When I heard the theme for this challenge it was music to my ears! I am a Wisconsin girl but, to hit the target even harder, I am a GREEN BAY, Wisconsin girl. I live in Titletown and tailgating is almost as big of a deal as football here. When I tell people about our tailgating practices they think it's odd, but it's totally normal here. Normally, when we get ready to tailgate you need a few basics: food (brats) and drinks (beer, shots, bloody mar bar set up...ect). My husband and I have a set up we bring with to Packer games and it is: a folding table, a few coolers, bag/folding chairs, overhead covering if it is raining, grill/supplies, utensil, plates, paper towel rolls, football and other yard games. When we head to a Packer game we usually park in the bar area for $20 because you can tailgate in the lot and all the surrounding bars have tents and live bands and/or music starting around 8 or 9 am. We like to get a good spot and will usually get to tailgating around 7:30 - 8 am for a 12:00 pm kick-off. Normally, the good tailgating areas are packed around 9:00 - 9:30 in the morning.
Our set up has the basics, but some of our neighbors do some pretty awesome things. I think one of my favorites was a pair of guys making Jager and root beer slushies with a blender attached to a pair of motorcycle handle bars and passing them around to everyone.
After the game, you can head back for a little more tailgating, but many people spend the remainder of the day/night in the tents for the after game parties with music and more drinks.
So, that was a quick idea of a Sunday afternoon in Green Bay!
For this challenge, I was assigned the blog Karen's Kitchen Stories
. I didn't see a lot of sports talk, but I saw many beautiful baked goods on her blog. Karen is a very talented baker from California. She is a Mom and Grandma and, in her bio, she describes from of her grandchildren drinking sprinkles from a jar and it made me laugh out loud because I could see my Kellen doing the exact same thing! Karen had loads of yummy looking appetizers on her blog such as Mini Ground Beef Tacos
and One Pot Sticky Chicken Wings
. However, her recipe for Roasted Jalapeño Salsa
caught my eye and I have a ton of fresh roma tomatoes and jalapeños from my garden (I actually added a few extra to the recipe because I had lots to use up!). The recipe is so easy and makes a perfect portion of salsa to bring to a tailgate! This salsa is spicy and I loved the kick it gave to my taste buds!
Now that football season is here I can't wait to make another batch to bring to a game. Plus, what wakes a person better than a nice bite from a spicy salsa! Thank you Karen for an amazing new recipe!
10 Roma tomatoes, halved
4 Jalapeño peppers, tops cut off and halved
4 cloves garlic, minced
Salt, to taste
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
Line a sheet pan with foil and place tomatoes and jalapeños cut-side up on the pan. Roast till tender and juices begin to slightly flow on the the baking sheet. This takes 20-35 minutes. The tomatoes and peppers should be slightly charred.
Remove from oven and place in a food processor with garlic and plus till smooth.
Season with salt and cool in the fridge till ready to serve.