If you've been in a cave for the past few weeks, you may not know about the upcoming Super Bowl. But, most everyone in our area is speculating on Brady's foot health and planning parties in anticipation of Sunday's match.
My daughter, coming from a long line of ranters, went off on a tear last night when we saw a Wal-Mart commercial promoting party items for Super Bowl gatherings. It wasn't the nutritionless food being shown that got Gretchen in a tizzy, it was the portrayal of women as the ones who have to plan the party and do all the shopping and serving. Wal-Mart tried to get around the stereotype by showing the women acting as football fans with the raucous high-fives and belly bumping (is there a term for that?).
Rants aside, you can do a better job of feeding your guests if you make something yourself. You know where this is going...come down to the library to borrow a book on parties!
Gold, Rozanne. Entertaining 1-2-3: More than 300 Recipes for Food and Drink Using Only Three Ingredients. [641.5 GOL]
Ray, Rachael. Rachael Ray's Open House Cookbook: Over 200 Recipes for Easy Entertaining. [641.555 RAY]
For those women who don't give a tinker's dam about football, may I suggest a "girly" party for you and your friends? Pick up The Party Girl Cookbook by Nina Lesowitz [642.4 LES]. Or, how about a "chick flick" and dinner? Look through Dinner & a Movie Cookbook: The Best of Dinner & a Movie's Delectable Dishes by Claud Mann [641.5 MAN], to find movie and meal suggestions. (Actually, the movies suggested are not specifically "chick" movies. A better listing is found in Cinematherapy: The Girl's Guide to Movies for Every Mood by Nancy K. Peske [016.79143 PES]).
I'm going to share the absolute best party recipe--Buffalo Chicken Dip.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
3 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into small chunks
3/4 cup pepper sauce (I use Franks Red Hot)
1 (8 ounce) packages low-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch dressing
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Remove from heat. Mix in half of the cheese and transfer the mixture to heat-proof bowl. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and bake at 350 until hot and bubbly.
Serve with celery sticks or crackers.