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It’s the start of school! Bring back the books, the lectures, the.. – wait, hold up – my mistake.

Bring back the FOOTBALL!

One of the most beloved parts of college for many is the chance to gather with friends to cheer on their sports teams. Each victory brings a sense of pride and camaraderie to a school, an intrinsic feeling of joy that cannot be matched.

Let us not forget one important part of the game, however:


We recently asked Stumblers to put together their best dinner party based on recipes and ideas they Stumblednow we’re adding the college twist. We’re inviting our collegiate Stumblers to Stumble upon the best tailgate ideas (recipes, decor, music, etc.), pull them together in one awesome tailgate party and StumbleUpon will pay for your tailgate*!

I gathered some of my fellow twenty-something year-old Stumblers who could still remember our vibrant campuses, late night study (cough, Stumble, cough) sessions, and nap-friendly schedules to Stumble our own tailgate and celebrate the return of collegiate football season.

Stumblers Mccallwood10, Croweboarder, alpalz, and myself Stumbled the Food/Cooking Interest along with the Tailgate Interest in the Explore Box to find some amazing recipes. We got to work in the kitchen, inviting over friends and watching everyone’s favorite teams and games on TV throughout the day.

Stumbling our way to delicious tailgate recipes!

We ended up on Stumbling onto tailgate collections like Tailgating Ideas and Tailgating Recipes and Emeril’s Green Team Tailgate to find some fresh recipes and ideas.

- Our final picks featured sides of a Southwestern Slaw, Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter and BBQ Butter, Guacamole and a fancy twist with Bruschetta with Fava Beans.
- We fired up the grill to make main bites of Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs and Ginger Shrimp Skewers (drool).
- To quench our thirst we had the Ultimate Strawberry Lemonade made with whole lemons. Seems crazy, but gave it a great texture and taste!
- And for dessert Croweboarder Stumbled the night before and made some awesome Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies to provide a sweet end to our meal.

Check out the below pics to see our tailgate cooking and grilling action (almost as exciting as the season opener football games we were watching! ;) ).

The Southwestern Slaw in progress, the final product and a taste test!

One of our many cooking stations. Somehow this…

…turned into this! Delicious Bruschetta with Fava Beans!

Alpalz and Croweboarder manned the grill like pros, turning the skewers and brushing them with BBQ sauce.

Their finished Ginger Shrimp Skewers and Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs were almost too pretty to eat!

Croweboarder was in charge of the awesome Ultimate Strawberry Lemonade and to die for Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our final spread!


Want to host your own StumbleUpon Tailgate Party? Stumble Food/Cooking or Tailgate to get some great ideas and submit them in this form below. We’ll be accepting submissions through the start of the 2012-13 season, so get to Stumbling!

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