It’s been a busy week and I’m thrilled that the Dodgers are the National League West Champions, and we just began the NLCS playoffs against the Atlanta Braves. Yes, last night didn’t go so well for us, but it was only the first game. If there’s one thing I love, it’s baseball. I know some of you don’t join me in my passion, but there’s something about watching a good game on the television with all the right snacks and drinks in front of you, and cheering on your favorite team. I’ve been a Dodger fan since I was a kid, and my dad would drive us to Elysian Park to enjoy live games quite often. We always sat in the front by the right field baseline, where we would try and capture the outfielders attention for a baseball. On occasion, they would throw my brother a ball, who always had his mitt with him at the game. My sister and I would mostly eat our way through the entire nine innings starting with Dodger dogs and then, peanuts, and if it wasn’t too cold outside, the swirled hat sundae, or the obvious blue cotton candy. Those were the days.
When I watch the game in my own living room, the food is a bit different, but it still has all the same fun characteristics of stadium fare. So, this week I thought I’d start Monday off with a big bowl of popcorn, one of my favorite recipes on my blog. The nutritional yeast mimics parmesan cheese and I just dig the umami flavors. Tuesday we’re going with nachos, but not just your standard cheese piled on top of tortilla chips, these are loaded with all the fixins and we’re using tarter tots! You heard that right. Wednesday it’s a classic hamburger helper made in an Instant Pot and this version is made from scratch, and it is notches above the store bought stuff some grew up on. Since we can’t get a Dodger dog this week, I thought my kielbasa sheet pan dinner would feed our cravings, and on Friday it’s meatball sliders with an Italian flair. Saturday is baking day and we’re enjoying my delightful peanut butter swirl brownies that are so deeply good, They’re great served as desserts while watching the game or wrap them up for lunches during the week. So have a good one and think blue! Go Dodgers!
Monday – I love a good bowl of popcorn, especially when I’m at home watching the Dodgers or my favorite Netflix show. On occasion I make it my dinner because I love it that much.
Tuesday – It’s nacho night and these are tater tot nachos with chili and cheese. There isn’t anything better than a warm skillet piled high with Mexican style tots!
Wednesday – It’s an easy old fashioned classic dinner made with pantry ingredients and prepared in minutes. Homemade hamburger helper is true comfort food.
Thursday – It’s dog night for us at home and this sheet pan kielbasa meal is one of my all-time fall favorites. The sweet kabocha squash along with creamy potatoes and hardy sausages are what I crave this time of the year.
Friday – It’s slider night and these are made in your slow cooker, so you can finish up your work week and have dinner ready before your done. The Italian flavors work beautifully with the mozzarella cheese melting over the meatballs when being served on a soft bun.
Saturday – I don’t know about you, but I need a good brownie just about now. These peanut butter swirl brownies are so satisfying and there’s nothing better on a Saturday afternoon.