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Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:09

It takes a team effort to feed hungry football fans

Written by Heidi Springer

You know the guy in your office who roots for “that” team? The one who has little mementos from games attended on his desk and wall? Yeah, that guy. (How could he even think to dis my team anyway?)

Ah, the joys of friendly competition! It is this passion for our respective sports teams that makes it just so much fun to follow. We celebrate, we mourn and we cajole that guy — and it’s a blast.

A big part of all of this fun is the revered tailgate tradition. Whether we are the ones in the parking lot actually cooking next to our tailgates or enjoying a tailgate smorgasbord inside, it is here where many wonderful cooks share their concoctions. There are several team tailgate traditions across the country — beer brats in Green Bay, Chicago-style hot dogs at that guy’s favorite football field, kielbasa and pierogi in Pittsburgh, White Russian pudding shots in Mukwonago (oops … did I say that?) to name a few. 

The ultimate tailgating venue is soon to come with the big game on Feb. 4.

I’d love to hear from our readers about their favorite morsels to share. Send in your recipes via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stop in to one of our offices or mail your favorites. We will publish a selection of recipes on Jan. 21.

White Queso Dip

8 oz. cream cheese (full fat works best)
1 lb pepperjack cheese (full fat works best, choose your heat level)
8 oz. can Rotel diced tomatoes and chilies (choose your heat level)
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 cup sour cream, full fat
Milk as needed (about 1/2 cup to
¾ cup)

Put all of the ingredients into a slow cooker and melt on low. Add milk as needed to thin the sauce to your desired consistency.
Serve with tortilla chips, vegetables or crackers.

Joe on Go White Russian Pudding Shots

Small package instant chocolate pudding
¾ cup milk
¼ cup vodka
½ cup Irish cream liqueur
8 oz. Extra Creamy Cool Whip

Mix pudding and milk for a couple of minutes with an electric mixer; add alcohol, mix well. Add Cool Whip. Put the pudding mix into individual serving cups with lids. Store in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy.

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