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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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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Watermelon Salad”

Hot, humid days call for cool, crisp salads. This version utilizes tender summer bib lettuce topped off with bright melon and a tangy dressing. It’s a beautiful pairing with grilled meats and veggies but also makes a light lunch when anything else feels too heavy. Watermelon Salad Serves 4 Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar 1/2 t. salt 1/4 t. pepper 1/4 t. mustard powder 1/2 c. olive oil 5 c. bib lett ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Bison Burgers”

With the Fourth of July stepping up to the plate tomorrow it’s time to fire up that grill. And if you are wanting a bit of a change-up without straying too far from the classics I’ve got just the thing for you. A bison burger is leaner than beef with only a bit of gamey notes compared to other unique meats. By adding a pat of compound butter to the interior of the patty you get added flavor throughout plus ...

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Nexflix Is Ruining The Royals

This week, I began my 42nd year of life on this planet. Forty-one of those have been as a Royals fan.  The first six months were a fan of pooping. The remaining years were of pooping AND the Royals. In that time, I've seen a lot of baseball. We've talked here before about the grace and majesty of the great game of baseball. We've talked about the casual pace and the fact that a Billy Butler at bat might ta ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Epoisses Sauce”

I’ve always loved a good crumble of bleu cheese on a well-cooked steak so I was intrigued when I was presented with the option of an epoisses sauce for my meat when traveling through Burgundy, France. Epoisses is a washed-rind cheese that is known for being especially stinky. I’m a huge fan of the runny, fragrant cheese and was thrilled with the way it complimented the juicy, rich steak. The sauce is be ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Strawberry Ice Cream”

Summer hits and my oven stays off. The heat is too oppressive to amplify it with a contained flame burning in my apartment. Yet there is one kitchen appliance that comes out and gets a workout in these hot and sweaty months: the ice cream maker. I whip up batches and batches of the creamy stuff in an attempt to cool down. I make it all: traditional styles, boozy varieties, and sometimes experiments with ite ...

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Don’t Stop Believin’ vs. We Will Rock You

It all comes down to this - the final two songs competing to be the new tradition at Kauffman Stadium. Both songs are arena rock classics. Both songs are legendary. Both songs are instantly recognizable. Only one can win. The decision is in the hands of the people tonight. Here are the final two: Don’t Stop Believin’ Song We Will Rock You Journey Artist Queen Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon Write ...

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Rock and Roll All Nite vs. We Will Rock You

One more chance for a song to get to the championship match. Both legendary rock anthems. Both staples on classic rock radio. Only one will have the chance to compete to be the Royals sixth inning tradition. Rock and Roll All Nite Song We Will Rock You KISS Artist Queen Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley Writers Brian May 1975 Year 1977 Dressed to Kill/Alive Album News of the World 57/12 Top Chart Position N/A Hard ...

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Don’t Stop Believin’ vs. Livin’ on a Prayer

And then there were four. Two 1980s titans go head to head in a battle of songs that do not believe in the letter "g." Only one can move on, regardless of how beloved both songs are. Don't Stop Believin' Song Livin’ On A Prayer Journey Artist Bon Jovi Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon Writers Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child 1981 Year 1986 Escape Album Slippery When Wet 9 Top Chart Positio ...

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Twist and Shout vs. We Will Rock You

We close out the elite eight with one of the most epic match ups in this competition, between a pair of heavyweight English rock and roll bands. Who makes it to the semifinals? This is as tough a choice as I’ve seen yet. Twist and Shout Song We Will Rock You The Beatles Artist Queen Phil Medley, Bert Russell Writers Brian May 1964 Year 1977 Please Please Me Album News of the World 2 Top Chart Position N/A ...

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Batter Up and Fry: Tailgating Treats. “Smoky Asparagus Salad”

As a New Yorker with a small apartment and no yard, I am constantly trying ways to feel like I’m cooking out without the grill. This chilled asparagus dish has smoky notes that hint at the outdoors with no fire required. Even for those with a grill, this side is great for the less-than-ideal-bbq-weather days.   Smoky Asparagus Salad 2 bundles of asparagus, trimmed and washed 1/2 c. olive oil 3-4 drop ...

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Old Time Rock and Roll vs. Rock and Roll All Nite

Do you like the rock and roll? Well this afternoon's contest is for you, as two songs with Rock and Roll in the title will be fighting to move into the final four of the Play it Forward competition. Tom Cruise in his underwear vs. a group of shock rock legends. Old Time Rock and Roll Song Rock and Roll All Nite Bob Seger Artist KISS George Jackson, Thomas E. Jones III, Bob Seger Writers Gene Simmons, Paul S ...

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