Saturday, January 29, 2011

BIG GAME MADNESS!!! New show tomorrow, Access Hollywood Monday!

Hey! There's a new Cooking for Real tomorrow, I'm hangin out on Food Network all weekend between shows and catch me Monday on Access Hollywood live :-). I'm all over these grid-iron eats!

You know we LOVE a food holiday at Food Network and next week's Sunday festivities are just in time if you ask me. Even though the JETS didn't make it, I'm still gonna figure out a way to celebrate and the addition of some comfort food will soothe my wounds. I am really excited actually, just think about it -- next to New Year's Day, the BIG GAME kicks off the eating season for the year. So, one season closes and another opens. All this weekend we have everything you need on Food Network to plan for a great party and we also have some great ideas and recipes online. Remember when I told you a few weeks ago my girl Natina and I taped some stuff at the Chip Shop in Brooklyn? Well, those segments are running all weekend on Food Network, so I hope you enjoy! Ok here's a list of stuff to check out ...

NEW Cooking for Real airs Sunday at 11AM!
It's called GAMER'S GATHERING
On the menu tomorrow ...
Spicy Boiled Peanuts - These are so easy to make and perfect for a party. My dad made these all the time growing up, I just added some spice. Make these the day before and reheat them the morning of the BIG GAME :-). Then make sure there's a big bowl for everyone to discard their shells.

Grown Up Bologna Sandwiches - Just what it sounds like, the childhood pleasure on an adult palate. These are clever and an easy sell to any beefy or skinny guy for that manner, cuz my dude loves them!

Nachos Blanco with Roasted Jalapeno Salsa - Along the same theme, these are grown-up nachos. Not bachelor/bachelorette nachos. Not college student nachos. But, grown woman and man nachos lol. I just think the "huge block of cheese melted with salsa" nachos has seen it's days and the "broiler-burned chips with crusty melted cheddar cheese" nachos is just a tragedy. So, I say phone in the chicken and buy the rotisserie from the grocer, but make the salsa and the cheese sauce. You know if I'm doing it, it's EASY. Trust me, for the little bit of work needed for these nachos, the compliments will be exponential.

And to drink ...
BEER PUNCH!!! - This is something I came up with about 4 years ago. I was working at a magazine called HIP HOP WEEKLY as the Food & Lifestyle editor. I had a little column called Belly of the Beats and interviewed various recording artists about what they ate, cooked, like to drink, etc. Well, rapper Da Brat said she loved to put a drop of grenadine in her beer to turn it pink. I thought, "that's cute", but then thought to myself "where's the flavor with just a drop?". Felt almost like a wasted ingredient that if used right could add flavor and color. So I added some fruit, more grenadine, some sugar and a squirt of lime juice! Now, the grenadine is doing more work than just looking pretty. Give this one a try, beer drinkers like it and so do people that say "eww, I don't do beer".

Still need more help with your BIG GAME party? Check out my section on Food Network.com called Sunny's Strategic Super Bowl Menu

or check out the end zone for Big Game party hosts, touchdowns in the kitchen allowed :-), That's over at the BIG GAMEsegment of the website.


I'm in California a bit early this weekend for my Monday morning visit to Access Hollywood Live with Billy and Kit. I was just here for Thanksgiving and now I'm back with some great tips for a successful Gameday strategy. DVR and check your local listings. Or, just click here and see if it's in your area.

9 comments:

Jen @ OneCurlyFry said...

Hey girl! I've got my DVR set for the new show tomorrow since it kinda threw me off being on Sunday now. I was able to watch it last week! But you know I wouldn't miss it!

Have fun in Cali! Bring some of that warm weather back east when you come back. And hope you find some cool spots to eat at!! Can't wait to hear all about it.

renae said...

Yay! Just the kind of food I'm looking for! And in addition, I really, really (really!) want to make the quesidilla's I saw on Cooking For Real recently but I can't find it on The Food Networks site! Ack! I remember it was super easy, but of course I refuse to attempt anything on my own in the kitchen. Refried beans...and a lot of other goodness. Help!

Holly said...

I will be watching the new show this morning - I'm definitely making your boiled peanuts for Superbowl Sunday! I want to make the beer punch too...hubby is a little skeptical, but I told him if it's your recipe, it has to be good! ;-) Have fun in LA!!

Cassandra Boston said...

Hi Sunny! The grown up bologna sandwich sounds good. I love garlic and German bologna. I still haven't outgrew the bologna sandwich with the burned spots that's very popular in the Black community. If you grew up poor bologna was put in a lot of unsuspected dishes.

Charles said...

Hi Sunny (from the very cold state of PA while your in "sunny" Cali....whatever I'm not h8tin') lol

Very cool of you posting about my visit to your set on the blog! Thanks!! I was showing err'body!! Haha....While I'm not much of a sports fan, I am looking forward to your menu for your gameday show! I can't wait to see your bologna samich creation because my father was a fan of bologna, and something tells me he woulda loved what you got cooking up! Oh, and that beer punch! Cool idea. Am I the only one that misses Da Brat btw?! Can u say "Funkdafied"?

Your promos w/Natina are really cute btw :)

Dolphinfanhg said...

I am totally making those nachos! I drooled when I saw them AM!

Stefanie said...

I saw your show this weekend and it was great. I have always wanted to try boiled peanuts ever sense I visited Beaufort, SC to visit my brother when he was stationed there. Thanks Sunny!

Holly said...

So bummed! I set my DVR for Access Hollywood, and not Access Hollywood Live! :-( I did see your show this weekend, though...did you do the same game-day recipes?

Maria said...

I gotta try those nachos. I agree with your assessment of 'broiled nachos'! too funny

Also, are your parents Steeler fans now that they live in Steeler country?

Gonna be a good game. Gotta have some good food to go with it. Foodnetwork mag had good afternoon snack recipes in Sept. May pull some of those too!