Florida/Georgia tailgate Bowles & Pillans photo by Page Teahan

I love a good college football rivalry and there is none better than the Florida/Georgia game held annually in Jacksonville, Florida.  This year’s game actually falls on October 31…Halloween!

 Equal number of tickets are allotted to each school.  The stadium is evenly divided; half Florida fans, half Georgia fans, making for one of the most exciting game day atmospheres in the country.

 The Florida Georgia game is always a huge event in Jacksonville, but especially on Amelia Island.  Many Georgia fans stay on Amelia Island and the atmosphere is very festive.

 In celebration of the Florida/Georgia game we gathered two Amelia Island Plantation couples to show us how to throw a good tailgate.

South Island Living magazine recently featured this tailgate.  Written and styled by KathyMillerTime.

Photos by Page Teahan Photography.

Paul and Rosalind Bowles are long time Georgia Bulldog fans.

Georgia fans, Paul and Rosalind Bowles photo by Page Teahan

 Both attended the University of Georgia.  Paul received a BBA and served on The Alumni Board of Georgia Business School.  Rosalind is an Athens native and always took fried chicken livers to her tailgates.

Paul regaled me with the story of Georgia’s most memorable play…Buck Belue to Lindsay Scott in the 1980 Florida/Georgia game.  With Georgia backed up on their 8 yard line and time running out (1:35 time remaining), quarterback, Buck Belue faked to Herschel Walker then threw to Lindsay Scott hoping to get a first down.  Lindsay caught the ball and proceeded to run down the field trying to get into field goal position.  After he ran a few yards he thought, “Hell, I can take this thing to the house!” and did just that;  scoring a touchdown to win the game.  Revered Georgia radio play by play announcer, Larry Munson shouting “Run Lindsay!” became one of the most memorable sports commentary.

Larry Munson Week – Run, Lindsay! from The UGA Vault on Vimeo.

Georgia won the National Championship with a Sugar Bowl win over Notre Dame.

Rosalind shared her famous Fried Chicken Livers.  They are delicious!!!

Rosalind Bowles' Fried Chicken Livers photo by Page Teahan


  • chicken livers (found in the frozen section in Harris Teeter)
  • buttermilk
  • vegetable oil
  • self rising flour
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Soak the chicken livers in buttermilk the night before.
  2. Fill fryer 1/3 full of vegetable oil. Heat to 400 degrees.
  3. Remove chicken livers from refrigerator and drain.
  4. Place self rising flour, salt and lots of pepper in a brown paper sack.
  5. Place the chicken livers in sack and shake to coat with flour mixture.
  6. Fry in batches 10 minutes.
  7. Place on paper towels to remove excess oil.


Rosalind places in a basket lined with red napkins for her Georgia Bulldogs, but use your favorite team's colors.

By Rosalind Bowles via KathyMillerTime


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

Every tailgate should have a good deviled egg.  Rosalind’s are delicious and have a twist.  She uses dill pickle relish instead of sweet pickle relish.

Deviled eggs photo by Page Teahan


  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of black pepper


  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Cover with 2-3 inches water.
  2. Bring to a boil. Cover.
  3. Remove from heat, and let stand 20 minutes.
  4. Drain immediately and fill the saucepan with cold water and ice.
  5. Peel under cold running water.
  6. Slice eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks.
  7. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Add relish, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir well.
  8. Spoon yolk mixture into egg whites. Garnish, if desired.


Roasaline uses dill pickle relish instead of sweet pickle relish.

By Rosalind Bowles via KathyMillerTime


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

 Charlie and Judy Pillans are avid Florida Gator fans with Charlie earning his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Florida.

Judy and Charlie Pillans toast the Gators photo by Page Teahan

For many years they sat in the Touchdown Terrace section at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.   They attended many Florida/Georgia games and always a “night before” party of Gator faithful.  Charlie always wore his straw boater hat to this party.  His hat is unique.  It is ladened with his ticket stubs from every Gator game attended.

Charlie Pillans Gator ticket straw boater photo by Page Teahan

Judy attended the University of South Carolina, but has been a true Gator fan for years.  She shared 2 easy to make and transport cheese logs.

If you are a smoked oyster fan, this one is delicious.  I am!

Smoked Oyster cheese log photo by Brian Gilbert


  • 8 ounce cream cheese
  • 1 can smoked oysters, drained and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix mayonnaise and cream cheese together.
  2. Add salt, Worcestershire and onion.
  3. Spread about ½ inch thick on waxed paper.
  4. Chill for a little while.
  5. Spread chopped oysters on top. Roll like a jelly roll. Chill.
  6. Roll in fresh chopped parsley. Serve with crackers.

By Judy Pillans via KathyMillerTime


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

The black pepper adds a little zing to this Ranch Dressing Cheese Log.

Ranch Cheese Log photo by Page Teahan


  • 1 8ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (the dried dressing mix, not the dip one)
  • Black pepper-fine grind


  1. Soften cream cheese.
  2. Blend in ranch dressing mix.
  3. Chill for a little while and then shape into a log.
  4. Roll log in finely ground black pepper until completely covered.
  5. Serve with crackers.

By KathyMillerTime


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

 Judy also got into the tailgating spirit with a beautiful spinach mold, topped with orange bell pepper in honor of the orange in Florida’s orange and blue.

Spinach mold with orange bell peppers photo by Page Teahan

We had such fun planning this tailgate!  The Bowles and Pillans shared many Florida/ Georgia memories and some of their special school paraphernalia.

Bowles and Pillans celebrate FL/GA game tailgate photo by Page Teahan

The cute bulldog was a hit as was Rosalind’s chocolate chip cookies.

UGA bulldog and chocolate chip cookies photo by Page Teahan

And Charlie’s special hat!

Drinks were served and the food was devoured!

Rosalind and Judy photo by Page Teahan

Let me hear from you!  Your favorite school, your favorite mascot, your favorite recipe!

A special thank you to our photographer, Page Teahan.  Please visit Page’s website…click here  (always click on my orange!)

Thank you to Brian Gilbert, South Island Living, and and Tyler Gilbert for their photography help.

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Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels.

Come celebrate with me. I’ll save you a seat at the table.







  • Trish Dooley says:

    Loved seeing this piece about two couples whom I cherish. And to think you featured the Georgia/Florida rivalry which is always such a fun time, no matter what side you pull for! Great job

  • Dave Miller says:

    You must watch and listen to Larry Munson’s call of the Lindsay Scott catch and run linked by Kathy. It is one of the all time best college radio broadcast calls ever. Larry Munson and John Ward (Tennessee) were the best in their trade and truly allowed you to “see” the plays on radio.

  • Sue Braddock says:

    Great story involving two great couples!

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