Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad Recipe

Submitted by Lauren Townsend for The Aha Connection

This salad is a great transition from summer to fall. Hearty, but doesn’t really require cooking and only gets better after a day in the fridge making it perfect for tailgates or parties.

1 9-10 oz. package of shaved Brussels Sprouts (I prefer Target or Trader Joe’s)

1 cup roasted, chopped hazelnuts

3 pieces cooked, chopped bacon

1/2 cup shaved Parmesan and/or Pecorino

Dressing: any lemon vinaigrette or

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Game Day Fried Chicken Sliders with Bacon, Apricot, Root Beer & Sesame Seed Jam and Chipotle Yogurt Drizzle

Makes 8 sliders

Active Prep Time 40 Minutes – Cook Time 55 Minutes 


  • 8 brioche slider buns
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup root beer
  • 1 pack sesame snaps candy
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup dried apricots
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 chicken breast cutlets
  • 1 cup flour
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil + additional for frying
  • ½ cup salted cashews chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 individual container Greek Yogurt Plain
  • 2 chipotles in adobo plus tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 16-24 whole basil leaves



For Bacon Jam:  Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and cook until crisp. … Read More »

Layered Mexican Dip

This is Audra’s personal recipe, modified from several similar versions.


  • 1 rotisserie chicken, de-boned and chopped
  • 2 avocados – peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1.5 T fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup salsa (I use PACE restaurant style)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 8 oz container sour cream
  • 1 1 oz package taco seasoning mix (I make my own click here for the recipe)
  • 3/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 16 oz can re-fried beans
  • 2 cups Mexican style shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
  • 1 small can of sliced, pickled jalapenos


  1. Mash the avocados in a medium bowl. 
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

3 lbs. pork shoulder or butt, skin and excess fat removed
1 onion, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups bottled BBQ sauce (we love the Johnny Harris brand)
2 tbsp. dijon mustard
2 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Scatter onion over bottom of slow cooker and place pork on top.… Read More »

Ham Delights

Audra’s Favorite Tailgating Recipe originally obtained from the 1981 “Baptist Bounty” Cookbook from 1st Baptist Church of Opelika, Alabama.

Ingredients for Spread:

  • 1/2 lb butter softened
  • 3 T mustard (not the spice, real mustard from a yellow jar)
  • 3 T poppy seeds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 t Worcestershire

Remaining Ingredients:

  • 3 packages party rolls (little square rolls in a package of about 24)
  • 1 lb shredded ham (I use Boars Head ham from Kroger Deli)
  • 1/2 lb sliced Swiss cheese


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Kicked Up Brunswick Stew

Source:  East Alabama Living Magazine

“This is a favorite of ours.  It is super easy.  I can have it on the stove in 10 minutes.  It does very well in a slow cooker during the game.” ~Beth Yarbrough


  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 lb chopped pork from your favorite BBQ joint (without sauce)
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg.
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Alabama Firecrackers

Source:  Southern Living Magazine

Forget about the fancy potluck party snack. We’re introducing you to the Fire Cracker, also known as the Alabama Fire Cracker. It’s simple. It’s delicious. It’s addictive. Bake them– or don’t bake them. Just make sure you shake them really well. Here’s the story behind this Southern snack that starts with a sleeve (okay, actually four sleeves) of saltine crackers.… Read More »