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.