November 2011 Archives
Here are a few Husky football links from around the web:
- Tim Griffin of MySanAntonion.com thinks that UW is the leading candidate to represent the Pac-12 in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
- The Issaquah Press writes that Saturday's Apple Cup sparked local football fever amongst its city's employees as trash talking and tailgate-style party foods started to appear at Issaquah's City Hall.
- Bleacherrepot.com writes about UW's possible bowl destinations. Although many assume that the Huskies will be going to the Alamo bowl, but this article looks at the different variables at play and what the possibilities are for the bowl game.
- Yesterday Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times pointed out that with all of the coaching changes in the conference, Steve Sarkisian is quickly moving up the coaching tenure ladder in the Pac-12.
Here are some Husky football links from around the web:
- In case you missed it, here's a one of the best highlights from Saturday's Apple Cup: Kasen Williams' hurdle over Cougars' defensive back Nolan Washington. In the video coach Sark, Keith Price and Kasen himself talk about the play.
- Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times provides some notes from coach Sark's radio show yesterday, his last of the season.
- The All-Pac-12 Conference Teams and the conference individual awards were released yesterday. The Huskies have one first team player, Chris Polk, and two second teamers, Senio Kelemete and Cort Dennison.
My goal was to make one thing with every type of squash I could find. Haven't quite gotten there yet, but here are 3 of the dishes I've tried: Moroccan Butternut Soup, Quinoa Stuffed Squash, and Pumpkin Muffins.
A couple of years ago, sweet potatoes went on sale for 19 cents/pound. So of course I bought a few. Or a lot. Or way too many. Okay, I went a little overboard and ended up making sweet potato muffins, fries, pancakes, chili, pie, soup and burritos. Luckily, I have yet to find such a significant sale on the squash, so my cooking has been somewhat controlled. I doubt I'll be able to hold off making something with delicata squash much longer though.
These 3 recipes are fairly straightforward, but it is about to get interesting next week when I set out to make Browned Butter Homemade Potato Gnocchi and Butternut Squash in a Pumpkin Pie Spiced Balsamic Reduction for Thanksgiving. I've never made gnocchi before, or even tried it. So this could prove interesting. Stay tuned.
Winter squash have lower water contents than summer squash and thus are more nutrient dense. They are high in carotenes which can protect against cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. They are also a very good source of vitamins B1 and C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, potassium and fiber in addition to a good source of niacin and Vitamin B6 (everynutrient.com). Look for squashes that are rich in color as it reflects higher levels of nutrients (and likely better taste as well).
Moroccan Butternut Soup
Adapted from Erinsfoodfiles.com
Since no vegetables besides butternut squash go in this soup, it is easy to bring together, especially if you have a well-stocked spice cabinet. Just beware that the squash does need to roast in the oven for 1 hour. (This is why you should always read the entire recipe ahead of time.)
· 1 (2 pound) butternut squash (or used a combination of butternut and acorn squash)
· 2 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
· Cooking spray
· 1 tsp curry powder
· ½ tsp ground cumin
· ¼ tsp ground coriander
· 1/8 tsp ground red pepper
· 2 ½ cups fat-free, low sodium chicken or vegetable broth, divided
· ½ cup milk
· ¼ tsp salt
· 5 tbsp reduced-fat sour cream (optional)
· Fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
· Handful toasted pumpkin seeds (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Pierce squash several times with a sharp knife. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds and membranes with a spoon. Place butternut squash, cut sides down and garlic cloves in a 13x9" baking dish coated with cooking spray (could also use a rimmed baking pan, cover and place squash on aluminum foil for easier cleanup). Pierce squash multiple times with a fork. Bake for 1 hour or until squash is very tender.
While squash bakes, place curry powder and next 3 ingredients in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Toast for 1 minute or until fragrant. Set aside.
Peel cooked squash (it's hot!), and place in a food processor (or blender). Remove and discard skins from garlic and add to food processor. Add 1 ½ cups chicken broth and process until smooth.
Transfer squash mixture to a large saucepan. Stir in remaining 1 cup broth, milk, salt (to taste), and toasted spices. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently.
Ladle soup into bowls. Top with sour cream, cilantro and pumpkin seeds if desired.
Quinoa Stuffed Squash
Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
A picture is worth a thousand words, except when it's misleading. I got this recipe out of a Cooking Light magazine. However, the finished squash product must have been under huge magnification with excessive amounts of cheese than the recipe actually called for.
Here are a couple pictures of the picture in Cooking Light Magazine, November 2011 issue (pictures of my creation were not available when this blog went to press but will be posted in the next post):
One pound golden nugget squashes are supposed to be roasted, stuffed and baked in this recipe. Have you ever seen a 1 pound squash? That's really small. They looked like mini pumpkins. So I stood at Metropolitan Market (only place I found them), staring at these baby squashes wondering how in the world any stuffing was supposed to fit in them. I ended up opting for 2 - two pound squashes instead of 4 - one pound ones. What direction you decide to go is up to you. The filling for the squashes is very flavorful, and to save money, time and energy, you could even skip the squash all together and just eat the filling by itself. However, if you want to impress a certain special someone, I would go with the squash. (Interestingly, there are quite a few things you can cook inside a pumpkin or squash - including oatmeal. I'm trying to find time to make Pumpkin Lasagna - layered and cooked inside a sugar pumpkin.)
The squash can be cooked and the filling made up to 2 days ahead and stored separately in the refrigerator. Then assemble and bake right before serving.
· 4 (1 pound) golden nugget squashes
· Cooking spray
· 2 (4 ounce) links hot turkey Italian sausage, casings removed (or other sausage or meat-free substitute)
· ½ cup finely chopped carrot
· ½ cup finely chopped onion
· 2 garlic cloves, minced
· ½ cup water
· 2 cups cooked quinoa (about 1 cup uncooked)
· 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
· ½ tsp chopped fresh thyme
· ¼ tsp kosher salt
· ¼ tsp black pepper
· ¾ cup (3 ounces) shredded 2% reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, divided
Cut the top quarter off each squash; reserve tops (besides decoration purposes, I'm not sure what purpose this serves). Discard seeds. Arrange squashes, cut sides down, in 2 (11x7") baking dishes. Fill each dish with 1" of water; microwave on high for 15 minutes. Remove dish; repeat with remaining dish. Cool. (My microwave was not big enough to do this. I baked them all together in the oven at 350 deg F on a baking sheet, cut sides down until they were soft. Maybe 30 minutes.) While these are cooking, cook your quinoa if you haven't already done so.
Preheat oven to 350 deg F (if you microwaved your squash).
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with Pam. Add the sausage and sauté for 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble (crumbling will prove to be difficult if you failed to remove the casing as I did). Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the carrot, onion, and garlic to drippings in the pan. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in ½ cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook 8 minutes or until carrot is tender.
Combine sausage, carrot mixture, quinoa, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir in ½ cup of the cheese. Stuff about 1 cup quinoa in each squash and top with 1 tbsp cheese each. (Please refer to the picture from the magazine if to compare how much cheese their squash has on top with the 1 tbsp you are instructed to use.) Arrange stuffed squashes in a broiler-safe baking dish and place tops in the dish (if you wish to keep them). Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from oven.
Preheat broiler to high.
Broil squashes for 4 minutes or until cheese is golden. (Do not get distracted! Cheese will burn. See picture on next blog post.)
Adapted from Ellie Krieger
Healthy or relatively healthy, the choice is yours. But they will be tasty.
· 1 cup all purpose flour (or make whole wheat)
· 1 cup whole wheat flour
· 1 tsp baking soda
· ½ tsp salt
· 1 tsp cinnamon
· ½ tsp ginger
· ¼ tsp ground cloves
· 1/8 tsp nutmeg
· ¾ packed dark brown sugar
· 3 tbsp molasses
· ¼ cup canola oil (or use 3/8 cup ground flaxseed and 1/8 cup applesauce)
· 2 large eggs (or egg substitute, or egg whites)
· 1 cup canned pumpkin ( I spent 20 minutes in the store looking for this...)
· 1 tsp vanilla extract
· ¾ cup "homemade buttermilk" (1 tbsp vinegar + milk to make ¾ cup, let sit 10 minutes)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin pan with Pam. (If you're using muffin papers and not using the oil in the recipe, spray the muffin papers with Pam as the muffins will be difficult to remove from them if you don't.)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, molasses, oil (or flaxseed and applesauce), and eggs until combined. Whisk in the pumpkin and vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the buttermilk. Whisk only till combined. Do not over mix (Very important as it will lead to tough and dense muffins that will not rise as much. Some lumps are even ok. Keep this in mind for pancakes and quick breads too - e.g. banana bread).
Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick or knife inserted into center comes out clean (muffin should also bounce back when pressed).
Let muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan, turn upside down, and cool completely on the rack.
2011 XC West Regional Champions!
The Pac-12 statistics for men's soccer have been updated through games of Nov. 27. Washington finished in 2nd place with a 7-3-0 conference record and a 12-4-2 overall record.
Washington has the lowest number of goals allowed (14) and is also first in shots (298) and goals against average (0.75).
Seniors Brent Richards and Jacob Hustedt is in the top five for shots, points, goals and game-winning goals. Fellow seniors Casey McCool and Jamie Finch also ranks in goals and assists, respectively.
Sophomore goalkeeper Spencer Richey ranks in the top three for goals against average, saves and shutouts.
Here are the rest of the team and individual statistics:
11-27 MSOC Stats.pdf
You can also check out the NCAA statistics for all men's college soccer teams here.
The Elite 8 for the Men's College Cup has been set. As the only Pac-12 team selected in the tournament, No. 13 UCLA will face No. 12 Louisville on Dec. 3. The other Elite 8 match-ups are No. 1 UNC vs. St. Mary's, No. 3 UCONN vs. Charlotte, and No. 7 USF vs. No. 2 Creighton.
The final four will take place on Dec. 9th and the national championship game will be held at Hoover, Alabama on Dec. 11th.
See the complete bracket here: Div. 1 Men's College Cup Bracket
Each week the Pac-12 has been catching up with student-athletes from across the conference to ask them questions and learn some fun facts about them.
In this week's Thanksgiving edition, gymnast Phoebe Tham was featured, along with four other Pac-12 athletes.
Here are some Husky football links from the weekend and this morning:
- Bowl predictions are out. At this point it's not official, but many predictions have the Huskies going to the Alamo bowl in San Antonio to play a Big 12 opponent, such as Oklahoma, on December 29th.
- According to the major polls, UW finished the regular season with rankings ranging from 30th up to the low 40's.
- On Saturday Keith Price threw three more touchdown passes and became the single season record holder for TD passes in school history. He eclipsed Cody Pickett's 2002 total of 26 in leading the Huskies to an Apple Cup victory and has a chance to add to his current record of 28 touchdowns in the bowl game.
- Here are some of coach Sark's post-game quotes from the Apple Cup and the video of his post-game interview.
- One of the big plays of the Apple Cup was the blocked punt by the Huskies. The play that was called: Cougar Block.
The Pac-12 women's soccer statistics have recently been updated. Washington finished 7th with a 7-8-5 overall record and 3-5-3 conference record.
Senior goalkeeper Jorde LaFontaine-Kussman finished first in saves per game with a 4.78 average and third in total saves with 86.
Senior forward Sarah Martinez made it in the top ten for shots (9th, 9), shots per game (6th, 2.78), points (10th, 10), points per game (6th, 1.11) and goals (8th, 4).
Here are the rest of the stats for all Pac-12 teams:
The NCAA soccer statistics for all women's college teams are also updated here.
In the D1 Women's College Cup, all No. 1 seeds have reached the final four, including fellow Pac-12 team Stanford. After beating No. 2 Oklahoma State on Friday, the Cardinal will face Florida State in the semifinals. The other final four teams are Wake Forest and Duke. Both games are set for December 2 at KSU Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga.
The national championship game will be held at KSU Soccer Stadium on December 4 at 1p.m.
You can check out the whole bracket here: http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/soccer-women/d1
The Apple Cup is tomorrow! I repeat, the Apple Cup is tomorrow! Here are some Husky football links to get you ready for the game:
- The Seattle Times takes a look at the quarterback matchup.
- And here is Bob Condotta's story from today about how the Huskies are looking for a strong finish to an up-and-down season.
- Todd Milles of the Olympian writes that UW will be relying on many youngsters on both offense and defense in their first ever Apple Cup.
- Steve Rudman and Art Thiel discuss and debate the outcome of tomorrow's 104th rendition of the Apple Cup.
- Bleacherreport.com also chimes in on the Apple Cup saying the UW should win the game.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Repeat it with us: no matter how it looks, don't understate the value of a road victory.
This was the post mortem discussion after the Huskies beat UC Santa Barbara, 46-37, on Wednesday night. Sure there are plenty of areas where the Dawgs struggled, but an away win against a quality Big West conference opponent is not something to take for granted.
So head coach Kevin McGuff let them enjoy it for a night. Then it was back to work early Thanksgiving afternoon, when the Huskies returned to the Thunderdome for a two-hour workout. The emphasis now was San Diego State, a physical, athletic team that should see time in the Top-25 rankings.
As for now, it's time for Study Hall and Thanksgiving dinner. The team is headed to manager Amanda Johnson's house in Manhattan Beach, Calif., where a sizeable feast awaits. Hard to beat the drive down on Highway 101, one of the most scenic roads in the world. After dinner, it's a late bus to San Diego and checking into a downtown hotel.
In the spirit of the holidays, GoHuskies.com talked with a few of our student-athletes to find out what they're thankful for this season.
Regina Rogers: I am thankful for my fifth year and being able to play with these wonderful coaches and my team this year.
Kristi Kingma: I am thankful for my family and that I get to play at a school close to home. And that I get another year with my wonderful teammates and coaches.
Mercedes Wetmore: I am thankful for my family and also being able to play close to home and play for one of the best universities in the country. I'm also thankful that everyone is mostly healthy.
Aminah Williams: I am thankful for my family and to be a part of such a great program with a great group of girls.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The first road trip under Coach Kevin McGuff is now in full swing. On a beautiful afternoon here on the California coast, the Huskies are in the midst of shootaround at the Thunderdome, the UC Santa Barbara on-campus gym.
One thing McGuff has repeatedly instilled with his young team is the importance of shootaround. The hour-long workouts aren't just a time to put up shots and get acquainted with the gym's sightlines. Instead, the first-year UW coach is stressing "game speed and game shots." Washington spent the workout going over what to expect from the Gauchos, a 2-2 team that has played well this season in their home gym.
As far as game settings, it's hard to picture a better road trip venue than Santa Barbara. Nestled next to the Pacific Ocean, the team was able to check out the pier in town and walk along the beach. For a group of sun-starved Seattleites, this was a clear winner.
The logistical part of the trip has gone smoothly as well. A two-hour flight brought the team out of rainy Seattle to Burbank, Calif., on Tuesday night. Then it was off to In-N-Out, the iconic California burger chain, for a late dinner. The 90-minute bus ride to Santa Barbara was split between sleeping coaches/administrators in the front, and an impromptu karaoke party in the back.
Tip-off tonight is at 7 p.m. from the Thunderdome. GoHuskies.com will have a live chat, or you can listen to Steve Sandmeyer's call on 1150am KKNW.
Secondly, here are a few photos from the trip.
Here are some pre-Thanksgiving Husky football links from around the web:
- John McGrath of the News Tribune takes a look at the two head coaches involved in Saturday's game, WSU's Paul Wulff and UW's Steve Sark.
- Chai, an elephant at the Woodland Park Zoo, has made her pick for Saturday's game. Much to the dismay of her local fans Chai has predicted that WSU will win the Apple Cup.
- Here is the Seattle Times' preview of the Apple Cup matchup. Not surprisingly, Chris Polk is expected to be a major factor once again.
- Ryan Divish writes about the emergence of Kasen Williams, who has taken a while to get going but is now an impact player for the Huskies.
- Ted Miller of ESPN.com's Pac-12 Blog will be watching to see how Nick Holt and the Husky defense fare against WSU's 3rd string quarterback as well as several other story lines from around the conference.
While the Huskies couldn't pull out a victory against St.Louis on Sunday, it was still a special experience for senior Scott Suggs and coach Lorenzo Romar. Coach Romar, who coached the Billikens for three seasons before heading out west, planned this trip as an opportunity for Suggs, who grew up in St. Louis, to play in front of his family and friends. Unfortunately it didn't quite work out that way as Scott Suggs has been sidelined with a broken foot and was unable to play. The St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote about this UW-SLU connection before Sunday's game.
Here are some Husky links from around the web:
- Bob Condotta writes that Keith Price will get the start in this Saturday's Apple Cup. Keith sat out most of last week's game against Oregon State, but coach Sark says his knee is looking better.
- This week Condotta is also taking a look at some of the memorable Apple Cup games of the past. Each day he is going to relive "this day in Apple Cup history".
- Vince Grippi of the Spokesman-Review takes a first look at this Saturday's matchup. Grippi thinks that the key matchup of the game will pit Chris Polk against the WSU linebackers.
- Here are some notes from coach Sark's radio show yesterday as well as yesterday's practice.
- Spokane native and UW freshman Bishop Sankey originally committed to WSU. But he changed his mind just before signing day and decided to join the Huskies thanks to a relentless recruiting effort.
Here are some Husky football links from the weekend:
- Ryan Divish of the News Tribune has a wrap-up of Saturday's loss to Oregon State. There you'll also find video of Nick Montana being interviewed after the game.
- The Seattle Times' Bud Withers writes about what we learned in the Pac-12 this week.
- In case you missed it, former Husky quarterback Jake Locker played for the Tennessee Titans yesterday after starting quarterback (and former Seahawk) Matt Hasselbeck was injured. Although his team lost, Locker played well throwing for two touchdowns and almost leading his team to a come-from-behind victory.
- Washington State will be without their starting quarterback for the Apple Cup. Redshirt freshman Connor Halliday suffered a lacerated liver during the Cougars' 30-27 overtime loss on Saturday. Halliday was taken to the hospital but appears to be ok.
- After a week of uncertainty over who would start at quarterback, it was announced yesterday that NIck Montana will be getting his first career start in place of the injured Keith Price. The Kitsap Sun reports that coach Sark is confident in his decision.
- Six UW football players have earned Academic All-Pac-12 honors. Brendan Lopez and Greg Walker were named to the first team while Drew Schaefer, Cort Dennison and William Chandler were named to the second team. Erik Folk received honorable mention.
- Ted Miller of ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog brings you this week's "Pac-12: Did you know?" featuring fun facts from across the conference.
- Tomorrow is the final home game of the season for Oregon State, so they will be honoring their senior class. Paul Buker of the Oregonian talked with some of the veteran Beavers about their time at Oregon State.
- With the announcement that Nick Montana will make his first start tomorrow, Steve Gress of the Corvallis Gazette-Times anticipates a healthy dose of Chris Polk tomorrow for the Huskies.
Here are some Husky football links for Thursday:
- On ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog Ted Miller says that Chris Polk should have a field day against OSU's porous run defense in his weekly preview of the Pac-12. OSU's run defense is ranked 11th in the conference, giving up 183.7 yards per game.
- The big news for the Huskies is still the decision of who will start at quarterback due to Keith Price's injury. In his Wednesday practice report, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that this decision hasn't yet been made public. Coach Sark said he'll know sometime this morning but until the decision is announced, we can only guess who will be behind center on Saturday.
- On the same note, SeattlePI has an article about Nick Montana with a slide show of pictures of the young quarterback.
- Paul Buker of the Oregonian collaborates with Bob Condotta to bring you "Five Questions, Five Answers" in preparation for Saturday's showdown.
Here are some of Wednesday's Husky football links for you reading pleasure:
- Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune writes that Keith Price got good news following his MRI on his sore left knee. It may not be feeling 100% but the MRI showed no structural damage. It's still unclear whether or not Price or Nick Montana will start, but it's a huge relief knowing that Keith will be alright.
- The News Tribune also provides a scouting report on Oregon State and some fun facts about this weekend's matchup.
- The Gazette-Times of Corvallis has a scouting report on the Huskies as well.
- Coach Sark says it's "gut-check" time for the Huskies. After losing three of their last four games, albeit against tough competition, it's time for the Huskies to rebound and toughen up.
Here are some Husky football links from around the web:
- Coach Steve Sarkisian said at his press conference yesterday that he was prepared to have Nick Montana make his first start this Saturday in Corvallis. You can read all about that and much more from his press conference here.
- The big news of the day is that Keith Price may be unable to play and Nick Montana may have to lead the Huskies. ESPN.com has a story about Price as does Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times and Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald.
- Cliff Kirkpatrick of the Corvallis Gazette-Times writes that OSU's recent skid began last year in their double overtime loss at Washington.
- Bob Clark of the Eugene Register Guard takes a look at the draft stock of several Pac-12 players including Chris Polk.
The UW men's soccer team was a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year and once again did not make the tournament. UW finished the season at 12-4-2 and second in the Pac-12 behind UCLA who made the tournament.
"We reached all of our goals and improved throughout the year. I'm so proud of this senior class and just feel the worst for them," said head coach Jamie Clark.
View the complete bracket here: http://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/gametool/brackets/soccer-men_d1_2011.pdf.
It's hard not to eat breakfast when it tastes this good. It might even be good enough to get you out of bed in the morning. Well, maybe not that good. And after breakfast day number one, it may not make it to breakfast day number two as it becomes snack numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. I'm not saying you should eat it with a spoon, but I won't judge you if you do.
I set out to create a tasty combination of nutritionally-packed foods that would go well with steel cut oats soaked in almond milk. One cup of almond milk provides 45% of your daily calcium, compared to 25% for regular milk (Try to find it on sale. A good price is $2 for ½ gallon.) and it lasts in the fridge for a long time. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels, wheat germ and oats provide filling fiber, flax seed throws in those awesome Omega 3's, a banana gives you a potassium hit, and cocoa nibs are full of iron (which you shouldn't technically eat with calcium, but oh well).
Steel Cut Oats with Homemade Almond Butter
Typically, when we think of preparing steel cut oats, it involves boiling them in water on the stove for 30 minutes or so (and in my case, typically burning them as well). Few people have time to do this on a daily basis (although you could make a large batch and freeze into portion sizes), and I far prefer the soaking method. It's not only easier, but it's also possible to do in your dorm room as long as you have a fridge. They resemble something like a muesli when it's all said and done. Below are the ingredients that I throw in mine. Feel free to mix and match fruit (dried and fresh), nuts and flavors. (And while I measure the steel cut oats and milk, I just throw in a spoonful of everything else pretty much.)
1/3 cup steel cut oats
2/3-1 cup almond milk (or other milk)
1 tsp wheat germ
1 tsp ground flax seed
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp cocoa nibs
Heaping spoonful of almond butter (or peanut butter), recipe to follow
Stir together oats and milk. Put in fridge overnight.
When ready to consume, remove from fridge and mix in remaining ingredients, except for almond butter. Add spoonful of almond butter on top, but don't mix in as it will dissolve into the milk and lose its flavor.
Homemade Almond Butter
After making this, you'll wonder how you lived without it for your entire life. Make no mistake, the store bought variety cannot compare. So if you're a little hesitant because you've tried those before, don't let that dissuade you. After making this, peanut butter may topple from the throne of buttery goodness.
This recipe does call for the use of a food processor. I decided I didn't need one of those as I had a Magic Bullet (My dad will be so happy I finally used my birthday gift!). It was supposed to take 15 minutes in the food processor. Let's just say that 3 hours later, my Magic Bullet was a little warm and losing some of its magic. I had my doubts along the way, but it did (eventually) get the job done.
Roasted Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter
Adapted from Edibleperspective.com(there are a lot of other great nut butter recipes on this blog)
1 cup almonds
2 ½ tbsp maple syrup (the real kind)
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tbsp oil (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 deg F.
Line a pan with parchment paper (not wax or aluminum foil) for easier cleanup.
Pour the almonds onto the pan and drizzle over maple syrup. Mix well.
Roast for about 15 minutes, stirring 3 times. Do not become preoccupied with other things during this time. They need to be monitored so they don't burn.
Let cool for 5 minutes. (Do not cool completely)
Put in the food processor (or magic bullet, but not advised), and process until buttery - about 15 minutes. You will need to scrape down the bowl regularly.
Add the salt and cinnamon and process again until smooth. Should have a buttery consistency.
Pumpkin Spiced Almond Butter
Adapted from edibleperspective.com
2 cups almonds
3 tbsp maple syrup, divided
1 ½ tbsp molasses, divided
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp canola oil
Preheat oven to 300 deg F.
Spread the almonds onto the parchment on a baking sheet.
Mix well with 2 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tbsp molasses.
Roast for 30 minutes, stirring once every 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for about 30 minutes.
Place almond mixture in food processor and process for about 15 minutes, or until it takes on a buttery consistency. (Past the stage where a large ball of dough forms.)
Add ½ tbsp molasses, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 ½ tbsp oil, all the spices, and salt.
Process again until buttery consistency reached again, about 5-8 minutes. (Add a little more oil if you want it smoother.)
From the recent cross country trip to Wisconsin!
A few changes have been made to the original schedule for the 2012 Kajikawa Softball Classic on Feb. 9-12 in Tempe, Ariz., with a few changes affecting UW's schedule during the tournament. Below is a link to the entire tournament schedule.
Kajikawa Master Schedule Sheet.pdf
Here are some Husky football links from the weekend:
- Bob Condotta writes that UW is looking to right the ship this Saturday in Corvallis against Oregon State.
- Oregon State beat writer Cliff Kirkpatrick provides some OSU news and notes following their loss against Cal this past weekend.
- ESPN.com's Ted Miller gives his Pac-12 bowl predictions which include the Huskies going to the Alamo bowl.
- Seattle Times' Bud Withers gives a nice recap of this weekend's happenings around the conference.
- Here are coach Sark's quotes following Saturday's loss at USC.
- The Seattle Times also posted quotes and video of Keith Price from after the game.
- Eugene's Register Guard writes about Oregon State's struggles running the ball and stopping the run and how the Huskies' balanced offensive attack will present many challenges for the Beavers.
Here are some Husky football links for Friday:
- LA Times' Gary Klein discusses tomorrow's game.
- To prepare for this weekend's game, neontommy.com has a Q&A with UW writers Ryan Divish (Tacoma News Tribune) and Jacob Thorpe (UW Daily).
- Some fun facts about the Pac-12 on ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog.
- The Kitsap Sun has a story about coach Sark and the UW offensive line.
- Sean Parker is one of the rughly 35 Huskies from the LA area making a homecoming this weekend. Here he is talking about returning home, his friendship with Trojan receiver Robert Woods and more.
Venise Chan, a two-time All-American and UW tennis standout has been making her mark at the professional level since graduating this past June. In a recent tournament in Chinese Taipei, Chan won her three matches in the qualifying draw to advance to the main draw. There she beat her first opponent before losing in the round of 16.
There is another tournament currently being held in Manila, Philippines that saw Chan advance through the qualifying draw again to make it to the second round of the main draw. You can stay up to date on her schedule and results on Chan's page on the ITF website. We'll definitely be keeping an eye on her as she progresses through the professional ranks.
Here are some Husky football links from around the web:
- Each of the past two years UW kicker Erik Folk has come up clutch for the Huskies. Folk talks about what those game winning field goals meant to him, what it's like playing in front of family and friends as a Los Angeles area native and much more.
- The Kitsap Sun writes about the ups and downs of Huskies' star freshmen Kasen Williams and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins.
- Gary Klein of the LA times has a story about how Chris Polk, who was recruited by Steve Sarkisian at USC and made a verbal commitment to the Trojans, chose to go play for the Huskies.
- The LA Times also takes a look at what the Trojans need to do in order to slow down Keith Price and the Huskies.
Here are some Husky football links for Wednesday:
- The fallout from coach Sark's controversial comment about taking USC quarterback Matt Barkley over Stanford's Andrew Luck continue.
- Ted Miller of ESPN.com's Pac-12 blog writes about this week's Pac-12 happenings, calling the UW-USC game a battle for the "third best team in the Pac-12".
- USC senior running back, Marc Tyler, has been cleared to play this weekend against UW.
- The Kitsap Sun writes about the state of Husky football. The Huskies' Rose Bowl hopes may be mostly gone but there is still a lot of incentive to win given the bowl system.
-USC's Daily Trojan writes about the legacies that former USC coaches Nick Holt and Steve Sarkisian left behind when they came up north.
This weekend marks a big weekend for the Husky mens' basketball team. The World Vision Classic tips off on Saturday, November 12th, when Portland faces off against Florida Atlantic at 11:30am at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Huskies have their first game Saturday as well vs. Georgia St. tipping off at 2:00pm.
The Huskies also play Sunday evening at 5:00pm against Florida Atlantic, and finish the classic off Monday night at 7:00pm against Portland.
It is a round robin style tournament, that spans from Saturday through Monday with all games being played at Alaska Airlines Arena, each team plays 3 games.
With a big win over SPU last weekend, the Huskies look to see what their youngsters can do on a bigger stage. Look for Aziz to make his season debut, and the team to fire off on all cylinders.
Here are some Husky football links from around the web:
- Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that Keith Price says he'll bounce back against USC this weekend.
- Here's a photo gallery giving you a last look at Husky Stadium. Here you'll find pictures from the groundbreaking as well as some from deep within the old stadium.
- In case you haven't heard, the start time for this year's Apple Cup has been released. The November 26 showdown will kick off at 4:30 PT on Versus.
- The Daily Trojan writes about the back-and-forth between UW and USC coaches regarding Nick Holt's comments about preferring to face USC than Oregon. The article goes on to talk about the friendly rivalry and competitive spirit of these two coaching staffs.
- The LA Times lists 5 areas where USC can improve.
The University of Washington men's soccer team is ranked No. 21 in the College Soccer News top-30 national poll, released November 6. Despite having a bye week, the Huskies (11-4-2, 6-3-0 Pac-12) moved up one spot from last week. It marks the fourth consecutive week that UW has been ranked in the poll. Washington is only two of the Pac-12 schools (UCLA) to be ranked in the top-30.
The Pac-12 Conference standings and statistics are also updated. Washington is locked in for 2nd place, behind UCLA, with a 6-3-0 Pac-12 record.
Team Conf. Pct. GF GA Overall Pct. GF GA Home Away Neut Last10 Streak
UCLA 9-0-0 1.000 18 2 14-4-1 .763 34 18 9-2 5-2 0-0 9-1 W4
UW 6-3-0 .667 15 11 11-4-2 .706 27 14 4-2 4-2 3-0 7-3 W1
SDSU 4-4-1 .500 13 15 10-5-3 .639 32 23 7-1 3-4 0-0 5-4-1
OSU 3-5-1 .389 11 16 5-10-2 .353 20 31 3-5 2-5 0-0 3-6-1 L2
Stanford 2-6-1 .278 9 15 5-10-2 .353 17 26 5-3 0-7 0-0 3-6-1 L1
Cal 0-6-3 .167 7 14 3-8-5 .344 18 25 1-3 1-5 1-0 1-6-3
1. New Mexico
3. North Carolina
8. South Florida
11. UC Irvine
12. Coastal Carolina
13. Boston College
14. UC Santa Barbara
16. St. John's
17. Old Dominion
20. James Madison
24. Notre Dame
27. South Carolina
28. CSU Bakersfield
Here are some Husky football links to get your week started:
- There may not be a lot to celebrate from this past weekend's loss to Oregon, but the Kitsap Sun talks about freshman receiver Kasen Williams' big game.
- In case you missed the game, here is Bob Condotta's analysis to go along with highlights of the final game at pre-renovation Husky Stadium.
- Gary Klein of the LA Times writes that Washington is looking to rebound against USC this weekend. The Los Angeles newspaper is especially interested in this weekend's matchup because it pits the Trojans against former assistants Steve Sarkisian and Nick Holt.
- The News Tribune takes a look at the USC Trojans. There you can find the USC football preview for this weekend and the Trojan depth chart.
Tomorrow is game day! I know you can't wait, but for now you'll have to make do with these Husky football links from around the web:
- Every day this week prominent people from Husky history have reflected on their most memorable experience from Husky Stadium. Lawyer Milloy shares his favorite Husky Stadium moment in the final installment of the Seattle Times' week-long series.
- For those nostalgic Husky fans that want to read about even more great moments in Husky Stadium's history, the News Tribune recounts nine momentous days from the storied past of a great stadium.
- USA Today previews this weekend's biggest college football games. Number 4 on their list may be especially intriguing to the readers of this blog.
- Here is the audio as well as some notes from Nick Holt's weekly radio show on KJR. Holt talks about Alameda Ta'amu, the depth at safety and much more.
Jennifer Yang and Soo Bin Kim went to the same high school and both ended up at UW. The freshman pair brings both camaraderie and competiveness to the Dawgs as they continue their strong play this season.
The UW Daily discussed Yang and Kim in a story on Oct. 31.
Cheng-Tsung Pan is off to an amazing start for the Dawgs this year. The freshman took first place in the second college event of his career.
Scott Hanson, of the The Seattle Times, wrote about Pan's recent play and the praises he received from Coach Matt Thurmond.
Here are Thursday's Husky football links from around the web:
- The Seattle Times chatted with Husky great, Steve Emtman. He talks about hunting, his feelings about the Oregon Ducks and more.
- All week long, in anticipation of the last game before the renovation of Husky Stadium, the Seattle Times has been taking a look at some of the most memorable moments in Husky Stadium history. Today's memorable moment comes from Bob Rondeau, the longtime voice of the Huskies.
- Scott Johnson of the Kitsap Sun takes a look at the tough task at hand for the Husky defense: stopping Oregon's high-powered offense.
- FoxSports West talked to coach Sark about some keys to beating Oregon. He talks about what his team is doing and needs to do to beat the Ducks.
The UW women's soccer team will play its final regular season match against Washington State at home in a nationally televised game on Fox Soccer Channel and regional FSN/Root Sports channels. The match between the cross-town rivals is at Husky Soccer Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
Check to see where the game will be shown in your area:
FOX SOCCER CHANNEL Thursday - 11/03/2011 7:00 PM Pacific Time Zone, Live
FOX SPORTS DETROIT (PLUS) Thursday - 11/03/2011 10:00 PM Eastern, Live
FOX SPORTS FLORIDA (Non Florida Panthers) Thursday - 11/03/2011 10:00 PM Eastern, Live
FOX SPORTS OHIO Thursday - 11/03/2011 10:00 PM Eastern, Live
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST (FS PLUS) Thursday - 11/03/2011 9:00 PM Central, Live
PRIME TICKET Thursday - 11/03/2011 7:00 PM Pacific, Live
COMCAST BAY AREA Thursday - 11/03/2011 08:00 PM (JIP) Pacific, Live
COMCAST BAY AREA (PLUS) Thursday - 11/03/2011 7:00 PM Pacific, Live
ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region) Thursday - 11/03/2011 7:00 PM Pacific, Live
ROOT SPORTS (Rocky Mountain Region) Thursday - 11/03/2011 8:00 PM Mountain, Live
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA Saturday - 11/05/2011 9:00 AM Pacific, Delay
FOX SPORTS SOUTH (Non Predators) Wednesday - 11/09/2011 12:00 AM Eastern, Delay
FOX SPORTS OHIO (Non Blue Jackets) Friday - 11/04/2011 12:00 PM Eastern, Repeat
COMCAST BAY AREA Saturday - 11/05/2011 10:30 AM Pacific, Repeat
COMCAST CHICAGO Saturday - 11/05/2011 12:00 PM Central, Delay
ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region) Friday - 11/04/2011 12:00 PM Pacific, Repeat
ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region) Saturday - 11/05/2011 10:30 AM Pacific, Repeat
ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region) Sunday - 11/06/2011 11:30 AM Pacific, Repeat
Senior Kristi Kingma, who is out for the 2011-12 season with a torn ACL, answered a few questions recently about her injury and rehabilitation for the next issue of Dawgs Digest magazine. Look for the story in next month's issue! Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
How has Abdul Gaddy, who recently underwent the same issue, helped and encouraged you?
"Abdul's been so great ever since I tore my ACL. He reached out to me and was like 'Hey I'm praying for you, you're in my thoughts' and every time I see him in the weight room or the training room, he's always asking me how I'm doing. Obviously, it's not great that he went through that, but it's great to have someone who so recently went through it and to see him having success so quickly after surgery, it definitely gives me hope that I'll follow in the same footsteps as him. He hasn't really given me advice, but he'll see me in the training room and be like 'Yeah, that hurts' or 'Yeah, I remember that' or 'I understand what you're going through'. [He's] just saying that everything is going to be ok."
How has your role on the team changed since getting injured?
"It's so much different because, last year, I was mainly the vocal leader on the court, pulling people into huddles, calling plays, and I can't do that this year. I can't be on the court this year. I'm still leading but more from the sidelines and more of my work or my role on the team is more just encouragement than ever before. Now I'm sitting on the sidelines and actually watching, so I can directly see [what's happening]. It gives me a chance to learn, a chance to see a new perspective."
Why should Husky fans and others come watch the UW women's basketball team this season?
"Husky fans should come watch us this season because we've got a really good mix of senior leadership [and also] young players. I think anytime you mix young players with older players, it's exciting, because the young players are fun and energetic and they have so much energy and the older players are savvy veterans who just know how to get work done. I think that's a good mix and I think we're really going to surprise people this year and if you haven't seen Coach McGuff coach, you're really going to enjoy his sideline...gestures."
UW Men's Golf team moved up to 9th in the rankings this week from a previous ranking of 13th. The Dawgs grabbed the appeal at the high profile U.S. Intercollegiate where their -9 par showing placed them second only to rivals UCLA.
Rank Team Points Last
1. Texas (18) 523 7
2. Auburn 497 1
3. Oregon (2) 470 20
4. Arkansas 443 9
5. Stanford 441 4
6. Alabama (3) 434 T-5
7. Georgia Tech 403 T-5
8. UCLA 400 3
9. Washington 389 13
10. California 361 15
11. Oklahoma State 287 2
12. North Florida 280 NR
13. Florida State 263 18
14. Clemson 234 12
15. New Mexico 171 NR
16. San Diego State 167 14
17. Kent State 166 NR
18. UCF 165 NR
19. UNLV 155 NR
20. LSU 154 22
21. Virginia 141 23
22. Illinois 123 T-16
USC 123 11
24. Duke 110 21
25. Georgia 86 T-16
Polls conducted by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Voting closed Oct. 27, 2011.
This weekend, as the Huskies take on the Oregon Ducks, former Husky and NFL tight end Cam Cleeland and his wife, former UW softball and basketball player Mindy (Williams) Cleeland lead an initiative, alongside several Huskies and area firefighters, to collect donations for a special cause. Their Play2Heal Project is raising money for young burn patients at the UW Medicine Burn Center at Harborview, where their then-3 year old son was treated last year. The group will be collecting donations at several places around Husky Stadium starting at 5:30 on Saturday before kickoff between the Dawgs and Ducks. The Cleelands were recently on King 5's New Day Northwest show to talk about the cause and the interview can be seen at the following link:
The Husky softball team has made two changes to their spring 2012 schedule. The game versus North Dakota on Mar. 7 has been deleted. Also, the doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield has been moved to Monday Mar. 19.
Here are some Husky Football Links for Wednesday:
- Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has a story about the emergence of Will Shamburger.
- Condotta also has several quotes from coach Sark and Oregon coach Chip Kelly from yesterday's Pac-12 teleconference on his Husky Football Blog.
- Continuing their series of Husky memorable moments, the Seattle Times is taking a look at some of the greatest memories from Husky Stadium during the final week before its renovation. Today's Husky memorable moment belongs to Hugh McElhenny, the former All-American and only Husky in both the College Foundation Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Chris Polk continues to get lots of attention following his great performance last week. SB Nation Seattle takes a detailed look into his role in the Washington offense.
- Oregon's star running back, LaMichael James, is recovering from an injury as says he's 100% and ready to go. He also talks a bit about this weekend's match up against the Huskies.
The UW men's soccer team improved to No. 48 in the nation in the latest NCAA Men's Soccer RPI Rankings on Tuesday. This was a huge jump for the Dawgs, moving up 16 spots from last week. UW is one of two Pac-12 teams in the top 100, with UCLA coming in at No. 15.
The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is a mathematical formula designed to objectively compare a team's won-lost record, opponents' strength of schedule and opponents' opponents' strength of schedule. The ranking is an important criteria for the NCAA committee when it selects the at-large teams for the 48-team NCAA Tournament field.
In addition to the RPI rankings, the Huskies rank in the team and individual statistics updated on Tuesday. UW is 27th in goals against average (0.79 with 14 goals allowed) and tied for 22nd in both won-lost-tied percentage (0.706%) and shutout percentage (0.47% with eight total shutouts).
Senior forward Brent Richards is ranked in the top 30 for points per game (T27, 1.47), total points (T23, 25), goals per game (T28, 0.59) and total goals (T25, 10). Sophomore goalkeeper Spencer Richey is 26th in goals against average (0.79).
After a loss to UCLA on Friday and then a victory against SDSU two days later, the Huskies are currently 11-4-2 (6-3-0 in conference play) and ranked No. 20 in both Soccer America and NSCAA Top 15 polls.
Here are some football links as the Huskies prepare to host the Oregon Ducks in the final game at Husky Stadium:
- After the ducks had a mini quarterback controversy, Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, says that Darron Thomas is clearly the starter even though his backup was brought in last week when Thomas struggled to put away Washington State.
- Chris Polk continues to receive praise following his impressive game against Arizona. Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times goes so far as saying that Polk is UW's best running back ever.
- Oregon coach Chip Kelly says that Husky Stadium is his favorite place to play in the Pac-12. He also talks about Chris Polk and Keith Price in the first video on this page.
- The Huskies have a tough task at hand this week: beating the Ducks. Coach Sark is trying to keep the team focused during a week that will be full of potential distractions.
- On Ted Miller's ESPN Pac-12 blog, his list list of Heisman candidates from the Pac-12 has shrunk significantly, down to just three names. And of those three remaining players, Miller says only one is currently "trending up".
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