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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Game, What Game?

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
*I found this post recently that I didn't publish but it works every year. I've updated with new food items and team switches*

Sunday started early. So early in fact that I think it might have been Saturday. Yes, yes actually it was. Saturday night and preparations for Sunday were in effect.

There was so much to do, so much to make. Which recipes would we narrow it down to? The decisions were almost too much. Everything looked lip-smacking good.

Maybe we would just make them all. I mean, this was food fest we were going to. Wasn't it? Weren't we going to a food festival?

Mac and Cheese with Shiitake Bacon
Wait. It wasn't Foodbowl. It was Superbowl. My excitement was starting to wane.

All this preparation, the hours of carefully pouring over which fantastic recipes to share, was it all for football?

I wouldn't let the game get to me. I had a job to do. I couldn't let anyone down. My teammate, Mike, was counting on me. Being a non-meat eater at the biggest wing fest of the year is tricky. We needed options.

I was prepared. We chose well. Cauliflower Buffalo Bites, Crispy Buffalo Quinoa Bites, Baked Jalapeno Poppers, Macaroni and Cheese with Shiitake Bacon, Greek "Sushi", Bunnies in a Blanket and finally, Chili.

Jalapeno Poppers
When game day rolled around we were ready. Our spicy treats were prepared for the crowd. We made our way to the starting line.

As we placed our goods on the field, we were lauded for our presentation. Our wingless goods were ready to fly.

As was customary, we were teased for our non-meatless morsels. Yet we knew, as did our friends, that our food would be eaten and we'd be left with nothing but meat.

Quinoa Buffalo Bites
We were ready. Ready for the game before the game. The most important part of any celebration and the real reason we all got together. The food.

Plates were passed around, drinks were poured. We manned our stations and it began.

The Great Food Bowl of 2018.

While it's not that important I guess it it worth mentioning that the game was played between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.

Back to the snacks. They extended for tables.  There was something for every palate.

I can proudly say that our tasty morsels were snatched up. We have to be quick around here, even our meatless snacks are usually the first ones to go.

Greek "Sushi"
I never know whether to be upset about this or honored. It usually depends on how hungry I am. Today, it was a little bit of both.

I watched as first the poppers flew off the plate. Next went the buffalo bites. The bunnies weren't far behind.

I knew I had to make my way down the field to make a play or I'd be left on the sidelines.

I slipped from my chair and made it just as the last of the snacks were going. I made it just as the clock counted down. The last bites were mine.

The Great Food Bowl was once again a success. Oh and The Philadelphia Eagles won the game.

Bunnies in A Blanket

If you'd like to know more about any of the snacks mentioned here, email me for more recipes.

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