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Bookmarked: The Super Bowl Edition

Welcome back to Bookmarked. In this weekly series, I bookmark things I covet while sharing alternatives I can actually attain in the meantime. This is the Super Bowl edition.

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As one of our country's favorite holidays rolls in (Super Bowl Sunday, of course!), it's important to get the food right. If you're hosting a party, the surest way to satisfy everyone's cravings is to serve off-the-chain-good chicken wings. And chicken wings take a whole lot of love, time, and patience to perfect. The most showstopping element is the sauce — I highly recommend this recipe for homemade Honey Chipotle BBQ sauce. Making your own sauce is extra work, but it's worth it! You'll absolutely taste the difference (and hear the compliments). When you're roasting your wings, you should brush on your amazing, brag-worthy sauce at least every 10 minutes.

I'd love to say I make a good Super Bowl hostess, but as a football-lover and advertising professional, I'm equally invested in the game and the commercials. It's hard to stop yelling at the TV long enough to properly feed my friends...so though I love hosting in general, I think I make a better Super Bowl party guest! I'm happy to bring something to a party, but I want to be posted up on the couch, not in the kitchen. Don't feel shorted that I'm doubling up on content here, but last year, I brought this dip to our friends' house for Super Bowl viewing. It was the first thing to be devoured, and I don't think my boyfriend and I will be allowed in the door this year unless we have it in hand! The dip takes a few steps to make, but is still low maintenance enough not to get in the way of a fun-filled Sunday. It is delicious but rich (shocking, eh?), so I recommend serving with a light, crisp cracker instead of chips.

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