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Easy Sunday game day party foods with gourmet flair

Posted by by Tim Pohland, category manager, online shopping
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It’s Super Bowl time! (I say that tongue in cheek, for if you know me, you know how much I love my cherished Vikings.) As with most Vikings fan, we believed last year was a fluke. We thought bringing in a 6-time pro bowl quarterback would make everything better. As we soon found out, it didn’t.

So as I saw our season slowly fade away, my only other obvious “joy” was to root against a particular team that plays across state lines. (Sorry Packers fans.) W ell, I lost a bet to my friends, and as you can see it didn’t work out very well. Do you know how hard it was for me to smile?

I still have faith in our Vikings, but it gets tough. So when the going gets tough, the tough get eating? On Super Bowl Sunday we do!

For foodies, the Super Bowl has really never been about the teams playing, but rather the social event that is the Super Bowl party. And what’s a party without the food? Here’s where I come in. As a lifelong foodie, I’m always the one to plan the menu and cook all of the food. I like to keep it quick and simple, but still have that touch of gourmet flair.

I teach cooking classes at our St. Louis Park cooking school and my January class was all about quick and easy food to share with friends and family.

I created Cumin Brined Chicken Wings, Aged Gouda and Bacon Dip with Smoked Almonds, and Southwestern Ranch Chili (a family favorite).They might sound intense, but these are easy to make and can be done the night before. Pair them with a few beers from our newly expanded specialty beers section in our Wines and Spirits stores and you have a party!

If you’re someone who doesn’t have the best luck in the kitchen or just wants to pick up something quick to bring to a party, Lunds and Byerly’s has you covered with everything from our deli signature fried chicken, (I dare you to find a better fried chicken) and chicken wings from our deli to our tail-off cooked shrimp and already prepared vegetable trays with dip from our produce department. I could go on and on.

Enjoy cheering on the teams for the big game!

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