02.03.2012 / Superbowl Sunday

Super bowl on The Zone

Top by: Isabel Marant

Super Bowl, Super You!

For those of us who will have people over for the super bowl, but don't want to eat pizza or velveta and rotel (only those from the south know what this fine concoction is), here is a great idea of how to make a super bowl satisfying meal without all those extra pounds of guilt!
And, let's not forget about what to wear.

Turkey Burgers with Chili Powder, Spicy Slaw, and Fruit Salad

Prep: 20-30 minutes plus 1 hour to stand
Cooking: 10 minutes

Spicy Slaw
6 Cups shredded cabbage, rinsed and drained
1/2 shredded carrot
3/4 cup finely minced purple onion
1 Cup finely minced celery
1 rounded teaspoon sea salt

Smoky-Yogurt Dressing
1/2 Cup organic low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon unrefined peanut oil
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle (smoked dried jalapeno pepper)
1 garlic clove, finely minced or pressed
42 lightly roasted peanuts, coarsly chopped (not 43!:)

Turkey Burgers
1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 whole egg or 2 egg whites
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 garlic clove, minced or finely pressed
1 tablespoon tamari

Fruit Salad
3 Cups cantaloupe balls
2 kiwi fruit, peeled, quartered, and thinly sliced
1 3/4 cups seedless red grapes

1. Combine the slaw vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Rub and knead the salt into the vegetables with your hands until the cabbage starts to shrink, turns tanslucent around the edges, and releases water, about 5 minutes. Leave the slaw vegetables at room temperature for 1 hour or chill for several hours.

2. Squeeze the slaw vegetables to release moisture and drain well in a fine mesh strainer. Place the vegetables in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, mix the yogurt, oil, mustard, chipotle, and garlic. Toss the dressing with the slaw veggies and peanuts. Chill.

3. Break the meat apart in a bowl and add teh remaining burger ingredients. Toss with clean bare hands to mix evenly. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, then pat into 3/4 to 1 inch thick patties.

4. Mist a 10-12 inch heavy bottomed stainless steel or cast iron skillet or grill pan with oil. Warm over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the patties and cook 4-5 minutes per side, turning once, until the meat is a uniform color throughout.

5. Mix the fruit salad ingredients together. Serve with the spicy slaw and fruit.

Have a beer! You deserve it!

Happy Super Bowl!

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02.04.2011 / Superbowl Sunday

Football and Cupcakes

Photo Credit: John Sparano

My husband just broke the news to me that we're having a Superbowl party at our apartment this Sunday. So, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade...or in this case, cupcakes. I was looking for fun football-themed treats and I came across these adorable cupcakes on www.celebrations.com. I was able to find all of the supplies available on-line, but am confident they could be found locally just about anywhere. Here's how they're made:

1. Bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes and ice them with white frosting.

2. Purchase white shoelaces, "football" paper, scotch tape, and white cardstock. (see below for sources)

3. Make a pattern fo the cupcake by wrapping white cardstock around the cupcake and trimming it to fit.

4. Place the cupcake wrap pattern on the football paper and cut it out.

5. Cut 4 vertical slits into the front of the cupcake wrap for the laces. Make two slits on top and two slits on the bottom.

6. Insert the shoelace tip into a top slit from the backside of the cupcake wrap and pull it through to the front (like sewing.) Pull the lace almost to the end leaving about an inch tail.

7. Then, insert the shoelace tip from the front-side of the cupcake wrap into the other top slit that is horizontally across from the first slit and pill the lace through.

8. Repeat the lacing that you just did for the remaining 2 bottom slits. Then bring the lace under the wrap to the front and thread the lace under the horizontal laces that are on the cupcake wrap so it resembles a football.

9. Bring the excess lace over the top rim of the wrap and tape all lace ends into place on the backside of the cupcake wrap. Trim off the excess lace. (Tip: Use the shoelace tip as if it were a needle.)

10. Wrap the cupcake in the football wrap and tape the back to keep it closed.

You can purchase white shoelaces at your local Walgreens or on www.amazon.com

If you have a Michael's craft store close by, you can most likely find football paper there (in the scrapbooking section.) Unfortunately, we don't have one in NYC but I found some at www.karenfosterdesign.com.

White cardstock and scotch tape can be purchased at your local drug store, craft store, or office supply store.

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