Gridiron Lifestyle: Gameday Favorites

Remember in college they had something called the "freshman 15"? College freshmen could expect to pack on 15 pounds their first semester away from home, hitting the peace pipe a few times a week and then gorging themselves on pizza, soda, beer and nachos. (Our favorite freshman dish was the "chixwich." It was supposed to be some sort of fried chicken sandwich, but note that the actual word "chicken" is conveniently missing from the name.)
 
The 225 Club encounters a similar phenomenon each tailgate season: we call it the "football 50." It's the amount of weight we can pack on pounding down gameday favorites like venison chili, Angry's Hank's ribs and homemade donuts. Don't laugh. It has happened to us.
 
You might say the "football 50" is a sad commentary on our sedentary lifestyle. We think it's a glowing testament to the quality of our hot, tasty tailgate treats. Rest assured, there's no "chix" in our dishes. Just real meat and the occasional vegetable.
 
(LEGAL DISCLAIMER: By visiting this section and cooking our gameday favorites, you resolve to hold the Cold, Hard Football Facts, its writers, contributors, owners, producers, advisors, directors, hangers-on and resident random drunks blameless for any rapid weight gain you may encounter during this or any other football season from here into perpetuity.)
 
 

Boston Harbor Hotel's Classic New England Clam Chowder

Cold, Hard Football Facts for January 16, 2014

Daniel Bruce, the executive chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel, is a longtime Friend of the Facts and one of the world's great experts on regional New England cuisine. We share his recipe for New England clam chowder.



CHFF Tailgate Team: Grilling Tips From The Experts

Cold, Hard Football Facts for May 27, 2013

The CHFF Tailgate Team talked to some of the nation's top chefs and steakhouses for these grilling tips from the experts.



Old-Fashioned Jambalaya, A New Orleans Tailgate Favorite

Cold, Hard Football Facts for January 26, 2013

Our old-fashioned jambalaya provides a true taste of New Orleans and is a proven crowd-pleaser at any tailgate party.



The New Orleans-Style Muffuletta: A Perfect Gameday Party Snack

Cold, Hard Football Facts for January 21, 2013

The muffuletta is a Big Easy twist on the good ol’ Italian sandwich and a super easy party-plate snack that anybody can make for the Big Game.



New England Tailgate: Rhode Island-Style Clear Broth Clam Chowder

Cold, Hard Football Facts for January 20, 2013

Most people are familiar with creamy New England-style clam chowder. But little Rhode Island has its very own very tasty clear-broth version.



Tasty Awesomeness: Ma Byrne's New Year's Eve Crabbies

Cold, Hard Football Facts for December 30, 2012

Ma Byrne always makes something for New Year’s Eve that we call crabbies: a high-saturated fat mixture of crab meat, butter and fake cheese spread across an English muffin and broiled. That's some tasty hooch, folks.



Deep-Fried Stuffing: Our Thanksgiving Tailgate Masterpiece On TV This Week

Cold, Hard Football Facts for November 14, 2012

They say that necessity is the mother of invention – and it was necessity that led to the invention of our Thanksgiving masterpiece, deep-fried stuffing. You can see it made on TV this week in "A Thanksgiving Tailgate."



Deep-Fried Stuffing: Our Thanksgiving Tailgate TV Masterpiece

Cold, Hard Football Facts for November 11, 2012

They say that necessity is the mother of invention – and it was necessity that led to the invention of my Thanksgiving masterpiece, deep-fried stuffing.



Tailgate like a champ: Alabama hot pickled t'maters

Cold, Hard Football Facts for January 10, 2012

We hunted down the man behind an Alabama tailgate classic made famous in the book, 'Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer.' They're called hot pickled 'maters, they're damn tasty, we've made 'em and we show you to make them, too.



Kick off the New Year with a hot pot of hoppin' John

Cold, Hard Football Facts for December 31, 2011

Rough year with your fantasy league? Our recipe for hoppin' John will ensure that your picks for this year will come through, as well as anything else you might need help with.



 



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