Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: Snacks and trolleys on game day

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 04:24 PM

On this Sunday morning, in preparation for all the snacking you might be doing in front of the television this evening, I offer you a hodgepodge of things to grab and go. Let’s start with food.

Ben & Jerry’s announced a new flavor of frozen yogurt, “Liz Lemon” in homage to the now defunct television show “30 Rock.” What would the dairy delightful flavor be for Durham? Would the word “gritty” be in it? I think so. Definitely a diversity of flavors. I think it’s fair to say it would have an equal mix of chocolate and vanilla in it. Bull-shaped fudge pieces or tobacco leaf shapes? Or should we call it Food Truck Chunk?

I tried making pimiento cheese for the first time last weekend. It was a light version, but I found it needed more pimientos. And more Worcestershire sauce. And more things that make it less light. But so tasty! I tried it on a biscuit, which was a decided ‘fail.’ Crescent rolls worked better. What’s your favorite pimiento cheese delivery system?

The Super Bowl held in New Orleans today has me yearning for some fresh seafood. I watch the Disney movie “Princess and the Frog” a lot, so New Orleans was already on my mind. When I saw that Durham is going to have a Bayou seafood festival in April, I cheered the news. I’m hoping the Durham Bayou Festival tour brings fresh seafood with a Durham twist. North Carolina can serve up some Bayou-style food, both in restaurants and in home kitchens. I ate gator for the first time judging a cooking contest at the N.C. State Fair. It wasn’t bad. Those contests also showed me that pimiento cheese can be great, or terrible.

Still on the New Orleans ride, how about some trolleys! Long live the trolley. Or, streetcar if you prefer, as New Orleans does. Just last week, New Orleans introduced a new streetcar. Durham ended its streetcar/trolley service in 1930. Bring back the Durham streetcar! Why is it that vehicles and buildings don’t look as cool as they used to, or last as long? If there’s ever a movement for a Durham trolley revival, consider me on board.

I assume as I write this on Friday that you are reading this is on Sunday, Feb. 3, as opposed to a replication of Feb. 2, Groundhog Day. Although who wouldn’t want to spend another day with Punxsutawney Phil.

Some folks don’t follow professional football except when there are coastal or regional allegiances. For me, that means it’d be nice if the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers win over other teams, generally. As a kid, I picked teams based on mascots, and I still enjoy hearing that the Bears or Dolphins won. Anyway, for those who like college ball, here’s a connection out there for ACC fans of my alma mater, Virginia Tech. Hokie alum Tyrod Taylor could get some play as Ravens quarterback. Todd Washington is a Ravens coach. Washington’s brother T.J. was also a Hokie football player, and dated a girl on my hall freshman year. He was nice. Plus, Ravens are east coast. So, go Ravens!

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan may be reached at: dvaughan@heraldsun.com or 919-419-6563.