Need some last-minute Super Bowl snack ideas?

Full disclosure: I only follow sports enough to carry on small talk after a big event like the Super Bowl. I am, however, a fan of any occasion that calls for appetizers.

If you plan on going to or hosting a Super Bowl party, check out one of my boards on Pinterest called Dips, Bites and Other Delights. I’ve pinned some apps that have really caught my eye, like this Kentucky Hot Brown Bake from the blog, Eat at Home.

And it’s not too late to round up some ingredients for this beer and cheddar dip from the blog, The Kitchn.

For more recipes, hop on over to my Pinterest page, and share the recipes you’re making for the big game.

[Bits and Pieces] A prison cookbook, Obama chili recipe and other food news from the web, 2.6.12

 

  • Did you watch the Super Bowl? I ate dinner through the first half and slept through the second. I’m disappointed in myself. The Obamas are much cooler than me — they watched the Super Bowl and tweeted about their family chili recipe. (Obama Foodorama)

 

  • Fact: Lady Gaga’s dad opened a restaurant in New York called Joanne. Opinion: Reviewers hate aforementioned restaurant. (Huffington Post)

 

  • Last month, Taco Bell started testing a breakfast menu in 800 locations in 14 states (sorry, Kentucky is left out of this). But did you know that they’re teaming with Cinnabon on some of the items? If they piped the Cinnabon smell out of every Taco Bell location, sales will triple. I’m sure of it. (Huffington Post)

 

  • Eight years ago, a McDonald’s employee just south of Louisville was subjected to a strip search orchestrated by a prank caller pretending to be a police officer. That incident has been turned into a movie, Compliance, that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year without the real-life victim’s knowledge. (Courier-Journal)

 

  • Six Texas prison inmates have published a cookbook called From the Big House to Your House. Here is some information about their working conditions:

The Texas women — who, in compliance with regulations prohibiting them from profiting from a business while behind bars, are donating proceeds from the book to their publisher — only have their “hot pot,” a coffee pot-like instrument that warms water, but can’t boil it (boiled liquid could become a weapon). Ingredients also are limited mostly to what can be purchased from the prison commissary. They can forget about real milk — they get powder — or real butter, as well as most individual seasonings. Garlic? They squeeze that from garlic vitamin tablets.

 

Throwing an Academy Awards party? Here are some ideas for entertaining a crowd

Photo courtesy of Dave_B_ via Flickr.

The Academy Awards ceremony is my Super Bowl.

I wait all year to see overpaid celebrities in expensive clothes accept awards for movies I may or may not have seen. Why? Because it’s just so glamorous. And every once in awhile, you get a surprise (remember Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia?).

Such an extravagant event is worthy of some stellar eats.

Here’s a collection for the people who will throw Oscar viewing parties and need something to feed their guests Sunday night. But this list also works for the folks like me who will be under a Snuggie for four hours watching the awards.

  • AllRecipes never disappoints with its collections of food for various occasions, and the website has some great Oscar-night suggestions. I’d like the ham bone soup for Winter’s Bone and margaritas on the rocks for 127 Hours. (All Recipes)
  • If you’re keeping the festivities simple, here’s a guide to some of the best microwave popcorn brands on the market … (Epicurious)
  • … And here are some labels to make your popcorn a little fancy. (The Kitchn)
  • Need a laugh? The snarky website Gawker has compiled a list of tongue-in-cheek dishes to serve during the awards, including Black Forest Swan Cake (“Garnish with coconut shaving ‘cuticles.'”), Helena Bonham Tartar Sauce and Annette Beignets. (Gawker)

Time for some last-minute Super Bowl recipes

Photo courtesy of boo_licious via Flickr.

I’m not a big sports fan, but I can appreciate an event like the Super Bowl. Any event that brings people together and involves food can’t be all bad.

The big event is just a couple of days away. Here’s a few quick dishes that you can whip up if you still haven’t figured out what you’re going to feed the crowd.

Fruit dip –  Blend a package of softened strawberry cream cheese and a jar of marshmallow cream. Serve with your favorite fruits. (All Recipes)

Nachos – Heat a jar of picante sauce, a can of nacho cheese soup and some chopped jalapeno peppers on the stove. Stir often. Serve with chips.

Sliders – Mix a package of ground beef with two cap fulls of Mrs. Dash seasoning (or the store-brand equivalent, which is cheaper and tastes the same). Form into small patties. Grill in a medium pan. Top with slices of pepperjack cheese, and serve on King’s Hawaiian Rolls.

Potato wedges – Bake a bag of frozen potato wedges according to package instructions. Right after you take them out of the oven, sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Serve with ketchup spiked with Frank’s Hot Sauce.

Pizza – Top pita bread with pasta sauce, spinach and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

S’mores – Top a graham cracker with a piece of chocolate and marshmallow. Put another graham cracker on top. Repeat with as many times as you like. Heat in microwave for 10 seconds. (Food Network)