It’s Super Bowl Saturday in Iowa!
Move over Iowa Nice! The smack talk, skewing of stats and hard-core tailgating is about to begin across the state as Iowans prepare for the annual Super Bowl Saturday. Kickoff for the interstate rivalry between the Iowa State Cyclones and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes is set for 6:42 PM tomorrow at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.
The annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series came up during a working lunch yesterday at Latham Hi-Tech Seeds. “If you go back 17 years, Iowa State leads the series 9 to 8,” said company president John Latham. That might be true, replied our general manager Tom Lizer, but let’s look at total points scored during that time period. In fact, let’s go back 20 years because the series is tied with both football teams earning 10 victories!
The “fun and games” have begun. Anyone visiting our office today will notice it’s casual Friday. Latham team members are donning logo wear for their favorite teams. This noon we’ll grill burgers for our annual tailgating potluck. This spread will include everything from Calico Beans and Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños to Sour Cream and Bacon Deviled Eggs to Buffalo Chicken Dip. (If you’re not a fan of potlucks, you’ve never been to one of ours! People take pride in the dishes they create. It’s definitely not a day to count calories or skimp.)
Today we’re sharing recipes and party-hosting tips to ensure you have fun, whether you’ll be following the game from your living room or in a parking lot or at the stadium. Click on one of these related links below:
- Tips for Throwing a Spirited Tailgate
- Win or Lose, Make Your Tailgate a Success
- Preparing for the Tailgating Season
For more tailgating recipe and ideas, check out Latham Hi-Tech Seeds’ “Tailgating” folder on Pinterest.
It’s Friday on TheFieldPosition, so that means we’re also featuring a recipe here. Today’s recipe comes from one of Latham Seeds’ raving fans, our uncle Jim Latham. His recipe for Friendship Salad is a good reminder to keep the competition “friendly” this weekend.
P.S. Remember to tune into the Latham Locker Room Show, which airs following every football broadcast on the state-wide Cyclone Radio Network. This segment airs following the play-by-play and includes exclusive “locker room” interviews with players and coaches.
Wash and clean cauliflower and broccoli. Cut off cauliflower's small flowerettes with small stems. Chop into small pieces. Cut off broccoli's small flowerettes with small stems. Discard trunks. Chop broccoli fine. Chop onion. Chop mushroom buttons and water chestnuts to spoon size pieces. Mix all ingredients in large bow. Cover and refrigerate to let ingredients make friends with each other. Mix slightly again before serving. Expensive.... about $10.
1 head cauliflower
1, 4-ounce can mushroom buttons
1, 5-ounce jar green olives
1 bunch broccoli
1, 6-ounce can ripe olives
1 8-ounce can water chestnuts
1, 16-ounce container sour cream
1 1/2 cup miracle whip
1 package Italian dressing