I am currently under fire.  Even though my daughters enjoy football, they are brinking on mutiny. We are in arbitrations over the 24/7 ESPN “situation”. My plea of, “Just let Mommy get through this”,  could possibly imply I need an intervention. Just know, consideration to allow 30 minutes of Sponge Bob is currently on the table. Seriously, I can’t get enough of the press conferences,  trades,  increase in football commercials, and Herm Edwards. So many high profile trades and acquisitions have taken place in the last week.  These players must quickly relocate to a new city.  A different franchise means a new play book, team mates, coaches, fans, colors and new foods.  A trade is also about the food.  A beloved food joint could possibly be one of the casualties in any move. Let’s review the food trades.

Chad Ochocinco will be trading up chili on spaghetti for lobster rolls up in New England. Wow! Cuban sandwiches may now be Reggie Bush’s fare in Miami,  no more jambalaya. Vince Young must learn Whiz or no Whiz on his cheese steak in Philadelphia. Arizona here comes Kevin Kolb and Kevin get yourself some tamales.  My favorite food trade is Donovan McNabb from Washington to Minnesota.  Bratwurst, Donovan will be trading up chicken and mambo sauce for Bratwurst. Sadly for me, Plaxico Burress will not be returning to the “black and yellow” and a Primanti Brother’s sandwich. Just pleased to see him back in the NFL.

As for the coaching moves, Jim Harbaugh is my blue chip pick from the off season. Jim received the nod to head the San Francisco 49’s. This family has coaching in their blood. Father Jack Harbaugh was a college football coach, brother John is the Ravens commander and chief, and his brother-in-law leads the Indiana Men’s basketball team. It would be great to see Jim bring stability to the 49’s organization. If Jim can replicate John’s ability to keep his players motivated, an even head with the media, and a genuine respect for the fans, he could possibly resuscitate this franchise. Now Jim’s food trade is not too extreme, he left Stanford for San Fran. In celebration of Harbaugh’s move,  I will share a traditional dish from the Bay Area….garlic fries. Thanks to my friend Randy for the 411 on the fries.

Bay Area Garlic Fries

– Vegetable Oil

– 5 large russet potatoes

– minced garlic in oil (jarred)

– parsley (dried)

– salt and pepper mixer

– In large skillet or dutch oven, pre-heat oil to 350 degrees

– Clean and julienne potatoes, do not peel skins

– fry potatoes at 350 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes

– remove and drain on paper towel. Repeat until all potatoes have been fried once

– increase temperature of oil to 365 degrees.

– Fry potatoes a second time for approximately 15 to 30 seconds

– immediately remove from oil, put into large bowl, add 1 tbs. of minced garlic, 1 tbs. parsley

and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss with tongs and pour onto large platter

-Repeat process

The fries are incredible. The sweetness of the garlic is an unexpected taste. Also, very

tasty with ketchup and ranch dressing.

Anticipation for the season is mounting and I am sure it will be great!   Take Care and remember…….Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day?

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