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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Super Great Recipes for Game Day

Enjoy Super Bowl Game Day and Delicious Food from Cooking with Kaye
Cooking with Kaye: Methods to Meals
 In what is billed as the biggest sports fan weekend of the year many of us will gather and enjoy good food, good sports, good advertisements and good times. It's Super Bowl 48 come Sunday. I don't remember a time when we haven't hosted the Super Bowl Party and there have been years since my WLS that I've resented all the "forbidden" good food on the pot luck spread. Over the years I've learned WLS and pot luck need not collide. With a bit of planning and mindfulness to the Four Rules we can enjoy the big game as much as anybody.

In my cookbook, Cooking with Kaye, there are many terrific pot luck perfect recipes everyone can enjoy. I've listed a few of my favorites as a starting place in your menu planning. So grab your copy of Cooking with Kaye and join me in the kitchen to cook-up a terrific game day meal.  Page numbers refer to the hard-back edition; page numbers will vary in electronic editions.

Turkey Chili - Page 75
Freeway Chef, colorful and festive, game day tailgate picnic favorite
Fresh ground turkey is increasingly available at major supermarkets. For the leanest preparation select all white meat ground turkey.
Try This: Prepare a variety of condiments to top chili including sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped onion, diced avocado. ~ For a taco salad serve chili atop shredded lettuce and garnished with broken tortilla chips.

Honey Roasted Peanut Crusted Chicken Tenders
Page 86
From the method (page 85) for Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken
This is the basic oven-fried chicken recipe, the platform on which you will build your soon-to-be signature dish, “(insert name)’s Famous Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken”.  I call this a Country Road Chef recipe because it does take time and thoughtfulness in the preparation. However, once you have found your own rhythm in making crispy oven-fried protein it will likely fit into the Freeway Chef category for Pace of Preparation.
Gentleman Joes on English Muffins - Page 157
Freeway Chef, family friendly, perfect for buffet or tailgating
In a play on words I call these open faced sandwiches Gentleman Joes to avoid confusion with a distant culinary cousin called Sloppy Joe. The meaty sauce in our more genteel version is served on toasted English muffin halves and civilly enjoyed with a fork and knife. It’s not just good manners in play here, however. Studies suggest that meals eaten slowly with utensils versus quickly out of hand, create a better sensory experience and feelings of satisfaction are prolonged.

BLT Salad with Toasted Pecans - Page 45Freeway Chef, hearty and filling, classic BLT ingredients
The bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich – the BLT – is a diner classic. This salad takes the best of those flavors creating a meal that is sure to please anyone and meet our nutritional needs and weight management goals.
Try This: Lighten the fat content in this salad by replacing traditional pork bacon with turkey bacon. Be sure to drain and pat dry the bacon to remove excess fat. ~ Add shredded carrots or sliced green onions to the salad greens for a change of taste and texture. ~ Bacon is a great flavor booster for salads.

Zesty Hamburger Soup - Page 71
Freeway Chef, spicy flavor, crowd pleaser, freezes well
Spicy V8® juice takes this ordinary hamburger soup to spicy goodness that is a crowd pleaser and WLS friendly. Serve this at your next tailgate party.
Try This: Prepare this meal in your slow cooker. Simply brown the ground beef in a skillet, place browned meat in slow cooker with all ingredients except pasta, cover; cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high 2 to 4 hours. Add pasta in final hour of cooking.

Chipotle Steak Fajitas - Page 130
Indy Chef, colorful presentation, smoky chipotle flavor
The fajita is relatively new to the American food scene having gained popularity in the 1990s. The dish originated in the cattle camps of southwest Texas in the 1930s when Mexican vaqueros (cowboys) used skirt steak to make a fast meal of spicy meat and peppers wrapped in tortillas.
Try This: Use leftovers for lunch. Store tortillas separate from meat and pepper filling; heat separately in microwave and assemble for a warm midday meal. ~ For convenience purchase bottled fajita sauce and follow label directions.

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