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 CafĂ©, 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. SautĂ© 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.