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Grab your spatula and cook with Rhody!

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

New cookbook proceeds to benefit Rhody the Ram Endowment

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 25, 2004 -- You've cheered successes with Rhody, sat in the rain with Rhody, and suffered through defeat with Rhody.

Now the University of Rhode Island mascot can help you spice up your kitchens and dining rooms thanks to six enterprising women in the Division of University Advancement.

"A total of 34 staff members from the division, both men and women, contributed recipes," said Carol Budnik, executive assistant to division Vice President Robert Beagle, and chair of the cookbook committee. "It was heartwarming to see so many in the division contribute to such a worthwhile cause."

"Cooking with Rhody, A Collection of Recipes from the Division of University Advancement," is packed with more than 150 recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts. Published by Fundcraft Publishing of Collierville, Tenn., the book costs $10. The entire purchase price benefits the Rhody the Ram Endowment, established to provide financial support to students who give tremendous amounts of time to generate spirit at athletic contests and other University events.

Budnik said the divisional potluck luncheons were the catalyst for the cookbook. "These luncheons, initiated by Bob (Beagle) more than 10 years ago, have become a tradition -- a way for everyone to get together. We have so many good cooks who enjoy sharing their families' favorite recipes with their friends. Everyone is always excited to try something new. After sharing the idea with some friends, we agreed that creating our own cookbook with sales benefiting the Rhody the Ram Endowment seemed like a win-win situation."

Budnik of Charlestown, joined co-workers Lisa Harrison of Wakefield, Terri Pierson of Narragansett, Carol Howland of East Greenwich, Mary Ann Mazzone of Saunderstown and Lillian Brown of Charlestown to produce the book.

"Food prepared by the University of Rhode Island Davis Hall chefs! Rhody the Ram! What combination could make more fun and more spirit?" Beagle said in his foreword to the book. "When I first heard about this cookbook project, I thought, what a great idea, a way to share the many wonderful recipes that have become a part of University Advancement traditions, plus a way to support an important cause.

"Students who assume the role of Rhody receive no financial support, despite a substantial commitment of time and energy," Beagle continued. "The newly formed Rhody the Ram Endowment will help to provide our mascots with much needed support and recognition."

The book is divided into eight sections: appetizers, relishes and pickles; soups, salads and sauces; meats and main dishes, vegetables, breads, rolls and pastries; cakes, cookies and desserts; and beverages, microwave and miscellaneous; and cooking hints. The publisher also provides, at no extra cost, sections on "How to Can Vegetables," "Helpful Cooking Hints," and "A Guide to Healthy Cooking and Eating."

Cookbooks are available at the URI bookstore or from Carol Budnik at 11 Davis Hall. You can also by the book online. There is an additional $2.25 to cover shipping and handling.

For more information, call Budnik at 874-2291.