Robin Anish: Can't go to the stadium? Make your own baseball treats

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Take me out with the crowd.

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks ..."

Well, you know how the song goes; but, sadly, there will be no seventh-inning stretch with crowds belting out "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" as the coronavirus epidemic makes the 2020 baseball season most complex. But, that doesn't mean there can't be peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

I think I have a good idea to fill the void for fans who are feeling short changed this season: hot dogs, cold beer and streaming a movie at home! Here's a great list of movies diehard baseball fans can check out.

"The Pride of the Yankees" (1942)

"Angels in the Outfield" (1994)

"61*" (2001)

"Cobb" (1994)

"For Love of the Game" (1999)

"The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg" (1998)

"Eight Men Out" (1988)

"42" (2013)

"The Sandlot" (1993)

"A League of Their Own" (1992)

"Ballplayer: Pelotero" (2011)

"Major League" (1989)

"The Natural" (1984)

"Moneyball" (2011)

"Field of Dreams" (1989)

"The Bad News Bears" (1976)

"Bull Durham" (1988)

"Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973)

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"Up for Grabs" (2004)

"The Rookie" (2002)

"Sugar" (2008)

"Fear Strikes Out" (1957)

"Off the Black" (2006)

"Damn Yankees!" (1958)

"The Pride of St. Louis" (1952)

"The Stratton Story" (1949)

"Fever Pitch" (2005)

"Brewster's Millions" (1985)

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"Chasing 3000" (2010)

"Mr. 3000" (2004)

"Mr. Baseball" (1992)

"The Babe" (1992)

Hot dogs are quintessential baseball fare. Here's a little something different to spice up a grilled hot dog.

JALAPENO HOT DOGS

INGREDIENTS:

Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup mayonnaise

One 4-ounce can chopped green chilies, drained

2 ounces canned diced jalapeno peppers, drained

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1 1/2 cups grated Monterey jack cheese

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon cumin

DIRECTIONS:

Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until cheese is melted. Spoon over grilled hot dogs.

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Don't forget the Cracker Jacks!

HOMEMADE CRACKER JACKS

INGREDIENTS:

20 cups popped popcorn

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup butter

1/2 cup corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup salted peanuts

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 200 degrees F. Place popcorn in large roasting pan; set aside.

Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally 12 to 14 minutes or until mixture comes to a full boil. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 238 degrees F or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft ball.

Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Carefully (mixture will be hot) pour over popcorn; sprinkle nuts over caramel mixture. Stir until well coated.

Bake 45 minutes; stirring after 20 minutes. Remove from oven; immediately place caramel corn on waxed paper. Cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.


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