Feb 1, 2007

Cinnamon Chocolate Lava Cake

Cinnamon Chocolate Lava cake with LaVell's Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

6-1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (preferably 58 percent or higher on cocoa mass)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 large egg yolks
4 tablespoons sugar
2 large egg whites

Preheat oven to 425° F. Butter four 3/4-cup Soufflé cups. Dust with flour; shake out excess. Combine chocolate, butter, salt and cinnamon on top of double boiler set over simmering water. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from water bath. Cool 10 minutes. Beat egg yolks and 3 tablespoons sugar in large bowl until thick and light, about 2 minutes. Fold in chocolate mixture. Using electric mixer fitted with clean, dry beaters, beat egg whites and 1 tablespoon sugar in medium bowl until stiff but not dry. Gently fold whites into chocolate mixture in two additions - one third, then the remaining thirds. Divide batter among prepared cups. Place custard cups on baking sheet. Bake until cakes are puffed but still soft in center, about 11 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to rack; cool cakes one minute. Using small knife, cut around sides of cakes to loosen. Place plates on top of cups. Invert cakes onto plates; remove cups. Place ice cream on side. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade
6 servings

1 quart fresh strawberries
3 cups cold water
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup sugar
2 cups club soda

Blend the top four ingredients in blender. Add club soda and pour into glasses and garnish with fresh mint.

The Sad Truth About Chocolate

by Heidi Ferguson

What is the deal with chocolate?  We love it.  We can't get enough of it. But it leaves us feeling guilty.  I'm sure that most of you are gazing at your love handles and resolving to keep your chocolate consumption to minimal levels ever since exhuming most of the Snickers supply at the local grocery store during the holidays.  Unfortunately, Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  Valentine's Day, as we all know, is dedicated to two things:  the passionate expression of love and eating chocolate.  So how can we eat tons of chocolate this Valentine's Day guilt-free?  The answer is you can't. 

As of late, a popular piece of information is that dark chocolate is healthy for you.  It is true; recent articles have uncovered that there are small amounts of antioxidants and phyto-chemicals in dark chocolate.  But when we read these articles, we have to ask ourselves three questions, says Merrill Christensen, a professor of nutrition at Brigham Young University.  The first question we should ask is "is it true?"  Well, most of the articles are written by scientists who have conducted studies and found that dark chocolate contains small amounts of antioxidants as well as phyto-chemicals.  But what are antioxidants?  Skipping over the scientific explanation, antioxidants basically get rid of free radicals in your body, which damage cells. And what are phyto-chemicals?  These are nutrients that have been found to have beneficial effects on the body that can't be fulfilled by vitamin pills. 

The second question we need to ask is "is it significant?"  The answer, in most cases, is probably not.  Yes, there are beneficial elements to dark chocolate, but how much chocolate do you have to eat in order to equal the amount you'd get just by eating an apple?  And how many calories are you racking up in order to get the right amount of those antioxidants?  The answer is fairly clear: you're better off just eating an apple.

The third question is this:  "To whom does the study apply?"  Christensen said that most of these studies have been conducted with Caucasian, overweight, middle-aged men with high cholesterol.  That doesn't mean that the study applies to the entire population, or to you, unless you're a Caucasian, overweight, middle-aged guy with high cholesterol. 

So what does this mean?  It means that you're going to keep eating chocolate, and so am I.  But I'm not going to be deluded into thinking that if I eat dark chocolate I will be much healthier.  And there is certainly no way that dark chocolate could ever replace eating plenty of fruits and veggies.  The only way to really get the amount of antioxidants and phyto-chemicals that you need is to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. 

Eating Healthy On Campus

by Heidi Ferguson

It's a new year and what does that mean?  Everyone resolves to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.  Now this is a great resolution, but very hard to keep.  Why is it so hard to keep?  For one, here in Utah, February is not exactly prime "work-out" weather.  It's cold and snowy and could be dangerous for outdoor jogging with all the ice.  Most people want to just stay indoors and cozy up to some comfort food and watch a movie.  Another reason this New Year's resolution fails so frequently is because it is set to be a very broad, vague goal.  In order for you to truly stick to your resolution to lose weight, you need to set specific, reachable goals, such as lose two pounds each week by cutting out candy or work out for 20 minutes four times a week.  This is much easier to manage and remember than "lose weight."  However, another challenge that college students face is the lack of time for exercise and eating right.  Let's face it; it is so much easier to grab a calorie-packed bagel or greasy French fries when you're in the middle of a study crunch than to carefully measure portions and balance your diet with fruits, veggies and whole grains.  But BYU Dining Services offers many healthy alternatives located conveniently on campus, many of which you might not know about. 

L&T:  This little BYU original is located right in the heart of the Cougareat.  Most are familiar with their deliciously nutritious salads, wraps, soups and fruit bowls. 

Subway:  You can never forget that Jared lost two million pounds just by eating Subway sandwiches every day.  BYU sells Subway at the restaurant in the Cougareat, the Grab-N-Go (also located in the Cougareat) and the Marketplace Café. 

Museum Café:  This gem can be easily forgotten when thinking of places to eat, but next time you need a healthy and gourmet meal, head over to the Museum of Art and go upstairs to the café.  They offer foods like the Greek salad, Oriental salad, turkey harvest croissant sandwich, vegetable focaccia sandwich and much more. 

BYU Vending:  With vending machines in nearly every BYU building, BYU Vending has stocked several of its machines with healthy snacks such as yogurt, granola bars, fruit and fresh sandwiches. 
Marketplace Café:  For all of you business majors or others living in the Tanner building, you have to be aware of the Marketplace Café.  Located on the third floor atrium, the Marketplace offers breakfast and lunch with a large selection of healthy sandwiches, paninos, salads and quesadillas.  They also sell Subway sandwiches.

Legends Grille:  Legends Grille is one of BYU Dining Service's proudest achievements:  offering a place for students, faculty and staff and, of course, athletes to get delicious and healthy meals.  Legends Grille offers a variety of menu items, all made fresh.  And it's very easy to customize your order with a huge selection of sides.

Artichoke Chicken Penne Pasta

Museum of Art Cafe
Artichoke and Chicken Penne Pasta

Penne pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, red onion, artichoke hearts, seasoned chicken and a creamy garlic alfredo sauce.

This winter season is the perfect time to warm yourself with the MOA Cafe's amazing Artichoke and Chicken Penne Pasta! The pungent flavor of artichoke mixed with the smooth alfredo will melt away those shivers and bring feelings of warmth and satisfaction to your soul. So stop into the MOA Cafe for lunch today and take a moment to pass through the amazing Pageants in Paint exhibit by Minerva Teichert on your way out.