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Morning Money Matters: Football food

August 30, 2011

College football kicks off this weekend, and whether you're planning on tailgating or parking it on the couch, football food is a must. I don't know about you, but I always take the some dish when I meet my friends at our favorite tailgating spot, or when we get together to watch it on TV: buffalo chicken dip. It's good (and yes, my friends will verify that!), but I need to broaden my horizons by branching out a bit in the kitchen. If this sounds like you, read on.

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As for my buffalo chicken dip recipe, here is it. So simple! So good!

Shopping list:
- cream cheese (2 packages)
- canned chicken (2 cans)
- Frank's Red Hot Sauce (In my opinion, this is very important! It does not taste as good with another brand.)

Mix cream cheese and canned chicken together. Stir in Frank's to taste. (I usually use a little more than half a bottle.) Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until hot. That's it! I serve it with tortilla chips, but any chip or cracker would be fine.

(There are a lot of variations of this recipe. Some people add blue cheese or ranch dressing. I've also made it with cheese. I think the simplest version is the best! Let me know what you think.)

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