Bronco Feedbag: San Jose State

feedbagFeedbag is pretty easy this week.

Being that today is the day after Thanksgiving, all of your menu items have been prepared, they just need to be re-assembled in new and exciting ways! Turkey sandwiches! Stuffing Sandwiches! Mashed potato sandwiches! Lemon pie sandwiches!

For your beverage choices hopefully you still have some sort of beer sampler pack type of assortment in your fridge, or a few ounces of vodka, rum, or whiskey left in each bottle.  If not, there is always that half-drank bottle of white zinfandel that your aunt brought over!

Be sure to pace yourself today – we have football at 1:30 and basketball at 3:30!

Happy tablegating! Go Broncos!

BTN Predictions: Air Force Falcons

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Derek –  Listen, I am not ever going to predict a Boise State loss.  This is a homer blog and I am going to make homer picks.  That does not mean I can not be slightly realistic when it comes to games.  I have picked close games before (I think) and I may again.  This will not be one of them. We lost on the Blue last week.  It is senior night this week.  The last time we lost back-to-back games at home was in 1997.  It ain’t happening again this week. I don’t know if Air Force is feeling particularly confident, but whoever is running their social media is:

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Unless whoever is tweeting for them is a player, I have as much of a right to be confident as they do – neither of us have anything to do with the outcome.  It will not be pretty for the Falcons.  All of those dropped balls and overthrown passes last week will be completions this week, and all of those runs that were almost broke will be broken.  The ball will bounce our way this week.  Boise State 45 AF 10 #BEATEMDOWN

Josh – I bleed blue in every vein in my body but nightmares from last year continue to haunt me. Vegas must feel pretty lucky selecting Boise State as a favorite in this game, and I kinda wish they made the Broncos an underdog because they seem to play their best games that way. Air Force is very similar to the last team to break Boise’s 18-game home win streak, yet they’re more effective and have a better passing game. Double uh-oh (our secondary is definitely our weakest link right now). It seems the triple option will forever doom the Broncos. Keys to a Boise State win would be limited big plays, red zone efficiency, and PROTECTING THE FOOTBALL. Turnovers are pastries, and also the biggest factor in whether or not you win a football game. With Boise’s recent struggles, they would need to play at 120% to come out with the W- which is totally doable. I really hope Harsin prints and tapes Air Force’s tweet in the locker room to fire them up. Air Force 31 Boise State 27 :(    p.s. I’m also hoping by predicting Boise losing that by some reverse-magnetic magical changing fate that it makes them win (Football fans are pretty superstitious-all my Boise State friends blame me attending the New Mexico game for the loss)

Jonathan– Boise State lost last week to an opposition that clearly they should have dominated. But did they beat us or did we beat ourselves? Boise State has not lost 2 games in a row since 2007 and I don’t see that happening this week. The option has always been tough for Boise to handle but I think the defense finds a way to handle it tonight. There is no way this senior class will lose this game. It is a must win if the Broncos want to have a shot at the Mountain West championship game. I also think the offense goes off tonight. Rypien will have this receiving core back on track and catches will be made unlike last week when the receivers couldn’t catch a cold. I believe Boise State dominated this game, but it will be a tough fought game. Boise State 41 Air Force 17

Tami – I really hope that everyone else is correct in calling for a blowout and I am more wrong than ever before, but I just can’t see this being a big win for the Broncos, or even a comfortable one. Possibly, not even a win at all. AFA is a good football team. Boise should be a better football team, but not if they can’t defend successfully or score more than 33% of the time from the red zone. The unthinkable will become sudden reality unless those things are fixed. I’m picking a Bronco win here because Vegas (Boise +0.5) and Homerism, but this thing is going to be just stupidly, infuriatingly close. The season is saved on a Rau$a clutch kick. Broncos 30, Zoomies 27.

Bronco Feedbag: UNM Lobos

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I had planned this Feedbag to be for a cold-weather tailgate (remember November 15th last year? My beer would get slushy before I could drink it!) but it looks like we are actually going to have some pretty mild weather for the game. Even though everything here is good for cold weather, it is all yummy for any tailgate.

Classic Beef Stew

What you need:

2 pounds chuck steak or stew beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons oil
1 large yellow onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup dry red wine
4 cups beef broth
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 large stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 ounces button mushrooms, quartered

Directions

  • Pat the beef cubes dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the flour and toss to coat the beef.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy stockpot over medium-high heat until good and hot. Add the beef cubes, spacing them about an inch apart to ensure proper browning. Generously brown on all sides, working in batches until all the beef is browned. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the onions to the pot, adding a little more oil if necessary. Cook until soft and translucent, 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Add the wine and bring to a rapid boil, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Return the beef to the pot along with the beef broth, spices and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the vegetables, return to a boil, cover and simmer over low heat for another hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.

If you want your stew a little more spicy substitute some or all the beef broth with spicy V8.

Beer of the Week: Sockeye Winterfest

Sockeye-Winterfest-Seasonal-Ale_lg-208x300Cold(er) weather always makes me crave the strong, dark seasonals we get in the winter.   Winterfest from Sockeye is one of my favorite.  Here is their description:

This American-style strong ale has a deep, rich, malt complexity with hints of toffee, caramel and lightly-toasted barley. Hops are plentiful as well, giving this beer enough hop bite and flavor to balance the big malt profile. Enjoy this beer on a cool fall day or a cold winter night. Available November 1st, it’s a welcome tradition.

IBU: 85
ABV: 7.25%
PKG: 12 oz. can/6 pack | 50L and 1/6 bbl kegs
AWARDS:
– 2014 NABA, Gold
– 2013 NABA, Silver
Liquor/Shot of the Week: Rumchata
Rum Chata-500x500Rumchata is a mixture of rum and the classic Horcahta drink – and it is amazing.  It is a cream liqueur and is excellent in hot chocolate or coffee, and is tasty by itself as well.  It is low enough in alcohol that you can find it in most grocery stores so you don’t have to make that extra trip to the liquor store this week.
Happy tailgating!  Go Broncos!

 

Bronco Feedbag: Colorado State Rams

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A lot of things changed in 2006.  The season that REALLY put Boise State on the map ended in one of the greatest games in college football history as Boise State defeated Oklahoma 43-42 on this awesome play:

 

And, for me it was a year of change as well.  After working as a Culinary Training Leader for Chili’s for 13 years, where most of my time was spent traveling the world teaching people how to cook Baby Back Ribs, It was time for me to stop traveling and settle down.  My daughter was born that year, and it was important for me to find a job where I could be home with her.  Unfortunately, Chili’s did not have any management opportunities in Boise, and I didn’t want to re-locate, so I took a management job with On The Border Restaurant.  This was an awesome opportunity for me at a point in my life when I really needed it, however I had to travel to Colorado for six weeks for training – during December 2006/January 2007.  My entire family was going to make the trip to the Fiesta Bowl, and I figured I was going to have to watch the biggest game in Boise State history by myself in my hotel room. Luckily for me, a co-worker at Chili’s who I had opened a lot of restaurants with lived in the Denver area where I was training, and we discovered that his house was actually right down the road from my hotel.  His girlfriend was from Boise and went to Boise State as well, so it worked out well for us to have a watch party at his house for the Fiesta Bowl.  Instead of watching by myself in a lonely hotel room, I was going to be with good friends who would be cheering along with me. So what does this all have to do with this weeks Feedbag?  Well that friend, Casey Taylor, is now the Director of Operations at Masterpiece Delicatessen in Denver, and is an incredible chef.  I figured since I don’t know much about Colorado Cuisine, I would reach out to Casey for an awesome recipe for us to tailgate/tablegate with while watching Boise State vs. Colorado State.  Enjoy, and if you are ever in the Denver area stop by the Deli!

GREEN CHILE CHEESE BISON BURGERS

(4 servings)
Ingredients:
1 pound – Ground Bison(preferably Colorado raised free range)
Salt and Pepper
8 oz Green Chile Cream Cheese
4 Tomato slices(heirloom)
Shredded Romaine
Sliced Red Onion
4 Toasted Brioche or your favorite Buns
For the Green Chile Cream Cheese:
1- 8oz pkg of Room temperature Cream Cheese
1- Roasted Hatch Green Chile(hot)
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
Juice of 1/2 lime( save the other half for your featured beer in the next section)
1 Tbl minced Cilantro Leaves
Place all ingredients into a food processor and whip until smooth.
For the Bison:
For 4 equal Patties out of the Bison
Season with Salt and Pepper
Sear on your grill and cook until desired temperature(I like 160 degrees F internal)
Next:
Butter toast your bun on the grill
Spread Green Chile cream cheese on the top of bun
Sliced Tomato, Red Onion and Romaine on the bottom Bun
Place your burger on the bed of Romaine
Then take a bite and enjoy!!!
BEER OF THE WEEK: MAMA’S LITTLE YELLA PILS
MamasColorado has A LOT of great craft brews, but I am a big fan of Oskar Blues Brewing.  I was originally going to go with Dales Pale, but Casey suggested pairing the Bison Burgers with Mama’s Yella Pills.  Here is a description from Oskar Blues:

How do you cram as much hop & malt flavor and aroma as possible into a beer but make it crushable too?

Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic, famous. Unlike mass market‚ “pilsners‚” diluted with corn and rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.

Ah crushable beer! For those who don’t know this means you can drink a bunch of it and still make it to the end of the game!

Casey also suggested a squeeze of lime in this.  You get a refreshing lime taste without the overpriced skunk of Corona!

LIQUOR/SHOT OF THE WEEK:  JAGER AND RED BULL

jagerA little more nostalgia here. When Casey and I were watching the Fiesta Bowl we started taking shots every time Boise State scored.  I asked him if he remembered what we were shooting.  Obviously all those scores/shots and all these years later have made our memories a little fuzzy, but he thinks maybe we were doing Jager and Redbull, which seems about right for that period of time. I wont even bother giving you this recipe.  If you can’t figure it out you shouldn’t be drinking!

(Side note:  Casey’s girlfriend was doing shots with us as well while we watched.  By halftime she was done for, and at that point we were up 21-10 and dominating.  She went to bed and missed the rest of the game and all the drama!)

Happy Tailgating!