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January 31, 2014

Party, family and dips for chips

This Sunday a lot of people will get together with family and friends for some kind of a Super Bowl party. At the very least the Super Bowl has become a great reason for simply getting together for fun and good food, something to look forward to in the middle of a snowy winter whether you are a lover of football or not.

Coming from a football-loving family, I appreciate the camaraderie and the game but I am one that just loves a party. To me, the upbeat mood of the day is catchy!

No food is out of bounds; anything goes, everything goes — burgers, fries, chili, pasta, pizza, and almost any kind of bean dip, cheese dip, and more. Advice from my brother is to keep the food simple and quick so that everyone can be in front of the TV for pre-game, game, and half-time (not to miss the new commercials). Tradition can play a big role here, from my nephew Ed’s “Attack 6 Chili” or my brother Bill’s “Layered Bean Dip,” annual favorites will be served on this day with pride.

This Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe is like hot wings all wrapped up in a cheesy dip. It has become a classic over the years and most popular with the guys; the hotter the better! My niece Tracy and her husband Eric sent me their version, which I am passing on to you along with their note.

“Eric first tried the dip at one of our friend’s parties and really enjoyed it,” wrote Tracy. “He has always loved buffalo chicken and different dips so the idea of combining the two was genius! After the party, he went home and searched online for an easy buffalo chicken dip recipe. There are several different versions. He never serves the dip with celery or crackers. He believes it has to be served with Tostitos (and prefers the scoops). You have to use Frank’s Red Hot ... that’s key! This has been a hit when we’ve had parties and is always tasty on Sundays when we watch football!”

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