Coastal Living Food and Boatgating

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Originally published by Gameday.Style in football season 2011. External links and products featured may not still be available. 

Most football stadiums are landlocked, so the very thought of riding in a boat to gameday sounds SO fun.  There are a handful of football stadiums located on the water--mainly rivers--so that people can dock right outside the stadium and tailgate on the water.  Coastal Living magazine wrote an article on "Boatgating" and this just sums it up:

"...Jerry Wilcoxon has docked between rival vessels, school banners fiercely fluttering in the St. Johns River breeze.

"Food, friends, and football make a perfect weekend," declares his wife, Jennifer. "But the water brings tranquillity to the chaos."
Coastal Living maintains their tranquil influence and connection to football by giving us their Top Tailgating Recipes.  Go over to Coastal Living to check out all 23 of their recommended tailgating recipes.  

Waldorf Salad Recipe
This quick and easy salad is perfect for a last-minute addition to your tailgate or barbecue. The apple yogurt adds an extra punch of sweet flavor while keeping the dish lower in fat.
Waldorf Salad

serves 6

1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple-flavored yogurt
  • Microwave raisins and apple juice in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 30 seconds. Let stand 2 minutes; drain. Place raisins and remaining ingredients in a medium bowl; toss to combine.

Crab Dip

  • (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 cup seeded and chopped tomato
  • small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound fresh jumbo lump crabmeat, drained
  • Garnish: chopped fresh parsley
  • Combine first 11 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet; place over low heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gently fold in crabmeat. Spoon into serving bowl, and garnish, if desired. 

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake 
Not only does this cake travel well, but it's also moist and gooey and topped off with a decadent Coca Cola-infused icing.

Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake Recipe

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup cola soft drink
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Chocolate Coca-Cola Icing
Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat.
  • Combine flour, sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl; stir in butter mixture. Add eggs, and stir until blended. Stir in buttermilk, vanilla, and marshmallows.
  • Pour into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350ยบ for 25 to 30 minutes or until a pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; spread Chocolate Coca-Cola Icing over warm cake.
Note: Prepare the icing during the last 10 minutes of baking so it is ready to spoon onto the warm cake.

Coca-Cola Icing

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup cola soft drink
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Remove from heat; stir in powdered sugar, vanilla, and pecans. Spoon immediately over warm cake.


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