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The Ultimate Tailgater

There's a handbook out there to help you make your tailgate the ultimate parking lot party.  It's called the Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook, edited by Stephen Linn, a University of Missouri alumnus who is currently a programming and marketing director for CMT.

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You really won't forget a thing for your tailgate with this comprehensive guide.  It covers packing lists, tailgating etiquette, recipes, tailgate themes and even specifics related to certain stadiums.  Sometimes we think tailgating is only for football, but The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook includes tips on tailgating for NASCAR races as well. 

Here is a fantastic, simple recipe Gameday Style made from

Beer Cheese Spread

3 ounces cream cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/4 cup beer

In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese until very smooth.  Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and red pepper, beating well to combine completely.  Gradually add the beer and beat until well blended.  

Chill for one hour before serving.

Makes 1 cup (Gameday Style triples this recipe and serves with Club crackers)

 Stephen Linn, The Ultimate Tailgater, has also created a series of conference specific tailgating guidebooks to assist you in mastering the fine art of tailgating.

The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook calls itself "the most comprehensive guide to tailgating ever created."  You'll believe it when you study the handbook's packing checklist. Actually, I'm pretty sure you could survive for an entire week away from your home with these lists. 

For your vehicle
car door deicer, car flags, first-aid kit, fix-a-flat, flare, jumper cables, rags, water, check fluids before leaving for the game

To have for pregame
antacid, ash container, aspirin, binoculars, blanket, camera, decorations, extension cords, face paint, food, football/frisbee, gum, insulated drink holders, lighter/matches, moist towelettes, paper towels, rain/snow/sun gear, radio, seat cushions, toilet paper, towels, TV with AC adapter, umbrella, visine, water

Cooking and serving tools
aluminum foil, basting brush, bottle opener, bowls/cups/plates, chairs, coolers, corkscrew, garbage bags, grill/charcoal/fire-start fluid, ice, ketchup, kitchen knives, latex gloves, mustard, napkins, other condiments, pots/pans, paperweights (to keep those napkins from blowing away), serving spoons/forks, spatula/tongs, salt and pepper, tables for serving/eating/food prep, utensils

Before heading into the game, don't forget...
charcoal extinguished and away from vehicles and flammables, clean up, keys with you, lock your car, note your parking space location, turn off car, your tickets

Many of the list items made me smile thinking of all the funny (after the fact) tailgating mishaps that have created the need for this all-inclusive list.  Gameday Style has firsthand knowledge about the need for jumper cables...multiple times in one season!  Buy The Ultimate Tailgater's Handbook to prevent your own mishaps and keep the fun and ease in your tailgate party.  

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