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Reliving The Tastes Of Your College Years

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By Andrea Lynn
Reliving The Tastes Of Your College Years

The arrival of football season brings with it the season of tailgating. Every college on this playing field has traditional favorites that loyal fans love to enjoy. If you're watching at home instead of at the stadium, you can still get in on the fun by whipping up versions of tailgating favorites courtesy of recipes. This season, liven up your weekends by riffing on these traditions from across the country.




University of Colorado: Buffalo Wings

In Boulder, fans of the Colorado Buffaloes look to the team name for their tailgating choice: the buffalo wing. This classic tailgate dish can be easily replicated at home with this recipe. Simply roast chicken wing drumettes in the oven until golden. In a bowl, combine melted butter with hot sauce and spices. Dunk the roasted chicken wings into the hot sauce mixture to coat, and voila — a football favorite recipe at your disposal.


Ole Miss: Fried Chicken

A Southern tailgating spread is in order to cheer on the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi, where fried chicken reigns supreme. To do this at home, bone-in chicken should marinate in buttermilk or a beer marinade. This step bulks up the moisture of the chicken, ensuring that when the fried outside gets crispy, the inside stays juicy and tender. Coat the chicken pieces in flour, then gently place in boiling oil until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. Or, for an easier route to a Southern tailgating theme, whip up some deviled eggs.


LSU: Gumbo and Jambalaya

No steaming bowls of chili allowed in the LSU-land of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Instead, it's all gumbo and jambalaya for tailgating on football Saturdays. The key to a successful gumbo is in the roux: equal parts of butter and flour that cook together until browned and rich in flavor, about an hour. This Louisiana Gumbo recipe stays in true form of the Southern classic with okra, andouille sausage, tomatoes and crabmeat. While gumbo requires a little bit of time, this Easy

Cajun Jambalaya has you covered in a game-day pinch. Use shortcuts like cooked rice and sliced rotisserie chicken without compromising any of the Southern charm.


Ohio State University: Buckeye Balls

A buckeye is a shiny dark brown and tan nut from the official state tree of Ohio, the buckeye tree. Legend says the buckeye resembles the eye of a deer, and with it, brings lots of luck. In the 1950s, Ohio State University adopted the term as its team moniker, so it makes sense that when a dessert is made to look like a buckeye, it would be a hit at Columbus tailgates. To make, stir together peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar into a dough-like consistency before rolling into balls. Then, dip half into tempered chocolate (to resemble the buckeye) and refrigerate until hard, about 30 minutes.


University of Wisconsin: Bratwursts

Madison is home to both the University of Wisconsin Badgers and an annual bratfest hailed as the world's largest. Brats are also the official food of the school, making them the top choice for tailgating. Follow this recipe to simmer the bratwurst in a mixture of beer and mustard for maximum flavor absorption and grill. Serve atop buns with sauerkraut. The next time you're watching the big game, test-drive one of these college traditions or embrace your own school's tailgating customs. Either way, has plenty of recipes to liven up your game day festivities.


Andrea Lynn ( is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/ cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport available on 

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