Finally, a week filled with excitement and anticipation for Revs fans! Between the addition of USMNT player/heartthrob Benny Feilhaber through the MLS allocation process and the unveiling of a new jersey sponsor, the parking lot (and the internet) were buzzing in the lead-up to this game.
To cap off the week, we were treated to a big win at home. And, miracle of miracles, the rain held off long enough for us to savor the win. This may be coming from the swooning teenage girl inside of me, but I'd say that both Benny Feilhaber and Rajko Lekic made an instant positive impact on the Revs' offensive energy. Considering both were involved in scoring plays, my impish giddiness can't be totally misguided.
Expecting heavy rain and a generally uncomfortable parking lot experience, Asphalt Kitchen brought it's pregame tailgate indoors. On the menu: Tangy Mustard Coleslaw (recipe below) and Ruined Homemade Veggie Burgers. The burgers were part of a test-run for Asphalt Kitchen's first large-scale catering job at the upcoming American Outlaws Tailgate for the US v. Spain game on June 4th. Stay posted for more on these as the big day draws near. And be sure to come taste them at the tailgate in June! For now:
Tangy Mustard Coleslaw
Adapted from Cooking Light, June 2008
1/2 head green cabbage, finely shredded
1/2 medium-sized red onion, thinly vertically sliced
2 carrots, grated
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
salt and black pepper to taste
1. In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, mustard, mayonnaise, and spices.
2. Add cabbage, onion, and carrots. Toss well to coat.
3. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Stir immediately prior to serving.
This 'slaw was easy to make and had just the right amount of kick for me. It tasted excellent served alongside Ruined Homemade Veggie Burgers...even if we had to cook them in a frying pan and eat them while seated at a proper dining table.
On the plus side, since our carload of fans ate at home prior to arriving at the tailgate, we were left with plenty of time for trash can soccer and general parking lot tomfoolery.