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Sweeten Up Halftime with Madonna’s Favorite Treat

The star of the show — vegan cupcakes.

Admit it: Football is great and all, but the highlight of Sunday’s big game is the halftime performance. OK, I know that statement doesn’t apply to everyone, but it’s not every day Madonna rocks out a montage of old songs (plus her new single, Give Me All Your Luvin, with M.I.A. & Nicki Minaj) in front of thousands of people at the Super Bowl.

I became a die-hard Madonna fan at a young age, learning all the words to Lucky Star, Vogue and Holiday before the first grade. I’ve even been fortunate enough to see the Material Girl in concert (twice!), so I fully expect Sunday’s halftime show to Justify My Love.

A vegan for nearly 20 years, Madonna has a sweet spot for cupcakes. While she’s pumping out the jams on stage, pay homage to the show with Happy Little VegansVanilla Agave Cupcake recipe. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy these sweet little bite-size treats topped with vegan buttercream.

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Thirsty Thursday: A Beer and a Ball

A Beer and A Ball Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we shared a recipe for a Brown Butter Old Fashioned; this week we’re back and tipping our caps to the upcoming Super Bowl with a refreshing beer-based sip.

Throwing back a few cold ones is great and all, but pouring them over ice, along with grapefruit juice, Italian aperitifs and simple syrup instead? Now we’re talking. We call it the Beer and a Ball Cocktail, but don’t be surprised if you end up gravitating towards names like highly addictive and dangerously good. Bottoms up, folks.

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Last Minute Big Game Dips

Onion Dip

Heat up your party with Nadia G's Diavoli Fritte with Onion and Dill Dip.

Whether you’re hosting a big game bash or taking your food on the road, dip is the perfect portable, last-minute app, and we have some delightfully unexpected finds. Start with Nadia G’s Fried Peppers with Onion and Dill Dip (and throw a few carrots, celery and other crudite onto plate for people who’d rather not munch on peppers). 

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Ultimate App: Spicy Sweet Potato and Chicken Fritters

I’m probably not the first person to admit I’m more interested in Game Day Food than the Big Game itself. When people get together with a bevy of fingers foods, you can certainly count on me showing up. It’s probably one of my favorite ways to eat — a little bit of this, a little bit of that. And there will be dips, crunchy salty things, plenty of icy beer.

This year I’ll be making my Spicy Sweet Potato and Chicken Fritters. Warm sweet potatoes become the base for this savory fritter that’s stuffed with chicken and then dipped in a spicy sour cream and sriracha combo. And did I mention the fritters have a delightful crunch thanks to panko breadcrumbs? I love these things, they’re hot and sweet and the fontina béchamel isn’t anything to laugh at either. Perfect game day snacking.

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Canned Man Food

Cook it for now, can it for later.

I am not a sports fan. I had a brief flirtation with the excitement of professional sports last October when my home team won the World Series, but by and large sporting events just don’t make my radar. But there’s some kind of big football event coming up, I hear?

I don’t know thing one about football, other than that it’s a great incentive to break out the hearty, bold man foods. And my favorite man food is pulled pork.

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Halftime Banana Cupcakes

Peanut butter and bananas: game on.

Some things people might be sad about by halftime on Sunday: No cheerleaders. Bon Jovi isn’t the halftime performer. And there’s a good chance not everyone will be happy with the score by then, whether they’re rooting for the Packers, the Steelers, or themselves in the football pool.

Really, the only safe bet this weekend is on great food. Put a smile on everyone’s face by bringing out Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese-Peanut Butter Frosting at the end of the second quarter. Top them with a couple of marshmallows — don’t ask why (Ok, it’s for texture. Just try it.) — the cheers will soon be directed at you.

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Countdown to Super Bowl: I’m Rooting for the Chili

A New Mexican Style chili with lots of beans at last weekend's Chili Fest in NYC.

Most Sunday afternoons, I’m happy to watch football with a bag of chips, but this Sunday is the Super Bowl and my team isn’t playing — sigh — so I’ll be paying a lot more attention to what’s on the menu.

When it comes to game-day eats, I’m usually partial to wings, but after attending NYC’s first annual Chili Fest last weekend, I can’t stop thinking about those hearty meat stews. It’s always a special occasion when twenty four well-known restaurants from around NYC get together to compete in an old fashioned chili cook-off, but with the big game coming up this weekend, I went looking for some inspiration. 

Like pizza, styles and ingredients vary by region, and each region thinks it has the best recipe. Some swear by beans, some swear by pork — others use neither. You’ll find lots of beans in New Mexican chili, for example, but in Texas absolutely none.

In total, I tried eighteen different takes on the classic comfort food this past weekend. What did I learn from all that chili? Here, have a taste.

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DIY Pretzels: Steelers Vs. Packers

Pretzel Showdown: Steelers Vs. Packers

As a major food person and a seriously minor football fan, I get a bit more excited about the, er, touchdowns on the buffet table than I do about the ones on the field. So I can’t offer any insight on which team will come away victorious, but I do know this: Salty-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside pretzels are always a game-day winner.

This year, I’m making my own, with mix-ins inspired by both Super Bowl opponents: The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here’s how you do it.

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Countdown to Super Bowl: A World of Wings

Celebrate the Super Bowl with heaps of homemade finger-licking hot wings.

Nothing says football like wings. The light crunch of their crispy skin, the tangy, mouth-watering sauce, the way the first bite burns your mouth because you just can’t wait — it’s all part of the game-day tradition.

With the Super Bowl coming up this Sunday, it’s time to get those wings ready for kick off.

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Steelers Treats vs Packers Treats

Bakerella scores with Oreo Truffle footballs. Photo from Bakerella.

Which team will take the cake, er, Super Bowl ring this year? Like Mom always said, “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s how you plan your menu.”

For the snack portion of your big game buffet, football fans expect the usual favorites: wings, 7-layer dip, maybe a taco bar, or a steaming pot of chili. You can get creative and nod to your favorite team with some hometown favorites — for Steelers fans: pierogies, Kielbalsa, Heinz ketchup, Iron City Beer or Rolling Rock and Klondike bars, and for a Packers fan party, put out some cheese curds, smoked herring, bratwurst, some Titletown beer, and of course a wedge of Wisconsin cheddar.

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