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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Macaroni Pie makes a tasty, meatless dinner. Leftovers are great for lunch and pack well for travel.

Over the next few weeks, as Christians observe the 40 days of Lent, many families will be serving simple, meatless meals at least once a week.

Plain spaghetti and grilled cheese sandwiches can get pretty boring after awhile.

Here are a couple of family favorites that not only honor the meat-free tradition, but are flavorful enough to be enjoyed year round.

Macaroni Pie

1 pound spaghetti

6-8 eggs

Parsley flakes

1 cup-plus, grated Parmesan cheese

cup shortening

Salt and pepper to taste

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dear Lynne: Friday is our order-in-pizza night .... until lately. This so-called "authentic" pizza supper hits like $30 for the two of us. The kicker is, the pizzas are small and aren't piled up with stuff. We like them that way, but when you say, "less is more," where we live less is more money. So how hard is it to make your own pizza? Two Pizza Lovers in Boston

Monday, February 15, 2010
Photo courtesy of the McIlhenny Company Celebrate Mardi Gras with Muffuletta, an authentic New Orleans favorite.

With Mardi Gras fast approaching, and the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl, here is a festive recipe straight from the Big Easy, courtesy of the McIlhenny Company.

Muffuletta has been a classic New Orleans party food since the early 1900's when it is said to have been invented by a grocer in the New Orleans French Quarter. Although there is longstanding discrepancy among New Orleanians about who makes the best Muffuletta, this do-it-yourself version is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Friday, February 5, 2010

When it comes to buffalo-style food, there's no need to limit yourself to chicken wings. These easy grilled shrimp take to the thick, spicy sauce just as well. Perfect for a Super Bowl party.

If you don't feel like braving the great outdoors to grill the shrimp, a grill pan or a brief stint in the oven will work nicely.

Buffalo Grilled Shrimp

Start to finish: 45 minutes

Servings: 20 shrimp

1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/4 cup white vinegar

Salt and ground black pepper

Friday, February 5, 2010
This photo taken Jan. 17, 2010 an Italian party sub. Fast to make and cheap to serve, a few big subs will serve all your friends at your Super Bowl gathering. Warm Italian party sub, foreground and hot pastrami party sub, behind, are toasted in the oven and served warm. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

If you're looking to feed a Super Bowl crowd fast and cheap, giant subs are the way to go. Depending on how much other food you plan to serve, one 24-inch sub can make as many as 12 servings. And it takes just minutes to assemble.

Alternatively, and for even less effort, set up a sub buffet – a variety of rolls, deli sliced meats and cheeses, roasted and fresh vegetables, and a bunch of condiments – then let your guests assemble their own. You even could turn on the oven for guests who want their subs heated.

Friday, February 5, 2010
This photo taken Jan. 17, 2010 shows some nachos. Be sure your nacho offering at your Super Bowl gathering lives up to the hype of the game with these Super Nachos. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

If you're going to do nachos for the Super Bowl, they'd better live up to the hype of the big event. And so we give you a platter of double-layered nachos that combine ground beef and black beans with heaps of tomato, cheese, scallions, olives and jalapenos.

Whatever recipe or toppings you use to build your nacho platter, be sure to assemble them in layers of chips and toppings. This minimizes the number of naked tortilla chips left on the bottom of the plate.

Friday, February 5, 2010
This photo taken Jan. 24, 2010 shows bite sized pizza sliders which are prefect for a Super Bowl gathering. Prepared in advance they can be quickly baked in a hot oven as they are needed while the game plays out. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Don't let burgers have all the fun. With sliders – tiny hamburgers easily noshed in a bite or two – all the rage, offer up a platter of pizza sliders at your Super Bowl party this year.

Not only are pizza sliders a natural party food, they also are easily assembled in just minutes and cook even faster. Best yet, they can be prepared in advance, then baked off as needed.

Since pizza topping are a pretty personal choice, we'll skip a formal recipe for this one and just offer up tips on the method.

Friday, February 5, 2010
New Orleans Saints "Muffuletta" Assorted sliced Italian deli meats, provolone, olive salad and sliced pepperoncini.

OK. So maybe your favorite team didn't make it to Super Bowl XLIV. There's always next year.

In the meantime, you can still enjoy the game, the commercials, and best of all, the wonderful food that makes the Super Bowl, well ... Super!

Thanks to Food Network Magazine, you can show your support for Sunday's two rivals, or your own favorite NFL team, by chowing down on some of these delicious and unusual potato skins.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Need some last minute ideas to help make this year's Super Bowl party "super?"

Food Network has provided 10 tips that will help any party planner score a festivity touch down this Sunday.

1. Raid the pantry. If you've got sour cream and mayo in the fridge, canned clams or even tuna, you have what you need to whip up a super-fast dip. All that's left to do is buy chips or swing by your grocer's salad bar to get crudites for dipping.

Friday, February 5, 2010
This photo taken jan. 17, 2010 shows barbecue baked bean cheese dip. Maple syrup and brown sugar will help make this barbecue baked bean cheese dip as memorable as the big game. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

This incredibly rich barbecue bean and cheese dip tastes like it has a million calories. And it's worth every one (though it actually packs an only slightly more reasonable 567 calories per serving).

The dip combines the best of barbecue-style baked beans with a creamy sauce laced with maple syrup, brown sugar, cream cheese and – just for good measure – cheddar cheese.

It's best served with tortilla chips for dipping, or spooned over them nacho-style.

Barbecue Baked Bean Cheese Dip

Start to finish: 2 1/2 hours (15 minutes active)

Servings: 12