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A MEMORIAL DAY TO REMEMBER

We spent this year's Memorial Day with precious family.  Our Plan A was to take a trip to the beach but due to an unusual Tropical Storm, we changed our plans and stayed close to home.  It ended up being a fabulous Plan B - boating, laughing, playing games and most...

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Birthday Celebrations

I don't normally blog about one dessert, BUT I make cupcakes for my husband's company each month to celebrate that month's employee birthdays (I've made A LOT of cupcakes over the years), but THIS month I made THE most outstanding cupcakes, so I had to share. SALTED...

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Super Bowl Food 2018

It's the final game of the 2017-18 football season, and this is the one game that is ALL ABOUT THE FOOD!  We're having neighbors over to watch the game, and since we've got a goal to try and eat healthier at each meal, I've chosen some delicious dishes to prepare that...

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Birthday Buffet for A Crowd

It's my son's birthday so we're having a few over to celebrate the occasion in a fun super-casual way.  I love entertaining, but I hate having to tend to cooking while there are people that are around that I want to socialize with!  This menu allows me to prepare most...

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Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech 2017

misskatecuttables We're back to a home game in Atlanta, Georgia! GT took it on the chin last Saturday vs UVA, so they need a big win this week! They enter the game with a mediocre 4-4 record so need 2 more wins to be bowl eligible.  Sadly they should be 7-1, but they...

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Last Regular Season Game 2017

GEORGIA TECH VS UGA 2017 THE  "CLEAN OLD-FASHIONED HATE" GAME WHERE: BOBBY DODD STADIUM  ATLANTA, GA WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017 @ NOON OR 8PM MENU: BBQ CHICKEN DIP CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP FLANK STEAK CIABATTA SANDWICHES CAPRESE PASTA SALAD   THE BEST PUMPKIN BARS...

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THE NIGHT GAME: 10/21/17

Back to a home game in Atlanta! AND.... IT. IS. FINALLY. A.  NIGHT GAME!!!!!   We are beyond thrilled!!!! We'll be watching football under the lights in Bobby Dodd Stadium with the beautiful illuminated Atlanta skyline in the distance. Cannot...

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THE FLORIDA GAME

goyall We are heading to GAINESVILLE!  I live in Atlanta but am a Florida girl at heart!  I was born in Gainesville, Florida and am a diehard Florida fan. We are headed down to Gainesville to the Florida vs LSU game with our family and will visit my niece and nephew...

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GT v UNC 9/30/17

Final September game this season!gettyimagesGEORGIA TECH Yellow JacketsvsUNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINATar HeelsSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017@NOONBOBBY DODD STADIUMATLANTA, GEORGIAGeorgia Tech heads into this game with another win under their belts after beating Pitt...

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GEORGIA TECH VS PITT 9/23/17

yesbutno.comActually I LOVE college football!!!!Our next tailgate is coming up on September 23rd in Atlanta, GA.  We've had a bit of a rough go in the southeast with Hurricane Irma wrecking havoc following the last home game, but we've dried out and are looking...

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THE BIRTHDAY GAME (GT vs JAX ST)

SO, my husband's birthday just happens to fall on our first home game this year for Georgia Tech.  So not only are we excited that college football season is upon us, and tailgating will begin, but we also are having an extra fun weekend celebrating my one and only!...

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LABOR DAY GAME!!!

College football season is almost here!  Georgia Tech is hosting the University of Tennessee in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game on Labor Day in Atlanta, Georgia.  The teams are playing in the brand new Mercedes Benz Arena (which will be the Atlanta Falcons' new home)....

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SUMMERTIME FOOD!

So - our daughter just got married and following a year of wedding planning and an intense (but very very fun) wedding week, my husband and I headed to our oasis - THE BEACH.  We enjoyed some great food (as usual) but I wanted to share these 2 recipes which ended up...

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FATHER’S DAY COOKOUT AT THE LAKE!

Finally!  It is summertime!  We'll be having a super casual get-together at a nearby lake to celebrating the Dad in our lives this coming weekend.I thought we'd call this celebratory meal a "best of" meal.  Here's the menu:BEST BURGERBEST COLE SLAWBEST ROASTED...

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IT’S MARDI GRAS TIME!!!

chicagotimesNow that football season is officially over, I'm looking for something to celebrate!  I'm in Atlanta, Georgia - a long way from New Orleans, but - I can still enjoy good food in the comfort of my home. So grab some friends, family, neighbors and sample...

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2017 SUPERBOWL!!!

Super excited that our favorite hometown NFL team is headed to the SUPERBOWL!  Sadly, we didn't get picked in the lottery for season ticket holders, so we'll be watching the game at home with friends.  But the good news is, we can sort of tailgate at home with great...

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GT vs UK: WE’RE GOING BOWLING!!!

TAX SLAYER BOWL: 12/31/16So excited!  Our Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are facing our University of Kentucky Wildcats in the Tax Slayer Bowl in Jacksonville on New Year's Eve! Menu planning will commence, but we are headed to Jacksonville, FL to ring in the new year...

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GEORGIA TECH vs UVA 11/19/16

Another brunch....GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS vsUNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CAVALIERSBased on Georgia Tech's so-so season (6-4) and Virginia's even less than so-so season (2-8), we were doomed to have yet another brunch tailgate for this final home game.  TAILGATE:...

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GEORGIA TECH VS DUKE – 10/29/16

THE HALLOWEEN HOMECOMING GAMEThis late October game is another ACC rivalry (although neither team is having a super stellar season).  As of this writing, Georgia Tech is 4-3 (1-3 in the ACC), and Duke's record is 3-4 (0-3 in the ACC). But, it is Homecoming for Georgia...

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There’s a new sandwich in town….

pngimg.comI don't usually do ONE recipe posts, but, I needed a new sandwich for tailgating, boating or picnicking.  I've been obsessed with caprese sandwiches for years (since a trip to Italy opened my eyes), but I needed something different.  I decided to test drive...

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GEORGIA TECH VS GA SOUTHERN 10/15/16

Our next tailgate is a couple of weeks away as we have a prior commitment for this coming weekend.  But, I'm already thinking ahead!It's a Georgia Tech vs Georgia Southern game! This game is not exactly a heated rivalry - Georgia Tech is a D1 team in the ACC and GA...

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FIESTA ENGAGEMENT PARTY!

So, my daughter is getting married next year, so (as parents of the bride), my husband and I threw her and her fiancé an engagement party this past weekend.  It was for about 50-60 guests (close family and the wedding party --- friends of the bride and groom) and was...

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9/17/16 GEORGIA TECH VS VANDY

Strangely enough, our Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (ACC) are playing Vanderbilt (an SEC school) this season. And this week's tailgate food is entirely from Southern Living magazine. This game has a 12:30pm kickoff, so it's a BRUNCH theme.  We'll begin tailgating early,...

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TAILGATE PARTY IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

For our first tailgate of the season we flew to Dublin, Ireland to cheer on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as they faced Boston College.I blogged about our travels throughout Ireland, so am going to copy our game day plans from that blog...

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BRIDAL SHOWER PARTY!

One of our good friend's daughter is getting married and I along with 4 others are throwing her a bridal shower!  Even though it's not TAILGATING, I thought I'd share with you our plans.  It's a bit unusual or at least a bit non-traditional in some ways, but in other...

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SUMMER WEEKEND WITH FRIENDS!

It is SUMMER TIME!!! Hands down my favorite time of year!  Anyone that knows me knows that I pretty much abhor cold weather - don't like freezing, bundling up, bad hair, snow, rain, sleet, winter sports - you name it. Not for me.  I relish NOT having to worry about...

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BOAT FOOD 2016

I am always looking for great ideas for what to enjoy while boating or picnicking at the beach or lake.  Here are a few menus I'll be sampling when entertaining friends and family this summer:MENU #1ROAST BEEF ROLL UPSAVOCADO CUCUMBER SALADFRESH FRUIT (Apple slices...

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BEACH PARTY!

So several things are converging at once to make this upcoming weekend a special one.  It's not only Memorial Day weekend, but it's my father's 80th birthday, AND we are celebrating the occasion with a beach party with lots of family!  Should be very fun! Here's what...

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EASTER BRUNCH!!!

Google ImagesMENU:BOURBON BAKED HAMBEST CHEESE GRITSTRUFFLED DEVILED EGGSCHERRY TOMATO AND ASPARAGUS SALADSWEET POTATO BISCUITSCITRUS FRUIT SALADDESSERT:LEMON SQUARESI'm enjoying Easter brunch this year with family and serving some classic dishes (of ours), but I'm...

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OSCAR VIEWING PARTY!

As far back as I can remember I have LOVED watching the Academy Awards!  My best friend from childhood (Cheryl) and I watched it together growing up and for years afterward we would talk on the phone during most of the show critiquing the entire parade (we were "The...

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SUPER BOWL FOOD!!!

SUPER BOWL 2016!factmagIt's a month away from this year's Superbowl!  While my "thing" is more college football, we always watch the Superbowl and enjoy some great food.  And let's face it, half of those (maybe more) who tune in to watch the Superbowl (Cam Newton vs...

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TAILGATING IN NOVEMBER! GT V UGA 11/28/15

TAILGATE PARTY IN NOVEMBER!VSIt's the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and that means one thing to us: heated in-state rivalry games for our favorite teams.  We're attending this one in Atlanta, GA.  We should have a bunch of friends and family (on both sides of the...

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GEORGIA TECH vs FLORIDA STATE 10/24/15

OK - so I've said it before, but this football season is NOT going exactly how we imagined.  We are struggling (to put it mildly), and this week we are hosting FSU, who are currently ranked 9th in the country (depending on which poll you use).No matter - we are still...

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BRUNCH TAILGATE AT GEORGIA TECH! 10/17/15

Our football season isn't exactly going the way we had hoped, and it's not the BIGGEST game of the season, but we are going to enjoy a great tailgate party next Saturday nonetheless!Last week we braved non-stop rain in Clemson, SC, and as luck (or unluck depending on...

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BIG GAME!!! GEORGIA TECH vs CLEMSON 10/10/2015

GEORGIA TECHvsCLEMSONNOON: TAILGATE BEGINS3:30PM: FOOTBALL KICKOFF@ Clemson, South CarolinaEven though Georgia Tech is struggling a bit this season, we are still winning every tailgate!This tailgate party is going to be a big one!  It's an away game (in Clemson), and...

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OCTOBER 3, 2015 – GEORGIA TECH vs UNC!

Due to several travel commitments, this game (in week 5 of the 2015 college football season) is our first one of the season where we will be at the stadium tailgating!  Excited to dust off the tailgating chops and enjoy some great food with friends and family! It's a...

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CHEERING ON THE TEAM!!!

cliparthutIt's week 3 of the 2015 college football season.  We had other obligations, so unfortunately we aren't able to physically be at a game, BUT we'll be enjoying tailgate food nonetheless, and cheering on our teams with gusto!  These are the big games we're...

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SUMMERTIME

catebogueI love entertaining in the summer - mainly because you can be outdoors and food tastes better outdoors! But, the food needs to be right - lighter, cooler and full of vibrant color. This menu is perfect for any meal during the summer whether you're at home or...

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BOAT FOOD!!!

BOATING!!!googleimagesOne of my favorite things to do in the summer is picnic on a boat or somewhere near water!  And whether you are enjoying something as simple as wine and cheese or something more elaborate, I think food always tastes better outdoors.  And you can...

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JULY 4TH/WEEKEND (Southern Style!)

highimpactphilanthropyHAPPY JULY 4th!!!We are having family and friends for a lake weekend of fun since the 4th is on a Saturday this year.  Entertaining 10 people requires some pre-planning for sure, but it's worth it to enjoy great food with the people you love....

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A COOKOUT FOR FATHER’S DAY!

ukfathersday.comWe are having a group over for a Father's Day cookout this Sunday.  Always fun to gather around the grill! It'll be poolside, so the plan is to eat outside and enjoy the sunshine!  But more important that the weather and the food is that we get to...

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CINCO DE MAYO PARTY!

costaricanewsOK - I have no allegiance to this "holiday" whatsoever, but it's a great excuse to grab some friends and enjoy some great food (and drink!)! Here's the simple Mexican menu that we're going to enjoy:MENU:GUACAMOLE with tortilla chipsHOMEMADE SALSATOMATILLO...

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THE PERFECT BOOKCLUB BRUNCH

owengildersleeveI'm hosting my Book Club this month, and I'll be serving brunch for 10 people before we discuss this month's book selection (see below).  It's springtime in Atlanta, and I've come up with a menu that's delicious and includes lots of seasonal foods....

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BRACKET BASH!!!

ksrIt's THAT time of year again!  While football is definitely MY sport, who can resist the college basketball excitement as it draws closer and closer to the final showdown?!!! The FINAL FOUR schedule is at the bottom of this post.My Gators are out, so I've put all...

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ST PATRICK’S DAY FEAST!!!

HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY!oceancitymd.govI'm not Irish; nor am I even Catholic, but, St Patrick's Day (aka any excuse to enjoy some good food) is a fun reason to celebrate life with some outstanding food, family and friends.  And it certainly can be more than just...

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A VALENTINE’S DAY CELEBRATION

My husband and I are hosting a dinner party for 10 this weekend.  So, since it's February, I'm going with a "Valentine's" theme of sorts, so the decor will have lots of red. And since the weather is COLD, the menu is going to be warm, elegant and satisfying.Decor: red...

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SUPERBOWL TIME!!!

Google ImagesvsThe Superbowl is always a bittersweet time around our house - it's a great celebration of football and involves great food, friends and family BUT, it also marks the official end of football season.  :(7 whole months to go until the next (2015) football...

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CFP CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PARTY

So, unfortunately none of MY favorite teams are playing for this year's National Championship.  There aren't even any SEC or ACC teams in the game.  But we'll have some friends over to watch the game anyway and have a party with great food to celebrate the end of the...

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NEW YEAR’S EVE!!!

We are getting away and going to the beach with friends (spoiler alert - it's with THESE two):this New Year's Eve!  I'm so excited about "getting away" not only to spend time with old friends, but we are (of course) going to enjoy some outstanding food as well - - -...

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IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!

While Christmas is truly my favorite time of the year, with being thankful, spending time with treasured family and friends, giving and receiving special gifts etc., one of the most important aspects of the day is - - - the food!  We've honed it over the years to...

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PLAYOFF GAME NOSHING

Happy that at least ONE of my favorite teams made it to the ACC playoffs this year.  We won't go into the SEC playoffs - but at least the SEC will be represented in the final four playoffs.   At any rate, we'll have some fun with friends and enjoy football regardless...

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OUR SOUTHERN THANKSGIVING

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I decided to blog about what we're serving our large family gathering.  We'll be not only enjoying each other's company and the food, but you can bet there will be plenty of college football to go around as well! We serve up...

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A NOVEMBER BRUNCH MENU

UGH. We were hoping for a 3:30PM kickoff this week, however it was announced that this week's game is a 12:00PM kickoff covered on ESPN.  So....we are preparing a hearty brunch in mid-November.  We'll get things going around 9:00AM, so that means lots of prep the day...

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CHILI COOKOFF TAILGATE PARTY!

CHILI COOKOFF!!!We're hosting a chili cook off at our next tailgate!  It's actually not a real contest, but I'm serving up 2 great chilis for people to enjoy, and we'll have a chili topping bar so each person can add their favorite ingredients themselves.Georgia Tech...

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It’s Fall Ya’ll

IT'S "FOOTBALL WEATHER!"Our next tailgate is in >1 week, and as of this writing the weather is predicted to be pretty perfect football weather:  High of 69 Degrees F and low of 51 Degrees F - BLISS!!! And FINALLY - it's an evening game!  So great food and great...

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IT’S A “SOUTHERN” THING

IT'S A "SOUTHERN" THING!Photo Credit: Shellmont InnIt's FAMILY WEEKEND at Georgia Tech, and we're hosting a brunch tailgate party for family and friends that definitely includes a southern flair. And this menu includes many items I can prepare well in advance - takes...

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LABOR DAY SURF AND TURF!!!

After a very busy Friday, Saturday and Sunday of prepping for, tailgating and cleaning up after tailgating, we opted for a low-key Labor Day this year.  I entertained my immediate family using recipes from an old Southern Living from 2011. All raved about each dish,...

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FOOTBALL IN AUGUST!

Google ImagesIt's true - our first college football game in 2014 is in AUGUST. In the deep South. During the heat of the day. But, you won't hear ME complaining - the looooong wait for football will finally be over! We are attending Georgia Tech's Home Opener ----...

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BEACH TIME!!!

Photo Credit: Dreamstime.comWe've planned a little beach getaway.  It's so much fun eating meals at the beach - everyone's in a good mood, and food always tastes better outdoors.  Here's a little pic of my slice of Heaven (sitting on our balcony) at sunrise, my...

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CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY!

I tend to do things a little over the top, so instead of a Father's Day "meal," I'm actually celebrating Father's Day ALL WEEKEND LONG!Here's what I'm serving:MENUSSATURDAY LUNCH:CUCUMBER SALADANTIPASTO WRAPS MELON AND PROSCIUTTO SALADDINNER:COBB SALAD DIP with...

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THE SUMMER DINNER PARTY FOR 8

Summer dining - by far my favorite.  I love the heat; I love that people are in a good mood; I love wearing flowy, comfy clothes, and (most importantly) I love summer food!  We are having guests in for the weekend, and here's what we're serving Friday night - it'll...

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A SUMMER FEAST!

We're entertaining friends this weekend and will be busy before they arrive, so I don't have a lot of prep time to get ready.  What's the perfect summer meal that's super easy and doesn't require lots of time in the kitchen?  Here's my solution:MENU:GREEK LAYERED...

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MASTERING MEMORIAL DAY!

We are hosting family this Memorial Day weekend, and the weather looks spectacular - time for a cookout!  I've prepared menus for 3 days - family members have been warned to arrive hungry!MENU (Saturday night)CHEESY SHRIMP DIPHOMEMADE SALSA AND CHIPSTRI-TIPS WITH...

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THE MASTERS’ PARTY!

A friend of my son's got me thinking - why didn't I host a party to watch the end of THE MASTERS?  We live in Atlanta, GA; we love golf, and as it turned out - a Georgia guy won this year (well Bubba's FROM Florida but went to UGA)!  Anyway...there's always next year!...

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MARCH MADNESS!!!

Obviously I'm looking for anything to celebrate and cheer for until football season rolls around again!  I'm entertaining while watching NCAA Basketball games, and it seemed appropriate to throw in a nod to Mardi Gras this time of year as well with some cajun flavor!...

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The BIG Game!!!

IT'S SUPER BOWL TIME!!!DENVER BRONCOSVSSEATTLE SEAHAWKSI'm so looking forward to this year's Super Bowl!  I'm a huge Peyton Manning fan, so I'll be cheering on the Denver Broncos.  Should be an exciting game.  The only tragedy of this particular game is that there is...

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NFL PLAYOFF PARTY!!!

Sunday, January 19                                   3:00PMPATRIOTSvs                               BRONCOS6:30PM                                   49ERSvs                               SEAHAWKSWell I'm a college football fan far more than an NFL fan, and MY NFL team...

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TAILGATE PARTY: GEORGIA TECH vs GEORGIA 2013

Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate is the nickname given to the rivalry between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the University of Georgia Bulldogs.  And it's been a rivalry since Day 1.  According to The Bleacher Report, at their first meeting in 1893, fans from Georgia...

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FALL FOOTBALL TAILGATING—GT vs Pitt

It will have been 6 long weeks since we've tailgated, and we have been chomping at the bit to have fun tailgating and watch some good college football in ATLANTA! AND - it's HOMECOMING at GT!GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETSvsPITTSBURGH PANTHERSSaturday, November 2, 2013@...

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THE THURSDAY NIGHT GAME

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS vsVIRGINIA TECH HOKIESTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th7:30PM @ BOBBY DODD STADIUM, AtlantaTAILGATE BEGINS:4:30PMThis week's game is on a Thursday night.  I'm going with an easy to prepare menu that you can fix in advance and just transport to your...

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GEORGIA TECH TAILGATING – UNC game

WHAT:Georgia Tech Football Tailgate Party!!!GEORGIA TECH  vsUNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINAWHERE:BOBBY DODD StadiumAtlanta, GeorgiaWHEN:Saturday, September 21, 2013@NOONTAILGATE PARTY STARTS AT:9:00AMBRUNCH MENU:PINA COLADA FRUIT SALADPARMESAN SPINACH CAKESGOAT CHEESE,...

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HOW TO TAILGATE IN AUGUST!

Yes, our first football game of the season is in August---a month from now.  In Atlanta, Georgia. OUCH!  It'll definitely be a scorcher, however, we'll have plenty of refreshing food and drink(s) to cool us off and get us in the football mood!  Looks like we'll be...

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SUMMER FOOD FUN!!!

Photo Credit: Eating WellIt's summertime, and part of why it's my favorite time of the year is the abundant choices of fruits and vegetables.  This summertime menu features much of what's available in the warm weather months.  We are having our great friends Robert...

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A WEEKEND AT THE LAKE…

Whether you are at a lake house, dining aboard a boat or simply picnicking by the shore or by the pool, food just tastes better outdoors!  Here's a menu for the day that's sure to please:We are typically sharing our meals with this crew!DAY 1 LAKE LUNCH:CHICKEN SALAD...

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WHAT TO SERVE FOR FATHER’S DAY!!!

It's Dad's day!  I'm planning a day's menu that's easy on the grill guy (DAD) but delicious and celebrates all that summer has to offer.  We'll picnic for lunch and then grill shrimp for dinner. DELISH!LUNCH MENU:ITALIAN PANINICHIPSFRUIT SALADDINNER MENU:GRILLED CHILI...

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THE ULTIMATE JULY 4TH PARTY!!!

HAPPY 4th YA'LL!!!Photo credit:salmagundi.orgPATRIOTIC MENU:FLANK STEAK WITH SALSA VERDELEMONY OREGANO DRUMSTICKSRED WHITE AND BLUE POTATO SALADTRI COLOR SALADCORN MUFFINS WITH BACON AND CHEDDARPATRIOTIC TRIFLEWATERMELON MARGARITASFLANK STEAK WITH SALSA VERDE(Adapted...

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GRAD PARTY!

I'm not sure where the past 4 years went? But, our daughter graduated from Auburn University in May, and we hosted a little tailgate style party for 15 people, on the eve of her graduation.Cake and Photo courtesy of Loulu's Bake Shop (loulusbakeshop@gmail.com,...

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SUPERBOWL 2013!

I'm out of town for this year's Superbowl, and unfortunately MY TEAM (Falcons) isn't in it, but we'll have fun where we are celebrating somehow.  Not a big fan of San Francisco or Baltimore, but the novelty of having two brothers compete is interesting, and it'll be...

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FALCONS’ PLAYOFF PARTY!!!

YAY!!! The Atlanta Falcons are in the 2nd round of the playoffs!  We are watching the game with 2 other couples, and here's what we'll be enjoying:WHAT:NFC Conference ChampionshipAtlanta Falcons vs San Francisco 49ersWHERE:Georgia DomeAtlanta, GeorgiaWHEN:Sunday,...

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BSC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TAILGATE PARTY!!!

It's here!!!!  The final game of the 2012 college football season, and it's Alabama vs Notre Dame.   OK, so I'm not an Alabama fan so much, BUT at least the SEC is representing, and we're having a party! #1 - The University of Notre Damevs#2 The University of...

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BOWL GAME TIME – 2012-13!

It's BOWL TIME!!!!  Sort of bittersweet, as I know football season is winding down,  but we're excited for the bowl games and always plan something fun to eat.MENU:BUFFALO STUFFED CELERY STICKSCHICKEN ENCHILADA DIP WITH CHIPSBOWL GAME CHILISWEET AND SPICY CORNBREAD...

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ACC and SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES 2012!

KICKOFF: Saturday, December 1st, 8PM, Bank of America Stadium, ESPNPARTY: 6PMSomehow, someway, Georgia Tech has made it to the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, NC.  Florida State (10-2, 7-1 ACC) vs. Georgia Tech (6-6, 5-3)Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets finished...

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GEORGIA TECH vs DUKE!

It's the last home game of the season.  So, I say --- GO BIG OR GO HOME!  This menu is adventurous, as I'm preparing a meal prior to the game, and a 2nd meal after the game.  But, assuming the weather cooperates, we'll want to soak up all the fun we can for our final...

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TEXAS A&M JOINS THE SEC!

We are headed back to the state of ALABAMA to visit our daughter, who is a Senior at Auburn!  We go to Auburn on Saturday, October 27, 2012 for a 6PM kickoff for our final game there this season.  Auburn is in the tank this season with a 1-6 record, BUT we're looking...

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GEORGIA TECH vs BOSTON COLLEGE!

vsWe are tailgating again at Georgia Tech as they (limp to) face ACC rival, the Boston College Eagles.For Georgia Tech, it appears that the wheels have fallen off the cart!  After losing a heartbreaker to Miami, they displayed a lackluster performance and lost the...

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GEORGIA TECH vs MIAMI

Saturday, September 22, 2012 we are headed to a big in-conference game for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, as they play an ACC rival, the University of Miami Hurricanes, at home in Atlanta.  The Jackets go into the game with a 2-1 record (after a nice win over...

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AUBURN vs ULM: FIRST HOME GAME!

vsWHERE:Jordan-Hare Stadium 251 South Donahue DriveAuburn, AlabamaWHEN:Kickoff: 11:21AM (central time)Tailgate Start: 8:30AMAuburn is now 0-2 after a heartbreaking loss to Clemson in the season opener and again against Mississippi State on September 8th.  They face a...

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GEORGIA TECH’S FIRST HOME GAME OF THE SEASON!!!

Football season is FINALLY here!  We are headed to the GEORGIA TECH (0-1 after losing a tough one at Virginia Tech on Monday) vs Presbyterian College game on Saturday, September 8, 2012 and will have a crowd in tow.  Although it's not exactly a big game for GT, it...

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ALFRESCO DINNER PARTY FOR 10

As summer starts winding down, it's fun to gather a group of friends together to soak up the warm weather outdoors while you can!  It's a super-casual get-together, so the food needs to reflect just that.Photo Credit: PinterestMENU:Tri-tips with Salsa VerdeSalmon on...

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PICNIC ON THE BOAT!

Spending a day on a boat is one of the most pleasurable ways to spend your leisure time, and in the South, you can almost enjoy this activity year-round (maybe you'll want to bring along some blankets in January?). But whether or not you own or have access to a boat...

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JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

July 4th in Atlanta, GA is one word - HOT!!! So, I'm putting together a menu that'll quench thirsts but be hearty and delicious at the same time. IT'S INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!BBQ Ribs Lemony Oregano Chicken Drumsticks Coleslaw with Apple and Yogurt Dressing New Potato...

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PERFECT POOL PARTY MENU

Summer is here (with a vengeance if you're anywhere near Atlanta, GA these days!), and while it's not football tailgating time, the menus are pretty much the same: casual, delicious and transportable. A menu needs to be cool and refreshing and pleasing to the eye and...

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OUTDOOR CONCERT DINING AT CHASTAIN PARK

It's a wonderful Atlanta tradition (to pass the time until football season arrives in the fall ;^) to go to Chastain Park and listen to some amazing music while dining under the stars. It is truly a special venue where you can eat, drink, relax (and definitely "people...

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MARCH MADNESS!!!

Even though it's not FOOTBALL, college basketball is my 2nd favorite spectator sport. We are slowly winding down to the Championship Game, but this weekend are the Final 4 games, and we are going to celebrate.Because it's been unseasonably warm here in the South, I...

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SUPER BOWL PARTY!

GO PATS! GO GIANTS!!!Sad that college football has come to an end, and NFL games are winding down, but you have to go out with a bang and host or attend a Super Bowl Party. You can serve the ubiquitous wings, velveeta dip and beer food, or you can amp it up and...

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BOWL GAMES!

So, Bowl Games are about to be over, :^( but...I just returned from a January 2nd Bowl Game Party and had to share. Our friends, Robert and Claudia, hosted the event and pulled off a spectacular spread. Here's most of what they served, and I thought it was absolutely...

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GEORGIA TECH v GEORGIA GAME

It's the final regular season game weekend, and we're headed to our in-state rivalry game: GEORGIA TECH vs GEORGIA. Both teams have had great seasons and are hated rivals. We'll be wearing navy and gold and cheering on the Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium in...

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A NIGHT GAME WITH SOUTHWESTERN FLAIR!

WILD MUSHROOM QUESO FUNDIDOCourtesy of Rick Bayliss of FronteraAs a soft taco filling appetizer!3/4 oz (~1/2 cup) dried porcini (or other wild mushrooms)2 TBSP EVOOHot green chile(s) to taste (rough 1 lg jalapeno or 2 serranos), stemmed, seeded and finely chopped1...

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A HALLOWEEN GAME!

A football game at the end of October always puts people in a festive mood. Here's a menu to go along with all the fun:Appetizers:                                                                                                                                    Corned...

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FALL FOOTBALL PARTY!

We head to another Georgia Tech game this coming Saturday. The weather will be PERFECT, and it'll be an ACC rivalry game against Maryland. It's a noon game, so that means brunch to start (by 9:30-10AM), AND an after game party of sorts to enjoy while the gameday...

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BACK TO THE BLUEGRASS STATE!!!

Yay! It's an October football weekend in Kentucky. The weather is (usually) magnificent, and along with UK football, there's Keeneland and horseracing. Planning a fun, grill menu for a crowd! So excited to be heading back to UK! Chances are we'll be serving a...

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SWEET TOOTH TIME!!!!

One of the best things about tailgating is dessert! Here are some of my favorites - and you may notice there aren't alot of chocolate chip cookies included. Here's the reason - they don't transport well and keep in the hot humid south. I've taken many a wonderful...

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TAILGATING FAVORS!

Every season I tried to come up with something edible that was fun for people to take away. It had to be sweet, and it had to represent the team colors. Here are 9 ideas I came up with:1. MUDDY BUDDIES (or Puppy Chow)These are great wrapped in cellophane or saran wrap...

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AUBURN FOOTBALL!

We are shifting gears and heading to AUBURN for Fall Family Weekend on Saturday, September 24th! It's a 6PM game, so we'll begin the fun around 1-2:00PM. After an undefeated season (and a National Championship) last year, they are 2-1 so far this season. This week...

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Another GT Win in store! ; )

Big game ahead! Georgia Tech (still undefeated at 2-0 for the season) is playing Kansas in Atlanta on Saturday, September 17th! It'll be a tough game, but we plan to have a blast regardless!We'll have our RV there, and we're expecting a big crowd. We will enjoy...

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Next up: GEORGIA TECH vs Western Carolina 9/1/11

We've planned out which games we'll be attending this fall. We will be covering the Southeast (ACC and SEC). Can't wait! Now on to the food!For this game, it's in Atlanta; it's my husband's alma mater; it's going to be hot as Hades; it's on a Thursday at 7:30PM, and...

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FINGER FOOD!

In my experience, the foods that are the most popular are the ones that are bite sized and easy to eat. No one wants to cut a tough steak or chicken breast with a knife and fork while balancing a paper plate on their lap all while teetering in a tailgating chair or a...

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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

No it's not the holiday season. It's August in the South, and that can only mean one thing - - - FOOTBALL SEASON! It's August.  The anticipation is similar every year. All of my favorite teams are undefeated, and there is hope in the air of bowl games, SEC and ACC...

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PERFECT GRILL MENU

This tailgate menu is perfect for a mid-afternoon or evening game and can be prepared in advance (which is what I love the most!). It's easy, delicious and good hot or room temperature (and it's nice to get away from the MEAT MEAT MEAT menus!).Menu:Grilled Chicken and...

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TAILGATING BEVERAGES!

As much fun as it is to come up with creative tailgating menus, it's also great to have a fun drink to go along with your meal. We always have beer and waters and some soft drinks, but for those that are interested, we also try to have a fun drink to go along with...

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My all time favorite appetizer

I scour other foodie blogs and found bits and pieces of this dish and put them together. It's more amazing with fresh ricotta, but if you buy good organic ricotta, it's still pretty darn amazing. The flavors of all the dishes combine beautifully and can be prepared in...

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SUPPLIES

While this subject is not the FUN part of tailgating, it IS vital to a successful day. I created a rubbermaid bin that was my lifeblood each week. I affixed a list to the inside lid of everything that we could ever need/want, and I was religious about restocking the...

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EARLY GAMES MEAN “BRUNCH!”

Even though sometimes it's hard to get to the stadium for those noon, 12:30 or 1:00 games, it's worth it when you arrive and have some fabulous food to enjoy with friends. Here's a classic menu that we served "pregame."                                                 ...

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THE HEAT IS ON!

What to serve at a tailgate at the beginning of the season in the DEEP SOUTH!?Got to keep it cool! Some days are just not conducive to grilling, and hearing meat sizzling is just unappetizing when it's over 90 degrees and humid out. These are the times my husband...

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ANOTHER FOOTBALL SEASON, ANOTHER PLANNING SESSION

Because I get bored easily with food (rarely eat leftovers and tire of the same thing week after week), I like to be in charge of the tailgating, and so far, I haven't had anyone raise a hand to object! ; ) Seriously, it helps if one person is organized (and perhaps...

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A SEASON OF MENUS

When my son played college football at UK, as best I could, I tried to organize the entire football season in advance, so that A)there would be no repeat menus during the season, and B) I could be organized and prepared and not haggard come game day. Here was a sample...

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Cold Weather games

Unfortunately in Lexington, Kentucky there are more cold weather games than I care for BUT...IF you have the right food (and drink ;o) that helps!Start with a new version of an old favorite. Trust me it won't last long on your tailgate table.AMPED UP ARTICHOKE DIP14...

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FAVORITE APPETIZERS (OR PREGAME FOOD!)

BACON-WRAPPED CHICKEN BITES8 chicken tenders, flattened and cut in two, or boneless chicken breasts cut into cubes3-ounce package softened cream cheese1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped8 slices bacon, cut in halfDab 1/2 teaspoon (more or less) of cream...

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October football means “Mexican” theme

It was a cold but beautiful day in Lexington, KY when we decided to host a Mexican themed tailgate party for about 30 people. Don't want to be slaving over food, so this menu (as most of mine) are intense in the preplanning stage, so that when the actual tailgating...

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SEPTEMBER FOOTBALL GAMES IN THE SOUTH

It's September in the South, therefore it's hot. That's all there is to it - one needs to hydrate, and my husband would probably prefer not to grill in early September. That's the weather for cold shrimp (marinated or not), fabulous sandwiches and salads of all kinds....

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AN EVENING GAME IN THE RAIN 10/24/09

We headed back "home" to Lexington, Kentucky to watch our son play for UK in a chilly October 24th game vs Louisianna Monroe at 7PM. We won the game, and we absolutely froze, but we ate delicious food before and after.MENU:Sis-in-law Sarah's Mediterranean dip with...

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Kentucky vs Auburn in Alabama

We headed to Auburn, AL on a chilly, misty October 17th. We ended up winning the game, and the food was a winner as well. It was a very very fun weekend. Our good friends from KY (Bill and Peggy) joined us at a rented condo just down from the Auburn stadium. And the...

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This dip gets it's own post!  I've served this dip so many times over the years and it's always a huge hit!  I found it in a magazine years ago and haven't tired of it yet!Smoked Salmon Spread (Bobby Flay's)Love, love, love this dip!  It's probably my favorite way to...

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November 21st menu – Athens, GA

Well, we have a night game away in Athens, GA at 7:45PM. We have a parking spot on campus but no RV. So...we are a bit limited in terms of food. We'll have anywhere from 10-20 people joining us.MENUAPPETIZERS: Mexican Roll ups with salsa Green goddess dip served with...

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1:00PM TAILGATE PARTY

My brother and his son are joining us in Lexington, KY from Florida for the weekend. We should end up with around 20 people to tailgate with after the game. Here's what's planned foodwise:PREGAME (begins at 9AM):Mimosas or Bloody Mary'sCheese gritsSour cream coffee...

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Tailgating hostess with the mostest

Well here's the scoop:I hosted (along with my husband) tailgating parties for 4 years while my son played college football. He was redshirted his freshman year, so we attended 60 regular season games and 4 post season bowl games. We have had anywhere from 4 to 40...

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