Is ‘Homegating’ the New Tailgating?

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Elizabeth Heiskell, The Debutante Farmer, Helps Plan a Great Game Day from Home

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “homegating,” it’s time to add it to your playbook. While tailgating is every sports fan’s favorite pastime, taking a trip to the stadium can really add up in terms of time, effort and money. The solution? Homegating. Trading the cold and the crowds for the comfort of home continues to be a growing trend with 60 percent of Americans now preferring to watch sports games from home. And recently, Elizabeth Heiskell, noted chef and author of the new cookbook, “What Can I Bring?”, teamed up with Farm Rich and YourUpdateTV to help plan the perfect homegate gathering.

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One no-sweat game-day recipe is Tacky Tacky Meatballs, a simple, 3-ingredient dish that family and friends will love. All you need is a package of Farm Rich Meatballs, a jar of grape jelly and some chili sauce. Throw them in a slow cooker, let simmer about 3 hours and you’ve got yourself a new game day favorite.

Another fun dish is Sriracha Meatball & Sweet Potato Bites. They sound gourmet, but are really simple to make. All you need are some Farm Rich Meatballs, Sriracha, sweet potatoes and a few condiments.

Of course, it’s not game day without some libations. Try a Bourbon Slush – mix 2 cups of bourbon with 12 ounces of frozen lemonade concentrate, 6 ounces of frozen orange juice concentrate, 6 cups of hot tea and a cup of sugar. Put it in the blender and freeze until you are ready to use.

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About Farm Rich:
Farm Rich is one of the nation’s largest frozen snacks and appetizer brands. For busy parents who want to raise good kids and have happy families, Farm Rich celebrates doing it “your way” with easy, wholesome foods the whole family will love. Take the everyday and make it delicious!

About Elizabeth Heiskell:
Elizabeth Heiskell was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. With her passion for food, fun, and adventure, Elizabeth started her culinary journey with courses at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. In 2011, Elizabeth moved from the flatland to the hills of Oxford, Miss. There, she and her husband, Luke, run Woodson Ridge Farm with a little help from their three girls. Chef Heiskell has prepared food for such notables as the Duchess of York, Former Vice President Al Gore, Chef Thomas Keller, Priscilla Presley and the governors of Mississippi, Texas and Arizona. Elizabeth is a TODAY Show Food Contributor on NBC and appears regularly on the national morning show. Her first cooking book, “What Can I Bring,” comes out in October.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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