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it’s friday, gang! and football season is here. along with football food! i’m a midwest gal and grew up around big 8 and big 10 football as a die-hard cornhusker iowa hawkeye fan. go big red hawkeyes! actually, i love both teams but seeing as i went to the university of iowa as did my father and nana those hawkeyes always get the first and last cheer. and since my kiddos went to minnesota and northwestern. i thought i knew college football, that is, until i moved to SEC country.

nothing really compares to it, actually. here, college football is a religion. and with histories of winning and success established by coaches like Bear Bryant and carried on by Nick Saban, i totally get it. success breeds success, and the SEC is no stranger to it. 

silk blouse, denim, sandals

but here in athens, it’s all about ‘them dawgs.’ and how about them dawgs? they are the talk of the town, and there’s a feeling that they’ve got a shot at the national title. we’re rooting for you Kirby Smart! opening kickoff was this past saturday, and although the boys had a little rust to shake off, they got the W., and that’s all that matters in the end.  

football food

football food is key this time of year so whether you’re heading to a tailgate or hosting a party at home, i know it’s tempting to run to the store and purchase prepackaged snacks.  but we all know they’re not very healthy for us—greasy, full of salt, and extra sugar. so, to celebrate opening kickoff, this week, i’m gonna give you a healthy, homemade recipe and cocktail (of course!) to share with your guests.  easy. peasy. and i know you’re gonna love it. 

to kick off football season and football food i’ve chosen greek meatballs and a homemade tzatziki sauce. meatballs are a perfect appetizer for a crowd, and if you’re pressed on time on the day of the game, go ahead, make ‘em ahead, and freeze ‘em.  this is a recipe from Rachael Ray. feel free to use either ground beef or ground lamb. i’m trying to be as authentic as possible, so i chose lamb.

football food

Greek Meatballs and Tzatziki
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices white bread, 1-inch thick
  2. 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk, to moisten
  3. 1/2 seedless cucumber
  4. Kosher salt
  5. 3 tablespoons EVOO
  6. 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb or beef
  7. Freshly ground pepper
  8. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  9. 3 tablespoons grated red onion
  10. 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
  11. 2 pinches cinnamon
  12. 3 cloves garlic, grated or pasted
  13. 1 large egg
  14. Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  15. 4 pocket-less pitas or flat breads, cut into wedges
  16. 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  17. 1/4 cup fresh dill
  18. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a cooling rack over 2 baking sheets for roasting the meatballs and toasting the pita.
  2. Soak the bread in the milk. Peel the cucumber and grate into a strainer. Salt it and let it drain for 20 minutes.
  3. Pour the EVOO into a bowl, then add the meat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Squeeze out the bread and crumble between your fingers as you add it to the meat. Add the mint, onions, oregano, cinnamon, 2 of the garlic cloves, egg and 1/2 of the lemon juice, and mix to combine.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop, form the meat mixture into about 24 balls and place on the baking sheet. Roast to golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the oven and place the broiler on high. Char the pita under the broiler, 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side.
  5. Press the cucumber in the strainer to get out the excess water and add to a food processor. Then add the yogurt, dill, remaining 1 clove garlic, zest and remaining juice of the lemon. Season the sauce with cumin and salt and process until smooth.
  6. Serve the meatballs with the sauce and pitas.
Notes
  1. I omitted the pita bread but they're a great addition to wrap your meatballs in then dunk into the Tzatziki sauce.
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football food

silk blouse, denim, sandals

today, i’m wearing a simple ootd that’s easing into fall. the color palette is the first to get the nod for fall here in the south. yes, temps are hotter than heck this week, but a silk blouse (old, similar here and here) works any time of year. and a pair of jeans do too! this pair is from Ann Taylor, and i’m loving the fall-ish color. add a pair of sandals from Tory Burch and i have one foot in summer one in fall.

silk blouse, denim, sandals

when i shop for silk blouses i typically shop high-end brands due to the quality. silk blouses are an investment so i’m not afraid to splurge since they last for years. Vince is one of my favorite brands and always has a nice selection of sik blouses. this blouse is at least five years old if not older. but i’ve linked newer versions below.

 

if you’re anything like my kiddos, all they need on game day is beer or wine. but it’s also fun to have a cocktail on hand. but remember our mantra, “easy. peasy”. today, i’ve got a three-ingredient cocktail for you: a negroni. all you’re gonna need for this one is gin, campari, and sweet vermouth.   add a little lemon zest, and you’re off to the… endzone.     

Finger-Stirred Negroni
Serves 1
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce gin
  2. 1 ounce Campari
  3. 1 ounce Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
Instructions
  1. Pour ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake or stir (with your finger) and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with an orange or lemon twist.
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football food

the ravello sandals are only available in blue and black. but i’ve linked several other options for brown sandals below.

 

football food

looks like oscar is ready for some football food!

football food

football food

all right, gang.  enjoy your weekend.  let me know who you’re rooting for in the comments below. and remember:  go dawgs! 

 

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35 Comments

  1. Cynthia Willis wrote:

    My husband and I are both Aggies, albeit different alma maters. I attended NMSU, and he attended TAMU. We now live in College Station, and indeed football in SEC country is a religion!

    Posted 9.6.19
    • Terry wrote:

      Aggie people here, too! SEC is hardcore!

      Posted 9.6.19
  2. Suzi wrote:

    ROLL TIDE ROLL!
    Love the casual outfit, yes in Georgia, we still have to contend with the heat for a while.

    Posted 9.6.19
  3. Chris Illius wrote:

    Beautiful as always Beth! Liking the outfit and the food of course!! I love your glasses – can you tell me who’s they are?

    Posted 9.6.19
    • Angela Kersenbrock wrote:

      Floridians for the Cornhuskers. Love your post Beth, my sisters and I all follow you.

      Posted 9.6.19
      • Laura Wenger wrote:

        I’ve followed you for a few years Beth, and had no idea you were an Iowan! Much of my family are Hawkeyes – my Dad was a sports commentator in Iowa City broadcasting Hawks games in the 50s. Guess I was the rebel attending a Big 8 school. Cyclone fan forever true!! I’ll be thinking of you on 9/14 when we battle Iowa in Ames. GO ISU!

        Posted 9.8.19
    • hi chris! the glasses are Gucci. xo

      Posted 9.8.19
  4. Donna Beckmann wrote:

    Your makeup look exceptionally becoming in these photos! We live in Idaho,but being raised in MO made us Cardinalfans for life; even when they move to AR! (This is WorldSeries season for us. Go Cardinals!!)

    Posted 9.6.19
  5. BamaCarol wrote:

    Roll Tide! I actually went to Southern Mississippi and root for them but when I moved to Alabama, I had to choose an Alabama team and chose wisely – my husband is also an Alabama fan. Love this time of year not only for the weather but also for the start of football season. Still rooting for the Atlanta Braves too!

    Posted 9.6.19
  6. Beverly M Labosky wrote:

    When we moved to Alabama 26 years ago, our first friends told us we HAD to pick our team immediately — either Auburn or Alabama. Since we were a military family with ties to the ACC (husband is a Wake Forest grad), we chose their team – Auburn! We really fell in love with Auburn as our daughter was in high school and attended choir and dance team events there. She graduated from Auburn and we have embraced Auburn IS family! Their 5 year old also loves his Auburn Tigers and usually mentions them every night during his prayer time. Auburn had an amazing sports year this past year and after the game this past weekend, we know that this year will be great also. So it’s a WAR EAGLE from us!

    Posted 9.6.19
  7. Chris wrote:

    Dawgs for the win! We love tailgating in Athens and I have added the meatballs to my TG file for this season. Hope to see you on the streets of Athens during the coming weekends!

    Posted 9.6.19
  8. Cheryl Johnson wrote:

    Ole Miss here! Hotty Toddy, Beth!

    Posted 9.6.19
  9. Julie Smart wrote:

    Haha Beth! Your post had me laughing. I grew up in a small Iowa town (10 miles from Omaha) near the Missouri River. I also went to the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!!) but have married a Nebraska guy and have been indoctrinated into the Cornhusker craziness!!!
    I wear half Red and half black/gold on game days LOL!
    In all seriousness I finished 7 months of chemo and had a huge surgery to remove my tumor this past December. Your blog brightened my spirits and gave me something to look forward to when I was feeling low.
    Now it’s my charge to pray for you and your family…

    Posted 9.6.19
  10. Donna G wrote:

    Since my nieces are either alumni or currently in Tallahassee, it’s Go Noles around here! Growing up, though, it was Hook ‘Em Horns! But even though it jeopardizes my card-carrying Southerner status, I don’t care for football at all.

    Posted 9.6.19
  11. Janelle wrote:

    Hi Beth! You can bet college football is BIG in Texas. We’re TCU fans here in Brenham, but love watching all the SEC games, too. Thanks for the game food and drink recipes. Just what I need this weekend!

    Posted 9.6.19
  12. Karen wrote:

    Big 10 Football! Michigan State University! I am the third generation to have attended. Football week ends a religion, as cousins on the Team and Marching Bands Go green and white!

    Posted 9.6.19
  13. Suzanne wrote:

    We sent one child to Clemson and one to Alabama. Raised them on Michigan. College football season is our favorite time of year!
    My go to tailgate drink is a mimosa!

    Posted 9.6.19
    • Sylvis wrote:

      UGA all the way. GO YOU HAIRY DAWGS!!!!!Also, go VSU Blazers!
      i just recently found your website, and have enjoyed reading it.

      Posted 9.6.19
  14. Jacqueline wrote:

    Go Hawkeyes!

    Posted 9.6.19
  15. Debbie Evans wrote:

    University of Texas Longhorns is my team! Texas is football crazy too! My ex, both daughters and son-in – went to UT. family bleeds burnt orange.

    Posted 9.6.19
  16. Dawn R Henss wrote:

    Go Hawks!! Thanks for the great blog. I look forward to every recipe, article, and photo.

    Posted 9.6.19
  17. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Love tzatziki sauce, and the meatballs sound good. I’ll have to save this recipe and give them a try. Did you like the lamb? Enjoy the games! This time of year it’s all about football. Then, it’s on to basketball…never ends! Happy weekend!

    Posted 9.6.19
  18. Sheryl wrote:

    I had to chuckle, I grew up in Oklahoma, in the days of ou and Barry switzers dominance….I relocated to North Carolina in the 80s and was told I had to pick a team, only it was basketball they were talking about…total culture shock!

    Posted 9.6.19
  19. susan lambert wrote:

    Mississippi State Bulldog family! Love me some SEC!!!
    P. S. Love your blog!

    Posted 9.6.19
  20. Janis Campbell wrote:

    I can relate! I grew up in West Texas where the University of Texas was king. My family moved to Arkansas in 1967 and I’m an avid Arkansas Razorback fan now. We’re rebuilding with a new Coach in football and basketball. So for me it’s GO HOGS!

    Posted 9.6.19
  21. Diane wrote:

    Hi Beth – I am from NZ and enjoy reading your posts – esp Fridays with your beautiful, obviously well-loved animals 😊. Wondering what EVOO is in this latest recipe??

    Posted 9.6.19
  22. Mickey K wrote:

    We cheer for Penn State….our daughter graduated from there…..

    Posted 9.6.19
  23. Carol wrote:

    Roll Tide ROLL! Bama all the way with this Florida girl.

    Posted 9.6.19
  24. Dian Owens wrote:

    WAR EAGLE!!!
    Have a great weekend Beth!

    Posted 9.6.19
  25. Elizabeth McDaniel wrote:

    Clemson Tiger Grad here, living in Minneapolis….GO TIGERS!

    Posted 9.6.19
  26. Gwen Ewing wrote:

    The Ohio State University, of course! Goooo Buckeyes!

    Posted 9.6.19
  27. Christine wrote:

    Auburn! War Eagle! I enjoy your posts and videos.

    Posted 9.7.19
  28. Regine wrote:

    UGA mom here! So happy that Vince Dooley was honored today as UGA dedicated the field Sanford Stadium to his legacy!! I met him in a pressbox in the 80’s and he was so gracious and funny. Thank you for the drink recipe. I forgot all about Negronis and need to have one soon! I really enjoy your blog and the effort that you put into the frequent posts!

    Posted 9.7.19
  29. Cindy wrote:

    Hi Beth… Up here in the U of Michigan country.
    How are the pets doing? Both are beautiful. Love the Friday’s. Such
    fun to check in on your fur- babes!

    Posted 9.8.19
  30. Buff wrote:

    LSU tigers win big!

    Posted 9.8.19

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