Oct 1, 2008

The Blue Line Deli

by Natalie Mitts

The Blue Line Deli and Market is now open on the first floor of the new addition to the Tanner Building. At the Blue Line, it's New York style eating all the time. The name comes from the blue line of the subway in NYC, which runs through the financial district. BYU Dining Services decided to name the deli as such because it is located in our financial district - the Marriott School of Management in the Tanner Building.  This deli features NYC cheesecake, chili, sandwiches, soups, salads, sushi, pie a la mode and Nathan's famous hot dogs. There's also a market where customers can purchase drinks, fruit and a variety of snacks, including NYC style black and white cookies. While Utah has fry sauce, the Blue Line has NYC's own sauce. Students can purchase Marriott School memorabilia and even get a copy of The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal. Since the setup is aimed at getting customers through fast, you can get your sandwich in a NYC minute.

Personalized Presents

by Ellen Wilson

As Christmas approaches, the time for shopping and making gifts is upon us. This year, don't go over your budget with high-cost items. Instead, create some personal gifts for your loved ones that will be treasured without emptying your wallet. Try out one or more of our ideas to make both the presents you give special and also the time you spent memorable.

Set up an amount that you will spend on each person. Make it low, around five or ten dollars.

Whatever you purchase for that person should add up to that amount, whether you buy one present or several. Turn your present shopping into a treasure hunt while you try to spend that exact amount on each person. Up the excitement and make the price specific, like $5.67 and see how close you can get to that amount.

Go vintage. Search around for buttons, ties, scarves or any other similar items that you know your friend or family member loves. Maybe if you're lucky, you'll find the last gnome for her collection - the one she's been looking for for years.

Personalize your present the way only you can. Write a letter expressing thanks for friendship, love or assistance. Make a note of special occasions between the two of you and emphasize how much you enjoy having him or her in your life.

If you have a special skill, you can give an act instead of a physical gift. Organize your sister's closet or redo your mother's bathroom. Sign your brother up for a marathon and then present him with a schedule of days when you'll spend time training together. Give your skills and time to someone who needs them.

Make them a book of memories or a short story of a friend accomplishing her greatest goal. Illustrate it yourself, or use photographs of the two of you.

Something homemade always is cherished longer than a store bought gift. Knit him a scarf that matches his favorite coat or embroider her initials on a handkerchief.

Turn old items into something new. Wrap old vases with fabric and ribbon or decorate an old pot and present someone with a new plant. Put together bath salts in funky jars or make candles in those old cups you found at Deseret Industries but don't use anymore.

Make your friends and family something they can use all year, like a calendar or monthly planner. The most important factor is that this is a present personally from you and that it represents how much you care.

Pumpkin Usage

by Natalie Mitts and Ellen Wilson

Since it's fall once again, pumpkins are dotting the streets and shops around town. Here are some fresh ideas on what you can do with a pumpkin.

Ways to use a pumpkin:

Cooking: Although you can make your own pumpkin puree at home, most people prefer the store-bought pumpkin that comes in a can. Common ways to use pumpkin in cooking include: pumpkin pie, cake, bread, rolls, cookies, seeds, soup and ravioli.

Serving: Use a pumpkin as a serving dish after hollowing out the insides. Use the lids to keep food warm while waiting. This would work well with vegetables or stuffing.

Floral design: Hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a vase for a bouquet. Make sure you use autumn colors with your flowers and accessories to match.

Carving or painting: Make your jack-o-lantern unique by carving or painting faces of famous people, animals or your roommate. Use several pumpkins to make a larger design, like a caterpillar.

Candle holder: After hollowing out the pumpkin, fill it with tall candles. Use a knife to make a decorative scalloped rim around the opening.

Dating: Write a message on a pumpkin and leave it for your prospective date to find.

Pumpkin facts:
  • The majority of the British population has never eaten pumpkin.
  • The world record pumpkin in 2008 was 1,878 pounds and 16 feet around.
  • Pumpkins are believed to have originated in the Americas.
  • Instead of using the pumpkin for a filling in pies, colonial bakers used it in the crust.
  • Almost all of the pumpkins in the United States are grown in Illinois, specifically near Peoria.
  • During October, 80 percent of the United States' pumpkin supply is available.
  • Pumpkins are rich in potassium, fiber and Vitamin C.

Great Caesar Wrap

Where: L & T Produce in the Cougareat

What: Great Caesar Wrap

Price: $4.39

Tortilla (spice, spinach or tomato), romaine lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, croutons, Parmesan cheese, shredded cheese, Caesar dressing and a roll (white or wheat)
This delicious wrap is a college student staple. It comes packed with healthy and filling ingredients. For the calorie-conscious, you can ask for one scoop of Caesar dressing instead of two. Expertly wrapped, this meal stays together to the very end. The croutons provide a nice crunch and the chicken is always cooked to perfection. Find out why L & T is always packed by trying the Great Caesar Wrap today.

Spicing Up Spaghetti

By Natalie Mitts
If you're like most college students, spaghetti is a weekly staple on your menu. Instead of making it the same way every week, try mixing it up a bit.

Sauce: The easiest way to make your spaghetti more interesting is to change up your sauce. Start out by buying a different variety of sauce each week, such as garden variety, roasted red pepper, mushroom and basil or three cheese. If you're adventurous, try making your own sauce. Look online for recipes. Use fresh vegetables and add plenty of spices, such as oregano, basil, parsley or crushed red pepper. Don't forget the fresh garlic. Or, instead of using spaghetti sauce, have noodles with pesto or Alfredo sauce. Both are easy to make, or you can buy bottled versions at the grocery store.

Meat: Add some Italian sausage for a chunky sauce with lots of flavor. You could also add ground beef or meatballs.

Noodles: Buy whole-wheat pasta for a heartier meal. If you just want a different look, try using penne, bow tie or ziti pasta. Even try colored varieties of noodles.

Cheese: Top off your pasta with Parmesan cheese or shredded mozzarella. Or if you're feeling simple, just have the noodles with shredded cheese. It's a lighter dish that still tastes great.

Bread: For a simple side, make some garlic bread. Drizzle leftover hot dog buns with butter and garlic powder, then toast for a few minutes. If you're feeding a large group, buy a loaf of French bread. Slice it most of the way, leaving the bottoms connected. Brush the same butter and garlic powder mixture between each slice. Wrap the loaf in foil and bake it in the oven or toaster oven until the crust is toasted (for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees).

What to do with leftovers:  Put leftover pasta and sauce in a casserole dish. Top it with cheese and bake it in the oven or toaster oven until crisp (about 30 minutes at 35o degrees). This tastes much better than it does after reheating in the microwave.

BLT Salad

BLT Salad
6 Servings

1 head of Iceberg lettuce, firm
8 slices of bacon
4 tomatoes, large, ripe, cored, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 slices white bread
Kosher Salt

Freshly ground black pepper
10 oz BYU Ranch dressing

Cut head of lettuce in half and remove core. Put halves in a bowl of ice water to wash and chill. Drain well, and tear into 1-inch pieces. Roll lettuce pieces in paper toweling or spin gently in a salad spinner to remove all water. Reserve, refrigerated, until ready to use; lettuce should be very cold and crisp before assembling salad. Cook bacon in a skillet or oven until crisp. Put torn lettuce in a large bowl with diced tomato. Crumble warm bacon and add to bowl. Toast bread and brush lightly with melted butter. Cut toast into 1-inch squares and add to bowl. Toss salad and season liberally with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add enough Ranch to dress salad generously. Toss, taste carefully for seasoning, and serve immediately.

Mushroom, Tomato and Gruyere Cheese Breakfast Strata

Mushroom, Tomato and Gruyère Cheese Breakfast Strata
8 Servings

4 whole wheat English muffins, split
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 pound button or crimini mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
8 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onio
n powder
2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Arrange English muffin halves in the bottom of an oiled baking dish, cutting them to fit if necessary. Set dish aside. Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and liquid has reduced, 8 to 10 minutes. Spoon tomato mixture over the top of the English muffins, distributing it evenly; set aside to let cool. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Pour evenly over tomato mixture, and then sprinkle with basil. Cover and chill overnight.  Set dish aside at room temperature for 1 hour and preheat oven to 350°F. Sprinkle casserole with cheese and bake, uncovered, until puffed, cooked through and cheese is golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes. Serve immediately.