“It’s Awards Season. The Super Bowl is coming. And you know you have to catch up with Don Draper at a Mad Men Marathon before the new season starts. So get off the couch and into the spirit. Turn on the tube, throw a party, and invite some friends– because The Table Set wants you and your guests to tune in and turn up your TV viewing party volume.”
It was my turn to write the show notes for this week’s episode of The Table Set and that’s how I chose to introduce it. I hope it adequately describes what a particularly fun episode this was for us to record. Because you have to agree when must-see TV shows roll around it’s just way more fun to tune in with friends.
TV Viewing Party
The Super Bowl is probably the biggest of all the televised events when it comes to food. People go all out with their Super Bowl spreads. In fact I read somewhere that The Super Bowl was the second largest “Food Holiday” in the U.S. Second only to (yep you guessed it) Thanksgiving.
But I’ll be honest. I don’t care for football. I don’t care for most televised sporting events. Same goes for award shows. I have trouble relating what’s happening on the screen to all the crazy stuff in my life. Still, that’s never stopped me from attending some of these events IRL (in real life). In fact in the episode I talk a little bit about what it is like to actually attend the Academy Awards and even walk the red carpet. I’ll let you in on a little secret, the show is hardly the best part of the evening.
This is also a good time to announce a new series of posts I am going to call Sippity Suppers. I’ll periodically present entire menus for you. The menus might be geared towards special events or they might just be an idea to encourage you to stay home and eat seasonally. Some of the recipes will come from Sippity Sup, some from well known cooks and bloggers I admire.
Starting with this Sippity Supper. It’s my idea of how to make a bunch of screaming sports fanatics experience something real “in real life”. It’s a Super Bowl menu. I got the idea during the recording of the current episode of The Table Set. On the show we always seem to be discussing ways to take the expected and turn it upside down in some way. One of our favorite ways is to give it what we call the high brow/low brow treatment. So my Super Bowl menu takes all the expected ideas about game day food to the highest of high brow heights– without losing their sporty low brow appeal. Follow the links for printable recipe. GREG Photo of Andy by: heatherkincaid.com/blog.
The Super Bowl in no ordinary game and this is no ordinary Hoagie. Pork Belly and Braised Endive Sandwich.
What’s Game Day without some ‘Fries’? Baked Sweet Potato ‘Fries’ with Buffalo Dipping Sauce
Peanuts are nice, but the shells can be so messy, try my Soy & Maple Roasted Almonds instead
Wings, you gotta have ’em so they might as well be spicy as hell! Thai Bird Chili Wings
I love beer but this Americano Cocktail brings a sophisticated flair to the All American Game
Pine Nut Cookies with Rosemary & Olive Oil are made for parties. They are practically addicting.
Greg Henry writes the food blog Sippity Sup- Serious Fun Food, and contributes the Friday column on entertaining forThe Back Burner at Key Ingredient. He’s active in the food blogging community, and a popular speaker at IFBC, Food Buzz Festival and Camp Blogaway. He’s led cooking demonstrations in Panama & Costa Rica, and has traveled as far and wide as Norway to promote culinary travel. He’s been featured in Food & Wine Magazine, Los Angeles Times, More Magazine, The Today Show Online and Saveur’s Best of the Web. Greg also co-hosts The Table Set podcast which can be downloaded on iTunes or atHomefries Podcast Network.
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Great post — enjoyed reading more about figs and can’t wait to try out this syrup. I dream of having a fig tree in my yard someday.…
I am at McCarran airport drinking Conundrum while I wait for my flight. At Las Vegas Chop & Tavern. The salmon BLT is pretty good too. Thanks for entertaining me over the last half hour Greg! We love figs! LL
This looks wonderful. I don’t think I have ever had a ripe fig. I live in cold MN and I normally find dried figs. But I will have to see what I cause this looks lovely!
Haha. That and useless information make me laugh but I’m on same fig page! We had a fig tree growing up. Back then I didn’t appreciate. You always take it to the next level.
Gorgeous figs, I love the spiced wine syrup!
… must get my hands on some figs soon so I can make this. Fabulous!
LOVE fig season and cry when it finally passes. Will have to try this FAB dish while I can still find them at the market.
Figs are definitely my favorite part of the end of summer…but now I’m thinking there’s something a bit Freudian about that. Hmm.
I would be tempted to drink this syrup straight from the jar…I mean, it has wine in it so it’s totally slurpable, right?
In that painting, why do Adam and Eve have belly buttons? 😉
Yes. Figs are earthy. They are sweet (like the very best strawberries) but there are so many other layers of flavor. Thanks for sharing…and for all your hilarious comments and words. You always make me laugh.
I wish I had your neighbors so I could steal my fill of figs. Lucky you!
Oh, I love it that you are the king of useless information. This is a lost art now, especially with faster-and-faster smart phones and tablets and Google-everything!
Hmm, so I haven’t really seen a fig tree in my life. Don’t think we have those here in the Arctic, I mean, Canada. We always get out shipment of figs from your neck of the woods or Israel. Black, green, or soot-laden, I love them all 🙂
More than I ever wanted to know about figs, but it was fascinating nonetheless. Love your blog and the time it must take to research and present the info. Wish I lived where fig trees were dropping their fruit. Just made a pork roast with figs and wine. They are indeed a good pairing.