February 10, 2020 | Since the end of the 20th century, various groupings of friends have assembled to observe the quasi-holiday known as SuperBowl (or Super Bowl if you're a stickler for all things NFL). Over time, the exact make-up of the group for any one year has changed, a natural result of people moving away. But there are always some hard-core participants.
This year the party once again moved to Desert Hot Springs. Jim and Angela came down from the Bay Area, plus the usual suspects: Bob and Réal of course (Rafe was not feeling well), and Richard and Kenny from Montréal.
Lest there be any doubt, few of us really care about the game itself, except for some residual nostalgia for the 49ers, having once had season tickets for a few years. Mostly it's all about the commercials, the half-time show, and of course, the food. Always the food.
Costco provided delicious pre-cooked ribs that I heated up on the barbeque; Kenny brought his world-famous potato salad; Bob brought his world-famous baked beans. For snacks, Jim took over the kitchen to make puff-pastry 'Little Pigs in a Hammock', and since the recipe only required one of the two sheets of puff pastry in the box, we came up with using the second sheet to wrap bits of the leftover breakfast manly quiche. Both were delicious. Not to mention the cheese log picked up from Vons.
As usual, Jim and Angela came bearing gifts. This year it was a batch of cocktail skewers made with a 3-D printer. There was also a bundle of tongue depressors personalized with Chez Paul, intended as cheese spreaders, coffee stirrers, or whatever. Of course, they used the same font as on the home page of this site. Nothing less would have been expected.
Of course, one of the best parts of SuperBowl weekend was getting to spend time with dear friends Jim and Angela
Last updated on Feb 10, 2020