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One would think that attending a sporting event wouldn’t require therapy to deal with a “fear factor”. Over the last year, I have worked through a tremendous loss, but I know I will make my way back to the ball park..

Here is my story…

The Scene: Sovereign Stadium home of the York Revolution…Beautiful facility…very family friendly…

Last year my friend Melissa hosted her daughter Sophia’s birthday party at Sovereign Bank Stadium on opening day for the York Revolution.  Everything was going beautifully until the 5th inning (I think).  A home run ricocheted off the party seating, clobbered me in the head, broke my favorite Coach sunglasses, and then spilled my beer into the french fries. Talk about stunned!

Forget the mild concussion I probably suffered; I mourned the loss of my sunglasses for months. My favorite accessory was lost in a split second..

Unfortunately, my daughters and I won’t be attending the Orioles opening day this year. Make a note..don’t wait until the last minute to get tickets!!!  Breaking into Paige and Brooke’s college funds to pay “scalpers”…probably wouldn’t be appropriate.

In wake of my disappointing procrastination on the tickets, I have thought through some of my favorite ball park foods you can whip up at home. It’s ok to take a step beyond hot dogs, peanuts, and cracker jacks. Over the next couple of days I’ll be featuring a few ballpark delicacies.

Here’s the first…

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.


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