40 The Queens Courier • easter/passover • march 26, 2015 for breaking news visit www.queenscourier.com easter/passover Infuse Spring Celebrations with Grilled Lamb Roasted leg of lamb traditionally s takes center stage for spring celebrations around the family dinner table. This flavorful recipe from Boston Chef Michael Scelfo for Grilled American Lamb Sirloin is a fresh spin on whole leg roasts, and simplifies spring entertaining. While sirloin chops are commonly found in grocery stores, consider ordering a whole sirloin roast - a portion of the leg - from your butcher for a larger gathering. Though you may be most familiar with roasting or braising, American lamb can be deliciously prepared a variety of ways. For example, this grilled lamb recipe pairs a zesty marinade with a hint of cacao for a fresh and seasonal American lamb spread. Simple marinades and rubs will bring out the best in lamb, creating a fresh flavor that enhances and tenderizes the meat. Invest in a quality meat thermometer to avoid overcooking lamb. The key to tender and flavorful meat is removing the lamb from the heat when it reaches 135 degrees. Then, let it rest before cutting, bringing the internal temperature to 145 degrees (medium rare). Grilled American Lamb Sirloin Serves 4 to 6 1 1/2 pounds American lamb sirloin or sirloin chops 2 lemons 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 3 anchovy fillets, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup pitted black olives, plus a few for garnish 2/3 cup flat leaf parsley leaves 2 tablespoons cacao nibs 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pat sirloin dry and place in 8-inch square baking dish. Coarsely chop zest of one lemon and place in food processor or blender. Add juice of both lemons and remaining ingredients. Roughly puree by pulsing food processor or blender several times, until mixture is smooth with some small chunks. Rub puree over meat. Loosely cover pan with plastic wrap and marinate at least 2 hours in refrigerator. Remove sirloin from refrigerator one hour prior to cooking to bring meat to room temperature. Heat gas or charcoal grill so one section is approximately 450°F degrees, and a second section is about 350°F. When grill is hot, scrape excess rub off sirloin and place it on hot side of grill, flat side down. Sear 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until nicely charred. Move sirloin to cooler side of grill and continue to cook, covered, until it reaches 135°F, approximately 25 minutes or 15 to 20 minutes per pound. (For individual chops, use medium hot grill, 4 to 6 minutes per side.) Before slicing, allow meat to rest, loosely covered with foil, for 15 minutes to bring the internal temperature to 145°F (medium rare). Serving tip: Serve on a bed of Carrot & Coriander Mash, topped with Puree of Grilled Ramps. Find the full recipe at www.americanlamb.com. Courtesy Family Features QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS NAMED 2015 COCA-COLA COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACADEMIC TEAM SCHOLARS Prestigious Scholarships Places Queensborough Awardees among the Top Community College Students in the United States March 24, 2015 (Bayside) Chemistry students Silvia Salamone and Daysi Proano have been named 2015 Coca- Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars in the Gold and Bronze categories, respectively. This is the first time Queensborough received two such coveted awards in one year. In 2012, Liberal Arts and Sciences student Oluwadamisi (Kay) Atanda, ʼ12, was named a Silver Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. “Our exceptional students are ambassadors-at-large to community colleges everywhere, the City University of New York and beyond to top-tier fouryear schools,” said Dr. Paris Svoronos, Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Svoronos, who mentored Daysi, also noted that success on this scale is a long-term process that includes research during the semester, poster presentations at major conferences and reproducing consistent results. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention. “In addition to being promising young scientists, both of these students have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities as officers of Queensborough’s Lambda Sigma Phi Theta Kappa Chapter! Dr. Svoronos and I are so proud and delighted to see them receive this wonderful recognition,” said Emily S. Tai, Associate Professor of History, who serves as co-advisor along with Dr. Svoronos, of the PTK Advisory Committee, Lambda Sigma Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa. “Silvia understands, learns from and contributes to the research process,” said Dr. David Sarno, Associate Professor of Chemistry. “Whatever field she plans to pursue I am confident she will apply the same caliber of work ethic.” Silvia remarked that the award has given her the encouragement and support necessary to continue working toward her goals. Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process. “We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa. “Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees.” “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.” Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, Peru, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.
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