A Hunky SUPER BOWL Party!

With the big game this weekend, I tried to think of how my dad and my uncles would have celebrated the event at a Super Bowl Party if they were alive today! With that thought in mind, aside from the washtub full of ice and beer, consider celebrating what we hope will be a decisive STEELER victory this Sunday. The recipes are simple and are just the type of food our dads would enjoy while watching!! Be sure to check out the video at the end of this post. God love HUNKYS!

Easy Cabbage Roll Casserole

  • 1 ½   lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ t. freshly ground black pepper
  • 7 ½ oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 oz can condensed tomato soup undiluted
  • ½ cup long grain rice, uncooked
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1/3 cup tomato juice or water
  • Sour cream

Cook ground meat onions, salt and pepper until browned. Drain. Return to heat adding tomato sauce, water and ½ can of the tomato soup; mix well. Stir in the rice until combined.

Place half of the meat mixture in a lightly greased slow cooker, then half of the cabbage. Top with the remaining meat mixture and remaining cabbage. Stir together the remaining tomato soup and tomato juice. Pour over the meat and cabbage. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high from 4 to 6 hours, until bubbling and heated through. Serve with sour cream.


Kielbasa Appetizers

Ingredients – try using the turkey kielbasa, no fat and great tasting

  • 18 fluid ounces beer
  • 1 (18 ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 pounds kielbasa (Polish) sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces Directions

Combine the beer, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard in a large skillet over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low and add the kielbasa. Simmer until kielbasa is browned and glazed, about 1 hour.

Ham Roll Up Recipe

As long as I can remember “occasions” where we would gather to eat, there was always ham roll ups. Always a favorite for the men, women, and children alike, this ham roll up recipe is a sure winner!

You need:

  • 1 lb of sliced ham (you can use inexpensive packaged ham, like we do, or get the deli to thin slice it for you.),
  • 1–8 oz package of cream cheese
  • finely chopped green onions to taste
  • 1 Tbsp of Garlic powder


  1. Soften your cream cheese and add your green onions, garlic powder and Accent.
  2. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture on a piece of ham, then roll it, and cut into bite sized pieces. Usually one roll = 3 bite size pieces.

**Tip** If you’re using pre-packaged ham, dry each piece of ham between paper towels before spreading cream cheese mixture on them.


Horseradish Cheese Ball

2 – 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1 cup dried beef  ( I just use all the beef that comes in the jar or bag)

It does say make day before:

In a small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in horseradish, celery salt and onion salt; mix in dried beef. With hands shape mixture into ball; wrap and refrigerate until firm.


Chipped Ham Barbeque

The most difficult part of this recipe is trying to make any Deli Counter or Butcher outside of the Pittsburgh area understand what you mean by chipped ham. Chipped ham can be described a processed ham luncheon meat, chopped ham that is sliced razor thin through “chipping” the meat loaf against a commercial meat slicer blade, setting the slicer to “0, ” the finest setting. You will need to instruct the person behind the counter to do this. YES, they WILL look at you as if you are crazy, but the fact that you have face painted yourself with Steelers black and gold designs, they really have a point!


  • 1 pound of chipped ham (aka chipped chopped ham)
  • ½ – 1 cup ketchup (any will do, HOWEVER, to be a true  Duquesne hunky,   Heinz is the definitive choice!)
  • 2 Tbsp jelly (any flavor will do) 
  • 3 Tbsp margarine or EVVO

 Sautee chipped ham in a skillet until slightly browned. Add jelly and stir until dissolved. Add ketchup until the ham is coated and saucy. Simple, quick and great!



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6 Responses to A Hunky SUPER BOWL Party!

  1. Colleen Byrne Travis says:

    The boys had to fold and stack the chairs, but the girls had to wash trays! How about the boys cleaning erasers in the back of the school. I think they had eraser fights on that back porch. They came back into the classroom covered with chalk. Meanwhile, the girls were “doing the boards”. Daily, they were wiped with a damp cloth and on Friday they were sprayed with some greasy stuff ???? It didn’t hurt any of us one bit. Can you imagine if your kid came home from school and told you that she had to wash lunch trays????? We all had chores. There was a boy to close the windows. Girls to dust ( God knows it had to be done daily because of the mill). A girl had to dust Sister’s desk and cover it. In third grade, we had Sister Marie Ursula, a sweet lady. However, she was quite over weight. Dean Bradley was in charge of putting on her boots because she was too fat to do it herself.! We said our end of the day prayer and parted to our “church line or the bank line”. Some sisters called it “up street line and the down street line”. Sometimes they called the down street line the “clock line” because of the clock at Duquesne City Bank.

  2. irene (taczak) stang says:

    Please include me in these great emails of Duquesne

    • Jim says:

      Hi Irene,
      Thanks for reading my blog. I am so happy that you are enjoying them. If you would like to be notified of new postings, you can easily subscribe to my blog. At the top of each page in the right hand column, you’ll see a Email Subscription area. Just click in that area and enter your email and you’ll be able to get the updates whenever posted. Keep reading!!
      Jim Volk

  3. Barry Long says:

    I HUNG up my ALOHA Steelers shirt. There are quite a few Fans here in Honolulu. One fan Fred Ventura,has one room with nothing but Steeler stuff in his home. I gave him some extras i had. The Sports Illustrated football C.D. & book was lost between Honolulu & Seattle so they sent another. When I came back to Oahu my mailman found the original at the postoffice & delivered it, so I gave them to Fred. When I go back to Seattle every summer I give the mailman a 5th of booze so he won’t lose any mail. I guess it payed off for Fred

  4. Lou A. says:

    Ever old, ever new: updated polka just for yunz!

    Go Stee-Lors!

  5. Joanne Matthews says:

    Your cousin, Joanne, likes your blog.

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