Jun 1, 2008

Double-ended Spatula

By Natalie Mitts

Growing up, we all loved those pencils or markers with two ends. Who didn't enjoy the freedom to choose? Now that freedom is available in the kitchen. Enter the double-ended spatula. This nifty gadget offers alternatives for thick or thin ends. Want a spoon on one end and a spatula on the other? You got it. Need two pastry brushes? There's a tool for that as well. They are all heat- and stain-resistant. Available from Chef'n in eight different colors, there is one for every kitchen.

Summer Sizzle Chicken Burger

Where: 9th Street Grill - Creamery on Ninth East

What: Summer Sizzle Chicken Burger

Price: $2.49

Breaded chicken, chopped red onion, Del Monte ® chili sauce, lettuce, tomato and nacho cheese
This delicious monthly special is only available in June at the 9th Street Grill. Mix up your regular burger with the Summer Sizzle Chicken Burger. It's full of flavor and a little bit of spiciness. Packed with veggies and some Del Monte ® chili sauce, it's sure to satisfy. Watch as your order is made right before your eyes. For $2.49, it's a sweet deal you don't want to miss. Enjoy some BYU Creamery ice cream or an old fashioned ice cream soda while you're there.

Raspberry Soup

Where: Museum Café

What: Raspberry Soup

Price: $2.60

A delightful spring treat, the Raspberry Soup is back at the Museum Café! Made with raspberry yogurt, fruit juices and other sweet ingredients, it's a refreshing warm weather lunch. The raspberry sauce drizzled on top adds some extra flavor. Pair it with a small salad for the perfect combination. If you haven't tried the Raspberry Soup yet, don't miss out because this is a seasonal item, only available during spring and summer terms.

Alcohol Substitutes

by: Natalie Mitts
If you are ever stuck on what to use instead of white wine or vodka in cooking, find the answers with this list of common alcohol substitutes. As alcohol is used in cooking to either add flavor or help marinade, many of these substitutions will yield similar results.

Amaretto - almond extract, marzipan or orgeat flavor Italian soda syrup

Beer/Ale - beef broth, chicken broth, ginger ale, mushroom broth, nonalcoholic beer or white grape juice

Bourbon - vanilla extract, sparkling apple cider, sparkling cranberry juice or sparkling grape juice

Brandy - apple cider, apple juice, apricot juice, brandy extract, peach juice, pear juice, raspberry extract, water or white grape juice

Champagne - champagne extract + soda water, ginger ale, sparkling apple cider, sparkling cranberry juice, sparkling grape juice or sparkling white grape juice

Orange liqueur - marmalade, orange juice, orange juice concentrate or orange zest

Red Wine - apple cider, balsamic vinegar, beef stock, chicken stock, clam juice, Concord grape jelly, cranberry juice, grape juice, mushroom stock, nonalcoholic wine, pomegranate juice, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, tomato juice, vegetable stock or water

Rum - almond extract, apple cider, apple juice, molasses, pineapple juice, rum extract, vanilla extract, water or white grape juice

Sherry - apple cider, orange juice, peach juice, pineapple juice or vanilla extract

Tequila - cactus juice or cactus nectar

Vermouth - apple cider, apple juice + lemon juice + water, balsamic vinegar, grape juice, nonalcoholic white wine, white grape juice or white wine vinegar

Vodka - apple cider + lime juice, lime juice + white grape juice or water

Whiskey - the ingredient can be eliminated if the recipe only asks for a small amount

White Wine - apple cider, apple cider vinegar, apple juice, carrot juice, chicken stock, clam juice, ginger ale, mushroom stock, nonalcoholic wine, rice vinegar, vegetable stock, water, white grape juice or white wine vinegar
In general, when substituting extract or vinegar for an alcoholic beverage, use about half the amount because these liquids are more concentrated. Use water for the remaining amount when substituting with vinegar. Also add a tablespoon of sugar to decrease the bitterness of the vinegar. Extract is fine by itself in half the amount. When using nonalcoholic wine, add a tablespoon of vinegar to decrease the sweetness. If syrups are too sweet, dilute with water. For all others (juice, stock, water, etc.) substitute an equal amount of liquid. Small amounts of alcohol can always be omitted, but the dish may lack some flavor.