When people ask “are you ready for football?” we all know they are really talking about the food. Tailgating has become somewhat of an art form full of delicious treats. So whether you stay at home, go to your family or friends, or hit the road for mid-field viewing, you’ll start the season off right with these tasty recipes!
Chunky Tomato Salsa (makes 1 bowl of salsa)
1 clove of garlic, very finely chopped
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
3 large tomatoes, very finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (sub 1 tsp of dried coriander)
½ tsp chili powder
3 pinches of salt & pepper
½ tsp cumin
Get the instructions here
Tip: For best results, leave for 30 minutes to marinate
Prep time: 15 min, Marinating time: 30 min, Ready: 45 min
Buffalo Chicken Dip
2 (10 oz) cans chunk chicken, drained
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Ranch dressing
¾ cup pepper sauce (such as FRANK’S Red Hot®)
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 bunch of celery, cleaned and cut into 4” pieces
1 (8 oz) box crackers
Get the instructions here
Tip: Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly and make clean-up easier.
Prep time: 5 min, Cook time: 40 min, Ready: 45 min
Simple Turkey Chili
1-1/2 tsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans – drained, rinsed, and mashed
1 tbsp garlic, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
Get the instructions here
Prep time: 15 min, Cook time: 45 min, Ready: 1 hour
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups crispy rice cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
Get instructions here
Tip: Before measuring the corn syrup, coat your measuring cup with cooking spray–the syrup will pour easily out of the cup.
Prep time: 20 min, Cook time: 10 min, Ready: 1 hour 15 minutes
Spring is feeling within reach these days and with it comes fresh veggies. Since there is still a bit of a chill in the air, we thought there was no better way to stock up on healthy veggies with a fresh spring inspired crock pot.
- 1 lb Chicken breast, raw skinless boneless
- 1 bunch Asparagus
- 1 tsp Basil, dried
- 2 cups Carrots
- 4 cloves Garlic
- 3 cups Peas, fresh or frozen
- 7 cups Chicken broth, low-sodium organic
- 1 tbsp Lemon juice, fresh
- 6 tsp Pesto sauce, prepared
- 1 1/2 cups Quinoa, dry
- 1 Sea salt
- 2 tsp Olive oil
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Place all ingredients in your crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve hot with fresh bread and enjoy!
We’ve all read Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham book and we’ve already probably experienced our kids turning their noses up at green food. Getting picky eaters to try new things isn’t always enjoyable, but with the following recipes we think we can help make your St. Patrick’s Day a little more fun for the whole family!
1 bag microwave popcorn
½ white chocolate candy melts
1 jar St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles
1 pack of mint M&Ms
Green food coloring
While your popcorn is popping, melt the white chocolate candy melts and add a few drops of green food coloring to turn it to your desired green. Drizzle the chocolate coating over the popcorn, add sprinkles, M&Ms and mix together. Serve in your favorite bowl and feast during a movie.
Lucky Charms Rice Krispies Treats
1/3 C of butter
4 C marshmallows
5 C Rise Krispie cereal
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Green food coloring
¾ C mint M&Ms or Lucky Charms marshmallows
Melt the butter over low heat and add the marshmallows. Stir them until they are well melted then add your vanilla and food coloring. Remove from heat and add the cereal until the mixture is well combined. Add M&Ms or Lucky Charms marshmallows and combine until they are evenly distributed. Allow to cool and harden. Cut with a sharp nice and serve!
St. Patrick’s Day Cookies
Your favorite sugar cookie dough
Green food coloring
St. Patrick’s Day Sprinkles
Add green food coloring to your favorite sugar cookie dough and mix until evenly distributed. Bake according to the package directions and allow them to cool. Top with vanilla frosting and sprinkles. Eat up and enjoy every bite!
For a more traditional alternative, make the frosting green instead of the dough – this recipe works well both ways.
Not feeling the green?
For the adults in your home, we recommend swinging by Watson Point Liquor and trying some beers you don’t traditionally drink. We love stouts and reds this time of year and they can make some great suggestions at the store too. The crew at Watson Point Liquor can also help with beer pairings for your party that all your friends will enjoy.
What are some of your favorite treats and brews to enjoy on the holiday? Share them in the comments below.
From our whole crew, have a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Easy Homemade Dog Treats
- 2-1/2 c. whole wheat flour
- ¾ c. nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- ½ c. vegetable oil
- 2 cubes beef bouillon
- ¾ c. boiling waters
- 2 tbs. brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease one cookie sheet.
- Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and allow to cool.
- Combine the flour, dry milk, egg, oil, beef broth and brown sugar. Mix well and knead dough for 1 minute.
- On a floured surface roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out bones and place on cookie sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool.
- Treat your best friend, no tricks required.
Valentine’s Day is about so much more than finding the perfect someone to spend the day with. It’s about being there for your friends and family and showing them a little extra love, sending a card to someone you haven’t seen for a while, and well, in our opinion, it’s about eating food in the shape of a heart. Especially when it’s made with chocolate, and even more so when it’s warm and gooey.
Whomever your Valentine is this year – and maybe it’s you! – we invite you to feast your eyes and tempt your taste buds with these delicious, easy-to-bake, fun-to-make treats and put a little love in your tummy.
Captain Sea Mart’s Favorite Treats:
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries – it doesn’t get much easier than melting chocolate, dipping and refrigerating until the chocolate hardens.
- Lava Cake – a treat that is a little more involved, but scrumptiously good, and we’ve taste tested that it tastes better in a heart shape. Trust us.
- Heart Shaped Brownie – grab your favorite box of brownies, bake and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut them out. Add strawberry frosting and sprinkles for a little added fun.
- Hot Chocolate – we know you’ve seen baristas make those fancy hearts out of frothed milk. If you’re like us, a little artistically challenged, cut giant marshmallows out in the shape of hearts instead.
- Chocolate Covered Shortbread – buy shortbread, melt chocolate, dip, eat.
- Fruit Pizza – bake sugar cookie dough in the shape of a giant heart, cover with chocolate, slice your favorite fruit and pile it on.
- Nutella with a side of toast – no seriously, one slice of toast, one jar of Nutella, it’s the perfect ratio.
- Oreo Truffles – Oreos, milk, chocolate chips. That’s all you need for these delicious, bite-sized treats. Although, they taste even better when covered with sprinkles, now that we think about it.
- Chocolate Donuts – the best part of Valentine’s Day…eating sweets for breakfast.
- Chocolate Bark – layer dark, milk, and white chocolate, then top with sprinkles, conversation hearts or pretzel pieces for a delicious snack.
Have a favorite treat we missed? Share it in the comments below.
It can be cold, rainy and sometimes dreary during the Sitka, Alaska winters. As the holidays continue to quickly approaches, we encourage you to spend time with your families and friends indoors. You can stay warm and experiment in the kitchen while really enjoying your time together.
Broth, cheese or chocolate – you really can’t go wrong! Fondue is a great way to gather your family around the table and make an activity out of your meal. Get everyone involved by setting out several cutting boards and handing out tasks in the kitchen. If you’re making a cheese fondue – someone can grate cheese, cut fresh veggies, slice bread, boil the shrimp, and pour the wine! We also love adding crackers, breadsticks, figs and grapes to the dipping mix.
Craft Beer Cheese Fondue
- ½ clove of garlic
- 1 c. craft beer
- 8 oz. shredded gouda
- 8 oz. shredded cheddar
- 1 tbs. cornstarch
- Dash of pepper
- Dash of nutmeg
- Dipping munchies of choice
- Rub the fondue pot with garlic clove.
- Add the craft beer and heat until steam begins to rise from the beer.
- In a small bowl, toss together the cheese with the cornstarch.
- Reduce heat to medium low, then gradually add cheese to the beer.
- Stir continuously until the mixture is melted and smooth.
- Season with black pepper and nutmeg.
- Eat up!
It’s a Pizza Party!
Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s one of our favorites, a classic dinner that has endless possibilities. The idea behind make-your-own-pizza party is that you supply the dough, sauce, mozzarella and brews. Then you ask your friends and family to bring their favorite toppings. Now, don’t get us wrong, olive oil, buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing and pesto all make bases too – you can either have people bring those with them or provide them as alternatives. We figure about half a pie per person, once you have one in the oven the next person can start tossing out their dough. The idea here is full-size pies cut into 16 slices so everyone gets to sample each one. This is such a fun way to get everyone in the kitchen and trying something new!
Homemade Pizza Dough
Makes 2 pies
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 c. warm water
- 1-1/4 c. cold water
- 2 tbs. olive oil
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4-1/2 c. unbleached bread flour
- 1 c. whole wheat flour
- Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water, let stand 5 minutes until it turns foamy.
- Combine cold water, oil and salt in a small bowl.
- Add wheat flour and 1 c. bread flour to wet ingredients and start to mix. Continue adding 1 c. flour at a time until the dough becomes heavy and sticky.
- Flour your work surface and knead the dough until it forms a ball (about 15 minutes).
- Place ball in a greased bowl, cover with cling wrap and let rise in a warm place until it doubles in size (about 2 hours).
- Punch down dough and separate into 2 or more pieces, let them rest for 10 minutes.
- Roll out your pies and top with desired toppings.
- Cook at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
- Eat up!
Roll your own Sushi
One of the more challenging dinner party nights, but definitely a fun way to get guests out of their comfort zones. You supply the rice, seaweed papers (and roller!), sauces (think soy, peanut, something spicy), wasabi and Saki. Have friends and family bring over their favorite things to put in sushi like veggies, seafood, avocado and other meats. Or get creative. Ever tried a dessert sushi? Everything tastes better with chocolate. This is a great way to get everyone in the kitchen at the same time. You can even prep ahead of time and make some spring rolls for people to munch on while they are rolling.
Peanut Sauce Recipe
- 1-1/2 tbs. Hoisin sauce
- 1 tbs. lemon juice
- ¾ c. peanut butter
- 1 tsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. ginger
- Place peanut butter in a mixing bowl and slowly add 6 tbsp. warm water until texture is liquid.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Eat up!
There you have it! Those are some of our favorite ideas to stay inside and have fun in the kitchen with your family. Share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!