Got an interesting note the other day from charter member Mike Lucas, who wanted to let me know about a kitchen project his family had recently undertaken. Check it out:
The concept was hers — she’s a 4th grade peewee football cheerleader who follows mom and dad’s leads as a Browns fans, and she also likes to draw and paint. So her idea was an artist drawing a football game. The players are over 30 yrs old, from my original electric football game (I don’t have the vibrating field anymore). The green field, palette, goal posts, end zone pylons, midfield helmet and Gatorade cooler were made from fondant, the benches were Hershey’s chocolate bars with chocolate-dipped marshmallow legs (you can see them upside-down here, along with the fondant goalposts and end zone pylons), and the dirt sideline was crushed chocolate graham cracker. The cake itself was chocolate, with chocolate chips and some oatmeal added (fiber is our friend), plus some extra water because of the oatmeal, so the cake was super-moist.
And as an aside, since I know you are a bit of a meat foodie, you may appreciate our bacon mat, a great way to make an open-face BLT for a group.
This is all so great,
I’m willing to overlook the fact that Mike dresses his daughter in purple and spells Lukas incorrectly it’s making me hungry. And by coincidence, James Huening just sent me some pics of a Stanley Cup cake (yes, that’s a cake), which was featured on a recent episode of Ace of Cakes (additional photos here, here, here, and here, and there’s a video clip here).
And as long as we’re talking about cooking, it’s worth noting that chef’s attire is one of the world’s most enduring uniforms. I especially like that chef’s toques traditionally have 100 pleats, supposedly to represent the 100 ways in which a chef can cook an egg. Nowadays, though, many chefs — like everyone else in the world — are wearing baseball caps (a trend started by Wolfgang Puck in the 1980s), part of the casual Friday-ization of, well, everything.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Major article in today’s Wall Street Journal about the guy who claims to have created the MLB logo — the first time I’ve seen this designer named. The article explicitly refutes the notion that the logo was based on a photo of Harmon Killebrew (or anyone else), although it neglects to mention the logo’s most sublime aspect, namely that it can be viewed as either a left-handed or right-handed batter. … Wanna have a jersey made out of rabbit fur? Yeah, me neither, but don’t let that stop you (with thanks to Nathan Gemignani). … Here are some good close-up views of the patches being worn by NBA teams for preseason games in China and Europe. As you can see, the Euro patches are each based on the host country’s flag. … Got a really cool present in the mail yesterday: this old 49ers mini-pennant, featuring a logo I’d never seen before. It was a gift from Noel Basnight, acquired it in 1996 at an auction of items from the personal collection of Nate Fine, the longtime official photographer of the Washington Redskins. He included scans of some other pennants from that lot, which you can see here. … The girls volleyball team at Myrtle Beach High School in South Carolina wears argyle socks (with thanks to Mike Miller). … Jesus Christ (no pun intended). … Those of you who buy authentic jerseys probably know this already, but I didn’t: All NBA jerseys have three little lines sewn into the shirttail — just another bit of Adidas branding. … Also, I’m not sure I realized this before, but the NBA logo is slightly altered on the league’s throwback jerseys. Instead of the standard red, white, and blue, it’s a darker red, beige, and a darker blue. … According to Ben Shaulis, Ike Taylor was actually fined for wearing black spats and no whites on Sept. 29th, not for low whites on Oct. 5th. … Awesome police department hockey jersey available here (with thanks to John Muir). … Awesome double-FNOB photo of Jeff and Joe Bostic playing for Clemson in 1978 (awesome find by Adrian Brashier). … This is one of the most amazing hockey fights I’ve ever seen, but that’s not why I’m linking to it. Turns out there’s a uni-related oddity: The linesmen have these thick black center stripes. Never seen that before (good catch by Mark Kaplowitz). … If you look closely at this photo from this week’s SI, you’ll see that his left armband appears to be inscribed with the words “Be An Asshole!” (good spot by Neil Vendetti). … Look at the size of the NBA logo on Oscar Robertson’s shorts! … FNOB alert: Bert Jones from his LSU days (nice find by Mako Mameli). … The problem with titty bars isn’t that they corrupt our youth, or that they’re a breeding ground for drugs and prostitution — it’s that they siphon off crucial uni-related funds. … Matt Campbell spotted a buncha cool stuff in the current Leland’s auction, including a ruptured duck patch, a set of New York Giants season passes, a really interesting 1950s Cuban jersey, and a 1960s Puerto Rican uni worn by Roberto Clemente (note the amazing sleeve patch). … Interesting request from Charlie Usas: “My fiancé agreed to let me ask the organist at our wedding to play ‘Brass Bonanza,’ the theme song of the former Hartford Whalers. The thing is, our wedding is this Saturday and I need the sheet music.” If you just happen to have the sheet music lying around your house, or if you know someone who does, give Charlie a shout.