Super Bowl!

America’s biggest unofficial holiday, Super Bowl Sunday, is February 3.  In my last blog post, I talked about two local football teams, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.  Although neither will be playing in the Super Bowl, both true and casual football fans across the area will be watching.

In fact, almost everyone will be watching.  ESPN reported that, according to the Nielsen Company, 111.3 million viewers watched 2012’s Super Bowl – setting a record for the third time as the most-watched television show in United States history.  It’s not only the game, but the commercials that people are tuning in to see.  If you missed last year’s or just want to see them again, take a look at the Huffington Post’s Super Bowl Commercials page. CNN reports that this year, ads cost an average of $4 million for 30 seconds of air time – the most expensive they’ve ever been.  For the latest news and venue information, take a look at the National Football League’s Official Super Bowl site.  New Orleans has hosted the game ten times.

It’s a safe bet you’ll be watching, too – even if you don’t know anything about football.  Super Bowl Sunday has become a day to get together with friends and family and it’s the second-highest food consumption day of the year after Thanksgiving.  So what are you bringing to the party you’ve been invited to?  If you haven’t decided yet, the library and the web have some great last-minute ideas:

Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips and Other Savory Bites by Cynthia Nims
Bite by Bite: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party by Peter Callahan
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 5-Minute Appetizers by Tod Dimmick
Party Dips! 50 Zippy, Zesty, Spicy, Savory, Tasty, Tempting Dips by Sally Sampson
Dip It: Great Party Food to Spread, Spoon and Scoop by Rick Rodgers
The Tailgater’s Cookbook by David Joachim

Websites: SuperBowl Appetizers
Food Network Big Game Appetizers
Good Housekeeping Super Bowl Party Menu
Southern Living Super Bowl Appetizers

-Andrea, Hopewell Branch
Photo by hmerinomx


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