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LEBANON, Ill. – The Lebanon CUSD has canceled class Monday due to damage surrounding the school.
Lebanon CUSD said in a Facebook post that they “have power lines down and a dangerous situation on campus.”
Ameren told the school district that the situation should be cleaned up by mid-day or late afternoon. The school day will be made up at the end of the year.
A tornado Sunday night caused damaged from Farmington, Missouri to Chester, Illinois.
By Melissa Clark, The New York Times
Every winter, I look forward to reveling in the fried food frenzy of latkes and jelly doughnuts called sufganiyot that is Hanukkah in my home. But, after a few grease-splattered days, I’ve had enough. Not of Hanukkah — that goes on for eight gelt-filled nights — but of frying. The question is, what else can I serve to celebrate the holiday?
This year, I plan to lean into the oil part of the story, specifically the olive oil that burned for eight days instead of just one, the miracle that the holiday commemorates. But along with using oil for frying, I’ll make some festive, holiday-worthy confections.
Olive oil is already traditional in many desserts, adding a slightly savory note to round out the sweetness. Here, I played with three classic recipes, blending olive oil into one, incorporating chocolate into another and leaving the third alone but for a tweak in the topping.
One thing to keep in mind when using olive oil in desserts is the brand. An assertively grassy oil can be so delightfully pungent on crostini, but could be overpowering in cake. And neutral “light” olive oil won’t contribute enough of a flavor to warrant the price. I recommend finding a mellow extra-virgin oil with herbal notes, the good, everyday kind you’d drizzle into salad dressing but wouldn’t use as a finishing oil.
The first dessert I riffed on was a moist olive oil cake, spiking it with cocoa to make it fudgy and intense. Instead of dissolving the cocoa in hot water, I used Earl Grey tea, which gave it a citrusy perfume. I also tried red wine, coffee, orange juice and ginger tea, and they all stepped in nicely. Feel free to experiment to make the cake your own.
Next, I substituted olive oil for butter in my favorite lemon curd recipe. It worked perfectly, resulting in a lighter, brighter-tasting curd that was still thick and silky. Use it mounded into a tart shell, as a cake filling, piled in a Pavlova or served topped with berries and maybe a little whipped cream.
Finally, I baked a batch of melomakarona, the classic Greek holiday cookies made with olive oil and honey. Most recipes call for walnuts as a topping, but any nut works, and green pistachios lend a bit of color.
You could serve any of these after the latkes, for dessert. Or make them year-round, because olive oil desserts are always worth celebrating.
By Melissa Clark
These classic Greek holiday cookies are made from a combination of olive oil and semolina. This gives them a cakelike texture that’s crumbly yet still very moist, thanks to a soak in a fragrant, honey-sweetened syrup spiked with cinnamon and orange. Traditionally topped with chopped walnuts, you can use any nuts you like; pistachios are especially pretty with their pale green edges.
Yield: About 4 dozen cookies
Total time: 50 minutes
For the Syrup:
For the Cookies:
1. Make the syrup: In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine sugar, cinnamon sticks and clove with 1 1/3 cups water. Cut orange in half and place in saucepan, flesh down. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar completely dissolves, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in honey. Set aside to cool completely, leaving the cinnamon, clove and orange in the syrup until ready to use.
2. Heat the oven to 375 degrees and line 4 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick liners, or lightly grease the pans with olive oil.
3. Finely grate the zest of 1 orange into a large mixing bowl. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into a measuring cup. If it doesn’t measure 1 cup (240 milliliters), squeeze in enough juice from the other orange. Add juice to the bowl with the zest, then mix in olive oil, sugar, brandy, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and salt.
4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together flour, semolina and baking soda. Gradually, fold in the flour mixture into the olive oil mixture. With a wooden spoon, mix until flour is just evenly incorporated.
5. Using your hands, roll dough into 1 1/2-inch ovals or egg-shapes, and place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Using the palm of your hand, lightly flatten dough. Bake until cookies are golden, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating baking sheets halfway through for even baking.
6. Right before the cookies are done, remove the orange, cinnamon sticks and clove from the syrup. As soon as the cookies are out of the oven, and working in batches, dunk the hot cookies in the cool syrup, gently flipping them for about 10 seconds so they can absorb the syrup. Remove cookies from the syrup using a slotted spoon and arrange them on a tray or plate. Sprinkle the center of each cookie with a generous pinch of nuts, patting them lightly so they stick to cookies.
7. Once cool, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. To prevent the cookies from sticking together, place sheets of wax or parchment paper between cookie layers.
By Melissa Clark
This tender chocolate cake has a deep cocoa flavor that’s intensified by the slight bitterness of olive oil. Cinnamon adds a touch of spice here, and the Earl Grey tea, a mellow citrus perfume. Feel free to play around with the hot liquid used to dissolve the cocoa powder: Coffee, red wine, orange juice or any other flavorful tea will add their own notes to the cake, while water will let the chocolate shine on its own. Serve this as is, or with a dollop of whipped cream or some ice cream on top.
Yield: 8 servings
Total time: 50 minutes, plus cooling
1. Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9-inch round pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
2. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring tea or other liquid to a simmer, then turn off heat. Whisk in cocoa, cinnamon and salt until smooth, then set aside to cool.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugar, olive oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat for about 3 minutes. Reduce speed and pour in cocoa mixture, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Gradually beat in flour and baking soda until just incorporated.
4. Scrape batter into prepared pan and bake until the sides are set but it’s still slightly damp in the center, 35 to 45 minutes. A cake tester should come up clean but with a few sticky chocolate crumbs clinging to it. Transfer cake pan to a wire rack and let cake cool completely in pan.
By Melissa Clark
This dairy-free version of lemon curd is lighter than more traditional, butter-enriched versions, but is just as tart and creamy. The olive oil gives it a complex flavor that can range from herbal and grassy to earthy and mellow, depending on the brand. Mound this lemon curd into a tart, use it as a cake filling, pile it onto a Pavlova, or serve it as is, topped with berries or other fruit. It keeps for at least a week in the fridge and freezes well for up to 1 month. And you can even make it in the microwave (see Tip).
Yield: About 2 cups
Total time: 10 minutes, plus cooling and 1 hour’s chilling
1. Place the lemon juice, sugar, eggs, egg yolk, lemon zest and salt in a blender, and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. With the motor still running, slowly pour in the oil until just combined.
2. Fill a medium saucepan with about an inch of water and bring water to boil over high heat. Transfer lemon mixture to a metal mixing bowl that can nestle into top of the saucepan without touching the water. Reduce heat to medium-low and, using a potholder or towel to protect your hands, whisk constantly until the curd thickens and looks like mayonnaise, 6 to 10 minutes. Do not overcook. (If you have a double boiler, you can use that here instead of the pot and the bowl.)
3. Remove bowl from the heat and inspect the curd. If you see hard bits of coagulated egg, strain the curd through a fine mesh sieve, pressing with a rubber spatula. (If it looks smooth, you can skip this step.) Transfer curd to a container and press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface to create an airtight seal. Let the curd cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.
Tips: To make the curd in the microwave, pour the lemon-olive oil mixture from the blender into a large glass bowl and cook in the microwave, on high power, in 1-minute intervals for 3 to 5 minutes. Whisk furiously between intervals, especially at the edges. Reduce power to 70% and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes (stirring every minute), until the curd thickens and looks slightly puffed and spongy. Press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface to create an airtight seal and let the curd cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
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The Ravens are field-goal favorites over the Steelers ahead of their game Sunday in Pittsburgh, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks.
After a tense home win Sunday night over the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens (8-3) are favored by 3 ½ points over Pittsburgh, which is coming off its worst loss ever under longtime coach Mike Tomlin. The Bengals routed the Steelers, 41-10, in Cincinnati on Sunday, the second straight game in which Pittsburgh has allowed over 40 points.
The Steelers (5-5-1) could also be without star outside linebacker T.J. Watt, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after reportedly testing positive for the coronavirus. Watt has 12 ½ sacks in nine games this season, the second most in the NFL.
According to Covers.com’s historical odds, which date to the 2006 season, the Ravens have never been favored by more than 3 ½ points in Pittsburgh under coach John Harbaugh. They were 3 ½-point favorites in 2019, when Pittsburgh started quarterback Mason Rudolph in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. They were also three-point favorites in 2015 and 2012, when Michael Vick and Byron Leftwich started for the injured Roethlisberger, respectively. The Ravens won all three games by a field goal.
Roethlisberger is expected to start Sunday, but he’s coming off a poor outing. He finished 24-for-41 for 263 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions Sunday in Cincinnati, and his QBR (28.3) was the second lowest of his season.
The Ravens, who lead the AFC North and have yet to play Pittsburgh this season, have fared well against division opponents recently. They’re 9-2 against the spread against the Steelers, Browns and Bengals over their past 11 meetings. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is 1-6 against the spread in its past seven home games overall, according to CBS Sports.
The Steelers, who swept last season’s series after the Ravens took the 2019 series, lead the all-time rivalry, 30-24. Because of illness and scheduling circumstances, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has started just twice against Pittsburgh, winning in 2019 in Heinz Field and losing in Baltimore last year.
The over/under for Sunday’s game is 44 points.
After Von Miller left his Russian sable hat and the tears behind in Denver following his trade from the Broncos to the Los Angeles Rams, he cracked, “I went to bed 4-4 and woke up 7-1.”
Talk about a Hollywood ending for the Super Bowl 50 MVP.
He figured he had Super Bowl 56 in his sights just like he did Cam Newton all afternoon all those years ago when he kept separating the football and the Lombardi Trophy from the Carolina quarterback’s grasp.
An encore, however, seems to be slipping away from Miller’s clutches, just like so many quarterbacks of late.
L.A. has been more dystopia than utopia for Miller, even with Odell Beckham Jr. working his way out of cloudy Cleveland and teaming up with him in sunny Southern California.
The Rams haven’t won since Miller’s arrival.
The drought began with a 28-16 loss to Tennessee at home when Miller sat out with a bum ankle that also forced him to miss his final game for the Broncos. He made his nondescript Rams debut in a 31-10 loss at San Francisco a week later, and finally made his mark in L.A.’s 36-28 loss at Green Bay on Sunday.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t for a sack — he hasn’t had one of those since sharing a takedown of Ravens QB Lamar Jackson with McTelvin Agim way back on Oct. 3 — but for his late helmet-to-jaw hit on Aaron Rodgers that drew a 15-yard penalty.
Miller has just half a sack since September, when he had four sacks and won the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Month award in his return from an ankle injury that cost him all of 2020.
He has lost the last six games he has played in, and his former teammates in Denver are riding high after winning three of four without him, including a victory over Washington that he sat out, a signature victory at Dallas and a thumping of the Chargers on Sunday that tightened up the AFC West.
While the Rams (7-4) are still sitting pretty in the NFC playoff picture despite being two games behind the Cardinals in their division, the Broncos (6-5) can surge into the AFC West lead with a win Sunday night at Kansas City (7-4).
George Paton’s trade of the franchise’s career sacks leader for a pair of 2022 draft picks jolted the Broncos out of their doldrums.
“I honestly think it was like a kick in the butt because Von, he did so many great things: Super Bowl MVP, 10 sacks, 20 sacks, just doing that constantly,” said Miller’s old pass-rushing partner, Bradley Chubb. “And we might have had some guys around here that got a little comfortable or whatnot, and when you see a guy like Von Miller get traded, you’re like, ‘Whoa! so we could really trade anyone around here.’”
Suddenly, Chubb said, everybody was squirming.
“That’s one of the best players to come through Denver and when you traded him, it gave everybody that sense of urgency,” Chubb said. “Nobody’s job is safe and we’ve all got to kick it up a notch.”
Which they have.
The Rams are still trying to find success with their 32-year-old superstar linebacker.
They blew a golden chance to leapfrog the Packers (9-3) in the race for homefield advantage in the NFC playoffs.
Matthew Stafford threw a pick-6 for the third consecutive game and he also fumbled away the football at his own 6, setting up Rodgers’ 1-yard TD run that got the scoring started.
Rams coach Sean McVay discussed the importance of stopping their “self-inflicted wounds” as they attempt to recapture their early-season form.
Two of those came directly from McVay himself at frigid Lambeau Field.
He went for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 29 in the first quarter and running back Darrell Henderson was stopped by safety Adrian Amos for no gain.
That led to a Mason Crosby field goal that put the Rams in a 10-0 hole, the kind of early double-digit deficit that so often negated Miller’s pass rushing prowess his last few seasons in Denver.
“It felt like it was a short conversion,” explained McVay, who made an even bigger blunder in the fourth quarter when the Rams outscored the Packers 11-0, only to come up short when Amos recovered an onside kick with 17 seconds left.
Trailing 36-25 with about 90 seconds remaining, the Rams reached the Green Bay 35-yard line and were facing second-and-15 — and long odds. They needed a field goal and a TD with a 2-point conversion sandwiched around a successful onside kick.
Stafford hit Cooper Kupp for 14 yards, bringing up third-and-1 from the 21 with 1:11 and no timeouts left.
Instead of throwing the ball into the end zone on third down, the Rams ran it, and nose tackle Kenny Clark stopped Henderson for no gain.
By the time Matt Gay’s 39-yarder sailed through the uprights to make it a one-score game, only 18 seconds remained.
Troy Aikman, FOX NFL’s lead game analyst, let McVay have it for wasting 53 seconds in that situation.
“I mean, even if they pick up the first down and get a new set of downs, the clock is still running,” Aikman said. “But they’re battling the clock now and it being a two-score game, you throw it, try to get it into the end zone. Then, if you don’t make it, it stops the clock, kick the field goal and then see if you can get the onside kick.
“So, a lot of time taken off there. That’s one that McVay would like to have back.”
While Miller awoke the next morning 7-4, the fact is he hasn’t played in a game his team won since Sept. 26, he hasn’t had a sack since Oct. 3 and that return trip to the Super Bowl seems as far off as ever.
With contributions from AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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