Super Bowl XLV posted in: Events, Food and Beverage

Need a last minute idea for Superbowl Sunday? We feel you! As we arrive home with just hours to put our Superbowl party together, we thought we’d share what we have cooked up (in our head….we’re about to spring into some mad action) if you too need some last minute inspiration.

We’re keeping it simple this year by creating using tried and true gameday faves with a twist and details that will add festivity in a flash to the atmosphere.


The easy peezy Petro. A delicious concept that we’re surprised has not caught on across the nation by now. For those of you who do not live in TN or have not had the good fortune to experience the Petro while visiting this great state, you’re in for a comfort food treat.

Fritos corn chips

Chili (we will offer regular and turkey chili)
Cheddar cheese, grated
Tomatoes, diced
Green onions, cut
Olives, cut
Jalepenos, sliced
sour cream

It is the composition of this dish that makes it unique. The petro (also referred to by some as a “haystack”) is all about the layers.

Cover the bottom of your dish with Fritos corn chips
Next cover with your preferred chili recipe
Add toppings as desired: grated cheeses, chopped tomatoes, green onions, and sour cream (use any toppings you like. Get creative!)

This recipe works great as a “build your own when you’re ready” for both the host and guest. To make it easy, print a small sign with “how to” for anyone who may have never had a this yummy dish. Set our small bowls (I like to use short wide cups for great indi presentations) so guests may serve themselves at their leisure. Sample sign (feel free to copy and paste our picture below for your buffet):

Because The ingredients for the petro are so versatile, it’s a cinch to expand the menu. Add baked potatoes and tortilla chips (with the usual accompaniments salsa, bean dip, queso) for guests who might like to make a stuffed potato or opt for a taco-style salad.

Toss in some wings and a fresh veggie presentation with assorted hummus and ranch dips and call it a day (except for dessert of course).

To satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, I found this great recipe for chocolate chip cookie dough dip! I’m going to whip up a little (ok a lot) of this and serve with an assortment of animal and graham crackers and shortbread cookies. And hello, it IS Superbowl Sundae! Doesn’t everyone love to make their own sundae? This dessert is interactive and offers something else for guests to do during half time. Provide traditional flavors (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry) and toppings of nuts, mini chocolate chips, assorted sprinkles, etc. And no sundae is complete without whipped cream and cherries! Again, simply set out serving dishes, and guest can help themselves.

Atmosphere & Entertainment

For instant festivity – dress is game day gear. You and your guests will add spirit and energy by dressing in your favorite team’s jersey. For more décor ideas, click here.

Now we all know the real competition is the one between the big-budget ads shown during the . For a fun activity have a Commercial Contest. Create write in “ballots” with voting categories such as funniest spot, greatest star power (best use of a celeb) most touching, quality ( how well does it work? Is it memorable? In a positive way?) overall best and worst ad to pass out to guests. At the end of the game, share and compare answers.  Click here for a cheat sheet of the ad air schedule.

There you have it, one fast, fab and fun Super Bowl Party!


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip! posted in: Food and Beverage

I just found a great new recipe that will sweeten up any day on Pinterest this week. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip! I just had to share….


1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened
3/4 to 1 cup powdered sugar (*to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips, plus extra for sprinkling


In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the brown sugar until it dissolves and the mixture starts to bubble. Stir in vanilla and set aside to cool.
In a separate bowl, cream the cream cheese and powdered sugar together for 60 seconds. With the mixer on low speed, add in brown sugar and butter mixture. Mix until combined. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.

Garnish with additional mini chocolate chips. Serve with animal cracker, ‘nilla wafers or graham crackers.

Recipe courtesy of Megan at whatsmegancooking.

Enjoy! and let me know if you think it’s a hit or miss.

Bon appetit!

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