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The frost glistens as the sun reflects off the wintery white. My son’s cheeks redden as he saunters out to our wood pile, snagging another log to top off the roaring fire inside. Soft music plays in the background, and our home is filled with the aromas of a home-cooked meal. As we gather around the fire …
WAIT! Who am I trying to kid? It’s not peaceful, it’s GAME DAY!
Testosterone rages through our family room as three high school football-playing sons and one old-timer dad, reliving his college football-playing years, hoot, holler and high-five as their team runs out onto the field.
Yes, the fire does roar, along with the fans in the family room. Yes, smells of comfort food permeate throughout the house, but if you’re looking for a serene environment, look elsewhere for the next four hours because the only question being answered is, “Are you ready for some football?”
As a family born and raised in Wisconsin and, specifically, a husband who grew up in Green Bay, game day isn’t just a few hours spent watching football, it’s a day to experience life to its fullest, along with all the toppings — which, in this family, means donning our Packers gear, lighting the grill, gathering family and friends, and then enjoying food, fun and football all afternoon long.
This experience is not to be taken lightly, nor is the food, which stimulates the senses and sets the atmosphere for the evening.
The first course tides us over until the grill heats up; taco dip, beer dip, cheese ball, sausage and hot artichoke dip are just a few favorites. Appetizers keep the carnivores at bay for a few moments, but soon the counter is filled with their favorites: beef of every variety.
In Wisconsin, the Packers grace most TVs every Sunday, along with the staples of meat and cheese. Yesterday, I shared another iconic Sunday treat, Wisconsin Beer Dip Recipe. It’s so good, that even those who don’t drink will love it.
Do you have any special game day food favorites that you love to share with your family and friends?
I would love to develop a broader repertoire. I’ve been stuck on my favorites for years, and can’t wait to hear in the comments.
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Have a blast your next game day, and make it a time to enjoy family, friends and football.
(If you haven’t already guessed, I wrote this for Kitchen Cook-off BEFORE the Packer’s HUGE loss. After a near perfect season, they picked quite the game to fall apart on. If you are so inclined, you may take a moment of mourning for our household, and then gear up to cheer them on again next year. ;))
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