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Sarah Clark is a native Kansan now living in the big apple. This is the place to get great recipes and tips for the perfect tailgate

Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Toasted Couscous”

Couscous is a great ingredient to feed a crowd quickly and on a budget. I love how fast it cooks and how it can be modified to pair with almost any meal. Here it is toasted to amp up the flavor and then mixed with zucchini and tomatoes cooked in flavorful extra virgin olive oil, perfect with grilled meats or vegetables. Toasted Couscous 1 TB butter 1 TB extra virgin olive oil 1 c. couscous 1 c. water 1/2 t. ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Chicken and Noodles”

When the winter blues try to set in, I always find a good session in the kitchen to be in order to brighten my spirits. What better way to pass the day than to spend it in a warm kitchen with the smells of wonderful things that will nourish you at the end of your efforts. This recipe is especially comforting, not just in the preparation but also in the consumption. Hearty, yet simple, these chicken and nood ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Perfect Hash Browns”

During the winter months I have a hard time motivating myself to go out the door into the cold for anything—even a good meal. So I end up thinking of ways to satiate my cravings at home. For instance if I’ve got a hankering for brunch, I will make myself hash browns topped with over easy eggs. And these aren’t just any hash browns, these are the ultimate perfect hash browns. Super crispy all around with a s ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Pork Chili”

During the holiday season it seems like there’s never enough time to get it all done and get dinner on the table. But a one pot meal can help make it feel possible. Plus this pork chili is hearty and will warm you up on the cold, short days we are having. Roasted peppers add an extra depth of flavor to the dish.   Pork Chili 2 poblano peppers 1 green pepper 2 TB cooking oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves ga ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Ricotta Cake with Lemon Glaze and Pistachios”

I’m the kind of person that needs something sweet to round out a meal to make it feel like I’ve really dined. My husband on the other hand, could take dessert or leave it most of the time. However there are a few instances where we have found an end of meal treat that satisfies the both of us. This cake fits that bill. Not overly sweet and balanced out with a drizzle of tart lemon glaze and salty roasted pi ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Caper Vinaigrette”

With baseball season officially over and holidays a few weeks away, now is a great time to settle back down, relax, take care of yourself, and try to eat well before the onslaught of big meals, candy, and holiday parties. A caper dressing seems rich but is actually fairly light and is simple to throw together and drizzle over a large salad or grilled veggies. It’s so tasty it makes it easy to eat healthy. C ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Chicken Tortilla Soup”

The World Series is heating up. Keep that warmth going strong with a big pot of this chicken tortilla soup to sustain you through the evening and Game 3. Pasilla chiles give this broth a rich depth, but don’t add as much spicy heat as you’d imagine. If you like a little more kick consider adding chili flakes along with the other spices or slicing up some fresh jalapenos for a garnish. Chicken Tortilla Soup ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Everything Flatbread”

This post-season has been EVERYTHING to loyal Royals fans. Waiting for years for this fairy tale story of 8 straight wins taking them into the World Series (!!!). The joy and pride are overflowing and celebrations are taking place everywhere you turn. It’s almost too much to try to put all of that into just one dish for a party. So I’m going to go all in and give you the Everything Flatbread: pizza dough to ...

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The story. The incredible story. The incredible story of the 2014 Kansas City Royals. Any story written about the Royals and their unbelievable run to the World Series contains hundreds of moments and images and names. There’s Alex Gordon laying on the Kauffman Stadium’s left field turf raising his glove and ball in the air. There is Terrence Gore scoring from second base on a wild pitch. There’s a man who ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Pumpkin Ooey Gooey Butter Cake”

This fall has brought a lot to celebrate for Royals fans as the team preps to head into the ALCS versus Baltimore. Keep cheering them on in “Always October” with an autumn inspired dessert. Pumpkin and pie spice send up aromas that remind us of the falling leaves and the thrill of post-season games, now to include memories of the boys in blue tearing it up. This sweet treat is decadent and rich…just like th ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “A Celebration”

Of course tonight's a night to celebrate. Let's have some fun with it by pulling out all the stops with a special spread and then settle in to cheer on Royals post-season baseball! I've rounded up some old favorites that will be perfect for tonight. Maybe get things started with some spicy Sriracha Caramel Corn, classic Beer Cheese Dip, or savory yet sweet Devils on Horseback. Then amp up your burger game w ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Braised Short Ribs”

It’s possible to serve up a pile of meat to a crowd without a lot of effort. When you don’t want to spend hours over a grill or smoker braising is the way to go. After a little chopping and a quick sear the meat and liquids go into the pan and cook slowly with virtually no other attention necessary until it is tender and ready to serve up over pasta, on a sandwich, or in a taco. Braised Short Ribs 4-6 servi ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Spicy Honey”

The perfect condiment can elevate any tailgate party. The best BBQ sauce is a must, of course, a good mustard or aioli can also make a difference in the success of your spread. But now it’s time to shake things up a bit with a new addition: hot honey. The blend of spicy and sweet is a flavor explosion that goes well with almost anything, from a drizzle over your pizza to a glaze for ribs or just a dollop on ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Grilled Shishito Peppers”

As we face September and the impending fall, I am grasping at the last straws of summer with everything I've got. Last week my husband and I made a quick getaway/camping trip Upstate to hike, swim, relax, and of  course, to grill. One evening I threw on some end-of-summer produce to char as we nibbled on a pile of fancy cheeses (we camp in style), including a batch of shishito peppers. These peppers tend to ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Zucchini Cilantro Soup”

Though it may seem like a wintery dish, soup is actually one of my go-to meals in the summertime. It can easily utilize any variety of fresh seasonal produce, can often be served chilled for those really hot days, and doesn’t take a ton of effort to throw together. This bright green version featuring zucchini and cilantro can be served either hot or cold and can even be made a couple of days in advance to c ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Green Goddess Dressing”

When grilling up meats for your tailgating parties, you may as well through some healthy veggies on as well. Give them a nice char, then serve them topped with this bright green, packed with flavor dressing. The blend of fresh herbs, salty anchovies, creamy avocado compliments almost any vegetable you can imagine. Recently I tossed it with fresh cucumbers and blanched green beans, but imagine it would be pe ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Sesame Edamame”

A spread of treats that are easy to nibble on elevates any gathering to winning status. Regardless of whether the party has Asian culinary influence or not, edamame is an excellent addition. It's simple to throw together and fun to eat. Flavored simply by soy sauce and sesame oil, these would be taken up another notch with a dusting of toasted sesame seeds. Sesame Edamame 12 oz. frozen edamame in pods 1/4 c ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Blueberry Pie”

Each winter I greedily imagine the numerous summer pies I will conjure once the temperatures warm up and seasonal fruits are in abundance. Then the sweltering temperatures hit and I remember that turning on the oven for an hour and a half is akin to spending the rest of the day in a fiery hell (the downfalls of a NYC apartment with no central air…) and all those dreams are pushed to the wayside. Yet when I ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Portabella Sandwiches”

Every once in a while I need a break from burgers, hot dogs, and steaks at a sports game. When I still want something hearty but feel like stepping away from the meat, I seek out a portabella sandwich. The mushroom’s rich notes are complimented here with bright lemon-rosemary aioli and a simple arugula salad. Portabella Sandwiches Serves 4 4 portabella mushrooms Salt and pepper 1/4 c. mayonnaise Zest from 1 ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Caipirinhas”

Though the World Cup and its surrounding mania is over, I’m continuing to celebrate summer sports and warm-weather parties with a Brazilian drink in hand: the caipirinha. It is simple and bright with fresh citrus, and refreshes on even the muggiest hot days. Though I’ve seen folks substitute white rum for the cachaca, I’d recommend hunting down this special spirit made from sugar cane juices for its unique ...

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