Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Football lovers' cookbook

It's never too early to plan your Super Bowl Party, and the Sunday Night Football Cookbook can definitely help you with that. The book is filled with recipes from professional football players who love food and professional chefs who love football. The result is a very interesting collection of recipes that are not all beefy, he-man food (though there's plenty of that, too). Check these out:

• Spicy Miso Chips with Tuna
• Seared Tequila Chicken Skewers
• Warm Bittersweet-Chocolate Cupcakes
• Asparagus and Shiitake Mushroom Risotto with Blue Cheese
• Thai-Style Braised Pork Shank with Chive Pancakes
• Chicken and Wild Rice Burritos

But the real deal behind the cookbook is the charitable cause that it supports. Since 1992, the NFL has partnered with Feeding America (an organization devoted to getting food on the tables of those who cannot afford it) to put on a fund-raising event called Taste of the NFL. Every year during the Super Bowl, Taste of the NFL serves regional foods used in recipes created by local chefs. Since its first event, they've raised $10 million for hunger relief groups.

For more information on Taste of the NFL events (there are currently 10 regional dinners), go to their website. And for more information on Feeding America (formerly called Second Harvest), go to www.feedingamerica.org. When you buy the the book, you will be helping the cause.

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