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Super Bowl Pizza | Team Themed Toppings by gThankYou!

With a solid TV signal and the right group of friends, Super Bowl parties can be a blast. After-all, here in Wisconsin, it’s hard not to be a football fan…But who wants to spend all weekend wrapping water chestnuts in bacon or building elaborate gold-dusted 49ers cakes?

It’s faster and easier to pick up a variety of frozen pizzas for the Super Bowl and pop them in the oven just before the game. Take the party one step further and make these fun themed pies, and you’re just a few toppings away from an epic Niners-versus-Ravens themed bash.

Start each recipe with a quality frozen cheese pizza, such as Amy’s or California Pizza Kitchen.

For the San Francisco 49ers

Crab Pizza2

From What’s Cooking, Love?

Crab rangoon started in San Francisco, and Dungeness crab is a classic San Francisco treat. Take a cue from this crab pizza and pair crab meat with bacon, tomatoes, garlic and Old Bay seasoning.

Figs are a favorite with San Francisco chefs (they even sparked a cross-coastal spat). Use them to top your pizza, combined with bacon or prosciutto, goat cheese (the Laura Chenel brand was born in the bay area) and fresh arugula.

For the Baltimore Ravens

Matthew's pizza. [Photograph: Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Matthew’s pizza in Baltimore. [Photograph: Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Maryland, known for flaky, luscious crab cakes, is slightly harder to translate into a pizza topping.

No one wants to eat crow (literally or figuratively), so approximate it with a chicken-topped pizza and add tangy hot sauce, juicy cubed tomatoes and blue cheese. Or nod to Baltimore’s pit beef legacy with a roast beef pizza, combined with sweet bell peppers, onion and sliced mushrooms.

For New Orleans, the host city

The World is My Oysetr pizza with brie, spinach and an apple and fennel salad

The World is My Oyster pizza with brie, spinach and an apple and fennel salad

Oysters are as much a part of New Orleans, this year’s Super Bowl host city, as jazz on Bourbon Street. If you can find some fat mollusks and you’re not afraid to husk them, combine them on top of a pizza with spinach, brie and an apple/fennel salad. (Or if you like them, canned and/or smoked oysters would be even simpler.)

The New Orleans Creole trinity is onions, green pepper and celery, all of which are good on pizza with some fat peeled shrimp. And whatever you do, don’t forget the Louisiana hot sauce America loves best: Tabasco.

May the best team win and here’s hoping for a great game! 

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

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Ham Recipe Show and Tell

One recent chilly Sunday, we baked a ham for dinner – a rare occasion. I’ve always reasoned that big roasts should be saved for special occasions, holidays mostly. This got me thinking about  Sunday Dinners my mom and Grandmother cooked, each always an occasion of  its own.

These days, traditional Sunday Dinner has mostly gone by the wayside. Busy schedules of smaller families living across the country have made meals of “cheater’s chicken” or carved ham from the grocery hot counter more the norm. But preparing and serving a baked ham from home is really no more expensive or difficult than picking up a pre-cooked meal at the store. It’s all in the mindset.

We had a lot of fun reliving the Sunday Dinner tradition with our baked ham. But the best part was the leftovers, which is really why I baked the ham in the first place.

It’s show and tell time in this installment of Recipe of the Week  where I’ll share the  entrees my family of four devoured (plus sandwiches) from our 10-pound, bone-in ham.  (gThankYou to all noted for these recipes.)

  1. Ham & Bean Soup: This fantastic version published recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that I made is from the  Bogus Creek Cafe & Bakery in Stockholm, Wisconsin. This eatery was also written up by Jane and Michael Stern of Road Food, Gourmet Magazine and Splendid Table fame. Seriously good.
  2. Ham & Cheese Crêpes: Julia Child’s influence lives on in my kitchen as I continue to find new ways to serve her crêpes. This time,  it was Ham & Cheese Crêpes I found at Cookography.
  3. Ham & Cheese Quiche: I score extra points anytime I can sneak spinch into a dish. This Ham, Swiss & Spinache Quiche went down just fine.

Rediscover Sunday Dinner, and all the rewards that follow. It’s worth every minute.

Choosing a Turkey

The question came from a younger family member this weekend: “Have we picked our Thanksgiving Turkey yet?” Clearly, Thanksgiving is in the air as the big day approaches in just more than two weeks. It’s not too early to think about what kind of Turkey you’ll serve.Gobble

Choices abound. Fresh or frozen? Locally raised or produced nationally? Organic, natural or conventional? Heritage breed or Broad Breasted White? Pre-brined or unbrined bird? And how big does the Turkey need to be to stuff (er, feed) everyone and leave enough leftovers? (Confused yet?)

Luckily, there’s plenty of advice on how to choose the best Turkey to fit your needs. So, along with a sampling of turkey recipes, gThankYou this week offers a cornucopia of advice on choosing your bird.

Inform yourself about what will work best for your celebration and have fun picking your Thanksgiving Turkey!

Lynn Welch is a contributor to gThankYou, LLC, based in Madison, WI.  gThankYou® Certificates of Gratitude™ are one way savvy companies recognize employees’ great work at Holiday Time. The company is best known for its Turkey Gift Certificates, Ham Gift Certificates, and Grocery Gift Cards.

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

gThankYou wishes our Canadian neighbors a very happy Thanksgiving today! This celebration observing the end of the harvest season is held in Canada each second Monday of October. It’s marked by fall leisure pursuits and, of course, special holiday fare.

Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving

Celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving

Turkey sits in the center of the table with all the fixings. For a primer on a full Canadian Thanksgiving celebration and meal, check in with Canadian Living Magazine online.

Whether you’re marking Thanksgiving today or next month, it’s time to brush up on just how to prepare that turkey. Here are a few favorite suggestions:

Check back frequently as we fill the blog with new turkey recipes. After all, it’s turkey season!

Lynn Welch is a contributor to gThankYou, LLC, based in Madison, WI.  gThankYou® Certificates of Gratitude™ are one way savvy companies recognize employees’ great work at Holiday Time. The company is best known for its Turkey Gift Certificates, Ham Gift Certificates, and Grocery Gift Cards.

Ham and Pasta Main Meal Recipes

Ham Gift Certificates from gThankYou have been a big hit.  gThankYou!

So, we’d like to show our thanks by sharing some of the delicious looking ham recipes we’ve found lately.

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in Wisconsin it’s been chilly the past few days; temps are in the 30s when we hit the deck and with the sun up later, it’s beginning to feel like we’re well into autumn.

For the hearty appetites that come with that kind of weather, here are four tempting pasta dishes with ham.

Enjoy!

Rick Kiley is President of gThankYou, LLC, a Madison, WI based seller of employee gift certificates best known for gThankYou® Turkey Gift CertificatesTurkey Gift Cards and Ham Gift Certificates.

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