Commentary Joe Drozda and Bob Bley
Tailgating in the late fall has its temperature challenges. Sometimes we tailgate in the cold morning and then sit in the stadium in the hot sun. Sometimes we tailgate in the afternoon sun and experience a fall in the temperature as the game proceeds into the night. So the question is, “How should we dress for the weather?” The answer is to consider the wicking process.
Wicking is the process whereby the fibers in a cloth garment draw perspiration away from the skin and up to the surface of the fabric, allowing the moisture to evaporate quickly. The name of this capillary action is derived from wicks, as used in lamps.
The use of layers is the best strategy. One should have a base clothing layer to regulate body temperature and move moisture away from his or her skin to a second layer, where it spreads along a larger surface area where it can dry more effectively. More layers can be added to provide insulation and protection from the cold and wind as needed. So what are the layers to be?
- Base layer – Wool long johns are great under jeans or slacks.
- Mid layer – Regular clothes of wool or cotton.
- Outer layer – Jacket or coat layer that breaks the wind and repels water.
For warming nutrition, try this great recipe:
Very Simple Tailgate Turkey Chili 5 ways
This chili avoids a little of the fat of ground beef without losing any of the flavor we require for pre-game and post-game meals. You’ll find that the whole tomatoes are very soothing to your throat on a cold day.
2 lbs. ground turkey.
1 lb. Spaghetti.
3 pkgs. McCormick’s Chili Mix (or your favorite).
3 28oz. cans whole peeled tomatoes (un-drained).
4 15oz. cans dark red kidney beans (un-drained).
The night before, cook pasta according to package directions, then drain and set it aside. Brown the turkey in a large pot with some olive oil. Then add everything else to the pot. Bring the mixture to a low boil and then reduce the heat to allow the chili to simmer for one hour. Stir the mixture occasionally. Allow the chili to cool on your deck or balcony. Then refrigerate overnight. Put pasta into paper cups with drain holes punched in the bottom to allow water to drain away. Refrigerate the spaghetti cups overnight.
On game day heat the pot of chili to a boil,then remove from heat and place the pot onto a pad in your Coleman powerchill thermoelectric cooler to keep it hot on your trip to the game. You can also add the paper cups of pasta to this heated cooler. Or you can place the chili in a room temperature cooler surrounded with insulating towels and use your grill to heat it at the game. You can heat water at the game or from a thermos and pour it through the cups of pasta before you add them to your individual chili bowls. Serve chili over the spaghetti and add onions and cheese.
If asked, “5-way” means: 1. Spaghetti, 2. Chili, 3.Beans, 4.Onion, 5.Cheese.