Aug 30, 2012

No more batter mess!

By: Amberly Asay


Delicious food is everyone’s favorite thing.  However, the mess that is usually made in the process is not a favorite.  We have one unlikely tool that will make cleaning a little easier and your day a little better.


When making cupcakes and pancakes it is easy to make a mess of the batter.  Moving it from your mixing bowl to skillet or cupcake tin can get messy and be frustrating.

Simply take an empty ketchup bottle and simply fill it with your batter.  You have just created the perfect dispenser to making no mess treats.  The batter comes out smoothly and evenly causing less stress for you and a happier stomach.



Aug 27, 2012

How to keep your apples fresh.

By: Amberly Asay

With fall quickly approaching, fresh apples are soon going to be available to indulge in and enjoy.  Especially in Utah County there are many places to buy such fresh apples.

If you are like most little kids, sliced apples taste much better and are a lot easier to eat, rather than just biting into them.  However you can't slice an apple in the morning and then bring it in your lunch because it will turn brown.  This simple trick will keep your apples fresher longer and your stomach satisifed.

Simply slice the apple and then place a rubber band around the apple, this secures the apple in place, locks in the moisture and keeps your fruit from turning brown.  Enjoy!

Aug 24, 2012

Peach and Apple Salad with Spinach and Cinnamon Honey Vinaigrette

Servings 4

3 ea Peaches (Pitted, Skinned or Skin on and Diced)

2 ea. Apples (Cored and Diced)

1/2 Cup. Quinoa, Cooked

1/4 Cup. Sharp White Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

4 T. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 Cup  Cinnamon Spice Vinaigrette
  
     1/4 cup  Olive oil

     1/4 cup White Balsamic vinegar
   
  5 T. Honey

     2 T. Dijon Mustard

     1.5 T. Ground Cinnamon
     
1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
     
1/2 tsp. Ground Clove
     
1 tsp. Salt
     
1/2 tsp. Ground Pepper
     
1 tsp. Mince Lemon Zest

Method

To cook the Quinoa, soak the first for 5 minutes and rinse.  In sauce pan combine 1/2 cup Quinoa with 2/3 cup water and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to simmer on stove top, cover with lid and allow to cook on low for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes and fluff with for and chill for the salad.

For the vinaigrette combine the ingredient and blend with a hand blender or counter top blend until mixed well. 

Combine peaches, apples with chilled quinoa, and cheese, toss with the cinnamon vinaigrette dressing.  Place on chilled bowl or plate and top with toasted pumpkin seeds.  This is also great with a protein of choice such as salmon, chicken, or steak.

Aug 23, 2012

LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market

By: Amberly Asay

With the summer coming to an end and fall approaching many people are in mourning. To them fall means school, homework and books.  However, other people are excited about one thing, the LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market.

The 2012 LaVell Edwards Stadium Farmers Market is going to run from 3pm-7pm or dusk (whichever is earlier) in the south stadium parking lot every Thursday from August 23rd to October 25th.  Except August 30th, due to a football game that week it will be on Friday, August 31st.

Only the freshest Utah produce will be sold along with baked goods, arts and crafts.  This market is for BYU students, faculty and staff, and of course the Utah County community. 

Be sure to keep checking the MIX! blog for the recipes from the demo booth.  To download a vendor application and contract please click on the following link: http://dining.byu.edu/farmers_market.html

Aug 22, 2012

Carving Watermelons- A summer holiday favorite

 By: Amberly Asay


If you are one of those people who loves the holidays and goes crazy between the fourth of July and Halloween from the lack of celebrations then we have a solution for you.  Here is a semi-festive, yet season appropriate activity to get your spirits up. 

Instead of carving a pumpkin, go ahead and carve a watermelon.  If you want to do this in true summer fashion, dress up like Tom Sawyer, have a picnic by the river and then carve your watermelon.  You can carve it anyway you would like to and with any design.

Once you are done with your masterpiece, make sure to take pictures and then, cut the watermelon and enjoy the sweet fruit.