Like Epee in a Pod; Penn State Wins Fencing National Championship, again.

It really doesn't get old.

Penn State's Fencing Team defended its NCAA Championship this past weekend, edging out St. John's University and notre dame to win the 2010 title.  This is the Nittany Lions' 12th National Championship since 1990.


I Saw it on the Internet; Ed DeChellis Schedules Press Conference.

From Linebacker U:
Apparently it's been confirmed that Ed DeChellis will be holding a press conference today at 4 PM ET. From what I understand, the likely topic of discussion will be the roster shake-up following the departures of Chris Babb, Bill Edwards, Andrew Ott, and Adam Highberger.

I'm not sure why Ed would hold a press conference about the transfers/graduations, considering there's already an official release about it from the athletic department. Perhaps, he simply wants to answer questions from the media and dispel any myths being spread about further possible transfers from the program.
Or perhaps, in a rather unlikely (but more awesome) scenario, Ed will hold up a printed copy of Devon's letter, light it on fire, and declare jihad against Nittany White Out.
Either way, check back here at LBU for a recap of Ed's presser

For an example of everything old being new again, take a look at this post, from 5 years ago... 


How Tweet it is; Paul Posluszny is still a fantabulous guy.

As seen on Twitter:

@PSUgirl RT:  @buffalobillscom Buffalo Bills: Poz visits Good kids http://bit.ly/9KRy2a


As Seen on TV; 2010 Blue White Game to be Televised by ESPN2

Adding a new twist to this year's game, ESPN will be televising Penn State's spring scrimmage game!  The April 24 Blue White game will air on ESPN2 at 2:00pm EST.

While other schools have had their spring games televised on ESPN, Penn State is the first Big Ten school.


An Award by Any Other Name: Joseph V Paterno Award Announced.

The Maxwell Club of Philadelphia has announced that they will be creating the Joseph V Paterno Award for coaching.  The award will be given, annually, to the football coach who has the greatest impact on his team, community and school - or something like that.

The Maxwell Club also sponsors the Bednarik and Maxwell (cheeky) Awards.

I wonder who will win the first JoePa?  JoePa?


Cheese Glorious Cheese; Only 53 days until Blue White!

SCREAM!!!  It's less than 2 months until Blue White!  We are seriously behind in our food planning/preparations - okay, maybe not seriously behind - but it's definitely time to break out the "freezes beautifully" recipes and get to work!

One such recipe is one for gougeres (rhymes with "oooh Cher!" not "booger") - cheesy cream puffs (minus the cream) really.

Traditionally, you use gruyere cheese when making these - but I had some Mimolette cheese (yay Trader Joes!) - so I used that (a substitution I have, successfully, made before) and some Pecorino Romano.  Generally, you want to use a hard, somewhat pungent cheese - to counterbalance the eggy richness of the choux paste (okay that's the last of the french - I promise, maybe).

ANYWAY - these little critters freeze, you guessed it, beautifully and are easily re-crisped in the oven after thawing.

Ingredients -

1 cup skim milk, room temperature (or 1/2 cup water & 1/2 cup milk)
8 Tbsp butter (1 stick)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup flour
1 cup grated cheese (see above), reserving 1/4 cup
4 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup milk (any variety)

  1. Add milk and butter to a heavy bottomed sauce pan.
  2. Heat on medium.
  3. Add seasonings.
  4. Heat until butter is fully melted.
  5. Remove pan from heat.
  6. Add flour - stir (with wooden spoon) vigorously 1-2 minutes.
  7. Return pan to heat - stir another 1 (or so) minute - until light film appears on bottom of pan.
  8. Remove from heat - allow to cool 10 - 15 minutes (this is a good time to grate the cheese).
  9. Preheat oven to 400F.
  10. Once dough is cooler add eggs - ONE at a time - stirring each egg until fully incorporated. 
  11. Add 3/4 cup grated cheese - or however much you want - stir.
  12. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet - leave 1"-2" between each.
  13. With a pastry brush, brush each gougere with milk and top with reserved grated cheese.
  14. Bake, ONE sheet at a time, for 20 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

After cooling, I stored these in ziptop bags and threw them in the freezer - I'll see you in April!

I had some left over cheese, so I decided to make cheese tuiles (okay, more french, but this is really just crunchy melted cheese so forgive)...

which turn out looking something like this...

And, since the first rule of good cooking is to taste - I set aside a few cheese puffs to have with dinner.


They're a Winning Combine Nation! 4 Penn Staters Workout at the NFL Combine.

It's the first day of defense drills at the NFL Combine.

Our fine friends, Jared Odrick (DL), Sean Lee (LB), Navorro Bowman (LB) and Josh (the Stache) Hull (LB) all workout today.

Odrick and Bowman are both on (most of) the experts' lists as top draft picks - and, surprise, surprise, they are both actually going through the drills.

Believe it or not, Lee and Bowman posted the same time (4.72 - unofficially) for the 40 yard dash - It would seem that the knees are doing well.

Bowman was a top performer in the benchpress with 26 reps.

NFL.com is really a great resource for checking out the action.

Penn State concludes it's participation today.