So special to be in Boston for the big win…
I am traveling, again. Taking both dogs with me, which should be…interesting. I’ve actually never taken a car trip with two (or three when I had them) Danes. Although, when I purchased my car, that was the one of the requirements. Hold two Danes. Wish me luck!
I thought I would leave you with a little something since today is the best day. OPENING DAY!!
Here’s a little baseball trivia for you: The Colorado Rockies Mascot is an anthropomorphic purple triceratops named Dinger. Do you know why? (Answer at the bottom of the post).
Here’s my traditional opening day menu to bring the ballpark to your house. I tried to be as authentic as I could with each dog. Personally, I would grill any of mine, authentic or not. I was lucky enough to have my friends spoil me with authentic Fenway Franks (grilled) and buns while I was back east. They were as good as I remember them. My all time favorite though is the Italian Sausage with grilled peppers. Here in Colorado you can’t swing a metaphorical cat without hitting a brewery (even our Governor is a former brew master), so we have plenty of great choices for a cold brew. Okay, PLAY BALL!!
On the board today:
Vinegar & Salt chips (if you can find them, Cape Cod chips are excellent)
Raw Vegetable Tray (hey it can’t all be junk food)
The closest I can find to these are to use Ball Park Brand Franks. The secret to these tasty franks is to bring the water to a boil, then add the franks and let them cook until just heated through. If you can find them, authentic Fenway franks are served in white bread sliced rolls (these look like two bun size slices of white bread, joined together at the bottom and sliced open at the top). If not, regular buns will do. Mustard only, please …though I like them plain.
Follow in the instructions above and add hot chili and shredded cheddar.
New York Dawg
Follow the instructions for Fenway Franks and add sauerkraut.
Split your dog lengthwise, but not all the way through. Flatten on hot grill, keep the rack far from the flame, don’t let them burn, flip and grill the other side. Brush rolls with melted butter and a touch of garlic, toast on the grill. Bring bun & dog together, top with relish or spicy brown mustard.
Dodger Dogs (Adults ONLY)
Get a can or bottle of your favorite beer, take your dogs and use a fork to poke holes around the dogs. In a large, shallow bowl, add dogs & beer and let soak 30 minutes. Now, this is a two-step process for authentic dogs, but if you want, you can skip the boiling part. Bring water to a boil, drop dogs in for 3 to 5 minutes, remove and immediately pop onto a hot grill and grill all sides. Serve in warm rolls, top with spicy beer mustard or relish.
Italian Sausage w/Peppers
Spicy Italian sausage or bratwurst grilled or pan-fried. These are thick, so make sure you cook them long enough to cook completely through (follow pkg. directions) Slice a green pepper in rings and sauté in butter & olive oil. Toast regular hot dog bun in skillet or on grill, add sausage and top with peppers.
Ice Cream in Dipped Cones
In a double-boiler (or a saucepan with a Pyrex or metal bowl place on top), add water to the bottom and melt chocolate & butter. Dip top of cones into melted chocolate, then dip immediately into sprinkles. Let cool completely, scoop in ice cream and top with remaining sprinkles
Why is the Colorado Rockies mascot a dinosaur? Because when they were excavating the stadium – they found a triceratops skull. Not the first time around there – this past summer they found one near my old house.
Okay, I’m off. Wish me luck.
No secret I have friends in Patriot-land and it seems in the last few years Colorado/Denver and Boston/New England have gone against each other in various sporting events and I’m forced to fall back on my original upbringing – New England all the way. Although I will admit I was truly torn between the Red Sox/Rockies World Series match-up. I alternated between my Rox gear and my BoSox gear. This year, no such dilemma as the Patriots face off with the Giants.
So from the land of the Patriots comes another Super Bowl recipe from my friend Butch Maier. Take it away, Butch:
Now that the Patriots are in the SuperBowl I will reveal my winning dip that I have been making. by the way the Pats record is 7-0 when I make ths dip,Alabama won a national championship with this dip so here goes………….(btw)NO GIANTS FANS can use this weekend.
BUFFALO (not bills) CHICKEN DIP…..
- 8oz pkg of cream cheese
- 1/2 cup of blue cheese or ranch dressing
- 1/2 cup of Texas Pete hot sauce or Franks Hot Sauce will do
- 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- I use 2-12oz cans of chicken or use 2 boneless breasts
- plenty of scooping chips.
Stir is softened cream cheese,dressing,hot sauce,cheese,and chicken mix it all around in a big bowl then put in a 9 inch pie plate smooth out and I bake 20 mins at 350 until its bubbling…..
In the interest of blog equity, I’m willing to post a Giant’s fan recipe. Email me with it or hit the comments with it. 😀