At this time of year, many people are passionate about two things – football and food. But if you’re not into sports, you can still take advantage of the beautiful fall weather by tailgating at a nearby park, lake or your favorite outdoor destination.
Entire books are filled with great tailgating recipes, but here are few tips:
1. Planning is the key to a fun and relaxing afternoon, so start by creating your menu. You may prefer a typical picnic made in advance and ready to eat. If you love to grill, you can cook most of the meal on the grill. Or prepare some sides and cook the meat on the grill.
2. Make a checklist of all the things that you’ll need to take. It’s often the obvious things that we forget, like serving spoons, condiments, wipes for clean-up and trash bags. Insect repellent, sunscreen and hand sanitizer are also a good idea.
3. Don’t forget about food safety. Plan out how you’re going to keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.
No matter what the menu, everyone will want to finish off a day of fun with a bite of something sweet. Cookies are the easiest thing to take and serve. You may already have a family favorite, but if not, try one of these favorites – Snickerdoodles or Easy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies made with a Martha White® Chocolate Chip Muffin Mix.