I have a confession to make. I used to be a football ‘faker’. I would feign interest in football games just to be part of the crowd – clap when everyone clapped, stand up when everyone stood, and yell out things I heard others yell out. My boyfriend was on our college football team, and I had no idea what went on for four years.
I feel a little ashamed now, especially knowing the reason for my lack of interest – it all just seemed way too complicated. And if I hadn’t learned the rules before college, well it was simply too late.
Since being married to a football fan who is very dedicated to his college team, I have once again found myself attending football games, this time with young kids often in tow. And they ask me questions . . . about football. Well, I can’t have the children growing up in ignorance like their mother did. So I’ve been forced to actually pay attention and figure out what’s going on. I guess it’ll keep my brain young and all, you know, learning something new. And my kids won’t have to fake it either.
Now, something I don’t have to fake is cooking up some tasty football snacks. If you’re in need of a warm and spicy dip for the game, this is what you need to put on the table. Sausage, cream cheese, spicy tomatoes and hot sauce melt together to make a delicious dip for corn chips, baguette slices, or crackers. It also tastes just as fabulous with turkey sausage and light cream cheese as it does with the regular stuff.
Trust me, there’s no fakin’ the fabulousness of this dip.
Hot and Spicy Sausage Dip
- 1 pound (16 oz) ground sausage, pork or turkey
- 2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
- 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, regular or reduced fat
- hot sauce to taste
- Cook sausage in a large saucepan over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain and return to pan.
- Add tomatoes and cream cheese to pan and cook, stirring occasionally until thoroughly blended and heated through.
- Stir in hot sauce to you liking.
- Serve warm with corn chips, crackers, or baguette slices.
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We don’t really use much mayonnaise in my house, actually, I’m the only one who eats it and not that often. The husband has sworn it off, along with Chinese fast food and pretty much lunch altogether (it’s a lot like this). I don’t tell him it’s in the pimento cheese.
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We have what I call a small zoo at our house. Two dogs, a bunny and a guinea pig that all eat, drink and make waste, to put it mildly. The kids have to be reminded quite often who these animals belong to and whose responsibility they are. We have threatened to give away said animals quite often, also. But as I was looking through my photos this weekend, I discovered that the animals do find a way to get a little attention. This was just too funny not to share. Continue reading
Most days I would rather just have a plate full of different appetizers than a main dish. What I like most about going to parties is getting to do just that, and being able to see what kinds of new things are available. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone brings something like Captain’s Wafers wrapped in bacon and Parmesan cheese, or cream cheese covered with caramel and toffee bits, or chocolate chip cheese ball. Continue reading
We live in a small town on the outskirts of a larger metropolitan area. Since we moved here just about a year and a half ago, many restaurants have come and gone. A pizzeria, two delis, an Italian restaurant, a country kitchen, and a bar and grill have all closed. We still have a barbecue place, a chicken shack, two bar and grills, and a southern style restaurant, along with the usual smattering of fast food and pizza chains. But the restaurants that really do the business here are the Mexican and Chinese places. There are at least three Chinese restaurants that I can think of, and there may be more hidden somewhere in the strip malls. I have to admit that I haven’t been to any of them, and not for any reason in particular, but I’ve heard they are all pretty good. A new Mexican restaurant just opened up last week, which is really a good thing, since the other one is packed every night of the week. I have been to both of these, and I can say they are both pretty good, too. I just have one complaint. Continue reading
North Carolina author Reynolds Price once wrote about pimento cheese: “…it was the peanut butter of my childhood–homemade by mother…I’ve been caught eating a pound in two days (though it keeps well), especially if life is hard.” We definitely had peanut butter in our house growing up, and still do, but pimento cheese (we call it PUHMINNA cheese) was and is my “stand at the sink” sandwich of choice. I can eat it as an appetizer, on top of my burgers, in between two slices of white bread, and lately as my favorite version with bacon and tomato (if it’s summer) on whole wheat as pictured above. Continue reading