September 16, 2011

Southern Preppy Tailgate 2011

BF & I belong to a wonderful tailgate group made up of a few of BF's older fraternity brothers and their student newspaper alumni friends.This is the first year in a while we haven't gotten season tickets. But we do still like to go down and scalp (sadly Purdue isn't good enough that the tickets are all that expensive). Well each game they pick a theme for the tailgate. The first game was 'All American cookout', and this game is 'Preppy Southern cocktail Party'. Honestly, I had nothing to do with it! I'm super excited though!
The sad news is, because Purdue's so bad, our game's super early. Which doesn't leave time for BBQ (good BBQ)... so we'll be grilling out with southern sides. I'm making Pimento Cheese Spread and crackers! Just like good ole South Carolina!
I'm using Mrs. Paula Deen's recipe (duh):


  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons pimentos, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • Cracked black pepper


Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add all of the remaining ingredients and beat until well blended. It can be used as a dip for crudite or as a sandwich filling.

House Seasoning:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
 There are some HUGE difference between Northern & Southern Tailgating, which I've always found have best been portrayed below.
Stadium Size:
NORTH:  College football stadiums hold 20,000 people.
SOUTH:  High school football stadiums hold 20,000 people.
Campus Decor:
NORTH:  Statues of founding fathers.
SOUTH:  Statues of Heisman trophy winners.
Homecoming Queen:
NORTH:  Also a physics major.
SOUTH:  Also Miss America..
NORTH:  If you are slightly coordinated, you make the varsity squad.
SOUTH:  You begin cheer camp at age two, complete with ballet, dance, & gymnastic training.
Getting Tickets:
NORTH:  5 days before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus and purchase tickets.
SOUTH:  5 months before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus & put name on the waiting list.
Women's Accessories:
NORTH:  ChapStick in back pocket and a $20 bill in the front pocket.
SOUTH:  Louis Vuitton duffel with two lipsticks, waterproof mascara, and a fifth of Jack Daniels/Crown. Money is not necessary -- That's what dates are for.
Friday Classes After a Thursday Night Game:
NORTH:  Students and teachers not sure they're going to the game, Because they have classes on Friday.
SOUTH:  Teachers cancel Friday classes because they don't want to see The few hung-over students that might actually make it to class and throw up on their floor.
NORTH:  An hour before game time, the University opens the campus for game parking.
SOUTH:  RVs sporting their school flags begin arriving on Wednesday for The weekend festivities. The really faithful arrive on Tuesday.
Game Day:
NORTH:  A few students party in the dorm and watch ESPN on TV.
SOUTH:  Every student wakes up, has a beer for breakfast, and rushes over to where ESPN is broadcasting "Game Day Live" to get on camera  and wave to the folks up north.
NORTH:  Raw meat on a grill, beer with lime in it, listening to local radio station with truck tailgate down.
SOUTH:  30-foot custom pig-shaped smoker fires up at dawn. Cooking accompanied by live performance by "Dave Matthews' Band," who come over during breaks and ask for a hit off bottle of bourbon.
Getting to the Stadium:
NORTH:  You ask "Where's the stadium?" When you find it, you walk right in.
SOUTH:  When you're near it, you'll hear it. On game day it becomes the state's third largest city.
NORTH:  Drinks served in a paper cup, filled to the top with soda.
SOUTH:  Drinks served in a plastic cup with the home team's mascot on it, filled less than halfway with soda, to ensure enough room for Jack Daniels/Crown.
When National Anthem is Played:
NORTH:  Stands are still less than half full.
SOUTH:  100,000 fans, all standing, sing along in perfect four-part harmony.
Smell in the Air After the First Score:
NORTH:  Nothing changes.
SOUTH:  Fireworks, with a touch of Jack Daniels/Crown.
Commentary (Male):
NORTH:  "Nice play."
SOUTH:  "*#@&@, you slow *&%$@#! - tackle him and break his legs."
Commentary (Female):

NORTH:  "My, this certainly is a violent sport."
SOUTH:  "*#@&@, you slow *&%$@#! - tackle him and break his legs."
NORTH:  Neutral and paid.
SOUTH:  Announcer harmonizes with the crowd in the fight song, with a tear in his eye because he is so proud of his team.
After the Game:
NORTH:  The stadium is emptying out.
SOUTH:  Another rack of ribs goes on the smoker while somebody goes to The nearest package store for more bourbon. Planning begins for next week's game.

I fully intend to wear pearls, khaki, gold on Saturday... possibly including my Vineyard Vines hat :).
I'm also going to introduce my tailgating friends to my AWESOME cooler!
While looking for some examples to give you, my friends, I cam across the gem: Southern Living's Tailgate Cooler Packing Trips... Seriously... amazing!
Do you have any tailgating traditions? What do you make for food and refreshments? Do share! We've got a long Football season ahead!

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