When it comes to sporting events, we’re all about rallying the troops and gathering the pom poms, but really it’s an excuse for a foodie get together.

It doesn’t much matter the team, whether it revolves around engines, goggles or balls, it’s a simple reason to come together and become absorbed in the beauty of human determination and fortitude.

This weekend we’ll be choosing sides, donning our colors, and sitting back to immerse ourselves in March Madness. I’m partial to college basketball. My dad played college basketball, as did my grandfather, and yes, I play a mean game of H-O-R-S-E.

So as the remaining teams battle for the big win at the Final Four and the network entices the not-so-enthralled-fans with the musical medley of  Jimmy Buffet, Blondie, KISS, Avett Brothers and the Black Keys—nothing like throwing a broad blanket on the entertainment picks to try and appease each and every demographic–we’ll be gorging on our go-to game time snack. Clam Dip.

This is a classic dip from my family, and I loved it even as a kid when I picked out the clams and ate only the cream cheese. My family’s recipe is more purist, minus the addition of green onions, but as usual, we’ve made the recipe our own.

G Dawg prefers the ridged Ruffles for dipping, more sturdy a base to pile the dip high upon. My mom and dad always pull out the bag of Lay’s. You never can eat just one. Hammertime.

I prefer my dip chunky but certainly choose minced or chopped clams, depending on your clam-ference. And then, get ready for Nirvana. Or Hammertime. Totally depends on your decade.

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Clam Dip

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 6.5-ounce can of chopped clams, drained and juice reserved
2 green onions, white and green parts chopped finely
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce

1. In a medium sized bowl, mash softened cream cheese with a fork until creamed. Slowly add in half of clam juice while mixing with fork and cream well. Add lemon juice and worcestershire sauce. If mixture seems thick, add remaining clam juice in one tablespoon increments to desired consistency.
2. Add green onion and clams to mixture. Add a few dashes of Tabasco to taste. Serve with potato chips or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

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