Here’s a couple of recipe ideas — perfect to accompany the traditional fare of beer and wings — that are sure to help make a great evening, even if the thought of watching Tampa Bay play in the Super Bowl doesn’t leave you crazy with anticipation for Sunday evening.

Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip8 oz. package cream cheese 1/4 C mayo 1/4 C parmesan cheese 1/4 C romano cheese 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp basil 1/4 tsp garlic salt 1/2 C spinach, drained1/4 C grated mozzarella cheese 14 oz. can chopped artichoke hearts

Mix together the cream cheese, mayo, parmesan and romano cheeses, garlic, basil and garlic salt. Next add the artichoke hearts and spinach — it’s important that they are drained well. Next, coat a pie pan with a non-stick spray and pour in the mixture. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve the dip with tortilla chips.

Super Melty NachosThis recipe offers a little more freedom so you can change it to fit your crowd.

1 bag of tortilla chips small can of refried beans3 stalks green onions 1 C grated cheddar cheesejar of salsa, whatever spiciness you want

Finely chop the green onions. Spread the tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Microwave the refried beans for 15 seconds in a separate container to soften them up. Spread the beans over the chips. Next, cover the chips with a thin layer of salsa, too much will make the chips soggy. Sprinkle the green onions and cheese over the top. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and a little bubbly.

Party Slush PunchOften considered to be more important than the food itself, here’s a great drink recipe too.

46 oz. pineapple juice 46 oz. Hawaiian fruit punch4 C ginger ale 1/2 bottle of vodka

Once you’ve thoroughly mixed the ingredients, put the mixture in the freezer until it’s slushy, then serve it. You can leave out the vodka for a great non-alcoholic drink, too.



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