Sunday, February 1, 2015

Got A Real Good Feelin' Something Bad About to Happen

Superbowl Sunday.  Hard to get excited about a Katy Perry live show.  The commercials are fun but since I'm not into football at least I want a spectacular halftime performance.  Whenever there is someone super lame scheduled , I always try to come up with someone obvious they could have chosen instead.  At this point I think you can only choose from the pop genre.  You need upbeat songs, or anthem type rock, songs that make people energetic and a true performer.  I think gone are the days we'll get bands like the Rolling Stones.  So I was thinking, how about Miranda Lambert?  
She has some fire and is a current hitmaker.  She is an entertainer in a true sense.  She also has better abilities to duet with other musicians.  She has the ability to play to large audiences and rouse a crowd. 
Katy Perry for me was beyond awful.  She can't sing, she can't dance and I hated every minute of it.  Not only that but I was left feeling ill like I do when I smell a lot of cheap plastic.  Missy Elliot looked great though and it was a slight relief to see her.  Lenny Kravitz made as much sense in the middle of that mess as throwing pickle juice in a cookie dough.  I didn't get that either.  The sets were the focus but it was all show and no talent.  So if I was Katy Perry and I had a rack like she does I would play to my audience and bounce around in my skimpiest outfit looking sexy and dumb.  You have drunk football fans and you show more skin in your mascara ads then you do this show???
Thank goodness for snacks.  Crunchy baked Chicken Tenders with a shared marinara dipping sauce.

Pizza Bites made only with cauliflower, Parmesan and turkey pepperoni.  These exceeded expectations!  They are addictive and I encourage everyone to make them.
The hardest part is grating the cauliflower and it's a great way to use your lonely mini muffin tins.
Cucumber Sushi Rolls with avocado, dill, lemon and capers.  Most refreshing snack ever!
I had to pull out the mandolin but in the end got a better slice using a sharp knife.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips.  Not quite a success but almost.  You need your oven to be the exact temperature not to burn the chips but to get them crisp.  And I believe there is not an easy way to avoid blackening slightly due to the sugar content in the potato.
Vegan spinach artichoke dip.  This was a real treat but I substituted frozen broccoli for spinach due to a screw up.  Great as a dip for the chips.
Roasted Spicy Chick Peas.  Just as the name implies but they are like tasty toasted nuts that you can't quit eating, warmed with cajun spices and a squirt of lime.

I'd give this spread a 6 or 7.  It was trying to be fun and was to an extent.  It's hard to make healthy celebrational snacks but it can be done.

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