Poker + Basketball Night at the Chic House

I don’t know about you, but I love having people over…even if I’m not the one organizing. Last night, hubby invited a bunch of his guy friends over for a night of playing poker and watching basketball. ACC fans around may have been tuned into the same game – Duke vs Carolina.

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Hubby is a huge Duke fan, but most of his friends are Carolina fans. Differences set aside, they all gathered at the Chic house for a fun night.

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Hubby kindly asked me to help out with the food, and since I love cooking, I happily agreed. I missed the poker playing since I was busy in the kitchen, but I’m not a big poker person anyways.

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We had a nice veggie tray with organic veggies – cauliflower, celery, baby carrots, red bell pepper, and cucumbers. We even had local broccoli, which we picked up at the market earlier in the day.

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We also had baked spinach ricotta dip.

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And I made more of those delicious and super easy crock pot meatballs – the same ones we had at our Halloween party. (We had a lot of people comment that they liked these alot better than the ones typically made with jelly. Btw, ever since I found out those cute cocktail meatballs at most parties are made with jelly…they just don’t quite taste the same. *sad face*)

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We also made 2 flatbreads with Earthfare pizza dough, a corn meal dusting on the bottom, spicy tomato oil from the market, mozzarella cheese, bell peppers, and pizza seasonings. The flatbread is becoming a TCL staple for entertaining. They are so simple, tasty, and can easily be made vegan/vegetarian for your non-meat-eating friends.

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I was worried about having enough food with roughly 12 adult men in the house (they eat a lot!), but we seemed to have just enough with some leftovers.

I managed to get a nice plate of food, even after the boys had made their first sweep of the eats table.

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After…it looks like locusts attacked the food! lol

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Luckily, I had one more trick up my sleeve.

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Homemade (not from the box) cupcakes. I used a combination of this recipe and this recipe for the cake part of the cupcakes. I used the latter recipe by the famous Magnolia bakery in NYC for the frosting. I was going to post my adapted recipe, but I’m not happy with it. Though I didn’t increase the flour or other ingredients (save increasing for the purpose of having 24 cupcakes instead of 12), the recipe yielded way too much batter. I’m going to play with it to see if I can get it to fit 24 cupcakes. I will say, the flavors and textures were totally amazing. Everyone loved them. So, as long as you don’t mind filling an extra ramekin with batter, these recipes are great to use!

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I made vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing and colored the icing blue in honor of the basketball game. The color fell somewhere between Carolina and Duke blue. No one complained. In fact some of the guys were so thrilled with the cupcakes, they ate them in one BIG bite! Ok, they didn’t do that because they were so thrilled. They probably just did that because they were hanging out with a bunch of dudes and trying to be funny. But either way, it was entertaining to watch.

Sadly, Duke lost the game. But everyone seemed to have a good time regardless.

Reader question: Are you into sports? Which team is your favorite and why?

PS Did anyone get the Hyperbole and a Half joke made in this post? ;)

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Comments

  1. says

    Great spread! I can’t wait til it gets just a bit warmer so we can have people over and grill, and I can make a bunch of fun food!

    I am a sports fan. I went to a big sports university (U of Michigan – go blue!) so it’s in my blood til I die!

  2. says

    wow, it looks like you put out quite a spread! my fiance and i JUST signed a lease on a new apartment – we’re moving next month and we’re going to have SO MUCH MORE ROOM! i cannot wait to have people over and entertain.

    i love sports, but basketball isn’t usually my thing. i like watching football and baseball way more. i’m all about the wisconsin teams-packers, brewers, and badgers!

  3. says

    We are a HUGE sports family – and I love it when everyone gets together and watches the game! Right now we’re focused on college basketball, but we also love soccer, NFL foodball, and bowl-game college ball too!

    Looks like a great party with great eats!

  4. says

    Wow you had quite the array! Lucky boys. I love having people over too and cooking for them but I’m always hard on myself on the food quality. I get so paranoid that people won’t like what I make or something. Silly, I know!

  5. says

    Huge Duke fan over here. The game was a huge bummer – but, March Madness is right around the corner and it is my most favorite time of the year.

    I tend to get very “animated” during games and as such, prefer not to watch them in public or around anyone except my husband, who learned very early in our relationship to accept my fandom when it comes to Duke basketball.

  6. says

    Loving the loads of veggies to snack on! I don’t follow a team but I love watching any game with people who are really into it… I just pretend I know what’s going on haha its fun

  7. says

    Do you have a recipe for the spinach ricotta dip? I may have missed it. I’m guessing it’s a healthier alternative to the normal spinach/artichoke dip?

  8. Whitney says

    I’m a TAR HEEL fan and obviously enjoyed the game tremendously!!! My fiance (Duke fan), sister (UNC fan), and I watched the game together and needless to say it was intense! haha Nothing better than ACC basketball! :)

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