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Category: Cooking

Last minute Superbowl party!

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Clockwise from top: Beer Candied Bacon, Tide and Thyme; Meatballs Collection, William Sonoma; Tailgate beer bucket, Celebrations.com; Chips and French Onion Dip, My Baking Addiction; Bloody Marys, Garden & Gun; Potato Bar, Real Simple

Okay gang, I have grandiose visions of being a great entertainer with wonderful coordinated menus and elegant presentation…. however, when the music in my head screeches to a halt- I get real.

Reality, for me at least, is that my husband and I like to host, however, it is almost always spur of the moment. Being bay area residents, we started having impromptu parties as soon as the 49ers got into the playoffs. (Admittedly, I’m not actually a 49ers fan. I grew up in Chicago… Go Bears!). Fan or no fan, the local team going all the way is certainly a good excuse for a party, so each game we have maxed out our 700 square foot apartment and huddled around the TV. Now it is Superbowl time and we have yet again decided (three days in advance and while I’m out of town on business) to host a party.

So, it’s planning time! Quick, easy and low-stress is my mantra.

Our guests will be mostly fellas, so frills are out and function is in…

Drinks: Lets stick with the B’s…. Beer (because the boys like it) and Bloody Mary’s (because I like it). I’m thinking to put the beers in a big galvanized metal bucket close to the TV. Bloody Mary’s will be in mason jars.

Main course: Lets face it, this is the Superbowl, it is mostly about the snacks. LOTS of snacks. So I’m planning to keep the main course simple and easy to eat. This weekend meatballs are going to be my meal of choice. The slowcooker is my party time savior… throw ’em in, turn it on, walk away. I’ll use an easy recipe such as this one for Cocktail Meatballs.

Snacks n Sides: I definitely want to morph Real Simple’s Potato bar concept into a potato skin bar. I’m envisioning that a bit of sour cream piped onto each potato skin will make them look just like a football. (Okay, I admit, I’m veering from my prior stated “no-frills” approach. I know the men will NOT appreciate this, but I gotta throw something in for my own amusement!) For my husband, I think I am required to try the Beer Candied Bacon recipe that I found on Tide & Thyme. To round out the the snack-centric gluttony I am going to lean on store bought chips, dip and pretzels.

Serving ware: I have two words for you… Store bought. I’ll put the meatballs, snacks, and sides out in real dishes but some good old Chinet should save me the joy of being up late on a Sunday washing dishes.

Happy Superbowl everyone!

Not every birthday can be a Martha Stewart moment.

Well, the photo probably says just about enough.

This past weekend was my husband’s birthday. Typically, I would take this as an opportunity to spend hours in the kitchen concocting a quadruple layer German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Filling. And usually I would plan a surprise, such as last year when I schemed to have his brother fly in from the East Coast. However, to be honest… I just wasn’t on my A-game this year.

So, guess what my poor man got… A pumpkin muffin topped with leftover frosting from the infamous Halloween Spider Cake and a brand new beard trimmer.

To top it off… (or to not top it off)… I ran out of birthday candles. Haha, not every birthday can be a Martha Stewart moment.

Happy Halloween