March Madness party planner: sweet and savory recipes to match your team

Northern Iowa: Corn Cakes With Fresh Corn and Chive-
Iowa and corn â€" the association is nothing new, but these light and flaky Corn Cakes with Fresh Corn and Chopped Chives give a sophisticated ... more 
Northern Iowa: Corn Cakes With Fresh Corn and Chive-
Iowa and corn â€" the association is nothing new, but these light and flaky Corn Cakes with Fresh Corn and Chopped Chives give a sophisticated spin on everyone’s favorite midwestern crop. Whip up a batch as the Northern Iowa Panthers prepare to take on Michigan State:

Ingredients:
1 fresh ear of corn or 1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup boiling water
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup milk
1 slightly beaten egg
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon snipped fresh chives or cilantro (optional)
1/3 cup dairy sour cream

Directions:
1. Cut corn kernels from cob and measure 1/2 cup. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl stir boiling water into cornmeal to make a stiff mush. Stir in milk until smooth; then stir in fresh or frozen corn, egg, and the 1 tablespoon chives. Add flour mixture and stir just until combined.

3. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium heat. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons into hot oil. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Transfer to a serving platter; cover and keep warm.

4. Repeat with remaining b less 
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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 4:42 PM EST
In case you hadn't noticed the buzz around every water cooler (and sports bar) it's March Madness time again. In honor of the NCAA college basketball tournament and all its dramatic upsets, last-second 3-pointers, and befuddling mascots (Let's Go Gaels! Bring it, Mountaineers!), BHG.com has selected a dish inspired by each Sweet Sixteen School still fighting for a spot in the Final Four. Any favorites we missed? Share with us in the comments!