World Series Recipes: Chicago vs. Cleveland

October 27, 2016
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2016 World Series Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians

For World Series meal planning, it’s Edible Chicago vs. Edible Cleveland! We asked our publishers for their take on the World Series, and for some fun, local recipe ideas.

Goat Burger
Could this goat burger reverse the curse for the Chicago Cubs?

Holy Cow and a Goat Burger

Ann and Becky from Edible Chicago filled us in on Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray’s most famous shout. “Harry Caray first shouted out the words ‘Holy Cow’ after a Cubs win, which eventually became his trademark. He said that it was the only words he could come up with at the time that wasn’t profanity. Holy Cow was also proclaimed by President Obama in a tweet the night the Cubs advanced to the pennant.”

The Cubs had a long winning streak from 1876-1945, and then…the curse. Edible Chicago explains, “Success came to a screeching halt one day in 1945 when local tavern owner Billy Sianis, a season ticket holder, was not allowed in the park with his pet goat Murphy, who came along to watch the World Series face-off against Detroit.

‘He stinks!’ said Cubs owner Phillip K. Wrigley. Murphy the goat was escorted out, but not without Sianis allegedly declaring in spite, ‘The Cubs ain’t gonna win no more because you insulted my goat!’ Several attempts over the years to break the curse went unsuccessful, including curse-lifting attempts by Sianis, attending games with a goat in tow.

On October 22, 2016 the Cubs prevailed over the LA Dodgers 5-0, winning their first National League pennant in 71 years, ironically on the anniversary of the death of “Billy Goat” Sianis 46 years earlier. Could this reverse the curse? We’ll know for sure in the next week. And if you happen to come across a goat on your front porch, by all means let him in!”

We can’t think of anything better than to make this Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, hang out with friends, and watch the series. And if you’re a Chicagoan who still has a thing about goats, you might appreciate Edible Chicago’s recipe for Goat Burgers.  

So how’s Chicago feeling about the series? Ann and Becky say that “many Cubs fans are multigenerational. So you will hear fans saying ‘I’m going to see them win, and I’m going to see them win for my Dad.’ How is Chicago reacting? It’s gonna happen!”

apple snap cocktail
A perfect replacement for the cold beers of summer baseball.

The Indians’ Long Dry Spell

Noelle, the publisher of Edible Cleveland, knows that her town is fired up for the Tribe. Their dry spell isn’t as long as Chicago’s, but Cleveland surely still feels the weight of not having a title for 68 years, and bringing the Commissioner’s Trophy back to Ohio would set everything straight. If you ever get the chance to visit the Indians’ home field, Progressive Stadium, you’ll see that it’s a nine-inning feast of local brews, hometown brats, and homemade ice cream.

Until then, crowd-pleasing comfort food recipes are in order. Nights are getting chilly up in Cleveland, so dishes like this easy linguine with winter squash, or roasted chicken with 40 cloves of garlic will be a hit at your game-night party. Plus, we think Cleveland’s Apple Snap cocktail with whiskey and apple cider sounds like the ideal replacement for the cold beers of summer baseball.

Just remember, if your team didn’t go all the way, there’s always next year!