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The Cookstr Weekly: Game Day Eats

February 4, 2015
January 29, 2015

This Sunday marks the annual celebration of a most important American pastime, one that’s passed down from generation to generation, filled with regional loyalty and familial tradition. That pastime, of course, is eating delicious fried things in front of the television. If you’re a football fan, you’re already geared up for this Sunday’s events. But if you’re in it mostly for the potato skins and the commercials, we’ve got some excellent ideas for you.

Making some of your favorite snack foods from scratch, from tots, chips, and fries to wings and dips, is a perfect way to round out the weekend and kick off the game.

Warmest regards,

Kara Rota
Editorial Director

  by Lara Ferroni

“Traditional tots are made from russet potatoes, but I like to grate in a little bit of sweet potato or yam. Keeping the skins on helps to preserve some of the nutrients, so give your potatoes a good scrub instead of a peel. This recipe, adapted from one by Cooks Country magazine, churns out light, fluffy tots with a crispy crust every time. The corn flour and ground millet flour give the tots a little extra crunch, but it’s OK to substitute whole-wheat flour if you prefer.”

– Lara Ferroni


Real Onion Dip by Rick Rodgers


What’s New on Cookstr:
Toffee Coffee Cake Surprise
  by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito


“Possibly, as mostly lifelong New Yorkers, we invest too much in the Groundhog Day myth. We desperately want to believe. As each February rolls around — dreary, wintry February — we pray the symbolic groundhog will grant us an early spring and a welcome reprieve from winter. The stakes are high: If the groundhog emerges from his burrow and glimpses his shadow, we are supposedly due for another six weeks of winter. That is not a good thing.

“We celebrate Groundhog Day (and by extension the excellent, cult-classic Bill Murray movie of the same name) with a cake that is a little bit whimsical, if not a little bit literal: After all, there is a “burrow” of chocolate toffee running through the middle of the cake. The cake itself is the perfect coffee-cake base, golden and fragrant and an afternoon pleasure all its own. We added a ribbon of toffee bits for an added surprise and a contrasting crunch. It might be a silly holiday, but it is a serious cake.

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