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(This story was published in 1999).

Cyd lost a bet to Jim over the 1998 Super Bowl - the payment was a complete breakfast of Jim's choice on opening day of the 1999 season. Chef Cyd, being an exceptional cook, prepared a complete menu with a separate dish from every team. Every day this August we'll give one a different recipe from that menu for your own enjoyment.

NFC WEST

NEW ORLEANS FRENCH TOAST
French toast with glazed pecans and light syrup.

In a large shallow bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tspn. pure vanilla extract, and 1/2 tspn cinnamon. Soak six bread slices in the egg mixture, 1 slice at a time, for about 30 seconds, then transfer to a tray or baking sheet; don't oversoak. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a pan or griddle. Add the bread to the skillet and cook over moderately low heat, turning once, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Melt another 1/4 tbsp. of butter between each slice. Remove from heat. Mix together 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup melted butter and 1/2 cup chopped pecans until sugar is completely melted. Pour over French Toast. Serve with light syrup.

ATLANTA PEACH & PECAN PANCAKES
Peaches that have been soaked in cinnamon are combined with pecans in this Georgia classic.

Prepare two large peaches by peeling and slicing them into a bowl. Add 1 tsp. cinnamon and 2 tsp. sugar and mix gently. Let sit one hour. With fork, mix 2 cups of pancake mix with 2/3 cup water, 2/3 cup milk, and 1 egg. Mix in sliced peaches and pour in excess juice. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Heat greased pan or griddle on medium heat. Pour mix until you've reached the size of the pancake you want. Cook until bubbles break on surface and edges just begin to dry. Flip over pancakes. Cook another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove. Serve with pecan syrup.

THE KANDREEKY’S FAVORITE
An egg-white omelet stuffed with white chicken breast, spinach, and Provolone cheese.

Separate 4 egg whites into a bowl. Mix well. Set aside. Cube 4 ounces of chicken breast; cook on medium-high heat until cooked through; set aside. Cookseveral spinach leaves on high for 2 minutes. Drain; set aside. Pour egg whites into a pan on medium-high heat. When edges are hard, flip eggs over. Add chicken and spinach to one side of the omelet; cover with 2 slices Provolone cheese. Fold omelet. Remove from heat. Serve.

ST. LOUIS SCRAMBLE
Avocadoes exported from California, scrambled with monterey jack cheese and egg whites.

Separate 4 egg whites into a bowl. Mix well. Set aside. Take 1/4 avocado and 2 ounces low-fat monterey jack cheese and cut into small pieces. Pour egg whites and cheese into a pan on medium-high heat. Scramble while cooking. Add avocado for last 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Serve.

FORTY-NINER FRENCH TOAST
French toast made with thick slices of sourdough bread, topped with syrup.

In a large shallow bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tspn. pure vanilla extract, 1/4 tspn. nutmeg and 1/2 tspn. Soak six thick slices of sourdough bread in the egg mixture, 1 slice at a time, for about 45 seconds each, then transfer to a tray or baking sheet; don't over soak. Spray non-fat non-stick spray in a pan or griddle. Add the bread to the skillet and cook over moderately low heat, turning once, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Melt another 1/4 tbsp. of butter between each slice.
Remove from heat. Serve with syrup.

NFC CENTRAL

PASTER'S PREDICTABLE OMELET
Koo Koo Roo chicken and Koo Koo Roo broccoli are folded inside a light egg- white omelet (From our friend who loves the Vikings and Koo Koo Roo chicken.)

Break 4 eggs into a bowl and mix with a whisk. Pour into non-stick pan on medium high. Cook until hardened on the sides. Flip over. Add 1/2 cup Koo Koo Roo broccoli and 3 ounces Koo Koo Roo chicken to one half of the omelet; fold over other half. Cook another 60 seconds. Remove from heat. Serve.

DA BEARS KIELBASA
Polska kielbasa fried in a skillet with onions and peppers. Served with eggs optional.

Slice 1/2 onion and 1/2 green pepper; set aside. Heat pan on medium high heat. Split 1 pound kielbasa down the middle and cook in pan, flipping every 3 minutes until cooked through. Put on low heat and add peppers and onion. Cover. Cook for 10 minutes, removing cover every two minutes to turn kielbasa. Remove from heat. Serve.

“BARRY”LESS PANCAKES
Buttermilk pancakes with your choice of fruit (but no “barries” allowed).

With fork, mix 2 cups of pancake mix with 1 cup water, 2/3 cup milk, and 1 egg. Heat greased pan or griddle on medium heat. Pour mix until you've reached the size of the pancake you want. Cook until bubbles break on surface and edges just begin to dry. Flip over pancakes. Cook another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove. Slabber one small pat of butter on each pancake. Serve with syrup.

TAMPA BAY TANGERINE JUICE
Fresh squeezed Florida orange-tangerine juice, with a twist of tangerine.

NFC EAST

SEHORN SAUSAGE
A 9” sausage grilled with two tomatoes, served with a light cream sauce.

Gill a 9" sweet chicken sausage until cooked through. Grill two small (but not too small) cherry tomatoes for five minutes. Remove the sausage and tomatoes from the grill. Place the sausage on a plate with the two tomatoes at one end of the sausage. Drizzle 2 tbsp. low fat ranch dressing over the sausage and tomatoes. Serve.

CELLAR-DWELLING SIDES - PHILLY
Your choice of any two side-orders: turkey sausage, bacon, melon slices, bagel, or toast.

REDSKIN SPECIAL
Yellow corn pancakes with cranberries and pure maple syrup.

With fork, mix 2 cups of pancake mix with 2/3 cup water, 2/3 cup milk, and 1 egg. Blend in 2/3 cup frozen corn and 1/3 cup whole cranberries. Heat greased pan or griddle on medium heat. Pour mix until you've reached the size of the pancake you want. Cook until bubbles break on surface and edges just begin to dry. Flip over pancakes. Cook another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove. Serve with pure maple syrup.

COWBOYS OVER-THE-HILL OMELET
Aged cheddar is shredded with diced aged ham and folded into eggs whipped with aged white wine.

Break 4 eggs into a bowl and mix with 1/8 cup aged white wine with a whisk. Pour into non-stick pan on medium high. Cook until hardened on the sides. Flip over. Add 1 ounce aged cheddar cheese and 1 ounce diced aged ham to one half of the omelet; fold over other half. Cook another 60 seconds. Remove from heat. Serve.

ARIZONA MAC & CHEESE
A brunch special, you can make your own homemade mac and cheese but the boxed variety is faster and cheaper.

1 pound ground beef
1 med. tomato diced
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 cup corn sliced jalapenos (as much or as little as you like)
1 cup shredded cheese. cheddar or taco cheese (your choice)
1 package taco seasoning
3 boxes mac and cheese.

(This one serves a lot of people)
Prepare the mac and cheese as normal prepare the ground beef as stated on the taco seasoning package add the diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, and jalapenos to the beef and let it simmer for about 5 -7 minutes. Mix the beef and Mac and Cheese well and put in an oven safe dish. Top with the shredded cheese some diced tomatoes and jalapenos (for style) Bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree pre heated oven then broil for 1 minute to make the cheese nice and bubbly serves 6 - 8.
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AFC WEST

AL DAVIS WAFFLE
L.A.? Oakland? Wherever he decides to take his team, these waffles are as fruity as that wacky Raiders owner.

Beat 2 cups pancake mix with 1 1/3 cups milk and 2 tbsp. vegetable oil with wire whisk. Pour about a sixth onto greased hot waffle iron. Bake about 5 minutes or until steaming stops. Remove carefully and put waffle on plate. Add fruit (recommend blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries, bananas). Serve with syrup.

CHIEF'S CHOICE
It doesn’t get more Midwest than this: steak and eggs, served with Heinz ketchup.

Grill a 16 oz. steak for about 30 minutes for medium; less for rare and more for well-done. Also fry 3 eggs on medium-high for a minute on each side. Garnish together on a plate with parsley. Serve with Heinz ketchup.

DENVER OMELET
Omelet with ham, green bell peppers and cheddar cheese.

Break 3 eggs into a bowl. Mix well. Set aside. Combine 1 ounce diced cooked ham, 1/3 cup sliced green bell peppers, and 1 ounce sliced cheddar cheese. Pour eggs into a pan on medium-high heat. Cook until edges are hardened. Flip. Add ham, peppers and cheese to one side of the egg, then fold egg in half. Cook another 60-90 seconds. Remove from heat. Serve.

SEATTLE’S BEST
A grande drip.

Head to your local Starbucks (there's one near you, we're sure). After waiting in line (be prepared for 10 minutes of waiting), tell the barrista (that's the guy behind the counter) you want a "grande drip." Be sure to get a "glove" for the cup, so as not to burn yourself. Add sugar and/or milk (optional). Sip carefully, as it may be hot. Enjoy.

SAN DIEGO HUEVOS
Huevos scrambled with tortilla chips, chili peppers, jack cheese, and pollo.

Break 3 eggs into a bowl. Mix well. Set aside. Take 1/4 pound chicken breast and cut into small pieces. Cook chicken over medium-high heat until the pieces are cooked through. Remove from heat. Dice in small pieces 1/2 tbsp. chili peppers and 1 ounce jack cheese. Set aside. Pour in all ingredients plus 3/4 cup tortilla strips into pan on medium-high heat. Scramble while cooking. Remove from heat. Serve.


AFC CENTRAL

BALTIMORE BENNY
English muffins topped with crab, poached eggs, and a special hollandaise sauce.

For Hollandaise Sauce:
4 egg yolks
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped shallot
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons water
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups clarified butter

For Eggs:
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
8 eggs
6 oz Cooked crab
Thinly sliced Fresh chives

Eight English Muffin halves

The Hollandaise Sauce - In a stainless-steel bowl, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, shallot, vinegar and salt. Place over (not touching) simmering water in a pan and whisk together continuously until the mixture is a pale lemon yellow and falls in thick ribbons when the whisk is lifted, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the water and cayenne. Then, while whisking continuously, slowly drizzle in the clarified butter until all of it has been used and a thick emulsion has formed. Cover and keep warm.

The Eggs - Pour water into a large frying pan to a depth of 3 inches and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat so the water is just below the boiling point. Add the salt and vinegar. One at a time, crack the eggs into a small ramekin or tea cup and gently lower into the water. Work as quickly as possible so that all the eggs will cook in about the same amount of time. Cook until the whites are firm but the yolks are still soft, 3-4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a paper towel-lined platter to drain. Trim away any straggly strands of egg.

Toast English Muffins.

Place Muffins on a plate. Put an egg on each half. Pour Hollandaise Sauce over each egg. Serve.

.500 TENNESSEE TOAST
One of the chef’s specialties, cinnamon swirl bread is half-cooked with his special egg-based sauce.

In a large shallow bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tspn. pure vanilla extract, 1/4 tspn. nutmeg and 1/2 tspn cinnamon. Soak six cinnamon swirl bread slices in the egg mixture, 1 slice at a time, for about 30 seconds, then transfer to a tray or baking sheet; don't oversoak. Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a pan or griddle. Add the bread to the skillet and cook over moderately low heat, turning once, until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Melt another 1/4 tbsp. of butter between each slice. Remove from heat. Serve with syrup.

PITTSBURGH PANCAKES
Hershey’s chocolate chip pancakes covered in melted butter, Hershey's cocoa powder, and syrup.

With fork, mix 2 cups of pancake mix with 1 cup water, 2/3 cup milk, and 1 egg. Blend in 1 cup Hershey's chocolate chips. Heat greased pan or griddle on medium heat. Pour mix until you've reached the size of the pancake you want. Cook until bubbles break on surface and edges just begin to dry. Flip over pancakes. Cook another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove. Put small pat of butter on each pancake. Garnish with Hershey's cocoa powder. Serve with syrup.

FLAPJACKS ONVILLE
Chef Cyd’s special flapjacks, with orange juice blended into the mix, with bananas.

With fork, mix 2 cups of pancake mix with 1 cup water, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup orange juice and 1 egg. Add 1 banana (sliced). Heat greased pan or griddle on medium heat. Pour mix until you've reached the size of the pancake you want. Cook until bubbles break on surface and edges just begin to dry. Flip over pancakes. Cook another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.

CLEVELAND (HASH) BROWNS
Browned garlic mashed potatoes.

Peel 3 large potatoes. Boil in water until a knife slices into them with ease. Remove from heat and drain. Mash potatoes with 1/4 cup milk, 1 1/2 tbsp. crushed garlic and 1 tbsp. butter. Mash until no potato lumps are left. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Melt 1 tbsp. butter in pan. Cook mashed potatoes, breaking and flipping occasionally, until crisp and golden brown. Remove from heat. Serve.

TONY’S BENGAL SPECIAL
Start with Tony the Tiger’s favorite, Frosted Flakes, and top it off with a Tiger’s Milk bar.

Take large bowl and add 2 cups of Frosted Flakes. Pour in 1 1/2 cups milk. Remove Tiger's Milk bar from packaging and set on plate. Serve.


AFC EAST

LUCKY HORSESHOE PANCAKES
Pancakes made in the shape of a horseshoe, with cinnamon and nutmeg - an autumn favorite.

With fork, mix 2 cups of pancake mix with 1 1/3 cups water, 1/3 cup milk, 1 egg, 2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. Heat greased pan or griddle on medium heat. Pour in an exaggerated horshoe shape being sure not to let the mix all come together. Cook until bubbles break on surface and edges just begin to dry. Flip over pancakes carefully so they do not break. Cook another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve.

DOUBLE BUFFALO BREAKFAST
An omelet with buffalo mozzarella and juicy buffalo.

Heat sprayed pan over medium high heat. Cook 1/4 cup ground buffalo until browned. Break three eggs into a bowl and blend with a whisk. Heat sprayed pan until drops of water sizzle upon contact. Pour eggs into the pan. Cook until edges are cooked through. Place 1/4 cup shaved buffalo mozzarella and ground buffalo on one half of the omelet; fold omelet. Cook another 60-90 seconds and serve.

NEW YORK MIDWEEK BREAKFAST
Two original glazed Krispy Kreme donuts and cup of coffee.

Get in a cab and tell da drivah to take ya to 265 West 23rd Street. Once you arrive, pay drivah. Stand outside the Krispy Kreme store and look around at some of the guys passing by, just to get your fill - you'll be in Chelsea, after all. Wait until the "Hot Doughnuts Now" sign is lit. Try not to push everyone in line ovah, but wait patiently for the line to move. Once at the countah, order "two glazed and some coffee." Pay cashier. Enjoy.

DOLPHIN SAFE BREAKFAST SANDWICH
An open-faced sandwich with wheat bread topped with a light tuna salad, fried eggs, and cheese.

Toast two pieces of wheat bread; set aside. Put one drained can of tuna into a bowl and add 3 tbsp. chopped celery, 1 tbsp. chopped walnuts and 2 tbsp. mayonnaise. Mix with a fork; set aside. Heat sprayed pan until drops of water sizzle upon contact. Break two eggs separately onto the pan. Cook until edges are hard; flip. Cook another 60-90 seconds. Remove from heat. Place the bread pieces next to one another on a plate. Spread tuna salad on each. Add 2 slices of provolone cheese - one on each sandwich. Add one egg to each piece of cheese. Serve.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PANCAKES
Pancakes are stuffed with blueberries from Maine and drenched with Vermont pure maple syrup (can also be made with Cape Cod cranberries).

Recipe:
With fork, mix 2 cups of pancake mix with 1 1/3 cups water, 1/3 cup milk, and 1 egg. Blend in 1 1/2 cups of Maine blueberries or Cape Cod cranberries. Heat greased pan or griddle on medium heat. Pour mix until you've reached the size of the pancake you want. Cook until bubbles break on surface and edges just begin to dry. Flip over pancakes. Cook another 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with Vermont pure maple syrup.