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15
Nov
10

meat!

It’s a tradition with a history nearly as long and illustrious as the Killer Nuts Tailgate parties themselves: Fred makes sausage for the Michigan game.

This tradition has its roots way back when Fred, then a vegetarian, ate a sample of prosciutto while on a flight to Italy. He didn’t just fall of the vegetarian wagon — he jumped off, slashed the wagon’s tires, set the whole thing ablaze and used the flames to  sear a rare 32-ounce porterhouse.

Oh, and he also started making his own sausage. I don’t remember which Michigan game it was when the sausage first appeared, but I know it was a win, and I remember declaring that Fred had to make sausage for the the Michigan tailgate from that point forward until the end of time.

Time has not yet ended, and we’re just a couple weeks away from the Michigan game, so Fred is about ready to make this year’s batch — and that’s where he needs our help. He’s set on making two varieties — a maple breakfast sausage, which has become something of a staple, and a hot Italian sausage, using some of the chilies Mrs. Crappy and I grew this summer. He wants to make two more varieties, but he is unsure which to choose.

And that means it’s time for a poll.

Let’s pretend we live in Florida — vote twice, once for each of these choices that sounds the best for you. We’ll close the poll at midnight Thursday so Fred can have his list ready for a visit to the butcher on Friday.

I asked Fred for brief descriptions of our choices. Here’s what he came up with:

  • Vienna – the little wiener sausages that you can eat by the handful; includes all the major meat groups (beef, pork, veal – yes, veal)
  • Mustardy Beef – this would be our basic beef link.  Would it be a classic or would it be boring?
  • Swedish Potato – beef,  pork butt, pork fat, potatoes.  I will cook these in low-fat chicken broth and they should taste great with any diet soft drink.
  • Cajun Boudin Blanc – considered a “religion” in SW Louisiana.  Pork + pork + pork fat + SPICES + rice + accordion & fiddle music while cooking.
  • Turkey/Cranberry/Nut – what you will have eaten the 2 previous days, but in tubular form.

I can’t see how we can go wrong. Make yer choices people, and Fred will work his magic.

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30
Sep
10

osu – emu game menu.

  • danish
  • coffee
  • assorted snacks, including hummus
  • chili with grated cheddar cheese on top
  • corn muffins
  • tossed salad
  • cookies & mini candy bars
  • numerous drinks
28
Sep
10

bombs away.

This requires a trip to Kentucky, but it’s worth it.

Buckeye Bombs

Pour half of the cherry juice out of a jar of Maraschino Cherries. Fill the jar with pure grain alcohol. Let cherries soak in the alcohol for a month or two – the longer the better! Enjoy at OSU tailgates!

27
Sep
10

breakfast hash.

One of the primary things I wanted to accomplish with KNT was to explain to you exactly how well we eat on Saturday mornings in the parking lot — and how we get there. Crappydad is the first to indulge me, but I hope to offer a more in-depth look at the recipes that drive our parties in the future.

Crappydad working his magic. (Photo by Ethel.)

It was one of the great pleasures of my childhood — those nights when mom wasn’t home for dinner and we had a leftover beef roast of some kind in the fridge, and I knew chances were good that dad would be making hash for dinner.

Part of the reason this was so cool was because it was something generally reserved for the two of us; it always felt a little like we were sort of misbehaving after being left at home without supervision.

And the other part? The hash — a skillet full of meat, eggs, cheese, potatoes and onion — was awfully good.

Crappydad recreated that recipe for the OU game, and I’m still more upset about missing that than missing the battle of the mascots before the game. Getting recipes from my father can be a challenge, because there’s never anything actually written down. But in this case, CD put together a pretty thorough set of instructions, should you want to try this on your own.

And believe me, you do. Dad?

I planned this amount for around 10 people (assuming 5 men/5 women).  Two packages Bob Evans home fries.  I bought about 3 pounds of what Giant Eagle calls “skillet steaks” and nuked them until they were about medium rare.  They were then cut into about 1/2 inch cubes and refrigerated until Saturday morning.  At the tailgate, the potatoes and a half-stick of margerine for each bag went in the skillets first, for about 8-10 minutes.  Then the meat and a couple of chopped, medium-sized yellow onions (I like strong onion taste, not sweet).  This cooked for another 10 or so minutes, occasionally turning.  Then I turned the heat up and (assisted by Bill Joerg and Dick Leiss) added about 18 eggs, breaking the yolks as they went into the pans.  Then a little salt and pepper, turning a few times until the yolks were cooked fairly hard.  Serve with salt/pepper to taste.  I also like Frank’s Hot Sauce and some ketchup on top.  Yum!

20
Sep
10

some visuals.

Ethel here, also known as momsbrain as far as WordPress is concerned…

It was a lovely morning for a tailgate — a little cool. By the time we got into the game, it was positively hot and sunny. It was a short and sweet tailgate before a noon game, and a smaller crowd than usual, too, with the Crappies away at Podcamp and the Coochie Doctor and Matlock delayed by parental and professional responsibilities (like surgery, for example). And Fred and Ethel – well, we weren’t super-punctual. No surprise. But we got the eggs there in plenty of time for the massive pile of hash. And we did have guests: high school friends of Pat’s.

Bud had a nice setup for cooking.

Bud and his buds sling roast beef hash on a portable grill.

Plenty of seating for the dining portion of the tailgate.

Pat does some prep work while Marilyn and Cheryl chat.

Filling our plates.

Fred exhibited some divided loyalties, from head...

...to toe.

04
Sep
10

the first tailgate menu.

  • assorted snacks
  • beef brisket
  • baked beans
  • potato salad
  • missing green salad
  • chips
  • buckeye bars for dessert
  • beer, wine, cosmos, & mannies
03
Sep
10

game one.


We’ll talk later about the parking situation (kind of a mess) and the game itself (hooboy Ohio State looked good), but here’s a quick look at our day on Thursday which, despite some obstacles, was a great start to the 2010 season:

I arrived in Columbus to find that there would be little chance of forgetting the damn seat cushions.

We didn't think we'd be parking here, but the South Lincoln lot turned out to be a good home.

You know who these belong to, right?

Brisket. Yum.

And we're underway...

30
Aug
10

down to business.

This is a tailgating blog. So let’s talk about some tailgating.

We’re a couple days away from the first party of the season, and this one will be a little different:

  • Night game. Not terribly unusual, but a number of other factors make the Marshall game unique.
  • Weeknight game. This doesn’t happen very often. As in, this has happened only once before, when Ohio State hosted Wyoming in a Thursday night game — also a season opener — a few years back.
  • Weeknight traffic. Football parking doesn’t open until 3 p.m., so we can only hope that the folks who actually have to work at the university heed the warnings to head out early or work from home. OSU has said that some of the parking pass lots — one of which we’ve used for 10 years — could still have cars of university employees in them, which would limit the spaces available for us football types.
  • Parking, Part II. This has less to do with the weeknight thing, although it will help make Thursday’s tailgate interesting. We’ve been hearing stuff about our lot being unavailable for football parking this year, and apparently, that’s going to be an issue. Bud and Pat have been scouting for a while — and hadn’t noticed anything different — but Ethel sent this message today:

I have been looking and looking at the football parking info trying to figure out the situation in our lot. I just came across this: “Due to construction, there will be no parking in the South Lincoln and Parks Hall lots.” Parks Hall – that is us. I don’t know if they bothered to inform you. Have you given thought to another location? I don’t know how those season passes work – ie if they mandate where you park based on the type of pass you get.

Ouch. That doesn’t sound good. I did notice that the map run in the Dispatch over the weekend still listed one of the lots directly south of our regular spot as a permit lot, so I’m hopeful we’ll still find something close. There’s little use in worrying about it on Thursday, because that’s a whole different situation, but we’ll see what happens for the rest of the season.

And then we have food. We occasionally try to come up with main dishes that involve eating the other team’s mascot; this was especially easy when we played a home-and-home against Texas a few years ago. Of course, Marshall’s official mascot is the Thundering Herd, and I have no idea what that means in terms of food. But if you take a look at the logo, you’ll notice a prominent bison head — which, to me, is pretty much the tastiest beef you’ll ever put in your mouth.

We generally pride ourselves on cooking for these things, but in this case — time limitations, potential parking issues and a relatively short time in the lot — we’re going to buy instead. Here’s what Bud suggested:

Hey KNTGers:  Cocktails /appetizers are from 3:30 until dinner (about 5:30 or so)  Here’s what everyone can bring…us: beef brisket/sauce;  Fred and Ethel:  baked beans (ok cold);  Mary K:  appetizers;  Coochie Doctor/Matlock:  green salad;  Uncle Crappy:  lotsa beer;  Juan:  HB buns (probably need 18 to be safe) and potato chips (couple of bags);  JB/Suz;  dessert (and maybe some beer if you want).  I’ll also be bringing some manhattans and cosmos.  LETS GO BUCKS!

I should specify: the meat — brisket, in this case — will come from City Barbeque, the excellent local chain in Columbus. We seem to settle on something from City about once a season, and it doesn’t feel much like we’re settling for anything.

That’s the plan, boys and girls. Once we figure out the parking thing, we’re going to eat and drink well, and then head inside for the first game of the year. I’ll let you know how the preparations are going on Thursday morning, and I think you can expect an update from the lot before we wrap it up. See yinz in Columbus.




2017 schedule

Aug. 31: vs. at Indiana, 8 p.m.
Sept. 9: Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16: Army, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: UNLV
Sept. 30: at Rutgers
Oct. 4: at Maryland
Oct. 7: Maryland
Oct. 14: at Nebraska
Oct. 28: Penn State, 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 4: at Iowa
Nov. 11: Michigan State
Nov. 18: Illinois
Nov. 22: Indiana
Nov. 25: at Team Up North, noon
Dec. 2: B1G Championship, 8 p.m.

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