Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Need a Vikings Themed Superbowl Snack?

Vikings Themed Superbowl Snack:

Even though the Vikings aren't playing in the superbowl this year (boo), we still think it would be fun to make some snacks in their honor. Read on for some easy ideas to make some quick snacks!

Vikings Cheesy Beer Dip:

Need a quick recipe for your Super Bowl party? What about this Minnesota Viking Cheesy Beer Dip? There's nothing more Minnesotan than the following dip. It's creamy, thick and delicious. (And, it includes beer!) What could possibly be a better combination on game day?

While you watch the big game, enjoy this easy dip. It's sure to be a hit with your guests or where ever you bring it!

Minnesota Viking Cheesy Beer Dip
2 small packages cream cheese
1 packet ranch dip mix
1 bottle Flaming Damsel (or your favorite beer!)
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Let cream cheese packages sit for about fifteen minutes until softened. Place one package in a medium bowl, flatten with fork. Add second package and do the same. Pour ranch dressing mix into bowl and blend on low to medium speeds. Slowly pour the beer into the bowl while mixing. Continue blending until smooth. Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Serve with pretzels and enjoy! 

Vikings Fruit Pizza:

We used a classic fruit pizza recipe, but instead of using lots of fruit we busted out our Vikings pride and advise using pinapple (YELLOW) and blackberries (which have a purple-ish tint). 

1/2 cup butter, softened
 3/4 cup white sugar
 1 egg
 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
 1/2 cup white sugar
 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups blackberries
2 cups pinapple

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Mix in egg. combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Press dough into an ungreased pizza pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool.
4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until light. Spread on cooled crust.
5. Arrange fruit on top of filling, and chill.

Vikings Style Chicken Nachos:

2 cloves garlic, crushed
 6 green onions, sliced, white parts and tops separated
 3 tablespoons canola oil
 1 shredded, cooked, whole chicken breast
 salt and pepper to taste
 1 cup salsa
 1/2 (12 ounce) package tortilla chips
 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar/Monterey Jack cheese blend
 1/2 large tomato, diced

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a 12 inch skillet over medium heat, cook and stir the garlic and white parts of the green onions in canola oil until tender. Mix in shredded chicken, salt and pepper. Toss until well coated with oil. Stir in the salsa.
3. Arrange tortilla chips on a large baking sheet. Spoon the chicken mixture over tortilla chips. Top with Cheddar/Monterey Jack cheese blend and tomato. Bake in the preheated oven 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Remove from heat and sprinkle with green onion tops before serving.

Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos Recipe

Vikings Are Excited for the Superbowl:

I'm not going to lie, I'm almost as excited for all this FOOD than the actual game. Just kidding... But actually. Good luck preparing these snacks, Vikings fans! And let us know how they turn out.

And, as always, GO VIKINGS GO! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Vikings Season Review: Thank you Vikings Fans for a solid Season

Thank you Vikings for a solid season:
We sold so many tickets and had so much fun! What were your favorite parts of the season? Vikings ended 10-6, and no one is too upset about that.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Vikings Season Recap of Season 2012

Scores of Every Game: 

Sun, Sep 9 vs Jacksonville 
W 26-23 OT

Sun, Sep 16 @ Indianapolis
L 23-20

Sun, Sep 23 vs San Francisco
W 24-13

Sun, Sep 30 @ Detroit
W 20-13

Sun, Oct 7 vs Tennessee
W 30-7

Sun, Oct 14 @ Washington
L 38-26

Sun, Oct 21 vs Arizona
W 21-14

Thu, Oct 25 vs Tampa Bay
L 36-17

Sun, Nov 4 @ Seattle

Sun, Nov 11 vs Detroit
W 34-24

Sun, Nov 25 @ Chicago
L 28-10

Sun, Dec 2 @ Green Bay
L 23-14

Sun, Dec 9  vs Chicago
W2 1-14

Sun, Dec 16 @ St. Louis
W 36-22

Sun, Dec 23 @ Houston
W 23-6

Sun, Dec 30 vs Green Bay
W 37-34 

Adrian Peterson Has Been Amazing

We all know the story; when Peterson started in week 1, his status was questionable. He rushed for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns, his first game in 8 months after his ACL and MCL tear. He passed Robert Smith to become the number one Vikings rusher of all time. By Week 16, Peterson was leading the NFL in rushing with 1,898 yards and averaging 6.0 yards a carry. He also had 11 touchdowns, with a further 215 yards receiving. WHAT. Great season, Mr. Peterson. 
And things got even better. Entering Week 17, he needed 208 yards to break the NFL single-season record for the most rushing yards (2,105), set in 1984 by Eric Dickerson. That week, the Vikings played the Green Bay Packers needing a win to clinch a playoff berth. The game was tied at 34 in the fourth quarter when Peterson ran 26 yards, setting the Vikings up for a game-winning field goal with three seconds left. The Vikings chose the field goal, which sent them to the playoffs, but also left Peterson nine yards short of breaking the record. He ran for 199 yards in the game, falling just one yard short of becoming the first player ever to record three 200-yard games in the same calendar month. Peterson's 172.2 rushing yards per game in December is the highest calendar-month average in NFL history.
Peterson became the second player (Earl Campbell, 1980) to rush for 150 or more yards in seven games during an NFL season and had 1,019 yards after contact. He finished 2012 with 2,097 rushing yards, the second-most ever for a running back in a single season.

In recovering from his knee injury of 12 months earlier to record the second-most rushing yards in a season, Peterson has made himself one of the top candidates for not just the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award, but also the overall league MVP award.

We commend you, Adrian Peterson! You have made the Minnesota Vikings a much more tolerable team to watch. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Vikings-Packers Playoff Game Recap

What a season, Vikings fans! Although we are disappointed that the season ended with a loss to the Packers, it was still great to even be able to make it to playoffs! 

The final score was Vikings 10, Packers 24 with some top players being Aaron Rodgers,  with 274 Yards and 1 Touchdown and Adrian Peterson with 22 Car and 99 Yards. 

John Kuhn scored two touchdowns, DuJuan Harris added another and Rodgers connected with an NFL playoff-record 10 receivers as he threw for 274 yards in his first playoff victory at home. Defensively, the Packers finally managed to contain Adrian Peterson and were all over Vikings backup Joe Webb, pressed into service because of Christian Ponder's triceps injury. Was Ponders absence the reason the Vikings failed? We will never know, but Joe Webb wasn't exactly up to par. 

Thanks for all your support, Vikings fans! The Packers are off to San Francisco next Saturday for an NFC divisional game with the 49ers. 

Minnesota Reporter was Tackled on Live TV before Vikings-Packer Game! Yikes!

Lee Valsvik of KARE in Minneapolis got WAY more than she bargained for during a segment for their Saturday show before the Vikings played the Packers.

Oh dear, fans must have been getting too rowdy, even though it was her camera man who accidentally knocked her over.

Check out the video here and be prepared for the tackle!

Maybe the Vikings could have used Lee on Saturday during the game! ;)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Vikings Packers Playoff Game

Hey Vikings fans,

Do you know what game is tomorrow night? Vikings Packers PLAYOFF. What could be better? Nothin. So load up on snacks, ice the beer, and gather around your TV (or, for you lucky fans, head over to Lambeau Field) for the epic playoff game.

Adrian Peterson led the Vikings past the Packers last Sunday. Can he do it again? Let's see Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder dominate the field and come up with one more win for the Vikings!

Vikings Packers 12/30 Game Recap

If you missed the epic Vikings Packer rivalry game at the Minnesota Metrodome, I bet you are seriously kicking yourself. It was such a close game with some over time thrown in, and of course, our Vikings came out on top with a score of 37-34.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson came within 9 yards of Eric Dickerson's rushing record on Sunday, finishing with 199 yards and powering the Minnesota Vikings into the playoffs.

Except, now the Vikings and Packers face off AGAIN tomorrow, January 5th. We'll let you know how it goes!