Dec 1, 2011

Garlic Press

Garlic Press

Garlic is a hard food to tackle. The time it takes to get to the clove is hassle enough, but mincing it isn't easy either. If you use garlic often you know it's messy, smelly and painstaking work. Which is why the garlic press was invented.

This helpful kitchen utensil crushes garlic cloves through a grid of small holes creating mushy garlic paste that can be easily added to your concoction. This process is not only easy, but also efficient. The press crushes the plant's cell walls releasing that strong garlic flavor. You can even press the clove through the press without removing the skin. Clean up is quick, with no garlic aroma on your hands.

You can find a garlic press at any kitchenware store. Prices range from $15 to $30 depending on brand and materials.

For more kitchen gadget descriptions, check out our archives.


Cougar Express at the Cougareat

California Roll- $4.99
Includes crab, cucumber and avocado.

Unagi Roll- $5.99
 Includes unagi (freshwater eel), avocado with a sweet soy based kabayaki sauce.

Spicy Tuna Roll (photo unavailable) - $5.99
 Includes tuna, cucumber with spicy sauce.

Dragon Roll- $7.99
Includes an assortment of tempura shrimp, tuna and unagi with kabayaki sauce, cucumber, avocado and sesame.

Triple Shrimp Roll- $8.99
Includes tempura shrimp, ebi, firecracker sauce, cucumber, avocado and kewpie (mayonnaise).
* Each sushi dish is rolled in rice and/or seaweed and includes a side of sliced ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.
Made fresh at BYU daily, these sushi rolls are the newest additions to BYU cuisine. Whether you enjoy simple or more exotic sushi, BYU Dining Services is offering five different sushi combinations for everyone's taste. Stop by the Cougar Express line beginning this fall semester to enjoy our new Asian dish.


Taste of the Islands Plate Lunch

Lunch of the MonthWhere: Grab & Go

                        What: Taste of the Islands Plate Lunch

                         Price: $5 small plate or $8 large plate

Includes: Your choice of ribs, kalua pork, barbecued chicken and katsu chicken over a cabbage salad with white sticky rice and macaroni salad.

Grab & Go is offering a "Taste of the Islands" from March 28 through April 8 in the Cougareat. Take your pick of four different kinds of meat, cooked with delicious Hawaiian flavor - tasty ribs, kalua pork, barbecued chicken and katsu chicken. Each is served in either a small or large portion size and accompanied with a bed of shredded cabbage salad, white sticky rice and macaroni salad. This lunch isn't available for long, so come by the Grab & Go in the Cougareat for a chance to take your taste buds to Hawaii.

                         *PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Creamery Holiday Flavors

by Mel Gardner

BYU's creameries have a tradition of being the best in great dairy products. Smooth ice cream, fresh milk, and delicious cheeses make the BYU Creamery a campus favorite. Every holiday season, the BYU Creamery creates special flavors unique to this time of year.  

Eggnog is in season at the Creamery. Locally made and creamy as always, they will have eggnog in a carton, as well as eggnog ice cream. Peppermint candy ice cream will also be available for only the holidays.

In addition to ice cream, the Creamery will have freshly-made holiday cheese balls. Available flavors will include a one-pound ball of a smoked bacon and cheese, or fruit and nut. The cheese balls will only be available at the Creamery on Ninth and the Creamery Outlet.

Stop by the BYU Creamery this holiday for all your favorite flavors.

What's Open this Holiday Season?

by Mel Gardner

Not everyone gets to go home for the holidays. For those not traveling this holiday season, MIX! compiled a list of holiday hours for BYU restaurants and groceries.

Check it out:

The Commons:
Christmas 2011

Open Saturday, Dec. 17 for breakfast only, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Closed, Saturday, Dec. 17 after breakfast to lunch Monday, Jan. 2
Open Monday, Jan. 2
Lunch: Noon to 2 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 3
Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Lunch: Noon to 2 p.m.
Dinner: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Helaman Creamery Hours:
Christmas 2011

Open Saturday, Dec. 17, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Closed Sunday, Dec. 18 to Sunday, Jan. 1
Open Monday, Jan. 2 and Tuesday, Jan. 3, from noon to 11 p.m.

Legends Grille, Blue Line Deli, Museum of Art Café, Jamba Juice and Skyroom:Christmas 2011
Closed Saturday, Dec. 17 to Tuesday, Jan. 3

Brine Your Holiday Turkey

by Mel Gardner

Turkey dinner is cherished holiday tradition. Just as every family has different holiday traditions, every family has their own way of cooking a turkey. From dry rub to deep fry, every cooking style is turkeylicious, but which style provides the juiciest results?  The answer is brining.

Brining is the secret to a moist and flavorful turkey. By simply submerging the turkey in a salty broth, brining is an easy pre-roasting step to a juicy bird. It works because the salt breaks down proteins causing the meat tissues to absorb water and flavor. So, despite long roasting time, the turkey maintains its moisture.

Whether it's your first time cooking your own turkey, or an expert turkey chef, this year may be the time to try brining your turkey. There are many helpful step-by-step tutorials online, but here are the brining basics:

First, you need a container large enough to submerge your turkey. A very large pot will do, or there are brining bags you can buy. Do keep in mind that the whole thing will need to fit in your fridge or cooler.

Next, the base of the brine is two cups of kosher salt to two cups of sugar to two gallons of water. You may have to play with the ratios depending on the size of your turkey. Then decide what flavors you want soaked into the turkey. Popular choices are citrus slices, dried herbs, crushed garlic and other aromatic flavors. You may also substitute some of the sugar with other sweeteners such as maple syrup, brown sugar or honey.  

Over medium heat, combine a gallon of water, salt, sugar and other flavor ingredients until salt and sugar are dissolved.  Turn off heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Put turkey in the container and pour the broth over the turkey with the rest of the water. Put the whole container in the fridge or iced cooler. Brine for one hour per pound of turkey. Do not brine over 24 hours. The turkey will be too salty.

Once the brining is complete, take out the bird and rinse it with cool water. Then, pat dry with paper towels. You can take some of the ingredients from your broth and put it on the skin. Otherwise, cook the turkey in your preferred method. Be careful not to use any salt in rubs or gravies. There will be plenty of salt in the turkey already.

You'll be surprised how truly juicy your turkey becomes after it has been brined. Try it this year and enjoy your holiday turkey feast.

What to Eat When You're Under the Weather

by Mel Gardner

The fall semester is now coming to a close. The weather is colder, stress is higher and sleep is shorter. It's the perfect time to get sick. Cold or flu, sickness comes when you least want or expect it. Miserable and tired, you still try to accomplish everything, but you just want to get better. Rest and liquids are a given, but what can you eat that might help you recover quickly?

MIX! suggests:

Hot Soup: Yes mom, you were right. Hot soup is an excellent source of fluid, heat and salt that will help keep you hydrated and loosen mucus. Chicken soup in particular is good because the cooked chicken releases amino acids to reduce inflammation. Choose broth soups over creamy.

Yogurt: Creamy and delicious, yogurt has live cultures that are healthy for your immune system and can possibly even prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Try to avoid brands with lots of sugar.

Garlic: Aside from delivering bad breath, garlic helps clear the sinuses, reducing the duration of the sickness. Use a good amount in your sick food dishes.

Hot peppers: Similar to garlic, hot pepper clears your stuffy nose. It doesn't matter if the peppers are fresh or dried. Choose spicy foods with hot pepper seasoning to make blowing your nose easier.  

Vitamin C: Fresh foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli and juices, provide vital nutrients help boost your immune system so your body can begin to fight off infection. 

Honey: Swallow about a tablespoon of honey to sooth your throat. The sticky and delicious flavor will coat your irritated throat and prevent coughing.

Lean Meats: Rich in iron, lean meats such as chicken and fish will help sustain you.  
So next time you're feeling under the weather remember these healthy sick foods.

Essential Cookware

 Essential Cookware

Helpful HintsWhen it comes to cookware there are so many choices. Whether you're getting ready to register for a wedding, starting out on your own, or looking to update your cookware, knowing what is essential will help stock your kitchen properly. In this issue of MIX! we'll help you determine what cookware is essential for making almost any dish.

Sauce Pans:
            1-quart Sauce Pan- This pan is good for small jobs. It's especially useful for those who only cook for one or two people.
            2-quart Sauce Pan- This is a great in-the-middle-sized pan for rice, or vegetables.

Skillets/Frying Pans:
            8-inch Skillet- Perfect size for making omelets or small fried dishes.
            12-inch Skillet- Great for frying meats and stir-fries.
            Sauté Pan- A good choice for making sauces, of course, but also for frying meats or vegetables when you want to add liquid later.

Dutch Oven (for stove top or oven):
            Dutch Oven- This is a large pan best used for soups, stews, or a variety of larger dishes. If you don't want to buy the large cast iron dish, you can use an alternative such as a 6-quart stockpot.

Roasting Pan:
            Roasting Pan- Surprise! This pan is for roasting food. It's great for making the Thanksgiving turkey or any large pieces of meat.
Choose the best materials within your budget. Good cookware is a worthwhile investment.
Check out how to clean your cookware in our archives.

Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa
Yield: 3.5 cups

1 pound fresh tomatillos
3 T. olive oil
1/2 red onion chopped
3 Ea.  jalapeno peppers minced
3 T
. green chilies
2 Ea. garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
1/2 lime juiced
2 tsp coarse salt
2 tsp black pepper
2T. brown sugar

Preheat broiler.
If using fresh tomatillos, remove husks and rinse under warm water to remove stickiness.

Toss the garlic, onions and fresh tomatillos in olive oil and place on Sheet pan in the oven on a broiler setting 1 to 2 inches from heat, turning once, until tomatillos are softened and slightly charred, about 7 minutes.

Purée all ingredients in a blender. Chill and Serve

Nov 1, 2011

M&M Bowling

M&M Bowling

Bowling is a pretty typical first date at BYU. Going down to the BYU Games Center and showing off your excellent bowling skills is already a fun and interactive date, but why not MIX! it up!
All you need is a date, a bag of M&M's (or any small multicolored candies) and a bowling lane. Using the bag of M&M's as your guide, you and your date will choose which colors identify which type of bowling style. Here are some suggestions:

Green: Your style: bowl how you would normally.
Red: Through the legs: bowl either backwards or forwards but make sure the ball goes through your legs.
Blue: Grandma style: use two hands and roll it from the floor. 
Yellow: Blindfold style: close your eyes and let someone else guide you.
Brown: Cannonball style: use the heaviest ball.
Orange: Feather style: use the lightest ball.

Blindly pick one color from the candy bag, eat candy and bowl accordingly. Your date is sure to be impressed with this tasty idea and your bowling finesse.
For more Delicious Dating ideas, check out our archives.

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Lunch of the MonthWhere: Legends Grille
What: Pulled Pork Sandwich
Price: $6.89

Bun, pulled pork, barbecue sauce and chips

Head down to Legends Grille for the Pulled Pork Sandwich. It sits on a toasty bun and is covered in delicious barbecue sauce. The sweet sauce complements the savory pork. The pork is tender enough that it's easy to eat. With a side of chips, there is plenty of food to satisfy your taste. Additional sides are $1.50 each. This tasty photo features a small salad with mandarin oranges for a healthy summer side.


Soup Can Storage

Homemade Can Storage
Here's an easy way to organize your can storage without spending a ton of money. In fact, you may already have all these materials on hand. We used wrapping paper, but fabric, scrapbooking paper, ribbons, labels etc. will do for this easy project.
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors/ Utility knife
  • Glue/Tape
  • 12 pack soda box
  • On the top back of the container, slice a hole large enough to place a can inside.
  • Use your chosen decorative paper and cover the entire box using glue or tape. Crease edges of paper and cut out the openings. Fold edges inside the box for a more polished look.
  • Play with the colors and coordinating patterns for a fun look, or add a label for better organization.
  • Fill container with cans and place in your cupboard. 
Check out other useful kitchen crafts in our archives.

Oct 1, 2011

Philly Burger

Lunch of the Month

Where: Creamery on Ninth

What: Philly Burger

Price: $3.69

Includes: Hamburger patty, cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, red and green peppers.

The mouth-watering Philly Burger has made its way to the Creamery on Ninth. It's a delicious cheeseburger with grilled red and green peppers, grilled onions and lettuce between two buns. Just what you want in a burger!


Sep 1, 2011

Ice Cream Sculptures

by Mel Gardner

Ice Cream Sculptures

Want to gauge the artistic side of your date? We suggest a little sculpting competition to get those creative juices flowing. Whether it's just the two of you or a group, this delicious dating idea will offer an evening of messy fun and chilly desserts.
Items to prepare:
  • Clean hands.
  • 1 carton of ice cream per person or team- vanilla for a clean canvas or mix it up with some mint chocolate chip or strawberry ice cream.
  • Large plates or cookie sheets on which to create the sculptures.
  • Various candies for decoration. Ex: M&M's, licorice, sprinkles, coconut, Pixy Stix, chocolate cinnamon bears, etc.
  • Chocolate syrup and food coloring can also add to your pallet of colors.
  • Spoons and knifes for sculpting and eating.
Watch a Video of Us Sculpting in the Studio
All of these items can be purchased at your local grocery store or the BYU Creamery.
Make sure everyone has an idea of what they want to create before the ice cream is taken out of the freezer. Remove the ice cream from the carton (a rip-able paper carton would be easiest) as a single block and hand out to each person or team on their cookie sheet. Try not to touch the ice cream too much with your hands. The ice cream will melt fast; so all sculpting should be complete in about 10 to 15 minutes. Most importantly: be creative and impress your date with your artistic skills.
Before everything liquefies, admire each other's work. Take pictures and give out awards for the most creative, the most life-like, the best landscape, the scariest, or the one that most resembles Mick Jagger (Please note that #4 and #5 may be the same). Then eat and enjoy!
Check out our archives for more delicious dating ideas.

Silicone Baking Mat

Silicone Baking Mat
If you're fed up with wax paper waxing onto your cookies and greasy cooking spray staining your cookware, kitchen technology has answered your prayers. Silicone baking mats are the ultimate flexible non-stick baking surface for all your baking needs.

When cooking, these mats are ideal for cookies, pastries or even delicate meats. Silicone mats will not melt and can stand up to 500 degrees F. (260 degrees C.).

When working with especially sticky batters or candies, these mats are a great working surface. The non-stick and flexible surface will make peeling off thin fragile foods simple. Then when your sweet tooth calls, you can be bolder with your sticky concoctions.

Prices typically range from $13 to $25 depending on the brand and size of the mat and can be bought most places where kitchen appliances are sold.

Pastrami Burger

Lunch of the Month
Where: Creamery on Ninth

What: Pastrami Burger

Price: $2.99

Includes: Hamburger patty, lettuce, honey mustard, Swiss cheese all on a bun

The pastrami burger is one that will bring you back regularly to the Creamery on Ninth. Head down there to get your sizzled pieces of pastrami with a beef Swiss cheese, and sweet honey mustard delight.


Pizza by the slice

Lunch of the Month
Where: Freschetta

What: Pizza by the slice

Price: $3.99

Includes: Your choice of Supreme or BBQ Chicken pizza

Taste Freschetta's new deluxe pizzas by the slice. For only $3.99, you can enjoy a quick and delicious lunch. You c
an choose Supreme pizza loaded with sausage, pepperoni, green peppers, onions, olives and cheese or BBQ Chicken pizza with tangy barbecue sauce, red onions, mozzarella cheese, crunchy bacon pieces, apple slices and lots of tender barbecue chicken. Come by the Cougareat for a tasty lunch from Freschetta.


Dinner Together

by Mel Gardner

Roommate Meals Benefit Apartments

You see them everyday. You may see them in passing, or maybe they're always lingering near. Sometimes you can hear music coming from behind their door, or maybe they're staring at you from the other side of the room. Who are these beings we share space with? Who are these mysterious creatures we call "roommates?"

Have you ever felt that you don't know the people you're living with? MIX! has a solution to help you get to know and unify your apartment of strangers. The answer lies at the dinner table.
While there are many different studies and statistics about families eating together, they all agree that there are substantial benefits to doing so. President Ezra Taft Benson said, "Mealtime provides a wonderful time to review the activities of the day and to not only feed the body, but to feed the spirit as well."

There's just something about food that brings people together, fosters discussion and builds relationships. Being a roommate is a lot like being in a family and the benefits apply across the board.

Here's how you do it:

Talk to your roommates about having meals together. Try to involve everyone in the apartment.

Set up a schedule that works for everyone. There are several ways to divide up the cooking. One idea is for each roommate to choose a day that works best for them to make dinner for everyone. Or you can set up teams to cook together. You don't have to have someone cooking every night; maybe you have a weekly schedule instead, but the more often the better. Choose what works best for your group.

Eat together at the dinner table with no other distractions such as TV, cell phones or books. Talk to one another and ask about each other's day and family. Don't be surprised if you start to call these strangers your friends.

If there's only two or three of you in the apartment, consider asking some neighbors to create a dinner group.

Those of you in the dorms might ask, "I don't have a kitchen, but I want to get to know my roommates too!" Well, MIX! hasn't forgotten you either. Wait till everyone is home and make it a point to eat together at the Cannon Center or wherever you decide to go. Go together and eat together. You don't have to necessarily cook the food to enjoy the benefits.

Sara Donakey, a BYU student studying exercise and wellness from Orem, Utah, has been in several roommate situations where they had meals together.

"Roommate meals are incredible!" Donakey said. "They really help to strengthen relationships and turn an apartment into a home rather than just a boarding room. This not only kept me eating healthy, but also prevented me from getting homesick. Even though I was far away from my family, I wasn't on my own and even just having dinner together gave me the support that I needed."

Kaitlyn Wadsworth, a BYU student studying human development from Las Vegas, Nevada, experienced both kinds of apartments where they ate together and others where they didn't. 

"I have had new roommates almost every semester of my college career and the only ones I ever lived with again are the ones I did roommate meals with," Wadsworth said. "The food and time bonded us together. Now we're all still really close."

When her roommates first approached her with the idea about roommate meals, Wadsworth said she was skeptical.

"I wasn't too excited about the idea of it when they first told me about it, but once I started, I realized the benefits were much greater then the cost!" she said. "When I didn't have roommate meals I would come home from school and work so tired that I would just find something fast to satisfy my raging hunger. The problem was that meant I ate a lot of terrible food. I really missed it when I didn't have meals with everybody."

In addition to the benefits of roommate meals Donakey and Wadsworth mentioned, MIX! adds:
  • Eating together is healthier. When you eat together and plan out a meal, one typically eats more balanced meals than when eating alone. Plus college kids are busy and sometimes it's nice to know that more than Ramen will be waiting for you when you get home. 
  • Eating time is quality time. Sitting down together at the dinner table will give you chances to get to know each other, discuss each other's good and bad parts of the day and talk about roommate issues.
  • Experience new foods. Each roommate is coming from a different background with different food preferences. Taking turns cooking allows each roommate to make his or her signature dish for everyone to try. Of course we must be sensitive to other's food allergies. Make sure you ask before making a dish.
  • A chance to serve others. Cooking a meal may seem like a simple thing to do, but service helps you forget your own problems and will give you a chance to focus on someone else, making them happy, in turn, making you happy.
  • Eating together gets everyone involved. Maybe your roommate is shy or maybe you are shy, eating together will involve everyone and help build trusting relationships. 
  • Cook for your future. Practice makes perfect when it comes to food. As you cook for your roommates you will learn skills that you will want to bring with you when you begin your own family. Plus you might create some new recipes you never would have otherwise.
  • Sharing is cheaper. Sharing meals together helps you save money by keeping you from eating out or buying things on a whim. You won't when you know there's going to be dinner for you at home.

Farmers Market

by Mel Gardner

With more than 25 booths featuring locally grown produce, baked goods and crafts, the second ever Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market is a popular sight this year.

According to several vendors, more than 300 people visit the market every Thursday.

"My favorite part of this year's market is the wide variety of fresh produce that we have," she said. "We've tried to find farmers who can bring a variety of fruits and vegetables to the market so as not to be overwhelmed with just one product."

Unlike many other farmers markets, the LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market's hours are later in the afternoon, offering those working during normal working hours a chance to explore the market and purchase fresh produce.

"I wouldn't be here if the time wasn't what it is," said Karen Valentine from Orem, Utah.

This was Valentine's first visit to this farmers market and was impressed with the variety of booths.

"I look around and it's local people selling these products," she said. "It's fun to ask [the vendor] where their stuff is from."

Some of most popular booths this year include food such as fresh peaches, garlic, zucchini, homemade honey, jam and multigrain pancake mix. Some of the craft booths sell hair bows, aprons, tie-dye shirts and other items.

"[The LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market] is more like a true farmers market with a lot of varieties of home grown or homemade foods," said Jeanne Lines, owner of a craft booth called Blossoms and Buttons.

There is also a booth where BYU's chef John McDonald hosts cooking demonstrations using fresh produce from the market. His booth is considered one of the most popular to visit where you can try a new item every week.

"My favorite part about doing this every week is taking the fresh produce items, and melding them together to make unique recipes," Chef McDonald said.

Chef McDonalds recipes will be featured in MIX! as the Recipe of the Month. Check back with us every month for a new exciting recipe.

Located in the parking lot immediately south of the stadium, the LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., ending Oct. 27.

The Scoreboard Grill

by Mel Gardner

If you're looking for that all-American taste, BYU's Scoreboard Grill is your next food stop. Located in the Cougareat, the Scoreboard Grill offers juicy hamburgers, original fries, classic sandwiches and hearty breakfast items.

At the Scoreboard, all burgers are customizable. With eight different sauces and five different cheeses to choose from, you can create any number of different burger combinations. Other toppings - such as bacon, pastrami, avocado, mushrooms, pico de gallo, and jalapenos - will add to the thrill of your patty.

If you just can't choose how to combine all of those wonderful toppings, no worries, there's still some ready-made classics to choose from including crispy or grilled chicken sandwiches. Other classic sandwiches include the pastrami melt, the BLT and the cheese melt. Make it a combo and add original or curly fries made with 100% peanut oil with zero trans fats.

What about breakfast? The Scoreboard has over eight different breakfast items  including customizable omelets. Choose from a regular or double omelet. Add sausage, ham or bacon. Then add Cheddar, Swiss, Pepper Jack, American or Blue Cheese. Throw in some red onions, tomatoes, green peppers or perhaps even some mushroom, avocado, spinach, hollandaise sauce and more. Voila! You have the perfect stuffed omelet, ready for feasting. 
Other breakfast favorites include a Belgian waffle, pancakes, French toast, sourdough sandwich, eggs benedict, eggs cooked to order and ready-made omelets. A fair number of sides are also available to supplement your hearty morning meal.

Visit the Cougareat to indulge in this all-American cuisine.

Tailgate Parties

by Mel Gardner

"Tis the season" for Cougar football, which means it's time to celebrate victories, go independent, defy all the odds and... eat food?

That's right, the result of gathering devoted fans and sport zealots in one place will inevitably produce.. food. Burgers, ribs, wings, chips, potato salad, - you name the BBQ and you'll find it at the all-traditional tailgate party. 

Tailgate parties are named such because one typically cooks food at the tailgate of the car in a stadium parking lot, before or after a game.

While tailgating at Brigham Young University might not be as popular as at other universities, there is no rule against it. BYU Parking Services said in an online document that tailgating is allowed as long as the set up does not take up additional stalls and/or block the travel lanes. The set up can be either behind or in front of the vehicle. Large group spaces for RV's, etc. are located north of the Indoor Practice Facility near the Smith Fieldhouse. Open flames and charcoal are not allowed; use propane grills instead.

Considering BYU's 14th straight year as the Princeton Review's No. 1 "Stone-Cold Sober" school, it's not surprising that tailgate parties here have a distinct difference compared to other schools. BYU tailgate parties make simply good food and football fun, without alcohol in the mix.  

The term "tailgate party" is also commonly used for away game football parties with the food cooked in the kitchen and eaten in front of the big game on the television.    

Robbie Petterborg, a BYU student majoring in mechanical engineering, has hosted tailgate parties at his home for 3 years.

"I love to have the atmosphere that a tailgate can provide," Petterborg said. "The combination of good friends and good food all centered around a game brings an energy and unity we all feed on."

Petterborg said certain foods are critical for their parties. He recommended lots of finger foods, chips, homemade dips and salsas, meat based sides and bottles of IBC root beer.

"The food you choose for a tailgate reflects how you feel about the people you invite. Choose well and prepare it well," he said. "And if the games goes south, you want everyone to be able to say 'at least the food was good'."

Check out this issue of MIX!'s Helpful Hint for tips on how to beef up your burger for your next tailgate party.

Beef Up Your Burger

 Beef Up Your Burger

Football season has come; and with it, tailgate parties! Here are some helpful hints on how to beef up your burger for the next big game.

Hint #1: The Meat - All experts agree that it's the beef that makes the burger. Choose meat that is lean, but fatty enough to hold its juices, such as 70% to 85% lean ground beef. To ensure that you get quality beef, buy beef chuck and grind it yourself or ask the butcher to grind it for you.

Hint#2: Ingredients - To really spice up the flavor of your burger; get creative with your ingredients.
Here are some suggestions:
  • Minced jalapeno slices
  • Minced onions
  • Shredded cheeses such as Cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, Pepper
    Jack, Monterey Jack, Gruyère, blue cheese, or Parmesan
  • Garlic salt or powder, lemon pepper, meat seasonings and all-purpose seasonings
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Minced bell pepper
  • Bacon bits
  • A little lemon juice
  • BBQ sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Minced garlic
  • Fresh minced cilantro
If you're using a lot of ingredients, make sure to mix them before adding to the beef.
Hint#3: Make it Moist - There are several different smart ways to ensure your burger stays moist and delicious.
Here are some suggestions:
  • Avoid touching the beef with your hands more than you need to, the heat will start to melt some of the fat and make it tougher. Use a spoon or spatula instead.
  • Add an egg. This will not only help the moisture, but also give form to your burger.
  • Add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add some Worcestershire sauce or BBQ sauce. This can also help spice up some bland meat.
  • Other vegetables added to the meat will add moisture during cooking.
  • Add a mixture of breadcrumbs and milk.
Hint#4: Prep and Cook - Make your patties no more than 3/4" to one-inch thick and use the bottom of a glass to press down the middle slightly. Prepare grill to medium-high heat or if working on a stovetop, heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook burgers, flipping once, until you reach the desired doneness.
Hint#5: Toppings - Lettuce, tomato, onions, mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard are the staple of any burger -but why not venture to try something new?
Here are some suggestions:
  • Gourmet cheeses such as blue cheese, Swiss, Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, sharp Cheddar, Muenster, or any other cheese that can melt
  • Avocado slices or guacamole
  • Fried onions or onion rings
  • Chipotle mayonnaise
  • Salsa
  • Pastrami
  • Deli mustard
  • BBQ sauce
  • Thousand Island dressing
  • Ranch dressing
Many of these ingredients can be purchased at the BYU Creamery.

Fresh Peach and Raspberry Cobbler

Fresh Peach and Raspberry Cobbler
8 Ea          Fresh Peaches - peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 CP      Fresh Raspberries
1/2 CP      Brown Sugar
1/2 Stick   Butter Small Cubed
1  tsp        Cinnamon
1 TB          Fresh Lemon Juice
3 TB          Fresh Orange Juice
2 tsp         Cornstarch 

Biscuit Topping
1.5 CP     Tree Streets 16 Grain Pancake Mix
6 TB         Cubed Chilled Butter
1 Ea         Egg
1/4 CP     Buttermilk
4 TB         Sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine peaches,  brown sugar, Cubed Butter, cinnamon, lemon juice, Orange Juice and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add trees streets 16 grain flour mix. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.  Take you eggs an buttermilk and combine until just mixed.  The consistency should be semi moist but able to crumble onto the peach filling.

Crumble the biscuit topping onto peach filling and sprinkle with almonds.  Put your cobbler into the oven and Bake for Approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown and peaches are boiling underneath the crust.  Pull product from the oven and allow to cool until warm.

Jul 1, 2011

Picnic Ideas

by Heinrich Hettig
Summer Picnic Ideas

With beautiful weather during the month of July, we can't stay inside all day. Its time to enjoy the sun, the shade and the wonders that the summer brings. One good way of taking full advantage of this splendid weather is to have a picnic with a date.
Your basket doesn't need to be filled with the most exotic foods. The best foods for a picnic are light and fresh. Try getting some locally grown produce at your community farmers market. Make that picnic in the park memorable for your date as you enjoy crisp, mouth-watering, fresh fruit and vegetables this summer.
Here are some ideas for what you can include in your picnic basket for the summer:
  • Pasta salads - These are filling and last a while in the summer weather.
  • Fresh fruit - Make room for different types of fruit.
  • Vegetables and dips - Carrots and celery are always good with a dip.
  • Cheese and crackers - Provide a variety; different cheeses and crackers.
  • Sandwiches - Make a delicious sandwich that will stay fresh.
  • Sparkling apple cider - This always adds a special touch to your date.
Many of these items can be purchased at any of the BYU Creamery locations or the LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market.

Easy Decorative Glasses

Easy Decorative Glasses
These decorative glasses, inspired by DIY projects, are an easy way to dress up your parties without costing you a fortune. The craft is not permanent which allows you to decorate for any occasion.
  • Clear glassware
  • Decorative tape, decals, or stickers
  • Utility knife.
  • Choose your theme and colors. For example: seasonal colors for holidays, BYU blue and white for tailgate parties, or the bride's colors for a wedding shower.
  • Place the tape, decals, or stickers on the outside of the glassware so none of the decoration touches food or liquid. Place in straight or twisted patterns around the glassware.
  • The tape can be somewhat transparent so experiment with overlapping and crisscrossing with different colors.
  • Cut off edges evenly with a utility knife.
  • Remove the decoration before washing and start over for your next party.
Decals, stickers, and some varieties of decorative tape can all be purchased at the BYU Bookstore.

Jun 1, 2011

Lid and Spoon Rest

Lid and Spoon Rest

We all know that kitchen sinks and surfaces can be tough to keep clean with the amount of food and clutter that accumulates in an apartment kitchen. To conserve some space and maintain some cleanliness, try placing your dripping lids and spoons on a Lid and Spoon Rest making it perfect for a tidy and germ-free kitchen. These are readily available in the kitchen section of many department stores and online stores.

Lasagna Dinner for Two

Lunch of the MonthWhere: Tomassito's

What: Lasagna Dinner for Two

Price: $7.79

Includes: Full-size lasagna combo meal with an additional drink, breadstick and salad for free
From February 14 to March 12, stop by Tomassito's in the Cougareat to treat you and your sweetheart (or friend) to a lasagna dinner for two. You get a side salad, large piece of lasagna, breadstick and drink plus an additional drink, breadstick and salad for free! Not only is this lunch a good deal, but it's a well-rounded meal for a good price. So, if you want somewhere affordable to take a lunch date, d
on't pass up some delicious Italian lasagna plus all the extras at Tomassito's.


Bottle Stopper

Bottle Stopper
  • Cork
  • Screw or Hanger bolt
  • Drawer Pull
  • Glue
  1. Attach one half of screw to drawer pull.
  2. When the screw is secured in the drawer pull, place the point directly in the middle of the top of the cork and mark it with a pencil. Dab the end of the screw with a little bit of glue and twist it in.
  3. Find a bottle for your stopper.

What's Going On at BYU

When it comes to the summer time we all want things to do. BYU has no shortage of activities. Much of what goes on around campus is geared toward helping students feel included and meet new people. During July and August there are plenty of events that several organizations host for all to enjoy.

The Student Leadership Events Management Team and Student Activities Board strive to provide quality and interactive activities for students to be involved in.

"The things that we do are strictly for the purpose of bringing students together and to have a good time," said Grace Fuller, BYU events management.

These groups of students make it their business to organize fun things on campus. Although this organization is non-profit, this doesn't stop them from trying to achieve their goals to bring students together.

"We are not concerned with money," Fuller said. "The main priority is to make the event the best it can be. It's strictly for the students."

BYU can be daunting at times and with over 30,000 students you can get lost in the crowd. That's why it's important to know what's going on around campus.

"BYU is riddled with opportunities, people to meet, and chances to grow," said Kevin Kindred of student activities board. "These activities are planned and executed with the students in mind. We want to help build the BYU experience for the students."

Some of the events the student activities board and events management provide are a ducky derby, dollar movies, Laugh out Loud, free mini golf, whiffle-ball derby, and new student orientations. Some up-coming events include a luau, more dollar movie nights, parades, outdoor movies, outdoor concerts and welcome week. All of these provide a variety of fun things to do while you are here at BYU.

To learn more about what these exciting events go to and

Farmers Market

by Heinrich Hettig

Summer may bring sunny days, a cool breeze and even a pool party, but this year the summer calls for fresh food at BYU.

For the second year, the LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market will be supplying people with a variety of fresh produce. This is a great opportunity for many locals and students to come get their fresh produce every week through the summer and fall.

Last year was the first time the farmers market took place at the LaVell Edwards Stadium and according to Amanda Reynolds, farmers market supervisor, it was a great success.

"We exceeded our expectations," Reynolds said.

Reynolds said she wishes for people to come and enjoy the fresh fruit and vegetables they provide.

"Our goal was to create a market for locals and students to come get fresh food," Reynolds said.

This farmers market is unique in the sense that people can expect seeing the same vendors week after week. It's a win-win situation for the seller and the buyer.

"We guarantee the food is fresh and from local growers," Reynolds said.

The LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market will be located on the south end parking lot from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday, starting July 28 through October 27 (update: Due to construction and Education Week this year the farmers market will not take place on August 18th). Come enjoy fresh foods this year at the LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market!

Jamba Juice Smoothies

by Heinrich Hettig

If you're looking for a hot place to cool down, Jamba Juice is it! Some days you just can't go without the fresh taste of a Jamba Juice smoothie.

Barbara Lettich, manager at Jamba Juice wants people to know that they are not just passionate about the juice, but also healthy living! Jamba Juice makes it their sole purpose to make fresh and healthy juices, blended together to create explosions of fruit flavor that will make you want to come back for more.

Jamba Juice has a wide range of juices to choose from. Here are some of the Top Choices:
  • Razzmatazz
  • Mango-a-go-go
  • Chunky Strawberry
  • Caribbean Passion
  • Strawberry Wild
Another favorite among people is the Pink Star. This is not on the regular menu, but is one of the so called "secret menu" [items] said Ian Ray, Jamba Juice student employee.

Kade Karge from Arizona said he found out about this secret menu through a friend and is glad he knows of its existence. Now it's no secret, so you can do your own research and find out what's on this menu.

"Our juices are all natural," Ray said. "Jamba Juice helps people feel excellent about themselves."

Check out the two Jamba Juice locations at the Wilkinson Student Center and the Student Athlete Building or go to for more information.

BBQ Meat Marinade

by Heinrich Hettig

There is nothing like a delicious marinade for that barbeque you have been preparing this summer. But when it comes to making marinades, you might want to take some advice from a professional chef.

Chef John McDonald, executive chef for BYU Dining Services, shares a few simple tips for creating that perfect barbeque marinade.

 "This marinade is pretty neutral, simple to make and can be used in multiple ways," said Chef John.

The main three components of a good marinade are an acid, an oil, and flavoring, all of which are common ingredients in the kitchen. Chef John shares a simple marinade recipe that you can easily try at home.

Marinade for Beef or Chicken

4 ea Chicken Breast or Steak of Choice
1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary
3 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro
3 Thin Slices Lemon
3 Tbsp Green Onion
4 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Garlic
2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 tsp Dijon Mustard

Chop green onion, cilantro, rosemary and place into a bowl. Slice lemon with skin on and put into bowl. Add salt, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, cracked pepper and Dijon mustard and mix.

Put meat inside the bowl of marinade.  Wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight for more flavor. Place meat on seasoned grill until cooked.

Replacing Coffee in recipes

 Replacing coffee in recipes

Coffee is a common ingredient in any variety of recipes nowadays; it is used in recipes for cakes, appetizers, main dishes and more. For those of us who stay away from coffee, this can be a bit of a challenge. With a few tips for replacing coffee in your cooking, you will have the tools to tackle any recipe that comes your way.

When coffee is in its liquid form, it's fairly easy to replace. You can simply substitute any equal amount of liquid like water. If a recipe calls for brewed coffee, it is pretty much the same as flavored water. So, if you would like your chocolate cake to have a hint of raspberry flavoring instead, brew a raspberry herbal tea or measure the same amount of water with a few drops of flavored extract and add that to your recipe instead of coffee. 

A common consensus on cooking blogs and websites is that chocolate is the best flavor substitute for coffee. For a liquid substitution, you can dissolve some high-quality cocoa powder into water and add it to your recipe. For dry coffee, try Pero - a malted barley drink powder that mimics real coffee flavor but is completely caffeine free. 

May 1, 2011

Wings Deal

Lunch of the MonthWhere: Orville & Wilbur's

What: Wings Deal

Price: $9.99 for an order of large wings,
plus a free small fries

Includes: Crispy boneless chicken wings,
BBQ or buffalo sauce and a small fries.

Orville & Wilbur's is the best-kept secret in the Wilkinson Center. It is tucked away on the first floor in the Games Center. You have got to stop by! The wings make a delicious meal, and as a welcome back deal, from January 3 to the 15, students can purchase a large wings and get a small fries for free. It is the perfect-sized meal even if you're on the go. Try the spicy buffalo wing sauce and grab a drink to go with it - the sauce has a nice kick. The other option is the tasty, sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.


Cooler Cooking & Cooking Cooler

Summer is nearly here. That means it's time to throw on your sunglasses,  slip on some flip-flops, turn on that air-conditioning, sit back and relax with an ice cold drink.

While thinking about how comfortable you will be during the summer months, think of some ways to save energy and how to lower your thermostat.

Here are five simple tips to make life easier and cooler in the summer:
  1. Limit stove use. The stove will only make your house hotter and increase your electric bill. The microwave is a more cost effective way to cook and reduces temperature levels.

  2. Cold food. Make and eat sandwiches, salads, and fruits. They are much easier to store and keep cool in the refrigerator.

  3. Morning and evening cooking. The afternoon being the hottest period of the day is not the best time to cook, so try to cook when its cooler in the mornings and evenings.

  4. Quality pans and dishes. When cooking on a burner, use well-fitted and quality pans that will increase efficiency and decrease cooking time. What's great is copper (on the burner) and glass (in the stove) because these collect the most heat, shortening the cooking process.

  5. Use residual heat. When you turn off your oven, use the residual heat to help do the cooking for you.

Utah Valley Events

by Heinrich Hettig

find out what's happening
If you thought there isn't much happening in Utah Valley during the spring, you thought wrong! Utah Valley has an endless amount of events taking place during the months of May and June. Here are a few that might interest you.  Check these out:

May 7: Gourmet Desserts
The Thanksgiving Point Emporium Kitchen is holding a class teaching you how to make delicious desserts and treats that are simply to die for.

May 15 - 29: Home Vegetable Production
Vegetable growing is made easy, fun and more productive through the good people at Thanksgiving Point Gardens.

May 21: Lamb and Wool Festival
This is a yearly event for families to enjoy fun filled activities, entertainment, food and a favorite of mine, sheep shearing!

May 26 - June 4: Pony Express Days       
Eagle Mountain City's annual celebration is an event you won't want to miss. Including a rodeo, sports tournaments, helicopter rides, a grand parade, a carnival and a live concert with live country singer Clint Black.

June 8 - 11, 2011: Saratoga Splash
Join the celebrations with Saratoga Springs' annual event featuring a parade, golf tournament, mega screen movie, Fireman's breakfast, fireworks and live concert.

June 10 - 11: Orem Summerfest
The Orem Summerfest offers an amazing variety of family fun. Entertainment, carnival rides, a parade, fireworks and many more family activities for all ages.

June 15 - 18: Strawberry Days
The well-known Strawberry Days event will be a fun filled event for all the family to attend. Located in Pleasant Grove with a splendid view of Mount Timpanogos; it's a great opportunity for the family to get out.

June 18 - 27: Cedar Hills Family Festival
Come enjoy an exciting time for families at the Cedar Hills Family Festival, including a golf tournament, parade, concerts and many more activities.

June 20 - 25: Lehi Round-Up
Be prepared for a traditional Rodeo for the whole family to experience in Lehi's annual round up, but you will have to be quick to purchase your tickets for this sensational event.
To see all these events go to:

Summer School

by Heinrich Hettig

Have some fun this summer

Just when you thought you exhausted all your ideas for summer recreation in the hours when you're not crammed with school assignments and work, here are some sensational summer activities that everybody can enjoy. Check these out:

Hikes - Hikes are a great way to get your heart rate pumping and to take in all the beautiful scenery that Utah Valley has to offer.

Kites - Try making a box kite. You will have a lot of fun with this project, its something for you and your friends to enjoy, even a great date idea.

Volunteer - There are a number of organizations that would appreciate your help, whether it be at the animal shelters, food banks, scouts or even at hospitals.

Fishing - Get that catch you've been waiting for down at our very own Provo River. You will love the serenity and refreshing feeling of being near fresh water.

Ice Cream - Make your own homemade ice cream. You can put anything you want in it.

Blogs - If you haven't already created one, get snapping. Blogs are great for voicing your opinions and sharing any thoughts you have on topics you're interested in, and now especially about all the fun things you're doing during spring and summer terms.

What Restaurants Are Open?

by Heinrich Hettig

With the summer approaching it's always important to satisfy those hunger cravings. If your stomach starts making crazy noises, hopefully you'll decide to make your way to one of the many restaurants on campus. If you find a sign saying "closed", you might be left hungry for the rest of the day. This would be terrible; however, let's give you the low-down on the various restaurants service hours.

We all know that a delicious range of sandwiches, soups, and salads can all be found at the MOA Café, but be sure to grab a bite before they close for the summer and then reopen for Education Week. The Blue Line Deli & Market located in the Tanner building is also a great place to get your lunch and tasty entrees,  but they will be closed for the summer until Education Week. Don't forget about the elegant buffet style restaurant, the Skyroom, which will be closed for the summer up until Education Week also.

One place you will enjoy quality and crowd-pleasing meals is at Legends Grille in the Student Athlete Building. They will be open for the summer but closed during the month of May. All these dining locations are top of the line restaurants that aim to please your tastebuds, and they will be missed while they are closed.

To see more about all these superb restaurants opening hours, menus and special events, go to our website,

Garden Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

Garden Fresh Tomato Basil Soup
Yield  1 quart

8 ea Very Ripe Tomatoes from your garden (Peeled and Cored)
1.5 CP Diced Yellow Onion
1.5 CP
 Diced Carrots
1 TB Minced Fresh Garlic
3 TB  Olive oil
2.5 CP Chicken or Vegetable broth
1/4 CP Chopped Fresh Basil (a little more doesn't hurt)
1 TB Brown Sugar (more if needed to cut the acidity)
1 tsp Minced orange zest
1 TB Minced Lemon Zest
1 tsp White Pepper
2 tsp Black Pepper
2 tsp  Salt  (Adjust as needed depending on saltiness of chicken broth)

  1. Sauté onions carrots and garlic with olive oil and pepper on high heat until caramelizing is taking place. 
  2. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ripe tomatoes, zest and allow to simmer for about a minute. 
  4. At this point you can start blending the soup with the fresh basil until semi smooth while blending add salt and sugar as needed.   

Lemon Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Lemon Buttermilk Panna Cotta


1  Tbl  cold water
1.5 tsp  knox powdered gelatin
1.5 cups  heavy cream
7  Tbl  granulated Sugar
2  tsp  vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon
1.75 cups  buttermilk
In a small bowl, stir together the powdered gelatin and cold water.
In a saucepan, heat the cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla until the sugar dissolves.
When heated, pour into the gelatin bowl and stir the mixture until the gelatin is melted completely.
Pour in the buttermilk and stir until combined. Strain the mixture. Pour into small cups or ramekins and chill.
It's ready when it's completely chilled and set. Serve with fresh citrus or other desired fruits

Peach and Berry Topping

3 ea  Ripe Peaches peeled and diced
1/2 Cup  Berry of Choice
3 Tbl Honey
2 Tbl Fresh Orange Juice
1 Tbl Lemon Juice
1 Tbl Lime Juice
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Clove Combine the fruits and other ingredients allow to macerate for a couple of hours.  Serve with Panna Cotta.

Apr 1, 2011

Dips for Dates

by Heinrich Hettig

Dips for Dates
Coming up with ways to feed your date and yourself can sometimes be difficult, especially when you are on a strict budget and want the meal to be healthy and creative enough (to show you're a good cook). The ideal date would consist of something simple because, if you're anything like me, I don't like to spend much on dates (that's if you're not married to the person). A sassy, easy-to-do, and very effective way to woo your date is to make a simple but very effective bread bowl dip that can be prepared in 15 minutes. While the bread bowl dip is in the oven, the couple can get to know each other better.
And because there are many ways to make dips with a bread bowl, here is a list of our favorite bread bowl dip ideas that you will appreciate for that perfect date:
  • Spinach Cheese Dip

  • Corned Beef Bread Bowl dip

  • Sheepherder Bread Dip

  • Dill Dip for Bread

  • Savory Healthy Veggie Dip

  • Cajun Andouille Sausage Dip

  • Bread Bowl Bacon Dip

Mar 1, 2011

Fresh Air Dates

by Kiku Reidhead

Fresh Air Dates
Go outside and enjoy the spring air! Spring is the perfect time to break the indoor-winter date trend by busting out the roller blades, skateboards, bikes or hiking boots. Provo is equipped for all kinds of outdoors activities.

In previous editions of MIX! we listed some ideas for good hikes and bike rides. Like we mentioned, you can put together a picnic or your own trail mix to take along with. You can pull together little bags of your favorite snacks - yogurt raisins, pretzel rods, dried pineapple and more!

Head up to the Y for a short hike. If you have more time, find a hike up Provo Canyon. Or, if you'd rather be on wheels go up the trail that starts on University Avenue and goes up Provo Canyon. The trail is relatively safe and surrounded by trees. It is a scenic view just off the highway. In fact, the trail will take you right to the base of Bridal Veil Falls. If you want to stop and picnic on the way up, the trail winds through a few parks and campgrounds.

Recipe tips:
Mix up Chef John's Strawberry Lemonade for refreshment or make a batch of BYU Mint Brownies or Executive Pastry Chef Fernanda's Chocolate Truffles for dessert!

Slip-On Pour Spout

Slip-On Pour Spout

This gadget has been a long time coming for cooks all around the world. It finally simplifies the hassle of pouring from hot pots or pans or even just from a bowl. The invention is a silicon pour spout that can slip on to the side of any straight-sided bowl, pan or skillet. It can even withstand temperatures up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit so you won't have to avoid the boiling hot chicken broth you wanted to pour.

BYU Philly Steak Sandwich

Lunch of the MonthWhere: Legends Grille

What: BYU Philly Steak Sandwich

Price: $6.99

Thinly-sliced sirloin steak with grilled mushrooms, green pepper, onion and cream cheese sauce on ciabatta bread.
Stop by the Legends Grille for a good, warm meal this month. Nothing beats BYU's own Philly Steak Sandwic
h. It is hearth-baked and smothered in delicious ingredients - peppers, grilled mushrooms, onions and a cream cheese sauce. So get out of the cold weather and drop in for a hearty lunch.


Spring Leaf Apron

Spring Leaf Apron

Aprons are absolutely necessary when making anything in the kitchen, and we all like to have a personalized apron of our own. So if you desire something different, vibrant, creative and fresh, a spring leaf apron may be just what you're looking for.
Kitchen Craft
Things you will need:

  • A blank apron, preferably cotton or linen
  • Textile Paint
  • Foam brush
  • Plain paper
  • Rolling pin, brayer or tall drinking glass
  • A spring leaf or leaves
How to make your apron:
  • Simply start by ironing your apron.

  • On a flat surface, use a foam brush to spread a thin coating of textile paint on the underside of the leaf.

  • Place the leaf on the apron upside down.

  • Then place a piece of paper on top to clean up the excess paint.

  • On the paper, use a rolling pin over the paper, making sure to roll over every area of the leaf

  • Remove paper and carefully peel away the leaf.

  • Set the heat for your print according to the directions on the paint. This will ensure that the color on your fabric is washable. Most paints require air-drying, and then pressing with a hot iron on both sides.

BYU Fresh

Brigham Young University is one of the freshest colleges in the nation. Every day thousands of students enjoy fresh produce, meat and dairy prepared and cooked right on campus.

One year ago, in order to provide the freshest food possible, the Original Creamery underwent a major makeover; large refrigerators and food preparation areas took the place of ice cream counters and booth seats. The result is a fully-equipped culinary support center (CSC).

Between BYU's 15 plus restaurants and the MTC, over 31,000 meals are served daily. Maintaining a food supply to feed those mouths is no small task. The BYU CSC makes this task easier and more efficient. Now, fresh fruits and vegetables are purchased, taken to the CSC, sliced and cooked or sold within 6 days.

While the average shelf life of food from outside sources is 21 days, BYU Dining Services is able to reduce shelf life to 5 to 6 days for freshness, thanks to the CSC.

On average, as the third largest collegiate dining service in the country, BYU Dining Services supplies over 3,000 bananas, 90 fresh-cut pineapples, and 140 pounds of grapes to BYU restaurants every day.

The CSC prepares the produce, but also houses a kitchen, a soup and sauce preparation area, a full bakery, and a full creamery. This means students enjoy fresh baked goods, freshly made cheeses and ice cream, and soups and sauces with each meal.

BYU Dining Services supplies all of its restaurants with fresh goods by buying local. BYU's beef and eggs come from local farms and the ingredients used to make Creamery ice cream, cottage cheese and more come from Utah County dairy farms.

BYU stands out among college campuses in the United States—aside from the excellence of academics and sports, BYU is known for its innovative culinary processes. With the new CSC, BYU is among the few college campuses in the country able to feed large masses of students with fresh food made and prepared right on campus.

Cleaning with Lemons

 Cleaning with Lemons

Helpful HintsIf you're looking for natural alternatives to household cleaning products, here's an interesting secret. It's all in the lemon! The lemon contains acids that can remove stains and rusty spots in your kitchen utensils and dishes. Try out your lemon cleaning skills on these things:
Countertops - Try dripping some lemon in baking soda on countertops then wipe with a damp sponge and dry. Do not use on marble, stainless steel or delicate stone.

Cutting boards - Remove undesirable stains from your wooden cutting boards and utensils with lemon juice. Lemon juice is a natural bleach and deodorizer. Cut a lemon in half, rub the juice on the board and let it sit for 20 minutes. Dry with cloth.

Dishes - Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your dishwashing detergent to fight grease-covered dishes.

Faucets - Get rid of that lime scale by rubbing some lemon juice on water fixtures and letting it sit overnight.

Garbage disposal - Throw some pieces of lemon through the disposal to replace any unwanted odors with that fresh lemon smell.

Colorful Easter Eggs

by Kiku Reidhead

color easter eggs with natural dyes
The Easter Egg actually predates the holiday it's named after. Eggs were traded in the spring long before Easter was an official holiday. So, why eggs? The egg symbolizes birth, appropriate for not only the spring season when everything is reborn, but also for celebrating Christ's Resurrection.

The early Christian celebration of spring involved wrapping eggs in gold leaf before trading. Of course, poor peasants did not have gold leaf to wrap their eggs in, so they simply boiled them with leaves or flower petals to dye the shells.

In light of tradition (and the fact that you may want to try your hand at natural, homemade dyes) we have compiled the following dye suggestions for your Easter Eggs this spring.

All of the dyes should be used with the following instructions:
  1. Hard boil your eggs. Strain. Cool.
  2. Place your dye ingredients in a separate pan. Add about 1 cup of water for every handful of ingredients in your pan.
  3. Boil water. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Strain the dye ingredients from the liquid. Pour liquid into a jar or bowl deep enough to cover your eggs. Add about 2 to 3 teaspoons for every cup of liquid.
  5. Place the eggs in the liquid. Let soak for several hours or overnight.
  6. When desired color is achieved, remove from liquid and dry. If you want your eggs to shine a little bit, use a paper towel and few drops of cooking oil and rub the dry shells.
Color Ingredient Suggestions
Blue Canned blueberries
Purple grape juice
Green Boiled  spinach
Liquid Cholorphyll
Yellow Boiled orange or lemon peels
Boiled carrot tops
Boiled ground cumin or tumeric
Pink Beets
Cranberries or cranberry juice
Red Boiled red onion skins
Canned cherries with juice
Pomegranate juice

For more dying design ideas see Martha Stewart's techniques at

Spring's Sprouts

by Kiku Reidhead

Build your own herb garden

Spring brings the opportunity for you to put your green thumb to the test. You'll be surprised how simple it can be to grow an herb garden with our tips. If you have the space to put your plants out for some sun, great! If not, don't worry, as long as you have a sunny windowsill, you can keep your garden indoors.

When you go to buy seeds or plants to start your garden, don't go too cheap unless you inspect carefully; expired seeds or plants with withering stems and leaves are usually not healthy. Also keep in mind your growing environment. Bushy herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage are best suited for an indoor garden, but can be grown outdoors too. Basil and chives are quick, easy growers and are suited for both indoor and outdoor gardens.

Herbs require lots of sunlight for ideal growth. This is why an outdoor location is best. Before you set your plants outside though, ensure that evening frosts are past. You can keep your garden in pots or containers, but you'll want to make sure they have good drainage and good soil.

If you're indoors, find a windowsill that gets sun for most of the day. You don't want them in the kitchen, next to the hot oven and stove. Look for a good window in the living room or even bedroom.

Once you've planted your seeds or picked out your plants and placed them in the sun, you'll want to pay close attention to the moisture level of the soil. Herbs don't do well in soaked soil nor in dry soil. If you water your plants daily or every other day they should be in perfect growing condition.

After the initial steps and daily care, your herbs should be tall and green and ready for flavoring up your favorite dishes!

Food Allergies

by Kiku Reidhead

The low-down on food allergies

Food allergies are on the rise in America, which means more and more Americans see meals as a stressful rather than a relaxing time. It can be difficult to plan meals that don't contain allergens but do contain all the proper nutrition. 

We've pulled together some information for those with food allergies and for those without. It's important for everyone to understand the risks for those with food allergies and what precautions must be taken at any meal.

Food Allergy
To begin with, let's clarify that food intolerance and food allergy are completely different. The Mayo Clinic said that many people mistake food intolerances as allergies simply because some symptoms are similar. However, the body's reaction to either initiates from different places. Food allergies are an immune system reaction to what the body views as a harmful, foreign substance. After the first exposure to this substance, the body will react to even the smallest portion of it in the future.

 Intolerance is when the body's digestive system lacks the proper bacteria or enzymes to help break down the food. Usually, a food-intolerant person can consume small amounts of a substance and not have any adverse effects.
CNN reported in 2006 that approximately 11 million Americans live with food allergies. The foods that most often cause allergic reaction are the following: milk, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

How to Eat
The Internet is full of information about living and eating with food allergies. A simple search yields pages and pages of recipes, tips and anecdotes to guide anyone with food allergies.

On these websites, the most consistent comments relate to learning to personally prepare dishes and to do it ahead of time. This ensures that utensils, cutting boards, etc., don't have residue containing allergens. This detail is particularly important for the chef to know. If you are preparing food for someone with food allergies, keep in mind that all utensils with any trace of an allergen can cause a reaction.

Your best bet is to keep allergen-free food completely separate in the preparation and cooking processes. Use separate bowls and containers and you may need to create separate sauces. In order to keep food 100 percent safe, read labels and check online sources to see if pre-made sauces already contain common allergens like wheat and soy (you'll be surprised how many foods have common allergens in them!).
Eating Out
Dining out is risky for anyone with food allergies because of all of the factors we mentioned above - when you are not in control of the kitchen, it can be difficult to know what does and does not contain allergens. So, it is safest to bring something with you in case the restaurant has nothing on the menu that is safe for you to eat.
Another suggestion involves calling the restaurant you plan to dine at during slow times to talk to the chef. This way, you can personally request a dish and the chef can know what precautions to take before the big dinner rush. This is particularly important if you are eating meat that is usually marinated hours ahead of time so they can skip the marinade if necessary. Or when using other prepared sauces and dips.

Food is Your Friend
Remember that food is your friend. While it may be frustrating to deal with food allergies everyday, restrictions force you to be extra creative. Get excited about the plethora of information out on the Web today and dive into it. Living with food allergies is not an uncommon struggle so connect with those who know what you're going through. For those who have a family member or friend with food allergies, remember to be considerate and careful as well. You can learn just as much about smart food preparation and creativity in food as your friend/family member.