It is a whole lot easier to go to Memphis to see a baseball game than traveling all the way to Saint Louis and a whole lot less money. But it is still cheaper to go to the TV set and turn on "The Game" and have the cook or cooks of the gathering head to the kitchen or to the backyard grill and prepare the favorite foods for the game. I am a stay at home and cool guy who likes to turn on the game late, sleep the fifth through the seventh inning and then try to keep awake until the end of the game.
But the Senior Citizens of the group that eat lunch at Noon in the Kennett Community Center are going with a travel agency who helps set trips up for Seniors around the area. Down in the morning and back home by night. No driving or wearing yourself out looking for parking.. Let them do it for you. Memphis Ball Park is easy to get into and not walk for miles. Guess what? I have broken down and spent some money and let them do the driving.
Back to why I am at the keyboard. Food, food and more food is what I like. So let us get started for the ball game with your favorite dogs, sausages, or brats.
You can go "big time" by purchasing from the top haute for bratwurst at $6.00 for 12 oz. from nimanranch.com, dogs at $8.00 for 12 oz. from letsbefrankdogs.com or sausages at $33.00 for 24 oz. from boccalone.com.
I think that adding good condiments to the package will help out the price and taste. Look at these ideas for condiments: Pickled Peppers, Tricolor Pepper Relish Cauliflower Chowchow, Pickled Baby Squash, Spicy Seattle Tuna Rolls, San Francisco Garlic Fries, Baltimore Crab Cakes, and Sluggers' Strawberry Slushies are some ideas from bon appétit, August, 2011 issue.
In 15 minutes you could cut 4 cups of assorted chilies (such as Serrano, jalapeno, and Thai) into ¼ inch rings. Pierce the small chilies 3-4 times with a skewer. Pack all chilies in a clean 1-qt. jar.
For my idea on foods let us try Pickled Peppers
Bring 1½ cups of distilled white vinegar, 3 garlic cloves, 2 Tbsp. black peppercorns, 2 Tsp. kosher salt, 2 Tbsp. Sugar and 2 Tbsp. coriander seeds to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour hot brine over peppers; seal jar. Let cool, then refrigerate. Serve within 1 month the 1 quart pickled peppers with only 4 fat calories.
Now you have the ideas.
Have a Happy
Larry Eiker is a Kennett resident who enjoys traveling all over the world and experiencing great food, while bringing some of those ideas back home to the Bootheel to share with others.