take me out to the ball game

I’m so sorry to have been away so long! I am hoping to get back into the swing of this blogging thing come November. Got a new baby. got bronchitis. Got a fractured rib. Got a 3 year old demanding things of me. got an escape? BASEBALL!

Yes, it’s play-off time! being a New Englander who grew up just south of Boston, I’m very happy to see the Yankees go and the BoSox still in it. The funny thing is, I really discovered baseball when I was living in Seattle. I happened to be there when the Mariners were really exploding. It was so much fun to see them play because for a while, it was like they could never lose. I worked at a theatre that sometimes got some love from Ticketmaster and they would give us their “suite” at Safeco Field. This meant cushy seats, privacy and free eats! I love baseball food. And in Seattle we had quite an assortment–from the regular hot dog and beer to garlic fries and “Ichi Rolls” (sushi named for Ichiro, of course). But, my favorite thing by far. . . KETTLE CORN! Yes, I could eat this stuff by the bucket load. And though it’s easy to make with simple ingredients, it doesn’t really taste the same unless you are out there on the 3rd baseline cheering your team on. But go ahead and give it a try anyway, it’s damm addictive.

KETTLE CORN

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup popcorn kernels

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon coarse salt

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the popcorn. When the oil begins to sizzle, sprinkle the sugar in. Cover the pot and shake until the pops slow down. It should take 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat pour into a large bowl and toss with salt. Eat and Enjoy!