“Hokie” Tailgate Party

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Today on, NBC WSLS 10, Daytime Blue Ridge, I shared how to create a “Hokie” tailgate party using local vendors, and creating things yourself!

Here’s the link. You can also find this in the “videos” section of our website


The food was from “Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op,” the best grocery store in Roanoke. They support local farmers and provide a wide variety of healthy foods and community outreach programs.

The “Hokie Red” and “Hokie White” were from Chateau Morrisette. These wines were released on September 9th, 2004. Virginia Tech’s long standing involvement with in enology and viticulture research programs and the university’s commitment to improving overall quality and scope of the Commonwealth’s wine industry, makes the partnership with Chateau Morrisette a natural fit.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all Chateau Morrisette’s Hokie White and Hokie Red is contributed to the general scholarship fund at Virginia Tech.

Black Dog Salvage is another local business here in Roanoke. They host a wide variety of artists, designers and craftsman. They have a couple vendors that support Virginia Tech and sell a variety of handmade items. For today’s segment I used a table runner and pillow from “The Woven Home” and the “Enter Sandman” sign is from “Velvet Peony.” This place is full of interesting finds! You will also find our items there later this month.

The corn hole board was hand crafted by Sherwood Hoover from Stuarts Draft, Virginia for his son Chad Hoover. Chad is a Roanoke resident and a VA Tech graduate. I am bummed that we ran out of time to talk about this game. He did such a great job creating it!

The craft items I used today are from “Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.” I used Rustoleum spray paint in “Claret Wine” to paint this basket.

basket upcycle

spray paint

hoke basket

I bought the fabric from Jo-Ann’s and made the liner for the inside. I also found the wooden plaque there. I painted it orange and hand painted the Hokie Bird and phrase.  I made the fleece blanket by lining the inside with an orange sheet. Jo-Ann’s has a wide variety of sports team fabrics. You can create one for virtually any team! I made the little flags by cutting and folding cardstock paper and stringing them on yarn. So Cute!

flag measure

hokie flag


The mason jars, straws, ribbon, etc. are also from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

enter sandman

I have had lots of emails about my dress today too. It is from “Old Navy” and the bangle I painted myself. See?….You can create a great party and dress the part too!

Here are the recipes. Enjoy!

Hot Hokie Chicken Wrap With Guiltless Blue Cheese Dressing

2 tablespoons  hot pepper sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot
3 tablespoons  white vinegar, divided
1/4 teaspoon  cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons  extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound  chicken tenders

Add chicken to to skillet with olive oil. Coat chicken then add remaining ingredients.
Chicken recipe from my sister, Leslie Snyder

Guiltless Blue Cheese Dressing

Coop/prep time: 5 mins. Makes enough to dress about 4-6 salads.
You need:
•    1/4 cup blue cheese finely chopped or in crumbles
•    1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
•    Juice of 1/2 a lemon
•    1 tablespoon white vinegar
•    1/4 teaspoon salt
•    Cracked black pepper to taste
•    Sprinkle garlic powder
•    Sprinkle onion powder
•    Drizzle of honey or agave
Finely chop and then break apart blue cheese into small crumbles. Combine blue cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon juice and vinegar in a bowl or jar and mix well. Add all seasonings and a drizzle of agave or honey and stir well with fork until cheese is no longer clumping up.

Dressing recipe from: honestfare.com

Put chicken and dressing in wrap. Add lettuce, tomato. Wrap it and serve!

Enter Sandman Cider

enter sandman cider

1 apple
2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 orange, thinly sliced
2 quarts apple cider
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 pinch of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Pinch grated nutmeg
1 cup dark rum

Stud the apple with the cloves. In a medium pot, combine the studded apple and remaining ingredients except the rum. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the rum.
Pour “Enter Sandman Cider” into mason jars and enjoy!

     Blacksburg Blonde Brownies

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped black walnuts
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2-1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease a 9×9-inch baking pan. Measure 1 cup sifted flour. Add baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Sift again. Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts. Mix well and set aside. Stir the brown sugar into the melted butter and mix well. Cool slightly. Mix the beaten egg and vanilla into the brown sugar mixture. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing just until combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips on top. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25- 30 minutes.

Coach Beamer Baked Potatoes

•    4 medium Idaho baking potatoes, scrubbed
•    4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
•    ½ cup greek yogurt
•    8 ounces shredded chedder
•    4 slices peppered bacon, cooked and crumbled *optional
•    3 tablespoons finely chiopped green onions
•    Kosher salt
•    4 tablespoons butter, melted
1.    Preheat to 375°F. Poke each potato a several times with a fork and place directly on the rack. Bake until skin just starts to crisp and flesh is soft, about 1 hour. Remove from oven. (dont wrap in foil!) 

2. When cool enough to handle, slice potatoes in half. Scoop out interior into a medium bowl, leaving a ¼-inch layer of flesh. Add cream cheese and yogurt and beat with a hand-held mixer until thoroughly combined and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Fold in rest of ingredients.. Season with salt, to taste.
3. Wrap in foil wrap. Four outdoor grill. Place on grill for 5-7 minutes until warm.  For indoor cooking, put back in oven at 375 for 5-10 minutes. 

Cool and serve!



American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10. www.DaytimeBlueRidge.com

1 Comment

  1. Patricia

    September 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I loved the show and can’t wait to try some of these recipes. I’m also going to look at JoAnn’s for those jar lids and straws.
    Go HOKIES!

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