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Real Food for Superbowl Sunday

I try to avoid Superbowl Sunday. Maybe it’s un-American of me, but I always make it a goal to not know who’s playing who or even (if possible) when the game is. It’s not because I dislike football, but because I loathe how saturated with advertising American culture is. This single football game has more advertising dollars thrown at it than just about any other event in the entire year. So, I play a game with myself. Can I avoid all the advertising? Can I possibly make it past a Superbowl Sunday without noticing who’s playing, or even that they’re playing?

Of course, I always fail. Even if I manage to miss the 20 foot tall banner ads at my grocery store, even if I manage to avoid television or radio for the entire month of January, even if I manage to only associate with football-challenged friends, there’s still Facebook.

Today I lost my game. I discovered that this coming Sunday, February 7th is Superbowl Sunday. (I still don’t know who’s playing. The Saints maybe? Don’t tell me!) So, I decided to share some of the game-appropriate recipes that have amassed on Food Renegade over the past year.

I hope you enjoy!

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I am a passionate advocate for REAL FOOD -- food that's sustainable, organic, local, and traditionally-prepared according to the wisdom of our ancestors. I'm also an author and a nutrition educator. I enjoy playing in the rain, a good bottle of Caol Ila scotch, curling up with a page-turning book, sunbathing on my hammock, and watching my three children explore their world.

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13 Responses to Real Food for Superbowl Sunday
  1. Melissa @Cellulite Investigation
    February 4, 2010 | 6:57 pm

    Kristen, the commercials are the best part! (did you say chipotle mayonnaise??)
    .-= Melissa @Cellulite Investigation´s last blog post …The Lymphatic System, It’s Not What You Think: Interview with Dr. Bruno Chikly (Part I) =-.

    • KristenM
      February 4, 2010 | 7:25 pm

      Don’t get me wrong. I like some of those superbowl commercials, too. What I’m complaining about is all the advertising that happens BEFORE the game, to promote the game. I’ve always wanted to know if it was possible to avoid it, to be so detached from popular culture that I not only didn’t know when the game was, but didn’t know which teams were playing. It’s like that with the World Series. Why can’t it be like that with the Superbowl?

    • Heather
      February 7, 2010 | 10:55 pm

      The queso recipe was DELISH! I have tried other recipes with mixed results. This one was spot on, the first time I made it! The only thing I changed was dicing some fresh tomatoes, three jalepenos, and three serrano peppers instead of using the customary Rotel. I sauted them in some butter (though I am sure coconut oil would also work well) and it really spiced up the dip quite nicely.

      • KristenM
        February 8, 2010 | 4:17 pm

        Heather — I’ve done that, too with great results. I’ve also canned my own “Rotel” type tomatoes in the summer. Both are good alternatives to avoiding BPA.

  2. a. borealis
    February 4, 2010 | 8:38 pm

    My feelings exactly, re: the Superbowl.

    When I DO hear that it is Superbowl Sunday, I try not to get anymore information than that. For the exact same reasons: I am extremely affronted by the complete barrage of advertising. It wouldn’t be quite so bad if we weren’t completely saturated in it anyway.
    .-= a. borealis´s last blog post …One of my letters to the editor =-.

  3. Kenneth
    February 4, 2010 | 9:12 pm

    The main reason to watch the Super Bowl is for the commercials. Except of course for this year because the Saints are in the game! And I of course am from New Orleans which makes it all even better. Geaux Saints! Love the weblog, and the recipes.

    • Motherhen68
      February 5, 2010 | 9:08 am

      Woohoo Kenneth! I’m from LA too, so GO SAINTS GO!
      .-= Motherhen68´s last blog post …36/365 The Duke =-.

  4. Local Nourishment
    February 4, 2010 | 11:28 pm

    My husband’s boss is giving us the day off on Monday if his team wins. Hubby is from the state whose team is playing the Saints.

    I don’t watch the game, but hubby calls me in to see the commercials. I usually do a blog post on my personal blog about the ads and rank them. We don’t really pay much attention to the advertising before hand. We DVR all the TV we watch (a whole hour a day) and skip commercials, we don’t shop at stores that have ads, etc. At least until they start putting ads at my farmer’s market, then I’m in trouble!
    .-= Local Nourishment´s last blog post …Jenny’s terrific cholesterol numbers…and why! =-.

  5. Cool Beans
    February 5, 2010 | 8:33 am

    We aren’t football fans, but every year we host a Superbowl party – mainly because we own the largest screen, so it’s like a law that we have the game on. We also shop at the farmer’s market and record everything, so we don’t watch commercials. For the invites, I had to look up the game info. You want to know what’s telling? I had to dig to find it! I guess it is assumed that everyone must live and breathe football and television in general, so there’s no need to make such basic information readily available. I considered the fact that I had to dig as verification that I’m living my life separate from the mainstream (the media/entertainment-driven culture we live in). It can be done!

  6. Winnie
    February 5, 2010 | 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the snack ideas…I don’t watch the football and didn’t even know who was playing until today though!
    .-= Winnie´s last blog post …Guacamole And More Superbowl Snack Ideas =-.

  7. Sarah
    February 6, 2010 | 3:27 pm

    I have to laugh, after seven months in New Zealand, a country that couldn’t care less about American Football, a country where a football is a round and white with black pentagons all over it, I hear about the Superbowl while reading this post on your blog! Yummy recipes though.

  8. Leslie G.
    February 6, 2010 | 10:19 pm

    I hate to say it, but I am a BIG football fan. Sorry! Even though I like to cook traditional foods and I’m anti-commercialism and all that too. I also have a husband who works for Tony Dungy, the recently retired coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Also, I live in Indianapolis, so of course I am a big fan of the Colts (who is also playing in the Superbowl ). I think it is possible to be a NFL football fan and be a foodie at the same time. ;-) Go Colts!

  9. Walter Jeffries
    February 9, 2010 | 5:46 pm

    Superbowl? What’s that?

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My name is Kristen Michaelis. I'm a nutrition educator, author, and mother of three. I adore hats, happy skirts, horizons full of storm clouds, the full-bodied feel of wind as I ride motorcylces, reading in my hammock, and a hearty shot of Caol Ila scotch. I'm also a rebel with a cause.
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