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I live in central Arizona, where it’s hard to avoid the droves of Cardinals fans at every turn (I didn’t even know that the Cardinals wasn’t just a baseball team until a few weeks ago), all buying cases of Bud to drink during the big game. Although I find football just about as mindless as any other televised sport, I sure do enjoy getting together with my friends for some tasty food. We’re making Buffalo wings with homemade ranch dressing, nachos, and artichoke dip to enjoy with a few friends. We’ll also be having the first carbonated taste of our homemade hefeweizen; the recipe is called “Dry Heat Wheat” by our local brewing shop. We also have a fresh crop of grapefruits on the tree in our backyard, so my roommate Sarah whipped up a cocktail recipe featuring the fresh juice. Football or not, we’ll be eating well today!

Photo above is “Homebrew beer fermenting in carboy” by geoffeg on Flickr.

Becky’s Homemade Ranch:

.5 cup mayonaise
.5 cup whole yogurt
.25 cup 2% milk
2 tbsp. chopped celery leaves (a good use of them if you’re serving celery stalks with your wings)
1.5 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
1.5 tbsp. diced onion (sweet or red)
1 clove garlic, diced
1 tsp. dijon mustard
2 tsp. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and whisk together. Use a food processor to dice the onion and garlic if you have one. Let the flavors meld in the fridge for an hour before serving.

Sarah’s Raspberry Greyhound:

1 oz. Stoli Raspberry
.25 cup fresh grapefruit juice

Combine above ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, then pour over ice into a tumbler. Fill with tonic water, enjoy!

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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