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December 1st, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin USC UCLA shirt


My Trojans lost this weekend. I don’t know how much more USC football I can take!

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New Recipes For Tailgaiting Parties

September 6th, 2012 1 Comment



When it comes to party recipes, I always say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Friends and family usually can’t wait for your famous dishes like beer can chicken, fajitas and queso, or ribs. Click here for my BBQ party how-to guide or refer to my grilling posts for my old faithful tips and recipes.

That being said, there’s always room to try something new. It could be the next fan favorite.

I’ve been inspired by The Local Palate, a Charleston foodie mag, to try a few new alternatives to serve at kick-off this season.

Bacon-Wrapped Duck

  • 4 duck breasts
  • 1 pound of bacon (not thick cut)
  • 10 fresh assorted hot peppers (jalapeno, serrano, fresno) cut into slices
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 10 minutes
  • Your favorite teriyaki sauce

Cut duck breast into 1 inch chunks. Slice bacon in half to shorten. Roll one piece of bacon around one piece of duck and then wrap one slice of pepper around bacon. Slide onto skewer. You should get about 8 skewers total. Place on grill over medium heat and grill on each side for 4 minutes or until bacon is cooked. Serve with teriyaki sauce.

Jicama Green Apple Slaw

  • 1 small head of radicchio, thinly sliced
  • 1 jicama, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green apple, small dice
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1/4 cup cashews chopped
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix the first six ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk rice wine vinegar and honey until blended. Add sesame oil and whisk until blended. Add dressing to the veggies and toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Caramelized Apple Upside Down Cornbread Cake

  • 4 ounces of butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup + 4 ounces sorghum syrup, more for garnish
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, quartered, and seeded
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 ounces melted butter
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup White Lily self-rising flour
  • Ice cream, optional

Preheat oven to 325. In a heavy 10-inch stainless steel skillet, melt butter wtih 1 cup of sorghum until well incorporated. Remove from heat. Add apples to skillet, round side down, set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, buttermilk, meltedbutter, and remaining 4 ounces sorghum syrup. Add cornmeal, salt, and flour, beat until well incorporated. Pour batter over apples and bake for 35-45 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. To serve, cover with a plate that fits over the top of the skillet and flip over. Tap skillet bottom to release cake. Slice into wedges, garnish with syrup, and serve.

Indian Summer Cocktail

  • Small handful of mint
  • 4 small pieces of pineapple
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce green Chartreuse
  • 1 1/2 ounces of gin
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Muddle pineapple, with mint. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a freshly-iced old fashion glass and garnish with twist.



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Are you ready for some college football??!!!

August 31st, 2011 1 Comment

QUICK POLL:  WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR??  And is that team different from where you went to school/school you traditionally root for?

TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.  Out of curiosity, just want to know where we all stand :)

It feels like it’s been a decade since last season.  Probably because my spirits didn’t endure very long. Being a die-hard USC alumn and smack-talker has not been easy recently for obvious reasons…. Honestly, it sucks. AND I live in Texas! But last season was so sloppy as a whole the games weren’t fun to watch.

A few quick thoughts that have crossed my mind in anticipation:

— Thank goodness my brother went to Bama (just graduated btw!) so I have a decent team to follow.

— As for my boys, the Trojan football program isn’t different from any other university.  They just got caught.  I mean, look at the Hurricanes.  They probably didn’t think the benefactor would be the whistle blower on that deal.

— I’m all for conference camaraderie and will be rooting for Oregon as well as my Trojans.  The Pac 10 dissenters can kiss my barely-there butt.  It’s not our fault that half of the teams are terrible.  Sure the SEC is consistently stronger, but USC proved that the Pac 10 should not be underestimated.

Oregon (3) v. LSU (4) – OMGoodness, what a great way to start the season!  My bff Trey, a UT alumn with LSU parents, has charmed me into liking Tigers (basically because it’s one team we can agree on liking other than our own).

— In terms of unis, apparently everyone has been watching Oregon with envy.  Co-founder and chairman of Nike, Phil Knight has kept those boys looking sleek over the years and now other teams are following to the extent their budget allows.  Click here for what to watch for this season.

— Bob Stoops makes me cringe.


Football is about friends, fun, and parties.  And, for away games, really comfy clothes.

As the weeks pass I’ll be posting recipes (tomorrow will be eggplant fries!) and party ideas that should keep you entertained during the game.  OR, take a page from my playbook: sit back, relax with a cold beer, and let the boys get their grill on.  It’s a perfect Saturday.


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Sloppy Seconds

December 4th, 2010 No Comments

Is anyone else totally disappointed by this college football season?  The upsets were fun at first, but now it’s just a free-for-all.

Listening to the boys talk on Game Day about who will go to the National Championship was just pathetic.  If Auburn doesn’t win today they should still get to play for the title?  Well, they do seem to be the best option considering everyone else’s season.  If Oregon looses then it could be TCU, but everyone thinks Stanford is a better team.

I mean, it’s just sad.

What happened to the Tide?  And Denard Robinson? Texas was painful to watch. Ugh.

Hopefully my Trojans can pull it together in time for their next meet up with the horns in 2017.  Sounds like a long time away, but that might be how long it takes for teams to rebuild.

Until then, we’re stuck with having to alter our gut instinct and take TCU seriously.

My money is on Oregon.  I hope they make the PAC 10 proud!

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The Perfect Storm

November 13th, 2010

It’s been the perfect storm of problems this year.

Mac Brown (head coach of UT) on College Game Day actually calling himself accountable for his tragedy of a season.

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October 31st, 2010

Yay!!!! sh*t, ummm…I….go team.

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Anyone watching the Baylor game??

October 31st, 2010

Hehe (Yes, I know USC is losing, as predicted.)

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Try not to blow it boys

October 31st, 2010

It’s not just the orange in this stadium that’s feeling the burn. Confidence is low, but hopes are high. I’ll throw up some horns because a loss to Baylor would make the UCLA massacre look like a slap in the face. (Yep, a little more PAC 10 pride for ya. Btw, did you catch the Iowa upset today??!!!)

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