Tailgating with Joe Drozda: Time to Write Down Your Thoughts

Easy fudge is an old Christmas-time treat that works for tailgates. (Submitted photo)
Easy fudge is an old Christmas-time treat that works for tailgates. (Submitted photo)

Commentary Joe Drozda and Bob Bley

Mark Twain said, “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well.” We say you’ll forget things the longer you procrastinate about writing them down. So after the last bratwurst is slathered in mustard and the last buffalo wing is enjoyed, it’s time for reflection on the season with its successes, failures and obvious places to make improvements. If you haven’t kept a notebook as the season went along, today is a good day to try to remember things from this season. Here is a simple check list:

  • What items of equipment do you need for next year? Remember tailgating/camping equipment goes on sale this time of year.
  • What equipment that you have needs repair or replacement?
  • What recipes were successful this year and what were not?
  • What was the worst tailgating experience this season and what was the best? Why?
  • Be honest and ask yourself, “What internal promises have I made to myself this season?”

Since you and your companions/family will be out shopping for Christmas and those needed tailgate items while they are on sale, you may want to prepare some old favorite Christmas treat recipes to enjoy on your shopping quest. If you like these treats you can make some more as gifts for times closer to Christmas Eve.

Easy Fudge Recipe


4 cups miniature marshmallows

2/3 cup evaporated milk

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

12 oz. semisweet chocolate pieces

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped nuts


Combine marshmallows, milk, butter, sugar and salt in saucepan. Cook and stir until mixture comes to full boil. Boil five minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add chocolate pieces, beating until melted. Do not over beat, fold in vanilla and nuts, and pour into greased 9-inch square pan. Chill until firm. This will make 2-1/2 pounds.