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  • 4 Steps to an Awesome Tailgate Party

    You don't have to be a seasoned tailgater of twenty years to put on a successful tailgate party. In fact, you only need to follow the basics for the fun, delicious tailgating experience you're hoping for. The pros might tell you about all the bells and whistles you "must" have, from tricked-out trucks to portable sound systems. But if you're just starting out, you only need these four steps:

    1.Pack Warm

    During the first part of the season, the weather may be cool and comfortable. But give it a month or so, and you'll find yourself shivering in your team jersey. The key to tailgating at every game is being prepared for the weather. That means packing coats and beanies, serving hot drinks and soup, and investing in a canopy to stay dry. You may also want a portable propane fire pit for an added bit of warmth to keep the party going.

    2.Choose Your Menu

    Ask yourself this: why do people tailgate in the first place? Food, food, and food. Sure, they all want to cheer their team on at the game, but in the hours leading up to kickoff, they're focused on what's cooking. You want to put plenty of thought into your tailgating menu. Burgers and brats are always a solid choice, but you can find plenty of unique recipes outside of the classics if you're looking to change things up.

    3.Gather Your Gear

    Once you've settled on your menu, you'll need to assemble your tailgating kitchen. You want to keep two things in mind when selecting your tailgating grill: portability and power. First of all, since you'll be cooking from the parking lot, you need a stove that sets up and takes down like a dream. We're talking features like removable legs, a carry bag, and foldable side shelves. You also want to consider cooking power; you need a stove that heats up quick and can handle whatever food you want to throw on it. We've found that this tailgating stove hits the sweet spot between both of those elements.

    4. Prep the Food

    After you've gathered your ingredients and your cooking gear, you should prepare all of the food the night before. That means slicing the onions, forming the meat patties, and blending the soup all before you show up on game day. This will save you hassle at the tailgate party (have you ever tried to shape burger patties in a parking lot?), and it means the food will be ready to eat that much sooner. You also won't have to pack as much since you'll have finished all the food prep at home, which you'll be happy about at the away games.


    And there you have it. Your game plan for an excellent tailgate party. Follow the steps and you'll be having a good time with good food at a good game (if your team is winning). Tailgate on, super fans.

  • Canning Basics And Step-by-Step Water Bath Canning

    With summer starting to wrap up, and the garden harvest in full swing, it's nigh time to break out the canning supplies and start canning that summer harvest. For many folks who can, it's been a family tradition for years and years, and there are those who were introduced to canning by someone who already had all the supplies.
  • Mel's Kitchen Cafe: Canning 101 - Water Bath Basics

    Canning 101: Water Bath Basics

    By: Mel’s Kitchen Café

    (Be sure to visit Mel’s Kitchen Café for more tips, tricks, and ideas on canning this fall.)

  • More Time Saving Camp Cooking Tips

    I will be going on a two-day campout with my family over the weekend. As I started going through my checklist of things to do this morning, I realized my previous list of time saving items was missing a few things.

    So, here is an additional list of tips.

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