Saturday, June 8, 2019

πŸ† NBA Playoffs - Shooting Produce Video & Recipes πŸ€

Welcome to the NBA Playoffs, 99 Cent Chef-style, that is. This is basketball played by the rulebook of the Cheap$kate Dribbler. The matchup this year is between the returning Golden State Warriors and newbies, Toronto Raptors.

Great NBA All-Star match-ups have included Magic and Bird, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant, and now: Pete versus The 99 Cent Chef! It's a triple-double of a basketball video event. One-on-one has never been so much fun.

In the video below I take playing with food to surreal and fanciful extremes. What starts out as a simple 5 basket pickup game turns into a food free-for-all, and you can be sure things go splat when there is a drive to the hoop.

During this week of the NBA Playoffs, be a sport and join me for my outlandish halftime entertainment event.



If you are looking for yummy eats for your NBA Playoffs Finals, I got drooly double dribble recipes that will satisfy North of the border Canadian Raptor tastes. There are no turnovers in this recipe list! Just click on any recipe name to be directed to my blog post with yummy photos and tasty text.

Toronto Raptor fans will eat up my riff on an East Coast favorite Lobster Roll -- a cheaper Scallop Roll. This recipe is so scrumptious it was featured in the Huffington Post website! Click here to see the write-up.

  Scallop Roll

If an evening game is played on a chilly night then throw another log on the fire and gather in front of the big screen with a steaming bowl of my cheap$kate Clam Chowder. Fans will throw off their warming blankets, peel off their gloves, and elbow each other for a big bowl.


As you enjoy and cheer on your team check out some classic basketball moves I've adapted.

 First up is the Bell Pepper Bank Shot: a shot that hits the backboard before hitting the rim or going through the net.

Stuff your face Golden State Warrior-style! You gotta have some Mexican cuisine during the NBA Playoffs. and I have a Cali Classic called, Carnitas. Hours of braising reduce a pork shoulder to a tender and succulent Mexican-style taco filling. I even throw in the pigskin for extra flavor. Carnitas are what I order for late night noshing at a taco truck. And dig deep from the bench for second string sides of Vegan Pinto Beans and Mom's Mexican Rice.



My recipe for an LA Street Dog is a freeway pileup of flavors that alley oops any hot dog out there.



A Golden State fan favorite is a California Roll. Like a stadium wave, this California spin on Japanese sushi has traveled to grocery deli cases all around the country. And it uses cheap imitation crab so you will save big bucks on expensive seafood.


Cucumber Chucker: a player who takes frequent, and often imprudent, shot attempts. The term was popularized by the television series Seinfeld.

Canadians and Californians love Pizza. You can avoid the long lines at Domino's or Shakey's Pizza and save your pizza delivery driver tips by making your own pies cheaply with my recipe that uses pre-made cooked pizza crusts from the Dollar Tree store.


What's great about making your own Individual Pizza, is everyone can add their fave ingredients. I like anchovies and an egg on mine -- I know no one else would order that one!

Just set out a stack of individual pizza crusts and a few bowls of pepperoni, shredded cheese, black olives, fresh basil leaves, Italian sausage, a fave jar of marinara sauce -- you get the picture. And it only takes 10 minutes or so in a hot oven and they're done. This is a slam dunk recipe!



Next to pizza and hot dogs, Fried Chicken is a fan favorite and no one fries chicken better than this Penny-Pinching Game Changer.

I've come up with a crunchy coating that will empty the bleachers and have fans storming the kitchen! Get Playoff day going with my Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe, or use my special flour and spice mix for regular bone-in chicken pieces. Fry up a batch of chicken to hand off when the jump ball starts the game.



Banana Cut: a wide, curving cut, as opposed to a cut that is a straight line. Also known as a 'C' cut.

Bring more Southern flavor to your kitchen, no matter what State or Country you are in. Fans will take a half-time break and huddle around your cast iron pot of my fragrant and spicy Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya and Cajun Gumbo.

 Mom's Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

In Louisiana, we put a dollop of Cajun Potato Salad on our Gumbo. If you don't believe me just check out the video below.



Keepin' it vegan is Amy's longtime friend Ms. Patti. Her Red Beans and Rice entree is a swish, all net. Dig it here:



Onion Over the Back: a foul committed by a player who tries to rebound the onion by pushing, moving or climbing on a player's back who is already in a position to rebound the ball.

Everyone will huddle around sandwich plates of gooey, cheesy Patty Melts, hearty Meatball Subs, Homemade Deli PastramiFalafel Pitas, and steaming Sloppy Joe's (or Sloppy Jane with ground poultry.)

If you're looking for one pot meals, so you don't miss any action on the court, just check out my Pork BourguignonFrench CassouletChicken Tinga StewBaked Pasta with Cheese and CauliflowerBaked Lasagna with Ground ChickenShepherd's Pie, or Sausage & Sauerkraut with Beer recipes.

Baked Lasagna with Ground Chicken

Apple Advance Step: a step in which the defender's lead footsteps toward their man and the back foot slides forward.

Tired of stale, soggy stadium hot dogs? I have a deliciously decadent and easy Corn Dog Recipe made with Vienna sausages -- but you can use regular wieners. Your hungry guest will not step out of bounds dipping these crunchy coated B-balls into a tasty Honey-mustard Sauce.

Since you have the fryer going you might as well make a batch of my Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. They're as light and airy as the Goodyear blimp.

All the above NBA Playoff recipes are easy free throws to do, so head down the court for an easy layup to the dinner table loaded with Pick-and-Roll Cheapskate's gameday eats.

Toilet Bowl Tomato: when the ball hits the rim at a certain angle and then circles around it, can go in or out.

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