“With a Call in Raider Radio Talk Show in the Works; Raider Fans Talk About What They Do in the Off Season”

“With a Raider Radio Talk Show in the Works; Raider Fans Talk About What They Do in the Off Season”

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“With a Raider Radio Talk Show in the Works Let’s See What Raider Fans Do in the Off Season”

I thought it would be fun to get to know some of the Raider fans that I like to talk to or read about on Twitter, websites and Facebook.  I wanted to know what they did during the off season without football.

I also wanted to thank so many of you for your support; with my 2 political and sports twitter pages I now have over 30,000 Twitter followers from over 100 countries and its growing fast.  (@jimjaxmedia is the sport page) My followers include fans of all teams. Celebrities, athletes, and sportswriters.

I’ve been approached to do my own radio show and I’ve agreed.  It will mostly be for Raider fans to talk NFL and the sports news of the day.  We will also cover any hot topic that people want to talk about.  We are also lining up guests as we speak, but for the most part this is for you.

It will be a safe place for all Raider fans to participate online, or to call in and get their voice heard and have some fun.  Doesn’t matter if you have few social media followers, or many of them.  There will be no Facebook drama or control freaks telling you what to say; no pressure or childish blocking; just fans of all levels, ages and sexes coming to a safe, fun place to come to and talk Raiders and the NFL.

You can vent, applaud, or express what you want.  I want to keep it somewhat family friendly though so everyone can listen.  I also want to interview interesting fans as well as promote fan sites and facebook pages or any pro Raider causes that people are involved with.  This show is for you.

Tentatively we are testing it and it will probably be on an hour after Raider games end, as well as one show during the week.  I’m beyond excited to give everyone a voice!  We are looking to launch the week before the NFL draft!  I will keep websites posted when the time comes.  Instead of FUBU (for us by us) it will be For you, by you.  Can’t wait to hear your voices.

Now here are some of the fans that responded and told me what they do during the year when football is in the off season.  (I’m sensitive to privacy and only used the names the commenting people agreed to)

Mike Yokum:

I’ve been a fan since 1970 and it’s a 24 hour a day passion for me.  In the off season I get reacquainted with my wife first.  Since August I’ve lead a campaign to get Ken Stabler into the hall of fame.  I spend much of my time doing this and I’m always looking for help at it.  I also collect Raider memorabilia and have a vast collection from the 1976 Super Bowl team to hall of famers to some of the present players.  I keep in touch with the happenings of the draft and free agent signings and also keep abreast of the latest actions of the Biletnikoff Foundation and the Stabler Foundation.

Cisco Ortega:

I’m a lifelong Raiders, A’s and Warrior fans so I’m busy all the time.  I’m active in several groups including SOS (Save Oakland Sports) and I’m doing everything I can to support the City of Oakland, the teams, and the fans to keep all of the sports teams in Oakland, especially the Raiders.  I’m involved with Raiders.com and I also oversee several Raiders Facebook groups.  There is never a dull moment for me and there really isn’t much of an off season.

 

Fatima Rivera:

I keep track of what is happening with the Raiders but I also like to catch up watching my favorite tv shows like the Walking Dead.  I  like to hang out with friends and family as well.  I really LOVE to cook too.  I look forward to next year with all of the changes ahead.

Dr. James S.

I get a chance to spend time on my boat with my wife and kids.  I really don’t spend much time worrying about the draft or signings but I do get excited every August because I know I will be going to the games soon.

Tiffany Richards:

I don’t spend much time on the Raiders during the off season.  I’m spending time with friends and family and work more to pay for college.  I like to go to A’s games and work on my tan!  I get back into it during the pre-season.

Ralph (twitter Ralph):

I like to hang out with family and friends and enjoy the summer.  I love to watch the NBA because I don’t think much is on tv.  I also like watching the NFL draft and free agent signings to see what the Raiders and other teams do in the off season.

Tim Castro:

I run “Raiders Homeport” which is a Facebook Raiders page.  I spend countless hours posting photos, news, stories and other items that are only seen on the site.  I am retired and I enjoy being a Mr. Mom watching my daughter grow up here in West Virginia.  I’m a football junkie and made my first mock draft at 12 years old.  I love collecting topps cards and I have most cards from 1972 on.  I love talking football and sharing rumors and other stories online with fans on Facebook which is a year round activity.  I love the NFL draft and talking rumors and possible signings too.

Frank Loera:

I’m a big Dodgers and L.A. Kings fan so that keeps me busy.  I also love NFL pick ups and trades and the NFL draft is like Christmas morning.

Jay Vega:

I always keep up on Familia; whether it’s news articles, debates, or just making fun of the other 31 teams.  Oris & I also watch our SF Giants and SJ Sharks and argue basketball; with him being a Warrior fan and me a Laker fan.  Raiders are #1 and there is always free agent or draft news happening.

Will Platzek:

I do a lot of research with college players and free agent signings, or anything that has to do with the Raiders and the NFL.  I also keep up with the A’s and the Warriors.  I have 5 kids, my girlfriend, my ex wife and I do respite care for my parents so I’m a busy guy.  For me I’m a year round fan from Alaska!

Ceacar Brown:

First Jim I’d like to thank you for your contributions on our Facebook page, Oakland Raiders Talk. For me football season never ends I check newsfeeds from the first thing in the morning till I go to bed at night looking for any scrap of Raider news. That’s the reason why I started this page because most fans are casual, and don’t see all the small stories.

Jane Smith:

I follow football stuff during the off season. I do somewhat watch other sports. Tennis a little. Tour de France in July. No baseball really. I’m a single mom of three teenage kids. We camp and hike during the summer. Lots of hanging out and bbqs around our pool. We have the hang out spot a lot of time which I like. I’m big on cookin and entertaining. We also love beaches and the nor cal coast. Our family plans this year are Half Moon bay and Monterey Bay. For sports that I play: golf and snow ski in Heavenly once in a while. We just kind of enjoy family company and being together.

Matty Harrison (United Kingdom)

I watched my first NFL game when I saw my parents watching it in 1983.  Ever since then I’ve been hooked.  It was a novelty to them back then but now I watch it and they ask me why I still do.  The NFL isn’t that big here in the UK but I keep up with it by watching Sky Sports or the NFL network online.  Totally legal of course (ahem).  I like to follow the latest news on twitter and also look at the NFL website and various Facebook fan pages.

Kevin De’Juan:

I’m a huge sports fan. My focus shifts to college basketball. Once that’s over, its baseball season for me.

I don’t play video games as much as I used to, but Madden is my game. Football is always at the forefront because its my favorite sport.  I also oversee various Facebook pages.

Britney Johnson:

I love taking time off of and spending time at the beach with friends and family.  I also do some cross fit contests or performances and teach dance and cross fit.  I’m a new fan to football and the Raiders so I’m still learning about it but I love to go to the games.

Here is to a great off season to fans of the NFL everywhere and thanks to all that shared!  Please also don’t forget to sign the Ken Stabler for the hall of fame petition. It will take one minute and it will support the greatest Raider quarterback of all time.  Thank you!  Jim

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/541/199/738/petition-to-induct-ken-stabler-into-the-pro-football-hall-of-fame/

“In Honor of Skip Thomas Birthday, The Raiders Soul Patrol. The Greatest Defensive Backfield of All Time”

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There will never be a defensive backfield like the Oakland Raiders Soul Patrol of the 1970’s ever again.  They were the most intimidating and greatest group of all time.

The cornerback position has become a finesse position, with little to no physical play.  Back in the day though, many teams broke the mold with very physical play.  The Oakland Raiders set the standard for it.

The 70’s will always be remembered as the greatest era for the NFL.  It’s the era when there were many great teams and great quarterbacks.  Television helped make the Super Bowl become a must see event.  Teams like the Raiders, Steelers, Dolphins, Chiefs, Cowboys and Vikings made this a decade of excellence.  The Steel Curtain, the No Name Defense, and the Purple People Eaters are all revered names in NFL lore.  When the Steelers met the Raiders in the mid 70’s, there were no less than 22 hall of fame coaches, owners, and players on the field at one time.  That will never happen again.

The wide receivers of the 70’s never get their due because their numbers weren’t the pinball numbers of today.  In today’s NFL, if you exhale near a receiver it is a penalty.  In the 1970’s it was literally survival of the fittest.  They had to worry about the great physical play of the era and you could not be a wide receiver unless you could go over the middle. I’ve seen pass interference penalties in today’s game where a defensive back literally brushed by a player.  The rules are so comical now that records are being broken almost weekly.  The 70’s on the other hand was an extremely brutal and tough era, and the most talented and toughest defensive backfield of them all was the Soul Patrol in Oakland.

The center of the sporting world in the 70’s was Oakland California.  In 1975 a team lead by superstar Rick Barry silenced all the east coast and their writers by sweeping the Washington Bullets for the NBA title.  The Oakland A’s dynasty had an amazing 3 straight World Series Championships beating national league royalty in the Dodgers, Reds, and NY Mets.  And then oh by the way, for a 25 year stretch the Raiders were the winningest team in all of sports with several division titles, and 3 Super Bowl wins.  No city ever had so much success in such a short time.

The Soul Patrol embodied what the Oakland Raiders were all about.  They were tough, borderline dirty, intimidating and extremely confident.  Each member played their role and they roamed the NFL like a pack of wolves.

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George Atkinson Jr.:  (“Butch” 6’ 0”; 180 lbs.)

There may have never been a tougher Raider than George Atkinson.  Listed as 6 feet tall, many say it was more like 5’ 10” but no one had the guts to tell him that.

Atkinson was an intimidator that roamed the field like a lion ready to pounce.  He was the trash talker of the group often seen taunting and intimidating players that were much bigger than he was.  He once broke Russ Francis nose with a vicious forearm hit, and his hits against Lynn Swann of the Steelers are a part of NFL history.  He had blazing speed and in fact still holds the single game record for punt return yardage for the Raiders at 205 yards.

Atkinson took it very personally when someone tried to block him low.  He learned from Tatum to go after a Wide Receiver if they tried to hit their knees or ankles.  In some films you can actually see Raiders defensive backs going towards blockers to actually hit them after they tried to hit them low.  All time great Paul Warfield once said when you went over the middle against Oakland and didn’t account for Tatum and Atkinson, you would not be in the game long without being carried off the field.  Against the run, he could go through blockers and make amazingly hard tackles.  If you ran wide against the Raiders, their DB’s would make you pay.  Atkinson loved to make players pay.

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Willie Brown:  (6’ 1”; 195 lbs.)

Amazingly Hall of Famer Willie Brown was never drafted when he graduated from Grambling St.  He was signed by the Buffalo Bills who cut him and then he was picked up by the Denver Broncos.  He soon became an all star but was traded to the Raiders in 1967 where he played for the rest of his career.  Unlike the other 3 members of the soul patrol, Brown was fast, graceful and laid back.  He wasn’t a talker but a great defender who was a shut down corner. He had good size and played the run very well, but he was a master of the bump and run, man to man game that the Raiders loved so much.  His famous interception in the Superbowl with the great announcer Bill King’s call of old man Willie is as famous as any highlight NFL films has.

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Skip Thomas CB (Dr. Death; 6’ 1”; 205 lb.):

In a day when cornerbacks were just as important in attacking the run as they did the pass, Skip “Dr. Death” Thomas role was to make everyone that came near him remember that he hit them.  What is funny is he was nicknamed Dr. Death by Raiders great Bob Brown who said Skip Thomas looked like the cartoon character Dr. Death.

Skip Thomas was a vicious tackler who was the king of the clothesline tackle.  Many times his padded arm was seen knocking the ball out of wide receivers hands.  When he hit people, sometimes he would actually launch his whole body and his arm swung like a Russian sickle.  It was intimidating, violent and sent the message to not come his way.  He had a two year stretch of 6 interceptions per year.  Due to the great talent of Willie Brown, teams would try to pick on Skip Thomas and usually the results were not good.

People forget that in the Super Bowl, Minnesota moved their fine wide receiver Sammy White around so that Thomas mostly guarded him in the first half.  White didn’t  catch a pass in the first half and Thomas was on him like glue.  As the great Raiders announcer Bill King once said, the Raiders have 3 safeties.

Sadly he passed away in 2011 at the age of 61, but he will always be remembered for his talent, toughness and personality as one of the great members of the Soul Patrol.

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Jack Tatum Safety (Assassin; 5’ 10”, 205 lb.):

During the Super Bowl break, the NFL show with Cris Collinsworth was discussing players that should be in the hall of fame, and to a man they all said the same name.   Chris Berman and many others kept bringing up one man; Jack Tatum.

He may have been the most intimidating force in NFL history this side of Dick Butkus. Sadly he was mentally saddled with the hit on Darryl Stingley which paralyzed him for the rest of his life.  Many close to Tatum said he really never got over it up to his death in 2010 at the age of 61.

Earl Campbell said no one ever hit him harder than his touchdown run where he and Tatum hit head on.  Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton said he thought Tatum knocked Sammy White’s head off in the Super Bowl hit that Tatum laid on him when the Raiders dominated the Minnesota.

I remember a story that Ahmad Rashad told.  He said that days before the Vikings were to play the Raiders in the Superbowl, Tatum had walked into a room where the Vikings were relaxing.  Tatum walked into the closet and just stood there for a couple of minutes.  He then walked out of the closet and left.  Rashad said that not one Viking laughed or said a word until they saw Tatum walking out of the building.  Rashad said that it was a mind game of intimidation and he said it worked.  He said, “we laughed; we just made sure Tatum couldn’t hear us”.

Tatum was a linebacker playing safety.  He also was dominating against the run and would take on guards and tackles at any given notice.  Many game films show Tatum chasing blockers trying to hit them before the blockers would try to block them.  Tatum was vicious, fearless and ready to hit anyone.  He epitomized the great physical play of the day, and what the Raiders defense always tried to do; stop the run and make the quarterback go down, and go down hard. With a good pass rush, the Raiders defense was hard to beat as was seen in their dominance.

With today’s rules there will never be hits and aggressive play like the Soul Patrol did.  Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers pretty much do as they please and the Soul Patrol would not be allowed to do what they did best; intimidate, make plays, and be legends.  In the most physical era, the Soul Patrol was like a pack of wolves ready to take down any sized prey.  They remain the greatest defensive backfield of all time.

“Who is Ken Norton Jr. and Why The Raiders Should be Excited About Their New Defensive Coordinator”

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“Who is Ken Norton Jr. and Why the Raiders Should be Excited About Their New Defensive Coordinator”

After much speculation, Ken Norton Jr. was hired as the Oakland Raiders Defensive Coordinator today.

Norton Jr. is the kind of coaching hire that is exciting.  An excellent player in college and in the pro’s who loves football.  He has proven that he really wants to be a coach by paying his dues first being a linebackers coach at USC, and then following Pete Carroll to the NFL in the same position for the Seattle Seahawks.

He is a charismatic person, who was a jokester as a player.  He was very serious on the field though, priding himself in stopping the run and being tough and physical.  Pete Carroll’s philosophy is to rush the passer and stop the run and that is right up Norton Jr.’s alley.

When he played, Norton Jr. famously would celebrate big plays by getting into a boxing stance and pretending to spar.  This was in honor of his father, boxer Ken Norton Sr. who was one of the few to beat Muhammad Ali.

Some Raider fans may remember him as being the player; along with San Francisco 49ers Bryant Young; who tackled Napoleon McMcallum and caused his horrific knee injury.  When Norton Jr. knew McCallum was hurt, he famously would not move allowing people to attend to him.  Other than Joe Theisman’s injury, it was the worst that was ever seen.

Norton has had a long history of coaching pro bowl linebackers.  He helped Seattle’s Bobby Wagner become one of the best in the NFL and at USC, he was credited for mentoring many quality future pro bowl linebackers including Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews III, Rey Maualuga, Lofa Tatupu, Dallas Sartz, Keith Rivers, and Kaluka Maiava.

His style of coaching is very aggressive and physical; a take no prisoners style that is intimidating.  The Raiders have talented linebackers and if they can shore up the defensive line and stay healthy, the front 7 can change the fortune of the Raiders very quickly.

If you look at the quick turn arounds of teams in recent history, it is due to the front defensive 7.  Teams like Seattle, San Francisco, and Arizona have turned around their fortunes the last 5 years due to the great defensive pressure they put on offenses.  If you can rush the passer with 4 players, and stop the run, you will have an elite defense.

I’m not a retread guy; I’d rather have a young, exciting and hungry head coach with no coordinator experience who has a proven track record of success, over a 15 year veteran coach who rarely succeeds or has average success.  Norton Jr. has won at every level as a coach, and as a player and he can bring a winning mindset that is also needed.

The Raiders have had serious issues the last 12 years but with Norton Jr., this is a big time hire that won’t make much publicity.  I think with the additions of Mike Tice and Ken Norton Jr., they will begin to instill a physical toughness that has been needed in Oakland for a long time.  The Raiders and their fans should be excited about this one.

 Coaching History:
University of Southern California (2004–2008)
Linebackers CoachUniversity of Southern California (2009)
Linebackers Coach/Assistant Head CoachSeattle Seahawks (2010–2014)
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Oakland Raiders (2015–present)
Defensive Coordinator

“A Good Day to be an Oakland Raider; Tim Brown & Ron Wolf Elected Into Pro Footballs Hall of Fame”

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“A Good Day to be an Oakland Raider; Tim Brown & Ron Wolf Elected Into Pro Footballs Hall of Fame”

With the addition of Tim Brown and Ron Wolf, the Raiders again showed the football world the greatness and importance that the Raiders franchise has in the history of the NFL.

Tim Brown was a great high school football and basketball player. Although he played on some of the state of Texas’ worst high school football teams, schools like Oklahoma and Notre Dame recruited him. He chose Notre Dame.

At Notre Dame he quickly gained the nickname of “Touchdown Timmy” with his great playmaking skills. Tim could do it all scoring on various plays including runs, receptions, kick off returns and punt returns. In 1987 he became the first wide receiver to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He would prove to be as valuable for the Raiders once he was drafted with the sixth pick in the 1988 NFL draft.

After a great rookie season with 43 catches and leading the NFL in most punt and kick return statistics, Brown had a terrible knee injury that made him miss his sophomore campaign. When he came back, he did not have the same blazing speed, but it forced him to become a better receiver. He became a student of the game and learned the intrinsic things needed to take him to the next level including proper route running techniques and body positioning.

In 1994 Brown and Al Davis weren’t seeing eye to eye and he stated in an interview that he was prepared to leave. He signed an offer sheet with the Denver Broncos but the Raiders quickly matched it. After his sophomore season, Tim Brown never missed another NFL game playing almost every season for the Raiders.

Tim Brown was a constant reminder that hard work and talent together creates greatness. He now takes his rightful place among other great Raider pass catchers like Fred Biletnikoff and Dave Casper. The only hope is that Cliff Branch soon is added to the list.

If you say the name Ron Wolf, most Raider fans will shrug their shoulders.   In reality though he may be the most important figure in the almost 3 decades of Raider dominance in the NFL.

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Al Davis made Ron Wolf his right hand man, and for 23 years he created an empire in Oakland. As a scout, Al Davis found out quickly what a great evaluator of talent Ron Wolf was.   He became the Player Personnel Director and was in charge of the Raiders drafts. Al Davis and Ron Wolf had a formula for success. Rush the passer, have a strong physical running game, and throw the deep pass. When both were asked once why they didnt share game films with other teams, they both would say, “Why would we? We know more than everyone else.”

Many writers, and ex coaches and players close to the Raiders said Al Davis listened to one guy; Ron Wolf.  In a famous story that John Madden likes to tell on his local CBS radio commentary, he tells of a brittle kneed quarterback named Ken Stabler. He was being evaluated for the NFL draft.   Most NFL experts didn’t have much confidence in Stabler being a good NFL player. Many said Stabler’s knees were like a 70 year old man and it would be pointless to draft him with a high pick. Al Davis asked all of the people in the Raider draft room if they should pick Stabler. They all said no. Al finally asked Wolf. Wolf paused for a second and nodded and said yes. Al Davis drafted him and the rest is history.

Famous picks that Al Davis gave credit to Ron Wolf for including Stabler, Jack Tatum, Gene Upshaw, Art Shell, Howie Long and Marcus Allen.

Ron Wolf went on to the Green Bay Packers. A team that was being compared to the Cubs for their years of losing play. Wolf hired Mike Holmgren to coach, traded for Brett Favre, signed Reggie White, and shored up the team with solid drafts and they won the Super Bowl.

Wolf was perfect for Al Davis. He was quiet, didn’t want publicity or credit and wanted to be behind the scenes while Al Davis enjoyed being out front and in the limelight.   Together they created an amazing team that will never be duplicated.

Both of these inductees were vital parts of the great tradition of the NFL and Raider football. Today is a good day to be a Raider.

 

 

“Be the Talk of the Party With This Fast, Easy & Delicious Roasted Red Pepper Hummus”

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Lightning Fast Roasted Red Pepper Hummus:

I’ve been making hummus for years.  It is very easy and inexpensive to make a large batch and it tastes so fresh and good.  I use the roasted red bell peppers in a jar that you find in the olives section in the grocery store as a cheat.  Once you eat this you will never buy it in a store ever again.  Use your imagination and create your own recipe.  This recipe takes 2 minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 can of chick peas/garbanzo beans (15 oz) (drained and rinsed but it’s optional)
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (lime juice can be used too)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed to taste
  • 1/2 cup -3/4 cup roasted red peppers (to taste) I use the peppers in a jar.
  • Pinch of Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION:

I like to drain and rinse the beans because I don’t like the liquid in the can.  In a food processor, put the garlic in and mince it or crush it by hand and add into the container.   Then add the bell peppers and give 2-4 pulses.  Now combine the rinsed beans, tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil.  Process it to the desired consistency.  After putting it into a bowl for serving, dust with a pinch of parika.  For a kick, put a pinch of cayenne before processing.

Put it in a bowl on a plate, and surround it with vegetables and pita or flat bread.  You will impress your friends and family with this fast and classic staple that will be the talk of any gathering.  After eating this you will never buy store bought again!  Enjoy!!!

Tips and Variations:

For garlic hummus, use 3-5 cloves of crushed garlic to taste instead of the roasted red bell peppers.  You will knock the socks of your guests.

Use the Hummus instead of mayonnaise for a tangy treat in your sandwiches.

You can also go non traditional.  Slice up a baguette or use any type of French bread if you don’t have pita bread.  Slice it and crisp it in the oven to create a texture difference.

Use with any type of cracker.  The hummus is an amazing addition do sandwich roll ups.

I’ve heard of some people using it on their eggs, and I have two friends who are addicted to using it on their hamburgers and dipping French fries in it!  I’m not going to judge.  Enjoy it the way you like it.  Remember, use your imagination!

“Delicious, Fast & Easy Super Bowl Party Wraps”

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Fast and Easy Party Wraps:

If it’s a gathering or party, you may want to double up some.  Mix and match ingredients or put your own flare into these easy to make treats.

You can use flavored tortillas or flavored wraps.  To add a naughty touch, add a few strips of bacon before rolling them up.  Enjoy!

Ingredients: 

2  3 oz. packages of cream cheese

12 thin slices of tomato or cucumber

12 large spinach leaves or rocket (americans call it arugula)

4 8-10 inch flour tortillas or wraps (any flavor)

2 tbsp. of chives (optional)

2 tbsp. of dill (optional)

Thin Slices of ham, roast beef, turkey, Salami or chicken (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

This makes enough for 4 for a meal, but you can halve or double the recipe for parties.

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, chives and dill until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread about 1 tablespoonful over one side of each tortilla. Layer with tomato and spinach; spread with remaining cream cheese mixture.
  2. Roll up tightly; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Unwrap and cut each into four slices.

“Be The Talk of the Super Bowl Party With This Easy & Delicious Salsa”

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James’ Jammin Salsa:  (SUPER FAST!)

-1 (28-ounce) can whole chopped tomatoes, drained well (found in tomato sauce section of grocery store)

-1 red or white onion, cut in quarters

-1 Serrano or Jalapeno chili (more if you want; or do a different chili)

-1 clove of garlic (you can use more or omit it)

-Small or large handful of cilantro leaves, washed (more or less to taste)

-juice of one lime with some lime zest

-salt, pepper to taste

Optional:

-1 bell pepper, orange, red or green (optional; I don’t like peppers lol)

-1 Shalot

-Pinch of Cayenne pepper

Put the cilantro, seeded chili, and garlic in food processor and pulsate a few times to the size that you want.  (Taste the chili to see how hot it is.  Each chili will vary in heat.)

Other than the tomatoes, place all other ingredients in the food processor to desired size.

Finally, add the drained tomatoes.  ONLY Pulse a few times because if you over do it, you will create a froth and ruin the texture of the salsa.

Tips:

-Use any chili’s that you want.  Remember with Jalapeno’s that they very greatly in hotness.  One will be super hot and one will almost be like a bell pepper.  Take a small piece on the tip and taste first.

 -You can add anything that you want.  A touch of oregano, a little chili flake, chili salt, or anything that you’d like.

 -For easy guacamole, take a cup of the salsa and add a cup of avocado.  Add a juice of a lime with a little zest.  Easy, fast and so good.

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