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The Food Almanac: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Food Almanac: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Feasting Through History
Today in 1789, Americans celebrated the first Thanksgiving. President George Washington proclaimed the day of gratitude for a multitude of things, chief among them the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. In those days, big feasts--even bigger than what we do now--were the way one celebrated matters like this. So was born the dinner that has always been the hallmark of Thanksgiving Day. Today in 1846 Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a woman's magazine, began a campaign to have Thanksgiving declared a permanent national holiday. She would persuade Abraham Lincoln to do so in 1863--again, on this very date.

Food Calendar
This is Grilled Oysters Day. At this time of year in the Gulf of Mexico, the water has cooled enough for oysters to leave their spawning days behind and start bulking up. They stand up to a grilling without shrinking dramatically. Grilling oysters on the shell is nothing new, but some fifteen years ago Drago's version became a legendary dining phenomenon. Dozens of restaurants have imitated it. The recipe for their char-broiled oysters is simple enough: it's garlic butter with some herbs, pepper, and parmesan cheese on top. Some of the butter runs off the sides of the shells and flames up in the open fire, licking over the tops of the oysters and leaving behind a smoky flavor. You can make them at home if you have a) a good source of oysters, 2) someone to open them, and III) a really hot grill.

Gourmet Gazetteer
Bacon Hill is an unincorporated town in the resort area of upstate New York, eleven miles east of Saratoga Springs. It's one mile west of the Hudson River, on an escarpment 175 above the river. Quite scenic. The nearest restaurants are two miles south in Schuylerville, where Randy's is the favored eatery. The geological Bacon Hill is on the other end of the state, in the Finger Lakes wine district. The wooded hill rises to 1620 feet.

Edible Dictionary
en brochette, French, adj.--On a skewer, French style. Dishes en brochette are known as pinchos in Spain, shish kebabs in the Middle East, souvlaki in Greece, and satays in the Far East. They can be grilled, fried, or set up on a rotisserie. The advantage of the method is that it employs pieces of food too small to be cooked conveniently if they're loose. The most common brochette in New Orleans involves oysters, which are usually fried and napped with brown butter for an appetizer.

The Old Kitchen Sage Sez:
If you put unopened oysters on a hot grill, they will pop open after a short while. It saves the work of opening them (not an easy job), but it seems to me something is lost in the process.

Annals Of Food Transportation
Today in 1867, J.B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car. It made possible the shipping of fresh meats and produce across great distances, notably to the West. The descendants of the refrigerator car--refrigerated shipping containers--can be seen piled up on ships and railroad flatbed cars to this day.

Food Namesakes
The British supergroup Cream (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce) gave its farewell performance at Royal Albert Hall today in 1968. . Captain James Cook landed on Maui in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii now), the first European to do so. American tennis pro Jay Berger served himself up today in 1966. American mathematician Norbert Wiener appeared at his origin in 1894. He created the term and concept "cybernetics". . Robert H. Curry, Louisiana state representative and Civil War veteran, was born today in 1842.

Words To Eat By
"I loved my mother very much, but she was not a good cook. Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother’s tasted better the day before. In our house Thanksgiving was a time for sorrow."--Rita Rudner, American comedian.

"If you don't love life you can't enjoy an oyster; there is a shock of freshness to it and intimations of the ages of man, some piercing intuition of the sea and all its weeds and breezes."--Eleanor Clark, American writer.

Words To Drink By
"How beautiful would be drinking pure water, if it just was a sin!"--Italian folk saying.

University of Evansville

Tom Benson, general manager of WUEV, has been presented with the December 2013 IMPACT Employee of the Month Award. A 2000 graduate of UE, Tom came to work at the University in 2001.

Tom is known for being a true mentor to students working with WUEV and AcesTV, helping them achieve more efficient and creative work. He goes above and beyond his assigned responsibilities as general manager - he is always willing to help a co-worker or a student. Tom constantly works hard to promote the University and is an essential part of the University of Evansville team.

Upcoming Events

Free off site paper shredding by Piranha Mobile Shredding will return to the campus once again! All UE students, faculty, staff and alumni can take advantage of this free service by bringing paper to the Piranha truck in Koch parking lot. Paper will be shredded offsite.

So, if mounds of paper are taking over your office, home or room, this is the time to gather those old files, receipts, cancelled checks, tax forms, etc. No need to take out the staples or paper clips. Avoid identity theft by having confidential information permanently destroyed. Please no telephone books, magazines or newspapers. Also, please note that there is a 100lb. paper limit per visit (number of visits is not limited).

The UE Bookstore will be offering 15% OFF all UE clothing and gift purchases November 25-27. Items already on sale are exempt from additional discount. The Bookstore will close at Noon, November 27 and not reopen until Monday, December 2 for the holiday. Please plan your purchases accordingly.

Info You Should Know

If you are planning a campus event with food today or tomorrow, please let Houskeeping know by 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. They would like to clear away any food related trash before the University closes tomorrow at noon for the Thanksgiving holiday. To contact Housekeeping, call ext. 2045 or email them at [email protected] or [email protected]

Effective immediately, petty cash limits are increasing from $50 to $100. Hopefully, the increased amount will better serve the needs of our campus community.

The Fitness Center hours for Thanksgiving Break are:
Tuesday, November 26 - 6:30 am -7:00 pm (No Evening Swim)
Wednesday, November 27 - 8:00 am -Noon (No Open Swim)
Thursday, November 28 - Closed
Friday, November 29 - Closed
Saturday, November 30 - Closed
Sunday, December 1 - Closed
Monday, December 2 - Regular Hours Resume - 6:30 am - 10:00 pm

PRIDE is looking for student competitors for their 11th annual drag show. Both solo and group acts accepted. Prizes include a $50 Kanpai gift card, Jeannie's Gelato for a year, and a Gattitown outing for four, buffet included. Email [email protected] for information. Registration deadline is this Wednesday!

The campus Christmas trees will be delivered the week we return from Thanksgiving break (December 2 and December 3). Once trees are in place and set up, decorators should call Jayne Schnacke at ext. 2775 to arrange pick up and storage of the empty boxes.

The Intramural Dept. is looking for basketball officials for the upcoming season. If you are interested email Seth Woodason @[email protected]

UE Libraries will observe the following schedule of hours during the Thanksgiving Break. Contact William Louden, University Librarian, with questions at 812.488.2376 or [email protected]

&bull Tuesday, November 26 7:45 a.m. &ndash 10:00 p.m.
&bull Wednesday, November 27: 7:45 a.m. &ndash Noon
&bull Thursday, November 28: CLOSED
&bull Friday, November 29: CLOSED
&bull Saturday, November 30: CLOSED
&bull Sunday, December 1 3:00 p.m. &ndash 1 a.m.

Regular hours resume on Monday, December 2.


Music therapy students Sara Graham (senior), Tyler Vest (junior), and Melanie Brison (music therapy intern) recently gave a presentation at the American Music Therapy Association&rsquos annual conference in Jacksonville, FL. The presentation, entitled &ldquo&lsquoGonna Take a Sentimental Journey&rsquo: Musical Life Review,&rdquo summarized a special project they completed in Spring 2013 as part of a music therapy practicum assignment.

The Department of Music recently hosted the annual "KEY" (Keyboard Education for Youth) Competition, sponsored by the Greater Evansville Music Teachers Association. Over 100 student pianists (ages 5-18), teachers, and parents were on campus for the competition and recital. UE piano majors Jerren Shidler, Meghan Messer, Joe Effinger, Elizabeth Long, Olivia Price, Ashley Sliment, Victoria Geisz, Vickie Huber, Alaina McPherson, and Amanda McCandless assisted with the event.

Senior sociology majors, Sarah Spalding and Chelsea Clifton, along with Mari Plikuhn, assistant professor of sociology, presented their paper, titled, "Bridging the Gap: Perceptions of Young Adults on Aging and Interactions with Older Adults" at the Annual Scientific Meetings of the Gerontological Society of America on Friday, November 22 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The University of Evansville has received national recognition for the impact it makes on the lives of military veterans. U.S. News & World Report has ranked UE #4 among Midwest regional universities in its inaugural &ldquoBest Colleges for Veterans&rdquo rankings.

The new rankings, designed to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, provide information on schools that offer benefits such as tuition and housing assistance to veterans and active service members. Overall, the rankings listed 234 schools in 10 categories.

To learn more about this honor, click here.

The University of Evansville women's basketball team manufactured a pair of second-half runs, but it was not enough to overcame a 16-point halftime deficit, as the Purple Aces fell to host UT Martin, 93-77, at the Elam Center Monday night in Martin, Tenn.

Freshman Sara Dickey tied a career-high with 23 points and junior Mallory Ladd scored a season-high 21 points to pace Evansville (3-4), but UT Martin (4-2) got a game-high 34 points from Heather Butler, as Butler finished 11-for-20 from the field and 4-for-7 from long range.

Junior Kat Taylor also finished in double figures for the Aces with 10 points, and freshman Dakota Weatherford added six points and a team-high five assists.

The Skyhawks relied on Tiara Caldwell in the early going, as she scored 10 of UTM's first 14 points and held UT Martin open up an early, 14-9, advantage in the first five minutes of the contest.

Ashia Jones capped an early 7-0 run for the Skyhawks with a fade-away jumper at the 12:15, allowing UTM to increase its advantage to 21-11. UE was able to respond with a run of its own, as freshman Kenzie Gustin drained a three to pull Evansville within six at 23-17 with 9:46 remaining in the opening half.

After UT Martin regained a 30-19 lead at the 8:15 mark, the Aces were able to counter and whittle the lead back down to five, 35-30, when sophomore Laura Friday connected on a three from the left wing just over three minutes later.

The Skyhawks once again had an answer, as Butler and Newsome fueled a 17-6 run for UTM to close the half and UT Martin took a 52-36 lead into the locker room, after a steal and a layup by Newsome in the final moments of the first 20 minutes.

UT Martin shot an impressive 52.5 percent from the floor in the first half, draining 21 of its 40 first-half shot attempts, including a 5-for-11 mark from three-point land. Evansville shot 40.0 percent in the first half (12-for-30), but the Skyhawks dominated the paint, outscoring the Aces, 32-12, in the lane in the half.

UE made adjustments at the break and began to attack the basket early in the second half, which led to a 9-2 Evansville run. Ladd was able to drain back-to-back threes at the 14:42 mark, before Dickey trimmed the UTM advantage to 61-55 on a free throw on the Aces' next possession.

Newsome pushed UT Martin's lead back to double digits at 70-59 by converting a pair of free throws with 10:39 showing on the clock, but once again UE was able to go on a scoring spurt and pulled itself back within six, 72-66, when Weatherford made one of two free throws with just over eight minutes remaining in the game.

Butler closed the second half in the same manner in which she concluded the first, as she began to take charge and countered Evansville's run with a deep three from the left wing on the next possession, before she jumpstarted a 15-7 run to put UT Martin back in front, 87-73, with just 3:30 remaining in the game to seal the victory.

The Skyhawks led in nearly every statistical category, as they outrebounded the Aces, 40-32, outscored UE, 46-28, in the paint and turned 17 UE turnovers into 20 points. UTM also scored 10 second-chance points and held Evansville scoreless in transition, while scoring eight points on the break.

The Aces shot a season-high 45.5 percent from the field (25-for-55), including a 52.0 percent clip in the second half (13-for-25), but UT Martin finished the night with a 50.7 percent mark (34-for-67) and sank 10 three-pointers.

The Aces will look to rebound, when they return to the Ford Center, for their annual Education Day game against in-state foe IPFW on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m.

Riding a 5-0 start the to the 2013-14 season, the Purple Aces men&rsquos basketball team makes the trip north to Bloomington to face Indiana University on Tuesday at Assembly Hall.

For those unable to make the trip, the contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network with tip set for 8 p.m. ET. You can also tune in on 91.5 WUEV.

Another game proved to be another victory as the Purple Aces roared to their fifth win in a row to open up the season as they took down Anderson by a 91-68 final. For the first time in his head-coaching career at the University of Evansville, Marty Simmons has won five games in a row as he has the Aces sitting at 5-0. For the program, it is the first winning streak of five games or more since a streak of nine games from Dec.11, 1999 through Jan. 12, 2000. It is just the second 5-0 start since the 1965-66 with the other coming in 1986-87 a 6-0 start would be the first since the Aces went 29-0 in their 1964-65 NCAA Championship season.

With 29 points against Anderson, Balentine became the first UE player since current head coach Marty Simmons to post five 20-point games in a row to begin the season. Balentine is ranked fourth in the nation in scoring at 29.6 points per game while ranking in the top five in the MVC, shooting 59.4%. Balentine has been extremely accurate, a total that culminated in his 10-of-11 shooting effort against Anderson he ranks fifth in the MVC, shooting 59.4% while standing in second in 3-point shooting (65.2%).

With just five collegiate games under his belt, Duane Gibson has fit right in and has already made history in a short time. With 10 assists against Valparaiso and 11 helpers versus Anderson, Gibson became the first Ace since Reed Crafton to record double-digit assists in consecutive games Crafton did so in three straight games in 1989, including the NCAA win over Oregon State (3/10/89-10 vs. Dayton, 3/11/89-11 vs. Xavier, 3/17/89-10 vs. OSU). The Cleveland product in fourth on the team with 11 points per game along with a team-high 5 rebounds/game and a total of 35 assists.

Another one who is contributing to the efficient offensive start to the year has been Ryan Sawvell. The junior is coming off of the best 2-game stretch of his career as he combined to shoot 13-of-19 on his way to 29 points. The Mundelein, Ill. native is a career 58.2% shooter, that total would put him fourth on UE&rsquos all-time list.

The Hoosiers enter Tuesday&rsquos matchup with a 5-1 mark and are coming off of a 59-58 defeat at the hands of No. 18 UConn in the final game of the 2K Sports Classic in New York they are No. 25 in this weeks Coaches Poll. Yogi Ferrell leads the way for IU with 19.5 points per game, a tally that is second in the Big Ten he finished with a team-high 19 points against the Huskies. Noah Vonleh has notched 12.8 PPG while Will Sheehey stands at an even 12/game. A defensive-minded squad, Indiana is 14th in the country in shooting defense, allowing opponents to hit just 35.9% of their attempts they are even better on the glass, posting 44 rebounds per game, 8th in the NCAA.

Indiana owns a perfect 8-0 record in the series against the Purple Aces with the last one being a 94-73 win at the Ford Center on Nov. 16, 2011. IU is 2-0 against UE at Assembly Hall, including an 85-73 victory on 11/21/10.

The University of Evansville men&rsquos basketball team swept the Missouri Valley Conference weekly awards on Monday as D.J. Balentine was named the Player of the Week and Duane Gibson took Newcomer of the Week honors.

The No. 1 scorer in the MVC and fourth overall in the nation added to his numbers as the Purple Aces rolled to a perfect week and a 5-0 start in 2013. D.J. Balentine averaged an even 30 points per game as the Aces defeated a pair of conference champions from last season: Mercer and Valparaiso followed by a win over Anderson. The sophomore opened the week with yet another 29-point effort against Mercer as he knocked down 14-of-15 free throws.

Against Valparaiso, he set his career high with 32 points on 8-14 shooting (6-8 3-point) and made all ten free throws. He completed the week against Anderson with his fourth game of 29 points this season as he drained 10 out of 11 shots, all three treys and six free throws. For the week, he shot 61% from the floor, 71.4% from long range and knocked down an unbelievable 30 out of 31 free throws.

In only his fifth game in an Evansville uniform, freshman Duane Gibson continued to make history. With 10 assists against Valparaiso followed by 11 versus Anderson, Gibson became the first UE player since Reed Crafton in 1989 to register double figures assists in two consecutive games. In the Aces three games this week, all wins (including two over defending conference champions from 2012-13), the Cleveland native averaged 11.7 points per game, 4.3 rebounds and 9 assists while playing 31.7 minutes and shooting 58.8%.

He began the week with his top offensive game against Mercer, posting 23 points on 6-9 shooting while draining 11 out of 12 free throws and recording 7 rebounds and 6 assists. His strong week continued with 12 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds in the Valparaiso game before finishing up with 11 assists in the win over Anderson.

Balentine and Gibson look to keep the momentum rolling as the Purple Aces make their way to Bloomington for Tuesday&rsquos game against IU.

University of Evansville freshman Sara Dickey was named the Missouri Valley Conference Women&rsquos Basketball Newcomer of the Week in an announcement made by the league office Monday afternoon. The honor is the first by a Purple Aces&rsquo women&rsquos basketball player this season and the first-career MVC honor for Dickey.

Dickey averaged 20.5 points per game in a pair of wins for Evansville this week, scoring 22 points in the Aces&rsquo win over Ball State, before following it up with a 19-point effort in a victory at Austin Peay. Against the Cardinals, the freshman guard sank three shots from behind the arc and finished 6-for-15 from the floor for a game-high 22 points. In the same game, she collected two rebounds and a pair of assists.

In Sunday night&rsquos victory over the Lady Govs, the Montezuma, Ind., native led all players with 19 points, going 9-for-24 from the floor with four assists. On the season, Dickey has scored in double figures in all six games for UE and ranks fourth in the MVC in scoring at 17.5 points per contest.

Book Published in 1640 Sets a Record at Auction

It already held a record as the first book printed in English in North America. Now it holds two: It is also the most expensive book ever sold at auction.

The little volume of psalms, one of only 11 known to exist out of roughly 1,700 printed by 17th-century Puritans in Massachusetts, went for $14,165,000 at auction on Tuesday.

The buyer of the Bay Psalm Book, as it is known, was David M. Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group, an investment firm in Washington. Mr. Rubenstein has bought a number of historical documents in recent years, including a copy of Magna Carta for $21 million in 2007 (or $23.7 million today, adjusted for inflation).

He placed his bid by telephone from Australia and told the auctioneer, David N. Redden of Sotheby’s, that he planned to lend it to libraries across the country to display, eventually arranging a long-term loan to one of them.

“His intention is not to take these kinds of objects home,” Mr. Redden said.

The price, which included the auction house’s premium, set a record for a book sold at auction, beating the $11.54 million paid in 2010 for a copy of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America” (equivalent to $12.39 million today).

The Bay Psalm Book was published in 1640, more than a century and a half after the first Gutenberg Bibles and 20 years after the Pilgrims had landed at Plymouth. It was the first book turned out by a printing press that had been shipped over from England. The press operator was a locksmith who was apparently learning as he went along: some of the pages were bound in the wrong order. At the bottom of one, someone wrote, “Turn back a leaf.”


“It’s one of those things where there are 11 known copies, so it’s one of the holy grails for book collectors,” Michael Inman, the curator of rare books at the New York Public Library, said this month. (The library owns one of the 10 other copies. It sold at Sotheby’s in London in 1855 for 19 shillings, which Mr. Inman estimated was 1,900 British pounds or about $3,075.)

The Puritans, who disdained the King James Version of the Bible, retranslated the psalms from Hebrew. They meant their translations to be sung a cappella — at church or at home.

The copy that was sold on Tuesday had belonged to Boston’s Old South Church. Over the years, its congregation has included Samuel Adams, the colonial patriot who was a cousin of President John Adams, and Elizabeth Vergoose, a printer’s wife who is thought to be the Mother Goose of the nursery rhymes. Its ministers included Thomas Prince, the grandson of the last governor of Plymouth Colony.

Prince was also a book collector who stashed his collection in the nooks and crannies of the church. His New-England-Library, as he called it, apparently included two copies of the Bay Psalm Book, according to Sotheby’s (whose curators question whether he managed to acquire five, as some accounts say). The church sent both copies to the Boston Public Library for safekeeping in 1866 the other copy is not being sold.

The congregation voted last year to sell one copy to pay for ministries and repairs to the church’s 1875 building. The church’s historian, a longtime member of the congregation, resigned his post to protest the sale, and a successor was named.

Although the volume of psalms did not draw the pre-sale estimate of $15 million to $30 million, the church’s senior minister, the Rev. Dr. Nancy S. Taylor, said she was “thrilled with that price.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the buyer, we couldn’t be happier with the amount,” she said. “This is amazing. A year ago, we were wondering if we could get $5 million for it. We didn’t know.”

Watch the video: Garrison Keillor on Letterman, November 27, 1985 (July 2022).


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