The Third Saturday In October Always Means The Tennessee/Alabama Game

The Third Saturday in October celebrates the college football rivalry between the Tennessee Vols and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

We are lucky to have this game to look forward to as many SEC teams are in a bye week.  Both Florida and Georgia have this Saturday off as they prepare for their annual FLORIDA/GEORGIA game in Jacksonville, Florida… A neutral site with half the stadium wearing orange and blue and the other half wearing red and black.

Texas A&M coming off a win over the Gators will rest up before taking on Western Division rival Mississippi State.

This Saturday, I will be turning my attention to the Tennessee/Alabama game in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Tailgating On The Quad is a special experience.

The Quad is a large 22 acre green space at the heart of the University of Alabama’s campus.  It is anchored by the President’s Mansion on the south.  Most of the campus  burned during the Civil War.  The President’s Mansion was spared due to the efforts of the president’s wife, making it one of the oldest buildings on campus.

The President's Mansion The Quad, University of Alabama campus photo by Kathy Miller

Denny Chimes, the famous bell tower,  is on the Quad.  Captains of the football teams have placed their hand and foot prints in cement at the base of Denny Chimes.

Denny Chimes on The Quad, University of Alabama photo by Kathy Miller

The Gorgas Library anchors the north end of the Quad.  The band plays from the library steps before marching to the stadium.

Gorgas Library on The Quad University of Alabama photo by Kathy Miller

On game days The Quad is home to hundreds of tents, fans, good food, drink and lots of fun.  (I love this barbecue guy.)

Alabama fan and his BBQ photo by Kathy Miller

No cars are allowed on The Quad.  Tents, chairs, tables, grills, food and drink are dropped off or hand carried in.  I saw several people dragging wagons with barbecue and all the fixings.

wagoning BBQ and all the sides to The Quad game day photo by Kathy Miller

Friend and Alabama fan Myra Jeffrys gave me this Big Al Guacamole recipe.  The red pepper gives it a unique twist.  I also like to add a little jalapeno for added kick.

Guacamole with Jalapeno and tomatoes photo by Kathy Miller


  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup small cherry tomatoes (cut in quarters)
  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Coarsely mash avocados.
  2. Stir in lemon juice.
  3. Fold in remaining ingredients.
  4. Seal in an airtight container with a piece of plastic wrap against the surface of the guacamole. Keep cool.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips.


Kathy’s Comments...The fresh thyme and red bell pepper give this guacamole a fresh twist.

By Myra Jeffreys via KathyMillerTime


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A few weeks ago I gave you Tennessee fan, Joy McCabe’s Parmesan Rosemary Wafers, perfect for tailgating.

Parmesan and Rosemary Wafers photo courtesy Joy McCabe

Parmesan Rosemary Wafers

Serving Size: 24 wafers


  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons water, if needed


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment place butter and mix until creamy.
  2. Add the parmesan, flour, salt, rosemary, and pepper and combine.
  3. Add water, if needed, one tablespoon at a time until dough just comes together.
  4. Dump the dough on a lightly floured board and roll into a 10-inch- long log. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to harden.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Cut the log crosswise into ¼ inch thick slices. Place the slices on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 22 minutes or until just golden. Makes about two dozen wafers.
Joy's Comments: These homemade cheesy wafers, made with fresh rosemary, Parmesan cheese, and a little cayenne pepper for just the right amount of heat, are quite the delicious treat. They can be prepared ahead and frozen, and since they thaw quickly, these Parmesan and Rosemary Wafers can be ready for any impromptu gathering. Perfect with a nice glass of iced tea or your favorite cocktail.

From the Kitchen of Joy McCabe
Via KathyMillerTime


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If you don’t have time to make these from scratch, which happens to me all the time, try Mamie’s Famous Cheese Wafers which come in a roll in the freezer section.  I buy them at The Cashiers Farmers Market, my favorite farmers market!

And at most Fresh Market locations!

Mamie's Famous Cheese Wafers photo by Kathy Miller

Mamie's Famous Cheese Wafers photo by Kathy Miller

I love football season…which happens to coincide with leaf season…the best of both worlds. Check out next week’s post about leaf season in the mountains with a football tailgating twist, of course.

Watch for more tailgating recipes.

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










  • Myra Jeffreys says:

    Hey Friend ! As always I continue to enjoy your blogs. I printed the wafer recipe. They look delicious ! We won’t be at the game, we’ll be with family in Birmingham, but I’ll be thinking about you ! Take care and please tell Dave and the family hello for us ! RTR !

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Thank you my friend! Always remember our good time at the Alabama Florida game. And always love sharing your recipes. Go Vols!

  • Dave Kempf says:

    Roll Tide!

  • Paul & Rosalind says:

    Us Georgia dawgs Will be pulling for Tennessee Saturday. Loved your recipe for big Al’s guacamole. Love the mountains at leaf time. Cashiersfarmers market our favorite also. We will get together

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Oh you made my day! Vols are having a tough time this year, but my heart bleeds orange….and I appreciate your love for the Georgia Dawgs! This is what makes college football so special… We love our teams and yet love all the traditions of our rival schools. You are the best!

  • Lisbeth (Powers) Cease says:

    Just ran across your blog and some fabulous recipes and great writing! Would love to reconnect and…. visit next time you are back in Birmingham!

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