I’ll be perfectly honest and let you know that I want nothing to do with the Super Bowl. I find professional football to be boring (College is way more fun.), and the NFL has really not been a model citizen. . . well anytime in recent history. But I do love snacks and an excuse to get together. This year I will likely cozy up with a fire and a good movie or book, but I wanted to share some of the Super Bowl snacks that have caught my eye as I browse the web (and my own blog, of course).

Guinness Beef Stew

Guinness Beef Stew – I love recipes you can prep before company comes, and this one just gets better as it slowly simmers.

Pulled Pork in Ginger Beer – This is another make ahead of time recipe, with sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors and endless options for topping. Lots of pickles for mine!

Spiced Caramel Bacon Popcorn from ArtBar at the Royal Sonesta – Full disclosure, I work here. This popcorn is relatively easy, and everyone LOVES it. It is an addictive snack, so just double the recipe to be safe.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Boston Chic Party – This is one of my new favorite blogs, and since I love all things buffalo chicken, these are perfect.

Habanero Garlic Brushed Calzones from Eat Live Blog – Pizza dough with lots of flavor goes perfect with a good cold beer and a cold Sunday night, don’t you think?

Cashel Blue Cheese Dip from Kerrygold – Cashel Blue is such a delicious cheese, and this simple dip looks amazing.

Chicken Enchilada Dip from BranAppetit – Brandi has been one of my favorite bloggers for years, and this dip looks perfect for the big game.

Beer Mac and Cheese from How Sweet Eats – Beer Mac and Cheese? yes.

Super Bowl Cocktails from We are not Martha – Beer isn’t the only drink welcome at Super Bowl parties! Cocktails pair well with junk food, as does sparkling wine!

Salted Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars from Confessions of a Chocoholic – You have to have dessert, and who better than to choose a recipe from than Bianca!

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More snow and epically cold temperatures mean more wine. It’s just the way it is. And since here in New England we are unlikely to see the grass (or sidewalk, in many cases) for weeks, it’s time to stock up on good wine, good food, and entertainment that pairs well with both.

Cartograph Wines

On a particularly blue winter blues sort of evening recently, I decided to stop moping around went into the kitchen to work on something delicious. Less than an hour later I had a turkey meatloaf, speckled with spinach and garlic and parmesan cheese, served alongside a variety of roasted seasonal vegetables. It was the perfect cozy dinner, and it was even pretty healthy!

Of course we dug into our wine fridge for the perfect wine to go with it, and since Cartograph wines always bring us back to warmer days and vacation and wandering around Healdsburg, we went with the Cartograph 2012 Sangiovese.  It turned out to be a great choice for a cold night. It’s rustic, with notes of dried leaves and earth along with cooked berries, nice and dry, and great with food. This is Cartograph’s first Sangiovese  and comes from an extremely small lot that comes from the Redwood Valley’s Upton Vineyard.

We finally also sat down to watch the movie Somm, which I thought was really good but might have been even better as a several part reality series. The movie follows four sommeliers attempting to pass the Master Sommelier exam. As someone who has studied wine a little and found there to be a LOT of information to remember and process, I can’t even imagine getting to this level of expertise and the stress that candidates undergo both preparing and then going through the exam. I found some of the cast a little arrogant, but overall I liked the film and would recommend it to those interested in wine and wine education.

All in all, a great wine, hearty winter dinner, and great wine movie cheered up an otherwise dreary winter night.

We also watch The  Hundred Foot Journey recently; I love movies about food and wine. (We have watched Bottle Shock 100 times just to see Sonoma and Napa.)

Do you have any favorites?

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I don’t know about you, but we have a LOT of shoveling to do. A few feet of snow will result in a few hours of shoveling our sidewalk and driveway, and I hope everyone around us does the same if they can. After all of the falling I did last winter, I am terrified of wandering around on treacherous sidewalks.

I am officially ready for Spring, but if you have to be stuck inside, making and eating dessert is a fun way to pass the time, especially after you’ve burned so many calories shoveling! Here are a few easy and decadent dessert recipes to make on a snowy (or rainy, or any) day.

peanut butter pretzel truffles

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Clusters – So easy, so delicious!


banoffee pie

Banoffee Pie – One of our favorites!

chocolate and butter in a double boiler

Flourless Chocolate Cake


Guinness Ice Cream Floats – St. Patrick’s Day is on the way!


bread pudding

French Toast Bread Pudding – Since there’s always a run on bread, milk, and eggs before a blizzard, French Toast is a must. Turn it into dessert in bread pudding form!

At least in Boston, there’s nowhere to go on days like today! Make something delicious, take a nap, pop some bubbly and enjoy the pause in busy life.


Are you snowed in today?

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