From The Cocktail Party: Eat, Drink, Play, Recover
I’m not the strongest of athletes. I was on one team during my entire high school and college career – the 8th grade basketball team – and the sole time I was asked to leave the bench and join the game, I did score a basket, sadly though for the opposite team. (special thanks to Coach Sulinski for letting me cry on his clipboard during the long and humiliating bus ride home).
I still don’t know any of the proper rules of the game, nor can I honestly say that I have ever watched more than 30 seconds of any televised sports (do national anthems or half-time shows count?) My husband knows me so well that when he is stuck with an extra ticket and literally no one on the planet is available to join him at a game, he’ll try to bribe me with, “Come one! You can get cheese fries delivered to our seat.”
And while I'm very proud to say that I've catered a party for the New York Jets where Joe Namath was present, other than once attending a bat mitzvah where Jimmy Connors was signing tennis balls, that's all I've got in the sports department.
Actually, that's not true; I did once pull a very sportsman like maneuver with our waiters to remove an offending piece of sea bass that had accidently fallen onto Keanu Reeve's jacket while we were French-serving a dinner at the Woodstock Film Festival. My captain (literally, my service captain, Chris) was the offensive coordinator, alerting me to the fallen piece of fish. My server, Shawn, as quarterback, did a hand-off of a service napkin to me, playing the role of running back, so that I could travel through the party with stealthlike precision. But....dammit!! Interception from Vera Farming, who leaned in to chat with Keanu. Finally, after a short time-out, I approached Neo, I mean Keanu, and casually placed my hand with the napkin on his sleeve and swatted away the fish while asking if I could get him anything from the bar. Touchdown...I think? Either way, crisis averted.
And since I'm a good sport (ha ha ha), I don't want to leave any sports fans/party throwers out in the cold, so I've decided to consult a glossary of sports terms that you can apply toward your next party. I'll pretend I'm your captain (which is funny coming from a girl who joined cross country just so she could run past the players at football practice in short shorts and a cropped tank top), but let's go with it.
the sports fans guide to hosting a party
BEERBON cocktail recipe
Yields 12 Servings
12 12-ounce cans of beer
1 24-ounce bottle of your favorite bourbon
You can either pour the ingredients into a drink receptacle and serve OR serve the beers in a beer tub with a bottle of bourbon and encourage your guests to mix together.
The maco aka THE MAC & CHEESE TACO
MACO the Mac And Cheese Taco with Guacamole (the single greatest game day food on the planet...says me ;)
1½ cups whole milk or half and half
½ cup Velveeta cheese, diced small
¾ cup each Gruyere, sharp Cheddar, Fontina cheese, diced small or shredded
¼ cup blue cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Chipotle pepper puree
½ box elbow pasta
3 teaspoons canola oil
36 mini taco shells (see recipe below)
½ cup guacamole
Taco Shells Recipe
8- soft corn tortillas 6"
2 tblsp olive oil
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