Week 13 – 2012

TGIFS! Another great weekend of football is about to begin. Our Pats visit Miami for another conference game. Let’s see, the Pats have averaged 47 points over the past 4 games, they are plus 32 this year in defensive takeaways (second only to Chicago) and with a win today lock up a playoff spot. The Dolphins beat Seattle at home last weekend, they remembered how to run the ball and Tannenhill stopped throwing so many interceptions. So why do I get nervous each time we play the fins? Probably because it’s the one stadium that Brady seems to have multiple turnovers. We also have key players out with injury and another player banned for performance enhancing drugs.

As an aside, what is it with all the younger players getting nailed using Aderall? Heck, in an interview this week a player on the Bears said Viagra was noted as being used to get an edge during a game. I can imagine the coach saying “You seem attentive and happy to see me today”. I’ll never understand the pressure players feel to perform.

Back to the game. I think our guys are focused and getting better each week. As long as our team doesn’t loose their focus I think today can be a W as well. Maybe we can find a pass rush and we can stop being the division leader in passes dropped too. A fan can dream right?

So what about food for today? Well, today’s dish comes from our former apprentice Mike via his facebook page. Stephanie Dea has a blog for crockpot recipes and Mike did this one – buffalo chicken lasagna. I’m down with this one big time. He added a bit more buffalo sauce and I’m going to follow his example.

–uncooked traditional lasagna noodles
–4 already cooked chicken breast halves
–jar of prepared pasta sauce
–1 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
–3 red, yellow, or orange bell peppers
–tub of ricotta cheese (15 oz)
–2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella and cheddar blend)
–1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
–1/4 cup of water (add at very end)

The Directions.

use at least a 5qt crockpot, or cut back on the amount of ingredients. In a large glass bowl, combine cooked and chopped chicken breast, the pasta sauce, and 1 cup of buffalo wing sauce. Ladle a big spoonful of the sauce into the bottom of your crockpot. Cover with a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. You’ll have to break them to get a proper fit. Add a smear of ricotta cheese to the top of the noodles. Add a layer of chopped bell pepper. Sprinkle on a handful of shredded cheese. Repeat layers until you run out of ingredients. Add the bleu cheese crumble on top. Put the 1/4 cup of water into your empty pasta sauce jar and shake. Pour the liquid over the top of the entire lasagna.

Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 4-5. When cooking time is complete, unplug and take off the lid of the crock. Let it sit for 20 minutes before cutting into. Or it will fall apart.

I’ll be enjoying mine with a Hop Session during the day. I’ll be ending my day with a fresh Tavern ale. Hope you enjoy as well. P.S. if you wear your Pats gear in today you can get 10% off. Just tell us you want the deal.

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