Sunday, April 2, 2017

Chicago Pizza & St. Louis Toasted Ravioli

THE GAME: Cubs vs Cardinals

"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do: I stare out the window and wait for spring."
                                                                                                                                      - Rogers Hornsby


78ยบ and sunny. The first Sunday Night Baseball of the year.  I'm looking forward to the NCAA championship game tomorrow night and I'm certainly looking forward to the NBA playoffs later this month, but... baseball is back. Damn that makes me happy. 

Tonight, I cooked two things for dinner, as an homage to St. Louis and Chicago. 

NOTES ON THE FOOD:
  • I don't eat much frozen pizza. I love the sauce on Tombstone pizzas but the crust is terrible. I like the $1 frozen pizzas from the grocery store but then again I don't believe I've ever had one sober. Most of the time I would just rather make my own pizza with fresh dough. But Home Run Inn is in the category of frozen pizzas that don't suck.
  • Obviously, when you think of Chicago pizza, you probably think of deep dish. But they didn't have any of the Home Run Inn deep dish pizzas at the store. Whatever, it's still a Chicago company. 
  • When I was a kid, Jack in the Box sold toasted raviolis. They were probably my favorite fast food item of all time. I thought it was just some kind of kooky idea they were trying out and, though I loved them, I was not surprised when they were discontinued. It wasn't until I visited St. Louis at the age of 19 that I learned toasted raviolis are actually a very common item in that city (where they were invented) and surrounding areas of the midwest. 
  • As with the poutine poppers I wrote about last week, these ravioli had instructions for baking in the oven. This never fails to make me laugh. Are there really people who say "Yes, I am going to eat some breaded raviolis stuffed with cheese, but I am going to bake them so that they won't be unhealthy"?
  • The pizza cooked in about 20 minutes. It was fine but nothing special. I'd only had this flavor (margarita with sausage) once before and thought it was delicious. Not this time. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very good. 
  • The ravioli fried up in two minutes. They were very tasty. I dunked them into Emeril's roasted garlic pasta sauce. 

NOTES ON THE GAME: 
  • Hey, the Cubs won the World Series last year. They hadn't won for, like, a really long time. Just wanted to make sure you knew that. It hasn't been mentioned much. 
  • What's your opinion of having three games today and then a full slate tomorrow? I'm not a fan. I would prefer that every single team played their first game on the same day and that be the only day referred to as "Opening Day." 
  • That being said, I don't really care all that much. It's not like it's going to keep me up at night seething with anger. 
  • Woah, I didn't know Mark Teixeira had joined ESPN as an analyst. On one hand, I don't like the guy. On the other, when he signed with the Yankees in 2008, the Angels received the Yankees' draft pick as compensation... which they then used to draft a high school senior named Mike Trout. 
  • I don't think the best way to honor Chuck Berry was to have his daughter butcher the national anthem. That was the worst I have heard in quite some time. (I just googled her and the first result that came up is an article with a headline of her declaring "My singing days have passed." You can't make this stuff up. Ingrid, you didn't think of mentioning that?) 
  • Jason Heyward strikes out on three pitches. He's picking up right where he left off last season.
  • St. Louis is getting hits off of Lester, but they've only got one run in through three innings. 
  • I'm not a fan of St. Louis (the city or the baseball team) but I'm glad I'll get to watch Yadier Molina for another few years. As with Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, and Adrian Beltre, it's been a pleasure for me to be alive at the same time and able to watch him play. 
  • St. Louis loaded the bases with one out in the 6th... and grounded into a double play. It's still 1-0 St. Louis, despite the fact they've had approximately 42 baserunners in 6 innings. 
  • The announcers are making their World Series predictions: Aaron says Dodgers, Jessica says Red Sox, Dan says Cubs. For the record, my World Series prediction is the Dodgers and Astros. But I'm not going to guess who will win. 
  • Squandering opportunities is contagious tonight. The Cubs had the bases loaded with one out and both Bryant and Rizzo flied out to right.  
  • Grichuk with a two-run homer. Good bar trivia question: Who did the Angels draft with their first pick in the 2009 draft? Answer: Randal Grichuk at #24. (They used their next pick, at #25, on Mike Trout.) 
  • Wilson Contreras crushes a three-run homer with one out in the 9th, and we're all tied up. Have I mentioned how great it is to have baseball back?
  • Molina gets intentionally walked without the pitcher having to throw four balls. Weird - when I first heard about the rule change, I thought it was a good move. Now I realize I don't like it. I prefer watching the pitcher make four throws, hoping one of them will get away. However, as with most rule changes in sports, I'm sure I'll get used to it. 
  • Grichuk with the walk-off RBI in the bottom of the 9th. I wish the Angels had never traded him. 

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