TWN's Favorite Recipes

A Winning Tailgate Appetizer

It’s football time! Looking for a tailgate snack?

Game Day Spinach Dip


  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch original seasoning
  • 1 packet of Lipton Vegetable Soup dry mix
  • 1 can of water chestnuts (drained)
  • 1 box of chopped frozen spinach (thaw in microwave and squeeze out water thoroughly)
  • Round/oval loaf of pumpernickel (or your choice of) bread.


  • Mix all your ingredients and refrigerate (lasts several days).
  • Cut 1-1/2-inch slice off the top of the loaf of bread.
  • Hollow out the bottom of the loaf of bread
  • Cut or tear the top part of the bread into bite-sized pieces
  • Fill the shell with the dip and serve with bread and veggies.

 *You can use the bread of your choice, but pumpernickel most resembles a football.


Contributed By: Jana Maroney, Marketing & Communications Manager

An Effortless Labor Day Appetizer

Labor Day will be here before you know it! Might as well start thinking about what you’ll bring to your end-of-summer get together. Keep things simple this year and make a charcuterie board. It’s easy, requires no cooking, and is one of the biggest food trends right now. Not sure where to start? Check out our tips below!

Choose your ingredients:

  • Choose 2-3 types of meat – (a mix of mild to spicy)
  • Choose 2-3 kinds of cheese (a mix of soft/hard cheeses and mild/sharp flavors)
  • Choose 2-3 seasonal fruits (a mix of fresh and dried)
  • Choose 2-3 types of spreads (a mix of sweet and salty options)
  • Choose 2-3 types of crackers and/or bread
  • Choose 1-2 extras to fill in and garnish your board (chocolate, nuts, fresh herbs, flowers)

* You can plan for an average of 3-4 slices of meat and 1-2 ounces of cheese per person. Make it Labor Day themed by choosing red, white, and blue items, such as pepperoni, salami, brie, white cheddar, blueberries, dried strawberries, raspberry jam, etc.

Make your board:
Select a board. Start with the larger items and fill in from there. Add any small bowls you may use for spreads. Then, add your cheese, separating them from one another. Place your crackers/bread close to the cheese. Next, add your meat and then your fruit. Fill in any remaining gaps with extra ingredients, such as chocolate, nuts, etc. Right before serving, add your spreads to the bowls.

Contributed By: Aubrey Villines, Marketing Communications Specialist