Monday, March 19, 2012

Your (other) Tournament Bracket

Garden and Gun magazine is so clever.  They have their own tournament bracket in March...for food.  If you love Southern fare, you should check this out.  It's fun!

"Last year we came up with the slightly crazy idea to do our own version of the March Madness bracket, pitting the stalwarts of Southern food against one another in a battle for culinary supremacy. The response was, well, pretty overwhelming. In an upset, shrimp and grits took the title over pulled pork, prompting one disheartened Facebook fan to tell us, “My world makes no sense anymore.” But hey, what’s a rivalry without a little heat?

The time has come for a rematch as we kick off the second annual Ultimate Southern Food Bracket. The heavyweights are back, along with some scrappy underdogs. And to keep it interesting, this year we’ve grouped the teams into four Southern divisions: Barbecue, Lowcountry, Classics, and Cajun/Creole. Over the next few weeks, you can vote online to determine who makes it into the Sweet (and savory) Sixteen, the Elite Ate, the Foodie Four, all the way to the Southern food champion.

After you vote, be sure to enter our Southern Food Sweepstakes for a chance to win an exclusive G&G prize pack (a Le Creuset cast-iron French oven, a Hable Construction shopping tote, a G&G canvas apron, and five autographed Southern cookbooks).

Will mac and cheese trounce collards? Can boiled peanuts make a Cinderella run? Can anyone take down fried chicken? You decide. Click here to cast your vote."

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pin It for St. Patrick's Day

The most innovative and creative ideas these days are on Pinterest.  If you haven't yet discovered this overflowing well of ideas, head on over and create your account. 
 You can follow Gameday Style on Pinterest.  

No one does it better than Martha and Martha Stewart has a fantastic St. Patrick's Day pinboard on Pinterest.  You can utilize some of these ideas for a game get together or just for celebrating St. Patricks Day.  Here are some can go check out the board for yourself at  Enjoy!

And for dessert, even Martha gets into the gameday spirit with a series of cookies and brownies dedicated to March Madness.  Check them out here:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

No. 1 Seed Feeds

Yesterday four schools were crowned number one seeds in the 
NCAA basketball tournament.  In the spirit of, well, school spirit, 
here are some links to team themed recipes and a little mascot trivia for your Gameday Style tournament food.  

Kentucky Wildcats
The nickname "Wildcats" became synonymous with UK shortly after a 6–2 football road victory over Illinois on October 9, 1909. Commandant Philip W. Corbusier, then head of the military department at old State University, told a group of students in a chapel service following the game that the Kentucky football team had "fought like Wildcats." Later the name Wildcats became more and more popular among UK followers as well as with members of the media. As a result, the nickname was adopted by the University. (source: Wikipedia)

Michigan State Spartans
In 1925, the institution changed its name to Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, and as an agricultural school, its teams were referred to as the Aggies. Looking to move beyond its agricultural roots, Michigan State held a contest to find a new nickname. They decided to call the teams the "Michigan Staters". Local sports writers for the Lansing State Journal and the Capital News went through the losing entries to find a shorter and more heroic name. They decided on the "Spartans". By coincidence, Justin Morrill had once compared the Land Grant colleges to the schools of ancient Sparta. With a heroic name and a historic precedent, the "Spartans" quickly caught on as the teams' new nickname. They later changed the lyrics of the Fight Song to reflect the name change of the College and its sports teams.

I looked for a good Spartan recipe, aka ancient Greek food.  Most looked unappetizing so I opted for this spinach dip that is Michigan State green.  And the Goddess reference seems to be appropriate as well.  It's at Epicurious.

Syracuse Orangmen
In 1931, a Native American warrior known as Nathan March aka: "Saltine Warrior"photo became the athletic mascot. The name derived from an article describing an archaeological dig on campus allegedly uncovering the artifacts of a Native American warrior.[11] The warrior was called the "Saltine Warrior" because of the abundant salt deposits in the Syracuse, New York area. The article was later revealed to be a hoax, but the mascot remained for next four decades.
In the mid-1950s, the father of a Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brother owned a cheerleading camp. He made a Saltine Warrior costume for his son to wear at Syracuse football games.[12]Thus began a nearly forty-year tradition of Lambda Chi brothers serving as the University's mascot.
In 1978, the Saltine Warrior was banned by the University as part of the national movement to eliminate Native American motifs, becoming one of the first colleges to do so. The mascot briefly morphed into a Roman warrior, but was eventually replaced unofficially in 1982 by a giant, cartoon-style Orange. (source: Wikipedia)

Orange Creamsicle Fruit Dip
from The Girl Who Ate Everything Blog
It would be fun to serve a fruit or other cold dip in a hollowed out orange for a Syracuse party.
photo source:

North Carolina Tar Heels
Tar Heel (or Tarheel) is a nickname applied to the state and inhabitants of North Carolina as well as the nickname of the University of North Carolinaathletic teams, students, alumni, and fans.
The exact etymology of the nickname is unknown, but most experts believe its roots come from the fact that tarpitch and turpentine created from the vast pine forests were one of North Carolina's most important exports early in the state's history.[1]
Because the exact history of the term is unknown, a number of legends have developed to explain it. Many[who?] believe it to be a nickname given during the U.S. Civil War, because of the state's importance on the Confederate side, and the fact that the troops "stuck to their ranks like they had tar on their heels".[2]
The term "Tar Heel" gained popularity during the Civil War. (source: Wikipedia)

Tar heel Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Slaw and Vinegar

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gameday Eats

It's conference tournament championship time and it has me thinking about upcoming March Madness game-watching food that qualifies for great Gameday Style food.  Readers, it's so fun finding resources and recipes for Gameday Style.  Now, I'd love to get some recipes from you, the Gameday Style readers.  Email me your favorites at and always!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Team Colored Popcorn

Love an excuse for a gameday style party any time of year!  With the basketball conference championships and March Madness upon us, it's time to crank out some Gameday Style food.  Here is the recipe to make some colored popcorn in your team colors direct from the blog, Celebration Generation.

Glazed Popcorn
(Per flavor/color!)

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1 small package Jello, any flavor
10 cups popped popcorn

Melt butter and corn syrup together in a heavy pan. Add sugar and Jello, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil for 5 minutes, remove from heat.
Carefully pour Jello mixture over popcorn – mixture is HOT NASTY LAVA, so it’ll burn you if you’re not careful. Mix well.
Spread popcorn out on a greased cookie sheet, and allow to cool. (Some people like to bake this for 10 minutes at 350F… personally, I like the slight gooeyness it keeps without being baked!).
Make a second batch in another flavor/color, and also allow to cool/dry. Break popcorn up into pieces, and either serve side by side in a bowl, or mix together.
If you’re not using the popcorn right away, store it in an airtight container, or package into baggies.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Team Gear

St. Patty's Day is not too far away.  College Football Store has a collection of Irish-themed college gear to wear as you get set for March Madness.  All of you O'Laughlins, Murphys, Kellys, Welshs, and O'everything else's will enjoy wearing these to show your Irish lad and team pride all year long.

Here is the link to all of the Irish-themed team gear: