Valentine’s Day Cheap in Fort Collins

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Nicole Beale

We have all heard the ‘starving college student’ stereotype a time or two, but it’s only funny because it is true for most of us. For those who have somebody special this year, but a not a special sum of money to spend, no need to fear. There are options that won’t break the bank.

Any good date begins with a good meal. Remember, this is Valentine’s Day and nothing is more romantic than a good cook. Start out the perfect date with your sweetie by cooking them something delectable. As long as you put you heart into it and make it with love, they will enjoy it.

If the first thing that came to your mind is PB&J, consider looking up some recipes. Anyone can spruce up a dining area by setting a table and adding a few candles or flower petals. It is the details that count. Dessert has always been very closely related to Valentine’s Day. Come up with a clever dessert, such as ice cream topped with crushed candy hearts.

After you have progressed through the meal, you’re ready for some romantic fun. There are cheap options to take care of the situation. Ice skating is open at Fort Fun and costs only $10 for two people. Another option is the discount movie theater, AMC Cinema Saver 6. They feature movies that have been in theaters for some time and sell tickets for $3 each. This is such a score, as it’s less than half the cost of a ticket anywhere else in town. Beware that drinks are more expensive than the tickets.  Also being featured special for Valentine’s day is Jimkata, an electro-rock band, blending heavy beats, syn-thy hooks, and big guitars to create music with both modern and timeless appeal. Just for Valentine’s Day they will be playing at the Aggie for free. Nothing is better than a free date on Valentine’s Day when you have a tight budget. Hold your sweetheart close as you groove courtesy of Jimkata.

What you choose is up to you and your Valentine. There are ways to woo your loved one and not go bankrupt at the same time. Any one of these options is guaranteed to be a good time and not break the bank. How the rest of the date goes is up to you.

Valentine’s Day Cheap in Fort Collins

 Beats, Scene & Heard, The Well  Comments Off on Valentine’s Day Cheap in Fort Collins
Feb 042013
 

Author: Nicole Beale

We have all heard the ‘starving college student’ stereotype a time or two, but it’s only funny because it is true for most of us. For those who have somebody special this year, but a not a special sum of money to spend, no need to fear. There are options that won’t break the bank.

Any good date begins with a good meal. Remember, this is Valentine’s Day and nothing is more romantic than a good cook. Start out the perfect date with your sweetie by cooking them something delectable. As long as you put you heart into it and make it with love, they will enjoy it.

If the first thing that came to your mind is PB&J, consider looking up some recipes. Anyone can spruce up a dining area by setting a table and adding a few candles or flower petals. It is the details that count. Dessert has always been very closely related to Valentine’s Day. Come up with a clever dessert, such as ice cream topped with crushed candy hearts.

After you have progressed through the meal, you’re ready for some romantic fun. There are cheap options to take care of the situation. Ice skating is open at Fort Fun and costs only $10 for two people. Another option is the discount movie theater, AMC Cinema Saver 6. They feature movies that have been in theaters for some time and sell tickets for $3 each. This is such a score, as it’s less than half the cost of a ticket anywhere else in town. Beware that drinks are more expensive than the tickets.  Also being featured special for Valentine’s day is Jimkata, an electro-rock band, blending heavy beats, syn-thy hooks, and big guitars to create music with both modern and timeless appeal. Just for Valentine’s Day they will be playing at the Aggie for free. Nothing is better than a free date on Valentine’s Day when you have a tight budget. Hold your sweetheart close as you groove courtesy of Jimkata.

What you choose is up to you and your Valentine. There are ways to woo your loved one and not go bankrupt at the same time. Any one of these options is guaranteed to be a good time and not break the bank. How the rest of the date goes is up to you.

A Quarter Past Beer: College Avenue’s Guide to Holiday Cocktails

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Dec 022012
 

Author: Makenna Dubler

"Chocolate" originates from Mexico's...

“Chocolate” originates from Mexico’s Aztec cuisine, derived from the Nahuatl word xocolatl. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like:

Hot Chocolate

Try:

Mexicocoa

Ingredients:

4 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa (not hot chocolate mix)

1 tbsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. cayenne pepper

3 cups milk (almond milk preferred, can also substitute Irish Crème),

1/4 cup agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup

4 oz. silver tequila

Paprika

4 Cinnamon sticks for garnish

How to make it:

Toast cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili powder and cayenne pepper in a saucepan over low heat until spices release aromas (about two to three minutes). Slowly stir in milk with a whisk or wooden spoon.  Raise temperature to medium-high and bring to a simmer.  Stir in agave nectar and remove from heat.  Dip the rims of four mugs into a saucer of hot water, blot, and dip into a saucer of paprika. Pour in one oz tequila to each mug.  Add one-fourth of the hot cocoa mixture to each mug.  Stir with a cinnamon stick and serve.

Serves 4

 

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia (Photo credit: flagondry)

If you like:

Punch

Try:

Poinsettia Cocktail

Ingredients:

4 cups (1 quart) vodka

4 cups (1 quart) champagne

8 cups (2 quarts) cranberry juice

Crushed ice

1 orange peel sliced into 1/4 inch wide strips, about 2 inches long

How to make it:

Combine the vodka, champagne and juice in a large punch bowl. Add crushed ice and stir until well chilled. Twist orange strips over bowl and drop into punch. Pour into glasses and serve.

Makes one big bowl of punch (16 cups or 4 quarts)

 

roasting a marshmallow

roasting a marshmallow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like:

Fire

Try:

S’more Shooters

Ingredients:

12 large marshmallows (or 35 mini marshmallows)

1 cup half & half

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1 1/2 cups whole milk

3/4 cup amaretto

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (to rim shot glasses)

About 12 tbsp. Bacardi 151 or other flammable liquor

A lighter

How to make it:

In a small saucepan, bring the half & half to a boil. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and stir until melted.  Return the chocolate to the pot and whisk in milk. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer and stir in half a cup of amaretto. Pour the remaining amaretto into a small bowl. Place graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. Dip the rims of shot glasses into the amaretto, then the crumbs. Transfer the hot chocolate to a measuring cup with a spout and fill the shot glasses.  Top each with one large marshmallow (or 3 mini marshmallows) and pour a tablespoon of liquor over each glass. Ignite with a lighter to toast the marshmallow. Blow out before drinking, and serve.

Makes 12 shooters

 

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

If you like:

A festive beerTry:

Samuel Adams® Winter Classics Variety Pack

Includes:

White Christmas

Chocolate Bock

Boston Lager®

Winter Lager

Old Fezziwig® Ale

Holiday Porter

What it’s like:

Ranging from light to dark, this pack of six different seasonal beers is sure to spark up your holiday spirit. Like unfiltered light beers with citrus and cinnamon flavors? Try White Christmas.  Or if you prefer a rich, dark beer, try the Chocolate Bock. The Boston Lager® is a classic, with a nice balance of sweet with spicy, and the Winter Lager and Old Fezziwig® Ale are both bold and full of holiday spice flavors.  For a more hoppy brew, the traditional Holiday Porter is your drink.

Available in 12 or 24-packs

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.

 

The new Durrell Express, T-DEX: what you need to know

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Oct 102012
 

Author: Jack Krause

Photo by Jack Krause.

With the closure for construction of the Durrell Resource Center, the usual dining spot for those in the tower dorms, a new prospect has arisen. It goes by T-DEX, and it brings with it new dangers to the infamous freshmen fifteen. The building is an industrial shack with a kitchen which creates the hot food, while the greens and a la carté items are delivered from RAMWICH. Though the food may taste good, the CSU Dining Calculator shows the food for what it really is, which is full of calories and fat.

One cheeseburger from T-DEX contains 440 calories and also 23 grams of fat. That right there is equal to half of an average person’s intake of fat in one day, and that is only half of one meal. T-DEX allows its patrons to have two main dishes and a side as one of the meal options. The pizza is just as unhealthy, containing 595 calories and 25 grams of fat, and a F’Real vanilla shake contains 550 calories and 23 grams of fat.

CSU offers a nutritional chart which lets you make a meal and tells you all the information on what you’re eating.

CSU Dining Calculator

Cooking with bacon

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Sep 082012
 

Author: John Sheesley

Bacon, or its non-meat substitute for our vegan, vegetarian and non-pork loving friends, is a salty, sometimes crispy, treat craved by all bacon-lovers. It is incredibly versatile in the kitchen and can be added to almost any dish. From appetizer to dessert, here are a few dishes featuring bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates 4of4

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Dates

Bacon-wrapped Dates
Ingredients
1 16-ounce package of bacon cut into thirds
1 8-ounce package of pitted dates
1 small brick of bleu cheese (or goat cheese)
1 bottle of balsamic vinaigrette
1 package toothpicks

A date is a soft, sweet fruit that grows on some species of palm trees, and they go wonderfully with bacon and cheese. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. For the dates to cook evenly, place the rack in the center of the oven. Take your dates and stuff them (where the pit used to be) with cheese, then wrap a piece of bacon around the stuffed date and secure it with a toothpick. For easy cleanup, cover a cookie sheet with tinfoil before placing the the wrapped dates on the cookie sheet; position them far enough apart so they will not touch. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy, then remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Place the dates on a plate and sprinkle cheese around them, then drizzle lightly with balsamic vinaigrette.

Kabobs with bacon wrapped zucchini, chicken, mushrooms, and onions. Photo by John Sheesley

Bacon Shish Kabobs
Ingredients
1 package of bamboo skewers
3 6-ounce chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 package mushrooms
1 zucchini, sliced into ½ inch wide pieces
1 red bell pepper, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 package of bacon cut in half
Note: Any vegetables can be used for this recipe.

First, start soaking the skewers in water. They need to soak for about 30 minutes so they don’t catch fire on the grill. While they are soaking, cut up the veggies and meat. Once cut, slide each piece onto a skewer, alternating between veggies and meat. Try wrapping some of the veggies in bacon; make sure to skewer both sides of the bacon so it stays on. Leave an inch or two at either end of the skewers to allow for easy handling. Also, leave space between each item so they cook evenly. Grill the kabobs on a barbeque grill until the chicken and bacon are fully cooked. Allow time to cool, and enjoy.

Candying the bacon

Candying the bacon

Candied Bacon Ice Cream (not for the feint of heart)
Ingredients:
8 strips thin cut bacon, preferably hickory smoked
1 package golden brown sugar
1 carton vanilla ice cream

We are going to bake the bacon first, so preheat your oven to  350° Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle. Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil. Lay the bacon on a cookie cooling rack and place it on the cookie sheet. Cover each slice of bacon with an even layer of brown sugar, thick enough so that you cannot see the bacon underneath. Bake for about ten minutes until the sugar is caramelized and the bacon is almost crispy. Flip the bacon over and coat the other side with brown sugar as well. Bake for another 4-6 minutes until the bacon is fully cooked. Let the bacon cool for 10-15 minutes to let the sugar harden. Then, cut or crumble the bacon into small pieces and sprinkle over vanilla ice cream with some more brown sugar. Enjoy!