Saturday, January 12, 2008

Playoff Party

Giao loves football; Alexis doesn't. So, to make football season palatable for everyone, Alexis likes to cook foods that represent the teams playing for those that enjoy watching. For today's games we had Seattle, Green Bay, New England and Jacksonville.

Bagels with Lox and the Works (Seattle)
Bagels aren't really Seattle, but salmon is. For the early comers, we had a bagel and lox station where everyone could toast their bagels, spread them with cream cheese and add red onion, capers, lox and lemon.

Clam Chowder (New England)
Alexis uses a modified version of a recipe that was modified from Duke's in Seattle. We replace the potatoes with turnips for a lower carb version and use all fresh herbs.

Beer Simmered Bratwurst (Green Bay)
We simmered fresh bratwurst in beer until done, then served them in toasted buns with lots of mustard and caramelized onions and peppers.

Key Lime Pie (Jacksonville)
Alexis learned that not only is Key Lime Pie delicious, it is extremely easy.

-10 graham crackers, pulverized
-6 tb butter, melted

Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter with a fork and press into a pie pan. Pre-bake on 350 for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Pie Filling:
-3/4 cup fresh lime juice
-1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
-4 egg yolks

Beat all of the above ingredients for a couple of minutes, until slightly thickened. Pour into the pre-baked crust and bake on 350 for about 15 minutes.

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