game day recipes

Are you having or going to a get together for the Superbowl tomorrow? Do you know who is playing?

I have a few teams I like to cheer on, and when they’re out, it’s all about the commercials and more importantly, the food and the entertaining. I might pick a team before the game starts, I may not.

What Superbowl Sunday really is to me?

Practice for my Oscar party.

pepperoni chili

pepperoni chili

and to dip in the chili:


cheesy tomato stuffed waffles


spicy buffalo hummus

tangy spicy buffalo hummus


buffalo flatbreads

spicy buffalo flatbreads


jalapeno popper sandwich


Mardi Gras jambalaya 


Reuben rolls with homemade thousand island


chipotle grilled cheese sliders


raw tacos with chipotle cream


for dipping everything:

celery ranch dressing

celery ranch dressing 


chick-quin sandwich

chick-quin sandwiches


peanut butter crunch smoothie


chocolate bourbon caramel truffles


salted marcona & chocolate rice crispies


need even more?

FOODball – great game day eats from friends


are you watching tomorrow? who are you rooting for, Jim or John Harbaugh?


broccoli cheese muffins

broccoli cheese muffins

Hello, muffin – what’s that you’re hiding?

Under your cheesy crispy exterior, inside your fluffy buttery crumb, I spy a hidden broccoli tree!

When I made pepperoni chili, I wanted to pair it with a muffin. I knew from the tastes as it simmered all day that this chili was going to be epic – I needed an equally knock your socks off muffin to accompany it.

broccoli cheese muffins

The recipe I found is epic, this I guarantee.

The flavor is buttery and cheesy and if comfort was a flavor, I’d say that too.

These are crispy yet soft, light yet substantial. The extra fun is a full tree of broccoli inside each muffin – always a popular trick.

broccoli cheddar muffins

The original recipe is the genius of Kate from Food Babbles.

The changes I made:

full trees of broccoli inserted into muffin rather than chopped broccoli mixed in

apple cider vinegar + coconut milk in place of buttermilk

gluten free all purpose flour, plus 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

vegan cheddar cheese, flax egg

See full recipe here.

broccoli cheese muffins

and then make these muffins as soon as it is possible.


pepperoni chili

pepperoni chili

This chili tastes exactly as I imagined it would – a warm bowl of spicy pepperoni. I have had this on my mind for a few weeks, and could not wait to try it. First thing you think of when I say pepperoni? Pizza, right? Most likely not chili. Trust me, this works. It works well.

I added some other classic pizza toppings – green bell pepper, tomato, mushroom. Okay, no mushroom. I thought about it, even had them out to chop up – then changed my mind. No, not in chili.

pepperoni taste test

After standing in the faux meat aisle for too long, holding two brands of pepperoni, I decided to conduct a taste test – I bought both!

In categories of flavor, texture and structure (whether they held up or ripped when peeling individual slices), Tofurky won our vote in a landslide. The flavor was spicy and very pepperoni like, the texture was decent, and the individual slices stayed in one piece. For this recipe, I sliced the pepperoni into quarters, so the structure didn’t matter as much, but it will if I ever want to use it on pizza…

We enjoyed this chili with a cold beer and broccoli cheese muffins, and piled it high with fresh jalapeno and more pepperoni:

vegan pepperoni chili

pepperoni chili

1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 + cup vegetable broth (or water)
2 cups cooked pinto beans
2 cups (1 can) kidney beans
2-3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
sea salt and pepper
1 (4 ounce) package pepperoni

In large soup pot, saute onion with olive oil. Add garlic, bell and jalapeno peppers, tomatoes and broth. Add beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, pepperoni, salt and pepper –  stir to combine and simmer on medium / medium low heat for 60-90 minutes (or transfer to slow cooker after sauteing veggies).

pepperoni chili

Pepperoni – it’s not just for pizza anymore.