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Susan S. Yeske: Recipe of the Week -- The ball park cookbook

When the Major League Baseball season resumes next week, fans will finally get to see their favorite teams on TV, but a lot of things will be missing.

In addition to the excitement of being in the stadium, hearing the roar of the crowd and feeling the warmth of summer sunshine, we will be missing out on all the concession foods we have come to appreciate and enjoy.

The folks at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, home of the Phillies affiliate the Iron Pigs, understand that certain foods make watching baseball even more fun. With that in mind, they have created the Coca-Cola Park Cookbook, an online collection of many of the recipes fans have come to enjoy.

Anyone can click on the website to access the more than two dozen recipes including Cuban and pork roll burgers, the Three Little Pigs sandwich, a variety of tacos, and side dishes such as candied bacon, taco fries, Southwest pork salad and the nacho porker.

The Iron Pigs have canceled their season because of the pandemic, so we have to wait until next year to experience the joys of in-person professional baseball. In the meantime, here are a few cookbook recipes to accompany the shortened professional baseball season:

Fish Tacos

6 ounces tilapia (or any fish of your choice)
2 ounces mango salsa
(see recipe below)
2 ounces shredded lettuce
Juice of 1 lime
3 corn tortillas
2 ounces sour cream
1. Cook fish in a skillet, a few minutes on each side, just long enough until it flakes apart. Flake apart and set aside.
2. Heat up 3 corn tortilla shells, put on a serving plate.
3. Add hot, flaked fish evenly to all 3 tortillas.
4. Top with shredded lettuce and mango salsa.


Mango Salsa

1 ripe mango, diced small
1 tablespoon red onion, diced small
1 jalapeño, diced small
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
Combine ingredients well and serve on fish tacos or with tortilla chips.

Candied Bacon Skewer

1pound Hatfield bacon
12 ounces Coca-Cola
3 ounces brown sugar
3 ounces maple syrup
1. Marinate bacon in Coca-Cola for at least an hour.
2. Skewer bacon slices.
3. Mix brown sugar and maple syrup.
4. Coat all skewers with sugar mix and bake at 350° F for 30 minutes.