Culinary no-no #764


You probably know what I’m about to tell you, but I’m doing it anyway because every story has to start somehow.

The Super Bowl matchup is set, with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs set to battle in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 12.

Super Bowl 57 or Super Bowl LVII will be held at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, at 6:30PM ET. State Farm Stadium is home to the Arizona Cardinals and has hosted the NFL’s championship game twice already – in 2008 and 2015.

The Chiefs are in the Super Bowl for the third time in four years, as head coach Andy Reid and superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes bid for their second Lombardi trophy together.

The Eagles, meanwhile, will play in the Super Bowl for the fourth time in the team’s history and the first time since 2018, where they beat the Patriots.

What about the food?

The good news

According to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, your party for Super Bowl LVII could cost you less than last year because while at-home food prices overall are up 11.8 percent, some party staples are down.

Supply for chicken is coming back to normal. Avocado prices have plummeted more than 27 percent. so score one for guacamole! Chicken prices are down 22 percent, a pound of party wings dropping from about $3.55 per pound last year to $2.19 per pound this year.

USA TODAY reports while hamburger prices are slightly elevated from last year, they have fallen below their peak in July. Frying up some bacon to top those burgers will cost less this year. Sirloin steak prices have also dropped almost $1 per pound since last December. 

But you will get sacked when it comes to other items.

The bad news

Again, from WPVI-TV: hog dogs and potato skins.

Dogs have spiked 18 percent, while potato prices are up nearly 22 percent.

Prices on potato chips have risen about 22 percent. Be ready to pay about $6.28 for a 16-ounce bag.

Chocolate chip cookies are also up about 22 percent year to year.

Buying beverages will have an effect on your budget. Soda is up 25 percent from last year and beer is up 11 percent.

The TV station suggests making your Super Bowl Party BYOB. The Fischers would never do that, even though USA TODAY reports wine is up 4 percent, while spirits are up 2 percent.

Food safety

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has plenty of advice.

The biggest Super Bowl party boo-boo

On Thursday the Frito-Lay Super Bowl Snack Index 2023 was released. This survey was conducted between January 12th and January 17th, 2023, among a national sample of 2,000 nationally representative US adults ages 18+. 

Half of the country believes running out of snacks is worse than their team losing the Super Bowl. recommends buying two bags of snacks as opposed to just one to avoid embarassment.

Want more Super Bowl food mistakes?

From a Culinary no-no posted in 2014:

Pope Francis waves to faithful from his pope-mobile as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

I’ve always wanted to somehow incorporate the Pope into a Culinary no-no. Granted, this will be somewhat of a stretch, but here goes.

Did you hear what the Pontiff had to say in a statement last week?

“The Internet…This is something truly good, a gift from God.”

No, Pope Francis wasn’t talking about cuisine. His commendation for the Internet was its ability to create encounters for people and bring them into solidarity.

He’s right, however, in a general sense. The World Wide Web provides vast information and enjoyment, answers to all kinds of questions. And that includes countless ideas on what and what not to do on the biggest party day of the year.

Needless to say, that would be your Super Bowl Sunday. 

Consult the Internet as I did and you can easily be bombarded with recipes and advice on the perfect or ultimate Super Bowl party fare. Some say do this while others say don’t do that. Let’s examine some ideas I found followed by my thoughts in bold.

We used to think that Super Bowl Sunday was a day that had no rules — an all-out food free-for-all. It’s a day to celebrate excess, dip chicken wings into dip, make sandwiches out of pizza, order subs longer than your body and wash it all down with beer. But it turns out there are a few things not to bring/serve.
Of course!

Chips are a requirement. Kale is exactly the opposite.
Keep kale out.

Peanuts, pretzels, and chips are practically mandatory on game day.

Serve a Variety of Salsa. One person’s “Mild” is another’s “Holy Crap That’s Hot!”
Great advice.  Chili is another wildly popular Super Bowl dish. But how to prepare? How about a mild version with a few bottles of various hot sauces on the side for guests to choose.

Tiny, fancy foods are for other parties. This party is for big, messy, overblown foods. Smoked salmon toasts need not apply.
Again, I concur. I’ve never been to a Super Bowl party yet where hot hors d’oeuvres were passed around by a woman in black and white uniform. But if I ever would attend such an affair, I’d want her to find me, often.

A Super Bowl party is an occasion for beer. Whiskey. Rum and Coke, if you must. Gin and tonic if it’s absolutely necessary. Mojitos? GET OUT OF HERE.
The writer of the above failed to mention an old fashioned. Wonder what reaction that would bring.  Personally, I think a nicely stocked bar full of many cocktail options is a nice option.

Fake meat. Look, be a vegetarian, but this is the one day you can’t make the rest of us eat this stuff.
Can I hear an AMEN!

Mimosas.Have we not made it clear that this is a beer day? In fact, no wine.
Wine and all its popularity is a must, reds and whites.

Beer may be synonymous with football (we blame the beer ads that play during every commercial break), but it isn’t everyone’s first choice. Make orange-ginger margaritas or passion fruit mojitos by the pitcher and be sure to have a few bottles of red wine on hand.
See what I’m talkin’ about.

Offset the comfort foods with a veggie platter. You’ll be surprised how many hands reach for carrot and celery sticks.
With all the fussin’ over the main items, this can easily be forgotten. Don’t.

When the news hit the blogs that 1.77 million pounds of Velveeta cheese was recalled — not because it was bad, but because the packaging failed to mention that the product contained soy, putting everyone with a soy allergy at risk — the “hot take” that all of the bloggers reporting the story mentioned was the fact that everyone’s Super Bowl parties were going to be ruined. There was a big “cheese shortage” in America now, after all. “How can you throw a legitimate party without having access to the Velveeta cheesy goodness?” was the popular angle. An angle which, frankly, doesn’t make any sense: A great Super Bowl party is not the one with the ubiquitous globular rubbery processed clumpy cheese block.
Two thumbs up.

Veggies don’t go over too well at Super Bowl parties unless they’re (a) deep-fried; (b) covered in ranch dressing; (c) dunked in melted cheese; or (d) all of the above. So, make a point to reserve at least half of your plate for some greens. Not only will you fail to get the post-game lethargy from the mid-game carb-loading, you’ll also get a nice feeling of superiority.
50% of my plate for veggies? Are you crazy?

There’s a fine line between festive and tacky. Steer clear of football-shaped cakes, streamers in the team colors, and turning the table into a miniature football field.
Wrong! Isn’t that all part of the frenzy?

Get some … flags, helmets, bobble headed dolls, jerseys, footballs. Break out that silly sombrero chip and dip bowl, paper napkins in team colors. However you want to focus your decoration, make it fun, go crazy and make it football.
Now that’s a party atmosphere!

The list of possibilities is endless if you click on that gift from God. But one expert I looked into doesn’t prepare of the above suggestions.

If someone wants to host a Super Bowl party what would you, Chef Puck, recommend they serve?

“I would make a buffet table — a great meatloaf, slice it and have a mushroom sauce with it. Mac and cheese, which is really easy to do, a romaine salad, maybe some roasted vegetables. If you have the money it’s easy to make roasted pork or beef rack, which you can slice. Also mashed potatoes are always easy to do.”
Wolfgang Puck who has catered for the Oscar and Grammy parties.

Plenty of Culinary no-nos, for sure, but they are far outnumbered by the delicious ways to plan and pull off a terrific Super Bowl party.


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