There are several reasons the fall season makes me bittersweet. The lazy calm of summer has come to a close and school has started, so there is quite a bit of planning and activities going on all at once. One of the reasons I LOVE the beginning of fall is the start of football season. I am not an avid fan of any team(I am an equal opportunity supporter), but the camaraderie it instills along with the traditions it makes, gives me reason enough to celebrate the season.
My own personal history of watching football was laying on the couch, catnapping, listening to the roar of the game on the TV, while my Dad had a small table in front of his chair that he would simultaneously play a game of solitaire and yell at the TV to cheer on his teams.
Whether you are a stadium-goer, tailgater or house-party football gatherer, there is so much that surrounds the tradition of the beloved game. It might be that you get a group of friends to go to one big out of town game of your favorite team, or you plan year-round for the ultimate tailgate experience.
It’s fun to start your own football season tradition, such as taking your family to go to your college team games and showing your kids around your alma mater. One way to encompass your love of football and being neighborly can be as easy as getting out your crockpot to make your famous homemade chili and have a few neighbors over to watch the game.
Whatever it is you do to celebrate the game of football, it will be something that creates a bond between family, friends and neighbors. It allows us to cheer on our teams, show good sportsmanship to the opposing team’s fans, and pass along traditions.
Besides the traditional crock pot chili, pigs in a blanket or chips and queso, here is one of my favorite game day recipes:
CHEESY BACON JALAPENO CORN DIP
- 8 Strips of Bacon
- 2 (11 oz) cans whole kernel sweet corn, drained
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
- Parmesan cheese, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400*
2. In a cast iron or ovenproof skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until slightly crispy. Remove from heat and set on paper towels to absorb excess grease. Drain off all but 1 teaspoon of the grease remaining in the pan. Crumble the bacon.
3. Combine the corn, jalapeno, cream cheese, mozzarella, salt, cayenne, half of the bacon, and half of the basil. Scoop into the skillet and bake for 20 minutes.
4. Sprinkle the remaining bacon and basil, parmesan cheese to taste. Serve immediately with corn chips. Enjoy!