"Chief Entertaining Officer" and "That's Entertaining" author Tim Laird has party planning tips for the big game!



Posted on January 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 31 at 12:37 PM


Vegetarian Chili

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 cloves garlic, crushed

1 large onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 yellow pepper, chopped

1 10.75-ounce can puree tomatoes

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 4.5-ounce can diced green chilies

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon cayenne

Juice of ½ lime

1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Heat the olive oil in a large pan and sauté the garlic, onion, green, red and yellow peppers until they just begin to soften.  Add the pureed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, green chilies, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, lime and pepper.  Cover and simmer at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours.


Serves 6 - 8



Cool Everything Dip

This non-fat dip works with everything from vegetables to wings to an assortment of chips, or even as a topper on chili in place of the standard sour cream. 


1 cup non-fat plain yogurt (preferably Greek-style)

1 tablespoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried ancho chili or chipotle chili powder (or a combination of the two)


Combine yogurt, hot sauce, onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder together in a small bowl.  This is best made one day ahead so the flavors have time to blend.


Makes 1 cup


Note:  You can add or subtract the heat to suit your taste.  If you like it hot, add more hot sauce and chili powder.


Big Game Cocktails:


The Gold Rush

In a tall glass with ice add:

1.5 ounces Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey

4 ounces Ginger Beer

Splash of cherry juice

Stir well and garnish with a red cherry


The Big Blue

In a tall glass with ice add:

1.5 ounces Finlandia Tangerine Vodka

3 ounces white cranberry peach juice

½ ounce Blue Curacao

Stir well and garnish with a lychee fruit


Pats (Patriots) Punch

In a tall glass with ice add:

1.5 ounces Southern Comfort

3 ounces cranberry juice

Squeeze of fresh lime

Stir well and garnish with a star fruit slice


Ravens Revenge

In a tall glass with ice add:

1.5 ounces Finlandia Tangerine Vodka

3 ounces blueberry juice

Stir well and garnish with a gold cherry



Even though your favorite team might not be in the big game, you can still show your team spirit with your dogs:

·         Green Bay: Top a bratwurst with beer cheese

·         Chicago: Top a hot dog with green relish, sport peppers, mustard, onions and celery salt

·         Houston: Top a hot dog with BBQ sauce

·         San Francisco: Top a dog with hummus, avocado, sprouts and red pepper

·         New England:  Instead of a chili dog, offer a chowder dog

·         Baltimore:  Top a dog with crab and remoulade sauce

·         New York: Top a dog with mustard, onions and sauerkraut (blue ketchup, found in specialty stores)