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#52. Tailgate food

Another item completed!! I wanted to put my creative juices to the test this football season and take a different food item to every tailgate (minus the first home game because I was at a wedding during the tailgate). This proved to be a little more difficult that I imagined. I completed the task…but got very lazy by the end of the season. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with store-bought food for things….but I do really enjoy making a delicious recipe to share. Here’s the final list and no, some did not deserve their own blog post because they just weren’t exciting. But that’s life! Great season….of tailgating at least! 🙂

  1. LSU game – Chipotle Cheddar Dip Mix (9/11/10)
  2. Eastern Michigan game – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies (10/9/10)
  3. South Carolina game – Buffalo Chicken Dip (10/23/10)
  4. Florida game – Chex Mix (11/6/10) (no need to blog this one…..)
  5. UT game – Quatro Hummus from Trader Joes (11/20/10) (very delicious)

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Homecoming Tailgate

One food dish closer to completing #52 on my 101 list! Last weekend was Vandy’s Homecoming, and I had some wonderful friends come into town for the festivities. And let’s be honest, I love football season, but Homecoming trumps all. Once again I failed to take any pictures of the process or the final product, but let’s just say this Buffalo Chicken Dip did not make it through the whole tailgate. It was maybe the most delicious dip I have ever had. I doubled the recipe since we had a lot of people at our tailgate, but here’s the recipe for one batch!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup ranch salad dressing

1/2 cup hot sauce (I used Frank’s original flavor)

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 cans (12.5 oz each) chunk chicken in water, drained


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place cream cheese into deep baking dish. Stir until smooth.

2. Mix in salad dressing, hot sauce, and cheese. Stir in chicken.

3. Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish as desired. Serve with tortilla chips or veggies.


It’s a VERY easy dish and is great for large groups! I didn’t have pics of food, but here are a few from the festivities throughout the day!

At the DG house for brunch!

LOVE some corn hole

At the game!

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E. Michigan Tailgate

#52 on the 101 list is to take a different item to every football tailgate. Saturday, Vandy played Eastern Michigan. It was a night game…a.k.a. alllll day to tailgate. Although it was a hot day in mid-October, we set up early, ate some delicious food, played a little cornhole, and hopped around to visit friends in different tents. This is my favorite time of year because what does fall mean? Pumpkin. And I never get tired of pumpkin recipes. Perfect for tailgating were Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and they are to die for.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup pumpkin

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

1 egg

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. milk

1 cup chocolate chips (I use dark chocolate)

1 tsp. vanilla


1. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, add pumpkin, sugar, oil, and egg. Stir.

3. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda mixture. Mix well.

4. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla.

5. Spoon onto cookie sheet.

6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until done.

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LSU Tailgate

My first tailgate of the season (though it was not THE first tailgate of the season) was ten times of fun. We have a tent set up for us this year in Vandyville and it’s a party. It is a learning process for us new Vandyville comers….you have to pay more for a table, you can drive up to the tent to drop off your stuff, and you can park closer than we thought. But we’ll be experts next year. The game last week was against LSU and even half of Vandyville was a puke yellow and purple. A small storm game through, complete with thunderstorms and lightning warnings. We hunkered down, piling everything and everyone to the middle of the tent and lowered the tent as low as we could. It passed quickly and the fun continued. I, as per usual lately, was an awful photographer and didn’t get many pictures. Next time.

And by the way, #52 on my 101 list is to take a different item to every tailgate. Unfortunately, since I worked all Saturday morning, I didn’t have time to be Suzie-homemaker-tailgate-extraordinaire. Fortunately, I had bought some yummy dip mixes in a cute little shop while visiting Lisa in St. Charles last month. I made a Chipotle Cheddar Dip Mix (made by Pepper Springs)  and it was delicious and had a great spicy kick to it. Paired with my favorite Tostidos Multigrain Tortilla chips, it made a perfect tailgate dip. More homemade next time (but maybe semi-homemade…it is a tailgate after all…)!! This is by far my favorite time of year.

Just mix with sour cream for deliciousness!!

Waiting out the storm

We’re just not going to mention what went on after the fun tailgate in the stadium. There’s no need to revisit misery.

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Are you ready for some football??

I realize that college football started last week. However, I attended a wedding during tailgate time, so even though I still made it to the game, it did not feel like a complete experience. SO I am super pumped for a full-out, tailgate done right tomorrow. I’m also hoping we can at least make it good game against LSU.

This will also begin my quest to complete #52 on my 101 list: take something different (food) to every tailgate. Tomorrow will probably not be spectacular and homemade since I have to work in the morning, but I think it will still be delicious!! And who doesn’t love tailgate food??

Check back next week to see what I take! Until then, GO DORES!!!