>Eating the Opponent – New York or New Jersey?

>My Green Bay Packers play the New York Giants tomorrow. In keeping with our tradition, we are planning to serve New York cuisine of some sort tonight to represent eating the opponent. This gets complicated, though. The Giants don’t actually play in New York. Their home field, Met Life Stadium, is actually in New Jersey. What to do, what to serve, what to eat?

Amigo suggested New York strip steak. Chuck and I said, “Sure! That’ll be delicious.” It was almost too easy, though, so we kept going with our research. We settled on bagels for breakfast – not just any bagels, bagels from a local store that calls itself Jersey Bagels. They have great coffees, too. Ahem. Easy decision, that one.
Then Chuck found a site called New Amsterdam Market, saw a picture that inspired him, and started searching for the recipe. He found a pasta dish that incorporates butternut squash and fresh sage, both ingredients we have in the house. We’ll have that on the side with our steak tonight.
In other factors, it’s lousy weather this weekend in Northeastern Wisconsin. 37 degrees Fahrenheit, steady rain, and that means cold, wet, and colder and wetter. Two cold-weather teams ought to do well in this mess, but neither will enjoy playing. I almost (almost) hope the temperatures go down several degrees and that rain becomes snow. Green Bay Tough means coping with snow is easy. Well, maybe not easy, but within reason. Is New York-Jersey tough the same?
Several years ago when Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning came to town, a local television station decided to change its schedule and refuse to air reruns of Manning’s favorite show, Seinfeld. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it had no effect on the game. Favre threw one of his patented interceptions (Rodgers will let him keep that record), and the rest is history that ended with the Giants beating the Patriots in that year’s Big Game.
Here we go, with the Packers undefeated at 11-0. Can they battle the elements as well as they’ve battled opponents? Will Manning and company be able to overcome Mr. Rodgers’ home field neighborhood advantage? Stay tuned, and eat steak. New York strip steak, with a Big Apple on the side.

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