For the first time, I served cornbread with my chili. Typically, I do a sour dough loaf, but a co-worker suggested cornbread. The combination of the sweet bread with the spicy chili was delicious. I will certainly go the cornbread route again.
The football dip and bean dip were also quite successful. I've learned over the years to make only a half pan of the bean dip when there's a smaller crowd. Otherwise everyone stuffs themselves on it until they are sick. Then we all sit around moaning and clutching our stomachs and wondering why we don't have better self-control. (Sometimes I think I do put crack in it).
the football cream cheese dip
Extreme Close-Up of Football Details
As for my piece de resistance, the cake was amazing. Mr. Food Whore was a wonderful consultant. He helped out by properly lining up the teams in an accurate formation. He also informed me where all 7 of the referees should be situated. (The only thing missing was Bellichek's hidden camera.) I was thrilled with how this cake turned out. So much so that I took about 20 pictures of it. Below are a few of my favorite takes. All of the guests were massively impressed. And I had to convince them that it was ok to eat; I had taken enough pictures by which to remember it. (An extra special Thank You to Mrs. White who shared her recipe for this cake with me.)
The Super Bowl Cake
Close up of centerfield
Just like the '72 Dolphins, I would say my Super Bowl gathering was perfect.