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love me some sandwiches

Mmmmmm... but now I really want to try banh mi (I first got a hankerin' for it when Moxie talked about them months ago)! I wonder where I could find them in the Santa Cruz area?


Since my boyfriend's a Colts fan and I'm a Bears fan, we were serious about the game and didn't want anyone around to interrupt us. But I still wanted to do Super Bowl food, even without the party - we made chicken enchiladas, beans and rice, guacamole, and white chocolate blondies, with Dos Equis Amber and Coronas.


We did chili dogs too. I also did a chopped salad for some healthier fare. I made your guacamole and it was awesome! It got rave reviews - Thank you!


Sounds like you guys had fun! We had five spice baby back ribs from my favorite cookbook "All About Braising", lettuce wraps using the teriyaki chicken meatballs from Costco, bruschetta because the tomatoes at the local farmers market are amazing right now and cucumber salad. We also debuted (sp?) our new soft serve ice cream maker that mixes the sprinkles, etc right in! We were so busy eating we didn't even see the commercials!


We have low-brow friends, and every time I spend time making a nice dish to take for potlucks or BBQs, it ends up not getting eaten in favor of potato chips and jarred dips. I gave up this time and just made Mac & Cheese, and wouldn't you know, the entire bowl was scraped clean.

I like this recipe, though I add more cheese and omit the Season Salt, substituting garlic salt, coriander, red pepper and a dash of nutmeg.

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