I, on the other hand like some people will not be glued to the TV set watching the game. I do not like football and do not even understand what is going on. I will watch the halftime show, sometimes but that is all.
|My brother Chris|
My family mostly the men, are true die hard fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers. My dad, and my brother are sports fans too, but it all seemed to start with my late brother Christopher. Chris was a fanatic with sports of all kinds, but he was a true fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. So much so that when he had his son Nicholas he taught him all the aspects of the game including Football Fantasy. He had many of the Steelers memorabilia including tee shirts with his favorite players numbers on them, mugs, crying towel, hats, etc. You get the picture. As the years went on, Nick’s mom Lori and his sister Lauren became true fans as well.
|Nick, Lori, & Lauren|
Every year they try to attend game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when their team is at home. They always have so much fun and enjoyed not only the game but they have met some really nice people at the tail gate parties before the big game. They always dress in full Steeler regalia, hats, shirts and even put black under their eyes. Nick, (my nephew) is one of the biggest Steeler fans I know and so the tradition continues. If Chris, (my late brother) was with us today I know he would be very proud of not only his son Nick, but also his daughter and wife, who is always rooting for his favorite team.
So as we celebrate this special game, it is time to share two of my recipes. One is called, “Mild Buffalo Chicken Wings” and the other is called, “Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip.” These are recipes were adapted from Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.
“Mild Buffalo Chicken Wings”
Serve hot with celery sticks or veggies.
2 1/2 lbs. chicken wing pieces
3/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce
2 Tbsp. Ranch Salad Dressing
Bake wings in foil-lined pan at 500°F on lowest oven rack for 20 to 25 minutes until crispy, turning once. Toss wings in Buffalo Wing Sauce and ranch dressing to coat.
Or substitute 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, 1/3 cup melted butter and 2 tbsp. ranch salad dressing.
“Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip”
This robust creamy dip tastes like Buffalo Chicken Wings but without the mess! Serve hot with celery sticks or veggies.
Makes: 4 cups dip
1 (8 oz. pkg.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce
1/2 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or your favorite shredded cheese, (cheddar)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients in a 1-quart baking dish. Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through, stir. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers, vegetables, or corn chips.
Reduced Calorie Recipe: Substitute Neufchatel cheese for the cream cheese, and low fat options for the salad dressing and blue cheese.
Microwave Directions: Prepare as above. Place in microwave-safe dish. Microwave, uncovered, on High 5 minutes until hot, stirring halfway through cooking.
Slow Cooker Method: Combine ingredients as directed above. Place mixture into small slow cooker. Cover pot. Heat on High setting for 1 1/2 hours until hot and bubbly or on Low setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Stir.
Tailgating Tip: Prepare dip ahead and place in heavy disposable foil pan. Place pan on grill and heat dip until hot and bubbly.
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