A Winning Party

THE DISH

January 15, 2003|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF

While football fans in Baltimore may not believe it this year, Super Bowl Sunday is America's biggest excuse to party. More than 130 million fans are expected to gather around the television to watch the game on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Here are some ways to make your party something to cheer about.

Scoring points with a deep fryer

The Magiclean Deep Fryer can put a little sizzle in the party, letting you create french fries, batter-fried vegetables and mozzarella sticks. The fryer has a 2.2-pound food capacity basket, and is thermal-insulated to keep the exterior safe to touch. Prices range from $89.99 to $99.99.

To find stores where it is located, call 800-395-8325 or visit www.t-falusa.com.

A simple dish with varied toppings

Keep food simple. It's hard to handle a fork and knife and give high-fives. Bush's Best beans suggests having a hearty dish, such as chili, which can be made in advance and served with a variety of toppings. On game day, rearrange the furniture before guests arrive to give everyone an unobstructed view of the television.

Keep kids busy by giving them construction paper, crayons and football stickers so they can create their own football uniforms. Or if the kids aren't into football, have another television available with a selection of movies they will enjoy.

And keep it fun. Hang a pinata in opposing team colors to let guests swing for satisfaction.

Going with guacamole

Every year, the Super Bowl party has fans seeing green: Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days for guacamole consumption. Some 40 million pounds of avocados will be eaten that day, according to the Avocado Information Bureau.

Guacamole can be customized to fit nearly any taste. Add peaches for a taste of Atlanta or barbecued pork for the flavor of North Carolina. For a taste of Baltimore, add Old Bay and a cup of lump crab meat.

Here's the base recipe from the bureau, which represents California avocado growers: Mash four large, ripe, peeled and pitted avocados. Mix with a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice and add salt to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.

Tackling your appetite

The Super Bowl spread doesn't have to sack your diet resolutions. Here are some tips from Jenny Craig:

* Have a small snack before you go to the party, so you won't overeat.

* Don't be fooled by vegetables and dip. Many dips are loaded with fat and calories.

* Position yourself away from the buffet or snack table so you're not within arm's reach.

* Limit alcohol.

* After the game, go for a walk.

EVENTS

* Taste wine and cheeses at Berrywine Plantations-Linganore Winecellars Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Monday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The winery is at 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. Call 410-795-6432.

* Learn to make sushi 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at A Cook's Table, 717 Light St. At 7 p.m. Jan. 24, learn to cook with saffron. Both classes are $45 each. Call 410-539-8600 for reservations.

* Temple Emanuel of Baltimore will hold its fifth annual gourmet dinner and wine tasting 7 p.m. tomorrow, 909 Berrymans Lane in Reisterstown. $40 per person, reservations required. Call 410-580-1875 or 410-526-3676.

The Dish welcomes food news and notes.

Send to The Dish, Attn.: Liz Atwood, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278;

fax to 410-783-2519; e-mail food@baltsun.com.

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