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I have watched football since I can remember and it has always involved “food”.  My sister, Susan, and I use to watch the games religiously every Sunday.  We would get a big bag of chips and make our famous homemade clam dip.  Then we would sit, stuff our small faces and cheer for our teams.  Susan, as well as rest of my family, loved the Dallas Cowboys and I was into the Pittsburgh Steelers, this always made for some interesting times at our house.  We were two young silly girls, who did not know that much about the game; but we loved the formalities of getting ready for that Sunday afternoon.

Times have not changed much since those early days.  Now I plan the escapades with Lenny and just like my sister and I, we both like different teams.  He is all about the New England Patriots and I am a San Francisco 49er’s fan.  I still don’t know much about the game, but the formalities of getting ready for the big day and planning who will be there and what we will be eating and drinking is as equally as exciting as the first touchdown.

We usually start talking food and drink, way before we even plan the guest list.  We start out thinking that we will keep the menu healthy by serving nibbles such as spicy roasted chickpeas, homemade hummus (recipe below) with veggies, and glasses of wine.  The more we talk about the menu the more it evolves into a menu of hearty (not so healthy) foods such as chips with guacamole and big bowls of steamy and meaty chili with all the toppings, washed down with lots of icy cold beer.   No matter which way the menu goes, there are always plenty of home made chocolate chip cookies to get everyone rallied out of their food comas, so they can cheer for their teams during the fourth quarter.

When game day arrives, we like to keep it simple.   We invite a few of our friends over; they may or may not be into the 49ers or Patriots.  This is okay as it is really more fun (and competitive) if they like the opposing football team.  We lay out the food and let the fun times begin.  There is tons of hollering, laughing, poking fun at each other’s teams and cheering.  It is a great way to spend the day catching up, no matter who wins the football game.

What is your favorite way to spend a football Sunday?  Who is your favorite team?  Do you have a favorite recipe you like to make?  We’d love to hear how you cheer your team on!

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Recipe:  Meyer Lemon Hummus

2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 small garlic cloves, peeled
2 small meyer lemons, zest and juiced
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons tahini
2 teaspoons sumac
1/2 cup olive oil
maldon salt, to taste

Add chickpeas to your food processor.  Give a whirl to mash.  Add the garlic, lemon zest, juice and water.  Whirl until mixed together.  Add the tahini and sumac, give another whirl.  With the food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil, mix well. Season with salt, to your personal taste.  Serve.  Eat.

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