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The Art of Tailgating: All grown up

September 15, 2010

Last year the Roomie and I were introduced to the wonderful world of catered skybox seats for football. The economic downturn means that it probably won’t happen this season, but we’re not quite ready to give up the delicious food and the feeling that we were a little bit classier than usual.

This menu plays off of the old stand-bys and is a grown up version of the typical tailgate menu.

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Custom Jones Soda: Jones Soda Company provides a service that allows customers to upload their photos and custom order any flavor and color soda.

Hot Apple Cider: Nothing reminds me of fall more than hot apple cider. Spike it with spiced rum or brandy to keep extra warm.

Rock Candy for Drinks: Rock Candy in your team colors make great swizzle sticks for drinks and add a splash of spirit to your table.

Pigs in a Blanket: Another yummy tailgate staple, these usually disappear from the table within minutes. I’d love to make a version with mustard stitching on it.

Deviled Eggs: These football shaped deviled eggs are a great treat and can be made the night before to save time in the morning.

Clam Chowder: This warm soup is a replacement for chili on a cold day and is perfect for a New England themed tailgate. To add to your tailgete theme, try using foods that are local favorites.

Hot Cocktail Sandwiches: Sweet Life Kitchen created these amazing pulled pork sandwiches. The same trick would work well with grilled cheese or philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Keep them warm over sterno.

Mini Pies: These little pies look impressive, but can be surprisingly easy to make. Using frozen pie dough, you can make these in muffin pans. This pecan pie is another great variation.

Caramel Apples: Buy these or make them on your own for a yummy autumn dessert that will make everyone feel like a kid again. You can even add team color or football sprinkles to make them more festive.

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