super bowl sunday XLIX

superbowl_XLIXYou may or may have not noticed, but I decided to take the Pro Bowl off.  I was off to mentally prepare for the Super Bowl as I had committed to attending my 1st ever Super Bowl Party.

When Mike asked if I wanted to go to this party, the lure of chicken wings took over all of my cognitive processes and I hastily said yes.  Once my wing haze cleared, I realized that I had committed to being present for a FULL football game.  When football is on at home, I have the option to hide in the bedroom, bake something in the kitchen, nap in the den, or go to the gym. Attending this party meant that I would have to stick around from kick off to the ceremonial Gatorade-ing of the winning team’s coach.

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Now that the Super Bowl is over and Sunday has passed, I can surprisingly say that the game was actually entertaining; given I was distracted by great company, surrounded by delicious food, and for the most part, anxiously awaiting the half time show [I’m not a huge Katy Perry fan, but her performances are entertaining and her songs are catchy].  I have decided that I shall commemorate my 1st Super Bowl Party with my very own highlight reel.

**NOTE: I was too busy taking in my 1st SB party and didn’t take any pics [ food, football, or other ]… Also, I didn’t want to be the the weirdo snapping pics all night | apologies 

Here are my top 10 Super Bowl highlights in no particular order.

1. Katy Perry entering the stadium on a GIANT tiger [ image from… ]

2. Missy Elliot getting her freak on

3. Dancing sharks

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4. Katy’s seamless quick changes from 1 Jeremy Scott creation to the next one

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5. Gisele’s game day instas

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6. Butler’s interception during the last 20 seconds of the game to clinch the win for New England.  So exciting!!!

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7.  The table filled with cheese and warm dips that I stood beside with both feet planted

8. Rupert’s Philly Cheese Steak [sorry no pic | both hands were busy cheese steak-ing]

9. The corn bread Mike served up to accompany chilli [ scroll down for the corn bread recipe he used ]

10. Chicken wings!!! [ recipe to come on a later post ]

…jalapeño cheddar corn bread…
[ Ina Garten via Food Network ]

corn

. 3c all purpose flour
. 1c yellow cornmeal
. 1/4c sugar
. 2tbs baking powder
. 2tsp kosher salt
. 2c milk
. 3xl eggs lightly beaten
. 1/2lb unsalted butter; melted | with a little extra to grease the pan
. 1/3c chopped scallions + a little extra for topping
. 3tbs seeded + chopped fresh jalapeños
. 2c grated smoked cheddar + a little extra for topping [ the recipe called for cheddar but Mike chose the smoked ]
. 1c of fresh corn kernels pan fried in salt + pepper + oil  [Mike added this to the recipe]

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combine flour + cornmeal + sugar + baking powder +salt in a large bowl
in a separate bowl combine milk + eggs + butter
stir wet ingredients into dry until most lumps are dissolved | don’t over mix!
mix in corn + cheese + scallions + jalapeños
let mixture sit in room temp for 20mins

preheat over to 350ºF
grease a 9x13x2″ baking pan [ or do like Mike and use a Silpat lined baking sheet ]

pour batter into pan | smooth the top | sprinkle surface with grated cheese + chopped scallions
bake for 30-35mins or until toothpick comes out clean
cool
cut into large squares
serve warm or @ room temp with a big bowl of chilli 

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Though I had no ties to either team, I decided to cheer for New England and New England brought home the win.  All in all it was a great night.  Now that I have my 1st Super Bowl party under my belt, perhaps next year, we will host one of our own.  I can see it now, a buffet of chicken wings and a desert tower of football themed sweets.

This Sunday I did not escape. I was surrounded by football.
I survived another season!!!

madelaine

football image sources in order of appearance

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/super/2015/02/01/new-england-patriots-seattle-seahawks-super-bowl-xlix/22718137/
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31089371
http://www.buzzfeed.com/kristinchirico/katy-perrys-dancing-sharks-is-actually-very-hot#.nuvwR7RaA
http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2015/02/01/super-bowl-2015-katy-perry-halftime-show-outfits/
https://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/blogs/fashion-blog/super-bowl-2015–katy-perry-s-half-time-performance-fashion-was-out-of-this-world–103416122.html
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/video-super-bowl-katy-perry-768941
@giseleofficial Instagram
http://www.mcall.com/sports/mc-super-bowl-call-butler-interception-20150202-story.html

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