Since the days of Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, Mean Jo Greene, Lynn Swan, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, Mel Blount, and the Steel Curtain, I have been a football fanatic. I was the little girl who asked for a Franco Harris jersey as a Christmas gift. Please note, this was well before it became culturally cool to do so. Sunday was a “very holy” day in my home. Not only was my father a minister; he religiously had us watching all games when our family returned home from church. My mother would make a quick lunch (usually grilled cheese and Jello;  I can’t make this up) and then we would retire to our basement for an afternoon of “Football 101” provided by my father. I can’t say that my father was a football aficionado, but he surly gave me a strong foundation in understanding the game.  As a little girl, I studied the game. I would watch intently, decided I would have been a great cornerback or tailback, could explain what the officials were doing, knew almost all of the coaches and the majority of the “star” players.  I should have been doing an internship with Chuck Noll by the time I was 10. Well, at least in my mind.  I was in a love affair and it was with football.

Unfortunately, my Dad is no longer with me, but what he instilled is etched in my very existence.  In an effort to provide my daughters with the full game day experience that was given to me (transforming my Mom’s food options), I’ve been hosting  football parties in our home for years. Sharing delicious game day food served up with a bunch of trash talk. With that being said, I’ve parlayed my hostess status into; a cooking show, blog, cookbook, game day sauces, and much more.

What I will give you are; easy, delicious, game day foods that will make you the fan favorite with all your guests.


Making your X’s and O’s Easier…




crab nachos inst

16 oz. lump crab meat
12 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2-3 dashes Worchester sauce
2-3 tsp. old bay seasoning
shredded Monterey jack cheese
corn tortillas
oil for frying
shredded Monterey jack cheese
pickled jalapenos

1. In a large skillet, heat oil to 350 degrees. Cut tortillas into quarters, and fry until golden brown.
Drain on paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. In medium sized sauce pan, mix crab, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Worchester sauce, and old bay. Cream together over
medium heat.  Allow to warm for over low heat for 15-20 minutes.
3. Spoon a scoop of the crab mixture onto individual tortillas. Top with Monterey jack cheeses and a jalapeno.
4. Place under broiler until cheese is melted.