Whew!  I’m exhausted.  Watching football, especially a game like today’s, really takes a lot out of you.   Now that the season is over, I can look forward to some nice, relaxing weekends spent working on writing and rewrites.

I was, of course, pleased to see the Baltimore Ravens come out on top. And even more pleased with our final Football Sunday menu.  What a day!

We kicked things off with a visit to the dog park for a bulldog meetup –

Then it was home for the football festivities –

Lawren brings the novelty beer.
Lawren brings the novelty beer.
Super football fan Kristin - and Lawren.
Super football fan Kristin – and Lawren.
7 hour sous-vide Muscovy duck confit
7 hour sous-vide Muscovy duck confit
Rob's homemade tamales.  Always a winner.
Rob’s homemade tamales. Always a winner.
Chef Rob Cooper
Chef Rob Cooper
Ivon and his gal Lulu.
Ivon and his gal Lulu.
Dinner: the mole sauce was fantastic.
Dinner: the mole sauce was fantastic.
For dessert: blueberry pie.
For dessert: blueberry pie.
Choice of ice creams
Choice of ice creams
Ivon brought donuts!
Ivon brought donuts!
And Thobias brought the Turkish candy
And Thobias brought the Turkish candy
Thobias indulges
Thobias indulges

20 thoughts on “February 3, 2013: Super Sunday!

  1. Ravens! 😀

    Your spread looks really really good! Duck confit? I’m stuffed from our own spread (just sandwiches, chips and dips, and cheesecake of course…nothing like your fabulous menu), but that duck confit made me want some! Joe, did you make the duck confit? And if so, can you share the recipe?

  2. nice spread. our own layout at the station was less than fantastic. still, what looked to be a blowout game turned into something almost intersting to watch. But I have to wonder. as one of my coworkers pointed out, this looked as scripted as a WWE wrestling match. Just saying….hope everyone enjoyed the evening.

  3. Chicken mole with tortillas and refried black beans (Guatemalan style) here, yum! Didn’t watch the game, but happy for the outcome! Turkish delight is one of my favorites!

  4. When the Giants are not in the Super Bowl, the tradition is for Jeff to pick one team and to keep things interesting and irritating the crap out of him, I pick the other team. He always seems to back the loser though, and this time SF. I was rooting for Ravens although I know nothing about them. It was more of like this: I was rewatching “Touch” on my computer on Netflix, the game was on, I would stop to look at the commercials, then go back to my work on Touch. Then I would go into the bedroom where Jeff was watching it and rub it in that, “eh, eh, eh, my team was winning–again.” Watched half-time blow-out Beyonce (Beyonce is a Houston treasure) show. When he tired of watching it, he came in the office to the computer to play Farcry and I transitioned to the bedroom to watch Touch on Netflix.

    And then it was onto PUPPY BOWL on Animal Planet which is just far more interesting than the Super Bowl. Loved little Pearl.

    But seems like you had your own version of Puppy Bowl and you know I love the puppy videos, especially your clan.

    Patrick was on the war path last night. We had a 3-hr bed battle. Then I got my second wind and finally watched X-Men First Class. Good movie. Finally went to sleep at 4:00 a.m. and up at 6:45 a.m. to get Patrick off to school. I plan to head back to bed in a little bit for a quick nap so I can make it through the rest of the day.

    Did anyone catch “Arrow” this week? The episode Vertigo. You all know James Bamford does the fight sequences, but since we were recently talking about Whispers, Janina Gavankar popped up in the episode (along with the marvelous Seth Gabel from Fringe). Looks like she is going to be in another episode called Dodger.

    I hope everyone has a great day. Although I plan to, this is quite a sad day for Jeff’s family and myself as it has been 1 year since Jeff’s dad died. I never quite understand the full meaning of “it feels like it just happened yesterday” but “it feels like it happened so long ago” at the same time. Not sure how those two things can exist in the same space/time continuum.

    By the way, who cried during that Brotherhood commercial for the Clydesdales? I know me and Das did. And I wound up crying for that one right after halftime where Oprah is narrating for our troops on a Jeep commercial. Super Bowl commercials are supposed to make you laugh, not cry.

  5. The food looked so good! I loved the pictures. Lawren and Ivon with their gals are so sweet.

    Debra</b: A wildlife refuge would have been the idea place. Well-meaning but ignorant about what happens when an animal loses its fear of people. http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/article_24b64c66-ed61-11e0-9f83-001cc4c03286.html

    Das: It would have made for an interesting day at the post office (mailing wraith).

    Mike from Canada: Interesting Wraith tattoo theory! On a different topic, how does the Northern weather effect your arthritis? I hope you are feeling well.

    JeffW: Not sure I understood all the techno jargon but I got the gist: “It’s frustrating!” Keeping my fingers crossed for ya. I’m sure your daughter would have house set for you anyway but now there won’t be any complaining 😉 . Have a great trip! Rats? Really?

    I’m wiped out from this sinus infection! I have to make another ENT appointment. Is my sinus blockage the cause of sinus infections “every time” I get a simple cold or is it an auto immune thing?

  6. One of the finest games of recent memory. And a local boy makes good. (Joe Flacco is from Audubon, NJ, a few towns west of mine.)

    My sister in law is a segment producer for NFL Films, and she produces the “I’m going to Disney World” spots. She is also from Audubon. Flacco got a kick out of that.

  7. You’d think the male audience would be taken for granted in the Superbowl and they’d prioritize not turning away families a little higher. I get it, profits, but there’s such a thing as trashing a brand.

  8. The duck looks good.
    All in all, this was a game worth watching – action and suspense til the end.
    We wont discuss the “food” available cause it surely is substandard to your menu and Jeff W. BUT….some good beer was present, nice recliner (not as nice as your viewing room), electricity and nearby bathroom. quite comfy actually.
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  9. I vote for Ivon as your new petsitter!! Pretty sure you can just pay him in food, too. 😉

    @ Tam Dixon – It wouldn’t be too much trouble as long as the Wraith was packaged up beforehand, with lots of air holes in the box, and steel strapping all around. Maybe toss in a cheap tablet so he can play angry birds, or something. I’m pretty sure he’d make for himself some sort of organic nest so his trip is more comfortable, so no need for fluffy pillows. I checked the USPS live animal restrictions, and warm-blooded animals cannot be sent through the post office, but I’m pretty sure Wraith are cold-blooded. Right, Joey? RIGHT??! I thought so. 😀 So, as long as he’s WELL-fed beforehand and mailed early in the week to avoid sitting in a sorting center all weekend getting all cranky and stuff, then once he’s dropped off it should all be smooooooth sailing from there on out!

    Right, Joey? RIGHT??!

    I thought so. 😛

    das

  10. @ Jim From Jersey – Audubon is my mom’s hometown – she lived on E. Pine, Crescent, and Central, and my grandmom stayed in Audubon until moving down the shore in 1979. Needless to say, mom seems to know a lot more about this Super Bowl than I do. 😛

    das

  11. PS: RE: Super Bowl – I just learned that the kid in that tear-jerker movie (that I didn’t see seeing as how I really hate football) with Sandra Bullock plays for the Ravens. I suppose that is a heartwarming thing. Now they’ll have to remake the movie!

    My only interest in the game was, of course, the fact that it was played in Pendergast’s ‘hometown’ (ya know, if Pendergast was real and stuff). I didn’t even bother watching the commercials since I wasn’t invited to any parties. Only hubby was, and that was an ‘all guys’ party that ended up being just him and another guy and his wife…which makes me think his wife just didn’t want me there. 😆 And I really hate Bayouce…Biance…Beyonce?…that chick who lip-syncs. And yeah, why the uproar over that? It is non-news – all these performance singers lip-sync these days since you can’t jump ‘n gyrate all over the stage and not huff and puff all through the song. Between the lip-sync thing and Te’o’s fake girlfriend – not to mention CNN’s obsession with Michelle Obama’s bangs and what actors are wearing at award’s ceremonies – there was a loss of a good full week’s worth of real news, if not more. That’s why I watch Stewart and Colbert. Sure, they’re comedy shows, but they seem to manage to cut through the bull better than the ‘serious’ news progams do.

    Okay…better go! Have a good day, sir!

    das

  12. Glad you got a fun time with the dogs. LOL Lulu needs fake ears so she fits in better. 🙂
    Yummy food. You should have a column where your friends share their fave recipes. 🙂

  13. I too am glad Ravens won. Matt Berk got a ring and Moss-Loser. Lulu and Ivon do make a cute couple. Food is looks really taste. Oh, I retried your pork chop recipe and it turned out much better. Love a nice ” specialty” beer. Minnesota is having a micro brewery renaissance. So many new choices, so little time. I guess that how you might feel about your food trucks? In the mean time I started a new batch of wild raspberry mead; should be ready by the all star break.

  14. @ Randomness – You’ve never heard of tamales??!! 😯 What part of space do you live in? 😉 Ever heard of Mexico? Or mexicans? Texas has a tamales store on just about every corner. Of course we border with Mexico. You need to get your hands on one and try it. They are awesome. Rob’s look heavenly!

  15. dasndanger :
    I vote for Ivon as your new petsitter!! Pretty sure you can just pay him in food, too.

    I was thinking the same thing. Lulu has him wrapped around her little paw – can the rest be far behind? 😉

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