Oakland Raiders and Raider Nation: We Prepare, We Get Better

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IISeptember 21, 2009

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 26:  The Oakland Raiders take the field as they walk past Raiderettes before Super Bowl XXXVII against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 26, 2003 in San Diego, California.  The Buccaneers won 48-21.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

It's time to start looking at profiles of strengths and weaknesses. It is time to get ready for next week.

Wake up, clear your head and start preparing, early.

Parallel to what you must do to prepare, some of us in the Raider Nation are already getting ready for victory, again, and again, and again.

Our way of demonstrating that we are in a state of expectation is the building of our Raider Tailgate Cyber-Party.

YOU MUST ADD TO THE MENU. WE LIKE DIVERSITY AND VARIETY.

Here is our menu, in part, for Sept. 27.  Again, we invite you to add to it. Write your menu in the comment section.

Go Raiders!


Raider Tailgate Cyber-Party for Game Three, Oakland vs. Broncos, Sept 27

1. Bret's FRENCH FRIED ONION RING CASSEROLE

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FRENCH FRIED ONION RING CASSEROLE

1 lb. ground beef
1 can French fried onions
1 (1 oz.) pkg. onion gravy mix
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1 1/2 c. water
1/3 c. uncooked rice
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas
1 can water chestnuts (optional)

Brown ground beef and pour off drippings. Blend in gravy mix, garlic salt, water and rice. Bring to boil. Then reduce heat and cover and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in thawed peas and water chestnuts. Continue to simmer until rice is tender. Stir in onions. Serve with soy sauce.


2. Leroy's Veggies

I like a pepper medley: two large green bell peppers, two large red bell peppers, one large yellow bell pepper. Maybe a large poblano and a couple of cubenellos. Just core them, slice them and grill them in a large aluminum pan, coated with oil (I prefer olive oil). Make sure you grill them till those lovely black blisters begin to appear!

I also like to slice a fresh pineapple and about a pound of fresh strawberries and put them on a platter for game day. ALWAYS a big hit; who said we have to grill everything?!?! :-)


3. Raider Card Addict's Crab Pasta

Might toss out a small recipe, simple to make but you can tweak it as needed.
Crab Pasta
2 packages of crab or imitation crab
2 packages of pasta, your choice
1 jar of Heliman's Mayo
seasoning
Cook pasta, until soft, drain and put in separate bowl
Crab flakes work best, add to bowl with mayo, mix
Some people recommend lemon for seasoning, or pepper, again it's up to the cook.
Serves out well


4. Raider Smoked Nachos

Cooked ground beef in pan on outdoor pit.
cut green, red, and yellow peppers
seasoned to taste
arranged in a pan with lime flavored nacho chips.
layered with meat, peppers, three cheeses of your choice
Closed the pit and let it smoke until the chips are light brown.
picante sauce, sour cream, and guacamole as you desire.

5.  Cory's recipe

On the menu from the Carr residence - Homemade chili. This chili will include - 
2 Packs of Sausage - Chappell Hill (Spicy( 
7 Cans of pinto beans 
4 Bags of rice 
3 Lbs. of ground beef 
1 large Bag of Fritos 
3 Bags of graded cheese 
Chorizo ( only if you want)

Season it with - 
Chili Pepper 
Lemon Pepper 
Salt and Pepper 
Meat tenderizer 
Butter

This is a delicious meal served every Sunday when our family watches football games.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD TO THE MENU. ADD YOUR RECIPE