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Football whoopie pies are a total touchdown for game day desserts

Football season has officially kicked off, so bring on the food! These football-shaped whoopie pies will score points for being delicious as well as adorable. They’ll be the MVP of your tailgating table. Note: If you’re making these in the off season, or if you’re shorter on time, you can, of course, make this recipe without forming cookie batter into footballs.  Football Whoopie Pies Makes about 48 cookies, or 24 gobs Ingredients For the cookies 2 cups all-purpose flour 2/3 cup cocoa 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 cup hot water (in a large glass) 2/3 cup milk 1/2 cup shortening 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp butter flavoring For the filling 1/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup shortening 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp butter flavoring 3 cups confectioners’ sugar 2 tbsp milk (if necessary) Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a…

Kick off football season with Meatball Sub on a Stick

This Meatball Sub on a Stick recipe is a fun take on an old classic. It’s perfect as dinner, an appetizer, or as a Game Day snack. You can make this recipe more your own by making mini meatballs from your own family recipe, or if you’re all about speed, stock up on store-bought frozen meatballs. There are a number of brands to choose from and they all typically offer some variations including Italian-style, chicken, or turkey. So this is really just a start for you. Take this idea, and run with it! Follow this clever tip from Alton Brown the next time you make meatballs. Sprinkle these meatball sub kabobs with shredded mozzarella and serve with a side of marinara for dipping. Meatball Sub on a Stick Ingredients 1 bag frozen meatballs (I used turkey meatballs) 1 tube breadstick dough 2 tbsp Italian seasoning 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese…

This is how much you need to exercise to burn off your Super Bowl snacks

There’s no question about it: Super Bowl Sunday is a tough day to eat healthy. Even if you’re not a fan of either team, you still might find yourself at a party, socializing, trying not to let those deep fried wings and blue cheese tempt you. The Super Bowl has become one of the biggest food days of the year, second only to Thanksgiving. During the four-hour Super Bowl extravaganza, the average party-goer will consume about 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat. For most people, splurging one day isn’t going to make much of a difference. However, to help put the damage in perspective, Dietdetective.com did a little nutritional math and replaced calories with exactly how much exercise you would have to do to burn off your bad Game Day dietary decisions. Let’s have some fun… PIZZA To burn off three slices of Pizza Hut Pepperoni Lovers Pan Pizza, you…

Loaded Tater Tot Kabobs load Game Day with fun, flavor

Unless you’re a fan of two lucky teams this year, chances are you’re not that excited about the Big Game next Sunday. All the more reason to step up your food game! Everyone knows that Super Bowl parties are really just about the eats anyway. This year, take these loaded tater tots out of the oven right at game time. They’re crispy, hot, and full of flavor. Plus, kids practically go nuts for food on sticks. (Actually, I think we all secretly love snacks on sticks.) Serve them with any number of dipping sauces. I’m from Pittsburgh, so ketchup is a must, but you could also serve ranch dip, sour cream and chives, salsa, mayo, or even mayo ketchup — if you’re into that sort of thing. Of course, any type of skewer or kabob will do. But I fell in love with these adorable little wooden football picks and had to…

Cocoa Krispie Treat footballs, a fan favorite

Are you ready for some football? Of course you are! But do you know what you’re bringing to your friend’s party? This year, let someone else bring the boring chips and dip, while you show up with these adorably delicious Cocoa Krispie Treat footballs. With just four ingredients, this recipe is super easy to make. I melt the butter, add the marshmallows, pour in the cereal, then transfer to wax paper and let it cool. It’s impossible to shape warm, gooey marshmallow, so it will need to sit for about 10 to 15 minutes before you start. But don’t wait too long or the mixture will set and become too hard to mold. For the football shapes, I never like recipes that require specific cookie cutters, like — Hello! How many kitchen gadgets do you think I have?! (Actually, don’t answer that.) Anyway, no cookie cutter or special tool required. Footballs…

A third of Americans have missed a football game due to heavy tailgating

On bright and brisk falls mornings all over the country, you’ll find Americans gearing up for their favorite pastime — tailgating. While football, of course, is the main event, the tailgating subculture has become just as much of a mainstay of Saturday or Sunday mornings as the game itself. Research from YouGov revels an inside look at what Americans are drinking, their habits and how many participate. About 77% of respondents said they drink alcohol before the event, but 21% said they preferred to stay sober. One third of Americans said they drink alcohol at every tailgate they attend a game. College fans said that Bud Light, Samuel Adams, Blue Moon and Corona are the beers most likely to make an appearance in their game day coolers, while Jack Daniels, Baileys and Smirnoff are the preferred tailgating liquors. Frito-Lay’s chips, grilled Johnsonville sausages and cans of Campbells soup are the preferred snacks to…

Fans will eat 1.35 billion wings on Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is supposed to be a day about football, but we really know it’s really an excuse to chow down. While what food you eat during the big game is largely determined by where you live, there’s one food that flies above all others nationwide: chicken wings. According to the National Chicken Council, more wings will be consumed this weekend than ever before on Super Bowl weekend. Fans will eat 1.35 billion wings on Feb. 4 as the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots battle for the Lombardi Trophy. That number is up 1.5 percent — 20 million wings — from last year. “There will be no wing shortage,” said Chicken Council spokesperson Tom Super. “Although we do anticipate an uptick in chicken cheesesteaks.” To visualize just how many wings that is, imagine 625 wings piled on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums. Or better yet, lay them…

Slow-cooker mexican turkey chili makes for a lean, hearty meal

If you’re trying to eat healthy, the Super Bowl comes at a super inconvenient time. Just a few weeks past the holidays, we’re hardly detoxed from those dozens of cookies and excess alcohol before BAM!: A whole day full of fattening foods. From buffalo chicken dip to countless foods smothered in cheese, there’s really no where to hide… But then again, who wants to settle for salad? I’ll be whipping up this easy turkey chili first thing in the morning so it’s ready by game time. Just 15 minutes of prep work and 4-5 hours on high in the slow cooker will have this tasty dish piping-hot in time for kick-off. Serve with tortilla chips, shredded Mexican cheese blend, and/or fresh avocado slices (I splurged and made some jalapeño corn bread, too), and you’ll have a hearty, healthy dish, that will satisfy your football-inspired cravings, but won’t leave you regretting your whole day.…

Consumers to spend nearly $90 per person for Super Bowl food, drinks, items

It might not be an actual holiday, but consumers are ready to spend like it is. Americans are expected to shell out $87.17 on average for Super Bowl Sunday related items in the days leading up to the big game on Feb. 4. According to a report from the National Retail Federation (NRF), this number is up 8.5 percent from last year, amounting to a total of $15.3 billion in sales surrounding the event. “Whether throwing their own party, heading to a friend’s house or gathering at their favorite bar or restaurant, consumers are ready to spend on the big game,” NRF President and CEO Matther Shay said in the report. ” An estimated 188.5 million people are expected to watch a the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis — about the same viewership as 2017. Justin Timberland will command the halftime show stage, becoming the first musician to…

The most searched Super Bowl recipe in your state

No matter who makes it in the Super Bowl this year, one thing everyone can get behind is a table full of delicious appetizers. And let’s be honest, some people will only be there for the food, so you better make it good! Google released a list of the most-searched football playoff recipes by state to help you out. They results have been divided into five categories: dips/salsa, dessert, wings, chili, and other. Everything from porchetta sandwiches in Alabama to homemade Oreo cookies in Wyoming, cornbread cake, and grilled pork belly made the cut. Check out your state’s favorite snack when watching football below. Most searched Super Bowl recipe by state: Alabama — Porchetta Alaska — Spinach Quiche Arizona — Cornbread Cake Arkansas — Cheese Dip California — Cupcakes Colorado — Queso Dip Connecticut — Cupcakes Delaware — Chili Florida — Spinach Artichoke Dip Georgia — Pico De Gallo Hawaii…