Nov 2, 2009

Stock Your Pantry

by Ellen Wilson

How many times have you opened the refrigerator and declared that there is absolutely nothing to eat in the house? Probably far too often.  MIX! has created a list of items to keep on hand that provide the basics for most recipes.  However, before you head to the store, make sure to take into account your own tastes; stock up on the items that you eat regularly and not just our favorites.  For each item, be sure to date it before storing and then restock when you're running low.

Grains are a part of almost every meal and keep for along time.  However, since they can go rancid, it's a good idea to store your grains in Mason jars or some other sort of tight container.  Good grains are various types of rice, pasta and beans. Try whole-wheat pasta and wild or brown rice for healthier, heartier options.  A great breakfast staple to keep on hand is oatmeal, which can also be used in baking.


At the top of our list is onions, preferably yellow onions.  Onions add flavor to any dish and can be used in stir-fries, fajitas, on sandwiches and with pasta.  Add potatoes (especially sweet potatoes) to your list for an easy meal of baked potatoes. Just be sure to store them in a cool, dark place and use before they sprout.  Canned vegetables are easy additions to meals, so stock up on the vegetables you prefer, such as tomatoes, black beans, artichoke hearts and corn.

Fresh fruit is your best choice but always try to have some canned or dried fruit as well for when you can't make it to the store.  Get fruits canned in water or juice to lower the sugar additives.  We stock up on pineapple, pears, peaches, mandarin oranges and applesauce.

Oils and Sauces:
Olive oil. "Always have olive oil," could be our kitchen mantra.  Use it for cooking, baking, frying and drizzling over salad or pasta.  Other liquids frequently used in recipes are vegetable oil and vinegar (white or balsamic).  For added flavors, have other sauces like an Asian sauce, pasta sauce or a marinating sauce.

Baking Supplies:
If you're not much of a baker, don't overstock these items. However, if you have these on hand, you'll always be ready for baking: flour, sugar (white and brown), baking soda, baking powder, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract.

Herbs and spices:
The must-haves, of course, are salt and pepper. We strongly suggest fresh ground pepper and either sea salt or kosher salt. Your typical table salt is great for baking, but for added flavor, try a coarser salt. Other basic herbs and spices that are good to have around are cinnamon, basil, rosemary, paprika, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, and any others that you frequently use in your own cooking.
Add other quick and easy-to-use items like soup, peanut butter, and any item that you consume frequently.  Keep your pantry filled and you'll have no reason to say, "There's nothing to eat!"

Nov 1, 2009

Alternative Game Night

by Ellen Wilson

Alternative Game Night

A night of games is always a great date. Playing a game can be very telling of your date's personality; you can see whether or not they are competitive, communicative, sneaky, or subdued. However, some games can get a little old so MIX! is here to offer some alternative gaming ideas.
  • Dominoes. Set ‘em up and let ‘em fall. This one is simple but oh-so-much fun. Set up one huge Domino path or split into two for a race.  Use books for staircases of Dominoes or tie a string to one to make it leap Tarzan-style from the edge of the table. Just be sure to set them up carefully so not a single one is standing after that first push.

  • Take cards from a trivia game and host your own game show. Imitate TV personalities like Alex Trebek or Vanna White and set up your living room with desks, buzzers, or spinning wheels. Make sure to dramatically announce the prize for the winner prior to the start of your game.

  • Set up shop and use Monopoly money. Each person gets a certain amount of money, which they can then use to buy food, movies, or other activities for them and their date throughout the night.

  • If you have random pieces from old games, use them to create a new game. Make up rules, design the game board (if you need one), and play the night away.

Navajo Taco

Lunch of the Month 
Where: L&T Salad & Soup 

What: Navajo Taco Salad

Price: $5.29

Fry bread, chili, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, ranch or sour cream
With the amount of time we as students spend on campus, we deserve to treat ourselves to something a little out of the norm. L&T Salad & Soup, located in the Cougareat of the Wilkinson Student Center, offers this one of a kind Navajo Taco Salad everyday for the inexpensive price of $5.29. Large portions and out of this world taste make this salad a student favorite. With all the freshest ingredients mixed together into one salad, the Navajo brings out a wild taste that is sure to keep you coming bac
k again and again. Next time you and your friends find yourselves hungry on campus, stop in the Cougareat and pick up your own L&T Navajo Taco Salad.

                                              *PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Removing Stains

By Ellen Wilson

Removing Stains You just spilled your lunch all over your favorite shirt.  Although a Tide-to-go pen may work for the moment, some stains need more serious work.  Treat as soon as possible and you may have to repeat the process of stain removal.

Grease (oil, butter, mayonnaise) Treat stain with a dry solvent and then rinse with isopropyl alcohol. Let it dry and then spray area with diluted dishwashing-soap. Before washing, let it soak in an enzyme detergent.
Blood Spray with diluted dishwashing-soap and let it sit. Rinse in cool to lukewarm water. Treat with enzyme detergent and wash.
Fruit Juice Spray diluted dishwashing-soap on the stain and let it sit.  Rinse in tepid water and if stain remains, treat it with an enzyme detergent and wash.
Chocolate Scrape off excess chocolate and then spray area with diluted dishwashing-soup.  Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Gum Use ice to freeze gum and then scrape off as much as you can. Remove the residue with an oil solvent and rinse with isopropyl alcohol. Let it dry before treating with an enzyme detergent and washing.
Sauces (ketchup, barbecue) Treat stain with diluted dishwashing-soap before soaking in lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of white vinegar if stain still remains. Treat with an enzyme detergent before washing.
Ballpoint Ink Saturate the stain by spraying with a can of aerosol hair spray. Let it sit for a few minutes before washing.
Mud Scrape off as much mud as possible and then apply diluted dishwashing-soap. Soak. Before washing, treat with an enzyme detergent.
Mustard Rinse the area with white vinegar and wash with dishwashing detergent.

Chilled Peach Soup with Roasted Hazelnuts

Farmers Market Recipe:
Chilled Peach Soup with Roasted Hazelnuts
8 Servings

6 fresh peaches
1 cup plain Greek unsweetened yogurt
4 tablespoons honey
3 ounces passion orange guava juice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
4 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts
4 mint leaves, thinly sliced

Peel and pit peaches. Add yogurt, honey, juice, cinnamon, fresh minced ginger and mix in a blender until smooth. Adjust sweetness with honey as needed to offset the sweetness of the fruit. Garnish with chopped hazelnuts and fresh mint.

Smoked Salmon with Pears, Wild Huckleberries and Hazelnut Balsamic Vinaigrette

Farmers Market Recipe:
Smoked Salmon with Pears, Wild Huckleberries and Hazelnut Balsamic Vinaigrette
6 Servings
8 ounces mixed greens or mesclun salad mix
3 fresh pears, peeled and thinly sliced
4 ounces fresh huckleberries or seasonal berries
3 ounces chopped hazelnuts
4 ounces smoked salmon

Vinaigrette Dressing
3 ounces extra virgin olive oil
1.5 ounces hazelnut oil
2.5 ounces balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine greens, sliced pears, huckleberries (or seasonal berries), hazelnuts and salmon in a stainless steel bowl. For dressing, add all ingredients into a container and whisk until combined. Adjust seasoning as needed. Add dressing to salad components and mix. Serve immediately.