Stuffed jalapeno poppers

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Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 6:00 am

This year our family was much more interested in NFL football than usual.

Part of the reason is because my third-grader is learning a lot about football in school; his teacher often incorporates sports into some of the kids’ learning activities to help keep them interested. (I like this method. Even if the teacher is a Raiders fan.)

Secondly, the hubby is a longtime Chicago Bears fan and, for the first time in many years, the Bears had a lot to cheer about. You know, up until that last playoff game.

How were the hubby’s loyalties swayed toward the Bears instead of the Vikings? It’s simple; when he reached the age where he started following professional football, the Mike Ditka-led Bears won the Super Bowl.

This was the era of Jim McMahon, William “Refrigerator” Perry and the Super Bowl Shuffle.

But it was Walter Payton who won over the hubby, and he’s been a huge Bears fan since that 1985-86 season. (He’s also a fan of the New York Mets, who won the World Series in 1986. Apparently 1986 was a highly impressionable year for the hubby.)

There haven’t been that many high points for Bears fans in the past decade, which is why the hubby was so excited this season to see what tricks the team’s new coach, Matt Nagy, could pull out of his hat. There were some unique plays, and the team was incredibly enjoyable to watch – especially when they were winning. (It’s always more fun when your team is winning.)

But then they lost in the divisional title game to the Eagles after the Bears’ kicker infamously missed a game-winning field goal, doinking the ball off the uprights. Twice. On the same kick.

We were hoping for a Bears appearance in the Super Bowl, but we’ll still be watching. And if there’s one rule in professional football, it’s that fans need to have good snacks while watching the game.

There are bazillions of jalapeno popper recipes out there, whether grilled, baked, fried, wrapped in bacon, etc. – but these are the hubby’s favorite because he likes the bacon inside the poppers and the crispy cheese on top.

And we’ll be cheering for the Rams. Because if there’s a second rule in professional football, it’s that you should always cheer against Tom Brady’s Patriots.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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