Tips for Throwing a Spirited Tailgate

‘Tis the night before the Iowa-Iowa State football game
and all through the state…
Folks are prepping beef roasts, pork loins, dips and desserts
for their parking lot tailgates.

TriceSaturday is the annual Cy-Hawk football game, a time when Iowans gather together for a day of fun and games.  It’s time to round up the ladder golf and bean bag toss; mix up some dip and grab an extra bag of chips.  Kickoff is 5 p.m. in Ames, so there will be plenty of time for tailgating.

Latham Hi-Tech Seeds wanted to extend the fun, so today we’re hosting a companywide tailgate in Alexander.  We’re grilling brats and burgers for lunch.  But the main attraction, in my humble opinion (IMHO), is the buffet line.  Each Latham Team member will bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert.

While trying to decide what to make and share at today’s tailgate lunch, I searched The Field Position.  Talk about choices!  From appetizers to entrees and dessert, we cover it all on The Field Position.  Here’s my list of Top 10 Tailgating Recipes:

  1. Corn Salsa
  2. Buffalo Chicken Dip
  3. Mexican Queso Dip
  4. Deviled Eggs with Bacon
  5. Fruit Pizza
  6. Cardinal and Gold Cheeseburgers
  7. Beef Sundaes
  8. Beef Wraps
  9. Glazed Pork Loin
  10. Perfect Pulled Pork

Cy-Hawk cookies I ended up “punting” and ordered decorated sugar cookies for today’s event.  My neighbor makes the best homemade buttercream frosting, plus she’s a master decorator.  I will admit that my conscience got the best of me, so I ordered a few cookies decorated in Hawkeye colors.  “Few” is the operative word.  Of course, there are far more cookies decorated in Cardinal and Gold.  (Insert devilish grin here.)

Let the smack talk begin!  Before anyone wants to take a crack at my Clones, just keep these stats in mind:

  • Iowa State Football has won 9 of the last 15 meetings with Iowa.
  • Iowa State is 9-6 against Iowa since ending its 15-year losing streak in 1998
  • Iowa State is 8-6 against current U of I Coach Kirk Ferentz

Whether you’ll be watching the game from your living room, a parking lot or inside the stadium, have fun!  Then remember to tune into the Cyclone Radio Network following the game for the Latham Hi-Tech Seeds Locker Room Show and commentary by analysts, players and coaches.