February 29, 2012

Tailgate Recipes: Leap Year Cocktail

Today is Leap Day, which only happens every 4 years. Of course we need to celebrate! Especially because we gain an extra 24 hours. We all need more time, right?  I am ordering one of these tonight.

The Leap Year Cocktail was created in 1928, by Harry Craddock for celebrations at the Savoy Hotel in London.

1 1/2 ounces gin
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1/4 ounce Grand Marnier
Dash lemon juice
3 or 4 ice cubes
Twist lemon peel

Combine all ingredients, except the peel, in a shaker and stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass, twist peel over the drink to release the oil, and then drop in the peel. Cheers!

February 23, 2012

National Chili Day

Today is National Chili Day, which is celebrated on the last Thursday of the month of February. In honor of this glorious day I thought I would share my favorite chili recipe. At our tailgate, we typically have one game of the year dedicated to a "chili cook-off". Everyone brings their favorite chili but we always have multiple varieties - buffalo, turkey, vegetarian, chicken and chili dogs. Chili is such a great gameday dish.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, finely diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1-2 jalapeno, seeded, finely diced
Salt and pepper for season
1 bottle of Sam Adams beer (or other dark beer)
1 can whole or diced tomato
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 can red kidney bean
1 can black beans
1 cup frozen corn kernel
Juice from 2 limes
Potential garnishes - grated cheddar cheese, scallions, cubed avocado, sour cream

Brown beef in a large skillet in 1 tablespoon olive oil until well browned. Set aside. Add another tablespoon olive oil to skillet and saute onion and garlic until fragrant but overly cooked. Add celery and red pepper, cook  until soft. Add jalapeno and saute for 5 minutes. Return beef to pan and heat, season with salt and pepper. Add beer and scrape up any of the brown bits from bottom of the skillet. Add tomato, chili powder, paprika, cumin and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Gently mix in kidney bean, black beans, corn and lime juice. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Garnish with cheddar cheese, red onion and avocado. Serve with cornbread or rice.

Don't forget about these cute Chili Bites from Southern Living. I love this idea!

February 22, 2012

Don Knobler

If you've ever been to a Dallas Mavericks Basketball game, then I am confident you've seen Super Fan, Don Knobler sitting courtside. He is at every game, dressed in wild outfits and cheering wildly for his favorite team. Don first started attending Mavs games back in 1997. His wife, Damaris, is just as avid of a fan as her husband is. Damaris picks out all of Don's outfits too. They are the cutest couple! Don certainly exemplifies the spirit of "Stylish Gameday." 

Here is a fun video interview with Don, if you want to know a little more about him.

February 20, 2012

Tailgate Toys: Blacktop 360 Grill

This is the ULTIMATE tailgate grill. The Blacktop 360 ($250) has the capability to grill and griddle, along with a warming plate and a deep fryer. It has an "infra-red heat source", which just means it gets really, really hot. Hot enough to cook a bacon-wrapped, filet mignon in just minutes. (Don't judge. It's called "Stylish Gameday" for a reason.) The game changer, of course, is the deep fryer. Because what goes better with a steak, then crispy, salty, truffle fries? The 360 is the perfect circle of life - tailgate perfection. 

February 15, 2012

Gameday Cloth

I am so fortunate to live in a city that has multiple professional sports teams, college teams, amazing restaurants and fabulous shopping. Dallas is truly my mecca for all things that I love - fashion, food, and football. One of Dallas' premiere shopping and entertainment venues, is The Shops at Legacy. I recently had the opportunity to interview the owners of one of my favorite Shops at Legacy, Gameday Cloth

Gameday cloth is not your typical sports clothing retailer. Thank god! (The lighting alone at Sports Borethority is just awful. Don't even get me started on the clothes.) As soon as you walk into Gameday Cloth you notice the boutique feel, you notice the flattering lighting, and the vibe - which is all-around friendly and stylish. They regularly host happy hours and have a permanent beer fridge in the back. It truly is the "Home of the Stylish Sports Fan." 

Southern Methodist University Alumni, Jana Mathena and Scott Boyles started Gameday Cloth online in 2009, when Jana, (like so many of us) couldn't find anything sporty and fashionable to wear to an upcoming SMU football game. Jana is the fashion brains and Scott is the business brains behind the concept. What a perfect pair, like blue cheese and hot wings! Shortly after the website was born, the store followed in 2010.

Gameday Cloth offers apparel and accessories for 30 NCAA Football Teams as well as NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA teams. Their stock is always evolving. Jana told me that she, "tries to find brands that are local and that offer sustainable, trendy designs."  All of their dresses and t-shirts  are very flattering and super soft, with a vintage feel. They also carry fun accessories - hats, sunglasses, and jewelryEach item they sell is handpicked by Jana and Scott to reflect a "lifestyle brand". 

While I was there, I couldn't leave empty-handed. I picked up two Mavericks tees, one for me and one for the hubby. I have a feeling the OU dress shirt below may end up in his closet too.

During the interview we bonded over our mutual love of tailgating, how we live for gamedays and the feeling of community that they invoke. I love their gameday tradition which Jana said consists of, "For early games, we gather at The Boulevard and tailgate with our friends. We love Taco Cabana breakfast tacos with some Trop 50 and champagne." Their dream one day is to convert a vintage air stream trailer into the ultimate tailgating machine. How cool is that?

If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and you are any type of sports fan, their store is a must-see. If you aren't in the area, check out their website, I know you will find something stylish for gameday. 

Store Info:
7300 Lone Star Drive STE C118
Plano, TX  75024
(972) 673-0903

February 13, 2012

Gameday Fashion: Mavericks

We went to the Mavericks game on Saturday. It was the perfect opportunity to rock my new Mavs tee from Gameday Cloth. I paired the tee with Old Navy Rock Star Jeggings tucked into my Nine West Boots. (Sorry for the poor quality pic, forgot to take the good camera with us.)

The Mavs won against the Trail Blazers in double OT. It was a great game! We sat in the Platinum club on the second level which happened to be in front of where Khloe Kardashian was sitting. She was obviously closer to the court then we were, but I had a decent view of the back of her head. She has great hair. When she and Lamar moved to Dallas, I started following her on Twitter. From her tweets she seems to be a fun girl who likes Dallas, so I am glad they are both here. I will be watching their new show, which starts this Sunday, just to make sure she doesn't say any bad things about my favorite city.

February 8, 2012

Tailgate Recipes: Team Colored Jell-O Shots

I made these Giants and Patriots jell-o shot squares this Sunday for our Super Bowl Party. The great part about this recipe is that you can tailor it to any team colors you wanted. They are perfect for gameday and tailgating. As well as Fourth of July parties. I used the recipe from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

Step One – Team Colors Gelatin
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 envelopes Knox gelatin
  • 2 3 oz. boxes flavored gelatin dessert in team colors 
  • 2 cups ice cold vodka or rum 

Pour water into a small saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin.  Allow to soak for a minute of two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes). 

Pour the flavored gelatin powder into two separate bowls.  Divide the hot gelatin mixture and add one part to each bowl. Stir until dissolved.  Let cool for a few minutes, then stir in the liquor. Pour into four separate containers to chill - in order to have relatively symmetrical gelatin blocks.  Chill until fully set, several hours or overnight. 

Step Two – Creamy gelatin
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 envelopes Knox gelatin (1/2 envelope is about 1 tsp gelatin powder)
  • 1/2 of a 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Pour water into a medium saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin.  Allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Stir in the can of condensed milk. Set mixture aside to cool to room temperature. 
Remove the colored gelatin from the refrigerator and cut into small blocks.  Carefully mix the blocks as desired and place in a 9 x 13 glass pan. Return blocks to refrigerator until milk mixture is cool. Once the milk mixture is cooled, pour it over the gelatin blocks.  Skim off any small bubbles that form. Chill until fully set, several hours or overnight. To serve, cut into squares.

February 7, 2012

Tailgate Recipes: Drunk Gummi Bears

750 ml Vodka
3lb bag Gummi Bears
2 cups Fruit Punch

Step 1 - Grab your favorite vodka and a bag of gummi bears. I used a 3lb bag of Haribo Bears, but you can use a different kind. I would experiment and see what brand you like best. I contemplated using flavored vodka but ended up just using regular vodka. Again I would start with plain and then experiment with different flavors based on personal preference. 

Step 2 - Soak your bears. Make sure to soak the bears in a glass bowl with a lid. (I've found that a crockpot bowl works really well.) No matter what size bag of gummi bears you use, the vodka should cover all of them completely. Place in your refrigerator 3-5 days, the longer the better. Stir the bears every day, breaking them apart because they will try to stick together. I soaked my bears for 5 days. Day 4,  I added 2 cups of fruit punch to cut the vodka taste. Drain the bears of all liquid before serving. There shouldn't be too much liquid left. Your bears will be noticeably bigger. 

*WARNING - Contains alcohol, please use responsibly and legally. 

February 6, 2012

Gameday Fashion: Purse Blog

I love this image from Purse Blog. Her Giants manicure and football shaped clutch is the epitome of Stylish Gameday.

February 3, 2012

Super Bowl Party - Part 4

(Baked Potato Bar, Smores Bar, Martini Bar, Burger Bar, Fruit Pizza Bar, Bloody Mary Bar)

Last, in our Superbowl Party series is the Food and Drink Bar. A food or drink bar is the perfect addition to your Superbowl Party, especially if you are pressed for time or you just want to give your guests some variety. Also any of  the above ideas would be perfect for tailgating or for that matter any other type of party. I hope everyone has a great Superbowl Sunday. I can't wait! 

February 1, 2012

Super Bowl Party - Part 3

What better way to celebrate Superbowl then by serving and eating football shaped food! Here are 8 recipes that will impress your  party or tailgate crowd. I am definitely making the Whoopie Pies, they have toasted marshmallow frosting and salted caramel. Yum! I am also making two adult beverage treats that I will share with you all next week. I would love to know what everyone will be serving on Sunday.