Fried Foods Perfect for the Super Bowl
Fried food and the Super Bowl seem to go hand in hand, don’t you think? So while I’m admittedly football-stupid, me and my Fryday series make me the self-proclaimed starting quarterback of game-day foods. The following four are particularly good ones.

  • Avocado Fries - Everything you love about avocados with the added amazingness of crunchy and golden brown. You can try them baked too. 
  • Homemade Pizza Rolls because Totino’s ain’t got nothing on home-field advantage. 
  • Fried Ravioli - The perfect halfway homemade (use store-bought ravioli), low-maintenance food for a big party.  
  • Baked Mozzarella Bites - As delicious as fried mozzarella bites, but way better for you. You know what that means, more room and less guilt for wings. 

If you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out last year’s roundup. And download and print these Super Bowl Bingo cards while you’re at it. 

Wishing you a fantastic weekend full of great food and great football. 

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Recipe Reciprocity - Jalapeno Popper Chicken ChiliRecipe Reciprocity - Bufalo Chicken MeatballsRecipe Reciprocity - Buffalo Chicken Sliders Recipe Reciprocity - Cheesy Game Day Dip
Recipe Reciprocity - Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread
The theme of today’s Recipe Reciprocity is a rather obvious one. With so many Super Bowl friendly recipes to choose from (how can there be so many recipes for buffalo chicken dip?), the following five stood out above the rest. 

1. Jalapeño poppers are a major weakness of mine (evidence here and here), but frying them up can be quite the hassle. Nothing says “easy” quite like a slow cooker, so I’m loving Show Me the Yummy’s ingenious idea for Jalapeño Popper White Chicken Chili made in, you guessed it, a slow cooker.
2. Buffalo wings are of course mandatory at any Super Bowl party, but sucking on bones and fingers isn’t the most flattering of things to do even if you are in the company of friends. To eliminate that problem, Jaymee of E is for Eat shared these great Buffalo Chicken Meatballs that you can serve and eat using a toothpick. Now that’s classy. 
3. The same sentiment applies to Hip 2 Save’s Slow Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders
4. I’m a big believer that nearly everything tastes better with corn (savory dishes of course, although the rule applies to a few sweet things too), so this corn-heavy Cheesy Game Day Dip by Simply Happenstance is right up my alley.
5. And finally, no Super Bowl party would be complete without something shaped like a football. Hungry Happenings’ Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Bread Footballs wins for most adorable. 

That’ll do it for this week’s game-day hat tip to my fellow food bloggers. Thanks for all the great eats, ladies! 

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Easy Matcha Milkshake | fortune goodies

Happy Thursday, you guys! I mean happy in the greatest sense of the word, because Brian comes back to DC tonight! Sure, he says he’s doing it to see me, and sure, I think watching the Super Bowl with his friends is more like it (check out these bingo cards if you haven’t already), but I’ll take whatever excuse I can get.

Before I run off to stare at the clock and count down the hours (8:50 can’t get here soon enough), here’s something I concocted for Brian’s arrival. He, like me, loves anything green tea, and since I want him to be sufficiently caffeinated to talk late into the night, the easy and delicious Matcha Milkshake was born. It’s a good one!

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Pic Me Up - LA & Vegas
A friend of mine is planning a trip to L.A. in June, so for a lack of more exciting current pictures, I thought I’d share a look back at the trip Brian and I took out there nearly two years ago. We travel really well together and have been on quite a few amazing trips since then (Barcelona is top of mind), but that sun-kissed trip in California and then Vegas will always hold a special place in my heart. In-N-Out and Disneyland will do that to a girl. 

I’m always looking for my next adventure. Do you have a trip that you compare all other trips to? I’d love to know if so. Happy hump day. 

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Fortune Finds83
I hope this Tuesday finds you well. Here’s some link-love for you. Hope you’re in a clicking mood!

1. The feeling you get when someone likes your Instagram, dramatized. #livesforlikes (Bustle)
2. A photo series exploring what it looks like to be an Orthodox Jewish woman in today’s world. (Elle)
3. Home Ec. 101: How to Keep a Clean Home. (Design*Sponge)
4. Check out the Obamas and Indian leadership doing their best Wes Anderson impression in New Dehli in this article. Scroll through and you’ll see the Indian PM in his signature suit. (Vox)
5. I’ve been living in my PJs these days. PJs that I’m quite proud of, by the way. Still, a girl could always use more sleepwear and I want to add this jersey robe to my collection. (J.Crew)
6. These days, depending on what you’re reading, the very same foods that are supposedly good for you can also be very, very bad for you. Everyone has an opinion. Sarah’s “Definitive Guide to Healthy Eating” helps bring some levity to it all. (A House in the Hills)
7. A roundup of helpful free tools to track your blog’s performance. (A Beautiful Mess)
8. Flossing is more important than brushing, and other smile lessons. (The Hairpin)

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Super Bowl 2015 Bingo CardsAs a Broncos fan, it goes without saying that I’m not so thrilled about Sunday night’s matchup. I mean, come on. But team loyalty aside, I’m really looking forward to the big game for three big reasons. Brian spending the weekend in DC leads the list, followed by a tie between food and my now annual tradition of Super Bowl Bingo. The cards always take me a heck of a lot of time to make, but the fun they bring to even the least avid football fan (um, that would be me) makes it all worth it. So if you’d like to make your viewing party a little more interesting, click here to download the free printable bingo cards and join in on the fun! 

To play: Print out the cards (20 total on 10 sheets), cut them out, share them amongst your friends and watch the Super Bowl. The game officially starts at kickoff. Mark a box each time you see the play, shot or commercial listed. The first person to mark off five in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) wins!

Making these cards was a little more challenging this year, because advertisers aren’t being as forthcoming about when their commercials will air. Still, if I made these right, a winner shouldn’t be crowned too early into the game. I’d love your feedback though, so please report back and let me know how your game of game-day bingo went.

Best of luck to you! And please spread the word about these. Trust me when I say your passive football-viewing friends will thank you.

P.S. Special thanks once again to Brian for handling the football play mumbo jumbo. 

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