Winter Football + Carb Loading is Tastefully Simple!


It’s official, the Steelers are out of the running and the winter cold is blowing outside. New York City is frigid. That means it’s time to crawl up in the fetal position and cry and drown yourself in carbs. Because it’s January. You’re all about resolutions? I’m all about hibernating for the next 60 days. Ok, so yes, I am still training for the Pittsburgh Marathon in April, but that means, all the more carb loading to do! 

Just because the Black and Gold won’t be making the Big Game doesn’t mean I won’t be watching. I remember even as a small child the Super Bowl was just like Christmas! I got to stay up really late and watch really cool commercials, big men tackle each other and eat myself into a food coma and fall asleep on the couch right after half time as my parents would carry me off to bed. 

The good days. 

Tastefully Simple Traditions

Well, we keep traditions alive in this house, and Max and I will be barricaded from the snow surrounded by delicious food. Now, I know I always say – mind your health and watch what you eat, but I’m going to be honest – winter is my downtime. It’s cold, it’s dark and the only thing in season I like is Brussels sprouts. So I say live a little – and make some delicious foods in a simpler way: Tastefully Simple has introduced the Big Game Day Collection ($85)  just in time to feed the hungriest of your football fans. This collection includes ingredients for 10 recipes, including  appetizers, desserts and drinks. All you have to pick up are the  proteins and produce.

What’s on the Menu:

  • Perfectly Potato Cheddar Soup Mix
  • Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bites or Wings
  • Football Truffle Cupcakes
  • Buffalo Chicken Nachos
  • Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix™
  • Rustic Herb Parmesan Snack Mix
  • Mississippi Mudslide Mock-tails
  • Salted Pretzel Roll Mix (BY FAR OUR FAVORITE THING!)
  • Stuffed Buffalo Mushrooms



You can make a full spread big enough to feed your entire team with all the ingredients in the box – and beyond! But one thing we couldn’t put down were the Pretzel Rolls, hot out of the oven is probably one of the best cold-weather remedies we’ve ever tried. And yes, Maximo made them so they were MASSIVE – just like individual chunks of guaranteed sleep. Here are a couple of our favorite recipes to get you started:


Win your Own Big Game Collection

Not that great of cook? Tastefully Simple offers TS to You, a meal subscription service that includes three “10 Meals and More” collections, as well as a “30 Meals and More” collection to help you become a super chef! Anyone can make delicious food using these simple Tastefully Simple ingredients and recipes! Enter to win your own Big Game Collection and we’ll have the winner picked in time to receive their goodies in time for their own Big Game party on February 7!


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About the Author:

Stephanie Barnhart is an award-winning blogger, columnist, and outdoor enthusiast writer featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times and other media outlets. She is also the NYC Editor for


  1. The NYC Talon January 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    My favorite recipe is for these honey garlic wings that I make that are insane – but those buffalo chicken nachos look equally enticing!

  2. gaynycdad January 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Lip Smackin Sliders! I could eat those all day long!

  3. Leigh Anne Borders January 18, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Our favorite recipe for game day is a buffalo chicken dip served with crackers and chips.

  4. nilimo January 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Me so hungry for everything

  5. Jane m January 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    We are a family of football fans, my daughter keeps track of the teams we each follow throughout the entire season. Who’s ever team makes it with the most wins gets their choice of food favorites & decor color for our Super Bowl party. this year my Giants did terrible, husbands Redskins & sons Vikings got knocked out same weekend, (thank goodness not too much smack talk), but my daughter “Mush” is still in her Cardinals still have a chance! Whatever she chooses I plan on adding the Mississippi Mudslide Mock – Tails

  6. SavvyMomNYC - Ker January 18, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I love all kinds of dips on game day. 7 layer. onion – yumm!

  7. Cheryl January 19, 2016 at 11:48 am

    My favorite game day recipe is VELVEETA Chili Dip.

  8. Jerseyfashionista January 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    the mudslide mocktails look delish!

  9. Robin Abrams January 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Lip Smackin Sliders would be our favorite

  10. Val from Mommy R+R January 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I love food! Football not so much *wink*. I want to get my hands on the sliders and the mock-tails. Yumm!!!

  11. lauriedamrose January 19, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Hot wings! Super hot .

  12. Alison Gibb January 20, 2016 at 4:40 am

    My favorite recipe for the big game is my Pulled Pork. It’s easy to make and it is a crowd pleaser!

  13. cynthiac January 20, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I like to make healthy dips based on Greek yogurt or hummus.

  14. Dawn Curtis January 20, 2016 at 7:18 am

    The mocktails look wonderfully sinful!

  15. Char January 20, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I love guac and chips, yummy! Thank you!

  16. Holly Guerrio January 20, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I love hot pretzels with nachos and cheese.

  17. Natalie January 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I love pita chips and hummus on game day!

  18. Newton January 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I would like about a dozen or so of those Mississippi Mud Slide Mock tails! 🙂

  19. Jessica Miller January 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I love Taco dip!

  20. annalisak January 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Cheese biscuits!

  21. Kelly Tupick January 22, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I love homemade nachos with ground hamburg, salsa, cheese, black olives, and hot peppers,topped with sour cream.

  22. markathy January 23, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I make a sloppy joe~

  23. leisl January 27, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I like to make layered taco dip.

  24. Lesley F January 27, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I make spinach dip with sour dough bread for the big game!

  25. Betsy R Barnes January 27, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Almost every game day, I make a big pot of chili in my slow cooker. I have shredded cheese, chopped onions and sour cream for toppings 🙂

  26. Tina W January 30, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I have to have a hot cheesy dip like Artichoke Dip. Yum.

  27. susansmoaks January 31, 2016 at 11:39 am

    i like to make spinach artichoke dip. it is my favorite.

  28. cyndi br January 31, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    favorite is for game day is bean dip

  29. dlhaley January 31, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    We like bbq wings and homemade pizza.

  30. Nancy January 31, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I like boiled shrimp and red sauce for game day.

  31. Rob January 31, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Pepperoni Pizza Cake

  32. Milt January 31, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Crescent Pizza Pockets

  33. Marc January 31, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Mini Soft Pretzels and Dip

  34. Marc January 31, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Mini Soft Pretzels and Dip

  35. Susan Smith January 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    My favorite recipe for the big game is my chili.

  36. Bunny January 31, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    7 layer dip

  37. Paulet January 31, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Pizza Calzone

  38. Malv January 31, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Stuffed Crust Pizza Snacks

  39. Aaron January 31, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels

  40. Laurie Emerson January 31, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Cajun grilled chicken nuggets.

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