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Parmigiano-Reggiano and Butternut Squash Soup

first_imgParmigiano-Reggiano and Butternut Squash SoupWHAT YOU NEEDSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 150g Parmigiano-Reggiano, with rind25g butter1 large onion, finely chopped1 medium butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks900ml hot vegetable stock150ml milksalt and freshly ground black pepper, to season4-6 slices French breadfresh parsley or thyme, chopped to garnishWHAT TO DOReserve the rind from the Parmigiano-Reggiano, cut into chunks, then finely grate the cheese.Melt butter in a large saucepan, gently fry onion for about three minutes, until softened, but not browned. Add butternut squash, vegetable stock and Parmigiano-Reggiano rind. Heat until mixture is just simmering, then turn heat to low and cook gently for about 20 minutes, partially covered, until vegetables are soft and tender.Remove rind from saucepan, transfer soup to blender or food processor and add most of the grated cheese, reserving about 25g (1oz) for garnishing. Blend soup for 15-20 seconds, until completely smooth. Return it to saucepan and add milk. Stir thoroughly and reheat until piping hot. Taste and adjust seasoning.Meanwhile, toast slices of French bread, sprinkle remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top and grill until melted. Ladle soup into warmed bowls, then top each portion with one piece of French toast. Sprinkle with fresh parsley or thyme and a little extra ground black pepper, then serve.Cook’s tip: You’ll need roughly 500g (1lb 2oz) of butternut squash when peeled and deseeded. If you have any left over, simply roast it until tender to serve as a vegetable with another meal. To store the soup, cool it quickly, then refrigerate for up to three days, or freeze for up to three months. Email NewsParmigiano-Reggiano and Butternut Squash SoupBy admin – January 6, 2011 615 Twitter Advertisement Previous articleCounty convention votes in favour of new hurling boardNext articleLimerick to get 240 places in work programme admincenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook Printlast_img read more

MCC backs Young Windies, Stewart in appeal controversy

first_img(CMC) – UNDER-fire West Indies Under-19s and their embattled captain, Emmanuel Stewart, have found backing from the historic Marylebone Cricket Club, in the controversial ‘obstructing the field’ dismissal of South African opener Jiveshan Pillay, during their ICC Youth World Cup match last Wednesday.The left-handed Pillay picked up the ball and tossed it to wicketkeeper Stewart, following a delivery from pacer Jarion Hoyte, in the 17th over of the South African innings.Stewart immediately appealed and following consultation between the umpires, Pillay was given out under Law 37.4 of the Laws of Cricket.While Stewart’s actions drew strong rebuke from present and former international cricketers, the MCC said the player was well within his rights.“The first thing to say is that the umpires were completely correct in their decision to give Pillay out obstructing the field,” the MCC, considered the guardians of the Laws of the game, said in a statement.“Pillay did not seek, or receive the consent from a fielder and did use his hand to return the ball to the wicket-keeper. He was thus rightly given out on appeal.”The MCC said while the specific law had been questioned, it was there to protect the integrity of the ball for the fielding side.“The reason behind it is that a fielding team will often take enormous care to maintain the condition of the ball – and they are allowed to do so. Any external influence on the ball – including a sweaty glove – could change its condition unfairly,” the statement continued.“Batsmen are therefore, instructed to leave the ball to the fielding side unless given specific consent to pick it up. It may seem harsh, but a scenario in which batsmen could, without any punishment, interfere with the ball would be far more problematic.“Instead, all a batsman needs to remember is not to return the ball to any fielder without consent – as the popular adage goes: batsmen bat, bowlers bowl and let the fielders field.”Following the game which the Young Windies lost by 76 runs, Stewart said on reflection while his appeal had been within the laws, it had breached the spirit of the game.Law 37.4 states: ‘Either batsman is out obstructing the field if, at any time while the ball is in play and, without the consent of a fielder, he/she uses the bat or any part of his/her person to return the ball to any fielder.’Stewart also conceded he should have withdrawn the appeal but the MCC pointed out that the player should not be pilloried for not having done so.“Pillay made a mistake – he acted in a way not permitted under the Laws. He was correctly given out on appeal. While the opposing captain may withdraw the appeal, he should not be criticised for not doing so,” the MCC stressed.“These players are young and are still learning the game. It appears that both Stewart and Pillay learnt valuable lessons on Wednesday – faced with the same situation again, both would probably act differently.”last_img read more

4 adults rescused after boat capsizes in Sarasota

first_imgThe U.S. Coast Guard is reporting that they rescued four adults from the water after their boat capsized.The incident occurred eight miles off of Sarasota, Florida on Sunday.Authorities say they responded to a call for help and found the two men and two women in the water with the overturned 24-foot vessel.It is unclear what caused the vessel to overturn at this time.Officials say the boat will be removed from the water by a commercial salvage company.last_img

Robert Morris downs Duquesne, 34-11

first_imgby Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Western Pennsylvania high school grads have helped the Robert Morris University football program to a tremendous 7-1 record so far this season. They just knocked off their in-city and in-conference rival, Duquesne in a convincing manner, 34-11, on Saturday at Joe Walton stadium.The two teams are a part of the Northeast Conference of the NCAA Division I-AA category.The Colonials feature a dozen African-American players that come from area high schools including Central Catholic, Steel Valley, McKeesport, Gateway, East Allegheny, Clairton, and Baldwin. LEAPING CATCH—Duquesne’s Dave Williams (Gateway High) makes a catch in the end zone but is pushed out of bounds by Rolf Bathold of Robert Morris. Williams had five catches for the Dukes, but it was not enough as they fell to the Colonials 34-11. (Photo by William McBride) Robert Morris has three players that came from the City League. Freshman Donte Jeter was the starting quarterback at Oliver last year, who ended up as the league’s runner-up last season. He is a defensive back for RMU this season. Caron Howard, a lineman, starred for Perry. Finally, Jamar Cromwell is a senior running back from Schenley.In the game, former McKeesport star and junior tight end Shadre King made it 21-3 with a 32-yard touchdown reception in the second half for the Colonials.Sam Dorsett is in his fourth season as the running backs coach at RMU. Before the game against the Dukes, his 3,847 rushing yards was a school record. Current tailback Myles Russ eclipsed that record on Saturday with his 154 yards on 30 carries.“Myles has been a joy to coach,” Dorsett said. “We are most always on the same page. Early on, he didn’t know anything. He’s obviously grown so much since that point and has really blossomed into one of the finest backs in the country.”Dorsett has been instrumental in Russ’ development. He recruited him and has overseen his progress from that point.Over the past offseason, Dorsett had the opportunity to attend the NCAA coaches academy that was designed for minority coaches that have four to eight years of experience.“That was a tremendous opportunity for me,” Dorsett added. “So many great one has come from there. I’m glad to be a coach, first of all, and I’m also glad to be able to participate in things like that.”He received both his undergraduate and his Masters degrees from the University.“I’ve been so blessed to have had the chance to be under the leadership of (Robert Morris head football) Coach Walton,” Dorsett said. “I started off as a graduate assistant and have seen this program make major progressions. It is so exciting to be a part of those efforts”Robert Morris will finish their season against Central Connecticut State who hopes to spoil the Colonials’ hopes for the NEC championship, next Saturday, at Walton Stadium.(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])last_img read more

Putting Their Neighborhood On The Map

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Motorists traveling on Route 35 were recently surprised to see a new sign pop up at Cresent Parkway, in the River Plaza section. It reads “Welcome to Minnisink.”Minnisink is a reference to the Algonquin-speaking Native American tribe that once lived in this area. The sign was designed, erected and paid for by homeowners who live in a deep neighborhood off Crescent Parkway, on streets called Iroquois Avenue, Delaware Avenue, Mohawk Avenue and Minnisink Boulevard.The sign, which received the blessing of the township’s governing body, is part of the first phase of a homegrown plan by citizens to spruce up a forlorn entrance to their own residential neighborhood.“Sometimes it just takes one person to step forward, and when you do, other people will follow,” said resident Al Mollo, who is credited with starting the grassroots campaign. The community effort included a neighborhood-wide vote, a volunteer day and a fundraising drive.“The response was great; we have really good neighbors and literally everyone chipped in,” said Molo.Cleaning up the entrance of Crescent Parkway has been a continuous discussion in the neighborhood for some time.Mollo got the ball rolling last spring with an appeal to neighbors. “I just sat down at my computer one day for two hours and typed up a letter. We printed them out and then my two kids walked around the neighborhood with the other neighbor’s kid, and they handed out 100 flyers.”On the flyers was information about how neighbors could donate $10, along with their time and effort, to help clean up the median island that separates both sides of Crescent Parkway, where the sign is located.In May, some of the neighbors spent a Sunday afternoon working together on the clean-up. Some discussed how nice it would be to have something to identify their neighborhood. During the clean-up, the residents noticed the sign in front of a former spa, which had been shuttered since a fire in 2013, was no longer being used. The owner of the spa – who also lives down the block – willingly offered it up.Tricia Simon, a local artist who also lives a few streets over, volunteered to refurbish it.“I like to reuse and recycle, and I figured if we can repurpose it, why throw it out?” Simon said. “We could save a lot of money being that it was just people donating funds.”Simon, the go-to artist on the block, had painted murals inside River Plaza School three years ago, and runs a side business where she creates signs for clients.After taking the sign back to her house and spending a few days working on it, she showed the final product to fellow residents. It reemerged with the new name and a fresh coat of paint, giving the sign the look of distressed wood.Help from other residents came in the form of hard labor. Billy and April O’Brien, who live on Woodside Drive, provided that extra bit of assistance.“My husband, he’s an excavator for a living, so this comes naturally to him,” April O’Brien said. “He’s a hard worker and he loves helping out, and it was a great team effort from everybody in the neighborhood in one place.”The O’Briens, originally from Brooklyn, have been Middletown residents for the past dozen years. One of the reasons they made the move down to the Jersey Shore was because of the history in the area.In the vote for naming the community – which had other options such as Crescent Pointe, Crescent Fields and Minnisink Meadows – April said her family voted for naming the block Minnisink.“I love that they chose the historic name, as someone from New York, I know there’s too many people from New York here,” she said. “For the Middletown people, it’s upsetting at times, but it’s nice to keep the historical name and not change anything because that’s what it should be.”Through every stage of the neighborhood facelift, a larger sense of community appreciation emerged.Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore, who was Mollo’s main government contact throughout this endeavor, helped move the project along.Fiore arranged to have Department of Public Works pick up brush cleared by residents from the traffic island, and had them deliver two truckloads of mulch to spread after the cleanup.“I was so happy to help them out, help them get through some of the process,” Fiore said by phone. “It just speaks volumes to that neighborhood, and I’m so appreciative that that community put themselves through that process.”Despite the hard work, Mollo says community members are going out of their way to keep the space clean. Neighbors have also taken the initiative to decorate the sign for the seasons. As Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the always-traditional bale of hay and corn stalks give the newfound space a seasonal feel.Simon, the local artist, believes anything to keep the sign and its surrounding area seasonal is well worth it.“It’s really nice to see that too, because it does just bring everybody together for something positive,” she said. “It feel’s good to drive down and see that.” By Jay Cooklast_img read more