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A few years ago, I was invited to play on an indoor soccer team. Even though I  never played soccer (I was a field hockey girl),  I figured I’d give it a try. All I had to offer was I could run. Bottom line, I was not a quick learn on the “ball” skills of “Futbol”.  What I can tell you, I loved the fast pace of the game.  So when I did my last cooking show with Mike Deasel and David Bascome of the Baltimore Blast, I didn’t share my “soccer” experience. We really just chatted it up about food, the team, David’s home land of Bermuda, and his non-profit.  The week after we taped our show Paige, Brooke, and I headed to Baltimore for a game. It was great!!!!!

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The girls and I arrived just on time for the pre-game!!! The Blast went up against The Rochester Lancers

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After the warm-up,  the players headed to their “box”..Mike Deasel right there in the middle

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I love this game…..these guys were shoving and pushing….

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People should take up soccer as a New Years weight loss resolution…

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See this is where I fell short in my efforts to play soccer…

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And a score….a round of “high fives”

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 I really don’t know what this official was doing…I was intrigued by his position!! He was perfectly place to lead the the “Macarena”

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David Bascome Blast Assistant Coach to the far right ..so debonair 

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What I observed throughout the game was David’s intensity….

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Non-stop note taking….

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With a very clear focus on the players………..

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All the cool banners……

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The officials were all over the field….

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Between quarters the fans were given a chance to win some prizes..

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Mike warming up……

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Keeping the blood flowing….

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One of the best parts of the game….Lucio Gonzago scored and watch what happened…..

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Ran up into the stands….

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Got a hug……

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Made his way back down….

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Now that was some excitement……..

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The lovely cheerleaders did their part to keep the crowd excited!!

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This was the score as the girls and I were getting ready to head home…..sometimes an 8 year old can only hang so long…we had so much fun and a game is family friendly…The final score was 23-12

Pumpkin Funnel Cake with Cream Cheese Dip

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So when we were at the game, Brooke went with her standard “Chicken Strips and Fries” but my girl Paige went with a funnel cake. I figured I’d go to my “county fair roots” and make a Pumpkin Funnel Cake…..

Ingredients

  • 1 quart oil for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar mixed + 1 tsp cinnamon for dusting

Instructions

  1. Place the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, egg, brown sugar, pumpkin puree (or 100% pure pumpkin), milk, and pumpkin pie spice until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Mix together the powdered sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Check oil– if you have a thermometer, it should be around 375º. If you don’t have a thermometer, flick a couple of water droplets in the oil. It should bubble, but not pop out of the pan.
  5. Scoop about 1/2 cup (it should be a little less than 1/2 cup, since a lot of it will stick to the measuring cup) into a gallon sized ziptop bag.
  6. Snip off a small corner of the bag and pipe the batter into the hot oil in a circular pattern. Let fry for a few seconds, until golden brown on the bottom, and then turn over (using a fork or tongs). Let fry for a few more seconds until golden brown.
  7. Remove the funnel cake with a fork or tongs and place on a plate lined with paper towels. Dust with the cinnamon powdered sugar and enjoy warm!
  8. Repeat process with remaining batter (I was able to use the same bag for all of the batter by simply placing the bag in a shallow bowl. When I spooned the batter into the bag opening, it didn’t ooze out of the hole, because the bag is sort of laying on itself. Just carefully pick it up, pinching the corner with the hole until you’re ready to pipe it into the oil.)

Cream Cheese Dip

Ingredients

4 oz softened cream cheese

2 cups confectioner sugar

1/2  cup of milk

1 tsp Vanilla

Directions

1. Put all ingredients in large bowl and mix. Start on low speed to not “cover” yourself with the confectioner sugar. Blend until smooth.

Give this great fair treat a try…..

Remember….Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day???

Also Check out my show with David and Mike…..

Click on the link…….

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