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Family Game Night Recipes — stay in and have fun

For many of us, life just doesn’t get any better than biting into a big, juicy burger. When all the components are perfect – a patty that’s charred on the outside and moist and tender inside, a high-quality bun that’s toasty warm, spreads that are packed with flavor, toppings that are crisp and cool and balance the burger with sweet and acidic flavors – the combination creates a party in the mouth. It’s no wonder that burgers are America’s favorite food.

For game night at home, burgers add to everyone’s happiness. Here’s a burger-based menu guaranteed to please you and your little Monopoly players.

Start things out with chips and an assortment of dips, then move to bison burgers (and your choice of vegetable), and end with brownie bowl sundaes. With meals like this, your kids will ask if you can stay home!

Tip: if you’re playing a game with teams, coordinate the plate colors and table linens to reflect the teams. It’s blue vs. red!

  • best recipes Chips with a Trio of Dips

    Chips with a Trio of Dips

    Ok, we admit that this isn’t exactly the healthiest appetizer in the world, but game night at home is more about family bonding than following all the rules. Every kid loves dipping, and giving them three choices to dip from will bring out the smiles.

    Note: Choose sturdy potato or corn chips (or both) for dipping into these three flavorful blends. Or, if your kids will go for it, use vegetable cucumber or carrot sticks, or broccoli and cauliflower florets to up the health factor.

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  • best recipes Home on the Range Buffalo Burgers

    Home on the Range Buffalo Burgers

    Buffalo (also called bison) is no longer an endangered species, and instead is raised on ranches to deliver fantastic-tasting meat. Buffalo is now gaining in popularity with its associated benefits.

    This recipe combines the buffalo with a huntsman’s cheese to create a gourmet version of the original meal on the range.

    Note: since buffalo meat can be a little lean, this recipe adds regular hamburger meat to produce a juicier end product.

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    Brownie Bowl Sundaes

    Pop quiz: what’s better than a brownie a la mode with caramel sauce and chopped nuts? Answer: pretty much nothing (except maybe a brownie a la mode with caramel sauce, chopped nuts, and whipped cream!).

    Treat your family to this all-time classic dessert; and, if you want the kids to be even happier, set up a few ice cream choices and the various toppings as a sundae bar. Just make sure they only take one ladle of sauce each!

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Reprinted with permission from Burger Parties: Recipes from Sutter Home Winery’s Build a Better Burger Contest by James McNair and Jeffrey Starr, copyright © 2010. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

Photography by Dan Mills, copyright © 2010 Sutter Home Family Vineyards

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