Game Haiku – 8/28/16 – As 7, Cards 4

Jaime gets clobbered.
Cards chip away but bullpen,
errors prove too much.

Game Haiku – 8/27/16 – As 3, Cards 2

Despite quality
Reyes start, game is ugly
like the throwback socks



Game Haiku – 8/26/16 – Cards 3, As 1

Gyorko’s two-run blast
is plenty, cuz Dream Weaver
gets us through the night.

Game Haiku – 8/25/16 – Mets 10, Cards 6

Cleat interference
should be a thing. Can’t just blame
ump. Waino got shelled.

Game Haiku – 8/24/16 – Cards 8, Mets 1

Carp’s leadoff homer
sets the tone. CMart gives up
one run; Cards score eight.


Culinary Cardinals: Whitey Herzog’s Coke Cherry Salad

Coke salad is a popular dish at church potlucks and BBQs. Mary Lou Herzog contributed seven recipes to “Cooking with the Cardinals,” so expect some future blog posts about “Slush Mixture” (a frozen cocktail) and “Green Lima Beans with Celery and Cheese Sauce” (did we ever eat veggies in the 80s without drizzling cheese on top of them?). Mary Lou ties for the lead with most recipes in the book, along with the wives of Bob Forsch and Brian Harper. I wonder if the wives were competitive about this.

You do have to wonder why these dishes are called “salads.” This one is so sweet that it’s really better as a dessert.

Here’s the recipe:

1 large pkg cherry Jell-O
1 can (#2) pineapple tidbits
1 can (#2) bing cherries and juice
14 oz warm Coke
1 cup walnut pieces

Drain juice from fruits (2 cups) into pan and bring to boil. Pour over Jell-O in bowl; stir until Jell-O is dissolved. Add Coke, then pineapple, cherries, and nuts. Refrigerate. 

“Can be topped with Cool Whip. Very good with Mexican food.”

IMG_3461I had no idea what “#2 can” meant, so I googled it. Apparently, cans used to be commonly numbered, and a #2 can held 16 oz. The recipe is simple, and the Jell-O mixture takes on a frothiness once you add the Coke. The only problem I had with this recipe is that it took forever for the gelatin to solidify. I chilled it five hours, and it was still not totally set when I unmolded it. It was sort of a leaning tower of Jell-O. It tasted much better the next day when it was fully set.

I’ve made Coke Salad before, according to a recipe of a friend’s mom, and that recipe contains no pineapple and instead contains cream cheese. It also uses hot water, not the fruit juice from the cans. No offense to Mary Lou, but I prefer my old version because of the consistency and because it’s not sickeningly sweet. You can find many variations of this recipe online.

Whitey and Mary Lou have been married 63 years! Here’s their pic in the cookbook, circa 1985.

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Here’s Whitey and Mary Lou in the parade for his Hall of Fame induction in 2010.


When she wasn’t cooking, Mary Lou sometimes cleaned windows – but these are the only windows she would clean!


Culinary Cardinals: Red Schoendienst’s Favorite Stew

Mary Schoendienst shared a few recipes in “Cooking with the Cardinals,” and last night I made her beef stew recipe, which is described in the book as “Red’s Favorite Stew.” It was a big hit! My boyfriend went for seconds and thirds.  The dogs were salivating for hours over the smell while it was cooking.  I’m not really a big beef stew fan, but I did enjoy it.

Here’s the recipe.

3 lbs beef stew meat, cut in 1 1/2 inch cubes
2 red onions, sliced
6-8 ribs celery, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
6 large carrots, cut in 3/4 inch pieces
1 1/2 tbs sugar
3 tbs tapioca
2 cans (16 oz each) stewed tomatoes and 1 can water
1/2 cup red wine
Pepper and Accent to taste

Brown meat and place in bottom of deep casserole. Layer sliced onions, celery, and carrots on top of meat. Mix together sugar, tapioca, tomatoes, wine, pepper and Accent. Pour tomato mixture over meat and vegetables. Cover and bake for 4 hours at 300 degrees. Stir every hour. Serve over rice or buttered poppy seed noodles. Serves 6-8. 

0043000228020_CL_version_type_largeThe only trick of this recipe was finding tapioca. I had to ask four staff members at Ralph’s before one of them consulted the longest-tenured cashier who directed him to it (next to the Jell-O pudding version of tapioca). I’ve never cooked with tapioca before but it comes in powdery crystal form and functions to thicken the sauce for this stew. Now I have a box of the stuff, since I only needed three tablespoons for this recipe. I guess there’s some pudding in my future.

Mary didn’t specify how big the casserole dish needed to be, and 9 x 13 is the biggest dish I had. After the stew was cooking for an hour, it started to bubble over and spill onto the bottom of the oven. When I opened the oven, a lot of smoke came out, and the smoke detector went off. I recovered from this setback by opening the windows and then transferring half of the stew into a smaller casserole dish.

Four hours is a long time to wait for dinner, but it was worth it. I imagine one could also prepare this stew in a crock pot and leave it cooking on low all day.  The meat was very tender, and the sauce was rich. I’m pretty sure Red enjoyed this stew on a winter day in the offseason, because I certainly wouldn’t have had the energy to play or coach right after eating it.


IMG_3481Unfortunately, Mary passed away in 1999. Mary and Red were married for 48 years and had four children. Red visited Cardinals Spring Training this year even though he is 93 years old now. As a player, manager or coach, Red has worn a major league uniform for 71 seasons! Longevity powered by beef stew!





Game Haiku – 8/23/16 – Mets 7, Cards 4

Mets pound Jaime. Niese
exits quick. Cards waste chances
to score off bullpen.

Game Haiku – 8/21/16 – Cards 9, Phillies 0

On a wet day, Cards
rain down homers on Phils. Leake
throws well, bats two in.

Game Haiku – 8/20/16 – Phillies 4, Cards 2

Hellickson outduels
Weaver, but it’s still a strong
start for our rookie.

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