Week 03 – 2012

Week three is here and our Pats host the Ravens. The talking heads all want to make this game out to be the AFC rematch revenge game but if you ask me it’s all about the Pats offensive line. Last week I think I saw a turnstile out there. The Ravens are no slouch on the defensive side of things so my hope is the return of Branch is going to help our offense get into a rhythm. With Hernandez out for a while and Kellen Winslow fresh off the street we need some help indeed.

I’m going to cheer on our Pats by setting up an appropriate day of food and fun. Since the game is at 8:20 I’m going to have some boneless buffalo wings for dinner over a salad with a Nyx. Here’s the recipe:

Boneless Wings – done easy

  • One boneless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup of flour or italian bread crumbs
  • one egg
  • a splash of milk
  • olive oil
  • jar of sauce. We love Frank’s Buffalo Wing sauce.

Slice chicken breast into thin strips about 1/4 inch wide. Combine egg and milk as if making scrambled eggs (the result should be a light yellow color if you have never made scrambled eggs). In a separate bowl put your flour or bread crumbs. In a medium or large saucepan, layer the bottom with a good coating of olive oil. It should be enough oil to reach the top of the chicken, but not submerge it. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture, then the flour and then put in the saucepan. when the sides are brown flip. Fresh chicken should take about 3 minutes a side. Place cooked chicken strips on a plate covered with paper towels or paper grocery bags. This will help any excess oil drain off the chicken.

Final Prep- put chicken in a large mixing bowl, slather with sauce, mix till really coated and serve over a salad of your favorite fixins. Bonus points for crumbled blue cheese on the salad over a blue cheese dressing.

For the game I’m going to have some nice bean dip and a Farmhouse Red. Here’s the recipe:

Bean Dip

  • 15 ounces black beans – drained if from a can. I’m using some extra beans I hydrated from a chili dish the other night.
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup grilled corn kernels
  • 1½ cup fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 fresh lime squeezed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Place black beans in a medium size mixing bowl, partially mash beans. The beans should remain a little chunky. Mix beans, corn, tomato, jalapeno and chili powder into the frying pan; cook for 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove the pan from the heat, mix in cheese, cilantro and lime juice; stir until cheese is melted.

I’ll be enjoying with some celery sticks as I don’t want to be to laden with food late night. Blue corn chips are a tasty chip of choice when I’m looking for a good chip should celery not sound like a good way to deliver all that tasty bean dip to your mouth.

Happy game day! Let’s go PATS!

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