Lee MathisINSANELEE DECADENTGrand Junction Free Press Food Columnist

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April 11, 2013
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FOOD: Ballpark food that hits a homerun every time

Springtime not only brings spring flowers, Easter and Spring Cleaning, but also what some still consider America's favorite pastime - baseball. Baseball stadiums, parks, playgrounds and even that empty lot we used to play on down the street, they are all getting ready for men and women, boys and girls to try and hit that round ball with a round bat.There are not many endeavors in which succeeding one out of three times is considered a success, but if you have a batting average of .333, you are considered a star!Whether it is going to see the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, the Grand Junction Rockies at Suplizio Field, the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks (anybody remember Sergio Romo?), the high school teams, Little League or Challenger Leagues, kids from 7 to 77 are oiling down their gloves, tarring up their bats, and hitting the field.Now in years past, good food used to be considered having a hot dog with mustard and relish! Onions were a surprise. Well, back up the trolley, things have changed. Check out some of these offerings.At AT&T Park in San Francisco, home of the world champion Giants, you can get a Cha-Cha Bowl, a Caribbean-style offering of jerk chicken, rice and black beans with a zucchini salsa. At Yankee Stadium, try out a prime beef sandwich from Lobel's; the Phillies have "The Schmitter," a cheesesteak/reuben hybrid; grab some crab cakes at Boog's BBQ at Camden Yards in Baltimore; Cleveland offers bourbon-maple marinated pork belly sliders; in Cincinnati, try the Red Hot Burger, two house-ground patties, stacked on a brioche roll, topped with pepper jack and smoked gouda, crunchy red cabbage slaw and "Big Red Machine" hot pepper sauce; and I would be remiss if I did not mention what I and many people still consider the ultimate stadium hot dog - the Dodger Dog at Dodger Stadium! So whether it is a pro, semi-pro, college, high school, Little League or whatever.. get out of the house, get some air, enjoy a day out, watch some games and get your feed on!Lee is the founder and owner of Decadence Gourmet Cheesecakes and Catering. He can be reached via email at decadencecheesecakes@mindspring.com, on the web at www.decadencecheesecakes.com, or by calling 970-256-4688. Also, find him on the web by searching Facebook, Pinterest or by visiting Twitter (@decadenceGJ).

4 ounces white tortilla chips 1/8 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff 1/8 cup Hershey's chocolate sauce, warmed Mini marshmallows, for garnish Mini M&M's, for garnish Place the tortilla chips in a bowl and top with graham cracker crumbs. Pour the marshmallow fluff over the chips, and then pour the warm chocolate sauce over the fluff. Garnish with the marshmallows and M&Ms.Servings: 6Source: The Daily Meal/Aramark

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