Jan 1, 2009

Hot Soups

by Ellen Wilson

The walk between the Brimhall and the HFAC can be bone chilling when it's the dead of winter in Provo. When the snow is falling and you're starting to lose sense of your fingertips, it's time to warm yourself up with a hot cup of soup. Thankfully, there are several dining places on campus that offer hot soups to keep your body moving in the winter months.

Blue Line Deli: The Blue Line Deli in the Tanner building offers several different kinds of hot soup every day. Some of the soups you can find are Chicken Cheese Tortilla Soup, Chili, Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Tuscan White Bean Soup, Clam Chowder, Chicken Butter Squash Soup and several others. No matter what your preferred soup is, there's a variety to choose from. If you need something more substantial, have your soup with the sandwich of the day or something from the market section.

Cougar Express: If you don't have much time, run through the Cougar Express or the Grab-and-Go during lunch hours. You can get your soup in an insulated cup with a lid for the times you just need to, well, grab and go!

L&T: Pair your soup with a salad or wrap at L&T. Or just have a cup of Broccoli and Cheese Soup with a whole-wheat roll.

Museum of Art Café: The MOA café always has a savory soup of the day. Have your bowl of soup with a hunk of baguette or Focaccia bread to complete your meal. In January, be sure to try the soup of the month, Mexicali Tortilla Soup.

Sugar n' Spice: Nothing compliments a cup of soup better than a fresh baked loaf of bread from Sugar n' Spice.  It's also handy to get your meal in the same place you get your dessert. Warm up with soup and then cool down with some ice cream.

Nothing is better than the feeling of warmth in your stomach after a long day of class and studying. So enjoy the soups on campus and best of luck with fighting the cold during the winter semester.

New Year's Resolutions

by Ellen Wilson

It's the start of a new year, which means that it's time to look back on the previous year and have a little self-evaluation. Often, self-reflection leads to future goals and changes to incorporate into your life and MIX! is here to offer a few suggestions to add to your list of New Year's resolutions.

Try a new meal every week. Never had eggplant before? What about acorn squash, couscous, lentils or quiche? Try the Hazelnut and Lentil Soup under our 30 Min meals. Make sure to try our Recipe of the Month for one of your weeks and check back in the archives for more ideas.

Eat somewhere on campus you've never been before. Heard of the new Blue Line Deli in the Tanner Building? Or have you been to The Commons at the Cannon Center? If you're a campus restaurant connoisseur, take friend or try a new menu item.

Exercise. This always seems to make the list. Make it a group thing and sign up for an intramural team or an aerobic class at the Richards Building. Inner tube water polo is something that everyone can do and there is always a chance of winning that coveted "Intramural Champion" t-shirt. If you get bored with the typical modes of exercise, sign up for a dance class. You'll burn plenty of calories while getting your groove on.

Cook dinner every Sunday. Invite different people from your ward or classes. If you don't have time to cook, start a dinner group and take turns preparing the meal.

Give service. Just small acts of kindness for those around you can brighten the day of your friends and neighbors. If you need ideas for service, visit the Center for Service and Learning in the Wilkinson Student Center.

Get organized. Know your class schedules and assignments. Beyond school, know where things are in your apartment. Cleaning out and reorganizing can lead to the rediscovery of things you'd thought had been lost. Maybe you'll even find all those socks you thought the dryer ate.

Enjoy life! Do something you've never done before at least weekly. This can be as simple as talking to someone new on your way home from school, or bigger things, like learning a new language. If you don't have time to learn a language, just learn some key phrases, like, "Would you like to go on a date with me?" or "Thank you!"  Try painting or sketching. Do something techy, like creating your own website or blog. Make a list of the things you've always wanted to do and check them off.
Those are just a few of the goals on our list so you'll have to sit down and think of which you'd like to try, what new ones you'd like to add, and where you want to take your life in 2009.

Doughnuts and Apple Cider

Doughnuts and Apple Cider

Fall has arrived, with winter soon to follow, so here are some seasonal dates that incorporate the holiday season.
For this date, spend some time in the kitchen. Work together to prepare these delicious homemade doughnuts and a cider with a personal touch. For a service-themed date, make your treats after raking lawns or share your treats with others.

Homemade Doughnuts
Find a recipe online and see our Helpful Hints article on Deep Fryin' before you fry up your doughnuts.
Apple Cider
1 gallon store-bought apple cider
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
10 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
Bring all ingredients except butter to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add butter and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Enjoy your snacks while having arts and craft time. Make some leaf rubbings and get creative with it. Some ideas are a comic book of leaf men or Thanksgiving cards for your friends and family.

When the weather turns colder and the snow begins to fall, get ready for Christmas when an ornament decorating party. Break out the old school photos or make a collage of all your favorite Christmas memories and share them with your date. If you want to get really crafty, see our latest Kitchen Craft for a holiday wreath to adorn your door.

Head up to Rock Canyon Park for traditional sledding or if you're up for a drive, try out Gorgoza Park in Park City. It's a snow-tubing park where you can do some mountain tubing.
After being out in the cold, warm up indoors with some hot chocolate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. If you're feeling extra festive, be sure to add the green and red sprinkles!

Hoagie Italiano

Where: 9th Street Grill - Creamery on Ninth East

What: Hoagie Italiano

Price: $2.99

Ham, pepperoni, Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, and Italian dressing on a hoagie roll.

October's monthly special at the 9th Street Grill is the Hoagie Italiano, a monstrous hoagie with the classic Italian taste.  Stop by after class and enjoy the grill's diner atmosphere while you satisfy your hunger with this meaty sub.  A deal only available in the month of October, the Hoagie Italiano will fill you up at lunch or dinner.  Made fresh to order, this sandwich is a good option when you are craving something other than a burger.  Add a side of fries served in the fry-dipper to create a multi-layered meal of fun.  Don't forget to grab a hand-scooped ice cream cone to finish your Italian meal.  Buon appetito!

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa
Great served with grilled meats, poultry, seafood and beef 

2 cups diced fresh pineapple
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 green onions, minced

1 lime, juice and zest
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
Sea salt, to taste

Toss all ingredients together. Adjust seasoning according to taste. Chill until ready to serve.

Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili
8 Servings
Olive Oil
2 yellow onions, diced
1/2 tablespoon garlic, granulated
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
2 cups water
1 quart to
mato sauce
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2  teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon clove, ground
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 oz unsweetened cocoa
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon salt
Pepper to taste
20 oz spaghetti, cooked
1/2 lb. grated cheddar cheese
Chopped onions
Kidney beans

In a large cooking pot, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until onion has softened. Remove onion mixture and set aside. In the same pot, add ground beef. Cook and drain. Return onion mixture to pot with beef. Add water, tomato sauce and cook over low heat 30 minutes. In a small bowl, make a thin paste with the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin and cinnamon. Add to beef mixture and stir well. Add bay leaf, ground cloves, vinegar, cocoa mixed with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer covered for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add more water if chili becomes too thick and sticks to the bottom of the pot. To serve Cincinnati Chili, ladle over cooked spaghetti pasta and top with shredded cheese, chopped onions and kidney beans