Category Archives: Football Dinner

Packers v. Bears – Deep Dish Pizza and Brownies

I asked Ryan for one word to describe tonight’s dinner.  He supplied: Uhmmmmm, followed by Yummmmyummmmyummm.

I think he is in a food coma, hopefully he will recover, but only after I convince him he doesn’t really like football or the Packers!!!!

I followed up by asking him if we could go to the mall, he quickly responded “no” – his food coma is not as strong as I initially thought, darn.

Today, Iasked Ryan if “Happy wife, Happy Life” extended to supporting the Bears – he said “no. ” I have decided to try and bribe him with food.  It will probably take years of work because his obsession with the Packers is quite strong, but I shall do my best.

Despite the potential for drama and disaster, this match-up provided to be quite a good match-up for food.

In the past, we have made Italian Beef for the game, but this time we decided to be risky.  Well, I was content to make Italian Beef again, but Ryan said he NEEDED deep dish pizza.  Seriously!!!  You can tell this boy has never cooked, because who picks deep dish pizza as if it as easy to make as a bologna sandwich.  Ugh!  Did I mention that last weekend Ryan informed me that if he put his mind to it, he could be a better cook than me?

Oh well, if I am going to convert him to a Bears fan, I am going to have to pull out all the stops!!!!  When I found out that Brownies were invited in Chicago I knew that this meal had great potential for inducing a food coma that would leave Ryan open to suggestion – kind of like hypnosis.

So we made homemade Deep Dish Pizza with sausage, pepperoni, and mushrooms and homemade Brownies.

I succeeded in getting Murphy under my spell (doesn’t take much – if you have anything other than uncooked vegetables in your hand, Murphy will follow you around like you are god), but Ryan is proving a much tougher nut to crack.

Some pictures for your drooling pleasure.

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And now for a monologue with Murphy:

Murphy:  Mom, there is some yummy stuff on the stove, can I have some . . . please, pretty please!!!!

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p.s. Check out my super-sweet hoodie!  This is my “preppy” look.  I hope the ladies like it.

Murphy: Please, Mom?!?!?! I have no problem staring at you until you give me some noms.

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Please, please, please, please, please!!!

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Packers v. Vikings – Food Overload

I didn’t have nearly as much luck researching Minnesota Foods as I did researching Cleveland Foods.  Maybe there is more culinary wonderfulness to Minnesota than I could find, but I just wasn’t seeing it.  I blame Google.

So instead of resorting to making lutefisk – something that I never ever ever want to eat – I decided to make all the foods I associate with fall and football.  Here is what we ended up with:

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip — A last minute addition because Ryan was hungry and decided we had to have a snack during the game.   He also thought it was a good idea because (1) it is easy to make (not really) and (2) we had all the ingredients to make the dip except the chicken (not true, and kind of a big deal to be missing the chicken).  So he ran to the store to get the chicken and the cream cheese and the ranch dressing and the Frank’s Hot Sauce.  Yes, the only ingredient we had was cheddar cheese.  At least I convinced him to pick up a rotisserie chicken, because I had no room in the oven to cook the chicken.
  • Homemade Dutch Oven Bread — Yes, again!!!  I promise you that once you try this bread, you will want to make it every weekend too.  In fact, next weekend I am making it for my brother because he has been asking my mom to make him homemade bread.
  • Potato Soup – Only because I associated Potato Soup with Minnesota for some unknown reason.
  • Crock Pot Applesauce – This is the only recipe that was remotely related to Minnesota.  Apparently, Honeycrisp Apples are the state fruit of Minnesota, so I used a mix of Honeycrisp and Granny Smith for the applesauce.
  • Italian Shredded Beef – One of my favorite recipes!!!
  • Pulled Pork – I tried a new recipe, and I think I have a new favorite!!!!  This recipe with homemade BBQ sauce is awesome!!!!!!  I started with the Beer-Braised Country Style Ribs, from last weekend, and tweaked the recipe to make pulled pork instead of ribs.  I was pleasantly surprised!!!!

Here are some pictures from the food extravaganza.

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I would say it was quite the productive cooking day!!!

Murphy had a productive weekend too!!

He had his girlfriend come over for  a sleepover this weekend.  They had a lot of fun watching out for a squirrel invasion.  Well, Mahogany did most of the watching, well Murphy slept, but occasionally he helped too!

Murphy and Hoggy 1 Murphy and Hoggy 2

They have a system all worked out — Mahogany is the “eyes” and Murphy is the “muscle.”

Mahogany “patrols the perimeter of the house” by looking out all of the windows, and Murphy rests so he can save his energy for when the squirrels decide to launch an invasion – See photo 1.

Then when Mahogany sees a squirrel, she barks, Murphy comes running, and then they both stare at the squirrel  – See photo 2.  Apparently two dogs staring is better than one.  I am not sure that the squirrels feel very intimidated by them.  In the second picture there is a squirrel sitting on the fence post staring back while eating a snack. I am not sure who won the staring contest, but I think that the dogs believe they did because they kept the evil squirrel from invading the house, and that the squirrel thinks that the dogs are nuts!

After successfully staring at squirrels in the morning, Murphy put on his Halloween costume and eagerly awaited the arrival of trick-or-treaters!!

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For those of you who are wondering how Murphy did with all of the trick-or-treaters, well Murphy did what Murphy always does – he slept through almost all of it!!!

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Packers v. Browns – Rib Chili

Yup, you read that right — rib chili.  Not chili, not ribs, rib chili.

Thank you, Cleveland!!!

We made football dinner a day early because Ryan has to go out of town for work today.  Hopefully, making football dinner a night early doesn’t jinx the game. Oh wait, hopefully it does [insert evil laugh] – go Bears!!!!.

The pierogis were a fail, but in my opinion the rest of the meal was a fantastic success!!!

I also made the Dutch Oven Bread again, and I think I have perfected the recipe.  I updated the recipe, so be sure to check it out.  I promise that it is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a picture from the meal.

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I will post the recipe and the review later.

Also, here is a strange coincidence for all of you who celebrate Sweetest Day.  Sweetest Day, which was yesterday, apparently originated in Cleveland.

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Packers v. Ravens – Pit Beef and Berger Cookies

I declare the second meal of football season to be a success!!!

We (by “we,” I mean that I cooked and Ryan offered his unsolicited advice) made Pit Beef, served on Kaiser Rolls with my version of “Tiger Sauce,” Berger Cookies, and Homemade Dutch Oven Bread.  Pit Beef, Tiger Sauce, and Berger Cookies are apparently Maryland staples.  The Dutch Oven Bread has nothing to do with Maryland, but I was in the mood to make bread, and the recipe promised a wonderful crusty bread.  The recipe definitely delivered!!!! I promise to post later.

This meal presented a few challenges.  First, Maryland appears to be well known for seafood, and we are not seafood eaters.  (This has been a trend in the teams that the Packers have been playing.  I think the NFL is trying to tell Ryan and I we need to branch out in our food selection.  We shall see about that.)  It took a little digging to find a non-seafood recipe.  Second, I decided to cook the beef inside instead of on a grill, so I was winging it most of the way.  Third, between two separate meat thermometers we could not get a consistent read on the temperature of the meat.   I decided to just wing it, hoping that the meat was cooked closer to medium than rare, and somehow lucked out.   Last, cutting the meat sandwich-thin seemed impossible given my lack of electric knife and meat slicer.   The slices were closer to pork chop slices than sandwich meat, but Ryan didn’t seem to mind.  I suppose we should have registered for that institutional grade meat slicer for the wedding.  Although if someone actually got that for us, I would  have some serious questions about them.

Here are some pictures from the meal:

The bread of all breads!!! Wonderful crust on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside!

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Who wants some beef!!!

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Yummy Berger Cookies – Vanilla Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Ganache.

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We are using the same rating scale as last year (more on that later), so here is Ryan’s overall rating:

 

Baltimore Ravens – Pit Beef and Berger Cookies
Category Max Rating
Deliciousness 20 17.25
Authenticity 10 7.5
Complementary Items 10 7
Presentation 5 4.25
Quantity 5 5
Total 50 41
Bonus – Packers 3 3
Bonus – Murphy 1 1
Total 54 45
Average 10.8 9

I am pretty happy with this rating, although I do have a few comments on my rater.  Apparently vegetables out of the bag are an insufficient side item.  Also, despite the fact that I made probably the best homemade bread that I ever made, this garnered me no points at all.  Boooo rater.

So here are the items I learned this weekend:

  1. Marriages can be tested by simple things – such as different definitions of the phrase “complementary items.”
  2. A married man’s memory is just as bad as an engaged man’s memory – Wonderful bread forgotten in a moment’s notice because I would dare make frozen vegetables on Football Sunday.
  3. I need an electric knife.
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Super Bowl Lasagna-Off – The Pictures

Today I decided to do something a little different for football Sunday.  Originally I had planned to make Chicken and Waffles for the game, and then Ryan informed me that the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons are different teams.  My bad.

In honor of the competitive nature of the Super Bowl, I decided to challenge myself to a cook-off.  That’s right Lindsey v. Lindsey for the ultimate cooking victory – best meal of Super Bowl Sunday.  It is going to be a blood bath.

Well, maybe not.  It doesn’t hurt that the judges – Ryan and Murphy – are biased, and that I am the only cook.  Still, I am sure that when the winner is declared I will feel like a champion and talk smack (to myself)!

Something for you all to drool over . .

Traditional Lasagna

    Traditional Lasagna

"Greek Lasagna" - Pastitsio

   “Greek Lasagna” – Pastitsio

Yummm!!!

Yummm!!!

 

 

Oh and go here, and vote for who you think the winner will be!!!!

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Hot Mess – I Mean Hot Dish

In honor of the Packers-Vikings Game, I introduce you to . . Hot Dish (however, I have renamed it Hot Mess)

That's right, Tater Tots.   Everything is better with Tater Tots!!

   That’s right, Tater Tots. Everything is better with Tater Tots!!

Ana, who you will remember her from the worst rating in tuesdaynightboyfriend history, considers herself an expert in all things Minnesota food because she spent a week (or maybe month) there one summer ions ago.  She insists that Hot Dish is a staple of Minnesota cuisine.

Well it looks delicious. And not at all healthy, oh well, who needs a wedding diet anyway.

Time for round two!

 

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Packers v. Cardinals – The Pictures

 

Tonight we made enchiladas and chicken enchilada soup.  Ryan informed me that these may be the best enchiladas that I ever made.  Hmmm.  That sounds promising for my rating.  Except he then said that they don’t in any way compare to the ribs.  Hmmm. Sometimes a girl just cannot win.

Picture time:

 

And now for Ryan’s review:

  • Delicousness – 19 out of 20
  • Authenticity – 9 out of 10
  • Complementary Items – 9.5 out of 10
  • Presentation – 5 out of 5
  • Quantity – 5 out of 5
  • Bonus – 4 out of 4
  • Overall – 10.3 out of 10

Ryan downgraded my Authenticity rating because I did not use corn tortillas and I did not make chimichangas.  First, Ryan did the grocery shopping so he bought the flour tortillas, not me.  Second, he doesn’t eat fried food.  Seriously, a girl just cannot win today!

I am surprised he didn’t downgrade my Complementary Items rating as well here because I made him buy sour cream at the grocery store and he said that we already had two containers of sour cream in the fridge.  Are there negative points for too many complementary items?

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Packers v. Jaguars – The Review

First some pictures:

Cherry Limemade Cupcakes!

The Lubi! (with green beans – our semi-healthy addition)

And now for Ryan’s rating:

  • Delicouness – 15.5 out of 20
  • Authenticity – 9.2 out of 10 (Ryan was disappointed I didn’t actually make him a cherry limemade – Boy sure is hard to please)
  • Complementary Items – 10 out of 10
  • Presentation – 5 out of 5 (I think he liked the cherry on top)
  • Quantity – 5 out of 5
  • Bonus Points – 4 out of 4
  • Overall – 9.74 out of 10

No comments from Ryan this week.  He now needs a nap.  I will it could say that he needs a nap because he ate too much delicious food, but he informed me that he didn’t really like this one.  Apparently, he does not like ground beef.  Ugh.  And he thinks he should get ribs every weekend now.

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Packers v. Rams – Ribs Two Ways

When I asked Ryan what he wanted this weekend for the Packers-Rams game, he emphatically said ribs.  There was no discussion of other options, we were having ribs.

Ryan ask for St. Louis style ribs, which apparently is a cut of meat.  Well my grocery store sells ribs, no style.  I am sure I could find a butcher shop somewhere were I could by St. Louis style ribs, as opposed to ribs no style, but well, the grocery store is five minutes away and their no-style ribs were on sale.

I shouldn’t sell the grocery store short – They had “no-style” ribs with bones and boneless spare ribs – so at least I had two options.

So we made no-style ribs (as I have decided they shall be called) and spare ribs.

Ryan hasn’t said anything for the last ten minutes (going on 20 now), he permitted me to change the channel away from football (granted the Packers are not playing), and he volunteered WITHOUT ANY PROMPTING to do the dishes.  I think that is a good sign for my rating.

As I was taking the ribs out of the oven, I accidentally spilled a little of the liquid from the pan (that was about 2 hours ago).  Murphy has been licking the kitchen floor every time he goes in there now.   I think that is another good sign for my rating. Murphy is currently licking my feet, maybe it isn’t a good sign after all.

Now for a picture:

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Yup mashed potatoes again.  Ryan loves homemade french fries, and every time I ask what he wants with dinner he says, “Homemade French Fries???”  When I tell him no because they take too long, he pouts worse than Murphy, so  I suggest Mashed Potatoes.  He perks up, says, “Really, we can have Mashed Potatoes??” and suddenly all is well in the world again.

p.s. he is still doing the dishes without complaint. Hmmmm.

Well the happy dishwasher was short-lived.  Apparently, I “did a number on the kitchen.”  He is such a complainer.  Ugh.

And now for the rating . . .

  • Deliciousness – 20 out of 20
  • Authenticity – 9.99 out of 10
  • Complementary Items – 9.6 out of 10
  • Presentation – 5 out of 5
  • Quantity – 5 out of 5
  • Bonus – 4 out of 4
  • Overall – 10.718 out of 10 – WOHOOOOO!!!!
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