November 17, 2015

Tailgate Recipes: Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread


1 baguette
½ tablespoon oil
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 (10 oz) bag baby spinach leaves
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
1½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 green onions, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
Parmesan cheese, grated, to top
Fresh basil leaves or parsley, torn, to top


  1. Cut the baguette into 4 pieces. Use a long knife to cut out the insides, leaving some bread along the edges. Pull out the loose bread to leave hollow bread quarters. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the artichoke pieces and cook for one minute. Reduce heat to medium, add in the spinach, and cook until wilted, turning often.
  3. Mix in the cream cheese and mozzarella, and let it melt entirely. Fold in the green onions and season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Stuff the baguette quarters with the spinach and artichoke dip, using a spoon to help pack the dip.
  6. Once the bread is stuffed, transfer it to a cutting board. Line up the quarters so that they fit together as they did before the baguette was cut. Slice the baguette into slices that are approximately 1" thick.
  7. Tear a piece of heavy duty foil that is about 5-6 inches longer than the baguette. Slide the baguette slices off of the cutting board and onto the foil, keeping them together.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the butter and minced garlic. Loosely cover the top and microwave for a minute, or until the butter is fully melted. Brush the garlic butter over the baguette, allowing some to drip down between the slices. Make sure to get all of the minced garlic on top of the bread.
  9. Wrap the foil around the bread and bake for 15 minutes. Unwrap the bread and bake for 5 minutes, or until the top browns slightly.
  10. Remove from the oven, top with parmesan cheese and torn basil or parsley leaves, and serve warm.

*I think it would be easy to prep this ahead of time, wrap in foil and then cook on the grill while tailgating. It looks so very yummy!

November 12, 2015

Tailgate Demographics - Women and Tailgating

Everyone seems to cite one source for tailgating demographics. I for one, do not agree with the statistics. According to "The Commish of Tailgating" only 18% of tailgaters are women! What?! Maybe that held true in 1995 or even 2005, but that number has definitely changed. I started this blog in 2011 because I noticed the ever increasing popularity of women who were tailgating. I also wanted to give more women the opportunity to get involved with the hobby by highlighting easy recipes that can translate well for game days and gameday fashion has way more potential past the typical jeans and t-shirt.

I believe tailgating is appealing to more and more women based on the fact that there is such a social aspect to it. I've always said that tailgating is really a big party outdoors and most women I know love to plan parties. I also think more and more women are getting behind the grill too. The facts are that women do appreciate sports more than we are credited for and tailgating does goes hand in hand.

I would love to see another study or survey done that accurately reflects the current demographics and statistics. For now, if you agree or disagree I would appreciate if you left a comment below. Are more women tailgating or do you believe that 18% is a correct figure? Thanks!

November 4, 2015

Tailgate Toys: Wag-N-Bag

Add the Wag-N-Bag to the list of "genius tailgating toys". It's a wagon, that converts to a bag toss game. They are still in the testing phases but hopefully will be launching their kick starter campaign soon. Good luck, guys! I think this one will be a winner.

October 31, 2015

Tailgate Recipes: Mississippi Sin Dip

16oz sour cream
8oz cream cheese, softened
2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup chopped turkey, ham or chicken
1 green onion, chopped
1/4 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
French bread loaf
*Paprika (optional)

Directions: In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except French bread; stirring until well blended. Cut a thin slice from top of bread loaf; set slice aside. Using a gentle sawing motion, cut vertically to, but not through, bottom of the loaf, 1/2 inch from the edge, to cut out center of bread. Lift out center of loaf. Fill hollowed bread loaf with the dip. Wrap loaf with foil.  Bake dip at 350° degrees for 1 hour. Serve with reserved bread cubes, crackers, or potato chips.

October 30, 2015

Top Trends in Tailgating and Sports

I have a new feature on the blog that I hope you all with like. It's my version of a "post game" update with the most interesting, coolest, funniest, trending....sports, tailgate, and gameday related findings. It will be chock full of recipes, news, and fashion trends. I hope to post weekly (if that's too much let me know) while we are in football season and then a little less (depending on your feedback).

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If you like what I'm putting down, please let know, shoot me an email or leave a comment. I would also love if you shared the email with your fellow tailgate and gameday enthusiasts. Thank you!