May 3, 2010

BYU Games Center

by Ellen Wilson

Bowling, Arcade, Pool
BYU's top location for fun and games.

Where's a fun place on campus where you can escape your books and just relax? Only the Games Center, located on the first floor of the BYU Wilkinson Student Center.

The Games Center is more than just a bowling alley.  Arcade games, such as Ms. Pacman, Pump-It-Up Dance, Pinball, Air Hockey, and Skeeball, are available to play.  If you're an arcade champ, play the arcade to win tickets for prizes.  Or play billiards on the tables just outside of the Games Center.  Just bring your BYU ID to the front desk to check out pool sticks and balls.

The Games Center hosts events like 80's Night, Rivalry Week, and Cosmic Bowling.  Cosmic Bowling is held weekly on Friday and Saturday nights after 9 pm.  Or if you have anything to celebrate, host your own party at the Games Center. Schedule your Family Home Evening activity, birthday party or Christmas work party.

Food is available from Orville & Wilbur's snack bar.  They offer meals or snack options such as buffalo wings, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos and fries.
The Games Center offers one free game of bowling and shoes per student per year.  Just bring in your BYU id sometime Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Monday - Thursday  10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - midnight
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
For more information on scheduling family night activities, birthday parties, or any other gathering, visit

Camping Recipes

by Ellen Wilson

Ditch the Hot Dogs
Recipes for cooking over the fire.
Hello to bonfires and camping trips - it's summertime! Before rubbing two sticks together, remember to always check drought conditions when building fires in the summer. Campfires are typically allowed in county parks in Utah County but always check online or with a park ranger to confirm that it's safe to build a fire.

Of course s'mores are on the list of campfire treats, but MIX! also has suggestions for a full day of camping meals:

Breakfast: Omelet in a Bag
Boil a pot of water over the fire. In sturdy Ziploc bags, mix eggs, cheese, and other omelet ingredients, such as broccoli, onions, peppers, ham, or bacon. Seal and place bags in boiling water until the eggs are cooked.

Lunch: Pizza Bagel
With a two-pronged camp fork (or very sharp sticks), pierce half of a bagel. Smear pizza sauce on top and cover with pepperoni, shredded cheese, and other pizza toppings.  Warm over the fire until cheese has melted.

Dinner: Foil Fajitas
On a piece of aluminum foil, place pre-cooked chicken, bell peppers, onions, and fajita seasoning. Fold and seal the aluminum to create a little pouch. Place the pouch on the coals until heated. Serve the fajitas on tortillas with salsa.
As a side dish, wrap frozen corn on the cob in aluminum foil with some butter and place in coals until cooked, around 5-10 minutes.

Dessert: Baked Apples and Banana Boats
Baked Apples: Core out the top half of an apple. Fill with brown sugar. Place pat of butter on top of sugar and wrap in foil. Place in the coals - be sure to keep the butter side up - for about fifteen minutes.

Banana Boats: Leaving the peel on, cut a long triangle from the top to bottom of the banana, making a little trough. Fill this trough with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Replace the banana piece you cut out and then cover with the peel and wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Place in the coals for a few minutes, until warm and gooey.

Go Veggie

by Ellen Wilson

Meatless Meals
Some vegetarian options both on and off-campus.
Eating little or no meat is not just for vegetarians. Meat production is very resource intensive so regularly cutting back on your meat intake is also good for the environment.

For vegetarians or those who would like to avoid eating too much meat, there are still plenty of great sources of protein found in other foods. Here are some on-campus meals and off-campus recipes to try:


Cougareat: Taco Bell, Tomassitos, L&T Produce, Teriyaki Stix, Freschetta, and Subway all have vegetarian options.

Our favorites are:
• Tomassito's Pasta with Broccoli and Alfredo
• Subway's Veggie Delite with Avocado
• Taco Bell's Bean Burrito
• Teriyaki Stix's Chow Mein Bowl
• Freschetta's Garden Delight Personal Pizza
• Scoreboard's Grilled Cheese Combo with Fries
• L&T's Southwest wrap (substitute green peppers and more tomatoes for the chicken)
Legends: Legends' vegetarian offerings include salad entrées, pasta with Alfredo or marinara sauce, grilled salmon and personalized pizzas. Create your own or try their Vegetable Hearth Baked Pizza with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, pineapples, olives, and mushrooms.

MOA Café: Explore the MOA's rotating menu on their website. Vegetarian dishes include the Santa Fe Vegetable Wrap, Spinach Apple Craisin Salad, Greek Salad, Taco Salad, and Oriental Salad. Our favorite item on the regular menu is the Grilled Vegetable Foccacia sandwich.

Blue Line: Blue Line's weekly menu is available online. Meatless options include the Quesadilla bar, Baked Potato bar, Tuna Melt, Pasta Bar, Cheese Ravioli, and their Creamy Vegetable Lasagna.

Here are some of the vegetarian recipes we've featured on MIX!:
  • Minted Tabouli
  • Mushroom, Tomato and Gruyère Cheese Breakfast Strata
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Hazelnut and Lentil Soup (Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock)
  • Orzo, Peas, and Pesto Salad
  • Loaded Nachos
  • Tortilla Soup (Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock)
  • Toasted Veggie Bagel Sandwich
  • French Bread Pizza
  • Pesto Ravioli
  • Veggie Burritos

All Natural

by Ellen Wilson

Green Cleaning
Clean your kitchen with natural cleaning products.

Instead of pulling out a bottle of bleach for cleaning the counters, try a natural solution. Besides being non-toxic, lemons, vinegar and other items work just as well as cleaning products without any hazardous materials. Here are a few options for cleaning naturally:

Lemons: With their high acidity, lemons are a great cleaning resource. For counter tops, cut a lemon in half and dip it in baking soda. Scrub away and then wipe the counter down with a wet sponge.  If you need to remove stains from a cutting board, wipe it with lemon juice and let it sit for twenty minutes. Rinse off and repeat if necessary.

If your Tupperware is stained red from pasta sauce, rub lemon juice on it and let it dry in a sunny place. After it's dry, wash with soap. Once you've used the juice for cleaning, cut the lemon rind up and grind it in the garbage disposal to eliminate bad odors.

Disinfect the interior of your dishwasher by pouring 1/2 a cup of vinegar in the interior soap dispenser and run an empty cycle. Clean bathroom or kitchen drains by pouring vinegar down them, waiting for thirty minutes, and then flushing with cold water. If your kitchen floor is a mess, clean it with a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar and warm water.

Baking Soda: Use baking soda to keep away unpleasant odors in the fridge or in your garbage can. Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your garbage pail before you but a new bag in. You can also use if for cleaning the burners on your stovetop. Soak them in a large bowl of warm water mixed with 1/2 cup baking soda for a half an hour.

Cornstarch: For grease spills on carpets, cover the spot with cornstarch and let it sit for fifteen to thirty minutes before vacuuming.

Salt: If you have any seriously greasy pots and pans, sprinkle salt over them to absorb the grease. Empty the salt before washing. Or if something bubbled over in the oven, pour salt over the spill and wipe it with a damp cloth after the oven has cooled.

May 1, 2010

Pepperoni Calzone

Lunch of the MonthWhere: Tomassito's Italian Cafe
What: Pepperoni Calzone
Price: $2.59 (calzone only) -- $6.09 (combo meal)
It has only been a few months since we featured a calzone, but we have found a new one that just had to be shared with all. Located in the Cougareat lies the well-known restaurant of Tomassito's with the not so well-known item of a pepperoni calzone. For those that are new to calzones, let us explain; it's a pizza folded in half to be eaten like a sandwich. Brilliant. Tomassito's offers the options of chicken, bacon with broccoli and my personal favorite, pepperoni. So stop in and find out what all the buzz about these calzones is about.

Included in the combo meal is the calzone of your choice, choice of pasta (fettuccini, rotini, wheat penne, spaghetti), choice of sauce (meat, alfredo, marinara), a side salad, a breadstick and a medium fountain drink.


Grilled Vegetable Focaccia Sandwich

Lunch of the Month 
Where: Museum of Art Cafe
What: Grilled Vegetable Focaccia Sandwich
Price: $6.29 - whole, $5.89 - half sandwich & half soup
Grilled red and green peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes and red onions, layered with sautéed mushrooms, spinach, gouda and feta cheese and fresh tomatoes on herb focaccia bread.

If you haven't heard of this sandwich yet, you have been missing out. This sandwich is as fresh as it comes! Loaded with lots of tasty vegetables, it's a natural and healthy midday pick-me-up. It's just what you need to get through all your classes. Clean cut and made to perfection, you are sure to be going back again and again for this sandwich.

You can choose to have a full sandwich or change it up with a half sandwich and half soup. Whichever you go with, it'll be sure to satisfy that lunchtime craving.

Make sure to enjoy the many exhibits of art located in the Museum of Art before or after your meal.

                                                                                       *PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

                                                                  *IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PAY THE MUSEUM ENTRANCE FEE TO VISIT THE MUSEUM CAFÉ.

Painted Sandwich

This edition's Kitchen Craft is an edible surprise that will be fun for a packed lunch or for kids to make on their own.

  • White Bread
  • Milk
  • Food Coloring
  • Clean Paintbrush
  • Toaster

  1. Add food coloring to small cups of milk. Make as many colors as you desire.
  2. Using a paintbrush, lightly paint the colored milk onto a piece of bread.
  3. After you've finished painting, put the bread into the toaster and toast.
  4. Make multiple slices for sandwiches or just enjoy as colorful toast.

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Salad: (for one serving)

1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup fresh, cut romaine lettuce
1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons sliced green or red onions
1 tablespoon candied almonds
2 ounces poppyseed dressing
Mix ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Top with dressing.

Dressing: (makes enough for about 6 servings)

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon poppyseeds

Mix ingredients in a blender until smooth. Store in refrigerator until use.