Did You Know That.....
According to the Tailgating Industry Association, Americans spend $35 billion each year on tailgating food and drink.
93% lean ground turkey (a mixture of white and dark meat) has more flavor than ground turkey breast (which tends to dry out when cooked).
Before heading to the stadium, you can prepare a wind-resistant fire-starter for the grill by filling each compartment of a cardboard egg carton with a charcoal briquette (make several, depending on the grill size). Close the carton lid, strike a match, and light the carton. You're set!
With the Curious Creamery Ice Cream Mix, there's no ice cream maker required; just add your choice of cold liquid to the powder, stir in some candy, nuts or fruit, then freeze for 2 to 6 hours. This retails for $5 and is available at Walmart and grocery stores.
There are new pickle chip flavors from the world-renowned Heinz brand; the first in more than 50 years! Heinz Sweet & Spicy and Spicy Garlic Pickle Chips are steeped in a sweet brine and flavored with whole garlic cloves and crushed red pepper, they're great on a cheese tray or added to burgers. At $3 a jar, the pickle chips are available at most grocery stores.
The Joseph Joseph M-Cuisine Microwave Rice Cooker can not only cook rice; it can also: steam veggies, poach eggs or do popcorn! This product comes with a lid, colander, measuring cup and a rice paddle, which all fit together within the cooker. How cool is that? (the cooker retails for $20; available at www.target.com)
The following sandwich slider recipe can be baked at home and then reheated on the grill before kickoff time:
Pull-Apart Turkey and Cheddar Sliders
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Slice two packages of King's Hawaiian-style Rolls (or a similar brand) in half horizontally, leaving the rolls attached.
Spread the cut side of the top half with mayonnaise.
Layer 1 lb. slice deli turkey and 8 slices of cheddar cheese on the bottom half.
Replace the top half of rolls and arrange in a 13 x 9-inch disposable aluminum pan coated with cooking spray.
In a small saucepan, melt one-half cup (1 stick) butter with one fourth cup of brown sugar.
Stir in 1 and one-half Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 and one-half Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp dried onion flakes and 1 tsp poppy seeds.
Bring to a boil.
Pour evenly over rolls.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until the tops are browned.
Makes 24 servings
Creamy Turmeric and Cinnamon Dip
1 cup plain lowfat yogurt
1 tablespoon lowfat milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 and one-half teaspoons sugar
One-half teaspoon McCormick Ground Turmeric
One-half teaspoon sea salt from McCormick Sea Salt Grinder
One-fourth teaspoon McCormick Cinnamon, Ground
Mix all the ingredients in medium bowl until well blended.
Refrigerate your turmeric dip until ready to serve.
Makes a great dip for veggies and pita chips.
Prep Time: 5 minutes!
Sources: First Bite section and "Tailgating Hacks"-Relish, Sept. 2016, First Bite section-Relish, Sept. 2017 and "Enjoy game-winning dips"-The Vindicator, Sept. 13, 2017