Thursday, June 2, 2011
'Diamond Dishes' beats a necktie as a Father's Day gift
Diamond Dishes: From the Kitchens of Baseball's Biggest Stars, written by Julie Loria (wife of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria), was released by Lyons Press this spring under the banner of Major League Baseball. Twenty big leaguers contributed recipes, and Loria introduces each with a couple of pages on who they are and what they like to do, etc. It didn't take me long to decide that I could safely skip those.
I took more of a hands-on approach with this one, choosing three recipes to test out. Andre Ethier's lazy enchiladas were pretty good. Paul Konerko's cucumber-tomato salad was mildly bland. But Grady Sizemore's chili (pictured) was a masterpiece, thanks in part to the secret ingredient: beer. Hands down the best chili I've ever had. I'll be making that one again for sure.
For more on my culinary exploits, see my full review of Diamond Dishes on BaseballAmerica.com.