Tailgating 2013: More Christmas Shopping for the Tailgater

2013-12-13T12:00:00Z 2013-12-18T20:29:39Z Tailgating 2013: More Christmas Shopping for the TailgaterJoe Drozda and Bob Bley nwitimes.com
December 13, 2013 12:00 pm  • 

Joe Drozda and Bob Bley are writing the third edition of The Tailgater’s Handbook which will be published in 2014. Drozda is considered the “Father of American Tailgating” by many including The Wall Street Journal. Drozda and Bley both grew up in NW Indiana and attended Indiana University together.

As we said last week, now is a good time to do Christmas shopping for that tailgater on your list because every merchant seems to have a pre-Christmas sale going. Tailgating gadgets, which are basically camping gear, are marked down further because they are out-of-season. If you think about it, probably the only person that thinks camping gear is in season at this time of the year is someone who wants to try out for that Survivor Man series on TV featuring eight days lost in a Norwegian winter.

During the season, we have given you lots of ideas for neat gifts but visit our web site for an up-to-date list of suggestions, with photos, details, and where-to-buy information (TailgatersHandbook.com). And don’t forget that new aspect of tailgating because we now have far too many noon-starting games – breakfast! (Just try to tell your kids that all games used to start at 1 p.m. - they’ll never believe you!)

Noon games mean we need to start tailgating no later than 10 a.m. and that’s a perfect time, as the British say, for a ”proper breakfast.” And that doesn’t mean just a cup of fast food coffee and a muffin with egg and cheese. The tailgate host gets a chance to shine by offering a real, “just-like-Mom-used-to-make” breakfast with good hot coffee, eggs, bacon or sausage (heck – why not both) and hot biscuits or toast. Such a heartwarming meal is easy if one has the right equipment.

You can brew a great pot/carafe of coffee at your tailgate with a Coleman propane coffee maker. It’s just like your coffee maker on the kitchen counter, only powered by propane instead of electricity. Then there’s the Coleman two-burner stove and oven, which also works on propane and easily packs into your car. Its oven holds baking-dish size items on two shelves and the burners are just right for two skillets. Buy your tailgater one of these and you’ll see smiles all around for seasons to come.

For either tailgating or that big shopping day, here’s another bar recipe.

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