make pudding shots (see later), and saw some crazy trailers hanging out in the driveway.

The trailer on the left is actually refrigerated with taps for kegs, and the trailer on the right is a pig roaster. **Warning, you will see a whole pig roasting in this post**

On Saturday, everything was in full force – kegs were tapped (Labatt and Magic Hat #9), pig was roasting, dips were in the oven, bigscreen TV in the garage, etc.

The Pig:

Here is my brother’s best friend, Matt, helping himself to some beer.

Homemade fries being made. We had the running joke that we were using the most expensive fry cutter ever, because it was hooked up to the hitch on my mom’s BMW! I missed a pic of the fry cutting, but here are some good shots of them.

We made two different dips and had some hummus too. Dippers included Stacy’s Pita Chips, blue corn tortilla chips, and a veggie tray. On the left is buffalo chicken dip, and on the right is Joe’s spinach and artichoke dip. I got the buffalo chicken dip recipe here. Joe just threw together the spin/art dip. I know it had lots of cheese and cream, was delicious, and definitely a splurge ๐Ÿ™‚ But its a tailgate, so that’s kind of expected.

In addition to the pig, we also had marinated chicken and burgers. It was all served with challah buns from Mediterra Bakery in Pittsburgh, which I had the pleasure of touring last week for work. If you can find any of their breads, get your hands on it! ย I know that both Whole Foods in Cleveland and in Pittsburgh carry their products.

The party started at about 3:30 pm and the game didn’t start until 7 pm. So, when it got close to game time it was a little chilly and we headed inside to the basement. Here is the basement bar – the bright white above is a TV for the game!

Now was time to break out the pudding shots. They basically taste like a boozy frostie. Make them – recipe here. I used all regular cool whip though instead of strawberry. I liked these better than last time when I did use the strawberry.

Ready for dessert too! ย Buckeyes of course, and Irish Cake Bombs from here. On the cake bombs, definitely some modifications, since this was my second time making them. For the amount of cake, I would half the cheesecake, eighth the whiskey ganache, and I just used melted chocolate to dip because the ganache wouldn’t firm up for me.

I also made pumpkin sandwich cookies, or whoopies, (sorry for the blurry picture) from this recipe – thanks Elina, and I used the cinnamon cream cheese frosting recipe that I used for my carrot cake cookies from here.

I definitely snacked on some leftovers of those the next day ๐Ÿ™‚ Hey, it was my 2 year anniversary, what the heck!

All in all it was a super fun night. It was really disappointing that we didn’t get a win, but the party rocked.

I continued on with the super splurge on Sunday for my anniversary with dinner at Bar Cento in Cleveland. It is one of mine and Joe’s favorite places. They have THE best pizzas and beers. I found a new beer love while I was there – Aventinus Dopplebock. It was spicy, rich, and so yummy! ย Ignore Joe’s goofy face in the pic ๐Ÿ˜‰

Isn’t that glass great???

What is your favorite beer?

What’s your favorite way to tailgate?

I hope everyone had a fun weekend!


Check out my Guest Post October 15, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — carly71722 @ 9:14 am

If you don’t already read Allison’s blog Green Dog Wine:

1. you should

2. read it today for a guest post by me on Root Vegetable Stew!

New post here will be coming soon. Joe and I are helping out my dad with a Buckeye’s party, so expect some fun pics ๐Ÿ™‚


Bananas Foster Bread October 6, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — carly71722 @ 7:32 am

Last week I spotted some pretty nasty looking bananas on my counter. Speckled beyond belief, and perfect for baking with! Sometimes I wonder if Joe purposely leaves bananas laying around like that in hopes that I’ll bake HIM a special treat that he doesn’t have to share due to my serious hatred for bananas. I used to REALLY hate even baking with them because I can’t handle the smell even, but now I actually like baking with them for 2 reasons. Reason #1 – it makes Joe very happy. Reason #2 – when I feel it in my booty that I have eaten way too much dessert, its a great way to feed my baking needs and not worry about eating it all. Anyway… it was almost fate that on the same day I spotted the bananas the latest edition of Cooking Light arrived with a lovely Peanut Butter Banana Bread on the cover. This was a slight disappointment, since last time I had made Joe banana bread it was of the peanut butter variety. So, I flipped to the recipe and found 3 MORE recipes – one being Bananas Foster Bread. Bananas, rum, brown sugar, sounded like it would be good for a banana lover ๐Ÿ™‚ I usually mess around with recipes and change them, but since I couldn’t sample to check my work I stuck with this exact recipe. I opted to go with rum instead of cognac because it was what I already had in my house.

As always, I got out all of my ingredients and measured them out.

Combined my dry ingredients (1 1/2 cups flour, 1/4 cup flax meal, 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp allspice)

The recipe called for melted butter, but then I was supposed to put it in a non-stick skillet…. So, I just melted the butter in the skillet and then added in 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 Tbsp dark rum, and 1 1/2 cups (3 bananas) mashed.

Melting the butter…


Adding in the rest…

Stir until the mixture starts to bubble, then remove it from the heat and let cool. I just poured it right into my mixing bowl to cool.

Once cool, add in 1/3 cup plain yogurt (I used greek because its what I had), 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 2 eggs. Then mix until combined


Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Then, pour the batter into a loaf pan (9 inch) sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 350* for about an hour – until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let it cool for about 10 minutes, and then flip the loaf onto a cooling rack. I flip it out, then flip it back right side up to cool.

I debated not making the glaze, but Joe asked that I did. Good thing, because he later commented that it MADE the bread ๐Ÿ™‚

Combine 1 Tbsp melted butter, 1 Tbsp dark rum (or cognac), and 1/3 cup powdered sugar.

Then, drizzle over the loaf.

Joe really liked this bread. In addition the the previous comment, he added that he liked it best heated (in the microwave) with a little butter on top. Doesn’t butter just make everything better!?!?

I would post the recipe in standard form, instead of scattered, but I put in the link to Cooking Light at the top to follow ๐Ÿ™‚

Are there any ingredients that you find difficult to bake/cook with simply because you don’t like them??