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Man Food Watch™: Comfort foods take the sting out of New Years Eve

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Man-Food Watch™ is a series of recipes for armchair tailgaters who want to raise their game when it comes TV sports and eating. Impress the guys with food that’s hearty, flavorful, easy to make and usually inexpensive.

Bearing in mind that you may be a little under the weather tomorrow, you may want to have some hearty, easy-to-make, football-friendly man-food ready to go.

Your Examiner has presented you with many man-friendly recipes already.

Follow the links to much better hangover food this New Year.

What you need is a one-pot meal – or maybe a few – that will not only help restore you after the New Years drinking and bring you luck in the New Year as well.

Like most slow foods, these dishes are nap-friendly, too, as once they’re started you can relax until the cooking time goes off much, much later.

Let’s start with the lucky ones.

  • Fresh pork, sliced pork link sausages (pepperoni counts), greens, lentils – tons of protein, loads of flavor and don’t you know round shapes like pepperoni and lentils symbolize coins and a wish for prosperity in the New Year. No rice required.
  • Split pea soup – lush and silky and packed with ham, split pea soup will perk you up whether you make it with green or golden split peas.

Good for football food as well, the lucky New Years foods go well with other high-value comfort foods commonly eaten at New Years in the South.

Also consider the following:

  • Chicken & Dumplings – Thick, hearty and oh so filling, chicken and dumplings warms the soul and clears the mind in short order.
  • Chili – Whether you make your chili with beef or leftover holiday turkey, the bright zesty flavor – and not just the tomatoes – will titillate your palate and spark your appetite.
  • Clam ChowderClam chowder in the winter is like white on rice. They go together. Even your toes will be toasty and warm with some homemade chowder onboard. Tomatoes lovers will be happy to snuggle up to a big bowl of Manhattan-style chowder, while staunch traditionalists will float their oyster crackers on oceans of New England chowder.
  • Posole – The grand-daddy of protein payoffs is posole, a whole Boston butt stewed in chicken stock and paprika until is falls apart and you want to bathe in the stock.

Do yourself some more favors

Have bread – including bread bowls– soda crackers and other mild, salty snacks at the ready.

Lay in a supply of your favorite soda or carbonated water and have helpful mixers for your spring water: cranberry juice, vegetable juices like V-8® and Clamato®, and like that.

Happy New Year!



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