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What's Cooking at GABA: Seven-Layer Taco Dip and Yeti Imperial Stout

I'm hosting my brother's bachelor party this weekend, so I'm not going to be doing any hardcore cooking for the Vandy game. Therefore, I'll keep this one short and just offer a few random culinary musings.

One thing that I'm planning on making one weekend this fall is a seven-layer taco dip. This is a great football dish particularly if you're tailgating. It appeals to most tastes, and for tailgating food, it's a relatively nutritious dish (lots of fresh tomato and green pepper) that will give you the energy you need to make it through a long day out in the sun. It's also a dish that won't weigh you down too much during the game if you enjoy it with a couple too many beers.

For beer, instead of giving you a pairing suggestion for the dip, I'd like to give a shout out to an excellent beer I tried Friday night: the Yeti Imperial Stout. This is a heavy, high-ABV brew, so it might be more ideal for a post-game victory toast than for something to have with your meal during the game. I'd definitely recommend being wary of trying to have several of these during a hot September tailgate. That said, this is an excellent beer in a style that's not usually on my go-to list. It's hoppy for a stout at 75 IBUs, and the floral hop bitterness balances nicely with the typical roasted coffee bitterness. The beer is also easy-drinking for an imperial stout, despite my aforementioned warning. I've had a few of these that that tasted like coffee with a shot of vodka in it, but this one was much smoother. This is a beer you have to try.

Lastly, I wanted to give a shout-out to our friends over at Arrowhead Pride. GenericBrand is a Gamecocks fan out in KC who was inspired by What's Cooking at GABA to put up this excellent article on how to fry a turkey. If you've not had fried turkey, you don't know what you're missing. This is not only a brilliant idea for something to cook Saturday afternoon before the game, but something that you should add to your Thanksgiving spread, too.