Fun Fact: California has the most professional NFL teams right now! We have the San Diego Chargers (just moved to LA this year!) and LA Rams (just moved from St. Louis back to LA) in the South and the Oakland Raiders (soon moving to Vegas…) and the San Francisco 49ers in the North.
Football season will be in full swing at the end of August as we'll go from having it shown three days a week: one game on Monday night, one game on Thursday, and football on all day Sunday, to being able to watch both college and pro an awesome four days each week! This is thanks to college football being picked up for Saturdays beginning on the 26th of August. If you want to do more than enjoy the excitement from the comfort of your lazy boy, definitely check out what nearby colleges and universities are doing this season. Our local teams at UCLA and USC will be putting on some huge tailgating events that have just gotten bigger and more popular each year. (Some are even professionally catered!) If you want to brave traffic for the big game, the national championship game rotates locations every year and takes place at one of these infamous venues: Rose bowl (LA, California), Orange bowl (Florida), Sugar bowl (New Orleans), and Fiesta bowl (Arizona).
Of course, the NFL season proper will be starting in early September on Thursday the 7th, so it might be a good idea to start creating your fantasy lineup now. You can actually win money on CBS, ESPN, or Yahoo, but you can also have a fantastic time creating a league for some friendly competition with just your friends and co-workers. (Careful if you’re enjoying fantasy football at work though; some companies consider it gambling.) Perhaps fantasy isn’t your thing and you just want to hang out with your friends and upset bowls of chips when touch downs are made. Well, it may best to get your feasting ideas on paper before you're too caught up in the excitement to plan a decent menu. We'll bet tofu is not the first thing that springs to mind when you hear that it's finally football season, but if you're in the habit of inviting the group over for football and fingerfood, we know a few recipes that will impress despite their simplicity. After all, football means fun gatherings that can serve to strengthen the community and good food fits right in with that. Enjoy healthier football fun and check out these four dip recipes: Middle-Eastern Eggplant Dip, Mori-Nu Lite Miso Dip, Vegan Chipotle Sauce (ironically, amazing on Nachos), and Tahini Sauce.