This weekend the movie “42” was released. “42” is about the life of the late great Jackie Robinson. Not only did Jackie integrate major league baseball,  but he was also the face of many civil rights and political causes. Jackie’s debut in the major leagues was April 15, 1947 and came with a great deal of protest.  Jackie endured unbelievable harassment from other players and fans, but he always maintained composure and did not fight back with ugly words or actions. Jackie broke barriers for all African Americans, not just athletes.  I’m very excited to see the movie, but as most of my friends and family know, that means when released on DVD. However, I have attached one of the trailers for the movie to give you a taste of how great this movie is going to be. It gives me goosebumps.

With the recent start of baseball season, I will share with you some great snacks  that are a spin-off of some fabulous park foods I’ve had over the years.

Old Bay Wings at Camden Yards……


– 4 1/2 lbs chicken wings (this is a standard package)

– Old Bay Seasoning

– 1 stick of butter

– vegetable oil (or peanut)


– pre-heat oil to 375 degrees in large skillet or dutch oven

– rinse chicken

– cut chicken tips and cut at the joint of the wing

– put chicken into pre-heated oil (no seasoning or dredging) do not over crowd skillet

– fry chicken at 375 degrees for 2 minutes and reduce heat to 350 degrees for the remaining 10 minutes

– set oven to broiler

– melt stick of butter and add 1/4 cup old bay seasoning in large mixing bowl

– allow fried chicken to rest on a paper towel

– place chicken in bowl with old bay butter and toss with tongs

– put on baking sheet sprinkle each piece with old bay broil for 2 minutes

– flip wings at the 2 minute mark, sprinkle opposite side with old bay, and broil for two more minutes

– serve with ranch dressing, carrots, and celery….I also fry up potato sticks…

Crab Melts

What should be sold at Camden Yards…..

Crab Melt Sandwiches with Remoulade Sauce

This is a game pleaser that is decadent!!! 

– 1 cup lump crab meat

– 1 8oz block of softened cream cheese

-1/4 cup mayonnaise

-old bay seasoning

-1 tsp Worcester Sauce

– white bread

– white American cheese slices

– eggs (3 to 4)

– milk (1 to 1/12 cups)

– butter


1. In sauce pan, cream cheese, crab meat, mayonnaise,  Worcester sauce, a few

dashes of old bay seasoning over medium low heat. Heat through until texture is smooth and creamy.

2. Remove crust from approximately 20 slices of white bread. In shallow dish, whisk eggs and milk together as you would for french toast add a few dashes of old bay seasoning.

3. Preparing sandwiches, spread bread with crab mixture add one slice of American cheese. Put sandwich together and place into egg mixture. Flip. ( do not allow the bread in the mixture too long as it will become too wet)

4. Place in pre-heated (medium temperature) skillet with butter. Toast each side for 2-3 minutes. Remove from skillet. For additional crispness, place on baking sheet and put into the oven at 400 degrees for 2 minutes per side.

5. Allow sandwiches to rest for a minute and cut into quarters.

Remoulade Sauce (Glorified Thousand Island Dressing)

1/2 cup Ketcuph

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp sweet relish

1 tsp hot sauce

Prepare in advance and chill!!!!!

Ribs and Mambo Sauce

Many stadiums around the country sell different types of BBQ…

Baby-back Ribs and of course……my mambo sauce. Live and learn my friends mambo sauce is the way to go!!!! 

I do a dry rub on my ribs and serve with the mambo sauce


2-3 lbs of babyback ribs minus the membrane

Dry Rub

 1 tbsp paprika

1 tbsp black pepper

1 packet of sazon

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

1/2 tbsp Lawyer’s Season Salt

1/2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning

Mix together…I use a coffee grinder allocated for spices. This gives consistency to the texture of the spices. Don’t use your real coffee grinder. Get one for spices… 🙂 You might have some left over for your next go round. Save in a plastic bag or container

Generously cover both sides of your ribs with the dry rub. Place bone side down on a baking sheet lined with foil and a little bit of water in the base. Using foil, make a “tent” over the ribs to trap the moisture. Put in to a 325 degree oven for an 1 hour. At one hour, if you are topping with a bar-b-que sauce, cover ribs with sauce and return to oven for an additional 15-20 minutes. If not adding sauce, allow ribs to say in over for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Rest for 10 minutes and serve!!!

 Mambo Sauce Delicious!!

1 cup ketchup (Heinz)

1 cup sugar

4 tbsp water

5 tbsp white vinegar

1 tbsp Spanish Paprika

2 tbsp Sriracha (chili sauce with garlic)

2 tbsp hot sauce (crystal hot sauce)

Add all ingredients in medium sauce pan over medium heat

bring to a simmer,  whisking occasionally. Reduce to low heat

Mambo Sauce is for dipping and my daughters love it!!

Bay Area Garlic Fries….For you San Fran Fans

– Vegetable Oil

– 5 large russet potatoes

– minced garlic in oil (jarred)

– parsley (dried)

– salt and pepper mixer

– In large skillet or dutch oven, pre-heat oil to 350 degrees

– Clean and julienne potatoes, do not peel skins

– fry potatoes at 350 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes

– remove and drain on paper towel. Repeat until all potatoes have been fried once

– increase temperature of oil to 365 degrees.

– Fry potatoes a second time for approximately 15 to 30 seconds

– immediately remove from oil, put into large bowl, add 1 tbs. of minced garlic, 1 tbs. parsley

and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss with tongs and pour onto large platter

-Repeat process

The fries are incredible. The sweetness of the garlic is an unexpected taste. Also, very tasty with ketchup and ranch dressing.

Houston fans enjoy Fajitas and Tostadas 

 Chipotle Chicken Tostada

– 10-12 8 inch corn or flour tortillas (corn is traditional but I like flour)

– 1 rotisserie chicken

– 2 chipolte in adobo sauce

– 1 cup sour cream (and sour cream to dollop on top)

– 1/2 cup mayonnaise

– 1/2 cup cilantro

– avocado

– chopped tomato

– shredded lettuce

– pickled jalapenos

– oil for frying (canola)


1. Fry tortillas over medium heat until golden brown. Place on paper towel and season with salt and pepper.

2. Shred breast of rotisserie chicken (or you could roast 2 breasts)

3. In food processor, mix chicken, sour cream, mayo, chipotle with sauce, and cilantro.

4. Spread chicken mixture on tortillas, top with lettuce, tomato, avocado, jalapenos, and sour cream

Pepperoni Popcorn


– 2 bags of microwave popcorn or 10 cups popped if you have a popper

– 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

– 1/3 cup chopped and fried pepperoni

-2 tsp dried Italian mix

–  1 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp red pepper flake

– 1/4 cup melted butter

– cut pepperoni is small pieces and fry over medium low heat. Allow to brown and crispy. Place on paper towel

and crumble like you would bacon. In large bowl, toss melted butter and popcorn. Add remaining ingredients and toss a second time.

Baked Clams….

I have included this recipe because it is Paige’s favorite appetizers anytime we dine Italian.  Also, you guest will feel SUPER special with this dish…after having the luxuary of being at box level for some games….this is the good stuff they serve

2 dozen little neck clam

  2 tbsp dried parsley

2 tbsp dried oregano

1 tsp garlic salt

pinch of red pepper flake

 3/4 cup chicken stock

 3 tbsp olive oil

1 cup bread crumbs

` Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Scrub all clams thoroughly. Place clams on a baking sheet and put into preheated oven 4-5 minutes allowing the clams to open. Don’t over bake. Remove top part of shell from clam, detach clam from shell, and place back in shell

Set oven to broil

In small bowl, mix bread crumbs, with all seasonings, olive oil and blend. Slowly, mix in chicken stock. Don’t make to wet..Place a dollop of bread crumb mixture on top of each clam and pat into shell. Place all clams on baking sheet.

Broil clams for 5 to 6 minutes

Ultimate Italian Sandwich

I don’t want to brag, but I will. This sandwich is off the hook!!! Please… if you try no other recipe…..this is the one! 

8 kaiser rolls

2 whisked eggs

garlic salt

Italian seasoning

2 lbs roasted deli turkey breast sliced thinly

2 lbs Capicola ham

1 lb Genoa salami sliced very thin

2 lbs provolone cheese

4 cups shredded lettuce

1 red onion slice thin

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup red hots (jarred red peppers commonly found in Italian restaurants)

2/3 cup balsamic vinaigrette

Cut all kaiser rolls. Brush egg wash mixture on top part of roll sprinkle with garlic salt and Italian seasoning. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.  In medium sized bowl toss shredded lettuce with balsamic vinaigrette and refrigerate. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise with jarred red peppers and refrigerate. Do about 30 minutes in advance of making sandwiches.

Sandwich assembly….

Spread mayo/pepper mixture on bottom part of kaiser roll, layer all three meats on to roll with one slice of provolone cheese. Place all rolls on baking sheet and place under broiler. Do multiple sandwiches at once. When cheese is melted add red onions and lettuce mixture on top. Spread top part of kaiser roll with mayo/pepper mixture. ENJOY!!!!

If you saw 42, lucky you and I will see it in 6 to 8 months!! Live sporting events; I love. Movies in the theater; I don’t…

Remember….Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day????