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Hey there,

Well, well, well...gooooodbye January! Hellllo February! It's time for flowers and chocolates but more importantly, slam dunks and three-point contests! 🏀(Incidentally, February is also my birthday month so that's cause for celebration)! 

As it has in year's past, this year's NBA All-Star Game falls on Valentine's Day Weekend (Feb. 14-16) and this year it's taking place in the Windy City, Chicago. (February in Chicago?! Not if I don't have to! Brrrr!!!) If you're like me and would rather be somewhere warmer than Chi-Town in the winter, you can follow along with all the upcoming All-Star events on TNT.

This week's newsletter features include: 

  • The Shawn Marion of Sloppy Joes 
  • The Dirk Nowitzki Philly Cheese Steak
  • The Best Cookies for Dunking
  • Greatest Slam Dunks of All Time
  • My All-Star Eats with Seth Meyers

Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day, All-Star Weekend or bothand whether you're Team LeBron or Team Gianniswe're pretty sure we've got you covered. Have an awesome week and an even better weekend! 


All my best,
Daina

RECIPES: All-Star Eats

"There is no love sincerer than the love of food."
George Bernard Shaw
Sloppy Joes

The Shawn Marion of Sloppy Joes
Some people call it a Manwich, but technically, that's just a brandname of sauces that go on a Sloppy Joe. We much prefer the scratch-made approach to get the most bang for your buck (and tastiness) when cookin' up a Sloppy Joe.

 Why We Love This: 
When you combine sloppy, ugly and messy, you get the beloved Sloppy Joe. (Find the recipe here). Some say Shawn Marion's jump shot was about the same: Sloppy-looking, a bit messy. But hey, it seemed to get the job done well enough.

PRO TIP: To truly get into the Sloppy Joe spirit, you've got to re-watch (we say re-watch and not watch because this is a classic and you've been kidding yourself for decades if you haven't seen it yet) this amazing Adam Sandler and Chris Farley skit from 90s SNL (when it was good). "Well me and Sloppy Joe got married. We got six kids and we're doing just fine. Down in Luuuuuunch Laaaaaady Laaaaand..."

P.S. If this is your first introduction to 90s SNL, you're welcome.

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Philly Cheesesteak

The Dirk Nowitzki Would-Be Philly Cheesesteak
Thin, well-marbled steak is best when it comes to the embodiment of Dirk Nowitzki as a sandwich. (And no, we're not calling him fat). We suggest this kind of meat because the steak needs to cook rather quickly, but also remain nice and juicy to the last bite. Sirloin or rib eye is recommended for making this bad boy at home. 

 Why We Love This: 
Fast food cheesesteaks might as well be made of rubber cement, but a true, authentic Philly cheesesteak is a thing of delicious, delicious beauty. We love authentic recipes because they stand the test of time. They've got staying power. And in that, they remind us of Dirk. Twenty-one years as a Maverick? That ain't bad. 

PRO TIP:
We vote provolone as the cheese of choice in this recipe, but we'll never begrudge you some good ol' Cheez Whiz. It'll withstand nuclear winter, which makes us wary, but hey, you do you! 😉

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Dunkable Cookies

Our Favorite Dunkable Cookie...
Our food of choice for the Dunk Contest? Cookies, of course. It's the closest we'll ever get to actually dunking in real life. 🤣 So when it comes to cookies, sure, Oreos are quick and easy and most certainly popular thanks to some genius advertising when we were kids. But we've got our eye on an assortment of shortbread cookies, chocolate biscotti, and mini-chip crescents (photo above) when it comes to this year's cookies and milk NBA action. 

 Why We Love These: 
Softened butter, cream cheese, sugar, shortening, semisweet chocolate and shredded coconut are the staples behind these delightfully dunkable mini chocolate chip crescent cookies. This Wisconsin-born recipe looks amazing and only takes a few minutes in the oven to wow your friends...and your own taste buds.

PRO TIP: Want to zhoosh up the cookie? (Yes, we had to Google how to spell that QEFTSG Carson Kressley buzzword). Simply toast up some nuts or more shredded coconut until they're golden brown and then sprinkle atop your cookies! 

 

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Hungry for more eats & drinks inspiration?
Check out these recipes on our website
 below!

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MORE ALL-STAR RECIPES HERE!

GOOD READS: Superman Dunks & More!

Dwight Howard Dunk

The Greatest Slams of All Time
Since the NBA Slam Dunk Contest began, fans have had front row seats to a truly incredible show. Some of the best athletes in the world are finally given a platform to show off their talents with creative, earth-shattering slam dunks.

 Our Take:  In the late 2000s, props (and costumes) were all the rage at the Slam Dunk contest. We remember when Dwight Howard tossed on a Superman cape and took to the skies. Other top dunkers on our list include Dr. J, Spud Webb, Vince Carter, and, of course, Michael Jordan.
 

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The 2020 Slam Dunk Roster
For the first time since 1988, the Slam Dunk Contest returns to Chicago. Last time, Michael Jordan took home the glory, but this year, fans should look out for Dwight Howard, Aaron Gordon, Derrick Jones, and Pat Connaughton.

 Our Take:  Howard won the contest back in 2008, but we fully expect (and hope) these young guns give him a run for his money. 

PRO TIP: Connaughton is the underdog here, so we've got our 🤞fingers crossed 🤞he can bring the heat from Milwaukee (which, come to think of it, isn't super far to bring the heat from, after all). 
 

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Valentine's Day + All-Star, a Match Clearly Made in Heaven... (Umm, or Not)

Love & Basketball on Seth Myers
This isn't the first time the All-Star weekend has lined up with Valentine's Day on the calendar. Not too long ago, our very own Daina Falk broke in the Late Night with Seth Meyers' Kitchen. (She was, in fact, the very first person to use the new studio's kitchen). The holiday mismatch jokes flowed and Daina and Seth got to cooking some delicious New Orleans-inspired recipes for every Valentine- and NBA-lovin' couple in America. 

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