TGIFS – Conference Championship Weekend

Big games today. Today’s games decide who’s playing in the Superbowl. It’s no big deal, it’s the big deal this weekend. The first game is the 49ers vs the Falcons. Wonderkin Kaepernick vs. Matty Black Ice. I can’t wait to see how this one roles. I know every Sunday is different but did you watch the 49ers own Green Bay? I could see a similar style of play happen easily again in Atlanta. I know Atlanta put up a good defense against the Seahawks who play a similar game to the 49ers this year but they also struggled mightily in the second half to contain Seattle. I think it’s going to be a tough game with the winning team being the 49ers.

The late game is our Pats. Our Pats vs. the Ravens. The talking heads have gone on and on and on and on about legacies – Brady vs. Lewis. Offense vs. Defense. I don’t know about you but I watched Denver put up 35 points last weekend on the Ravens. I also watched the Ravens put up 38 points to win it all. I suspect this will be a cautious first quarter followed by the offenses waking up and then it will be a shoot out. Turnovers and special teams will be the difference. I’m confident on our turnover ratio being a strength, I’m nervous about our special teams. They did not do us a lot of favors in the field position battle last weekend. The only wild card I see is will we get good Flacco or bad Flacco today? He has been kind of streaky this year. Our team is the youngest it’s been under the Belichick era, but I think our guys are hungry and playing well. It’ll be a gut wrenching game till the end but I’m going to go with a W for our team and a sixth superbowl for our dynamic duo. In Brady & Belichick we trust.

Food

Today’s an off day as lunch doesn’t quite work for the first game and the second game is in the realm of dinner but I don’t want to put a lot of effort into cooking. I want to enjoy some great food and the games. So, here’s what I’m doing for the games today:

Game 1
Bite size pizzas
– one French baguette sliced into approximately 1/4 inch pieces
– a teaspoon of pizza sauce on each
– slather with a tablespoon of cheese
– optional – a pepperoni per or a teaspoon blend of diced onion & peppers

Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese has a slight brown on the edges. Tasty, pop-able bite sized and addictive.

Bean dip
– one can of refried beans.
– fat free sour cream
– salsa – I use medium. Your favorite will work just as well.
– shredded cheese blend. I like a colby jack blend

Layer the dip in a pie pan – beans, light sour cream, salsa and then cheese. It should all fit nicely in the dish. I like to stir the sour cream and salsa around prior to putting the cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool and then enjoy with some blue corn chips.

Beer for game one – Belgian Style Pale ale

Game 2 – the big game!!!

Mac & Cheese
The Concord Food Co-op made a special batch of mac & cheese using our Ol’Cattywhompus this weekend. It was for Saturday the 19th’s Granite State Dairy Promotion’s Mac and Cheese Bake Off in Concord. While I don’t know if they are a winner for the third year in a row I do know who’s going to be enjoying some awesome mac & cheese – Me! If you’ve never been there, check them out at http://www.concordfoodcoop.coop/.

Sausage & Peppers
What goes great with mac & cheese? Sausage & peppers of course
– beef kielbassa
– orange & red peppers cut into thin strips
– jalapeno – Diced. I like some heat in my sausage & peppers

Saute the veggies first, then the kielbasa. Serve with a side of mac & cheese. Quick, easy and tasty.

Beer for the game – Hop Session. Hops, heat, cheese & meat. Football. Done.

Should be a great late game day today. I hope you enjoy today’s games with some great beer, food and of course friends.

cheers,

Bill

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