Summer is here! Or is it still Spring? I seriously cannot tell, especially when our weather yo-yo’s from 50’s to 90’s in 48 hours. Who knows what is going on in times like this.
But, let’s focus on the good things. The days are getting longer, nights are getting warmer, and we’re seeing the sun several days a week. If you live in the Midwest, this is a big deal. We’ve been stuck in the cloudy, rainy, sometimes miserable rut that is winter/spring. And yes, those seasons are often combined in Chicago, because it is hard to tell the difference.
So on to bigger and better things, like pool time, holidays, and baseball. I bet you didn’t see that one coming, baseball, what?
I wouldn’t call myself a baseball fan per se, I rarely watch it on TV, but nothing compares to experiencing a game at the stadium. It really hits all the senses – the smell of roasted peanuts and grilled hot dogs, the announcer leading the 7th inning stretch, the vibrations of the cheers through your stiff yet comforting seat, and seeing the star player hit a home run with fellow fans all around you. See, nothing beats it.
Until you can make it to a live game, you can create a similar experience in the comfort of your own home. And you can do so in honor of the most important man in your life, your dad. Father’s Day is coming up people, so it’s time to honor dear old dad. Isn’t a rule that all dads love baseball? If it isn’t, it probably should be. If for nothing else then just so you can throw him a baseball-themed party.
So let’s set the scene. First, a quality bar is needed. We love serving cans of beer for baseball, it’s very reminiscent of the stadium, after all. Get a big tub or cooler, fill with domestic, imported, and craft varieties, and top with ice. Bar = check.
Next up, food. Think a gourmet hot dog and brat bar, grilled burgers and chicken, or loads of finger foods. But the one thing you absolutely need to create a true stadium experience at home? The cracker jacks of course!
The boxed variety is okay, they have some nostalgic value, but they’re missing something. And so the Cracker Jack Remix was born.
A spiced nut mixture with a good dash of heat is paired with a heavily coated sweet caramel corn. This leads to the best balance of salty, sweet and spicy, and they are beyond addictive. Make a batch or two, place them in large bowls and set around the bar, kitchen, and near the TV. They are guaranteed to go fast and steal the show. Heck you may even save the day if your home team can’t pull off a W.
Oh, and one more thing. These make a killer gift for dad, and/or party favor for your guests. Package up several servings in clear treat bags, tie with ribbons in your team’s colors, and get ready to be the life of the party.
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Recipe adapted from Emeril’s Homemade Cracker Jacks