I love a good college football rivalry and there is none better than the Florida/Georgia game held annually in Jacksonville, Florida.

 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.

Many Georgia fans hit the Florida state line and head for Amelia Island, home of Fernandina Beach.

Every Friday before the big game on Saturday, the stores, golf courses, restaurants and bars in NE Florida are packed with fans anxious to celebrate the upcoming rivalry game.

The Plantation Shop at Palmetto Walk

on Amelia Island always has lots of events and special goings-on to entertain the fans.

This Friday, October 26, The Plantation Shop will be featuring a book signing with Loran Smith 11:30-1:30.

Georgia Football Vault by Loran Smith...newly updated Loran Smith is a legend in University of Georgia lore and the tailgating world.  “Smith was Georgia’s first sideline announcer.  He originated the ‘Tailgate Show’ and also originated the coaches locker room show.  He was the executive producer of the ‘Vince Dooley Show’ for over 15 years.  He is a freelance columnist and author, having authored or co-authored more than 15 books.”

This updated version of Georgia Football Vault would make a great gift for any Georgia football fan.  Be sure to stop by The Plantation Shop to meet Loran in person and to get a signed copy for your Georgia football collection!


To celebrate both schools I am including 2 recipes for that old tailgating standby…


Georgia Style

Ham and Cheese Sliders photo by Kathy Miller


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 24 small party buns (or 12 Hawaiian rolls)
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 pound sliced ham
  • 8 ounces Swiss cheese, sliced


  1. Spread the butter on cut sides of bun, reserving 1 tablespoon butter.
  2. Saute the onion in the reserved butter until clear.
  3. Add the poppy seeds and dry mustard.  Mix well.  Remove from heat.
  4. Layer the ham, cheese and a dollop of the onion mixture on half of each roll.
  5. Replace roll tops. Wrap in foil.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Kathy's Comments:  These sliders are perfect for tailgating.  I transport in foil in a Pyrex Portable carrier kept warm with a hot pack.

By KathyMillerTime


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

I think it is fun to take this basic recipe and adapt it for your favorite school.  Here’s a Florida version, celebrating the Cuban sandwich…so popular in Florida.


Florida Cuban Sliders photo by Kathy Miller


  • 12-pack of dinner rolls or Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1/2 pound ham, sliced
  • 1/2 pound fresh pork tenderloin, roasted and sliced
  • 1/2 pound Genoa salami, sliced
  • 8 ounces Swiss cheese, sliced
  • 1 small jar sliced dill pickles (chips)
  • Yellow mustard


  1. Slice the rolls in half lengthwise.
  2. Layer ham, pork, salami, swiss cheese on bottom half of rolls.
  3. Top with 1 or 2 sliced pickles.
  4. Spread mustard on top half of rolls and place on top.
  5. Wrap in foil.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  7. Slice, then serve!


You could try the Tasty method...Place rolls in a pyrex dish instead of foil. Baste with butter and bake. Slice and then wrap in foil to transport to a tailgate. Take to tailgate in a carryall with hot packs to keep warm.

James Miller via KathyMillerTime


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

Game time.  Georgia cheerleaders wait for their team.

Georgia ready to take the field photo by Kathy Miller

Florida storms the field.

Florida storms the field Fl/Ga game photo by Kathy Miller

Georgia responds and the crowd roars.

Georgia responds at Florida/Goergia game photo by Kathy Miller

Another Florida-Georgia Game.

Another Florida/Georgia game...Gator hat photo by Kathy Miller

Or is it Georgia-Florida????

Let me know.

Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels.  I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information on your favorite tailgating spots.

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



  • Vern says:

    Hopefully it will be a good game! (for the Gators)

  • Charlie Albright says:

    Kathy, you are “ killing me “ with the recipes. Love it. Thank you very much. Charlie

    • Kathy Miller says:

      These hammies are really good! Remember you coming to support me at The Plantation Shop with my tailgating prints…wearing your Michigan Cap! Love it

  • Charlie Albright says:

    Kathy, you are “ killing me “ with the recipes. Sandwiches look amazing.

  • Kathy Miller says:

    Thank you Charlie! They are good…James is going to do the Georgia hammies and also another good one…roast beef and havarti cheese ones….

  • Dave Miller says:

    Biggest UF-UG game since 2008. That was a good year. Sliders and Cuban sandwiches are ideal tailgating food., but a bit challenging for a low carb diet

  • Kathy Miller says:

    We’ll just give you a deviled egg or two!

  • Susan Nunn says:

    Wishing your family team all the best ! I share this with two football moms – with a close relationship to the opponent 🙁

    I am going to make the hammies for a Panthers game.

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Know that feeling with rivalry games! The hammies are good! James is also going to make roast beef with havarti cheese sliders….recipe available on my website…signature recipes.
      Thanks for your comment and know you love your Panthers!

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