It’s almost Turkey Time!!! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year. My family’s traditions and large family gatherings each year to celebrate has always held a special place in my heart. I love the concept of taking special time out with family and friends to be grateful and thankful for all that we have. I love that the day kicks off the holiday season. Aside from beautiful tablescapes and amazing food our family has other traditions for Thanksgiving we continue every year. One of our family traditions is to listen to our first Christmas song and watch a classic Christmas movie as a family after the big meal. And of course, I can’t overlook or forget that I absolutely LOVE the holiday feast. There’s really nothing I dislike about Thanksgiving.
It’s been more than a month of failed attempts at devising my latest culinary delight to share with all of you. And by failed attempts, I really mean no attempts! I have been on complete autopilot. The wedding is officially one month away! If that weren’t excitement enough, my work life got a bit more interesting when my supervisor decided to take her leave and my other counterpart is on her way out the door for maternity leave. Did I mention I will also be out of the office for almost a whole month? So I am trying to hold together the pieces of many workloads and enjoy the last 30 days of engaged bliss.
Today’s post is the complete BTP Superbowl recipe round up for your viewing parties. And let’s get serious; the food spread is just as important as the big game on the television. When I think of Superbowl party food I think of sticky, cheesy, crunchy finger foods, oh and of course some chili! It’s essentially bar food that we eat from the comfort of our couches.
Today’s recipe is exactly as it is described in its title, simple. In browsing through pinterest months ago I had caught a photo of someone “smashing” their baked potatoes. I loved how they looked and the thought of a little extra crisp to my traditional baked potatoes sounded fantastic. I started to play around with doing this smashed approach to baby potatoes and they came out great. This side dish pairs perfectly with a nice weekend steak and wine duo.
We all know the sad truth that summer will be gone before we know it. I’m the first to admit I am no where near ready. In a matter of weeks I’ll be counting the days until next memorial day. But there is comfort that with Fall comes beautiful trees, pumpkin everything and slow cooked meals! In preparation for those crisp days ahead I’m giving all of you a great infographic! It will become your go-to guide for all things crockpot. Learn the settings, get some prep and cooking “hacks” and even get tips on how to clean your cooker.
A little over a year ago a co-worker of mine introduced me to i heart keenwah. They were a snack company on the rise with the launch of their quinoa clusters. These sweet and crunchy little snacks were so addicting that I personally reached out to the company to share my love for the brand. They reached out to do a partnership and giveway post with Behind the Plates which I happily took them up on. When I recently received an e-mail from them notifying me that their newest snack product had hit the market; I jumped on the opportunity to give them a taste.
I can’t believe today marks one whole year since I launched Behind the Plates. I can’t begin to describe what a fun and rewarding experience it has been so far. I started the blog as a selfish way to incorporate my passion for food back into my everyday life again. There was a small hope that others might appreciate it as well. However, I truly did not know what to expect. I decided that as long as I was accomplishing my own personal goal of celebrating my love of all things food than it would be a worthwhile journey.
A few weeks ago I helped throw a surprise 30th birthday party for one of my good guy friends. Of course my big role for the night was the cooking and decorating. I wanted to create a macho menu for the mostly testosterone filled guest list. I also knew there would be drinks involved at the party so making food that was substantial enough to balance out the booze was an important factor. I came up with what I think is the ultimate guy’s feast (the ladies loved it too!). Sunday football gatherings are the perfect opportunity to make some (or all!) of this menu.