Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip

And so it has begun.

Every 3 minutes, James has been getting notifications from ESPN about another football player who is injured and out for the season, roster projections, and anything that might even mildly pertain to football in some obscure way.

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip.  The sprinkle of basil seems weird but it's so amazing.  This is a new football sunday must-have.  Game day appetizer at it's finest!  | hostthetoast.com

He keeps patiently explaining to me every single thing that I somehow forgot about the game since last year.   Is a safety a guy or a play?  Both?  How does one “run downhill” on a flat field?  People “pitch” in football?  WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!  

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Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms

Football season is coming up, and in my area that means a few things:

  • Passionate, reckless fans and a lot of trash talking
  • Beer, beer, and more beer
  • Still more beer
  • There is no question of what we’re doing on Sundays
  • Cheesesteak

Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms- A gluten free, easy to make, and super tasty appetizer for game day or parties! | hostthetoast.com
Now, Cheesesteaks are always popular here in the oh-so mystical land we call the greater Philadelphia area.  Whether they’re with wiz or provolone, loaded up with onions or not, you can find them at almost every establishment with their soft bread soaking up the juices from the strips of beef.

Just typing that is making me drool.

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10 Gifts for Everyone On Your List

It’s well passed the time of year when holiday shopping begins, but if you’re a procrastinator like me, odds are you have a few people left to check off on your gift list.  (Or all of the people.  I’m not judging.)  In order to help you out, I made this gift guide with 10 gifts for every type of person you have to buy presents for!  Well, maybe not every kind of person– I don’t have time for that.  But lots of kinds of people, and we’re going to keep the title anyway.
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Apple Butter BBQ Ribs

I have somewhat of a torrid love affair going on this season with the classic pork and apple flavor combination.  Sure, it’s been around forever, but for whatever reason, something about the sudden chill in this year’s air has got me thinking in one direction.  (Hint: it’s a direction that involves an entire apple grove and pig farm.)  By the way, when I say “it’s been around forever”, I really mean forever.  Or at least dating back to the 1300’s.  I’m a little late to the game, apparently.

But despite centuries’ worth of pork and apple recipes, I have never in my life had apple butter ribs.  Or had never, I should say, because obviously once I realized that I’d never tried them, I was dead set on making them.  I should also mention that I had never tried apple butter in the first place, but, I mean, it’s called apple butter.  There was absolutely no chance that I wouldn’t like it.

Apple Butter BBQ Ribs

Instead of going out and buying apple butter, I decided that I’d make it myself since I just so happened to have 10 pounds of apples laying around from when I went apple picking with James.

Speaking of which, why is it that every couple who has an apple grove within a fifty mile radius of them feels the need to go apple picking in the fall?  As someone who did go do this, I have to say that I don’t know.  I really don’t.  I think it’s some kind of unwritten rule to do something in the fall that is supposed to be fun and cute, and couples can wear flannels and take pictures and do some little romcom-worthy things and giggle together, or whatever.  But apple picking really isn’t that much fun,  as I began to realize after ten minutes or so at the grove.  You get there, and you pick the apples, and then you think, “Now what?  Are we supposed to take pictures with the apples?  Should we laugh as we pick an apple?  I can try to use my other hand to snap a picture of both of us on my phone but the sun is glaring and I can’t open my eyes that wide and I keep cutting him out of the picture…”
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Chili Cheese Dog Dip

For me, football season has always been about the dips.  In fact, when I was just getting interested in cooking, I made a few trays of dip for a Super Bowl party at my years-later-to-be-boyfriend’s fraternity house, and he even just recently reminded me of how kick-ass it was and how quickly it was devoured.  Now that I think about it, that might have been one of the first times he ever went out of his way to talk to me.  (He’s kind of shy, or introverted, or whatever you’d like to call it, but if he’s already opening his mouth to yell at football players in between shoveling down half a tray of dip, he’ll also use it to genuinely thank you for your delicious contribution.)  You could say our relationship is owed to a football season dip.  It wouldn’t have much truth to it, but you could say it if you wanted to.
 
Chili Cheese Dog Dip
 
But this isn’t about my relationship.  It’s about football season, dips, and how everyone will suddenly think you’re the one of the greatest human beings to grace the face of the earth if you make a good one.   (I’d even venture to say the same holds true for any party or event you attend.)
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