It was a Steeler's Superbowl

My first mistake was mentioning I was a Cardinal's fan. This put my best friend Nancy, a Pittsburgh native and Carnegie Mellon graduate, in overdrive. Although we were watching the game at her home and we always share the responsibilities of planning and cooking the meals, I was benched.
I was told she wanted to do it all herself. Hmmmm....... My suspicions were further raised when I suggested that we set up a buffet and eat at halftime. She insisted this was going to be a sit down dinner. For the freakin' Superbowl? This did not make sense. Chili made sense.
When I arrived before the kick-off, I entered the Steel Curtain. Terrible Towels, yellow and black streamers, yellow paper plates, black plastic flatware....not an ounce of red in sight.
I was asked to assemble the salad. Butter lettuce. Yellow beets. Yellow tomatoes. Yellow bell pepper. I suggested red bell pepper and Nancy rebuffed. It was her refusal to include anything red in the salad that finally tipped me off. Not only were the decorations limited to yellow and black, the food was going to be limited to yellow and black! I made a run for the red bell pepper but Nancy, in her best James Harrison impression, intercepted.
She really scored with the dinner:
Steeler's salad.
Yellow corn and black bean relish.
Roasted Yukon gold potatoes sprinkled with black lava salt.
Gold cauliflower garnished with chopped black olives.
Mario Batali's roasted quail.
Bonus points here because the quail is Pennsylvania's state bird.
You gotta know Nancy, that wasn't enough, she was going for the big play, renaming the dish and presenting it as:
"Roasted Cardinals laid to rest on a bed of black rice surrounded by Yukon Gold potatoes."
The quail, er, Cardinals were served on their backs in defeated repose. Delicious and succulent they paired and punned perfectly with with the Iron Horse 2006 pinot noir.
Although it was tough to see Arizona lose, I was grateful that Nancy's Steelers made it to the Superbowl this year instead of Guy's Raiders. Black and silver food would be even tougher to take.

Mario Batali's recipe for roasted quail, Quaglie Con Carciofi, can be found in his book MOLTON ITALIANO: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home.