The Game: #23 Wisconsin at #4 Ohio St.
This has turned into one of the B1G’s best rivalries in recent years, both on and off the field. Ohio St. needs to make a statement to sneak up in the polls, while ‘Sconnie could cement their place in the Leaders over OSU. Significance abound. Also noteworthy: both fan-bases can tailgate with the best of them.
The Food: Buckeyes
Dessert for breakfast? You bet.
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- With an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter and butter at medium speed until creamy. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and salt (the mixture will be crumbly).
- Roll tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls and place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a double boiler or a medium heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring often, until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Resting each ball on the tines of a fork, lower it into the chocolate until it’s two-thirds covered. Refrigerate on the baking sheet until the chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes.
- Storage suggestion: Keep the buckeyes refrigerated, between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container, for up to 3 weeks.
The Drink: Buckeye Blitz
There is a reason that they call this the blitz- it doesn’t take long to get to you.
1 1/2 oz Red Stagg Cherry Bourbon
1 oz Grenadine
3 oz Lemonade (or to taste)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain. Garnish with a cherry.
The Tradition: “Dotting the i”
The Buckeyes greatest tradition turned 80 years old this year. From Ohio State’s website:
“To be eligible to dot the “i”, a sousaphone player must at least be a fourth-year member. Fifth-year members also are eligible to dot the “i”, but only after all fourth-year members have been chosen. At postseason performances (usually double scripts), fourth and fifth-year members compete for the open dots in what is called a “dot-off”, in which eligible members perform their routine for the entire sousaphone section. Members watch two rounds of competition and vote for the best two candidates.”
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