Apr 042013
 

Author: Nicolle Fagan

Silver Grill Cafe in the 1930s. Picture provided by John Arnolfo.

Silver Grill Cafe in the 1930s. Picture provided by John Arnolfo.

The warm, gooey rolls emerge from the oven, spreading their cinnamon aroma throughout the café. Icing melts over the sweet bread, satisfying hungry customers and warming their hearts and stomachs.

The signature cinnamon rolls at Silver Grill Café have received national recognition, but their charm lies in the home-style recipe and their local history.

The Silver Grill Café has been baking the local treat for 28 years, but the restaurant’s history dates back even further. As the oldest restaurant in Northern Colorado, the Silver Grill Café dates back to 1933 with roots as far back as 1912.

From 1912 to 1918 the restaurant operated under the name of Uneeda-Lunch Café, but was closed when the owners pursued other opportunities. Years later, former owner Leonidas “Flossie” Widger reopened the business under the current name. Now, 80 years later, John Arnolfo runs the Grill and aims to keep the integrity of the restaurant’s past.

Arnolfo, a CSU alumnus, bought the Silver Grill Café in 1979. As a frequent diner-goer during his college years, he was pleasantly surprised to find the Grill for sale when he moved back to Fort Collins in 1978. In the 34 years that he has managed the Silver Grill Café, they have expanded from one building to five. The original diner grew from its 40 seat accommodations to a restaurant that can house 150 guests plus 30 on an outdoor patio. Arnolfo credits the restaurant’s success to its ability to adapt to changing times.

Flossie Widger, first owner of the Silver Grill Cafe in 1933. Picture provided by John Arnolfo.

Flossie Widger, first owner of the Silver Grill Cafe in 1933. Picture provided by John Arnolfo.

“It is the general public’s impression that a long history means success,” said Arnolfo. “That’s not necessarily true. You must be able to change with the times to succeed.”

And the Silver Grill Café has certainly changed in its lifetime. They still make all their food from scratch, but they feature a range of menu items from their home-style chicken-fried steak to gluten-free breakfast specialties.

“This is the Silver Grill’s 80th anniversary year, and we have a lot of fun anniversary plans,” said Public Relations Coordinator Tosha Jupiter. For instance, if you stop by the restaurant between April 13 and April 21, you will spot staff members wearing old-fashioned uniforms similar to the green dresses worn in the 1930s.

In addition to the fashion throwback, the Grill will hold specials throughout the month of October to honor the restaurant’s opening on Oct. 28, 1933. With an owner who is big on history (and big on Old Town), the Grill plans on keeping their historic roots in mind as they move forward.

“I see the history of the Silver Grill continuing,” said Arnolfo and the future is bright for the historic business.

So as a college student needing breakfast before finals or a faculty member wanting to get off campus for a home-style lunch, the Silver Grill Café offers good food at a reasonable price. Whether you are hoping to sink your teeth into the sugary delight of their famous giant cinnamon rolls or pick the classic duo of salty bacon and fluffy eggs, you can’t go wrong with the Silver Grill Café.

Secret CSU Cookie Society Selling Cookies with CRU

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Feb 272013
 

Author: Jack Krause

Closeup of a chocolate chip in a freshly baked...

Closeup of a chocolate chip in a freshly baked cookie, still on the pan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While many delivery services bring food right to your door, a start-up cookie delivery service wants to bring it to you in style. The “Secret CSU Cookie” delivery service was planned to be a new service that brought baked goods to you in a 007 fashion, with couriers wearing all black and sunglasses. Unfortunately, some roadblocks came up along the way.

The idea came to Ana Akana and Cailley Baigini following one of their missions’ trips to Malawi, a South African country notorious for its poverty rate and malnourishment. They felt the benevolent desire to further help by donating to the Malawi Children’s Mission charity. Now all they needed was an idea. They found that since they both could bake, and there wasn’t a current baked goods delivery service for dorms, that the “Secret CSU Cookie” was a good idea. They set out and began delivering, and yet there was an obstacle.

Colorado State’s Sales and Solicitations policy states that what they were doing, though noble, is not permitted. Unlicensed products can’t be sold on campus, particularly food products. “Non-approved vendors will not be authorized to sell or solicit sale of products or services, solicit donations, or hand out or post advertising on campus.” The policy explains this prohibition is due to a lack of regulation. The policy was instated 4 years ago after cases of food poisoning and other related mishandling incidents occurred.

“We should have done this before we started, but we were just eager to start making cookies and getting money as soon as possible… SLiCE was really excited about the idea but they told us that selling homemade goods was against regulation policy,” Akana said.

Down, but not out, they decided to work with CRU, a Christian organization on campus, and are now selling their cookies through the meetings they have every Thursday. So though you may not have them delivered to your door, you can still get some delicious desserts and donate to a good cause.

The first time you’ll ever say no to bacon

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Feb 262013
 

Author: Jack Krause

Backpacking in the Grand Teton National Park, ...

Backpacking in the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we anticipate warmer weather while we brace ourselves and loved ones in these cold months, camping season is approaching. We all know what we normally pack, but when you actually look at what you bring for food and the nutritional values associated, its plain to see we just aren’t eating right while around the campfire. CSU Recreational Centers Outdoor Club’s Leif Mattern explained some healthier food choices to make while packing for an adventure.

“For breakfast foods, I would say plain oatmeal with a little brown sugar or dried fruits would be great,” Mattern said. These foods are easier to pack and are definitely filling, giving you energy for your entire adventure. For dinner, Mattern says rice with any kind of sauce and vegetables are great for you, and the rice can be substituted with quinoa.

“A lot of people think that just because you’re camping, that you are restricted to dried packaged foods. The truth is you can be pretty creative with meals, just like you are at home,” Mattern said. He also explained that you can stick with diets but remember to remain conscious of the weight of materials, as you will be carrying them around with you. Canned foods are better than jars because they weigh less and you can bring vegetables and fruit with you.

One food group to stay away from is meat. Bacon and other meats attract bears and other animals to your camp. “Always remember to practice bear safety. Storing food properly in bear proof containers away from where you sleep. Bacon is tasty, but it stinks to high heaven and the smell will remain on your clothes.” Definitely not a good idea if you’re camping in backcountry.

With these tips, you should be well on your way to surviving and thriving while having a great time travelling and camping.

 

Plan A Classic, Romantic Valentine’s Date

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Feb 052013
 

Author: John Sheesley

Restaurants around Fort Collins are gearing up to celebrate Valentine's Day with specialized menus.

Restaurants around Fort Collins are gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day with specialized menus.

It is easy to be cliche around Valentine’s Day, but the classics, like dinner and a movie, are classics for a reason. When the restaurant is selected carefully to match tastefully with location, ambiance and related activities, a classic date can be an incredible experience.

Many Colorado State University students refrain from going out for fancy dinners on a regular basis, as the expense can be quite burdensome. However, without firsthand experience it is difficult to decide what to do for that rare fancy date. Fort Collins has hundreds of restaurants to choose from, and not all of them are good, let alone date worthy.

“In downtown there are so many places, there is a restaurant on every corner,” said Kris Rodriguez, a senior biological science major. “Advertising doesn’t get me [to a restaurant], but word of mouth does.”

To spot a good restaurant it can be best to follow the crowd instead of trying to find unique places. Recommendations can be in the form of a friend describing an incredible experience, or in the form of a long line to get into the restaurant.

“When deciding to go to a restaurant I look at how many people are there to see if it’s actually popular or not. If there aren’t a lot of people it’s usually a sign that it’s not as good,” said Melissa Ferris, a senior Spanish major. “I like Bisetti’s but that’s really expensive, and I really like CooperSmith’s, too.”

Bisetti’s Italian Restaurant, located at 120 S. College Ave., will be putting on a three course dinner for Valentine’s Day with a special holiday menu.

“We are going to have a Valentine’s Day menu which will have separate options, but we will also have our regular menu,” said Justin Hall, the assistant and bar manager at Bisetti’s. “A lot of places just do a feature menu and I hate that because if you already go to a place and know what you like to get, you want to know that you can get it on a special occasion. So we will have the regular menu and the Valentine’s Day menu.”

Some restaurants have great three course meals, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts, but many people enjoy a change after dinner, with dessert and coffee or drinks somewhere else.

“Generally it’s ideal to set up a romantic evening, but sometimes if you can get everything in one place it’s good, like the Rio, I know, has some pretty nice desserts, or they have an ice cream shop right down the street,” Rodriguez said.

The Chocolate Café, located at 102 W. Olive St., lays claim to the title of best dessert in Fort Collins. The Chocolate Café is a great place to get some wonderful desserts and a very good cup of coffee. It is a bit expensive though. For a cheaper alternative, try a local coffee shop.

“I like going to Mug’s,” Ferris said. “They have scones and other desserts.”

Mug’s is a local coffee shop located just next door to the Chocolate Café, at 261 S. College Ave. They serve a number of dessert and food items along with great espresso.

If dessert is not your style, going out for drinks after dinner, for those over 21, is a good way to kill time before a movie starts and can add a bit of flair to a date.

“I like to go to restaurants more than bars, but for a night on the town I would like to get a dinner then maybe a drink after, but somewhere classy, not crazy,” Ferris said. “I really like Elliot’s. It’s a fun martini bar.”

Once dinner, dessert, drinks and all the rest is concluded, there is no better place to see a movie than Fort Collins’s own Lyric Cinema Cafe. Located at 300 E. Mountain St., near Old Town Square, The Lyric shows new, smaller movies that don’t show in bigger theaters and allows viewers to sit on a couch, drink a glass of wine or beer, enjoy some good finger foods and relax during their movie.

If done correctly, the classic dinner and a movie can make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Be sure to make a plan for the evening and call ahead to get a reservation at the more popular restaurants.

Plan A Classic, Romantic Valentine’s Date

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Feb 052013
 

Author: John Sheesley

Restaurants around Fort Collins are gearing up to celebrate Valentine's Day with specialized menus.

Restaurants around Fort Collins are gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day with specialized menus.

It is easy to be cliche around Valentine’s Day, but the classics, like dinner and a movie, are classics for a reason. When the restaurant is selected carefully to match tastefully with location, ambiance and related activities, a classic date can be an incredible experience.

Many Colorado State University students refrain from going out for fancy dinners on a regular basis, as the expense can be quite burdensome. However, without firsthand experience it is difficult to decide what to do for that rare fancy date. Fort Collins has hundreds of restaurants to choose from, and not all of them are good, let alone date worthy.

“In downtown there are so many places, there is a restaurant on every corner,” said Kris Rodriguez, a senior biological science major. “Advertising doesn’t get me [to a restaurant], but word of mouth does.”

To spot a good restaurant it can be best to follow the crowd instead of trying to find unique places. Recommendations can be in the form of a friend describing an incredible experience, or in the form of a long line to get into the restaurant.

“When deciding to go to a restaurant I look at how many people are there to see if it’s actually popular or not. If there aren’t a lot of people it’s usually a sign that it’s not as good,” said Melissa Ferris, a senior Spanish major. “I like Bisetti’s but that’s really expensive, and I really like CooperSmith’s, too.”

Bisetti’s Italian Restaurant, located at 120 S. College Ave., will be putting on a three course dinner for Valentine’s Day with a special holiday menu.

“We are going to have a Valentine’s Day menu which will have separate options, but we will also have our regular menu,” said Justin Hall, the assistant and bar manager at Bisetti’s. “A lot of places just do a feature menu and I hate that because if you already go to a place and know what you like to get, you want to know that you can get it on a special occasion. So we will have the regular menu and the Valentine’s Day menu.”

Some restaurants have great three course meals, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts, but many people enjoy a change after dinner, with dessert and coffee or drinks somewhere else.

“Generally it’s ideal to set up a romantic evening, but sometimes if you can get everything in one place it’s good, like the Rio, I know, has some pretty nice desserts, or they have an ice cream shop right down the street,” Rodriguez said.

The Chocolate Café, located at 102 W. Olive St., lays claim to the title of best dessert in Fort Collins. The Chocolate Café is a great place to get some wonderful desserts and a very good cup of coffee. It is a bit expensive though. For a cheaper alternative, try a local coffee shop.

“I like going to Mug’s,” Ferris said. “They have scones and other desserts.”

Mug’s is a local coffee shop located just next door to the Chocolate Café, at 261 S. College Ave. They serve a number of dessert and food items along with great espresso.

If dessert is not your style, going out for drinks after dinner, for those over 21, is a good way to kill time before a movie starts and can add a bit of flair to a date.

“I like to go to restaurants more than bars, but for a night on the town I would like to get a dinner then maybe a drink after, but somewhere classy, not crazy,” Ferris said. “I really like Elliot’s. It’s a fun martini bar.”

Once dinner, dessert, drinks and all the rest is concluded, there is no better place to see a movie than Fort Collins’s own Lyric Cinema Cafe. Located at 300 E. Mountain St., near Old Town Square, The Lyric shows new, smaller movies that don’t show in bigger theaters and allows viewers to sit on a couch, drink a glass of wine or beer, enjoy some good finger foods and relax during their movie.

If done correctly, the classic dinner and a movie can make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day. Be sure to make a plan for the evening and call ahead to get a reservation at the more popular restaurants.

Crazy 4 Candy Heart Cookies

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Feb 022013
 

Author: Nicolle Fagan

Candy Heart cookies. Photo by Nicolle Fagan.

Candy Heart cookies. Photo by Nicolle Fagan.

It’s that time of year again when grocery stores are overrun by overpriced chocolates, cheesy teddy bears, and aisles of flowers. For the average college student,

the sugary treats can be detrimental to the monthly grocery budget. So when you are browsing the aisles for an affordable delicacy, you are confronted with…

Candy hearts.

These heart-shaped candies have been given out at Valentine’s Day since you were in elementary school. Every year these “delightful” treats find their way into your life. And why? Because they are cheap and can be re-gifted (they take years to expire).

Some people love these tiny goodies and their generic Valentine’s Day sayings. Others can’t stand the chalky taste. But everyone can appreciate their affordability and versatility.

Whether you have a box leftover from a Valentine gone wrong or you have a stash of Conversation Hearts to keep you happy the rest of the year, there is an easy recipe you can incorporate these classic treats into: Crazy 4 Candy Heart Cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • Two large eggs
  • Approximately 1/3 cup of candy hearts
  • Box of vanilla cake mix

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. While the oven heats up, work on breaking up the candy hearts. Dump 1/3 of a cup of hearts into a plastic sandwich bag and use whatever tool necessary (like a textbook that the Bookstore wouldn’t buy back) to break the candies into small pieces.
  2. Empty the vanilla cake mix into a large bowl. Add two eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and the crushed candies. Mix well.
  3. The mixture is going to seem dry, but it should be. The cake mix is being transformed into cookie dough, so mix until all of the dry mix is part of the dough.
  4. Once mixed, spoon one-inch balls of the mix onto a baking sheet. Place the cookies two inches apart from one another on the sheet.
  5. Put the baking sheet(s) into the oven for 15 to 18 minutes. The cookies are done when you can see golden browning on the sides and tops of the cookies.
  6. Remove the sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool for five minutes before consumption.

And that’s it! The cookies are deliciously simple and cost only about three dollars to make. Take pride that you will finally use those candy hearts in your cupboard and gain a little appreciation for these iconic Valentine candies.

 

Crazy 4 Candy Heart Cookies

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Feb 022013
 

Author: Nicolle Fagan

Candy Heart cookies. Photo by Nicolle Fagan.

Candy Heart cookies. Photo by Nicolle Fagan.

It’s that time of year again when grocery stores are overrun by overpriced chocolates, cheesy teddy bears, and aisles of flowers. For the average college student,

the sugary treats can be detrimental to the monthly grocery budget. So when you are browsing the aisles for an affordable delicacy, you are confronted with…

Candy hearts.

These heart-shaped candies have been given out at Valentine’s Day since you were in elementary school. Every year these “delightful” treats find their way into your life. And why? Because they are cheap and can be re-gifted (they take years to expire).

Some people love these tiny goodies and their generic Valentine’s Day sayings. Others can’t stand the chalky taste. But everyone can appreciate their affordability and versatility.

Whether you have a box leftover from a Valentine gone wrong or you have a stash of Conversation Hearts to keep you happy the rest of the year, there is an easy recipe you can incorporate these classic treats into: Crazy 4 Candy Heart Cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • Two large eggs
  • Approximately 1/3 cup of candy hearts
  • Box of vanilla cake mix

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. While the oven heats up, work on breaking up the candy hearts. Dump 1/3 of a cup of hearts into a plastic sandwich bag and use whatever tool necessary (like a textbook that the Bookstore wouldn’t buy back) to break the candies into small pieces.
  2. Empty the vanilla cake mix into a large bowl. Add two eggs, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and the crushed candies. Mix well.
  3. The mixture is going to seem dry, but it should be. The cake mix is being transformed into cookie dough, so mix until all of the dry mix is part of the dough.
  4. Once mixed, spoon one-inch balls of the mix onto a baking sheet. Place the cookies two inches apart from one another on the sheet.
  5. Put the baking sheet(s) into the oven for 15 to 18 minutes. The cookies are done when you can see golden browning on the sides and tops of the cookies.
  6. Remove the sheets from the oven and let the cookies cool for five minutes before consumption.

And that’s it! The cookies are deliciously simple and cost only about three dollars to make. Take pride that you will finally use those candy hearts in your cupboard and gain a little appreciation for these iconic Valentine candies.

 

The Late Night I-Have-To-Cram-For-This-Final Sweet Treat

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Dec 132012
 

Author: Logan Martinez

marshmallows

marshmallows (Photo credit: .m.e.c.)

The majority of you are finished for finals. Well lucky you. There are still classes that have finals on Friday. For those final crammers that are still out there, you might want to try this delicious, sweet treat that you can make in 30 seconds and not leave the house to get the ingredients.

 

Marshmallow Chocolate Supreme Taffy Goop

Ingredients:

5 large or 10 small marshmallows

5 chocolate chips (can be white, semi sweet or sweet)

 

Directions:

Place marshmallows and chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Let cool. Enjoy.

The final, cooled treat should have a taffy-like texture that you can pick up and eat with your hands.

 

Good luck with your finals CSU! Have a wonderful winter break!

DIY edible holiday gifts

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Dec 012012
 

Author: Michaela Koretko

Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like the taste of a homemade treat. For a simple (but delicious) gift or party platter, try these recipes.

Hot Cocoa Mix

Give adorable little gifts people can enjoy like Hot Cocoa Mix in a jar. Photo by Michaela Koretko

Ingredients:

2/3 cup cocoa powder

2 cups sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)

1 cup marshmallows

 

Suggestions:

Layer these into a decorated jar for a perfectly festive gift. When ready to use, the recipient can separate out the marshmallows, mix the cocoa, sugar and cinnamon together, and add two or three tablespoons to a cup of hot water or milk (possibly with a little eggnog). Add marshmallows to preference.

 

What a cheap and easy gift to give, homemade chocolate turtles are everyones favorite! Photo by Michaela Koretko

Ingredients :

2 dozen candy caramels

2 dozen pretzels

1 23 oz. bag of chocolate chips

2 dozen pecan halves (optional)

 

 

Directions: Put the pretzels out on a microwave-safe plate. Unwrap the caramels and place one on each pretzel.  Microwave the caramel-pretzel plate for 30-60 seconds, until the caramels start to get soft. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave (following the instructions on the bag). Put a spoonful of melted chocolate on each  caramel-pretzel. If desired, press a pecan half onto each one. Put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until the chocolate hardens. Package them nicely and give them as a gift, or put them on a plate and enjoy!

 

Rice Krispie Wreaths

Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats (Photo credit: stickyii)

Ingredients:

6 cups Rice Krispie cereal

4 cups mini marshmallows

3 tbsp. butter

3  drops green food dye

red-hot decorating candies

 

Directions: Melt the marshmallows and butter in a large bowl by microwaving and stirring the mixture in 20 second intervals. When melted, stir in the food dye. Stir in the rice cereal. Spoon onto wax paper and make into wreath (donut) shape. Add red-hot decorating candies. Allow to cool and harden, then package or serve.

Hard candy for the holidays

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Nov 302012
 

Author: Victoria Hawn

Hard candy. Photo by Tori Hawn.

Hard candy. Photo by Tori Hawn.

In addition to the plethora of baked goods during the holiday season, hard candy is becoming increasingly popular.

During this family-oriented part of year, it is only appropriate to share a family recipe.  It is one that has been passed down generationally, and given out to neighbors to share the seasonal togetherness.

The recipe goes as follows:

 

Ingredients:

Powdered sugar

3 cups of sugar

1 cup of Karo Light Corn Syrup

1 cup  of water

1 teaspoon of desired Lorann Flavoring oil with desired food coloring

 

Directions:

  1. Pour powdered sugar into cooking sheet.
  2. Mix sugar, corn syrup, and water into large heavy saucepan.
  3. Boil the mixture in the sauce pan, without stirring, until temperature reaches 310 degrees Fahrenheit or until drops of syrup form hard and brittle threads in cold water.
  4. Remove pan from heat.
  5. Stir in flavoring oil and food coloring to match flavor.  For example, if you use spearmint flavoring, you might want to use green food coloring to distinguish flavors.
  6. Pour onto cooking sheet with powdered sugar on it in thin lines.
  7. Let cool and break into pieces.
  8. Store in an airtight container.