From Publishers Weekly
Moose, food editor and reporter for the Raleigh News & Observer and author of Deviled Eggs, tells it like it is when she says, " all fervent sports fans know, the day truly is won or lost in the tailgate." Bringing together more than 100 game-day recipes, Moose gives her readers a serious advantage over any challengers. Dishes run the gamut from simple fried onion blossoms (Jo Ann's Campfire style) to sophisticated Marinated Gamecocks with Polenta to regional staples like Sweet Potato Ham Biscuits, Mint Juleps and brats. It wouldn't be game day without chicken wings, and Moose offers teriyaki, tandoori and spice-rubbed variations as well as smoky, mustard-dressed wings that can be prepared in a slow cooker. Many recipes can be prepped or made in advance, such as Munchable Marinated Shrimp, four kinds of chili (including a lentil-based vegetarian) and a spicy coleslaw that gets a kick from jalapenos and cayenne. And with desserts like Bourban-Pecan Pie (not to mention three types of Bloody Marys) to pick up a despondent fan, this cookbook will make for a successful season no matter what the home team does on the field.
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About the Author
Debbie Moose is a freelance writer, cookbook author, and teacher of writing and cooking classes. Her monthly column “Sunday Dinner” has appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer since 1998. Her work has also appeared in Southern Living, and one of her essays was selected for the inaugural edition of Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing, compiled by the Southern Foodways Alliance. She is a former food editor of the Raleigh News & Observer.
Moose grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with parents who tended such a large vegetable garden that they never had to buy canned vegetables or tomato sauce. There, Moose learned about the wonderful flavor of fresh ingredients. She earned her degree in journalism from The University of North Carolina and began working as a reporter, first for the Salisbury Post and then for the News & Observer. She combined her interests in food and writing as the editor of the News & Observer’s food section for seven years, during which time it was twice named best section in the U.S. for its circulation category by the Association of Food Journalists.
Moose is now a national-award-winning freelance writer. She has also been recognized for her volunteer work at a Raleigh agency that assists victims of domestic violence, where she is a counselor. She has taught several cooking classes and writing workshops, and volunteers with a literacy organization to teach English as a second language. An ardent college basketball fan since childhood, Moose lives with her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Visit Debbie’s blog, Moose Munchies at DebbieMoose.com.