August 2010 Roundup

In savory recipes, Zrab Cakes from 990 Square, Pan Seared & Roasted Halibut, Summer Garden Succotash and Yellow Lemon Rice from A Feast for the Eyes, Fried Eggplant Balls from A Full Belly, Shrimp Cakes with a Grain Mustard Remoulade from A New York Foodie, Plantain Chips with Mojo and Creamy Cilantro Garlic Dip from A Spoonful of Thyme, Zucchini Pickles from A Well Fed Seed, Slow Cooker Mulligatawny Soup from A Year of Slow Cooking, Spicy Duck Meatballs from All Our Fingers in the Pie, Beet Goat Cheese Gnocchi in Rosemary & Sage Butter Sauce from Always Order Dessert, Peach Rucola Salad with Mozzarella and Truffle Linguine with Tomatoes and Pancetta from Angie’s Recipes, Hunan Eggplant with Bacon and Shiitakes from Appetite for China, Mile High Biscuits from Bakin & Bacon, Sloppy Bombay Joes from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen, Poblano Chicken Salad and Yellowtail Snapper with Corn Salsa from Bitchin’ Camero, Shoyu Chicken from Boston Chef, Chicken Tikka Masala Naanwiches from Cake, Batter and Bowl, Southwest Sausage and Egg Bake from Cassie Craves, Sweet & Spicy Salmon from Chef Fresco, Stuffed Baked Zucchini from Ciao Chow Linda, Burrito Bowls from Closet Cooking, Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites from The Comfort of Cooking, Double Decker Mexican Pizza from Cooking with my Kid, California Burgers with Guacamole Mayonnaise from The Cutting Back Kitchen, Fried Egg Sandwiches on a Pretzel Roll from Diana Takes a Bite, Creole Chicken Done Right from Drick’s Rambling Cafe, Steak and Guinness Pie from East Meets West, Summer Strata with Spinach, Basil and Roasted Garlic Custard from eat me, delicious., Cheddar-Crusted Broccoli Soup from The English Kitchen, Tomato and Pepper Risotto from The Flavors of Abruzzo, Steak with Chimichurri Sauce from Framed Cooks, Slammin’ Summer Salmon from Gavan Murphy, Pasta with Spinach and Asiago Cream Sauce and a Bunch of Delicious Cheeses from Good Things Catered, Tusca White Bean Bliss from green shakes and giggles, Duck, Orange and Honey Stir-Fry with Lots of Greens from Half a Pot of Cream, Florida Avocado Summer Wrap from Healthy Happy Life, Rock’n Rotini from Hope in the Kitchen, Toad in the Hole from Hungrywoolf’s Food Blog, Pork Katsu with Soba Noodles, Ahi Tuna Tacos, and Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad (Bo Bun) from JBug’s Kitchen Antics, Chicken Scampi, Beef Kofta Kebobs and Chicken Pot Pie Penne from Joelen’s Culinary Adventures, Garlicky Tortellini Soup from Kacey’s Kitchen, Crispy Zucchini and Potato Pancakes from Kitchen Belleicious, Pao de Queijo from Kitchen Corners, Spanish Pork and Chorizo Stew from Kitchen Diaries Challenge 2010, Savory Foccacia Pie from Krista’s Kitchen, BLT Sandwiches with Avocado and Red Onion from Lynda’s Recipe Box, Chicken Galliano from Mangos, Chili and Z, Pernil Estofado con Mofongo (Roast Pork Stuffed with Green Mashed Plantains) from My Colombian Recipes, Lamb Chops Sizzled with Garlic and Refrigerator Dill Pickles from One Perfect Bite, Layered Salad from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Torta Loco from Pork Drunk, Bacon and Kimchi Fried Rice from Serious Eats, Corn, Jalapeno and Green Tomato Fritters from She Eats Bears, Philly Cheese Steak Pizza from Southern Recipes, Pepper Jack, Chicken and Peach Quesadillas from Stylish Cuisine, French Crepes with Pecan-Crusted Chicken and Sauteed Peaches from Sugar & Spice by Celeste, Puerto Rican Bean Soup from Sweet Artichoke, Puerto Rican Sancocho from sweetpaprika, and Indian Potato Salad from VeganDad.

In sweet recipes, Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies from A Cozy Kitchen, Peach & Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes with Maple Syrup from A Feast for the Eyes, Salted Honey Butter Caramels from Always Order Dessert, S’mores Oatmeal and Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Cupcakes from Annie’s Eats, Easy Corn Chowder from Behind the Skillet, Creamy Pistachio Pops from Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen, French Toast and Bacon Cupcakes from The Busty Baker, Mixed Berries with Double Vanilla Creme Anglaise from ButterYum, Peach Custard Pie from Chef Fresco, Peach Tarte Tatin from Chefdruck Musings, Soft Blueberry Swirl Mini Cheesecake from ChicKy EgG, Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake from Clara Bakes, Peach Amaretti Crumble from Closet Cooking, 10 Minute No-Bake Peach Crisp from Cooking During Stolen Moments, Tiramisu Cupcakes from Cupcake Project,Neapolitian Semifreddo from dailydelicious, Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Pie from Deliciously Organic, Rum and Raisin Ice Cream from Diary of a Ladybird, Strawberry Peah Crisp from EZ Home Cooking, Watermelon Jelly from Food in Jars, S’more Cookie Bars from Jane’s Sweets & Baking Journal, Peaches and Cream Cupcakes from Just a Taste, Watermelon Agua Fresca from Mommy’s Kitchen, Glazed and Sugared Cake Doughnuts from My Baking Adventures, Individual Boston Cream Pie and Whole Wheat Fig Raspberry Bars from Pastry Studio, Honey Roasted Cashews from Simply Scratch, Peach Clafoutis from Sugar & Spice by Celeste, Chocolate Strawberries ‘n Cream Cupcakes from Sugar Duchess, S’mores Cupcakes from Sugar High, and Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies from Une Gamine dans la Cuisine.

Redbirds need a W’ with Bradley coming in

The Pantagraph Bloomington, IL January 30, 2010 | Jim Benson NORMAL – Lloyd Phillips doesn’t seem to grasp this Illinois State- Bradley rivalry thing.

Or maybe he sees it better than most.

It will be a sold-out Redbird Arena at 4:35 p.m. today when ISU and Bradley renew their Interstate 74 rivalry for the first time this season. Yet to Phillips, the Redbirds’ senior point guard, all he can think about is stopping a two-game losing streak. go to website fox sports midwest

“It doesn’t matter who we play right now. We need a W,’ ” said Phillips. “Hopefully it will give the guys some extra energy and motivation to come out and play hard because we need it bad.” ISU (14-7) and Bradley (10-10) are stuck in a logjam in the middle of the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Both are 5-5 in the league and tied for fourth place with Drake and Missouri State, a game behind Creighton but only a game ahead of Southern Illinois and Indiana State.

When ISU coach Tim Jankovich was told about Phillips’ comments, he approved.

“Maybe it’s a mistake, but I don’t want them to think this game is any more important than the next two. That’s a dangerous trap,” said Jankovich. “I’m glad to hear him say that because we haven’t talked about it.

“I love rivalry games, but only because I like the crowd noise. The louder a crowd is the more fun it is for everybody. There’s a little different energy in the building. That’s what it’s all about. I wish every game was a rivalry game. But, at the same time, they count the same.” Bradley coach Jim Les agreed.

“You get into a situation where they’re all important and all big games,” said Les. “That’s the way we like it. This one more so when magnified by the proximity, rivalry and so-called bad blood.” Asked what he meant by bad blood, Les smiled when thinking about his playing days with the Braves in the 1980s.

“I’m not sure I dislike Jankovich as much as (Dick) Versace disliked (Bob) Donewald,” said Les. “Jank is a nice guy. That makes it difficult to dislike him.” There are only eight games left until the Missouri Valley Tournament in St. Louis. That should make jockeying for seeding position in the next four weeks interesting.

Phillips was under the mistaken assumption the top four teams avoid the play-in round in St. Louis. The top six seeds actually gain byes into the quarterfinals on March 5.

“We all know we have a challenge ahead of us right now, and we have to start winning starting (today),” he said. “We can’t be 5 to 10 (in the league). That would be a rough spot to be in for the Valley Tournament.” Bradley lost four of its first six Valley games before an improved defensive effort led to a three-game winning streak. However, Creighton went into Carver Arena on Wednesday and handed Bradley a 73-68 defeat.

ISU could have trouble matching up with Bradley’s two leading scorers – 6-foot-5 junior guard Andrew Warren (14.8 points per game) and 6-6 sophomore forward Taylor Brown (13.7 ppg). Junior guard Sam Maniscalco was named Valley Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 20 points on 57.9 percent shooting in victories over Southern Illinois and Evansville last week.

Coaches in sneakers Both coaching staffs will be wearing sneakers instead of dress shoes today as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend. The event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches to raise cancer awareness. site fox sports midwest

—————————————————————– ——————-Redbird essentials Bradley vs. Illinois State Time: 4:35 p.m.

Site: Redbird Arena, Normal Television: Fox Sports Midwest, Comcast Chicago Radio WJBC-AM (1230), WJEZ-FM (98.9) Records Bradley 10-10, 5-5 Valley; ISU 14-7, 5-5 Series history/last meeting: Bradley leads, 61-47 (ISU won 69-65 on Jan. 31, 2009).

About the Braves: Bradley was picked to finish sixth in the Missouri Valley Conference in a preseason poll of coaches, sports information directors and media … Andrew Warren, who sat out last season with a foot injury, is the leading scorer in Valley games only at 15.8 points, while Sam Maniscalco is tied for third at 15.1. Maniscalco needs 16 points to become the 43rd player in Bradley history to score 1,000 … Freshman forward Jordan Prosser of Eureka, who was the Pantagraph Player of the Year last year, is being redshirted.

Next up: Wednesday at Indiana State, 6 p.m.

Prediction: Illinois State 66, Bradley 62 Probable starters (Scoring, rebounding averages) BRADLEY F – Taylor Brown, 6-6, So. (13.7, 6.7); C – Will Egolf, 6-9, So. (8.2, 5.2); G – Sam Maniscalco, 6-0, Jr. (11.9, 2.7); Chris Roberts, 6-4, Sr. (9.9, 4.2); Andrew Warren, 6-5, Jr. (14.8, 5.0).

ILLINOIS STATE F – Dinma Odiakosa, 6-8, Sr. (11.5, 8.3); Jackie Carmichael, 6- 9, Fr. (7.5, 4.5); G – Osiris Eldridge, 6-3, Sr. (16.9, 3.5); Lloyd Phillips, 5-10, Sr. (10.9, 2.0); Alex Rubin, 6-1, Jr. (4.9, 1.1).

Jim Benson