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New Season, New View…

018A few years back, we formed Gridironglamourgirl – as both a blog and a website – because of our unabashed, crazed fervor for the greatest game ever created. We recognized that there were countless women who loved football, but also loved the fun, “girly” things in life, like fashion, food, entertaining, and so on. Hell yes, you can be an attractive, smart woman who likes playing in a bin full of pretty pink makeup and still hold your own playing in a fantasy football league dominated by men!

These last two years have been definite game changers for us Gridironglamour girls and life has thrown us some winning touchdown passes, as well as some definite dropped balls! At last, we’ve made it back to the line of scrimmage and impatiently wait for the ball to snap and a new season to begin!

Please join us as we approach the best time of the year – football season! We can’t wait to share our (often) cheeky passion for the game and our (always) unorthodox analysis of things both on and off the field.

Get ready…here we come! Got Football??????

Recipe for the Perfect Sunday Afternoon: Homemade Chili, Sam Adams and Your Favorite Team!

The calendar may only say October, but that didn’t stop Old Man Winter from paying an unwelcome visit to many parts of the US this weekend!  It was an unannounced, unofficial white out in Happy Valley today and the Nittany Lion faithful were not even wearing their white PSU garb.  Instead, snowfall fell throughout Beaver Stadium as JoePa reached his 409th victory!

So since the weather has turned cold and bone-chilling, it is time to break out the comfort food that warms the body and the spirit! This hearty recipe is a crowd pleasing favorite.  Wake up, throw it together and enjoy the mouthwatering aroma all day long as it simmers to perfection in your crock pot.  By kick off, you can enjoy a warm, delicious meal as you cheer on your favorite team!  What could be easier?

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed/drained
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, do not drain
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • ½ of a red pepper, diced
  • Diced jalapeno peppers, to taste
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Dash (or 2 or 3 or 4) of hot sauce
  • Salt/pepper to taste

In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink.  Just  before beef is finished cooking, add onion, red pepper jalapenos and garlic and sauté slightly and drain.  Transfer to a slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours –  or on high for 4 hours. Garnish individual servings with shredded cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.  Serve with warm cornbread, tortilla chips and some Samuel Adams Octoberfest for a perfect football watching experience!  

Black Eyed Peas and Sangria? It Must be Super Bowl Sunday!!

Last year, 106.5 million people tuned in to watch the Saints and Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.  That broadcast broke the record for the most viewership which was previously held by the finale of the show “MASH”.  There will be a projected 110 million viewers for Super Bowl XLV. 

Women account for approximately 34% of viewers during the regular season.   But on Super Bowl Sunday that percentage is obviously higher as some women who don’t have a real interest in the game tune in for the entertainment, commercials and to simply be part of the experience.  While it is hard for us to understand why a woman would not be watching the Super Bowl for the sheer fun and excitement that occurs on the field, we do acknowledge some women really don’t have an interest in football.  With that in mind, we are providing a guide to today’s pre- game and half time entertainment.  Later this week, we will do a review of the best and worst of Super Bowl XLV’s commercials.  As you prepare for the game, we also wanted to share our very favorite Sangria recipe for those fans who want a departure from beer. 

Prior to the game, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly will conduct an interview with President Barack Obama.  O’Reilly is billing the interview as “the most watched interview in history. More people will see this interview than any other interview that’s ever been done in the history of mankind.”  It’s hard to say if all 110 million viewers will tune in to see the O’Reilly-Obama interview, but it should make for an interesting pre-game battle between two very opposing forces!  Here is the rest of today’s entertainment, but of course we believe the best show takes place on the field at kick off time – 6:30 pm ET on Fox!

Pre-game entertainment will include performances by the Blue Man Group, Maroon 5 and Keith Urban.  Glee’s Leah Michele will sing “America the Beautiful” and the National Anthem will be sung by 5-time Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera.

The half time show will feature the Black Eyed Peas, with “surprise” appearances by singer Usher and guitarist Slash from Guns n’ Roses.

A slate of diverse and high quality entertainment… a few hours of funny, clever commercials… and oh, by the way, a thrilling football game in between… is the recipe for a perfect day and a gridiron fan’s dream!  As you enjoy today’s festivities, we hope you will also enjoy our Red Zone Sangria!

Red Zone Sangria

For one pitcher of Sangria, use the following ingredients

1 lime

1 lemon

1 orange

1 apple

Red grapes

3 Tablespoons of sugar

½ bottle of full bodied red wine

1 Tablespoon of lemon juice

Ice cubes

Orange soda

Ginger Ale

½ cup orange flavored liqueur or brandy (I prefer to use Triple Sec)

Slice the fruits (lemon, lime, orange, apple, grapes) and place in pitcher with the liqueur, brandy, or Triple Sec.  Let stand a minimum of 30 minutes.  Add the wine and lemon juice and stir.  Let the mixture stand for 30 minutes more.

Before serving, add the ice cubes and fill the pitcher with equal amounts of orange soda and ginger ale.  Garnish with red grapes and enjoy!

Super Bowl XLV – Let’s Get Ready!!!

After a few days recovering from last weekend’s Conference Championship games, we’re back!  Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that on February 6th, Super Bowl XLV will feature the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers vs. the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers.  As the big day approaches, we will be bringing you all the latest player, coach and team news, as well as what we think the keys to the game are for both teams.  We will also include some features that look at some of the interesting and unique aspects of this year’s Super Bowl.

The Steelers are the oldest team in the AFC, having been established in 1933.  Pittsburgh has 6 Super Bowl championships – the most in the history of the NFL.  The Packers franchise was started in 1919 and they have the most league titles, twelve of which are prior to the establishment of the Super Bowl.  With two teams so rich in tradition, Super Bowl XLV is shaping up to be one of the greatest matchups in recent history. 

We hope you will join us over the next 10 days as we explore the on and off field storylines – like an in depth feature on Cowboy’s Stadium, a look at the very loyal and unique fan bases of both teams, a preview of the pre-game and half time entertainment, and of course, an in depth analysis of both teams!

As we prepare for next Sunday’s festivities, we want to share one of our very favorite tailgating recipes that will be a great addition to your Super Bowl party menu.  It is super easy and can be made the day before the big game.  Enjoy!

Touchdown Tortellini Skewers

Marinade: 

½ cup olive oil

4 Tbsp. sugar

4 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Salt, pepper, oregano, basil

Cook one package of fresh tortellini (cheese filled).  I use the multi-colored tortellini to make it look more interesting.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Add cubed Jarlsberg cheese.  I buy the pre-packaged wedge of Jarlsberg from the deli and use the entire thing, cubing them to approximately equal the amount of tortellini pieces I have cooked.  Add sliced pepperoni (use enough to approx. correspond to the number of tortellini and cubed cheese) and cherry tomatoes and place in marinade.  Refrigerate a few hours to overnight.

Place on wooden skewers or long football themed picks, alternating tortellini, cheese, and pepperoni.  I use just a small amount of the cherry tomatoes, usually one or two per skewer.  Place on tray and cover with plastic wrap.  Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

“Fa la la la” Lemon Bars Make a Sweet Holiday Treat!

These final days leading to Christmas are hectic!   If you are like us, you are busy shopping, baking, cooking and cleaning.  Geez – this leaves so little time for football!  So, if you are looking for a super easy recipe, we have the perfect one for a sweet treat!  It is a nice departure from the traditional holiday cookie.  These lemon bars are luscious and one of our very favorite things to make this time of year.  We often create gift baskets or dessert trays for close family and friends and these mouth-watering bars are always a big hit!  The recipe uses simple ingredients that you most likely have on hand, so there is no need for an extra trip to the grocery store!

Ingredients:

Crust:

2 cups flour

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 cup butter

Topping:

4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Sift together the flour and confectioner’s sugar. Next, cut in the butter until the mixture clings together.  Press into a 13”x9” pan and bake 20-25 minutes (or until VERY lightly browned) in a preheated 350 degree oven.  As the crust is baking, assemble the topping by beating eggs together with the sugar and lemon juice.  Sift the ¼ cup of flour and baking powder together and stir into the egg mixture.  When crust is done, pour topping over baked crust and bake for an additional 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and sprinkle top with additional confectioner’s sugar.  Cool thoroughly before cutting into 24 squares.

These make a refreshing, yummy addition to your holiday dessert trays!  Enjoy!

Feel Good Friday – Holiday Gifts that Give Back!

We are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  If you’re like us, you are completing your holiday gift list, trying to find the perfect present for your family and friends.  To celebrate this holiday of GIVING, we wanted to highlight a few gift ideas that you can feel good about.  These are gifts that are not only wonderful in their own right, but also give back in some way to the community, a cause, or a charity.  For the next few Friday’s, we will share our finds with you in our “Feel Good Friday” feature!

ONEHOPE Wines

Looking for a great gift for the wine lover on your list?  ONEHOPE Wines is a California-based wine company that donates a whopping 50% of its profits to social causes.   The company was established in 2007 and since that time has donated over $350,000 dollars to various social causes, such as their Fight Against Autism, Fight Against AIDS, Fight Against Breast Cancer and much more.

Since October, American Airlines has partnered with ONEHOPE Wines by offering their wines as part of its complimentary service to First and Business Class travelers.  For the month of December, for every bottle of Green Ribbon Sauvignon Blanc served onboard, ONEHOPE WINES will plant a tree through its partnership with the American Forest Foundation.

To learn more about this wonderful company and their wines, visit their website by clicking the link below.

ONEHOPE Wine 

 FEED Projects

Last Christmas, I received a great tote bag with the words “FEED the Children of the World” stenciled on one side and a large number “1” on the other.  I had never heard of the FEED Projects company before and was curious about the meaning behind my new bag.  I discovered that their mission is to feed the world through the sale of products that have a particular donation built into them.  For example, the number one imprinted on my tote signifies that one child in Africa will receive school lunch for the whole year simply from the sale of my bag.  FEED Projects works closely with the United Nations World Food Programme to provide this much needed assistance.

FEED Projects offers a wide assortment of bags, bracelets, t-shirts and even teddy bears!  Their products make perfect holiday gifts that have a true humanitarian component that embodies the spirit of the season!  FEED Projects merchandise is made using environmentally-friendly and artisan-made materials.  All their products are made under safe, healthy and fair labor conditions as well.  The company was established in 2006 and has provided over 56 million meals since that time. 

FEED Projects allow you to give a loved one an absolutely chic gift, while at the same time helping a needy child somewhere in the world.  Check out their great selection of gifts and read more about their amazing story by visiting their website below.

FEED Projects

“Pumped for the Game” Pumpkin Soup… Mmm, Mmm Good!

Thanksgiving is a mere 2 days away.  That means a day of  family, friends, fabulous foods, and of course, football!  As you shop for your Thanksgiving dinner groceries, add the ingredients from our “Pumped for the Game Pumpkin Soup” recipe to your list.  It’s the perfect choice for this weekend’s upcoming games.  After a day (or two) of eating too much turkey and stuffing, this soup is a nice, light choice that is lip smackin’ good!

“Pumped for the Game” Pumpkin Soup

14 baby pumpkins

½ bottle of rum (whichever brand you prefer, but it doesn’t need to be top shelf!)

1-2 Tbsp. olive oil

¾ cup of chopped shallots

¼ cup minced garlic

1 chili pepper, seeded and minced

Vegetable stock

1 Tbsp. thyme

Sugar to taste

Slice pumpkins in half, seed them and place on an oiled baking sheet.  In a preheated 350 degree oven, roast pumpkins for approximately 30 minutes, or until they are soft and golden in color. 

Allow to cool slightly, then remove skin and mash.

Heat oil in large pan adding shallots, garlic and chili pepper.  When they turn golden, add thyme and sauté for about 2 mins.

Take the ½ bottle of rum, set aside ½ cup, and pour the remaining into the pan to deglaze.  Allow the rum to reduce and the alcohol to evaporate over medium heat.

Add the mashed pumpkin and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Add enough vegetable stock for consistency, cook another 10 minutes.  Add the ½ cup of reserved rum.

Pour the entire mixture into a blender or food processor and puree.

Add just enough sugar to taste.

Add salt and pepper and enjoy!

This recipe yields approximately one gallon of hearty soup – enough to please a crowd of gridiron girls and guys!  A crusty French baguette is a great accompaniment to this fall favorite.  Add a mixed green salad and you will have a healthy meal that’s a tasty alternative to typical tailgating foods.

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