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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Pepper Pot Day!

According to legend, pepper pot soup was created on today's date in 1777, ten days after General George Washington and the Continental Army had set up their winter camp at Valley Forge. The camp was located about twenty miles from Philadelphia, where the British were headquartered. The Winter of 1777-1778 ended up being especially harsh and bitter, and the troops often went without bread or meat. Shortly after arriving, some troops almost mutinied, and about a third of the men didn't even have boots. Farmers in the area sold their produce to the British instead of Continental soldiers because the Continental currency was depreciated and unreliable. It didn't look like the army would be able to hold together with the meager provisions they had.

General Washington sent out foraging groups to look for food supplies. It is believed that Washington told his baker general, Christopher Ludwick, to come up with a soup that "will warm and strengthen the body of a soldier and inspire his flagging spirit." Whatever was found during the foraging was used to make the soup. Legend says that the soup was first made on December 29, 1777, and had tripe, other meat and vegetable scraps, and peppercorn and other spices. Perhaps the biggest part of the legend surrounding pepper pot soup is that it rejuvenated the troops, not only to get them through the winter but to set the foundation for them to win the war. In fact, it earned the nickname "the soup that won the war."

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Syracuse players Benny Williams (13), JJ Starling (2) and Quadir Copeland (24) smile near the end of the Orange's win over Niagara last week. Syracuse returns to the court on Saturday against ACC rival Pittsburgh.

Syracuse basketball vs. Pittsburgh: 5 Key Things to Know (PS; $; Waters)

Syracuse may have a 9-3 record, but in a very real way, the season starts now for the Orange.

In its ACC home opener, Syracuse hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday at the JMA Wireless Dome. The game is the first of the Orange’s full conference slate. Syracuse, which is 9-3 overall, dropped an early December conference road game at Virginia.

The Orange handled its business during the non-conference portion of the schedule, beating the teams it was expected to beat but losing to nationally-ranked teams Tennessee and Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational.

The start of ACC play brings a series of challenges for Syracuse. The Orange’s next six opponents are all in the top 75 of the NCAA’s NET rankings, including two games with Pittsburgh.

The Panthers (9-3 overall, 0-1 ACC) have won four straight games since dropping a 79-70 home game against ACC foe Clemson on Dec. 3. Pittsburgh has won its last three games against Syracuse and five of the last six with the Orange.

(youtube; Orange Nation)

Adrian Autry discusses the team and the Pitt game

Matt Park "Orange Nation" 12-28-23 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Voice of The Orange- Matt Park joined Steve & Paulie to talk ‘Cuse basketball and football. They talked about the moves Coach Brown has made on the gridiron since joining the team and looked at how the basketball team has been doing on the hardwood so far this season.

The Juice Online - Podcast: Syracuse hosts Pitt as ACC play begins (r1vals; podcast; The Juice)

Syracuse basketball has finished off their non-conference portion of the schedule and it now heads into the start of ACC play. The Orange will host long-time foe Pitt on Saturday at noon at the JMA Wireless Dome in search of its first conference win of the season.

We talk about the state of the Orange with 2023 coming to an end on this week's The Juice on the Cuse Podcast, presented by Rivals and Bleav. While Syracuse has had some good wins over Power 6 opponents (Oregon, LSU), they've also played uneven performances against mid-majors.

We also speak with Panther Lair's Jim Hammett about his thoughts on the game. Like Syracuse, the Panthers have shown flashes of promise—and flaws—12 games into the season. Hammett gives a scouting report on the Panthers and also his predictions for the game.

You can listen to our whole conversation by following “The Juice on the Cuse Podcast,” a Syracuse Orange podcast presented by Rivals and Bleav, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Axe: There's one word that clearly defined Syracuse and CNY Sports in 2023 (PS; $; Axe)

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said that “there is nothing permanent except change.”

I don’t think he had the 2023 sports scene in Syracuse and Central New York in mind when he made that proclamation, but it aptly applies.

Look no further than the two biggest sports in town.

The biggest change of all was the one we all knew was coming and finally happened when the can had too many dents to get kicked down the road any further.

Jim Boeheim coached his last game and no longer strolls the sideline as Syracuse University men’s basketball coach after 47 years and one of the most historic tenures in college basketball history. It’s Adrian Autry’s job now, and he is trying to reshape SU basketball in his image while keeping alive the “Orange Standard” that Boeheim built.

Dino Babers was fired after serving eight seasons as SU football head coach, compiling an overall record of 41-55, the fifth-most wins in program history, but a 20-45 ACC record that ranked at the bottom of the conference in his time as coach.

Fran Brown rebooted a narrative in less than a month’s time in replacing Babers, producing SU football’s highest-ranked recruiting class in the modern era.

Syracuse men’s basketball: checking in on some of the former Orange in the NCAA (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

While a lot of the talk recently has been about this year’s Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team, we haven’t spent much time discussing some of the former members of the program who found new homes at other places.

With the current pause in Syracuse hoops, let’s take a look at how those all-too-familiar names are currently performing this season:

Joe Girard III

After playing 125 regular season games in four up-and-down-ish years with the Orange, Girard opted this past offseason to look for a new home and transferred to the Clemson Tigers. Through 11 games with the Tigers, Girard (14.0 points per game) has thrived as a complimentary scorer next to PJ Hall while shooting a career-high 45% from three to help lead #18 Clemson to the best overall record in the ACC as of now. Girard will notably make his return to the 315 when Syracuse takes on Clemson at home on February 10.

Symir Torrence

Like Girard, Torrence also sought a new home after a four-year career that included multi-year stints with Marquette and Syracuse. He transferred downstate to the Binghamton Bearcats and is certainly playing his best basketball so far with career-highs in points per game (9.8), rebounds per game (6.9), assists per game (6.9), field goal percentage (47%) and three-point percentage (39%). Binghamton is currently 7-5 and sits in the middle of the pack in the American East Conference.

Jesse Edwards

I think we can at least say things haven’t gotten off to the best of starts for Edwards after he joined the West Virginia Mountaineers as a top-15 transfer in the spring. Edwards averaged 14.8 points and 8.7 rebounds as the starting center for WVU, but a poor start plus a messy end to the tenure of former Mountaineers’ coach Bob Huggins has led to West Virginia sitting with the worst record in the Big 12 at 5-7. More recently, Edwards will still be out for a few more weeks after fracturing his right wrist in mid-December.

Frank Anselem-Ibe

After two years at Syracuse, Anselem-Ibe joined the Georgia Bulldogs and has continued to serve as the backup center in a limited role — he’s currently averaging 3.4 points per game in 9.1 minutes off the bench as Georgia sits with a 9-3 overall record.

Where will 4⭐ Nigel James commit? | Syracuse, Marquette, Rutgers, St. John's, and Providence (youtube; podcast; Light It Up Sports)

Where will 4* Nigel James commit? | Syracuse, Marquette, Rutgers, St. John's, and Providence

Syracuse takes on Pittsburgh, seeks 5th straight home win (

Pittsburgh Panthers (9-3, 0-1 ACC) at Syracuse Orange (9-3, 0-1 ACC)

Syracuse, New York; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Syracuse hosts Pittsburgh trying to continue its four-game home winning streak.

The Orange have gone 6-0 in home games. Syracuse has an 8-3 record in games decided by 10 or more points.



The breakfast garbage plate at The Milkhouse in Marcellus. (Charlie Miller |

CNY’s best dishes of 2023: Our food writers pick their favorites (PS; $; Miller)

As the culinary curtains close on 2023, it’s time for us look back on all of our meals from the year and highlight the most sensational entrées that graced our plates and our palates.

Jared Paventi, Danielle Benjamin and Charlie Miller visited roughly 75 restaurants this year, and these dishes reminded us of just how lucky Central New York is. These came to us in fancy dining rooms, a diner and even a downtown bar.

Remember, these are places we wrote about for and The Post-Standard in 2023. We don’t review every restaurant in Central New York every year, so don’t be offended if your go-to favorite didn’t make this year’s list.

Ahi tuna: The Rooftop Lounge

Address: 189 W. First St., Oswego; (315) 207-2078

From Charlie Miller: The servers here are quick with recommendations, and this is among their favorites. It’s 4 ounces of sesame-crusted ahi tuna served over thin stripes of wasabi cremé with soy sauce pearls, pickled ginger and a side of teriyaki glaze. The housemade wasabi sauce on the side packs a slight punch. The first bite was not just a welcome peck on the cheek; it was more like a “Hey! How YOU doin’?!” wake-up call to my sinuses. It’s fresh, and it complimented the seafood beautifully. Because the meaty tuna spends just a few seconds over a flame, the inside was still cool and the fatty outside packed with sesame seeds accentuated the rich flavor.

Zozzona: Abbiocco

Address: 344 S. Warren St., downtown Syracuse (formerly A Mano); (315) 303-1630

From Charlie Miller: Think of this as chicken riggies but with sausage instead. The messe rigatoni is a slightly smaller pasta than its full-size sibling. It’s meant to hold smaller ingredients like grated cheeses and ground pepper. The al-dente noodle rings are mixed with guanciale (cured pork), sausage, crushed tomato, onion, egg and pecorino. For you hotheads out there, be warned that this dish is fairly mild. Thankfully the server offered to have the kitchen make them spicier. They did, and it was good. I also got a cup of crushed red peppers on the side.

Breakfast Garbage Plate: The Milkhouse

Address: 2574 Cherry Valley Road (Route 174), Marcellus (formerly The Village Inn); (315) 494-1080

From Charlie Miller: Sometimes the best entrée you’re going to have will be the one with which you begin your day. This 2-pound heartstopper will stick with you well into the afternoon. The bottom two floors of this tower are a basic pancake and slice of French toast. Then comes about a cup of diced home fries with grilled onions. Two slices of crispy bacon and a ¾-inch-thick sausage link are next with a few spoonfuls of hollandaise sauce and sausage gravy. Somehow the kitchen succeeded in resting a couple poached eggs on top without breaking the yolk. This all-in-one breakfast-lunch-and-dinner combo then became a dessert. It’s obvious Aunt Jemima was nowhere near this kitchen, unless she was the one pouring real syrup from Skaneateles over the top.

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