00
:
00
:
00
:
00
Reorder products. See your order history.
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $35 or more.

How to get FREE Shipping:
1. Place your online order of $35 or more*
2. Ship to an address within the United States (including U.S. territories)
3. Your shipment should arrive within 2-6 business days from your order

* Your total purchase must reach the designated amount after any discounts are applied and prior to the costs of shipping and tax.
Order by 6, We'll Ship the Same Day

Domestic orders placed Monday - Friday by 6 p.m. Eastern Time will be packed and shipped the same day, pending verification of billing information and the shipping method selected. International orders and orders containing gift cards, out-of-stock items or refrigerated items will be processed as quickly as possible, but won't necessarily be shipped out the same day.

Excludes all orders placed on major US holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day).

 

Health Guides
Health Concerns
Vitamin Guide
Herbal Remedies
Homeopathy
Weight Control
Sports & Fitness
Women's Health
Men's Health
Safety Checker
Food Guide
Newswire
Personal Health Tools
 Print this article
 

Get the Game Plan for a Terrific Tailgate Party

Kick-Off Tips Make Pre-Game Picnics Easy & Delicious
Get the Game Plan for a Terrific Tailgate Party: Main Image
Take along dishes guaranteed to fuel fans

Pack a picnic, collect your home team, and head for the game! Enjoying a pregame parking lot party with friends is a favorite American social gathering--even if your car lacks an official tailgate.

Take along dishes guaranteed to fuel fans (with a few easy tricks to make them both delicious and healthy). Make your menu easy by planning and preparing ahead, grilling burgers and/or sausages on-site, and toting easy-to-serve side dishes everyone will cheer.

Plan ahead for easy parking lot picnicking

For starters, decide whether it's pot luck or not (if so, divvy up the menu and keep a list of who's bringing what). Check whether grilling is allowed, and what beverages can be brought on-site; some stadiums may restrict alcoholic drinks. Keep an eye on the weather, and have Plan B ready if dry skies aren't forecast. Begin by packing the basics:

  • Portable grill with a starter, charcoal or (preferably) propane
  • Meat thermometer
  • Knife, cutting board, eating and serving utensils
  • Bottle opener, wine opener
  • Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickle relish
  • Recyclable plates (paper or bamboo), paper or cloth napkins
  • Collapsible chairs and/or table, table cloth
  • Ice chest and ice (freeze bottles of water to pack less ice)
  • Hand wipes, roll of paper towels
  • Roll of plastic wrap and extra plastic containers for leftovers

Go simple so you can party too

When planning the menu, think easy-to-transport and easy-to-serve dishes that can be made a day or two in advance and served at room temperature. For green salads, toss with dressing just before serving. Appetizers, salads, and side dishes can follow a theme--Mexican, Thai--or be traditional picnic favorites. Standard picnic fare such as grilled burgers, sausages, London broil, and/or hot dogs make a terrific main dish. (Remember food safety rules and transport meat frozen or on ice at a temperature around 40F.) And don't forget dessert!

Here's how much you need to cook for 10 guests (with some healthy substitution suggestions):

  • 3 1/2 cups dip or salsa
  • 60 appetizers (bite style)
  • 3 pounds potatoes (for potato salad)
  • 1 pound dry/uncooked pasta (for pasta salad)
  • 2 to 3 heads of lettuce (for green salad)
  • 20 hot dogs (try turkey or veggie)
  • 4 pounds hamburger meat (try substituting 1 pound with a box or two of vegetarian burgers)
  • 10 to 20 pieces of dessert

Featured players

Starters

Dip into tasty starters, such as prepared salsa, hummus or babaganoosh with corn or pita chips:

Sidelines

Select transportable salads and side dishes, such as your favorite coleslaw, pasta or potato salad:

Sweet victory

Get ready to cheer with cake and cookies:

Judith H. Dern's favorite NFL team has long been the San Francisco 49ers, a secret now that she lives in Seahawks territory.
 
sign up. save 10%

invalid email address entered. please try again.

 
almost there! click sign me up for exclusive coupons, great deals, early access to sales and info on how to stay healthy & fit.  view our privacy policy.
*first time customers only