Whether you live for football or think Peyton Manning is the best forward the soccer community has seen in years, who cares? The best part about the first Sunday in February is not who wins or loses, or even the borderline- amazing commercials you will see. What really matters is that this is the first reason since the ball dropped to plan a party.

Let’s face it, we need this winter to end now. The weather has taken us from social butterfly status to 'why can’t we all just be bears and sleep until Spring?' The cold has gotten us down and out, but it's time to put your party planning shoes back on and be with good friends, eating good food.

The friends part is out of our control (we're sure each and every one of you has a slew of wonderful people in your lives, so get 'em on the phone!) but what we can help with is the good --no, great--food. Below are two amazing recipes thate take Super Bowl snacks to another level  and preparing them won't stress you out-- (the game will be stress enough).

Still sticking strong to a healthier 2014? Then the turkey meatballs are the way to go. turkey meatballs Makes 18- 22 meatballs 

What you'll need:

Sausage Bites

3 oz creamy gorgonzola cheese

1 lb turkey Italian sausage with fennel seed

½ cup Italian style bread crumbs

½ onion grated

1 egg white

Salt to taste


Dipping Sauce: ½ cup raspberry preserves ⅛ cup balsamic vinegar 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard Pinch of red pepper Pinch of Salt

Follow these instructions, and voilá!

Are Sundays your cheat days and you want to take full advantage? Bacon-wrapped potato bites are where it's at.  bacon wrapped tatos Makes about three dozen bites

What you'll need:

1 pound small or medium red potatoes 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon olive oil Freshly ground pepper 12 ounces to 1 pound thick-cut bacon 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream 1-3 teaspoons hot sauce Salt and pepper


Click for cooking directions & enjoy!

You always have to stretch before a big game, right? Think of  Sunday as a great way to loosen up your hosting muscles and gear up for a fun year ahead!