Sep 1, 2009

Helaman Creamery

by Ellen Wilson

The new Helaman Creamery is located in The Cannon Center.
Opened in Fall 2009, the new Helaman Creamery brings all the Creamery benefits to the dorms at Helaman.  Located to the right of the entrance to The Commons, the Helaman Creamery has literally everything you need in its few small aisles. Need to celebrate someone's birthday? Not only do they have the ingredients (or mix) to make a cake, but they've also got the candles. Besides all the food (which does include Nutella, gummy snacks, Bagel Bites, cinnamon rolls, eggs, yogurt, granola and much more), they also have cleaning supplies, shampoos, printer paper, batteries, and hangers to outfit your apartment, dorm, or home. Instead of wandering down twelve items at the grocery store, you'll be in-and-out at the Helaman Creamery.

If you need a quick bite to eat, the Helaman Creamery Grill serves hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and French fries.  They also have BYU Creamery ice cream both at the grill area and in half gallons in the freezer. Take a date to get a scoop of ice cream after seeing a play on campus or just grab a burger on your way home from class.
The Creamery accepts meal plans with Dining Dollars.

Store Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 7 am - 11:30 pm
Friday: 7 am - midnight
Saturday: 10 am - 11:30 pm

Grill Hours:
Monday - Thursday & Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm
Friday: 11 am - 11:30 pm

Fall Fun

by Ellen Wilson

September and October are full of holidays, birthdays and other celebrations. Organize a date around one of the following:

National Piano Month:  If you are gifted enough to play the piano, share that with your date and learn a few duets together.

National Coupon Month
: Look at our previous Delicious Date coupon night for some good ideas on how to turn this one into a fun group date activity.

September 9 - Colonel Sanders' birthday: You'll never have a better excuse to take a date to KFC or order KFC for an outdoor dinner.

September 13 - Milton Hershey's birthday: Celebrate with a chocolate party or by making peanut butter cookies with Hershey's kisses on top.

September 13-September 19 - National Assisted Living Week: Organize a group service date and head over to an assisted living home to play cards, bingo, charades, or other games.

National Popcorn Popping Month: There are so many ways to pop popcorn. On the stove, in the microwave, over the fire: Incorporate popcorn into your date either by eating or by making popcorn strings to use for Halloween decorations.

Family History Month: Now here is a great date. You can either go to the BYU Family History Library for tours and classes or head up to Salt Lake City Family History Library.

National Pizza Month: Don't go the easy way out and just take your date out for pizza. Make some homemade pizza together or have a big group party where everyone brings different toppings. Go beyond pepperoni and make dessert pizza as well.

October 5-Ray Kroc's birthday: Not that we want to promote too much fast food, but on the founder's birthday, a fun trip to McDonald's is okay by us. Dress up as Ronald, the Hamburglar, and the other McDonald characters.

October 9-John Lennon's birthday: Trust us. Just spend your evening listening to "The Beatles" and it will be the best date you've ever had.

October 25-Pablo Picasso's birthday: Plan a date for today that includes a canvas and paints.

Nut Grinder

By Ellen Wilson

Nut Grinder
Since my favorite dessert is an oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips, craisins, and ground almonds, I've had plenty of experience with nuts skittering all over the kitchen. Instead of using a knife and cutting board, a simple nut grinder makes a difference for the baker who loves ground nuts but doesn't have a food processor. Instead of paying more for pre-ground nuts, buy whole nuts in bulk and grind when needed. Load the top section with whole nuts and turn the handle one way for a coarse grind or the other way for fine. The grinder featured is labeled so when you reach the amount you need, you can just unscrew the top and add the nuts to your recipe without having to measure again. Use the grinder when making cookies, granola, or just for when you want to sprinkle nuts over your ice cream sundae. You can also grind baking chocolate. 

Purchase a nut grinder at any kitchen retail store.

Easy Magnets

Easy Magnets
Throw out those free magnets from the phone book. It's time to make your magnets as pretty as the pictures they hold up, for a very minimal cost.

  • Clear, rounded glass marbles
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue like Elmer's or Mod Podge
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Round heavy-duty magnets

  1. Pick a marble and position it on the scrapbook paper flat side down where you would like the pattern to show through.
  2. Using a pencil, trace around the marble and cut out the circle. Hold it against the marble and trim any uneven edges.
  3. Place a dot of craft glue on the flat part of the marble. Attach the circle of paper to the marble with the pattern up. Press down until the glue covers the entire paper and the edges are sealed. The glue may look white at first but it will dry clear and the pattern will show through.
  4. Let dry for a few minutes and heat up the hot glue gun.
  5. Place a dot of hot glue on a magnet and attach to the flat part of the marble. Hold together until sealed.
  6. Place on a refrigerator or magnetic board and enjoy!

Rotisserie Chicken

By Ellen Wilson
How to Use Rotisserie Chicken When you need an extra ‘umph' in your main dish but don't want to take the time to prepare and cook any meat, a rotisserie chicken can add both protein and taste to your meal.  Here are a few dishes that work well with shredded chicken from a store-bought rotisserie and just a few other ingredients.

Add chicken on top of any salad combination to make it a complete dinner.  Items you might want to pick up:  lettuce, croutons, salad dressing (Caesar is always a good choice), tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese and any other fresh salad items.

Chicken casseroles:
There are many casserole dishes that call for shredded chicken. A good recipe to look for is Chicken Tetrazzini, which uses linguine, peas, chicken broth and mushrooms as its main ingredients.

Combine chicken with a crusty bread, honey or Dijon mustard, tomatoes, lettuce, and a sharp cheese. Or go Italian and add pesto, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and Parmesan.
Chicken potpie:
Shredded chicken is perfect for a potpie. Pick up a store-bought piecrust for an even simpler meal. Other items to grab: celery, carrots, green peas and chicken stock.

Simple and filling. Use pepper jack and cheddar for a more flavorful quesadilla and serve with salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

Chicken salad:
Make chicken salad by adding mayonnaise, celery, grapes, nuts, onion and seasonings.

Chicken with
mashed potatoes:

Just serve the rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes and you have a meal. Make it simple by using instant mashed potatoes.
If you don't use the entire chicken in one night, here are some storing tips so your meat can stay fresh until used.
Refrigerator: Remove all meat and store in a shallow container so that the meat can cool quickly.  When cooled, refrigerate and use within 4 days.

Freezer: Make sure pieces are cooled and store in Ziploc bags. Chicken can be kept for up to four months but will dry out the longer it's in the freezer.