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Jul, 16

Track and Field

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Today, the Track and Field Olympic trials begin in Eugene, Oregon. I am especially excited for this years trails as two people that I have a personal relationship with are apart of the games. Jessie Gains a young woman the did my show (I’ll talk about her tomorrow) and Robyne Johnson. Robyne was an assistant coach while I was a Penn State and is one of the Olympic assistant coaches for the jumps this year. Roybne is one of the most well deserving individuals to have this amazing opportunity to head to Rio. While reading over Robyne’s bio this week, her resume is unbelievably impressive. You can know someone for 25 years and still be shocked at their accomplishments. Robyne was an outstanding high school jumper in California where she went to the Jr. Pan Am games and place 4th in the long jump. From high school, Robyne attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was a 5 time All-American in the triple jump. She was ranked in the top ten in the triple jumping for 10 years. Robyne herself was a four time Olympic trial participant and also served as the United States Elite Athlete Development Coordinator for the event. Over the last 11 years, Robyne has been the head track and field coach at University of Boston. And she has simply done an incredible job with this program. They’ve had 9 conference titles and been exceptionally dominate over the last 3 years winning back to back women’s cross country titles and sweeping the indoor and outdoor track championships in 2014. Robyne has been acknowledged many times by her peers for her outstanding work. Robyne’s accomplishments include three time Northeast Region Indoor Track Women’s Coach of the Year, three time Patriot League Coach of the Year, and seven time East Coach of the Year. I could go on and on about all of the things Robyne has done. Not only is she an amazing athlete and coach, Robyne is a kind, soft spoken individual. She has a great smile that makes you want to smile; with a fabulous personality to go along with it. I’m very proud to say I know Robyne and can’t wait to see her do her thing in Rio. So for today’s recipe, I’ve decided upon some steamed crab legs. She’s from the Bay area of Cali so….. some steamed crab legs with crusty bread. Now mine aren’t king crab legs like they get out there, but still delicious. Also, we will pull up something popular in Eugene, Oregon which is catfish. So I might as well share my catfish strip recipe too…

crab legs


3-4 lbs. crab legs
melted butter
loaf of Italian bread


1. In large stock pot( if it has a strainer awesome, if not no big deal), bring water to a boil. Put in crab legs and cover. Steam for 4-6 minutes. Remove from pot and put onto a platter. If crab legs are frozen, rinse in advance of steaming.
2. Slice bread and brush with melted butter. Put under broiler. Remove when toasted.
3. Serve with melted butter.



3 catfish fillets

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cornmeal1 1/2 cans of beer (yes I used Coors Light)

Old bay seasoning

Cayenne pepper


Vegetable oil for frying

1. Cut Catfish fillets into strips. Each fillet should produce 7-8

2. Generously season with salt/pepper and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

3. Heat oil in large skillet to 350 degrees over medium heat

4. Prepare batter mix flour, cornmeal, and beer. Whisk until smooth. Add old bay and cayenne to taste. About 3 tbsps. old bay and 1 tbsps.cayenne. I taste my batter. If you don’t like the heat, go with 1/2 tbsps. on the cayenne.

5. To fry…dip fillets in the batter. Allow excess to drip off and place in oil. Fry about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel and season with salt…

My “cheaters” Spicy Dipping Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup Siracha Sauce

1/2 cup hot sauce

Easy but very tasty……….

Remember…Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day…

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