Bean and Barley Vegetarian Chili

For a cold and rainy day, what better than a hot bowl of chili.  We cooked this up the night before and we’re wrapping it in a blanket for transport to the tailgate.  Another great recipe from the NFL Game … Continue reading

Private Tailgate Concert

When you’re a well-connected tailgate juggernaut, special things happen. Enough said. Cal Alumni Band arrives at our Tailgate Party “Fight for California” Cal Alumni Band at our Tailgate Party “Sons of California” Cal Alumni band 3 at Our Tailgate Party … Continue reading

Homecoming in Style

It’s been a weird season for us, the hosts of our tailgate gang. This will be our first game as tailgate hosts as a funeral and then injury prevented us from attending the first two games. So it will be … Continue reading

Game Day Salmon

Dan bought fresh local King Salmon off-the-boat at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay from Jimmy of the Kimberly Rose – he may still have some today (415) 317-7437. I’ll hand it over to Dan to tell you about … Continue reading

5-7 Bean Salad

From The NFL Gameday Cookbook comes another classic that is so easy to make you’ll wonder why you haven’t made it before.  Or something like that.  They call it “Just Can It” Bean Salad because you just open up cans … Continue reading

Welcoming Autumn with Food and Wine

I notice a huge shift in my food preferences when the weather changes. Ice cream and cold foods are no longer that appealing. My tastes turn to spices, heat and autumn flavors, like pumpkin, apple and squash. Hearty vegetable stews … Continue reading

Discovering Umami, the Fifth Taste Sensation

No, Virginia, umami isn’t the name of Cal’s new defensive strategy. Instead, umami is the fifth taste sensation, along with sweet, sour, bitter and salty. The word dates back to 1908, when Kikunae Ikeda, the creator of monosodium glutamate (MSG), … Continue reading

Pairing Wine with Ducks and Bears

Sept. 21, 2013 The 2012 Cal-Oregon game was not a very happy one (although my dog Cody was featured as the pet of the week!). But hopefully you enjoyed some wonderful wine and duck pairings. Last year, I highlighted’s recommendations for … Continue reading