September Party Theme: Tailgating

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For some, Fall is a time for changing leaves and going back to school. In the Midwest it is all about the start of football season. The Big Basket is located right in the heart of Buckeye territory and that means that September is all about football, and more importantly, tailgating! Sharing great food with friends and family during a great game is what tailgating is all about. To take your tailgating party to a new level of fun, try out these three essential tips:

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Essential 1: Food and Drink

Tailgating may seem like it is all about the football game, but we know that the food is what really makes you brave the unbearable heat, pounding rain, or possibly never-ending snow. To spice up your tailgating menu without throwing nutrition completely out the window, we’ve found healthier versions of your favorite tailgating snacks. Our Collectors Club party animals will remember these recipes from our 2008 Fall Signatures magazine!

Check out these recipes for low-fat guacamole and spiced corn chips:        Low-Fat Guacamole

Directions: Place peas, lime juice, and salsa in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Next, smash the avocados and add the pea puree, cilantro, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Arrange in a serving bowl and serve. (If you’re preparing the guacamole ahead of time, pour the additional lime juice over the guacamole to keep it from oxidizing).

Spiced Corn Chips

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the tortilla chips on two baking trays, making a single layer. Next, lightly mist with oil, then sprinkle spice over the chips. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve war, or room temperature with the guacamole.

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Essential 2: Decorations

For a quick and easy decoration that adds a big touch to your even, try transforming your ordinary bottles into footballs! Simply find some white tape and cut it into thin strips. Place one long strip along vertically on the front of the bottle. Then just add four to five small strips across the main piece of tape and voilà!

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Essential 3: Entertainment

The game is the real entertainment of the party, but for those who need a little something extra along with the main event, put together some of these other football-themed games:

-Football charades- Play just like your usual game of charades, but use football themed words

-Cornhole- An Ohio favorite of ours

Check out how to play here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornhole

-Squares- This game adds a whole new level of competition that simply watching the game does not have.

Here’s how to play: http://www.footballsquares.net/pages/help

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With a few fast and easy tricks, your friends and family will be enjoying football in a much more fun (and delicious!) way, thanks to you!

Have a favorite tailgating tradition? Tell us about it! We love to hear from all of you so be sure to comment below!

Go Bucks!!

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