Of all things I never expected this week, it was an e-mail from the Houston Astros. About a month ago, they posted a contest for a recipe challenge at the ballpark. Winner of the most innovative recipe gets a suite for 2010, and 2nd and 3rd place get autographed gear. Being a foodie and Astros fan till I die, I couldn’t help but enter the contest. So…my thoughts started wandering…what do we NOT have at Minute Maid Park?
The thought became so crystal clear – healthy, easy to make food. Enter my recipe – Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Loved by all in Houston at establishments such as PF Chang’s, this dish is ballpark friendly, easy to mass produce, and good for you. Not to mention that it caters to the growing Asian baseball fan base – there’s a lot of studs out there from China, Korea, and Japan (sorry South America). So, off I went concocting an off the wall, yet not too pretentious, recipe for the everyday ballpark crowd. I made it simple – chicken, ginger, jalapeno, cucumber, and daikon, sauteed in sweet chile soy sauce, served on top of cellophane noodles in a lettuce leaf and garnished with a pinch of cilantro.
WHO KNEW? Today I got a message from the Astros saying I had been selected as one of 3 finalists to come to Minute Maid Park this Saturday for a cookoff. HOLY COW. This is a baseball-loving, food-junkie’s dream. Pictures to come from the cookoff (I didn’t take any of the final submit so no competition would see!), and hopefully a win! (FOR THE RECORD: FiveSeven’s Tomato Basil Soup is to DIE for – tomatoey, cheesy, chunky goodness – best $7 spent at the park – take that, hot dog.)