Monday, January 31, 2011

Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser for the Ferguson Family, Tonight!

Tonight, January 31st, Chick-Fil-A in Logan, UT will donate a portion of their sales to the Ferguson Family. You don't have to pay any extra out of pocket, you don't even have to request that the donation goes to them...they just automatically make a donation out of every purchse.

If you were planning on going out to eat please consider going to Chick-Fil-A!

Removing Blogs

Hi readers...all 4 of you.

You may have noticed that I've been removing blogs that haven't had posts made to them in over a year. I enjoy catching up on friends, family, acquaintences, and interesting blogs...but if people don't bother to post I don't bother to read.

PLEASE POST! I love reading your thoughts, tantrums, news, recipes, craft ideas, travel logs, and everything else.

If I've removed you from my lists and you have begun posting again please send me the link I would love to put you back on and continue to follow your blog.

Artisanal Cheese - Cache Valley Style

Many of you already know about Cache Valley Cheese...ie Gossners & Schreibers. We are lucky to have major dairy producers close at hand that produce affordable cheese favorites.

But where do you go if you are looking for harder to find European style cheeses with deep and complex flavors? Unpasteurized, you say? Fresh with no preservatives, you say? Aged, you say? Hormone free/no genetic modification, you say? Sustainability, you say?

Well look no further...

Rockhill Creamery in Richmond, Utah.

If you frequent either the Cache Valley Gardener's Market or the Richmond Farmer's Market you probably already know about their amazing homestead cheeses. If you want to know more please check out their website...

http://www.rockhillcheese.com/index.html

I love their Edam and Gruyere for french onion soup, they have a sharp and nutty flavor that pairs nicely with the sweetness of the onions and wine in the soup. The belvedere, red feta and peppercorn varieties are also in my top 5.

Good news to all you non-valleyites, they ship anywhere in the lower 48!

Now you say you want some excellent European breads and pastries to go with that cheese? Well you are picky, aren't you? But our 2 favorite boulangers are Crumb Brothers (who don't have an official website) and Volker's Bakery (the flying V) http://www.volkersbakery.com/index.html and Sweetly Divine (best croissants in the valley) http://www.sweetlydivine.com/

Now if only I could find a vendor who specialises in mushrooms and truffle oil...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sweet Pork tacos/salad/burrito



Most of my friends and family already know about sweet pork (barbacoa). It has been a very popular food item at Utah mexican restaurants for a few years now. Whether you are in the Cafe Rio camp(the original)

http://www.caferio.com/

or the Costa Vida camp (the competition, some say copycat)

http://www.costavida.net/

...most people agree that one of the most craved ingredients is the sweet pork. Whether you get it in the tacos, salads, enchiladas, burritos, or quesadillas it is delicious. While the marinated chicken, shredded steak, and vegitarian options are also good, the sweet pork is the #1 seller.

Sweet pork is fairly cheap to make since the shoulder cut is usually available for around $1.50 per pound. You can make it in a pressure cooker, crock pot, on the stove, or in the oven and it works fine. For those of you from out of state/country who haven't experience sweet pork here are some recipes to play with. If you don't like the way the coke tastes in the recipe you can swap it out for Dr. Pepper or Root Beer and pick the one you like the best.

Barbacoa/Sweet Pork

1 "Boston Butt" Pork Shoulder Roast
3 tablespoons oil
2 cups Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Molasses
1 can Green Enchilada Sauce (or salsa verde)
1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
2 cans Coke
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 275 F. Rinse the roast and pat it dry. In a dutch oven heat oil and brown roast on all sides, remove dutch oven from heat. In a separate bowl whisk together all other ingredients, pour over the roast, it should cover it almost to the top. Place the lid on the dutch oven and and place it in the preheated oven. Let simmer for 6 hours.

Remove from heat and place meat on cutting board, allow to cool, reserve braising liquid. With forks or your hands shred the meat and place in a storage container, pour in enough liquid to almost cover the shredded pork (the same goes for most of these recipes, let the flavors develop!). Refrigerate overnight.

Some people like to eat it right away and that is fine but I like the way it tastes after the flavors have time to marry in the fridge. The next day put the pork and sauce in a large skillet or saute pan and heat over low until warmed through. You can eat it by itself, on toast like a pulled bbq pork sandwich, or add it to just about anything.



Cilantro Lime Rice

3 cups cooked Rice (trust me, minute rice works just fine, you don't have to get fancy)
4 Limes
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
1/4 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Oil

Zest 2 of the limes, add half of the zest to the water you are going to cook the rice in and reserve the other half. Juice 1 lime and also add to the water for the rice. Cook rice according to directions. In a mini food processor pulse cilantro leaves, oil (you don't have to but I find a little helps), juice from other 3 limes, sugar and salt (you can also do this in a mortar and pestle and it will impress the heck out of your guests) into a fine mixture. Pour over rice and stir well.



Basic Zesty Green Ranch

1 packet hidden valley ranch mix (make ahead of time according to package directions)
1 tomatillo
1 avacado
1 lime

Peel and quarter tomatillo, peel and remove pit from avacado, juice the lime. Place everything in a blender and mix well.

Advanced Zesty Green Ranch

1 whole Tomatillo
1 whole Avocado
1 whole Lime
1 cup Mayonnaise
½ cups Sour Cream
½ cups Milk
1 teaspoon Finely Chopped Chives
½ teaspoons Dill
½ teaspoons Minced Garlic
½ teaspoons Minced Onion
¼ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
⅛ teaspoons Salt

Peel and quarter the tomatillo, peel and remove pit from avocado, and juice the lime. Place everything in a blender and mix well. Chill until you are ready to serve.
You can make it thicker or thinner by adjusting the mix. To make a dip, take the milk out altogether; to make a runny dressing, add a full cup of milk.


Vinaigrette

2 tomatillos
1/2 bunch cilantro
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon. diced green chiles
2 limes
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon crushed black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 oil

In a food processor or blender, combine peeles and quartered tomatillos, cilantro leaves, garlic, chiles, juice from both limes, salt, pepper and sugar. After it is thoroughly blended add the vinegar and oil and blend until smooth.

Pico

Tomatoes
Onions
Peppers
Cilantro
Limes
Salt

Finely dice tomatoes and onions and place in a bowl. Remove the seeds from the peppers and finely chop, add to the bowl. Place cilantro leaves, juice from the limes, and a pinch of salt in mini food proccesor and pulse, add to the bowl. Mix well and serve.

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Now here's how I put together the sweet pork salad that way I like. Put a small, warm flour tortilla on a plate, add a scoop of the rice, a scoop of warm black beans (I just used the canned variety, S&W are my favorite), and as much meat as you want. Top with salad greens, pico, and crushed tortilla chips. Drizzle ranch or vinaigrette over the top.

You can leave out or add anything you want. If you are doing this for a party I would suggest setting it up buffet style and also having olives, onions, cucumbers, guacamole, chopped mango, sour cream, cheese, sliced hard boiled eggs, carrots and other typical salad bar offerings as well. If you want to add a chicken offering I suggest marinate chicken breasts over night in italian dress and then grilling them, it goes great on these salads.

You can also add large flour tortillas and your favorite sauces to the buffet and people can make their own burritos.

Project Bellydance

http://topbellydancer.com/

Click on the link to watch all 3 episodes of Project Bellydance. When you are done you can vote for you favorite. The results show will be sometime in mid-February.

Shems is my favorite, but I'm biased. She used to be a member of the USU Middle Eastern Dance club. She is a great teacher and a fun dancer. Shems lives in Baltimore now and if you are in the area and want to take lessons from her check out her website.

http://www.shemsdance.com/

She is one of my top 3 all time favorite workshop instructors (along with Ansuya and Aziza!), I loved her tahteeb/saidi workshop that she did here in Logan a couple years ago.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Presidential Desserts?

When I have one of those elusive and incredibly rare days off of work during the work week I like to get up early and make a special treat to take the gentlemen at the Coffee Club that my father is a member of. They meet almost every weekday morning in the mural room at the Bluebird restaurant here in logan for coffee (or soda for the non-coffee drinkers) and good conversation. So far I have taken my no-bake carmel pumpkin cream pie, apple pie with cheddar cheese crust, corn bread, and struessel cake/coffee cake.

You can see an article about them that appeared in the Herald Journal here

http://news.hjnews.com/news/article_55523502-c9f8-11df-a140-001cc4c002e0.html

My next scheduled weekday holiday from work is Feb. 21st President's Day. I thought it might be fun to try and do a presidential dessert. I've asked a few people for ideas and so far the suggestions have been:

*Corn Bread (lincoln),
*Gingerbread (lincoln),
*Peanut Butter Pie (carter),
*Boston Cream Pie (the adams'),
*NoBake Cheesecake with cherry topping (washington, although the cherry tree story is a completely fabricated myth),
*Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (reagan).

I am still taking suggestions. Have any of you heard of a president having a favorite dessert or treat? Do you have a recipe for it? Tell me what it is and why you think I should make it. If I can't decide I may make 2.

This is one that I am considering...

Mary Todd Lincoln’s White CakeAdapted from “Lincoln's Table” by Donna D. McCreary

Ingredients:
1 cup blanched almonds
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
2 cups granulated sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk (buttermilk has been a suggested substitute)
6 eggs, separated (best when eggs are cold)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Confectioners’ sugar

Method:

Using a food processor or a spice grinder, pulverize almonds until they resemble coarse flour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a Bundt cake pan.

With an electric beater or stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light yellow in color and fluffy. Sift flour and baking powder three times. (I don’t make a rule of this practice, but with three cups of flour, it seemed like a good idea to incorporate some air and help make this cake as light as possible. For an interesting explainer on sifting flour, go here.) Fold flour mix into creamed butter and sugar, alternating with milk, until well blended. Stir in almonds and beat well.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until they have stiff, firm peaks. (Use egg yolks for another use – French toast, possibly?) Beaters must be washed and dried thoroughly before whipping egg whites or they will not stiffen properly. Fold egg whites gently into batter with a rubber spatula. Add vanilla extract.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for one hour, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool for at least 20 minutes before inverting, then allow to completely cool before serving. Sift confectioners’ sugar on top.

Makes about 12 slices.

Friday 1/28/2011 Events

USU Opera Theatre
USU Opera Theatre: Scenes from Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1724) by George Frideric Handel at Caine Lyric Theatre in Logan. Handel’s opera, most often know simply as “Julius Caesar,” is an Italian opera, originally in three acts, written for the Royal Academy of Music in 1724. Thirty-five undergraduate students participate in this beautiful collection of arias, duets, and ensembles, sung in Italian with English supertitles. The scenes are connected by narrative in English delivered by ensemble characters, in a true story-telling fashion. This 90” reduced version will highlight some of Handel’s most beautiful, and well-known arias for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone. 7:30pm, $13 general admission; $8 seniors; free admission to students with ID.

Scrabble Scramble 2011
Bridgerland Literacy is hosting their their 6th Annual Scrabble tournament. January 28th, 6pm in the USU Taggart Student Center Ballroom. Link: http://www.bridgerlandliteracy.org/

Live Music
The Matt Flinner Trio, Friday, Jan 28 - 7:30PM to 10:30PM. Location: USU TSC, Auditorium. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: $10 Students $15 Public. Contact: Sean Damitz 797-8134 sean.damitz@usu.edu

Film Night
Friday, Jan 28 - 8:00PM to 10:00PM. "Gladiator" 2000 R (PG13 upon request). Come hang out - discuss - meet & greet. Utah State Film, http://www.utahstatefilm.com/ Location: Eccles Science Learning Center Auditorium, Room:007. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and General Public. Admission Info: Free. Website: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=127415880657924&ref=mf Contact: Tyler Woodbury 970-275-6706 info@utahstatefilm.com

Taste of Downtown Logan
Friday, Jan 28 - 5:00PM to 10:00PM. Free social event for all USU students to come downtown and enjoy free food, drinks, and entertainment sponsored by downtown merchants. Open To: USUStudents/Alumni/Faculty/Staff/Public. Admission Info: Free. Contact: Gary Saxton 435-554-8696 logandowntown@gmail.com

Light The Fire
Friday, Jan 28 - 7:30PM to 12:30AM. Polynesian Student Union presents Light The Fire. A cultural event exploring the tradtions and life of the Polynesian people. There will be live music, a guest storyteller/speaker, Polynesian Dance competition, Henna tattoos, cultural booths, and refreshments. Following the cultural performance there will be a dance. 7:30pm Cultural Performance (FREE!!!), 9:00-12:30: Dance Party $2.00 (Free before 9 or with cultural performance stamp). Location: USU TSC, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and General Public. Website: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182821091748435&num_event_invites=0#!/event.php?eid=182821091748435&index=1 Contact: Leanna Davis 626-322-5425 psuusu@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Youth Soccer Sign-Ups, District 7

District 7 is holding their Spring Recreation Registration from January 26th - February 12th.

We have age divisions for all kids born between August 1995 - and July 2006.

Cost is $25 for u6 players and $30 for all players U8 and older. Logan city charges and additional $5 for all Logan players as a field fee.

Games begin in April. Please visit our District 7 website for more information on how and when to register at: www.soccer7.org or contact Terri Baker - District 7 soccer, Phone: 435.258.0029 Email: lewistonbaker@comcast.net

Macbeth

Logan Youth Shakespeare presents Macbeth at the Logan Arthouse and Cinema at 795 N. Main in Logan.

Showtimes are January 27-29, and Feb 3-4 at 7 pm, with a matinee on Saturday Feb 5 at 2 pm. Tickets available at the door. No children under 5 please.

Call 435-213-3715 for more information.

Thursday 1/27/2011 Events

Live Music
Concert at Why Sound, Thursday, January 27th - Eyes Lips Eyes w/Battleschool, Till We Have Faces (Alternative/Rock/Electronic). Time: 8:00pm. Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave., Logan, UT 84321. Cost:$5 - $6. For more information contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 info@whysound.com Website: http://www.whysound.com/

Swing Club
USU Big Band Swing Club invites everyone to come Big Band Swing Dance the night away. We dance every week and provide lessons till 7:50 PM. $15 for club membership for the semester and get a free T-shirt or $2 a week. Weekly on Thursdays at 7pm to 10pm from September through the end of May. Location: USU HYPER Building, Room 215, 7th North, Logan, Utah. Email: swing.usu@gmail.com Link: http://www.usu.edu/swing

Yurt Trip
Common Ground Outdoor Adventures is sponsoring an ‘Overnight Yurt Trip’ to Driggs, Idaho on January 27th and 28th. the group will be staying in a luxurious Yurt, equipped with all the amenities. They will be snowshoeing/cross-country skiing in one mile to the yurt and staying the night. They will be on the back side of the Teton Mountains. Common Grounds’ mission is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities). Dress warm and bring your camera. Cost is $50 per person. Call (435-713-0288) for more information.

Auditions
The Heritage Community Theatre will hold auditions for their production of "The Compete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" on Thursday, January 27 from 6:30 to 9 PM. Come to the theatre prepared with a short humorous monologue and ready to read from a script and participate in improv. Location: 2505 S Hwy 89, Perry, UT. For more information call: (435) 723-8392.

Essential Oils Class - Part 2
Join us in the second class of our “Energize Your Life” series as Sally Shumway, a foot-zone therapist, discusses chakra balancing, hand and foot reflexology, and essential oils. Handouts, giveaways, and delicious food using essentials oils provided. Cost is $5 per person. For more information contact Rachel von Niederhausern Phone: 435.512.4987 Email: rachel@vonniederhausern.org

USU Ski Bus
USU Powder Wagon - Bus to Beaver Mountain from TSC Parking Lot. Thursday, Jan 27 - 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Ski bus to Beaver Mountain. Return trip $5. The bus leaves the TSC parking lot at 8 a.m. Space is limited so please sign up in advance at the ORP shop (east of Romney Stadium), call 797-3264 or e-mail: usuorp@usu.edu for more information. Arrives back at the TSC parking lot around 5 p.m. Open To: USU Students only. Contact: Brian Shirley 435-797-0551 brian.shirley@usu.edu

Divorce Education Class
The Utah State Courts is offering a free class each month for children 9- to -12-years old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. There is no charge to attend the class, which is offered from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at the Cache County Courthouse, 135 N. 100 West. For more information, call 750-1300 or go to www.utcourts.gov and click on Divorce Education Classes.

Knitting
The Knotty Knitters meet from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Senior Citizen Center in Logan. Everyone is invited to work on their crochet, knitting, needlework, cross-stitch projects and more. For more information, contact Cathy at 752-3923.

Hyrum State Of The City
The Hyrum lions club is sponsoring The State of the City address presented by Mayor Dean Howard, Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 pm in the Hryum civic center, 93 west main. All Hyrum city residents are encouraged to attend. light refreshments will be available.

Country Dancing
COUNTRY DANCING!!! The USU Swing Club will be sponsoring a USU Range Club Fundraiser Thursday January 27, from 7-10pm. Dancing instruction will be available from 7-8. Cost will be $2. Come have a great time. Room: USU TSC Ballroom. Open To: USU Students Faculty Staff Alumni and the General Public. Contact: Levi Bennington 435-2302773 Levi.Bennington@aggiemail.usu.edu

Fundraiser
Dash 4 Cash Fundraiser, Thursday, Jan 27 - 7:30PM to 9:00PM. Are you the fastest boy? Are you the quickest girl? Or do you want to know how fast you run the 40 yard dash? You could win $50 cash! Or other great prizes. Come help support the USU mens lacrosse team raise some cash. Race registration starts at 7:30 and timing will start shortly there after. Cost is $3 to race. Who knows, you may want to play lacrosse this season. Location: Nelson Field House. Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty Staff and the General Public. Contact: Kyle Hardy 801-656-9989 k.hardy@aggiemail.usu.edu

USU Pre-Vet Activity
Thursday, Jan 27 - 6:30PM to 9:00PM, join the Pre-Vet club for a relaxing night activity. We will be watching the movie "Secretariat" and having a delicious Chili dinner and refreshments. If you need a ride over, we will have a carpool leaving at 6 p.m. from the East side parking lot of the Veterinary Science Building(VSB). Club belt buckles are also available for $20 each and are available for pick-up at this activity. If you are not a member and would like to join, the dues for the spring semester are $8. For more information about the "USU Pre-Vet Club" please visit us on Facebook. Open To: USU Students Faculty Staff only. Contact: Natasha (801) 941-5307 vetchick85@msn.com

USU Brown Bag Presentations
Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences Brown Bag Presentations, Thursday, Jan 27 - 12:00PM. Come along with your brown bag and join us every Thursday at noon, where students, faculty or a guest speaker will talk about a topic of interest in the field of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. Sponsor: Instructional Technology. Room: EDUC 282 Open To: USU Students Alumni Faculty only. Contact: Launa Julander 797-2694 launa.julander@usu.edu

Master Gardener Series

The USU Cache County Extension is offering a 2011 gardening course “Beginning Master Gardener Series”. Classes will be taught in the Cache County Administration building Multi-purpose room (179 N Main) in Logan on a weekly basis starting Tuesday.

These classes include a broad look at horticulture subjects including basic botany, soils, fertilizers, fruits, vegetables, insects, turf grasses, pesticides, ornamental plants, diseases and related topics. Classes start at 6p.m. and will be approx 3 hours.

To download a registration form and for more info: www.extension.usu.edu/cache/htm/horticulture or call (435-752-6263).

HURRY! The deadline for registering is tomorrow, Thursday January 27th.

I really want to sign up for this class, does anyone want to go with me?

Wednesday 1/26/2011 Events

Lecture
They Didn't Teach Me That in Sunday School: Feminism and the Bible. Wednesday, Jan 26 - 2:30PM to 4:30PM. Sponsored by the Center for Women and Gender. There’s a lot we don’t learn about the Bible in Sunday school or on TV or even by reading the Bible ourselves, particularly if we’re talking about women’s issues. Dr. Susan Shaw will examine some of the ways feminist biblical interpreters are shedding new light on an old text. Susan Shaw is director and professor of Women’s Studies and director of the Difference, Power & Discrimination Program at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. from Southern Seminary and taught religious studies for eight years before joining the Women's Studies faculty at OSU. Location: Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 101. Open To: USU Students/Staff/Alumni/Faculty and the General Public. Contact: Melissa Keller 435-797-9222 melissa.keller@usu.edu

USU Senior Event
Wednesday, Jan 26 - 5:00PM all Seniors are invited to attend this Senior Event. The USU Career Services will be educating us on the do's and don'ts of finding a job, along with the other services that they provide. Refreshments to follow. J oin us on facebook under USU SENIORS 2011. Location: Haight Alumni Center. Open To: USU Senior Students. Admission Info: Free. Website: http://http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=160908163926024 Contact: Tessa Goodall 801-655-3391 t.a.good@aggiemail.usu.edu

Snowboard Club
USU Snowboard Club Meeting, Wednesday, Jan 26 - 7:45PM to 8:30PM. Meeting to talk about Membership, Carpooling, Competition Schedule, Movie Night & other Upcoming events. Location: TSC, Juniper Lounge. Open To: USU Students. Admission Info: FREE. Contact: Jessica Nichols 208.520.5848 jessica.ann.nichols@aggiemail.usu.edu

Quilting
Ye Olde Tyme Quilters meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at OPTIONS for Independence, 1095 N. Main St., Logan. Lunch will follow. Prices will vary. For more information or to schedule free transportation, contact Royella at 753-5353 ext. 105.

Constitution Class
Scott Bradley hosts a weekly class on the Constitution titled “To Preserve The Nation” at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays upstairs at The Book Table. There is no charge. For more information, call 753-2930 or 753-8844.

Level 2 Avalanche Course

Level 2 Avalanche Course

The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center in Logan and the Utah State UniversityOutdoor Recreation Program are offering a Level 2 Avalanche Course from Thursday Jan.2 7 through Sunday Jan. 30, 6pm-10pm. The cost is $290. Registration is at the USU ORP. For questions, please call 797-3264or 757-2794.

ScrapArtsMusic

ScrapArtsMusic

[skrap-artz-myoo’zik] -noun. 1. An earth-friendly, Vancouver-based company that creates unforgettable percussion experiences using kinetic instruments skillfully crafted from industrial scraps. 2. An entertaining contemporary invented instrument ensemble. 3. Five extraordinarily virtuosic and innovative drummers. 4. The result of transforming "scrap" into "art:, and "arts" into "music."

Contact: Cache Valley Center for the Arts435-752-0026

Website: http://www.centerforthearts.us/

Time: 7:30 pm

Date: Wednesday-Thursday January 26-27, 2010

Location: Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S Main, Logan, UT 84321

Cost: $17-$27

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jamie Oliver - Nugget experiment epic failure



Forget booze, heroine, or cigarettes...our countries biggest health damning addiction is nutritionally bankrupt processed food.

Bad food combination

Do Not, I repeat, DO NOT combine the following food & beverage:

Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup
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Special K Protein Water Lemonade flavored.

Individually these are good products, together it tastes like something died in my mouth. Learn from my mistake!

Annual sled dog race begins Friday in Jackson - ksl.com

Annual dogsled race between Jackson, WY and Park City, UT begins this Friday. Click on the link for more details.

Annual sled dog race begins Friday in Jackson - ksl.com

New restaurants in town

So Ruby Tuesday's was finally put out of its misery, no big surprise there, I'm still secretly hoping that someone puts a Frontier Pies back in that building.

There are a couple newer restaurants in Cache Valley that you should check out.


Gaucho Grill

Ever been to Samba Grill or Rodizio? Yeah, it is kind of like that. It is a scaled down Logan version of a Brazilian buffet, complete with the meat on the spit brought straight to your table. Some of the food was really good and some of it was a bit dodgy. The Guarana was sub par and the passionfruit juice tasted like it was from concentrate and watered down at that. The salad bar was good and a lot of the buffet items were better than I expected. Of course in any restaurant of this type the star of the show was the grilled beef, sausage, chicken and pineapple. Avoid the big bowls of garlic fries...french fries just aren't cut out to be buffet food, Period.

Service was a little slow, but we went during their second week of operation and it wasn't too bad. What really bothered us was that a manager (short fat brunette guy with a goatee) spent most of the night sitting at a table with customers, eat and drinking and laughing it up, instead of actually doing his job. When he finally got up to see how things were going one table said that their drinks were a little slow getting to them. This manager then proceeded to corner 2 of the waitresses and yell at them in front of the whole dining room.

Mike and I have both worked in restaurants and this really bothered us for a couple reasons:

#1 - A manager needs to be circulating around the WHOLE restaurant, making sure that everything is running smoothly...not having a leisurely meal in the dining room, you do that before or after your shift, not during.

#2 - If one of your employee is "in the weeds" (backed up on the line in the kitchen, in trouble at the dish station, over stacked on tables in the dining room, etc) you step in and help, that is what you are there for...not to look good in your shirt and tie or be witty with the customers.

#3 - You DO NOT discipline your staff in front of customers, this is bad management and even worse customer service.

These girls were trying their best but it was obvious that they didn't have much waitressing experience, there only seemed to be 3 waitresses getting drinks, apps, and checking on tables and the place must have had at least 80 customers when we were there, and the restaurant was still new and everyone was trying to find a comfortable routine. It takes at least a month for a brand new restaurant to get into the swing of things. I give both the kitchen staff and the servers a lot of slack at new eateries, but this manager gets no sympathy from me at all.

We will go back and try this restaurant again when they've had a chance to work the kinks out. Hopefully the bad manager will have smartened up or left, because if he does that again in front of us he will get an earful from me and we will never go back and I'll let everyone know exactly what kind of poorly managed place it really is.

Gaucho Grill is little pricey by Logan standards. For 2 full meals (there are no menus, just the buffet, salad bar, and table side meat servers all included) and 2 drinks, tax, and tip it was over $50. Tips are shared between ALL the staff, so the waitresses that seat you and take your drink orders and bring you apps and drinks, the table side "gauchos" that bring you the grilled items, and the servers that stock the buffet.


(435) 750-6555
633 S Main St Logan, UT 84321




Savannah's BBQ

A BIG improvement over Smoking Blues (the restaurant that occupied the premises before this current rib joint).

Comparing the 2 establishments, Savannah's wins out in almost every category. The menu has more variety, the smoked items had a better taste and texture, the service was faster, the hot food came out hot and the cold food came out cold. The only item that I was kind of disappointed in was the coleslaw which was more soup than slaw, but other than that everything we tried was good.

They no longer have the enormous root beer menu or the wall of customer graffiti, but neither one is that big of a loss. I would love to see them add a thicker molasses heavy sauce to their table options, but the sauces they did have available were good. They still have live music on occasion.

All in all the food is about as good as you can expect from a BBQ restaurant in Logan, UT...but it just makes me miss real southern BBQ, especially from Texas (luff Stubb's in Austin!). I miss Eddie's out in Smithfield and Rib Alley from SLC as well...Rib Alley was amazing!

If you "friend" them on facebook they will keep you up to date on specials and live entertainment and also give you facebook only coupons and discounts.

Dinner for 2 with sodas, tax, and tip cost $40...and that provided plenty of leftovers. Really we could have just split the combo platter between the 2 of us and eliminated one entree and we would have still been full. You will not leave this place hungry.

71 E 1200 S, Logan, UT (providence lane in the old Kate's Kitchen building behind the Buggy Bath) (435)787-2233


Tuesday 1/25/2011 Events

Braizilian Guitar Quartet
The Chamber Music Society of Logan presents: Brazilian Guitar Quartet. Tuesday, Jan 25 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM. Selected works by Villa-Lobos, Brazil's Composer of the Year, Rinaldo Miranda, Mignone, Guarnieri, and Albeniz. Location: The Performance Hall. Open To: USU Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff and the General Public. Admission Info: Tickets are $24 for general admission. Website: http://arts.usu.edu/Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 ccatickets@usu.edu

Couples Workshop
USU Extension in Cache County will offer a workshop on “Healthy Couple Relationships” in the TSC Ballroom – Tuesday evening at 6:30p.m. The speaker will be Dr. Kay Bradford, a professor in the Family, Consumer and Human Development Department at Utah State University. A light dinner will be served at 630p.m. followed by the relationship workshop. The cost is $6 per person or $10 per couple. To register, phone (435-752-6263).

Nordic United Fundraiser
Nordic United, a local non-profit organization with the mission to promote and provide non-motorized winter recreational opportunities, is hosting it's annual fundraiser Tuesday, January 25th, 6:30pm at The Logan Art House and Cinema. The event includes refreshments, silent auction, and a viewing of Winter Wildlands Alliance's, Backcountry Film Festival. Entrance is $10. For more information visit their website: http://www.nordicunited.org/

Morris Media & Society Lecture: Pulitzer
Tuesday, Jan 25 - 9:00AM to 10:15AM. Author James McGrath Morris delivers the first Morris Media & Society Lecture of 2011, discussing his new biography of news baron Joseph Pulitzer, PULITZER: A Life in Politics, Print and Power (2010). Pulitzer, best known for the prize for journalistic excellence that bears his name, helped define both the journalism and public life of the end of the 19th century. Morris is a historian, journalist and author of books and hundreds of articles in newspapers, books and magazines. His talk will focus on the lessons from Pulitzer that may apply to today's changing media world. Room: 046. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free and open to the public. Info: Ted Pease, JCOM, 435-797-3293. Website: http://hardnewscafe.usu.edu/?p=3573Contact: Ted Pease 797-3293 ted.pease@usu.edu

Variety Show Tryouts
Tuesday, Jan 25 - 6:30PM. The Rotaract Club is holding a Variety Show on Feb. 3rd. All the proceeds of the event will go to the Wings of Angels Foundation. Come tryout for the show on Jan 25th and share your talent for a good cause! Location: USU TSC, Auditorium. Open To: USU Students. Admission Info: Free. Contact: Jolynn Carr (435) 225-0899 jolynn.carr@aggiemail.usu.edu

Friday, January 21, 2011

Danger Will Robinson

*Gag*

*Retch*

*Choke*

There are not enough words to describe how BAD the Lemon-Lime-Orange Gatorade Post-Game Protein Recovery drink is...but I'll try...

It tastes the way decomposing grass clippings smell, if they'd been left out in the sun in an old gym sock.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Saturday 1/22/11 Events

Biggest Loser
Biggest Loser-MASA, Saturday, Jan 22 - 1:00PM to 2:30PM. Are you the Biggest Loser in MASA (Married and Single Area?) Come to our kick-off event with Burgundy Keel, one of the contestant's from last season's show on NBC! We will meet in the Lundstrom Conference Center at 1 p.m. Amazing prizes! Open To: USU Students Staff. Contact: Shannon Jolley 435-797-3263 shannon.jolley@usu.edu

Saturdays At The Museum
01/ 22- Obsidian: Ancient Peoples and Local Landscapes
Obsidian, a volcanic glass, was the tool stone of choice for ancient peoples in the Great Basin. Please join the museum as they unveil of their newest exhibit on January 22, 2011, Obsidian: Ancient Peoples and Local Landscapes. Learn how volcanic glass was formed, why it was such an important tool stone for ancient people, and how archaeologists use obsidian today to date archaeological sites throughout the region. A local expert will be providing demonstrations on obsidian stone tool making. The exhibit grand opening will be between 11-2pm. Light refreshments will be served. The Museum is open 10am-4pm on
Saturdays.
USU Anthropology Museum is located in Old Main at the South end of the building.

Poetry And A Beverage
Saturday, Jan 22 - 9:00PM The Caine College of the Arts and ASUSU combine talents and forces to present PoBev, the once-a-month open-mic style performance of the written word and music, accompanied by a beverage. Location: TSC, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free. Website:
http://arts.usu.edu/htm/events/articleID=11261#PoBevContact: Denise Albiston 435-797-8022 denise.albiston@usu.edu

Hatch Academy Open House
Help us celebrate the opening of the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music in the historic 1878 Thatcher-Young Mansion (Behind Joy Ride Bikes) on Saturday, January 22nd from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy Magic, Music and complimentary refreshments, meet the faculty and tour this historic location. Website: http://www.hatchacademy.com/ Email: info@hatchacademy.com Phone: 435-932-0017

Bear Lake Polar Plunge & Dance
Bear Lake is doing their ‘Monster Polar Plunge’ and Cisco Disco – Jan 22nd at Bear Lake State Park Marina in Garden City. Featuring: Sunrise Cisco fishing on the east side of Bear Lake at Cisco Beach. Sign-up with Rockin’ Utah at Cisco Beach or call (801)537-3123 or visit stateparks.utah.gov (park entrance fee is $5 per vehicle) and the Bear Lake Monster Polar Plunge at the Marina in Garden City. Check-in from 10a.m. to 12noon. The plunge is at 12 noon. All monies go directly to Primary Children’s Medical Center. There will be prizes for the highest donation and best costume. Registration form can be found at www.bearlake.org . Register before Friday(Jan 14th) for $25 and get a sweatshirt (after Jan 14th cost is $30). Free Ice Skating all day at the city offices. Website: http://www.bearlake.org/

Jon Schmidt Concert
Join us for a Jon Schmidt concert at the Dahle Performing Arts Center in Dayton, Idaho. The concert will be held Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for Adults, and $30 for families, they can be purchased at Stokes Marketplace in Preston, Idaho or at the door.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Three actors take on the herculean task of reenacting the entire repertoire of Shakespeare in less than two hours For $20, enjoy the show and a dinner at the Prix Fixe honoring emeriti from 4-6 p.m. at the Bluebird Restaurant. For more information visit the website arts.usu.edu

Friday 1/21/11 Events

Statistics Speaker
The Mathematics and Statistics Department, USU, is holding a colloquium talk at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in the Merrill-Cazier Library, room 164. Dr. Xiaofeng Shao, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will speak on a "self-normalized approach to statistical inference for time series." Everyone is welcome to attend. Call 435.797.2806 for more information.

USU Hockey
Friday, Jan 21 - 7:00PM. Utah State Hockey vs. Boise State. Adults $7 Students $5 HURD w/ card $4 Kids 5 & Under - Free. Location: George S. Eccles Ice Center. Open To:
Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Website: http://www.usu.edu/hockeyContact: Terry Camp 435.512.1326 terry.camp@aggiemail.usu.edu

Free Family History Class
Logan Family History Center (In the Logan Tabernacle) Class Schedule -- All classes are FREE! Class sizes are limited. To assure a seat please Register in Advance -- Phone (435) 755-5594. To see a list of classes and obtain a class handout go to: www.rootsweb.com/~utcfhc - click on "Classes" then "Class Handout" First classes begin the week of Jan 3rd. Over 60 classes are being offered from Jan to Mar 2011. Subjects such as ancestry.com, Legacy, Roots Magic, Ancertral Quest, new familySearch, Danish Research, Hispanic Research, US Research, Scottish Research and many more are being offered.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Please come and support the troop 1 boy scouts as they host a spaghetti dinner, $5 a person. At 12 south 200 west (First Presbyterian Church), 6:00 - 8:30 pm on Friday January 21st. Funds will be used for training, supplies, and scout activities. If you are not hungry, donations of any amount are also very welcome. Troop 1 is a non-denominational scouting unit sponsored by the Logan Lions Club-Trapper Trails Council-Old Ephraim District.

SNC Parent-Tot Nature Hour
Stokes Nature Center invites curious toddlers, ages 2 – 3, to join them for Parent-Tot Nature Hour – Friday morning from 10 to 11a.m. Explore animals, plants and nature through music, crafts and games. This program is parent-interactive, and all toddlers must have a parent present to participate and explore along with their child. The program fee is $3.50 ($2.50 for SNC members). To register, call (435-755-3239) or email nature@logannature.org

Battle Of The Bands
“Battle of the Bands” (a benefit dance for Tiffani Taylor*) will be held Friday night from 8p.m. to 11p.m. at Hyrum’s Elite Hall (100 West Main) in Hyrum. Featuring 2 bands from Paradise: “Sagwitch Basin Boys” (western band) and “Impact” (a rock band). Western swing dance lessons provided from 7p.m. to 8p.m. (This is a great time to teach your children to dance!). All ages are welcome. [*Tiffani lives in Hyrum & suffered a brain injury in a horse accident in October and spent two months in Primary Children’s Hospital. She is doing well but faces continued medical and therapy treatments]. Suggested donation: Singles $3 / Couples $5 and Family $15.

Family Game & Dinner Night
Join Bridgerland Literacy Foundation on Friday, January 21st from 5pm-9pm for a fun filled evening celebrating family, fun, and reading! We will be hosting a boutique with crafts, jewelry, make your own stuffed animal, and more! Come enjoy Children's story time (every 30 minutes starting at 6pm), crafts, treats, and a scrabble game to get you practicing for our 6th annual Scrabble Scramble (January 28th, 2010 at Utah State University in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom). Our Family Chili Dinner will begin at 5pm and is $6 for adults 12 and up and $3 for children 12 and under. Bring your friends and family! See you there! Bridgerland Literacy, Teach one, Teach all. Call 435.750.3218 for more information.

Polar Plunge
The “2011 Polar Plunge (Freezin’for a Reason)” is happening January 21st and 22nd. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Utah athletes by collecting pledges and donations for being brave enough to jump into the frigid icy waters of Utah in the middle of winter. Schedule: Jan 21st at 12 noon – Law Enforcement and special guest plunge / Jan 22nd at 12 midnight – Crazy Student Plunge/Jan 22nd – 12 noon - all comers. Entry fee is $25. Register online at www.sout.org/polar-plunge or at the event site.

Celebration Of Arts Grand Gala
Friday, Jan 21 - 7:30PM to 9:00PM USU Caine College of the Arst presents Celebration of the Arts: Grand Gala. An evening of glitz and glam and world-class entertainment. Art, music, theatre and dance combine for an evening of mind-blowing entertainment. Come celebrate the arts with an evening of the highest quality entertainment around. Location: Chase Fine Arts Center, Kent Concert Hall. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: $10 General Admission; USU Students Free. Website: http://arts.usu.edu/htm/events/articleID=11261#Grand_Gala Contact: Denise Albiston 435-797-8022 denise.albiston@usu.edu

Sciene Unwrapped
Science Unwrapped - 'Earth's Changing Climate' Friday, Jan 21 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM. Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn about one of today's 'hot' topics: climate change. Featured speaker Dr. Robert Davies kicks off our new series Friday, Jan. 21. A physicist, Davies is an associate of the USU-based Utah Climate Center and teaches the physics of climate change. An advocate for public science and climate change education, he serves on Logan City's Renewable Energy Advisory Board. Refreshments and hands-on activities follow the presentation. Location: Eccles Science Learning Center Auditorium, Room: 130. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free! Website:
https://www.usu.edu/science/unwrapped/htm/jan-21-climate-series-earths-changing-climate
Contact: Mary-Ann Muffoletto 435-797-3517 maryann.muffoletto@usu.edu

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thursday 1/19/10 Events

Arts Market
Thursday, January 20th from 10am-4pm USU's Caine College of the Arts students will exhibit and sell their original work in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom on campus. This is a great opportunity to pick up some unique art work at reasonable prices and support the art program. For more information call 435-797-9203.

CCA Buskers
USU Caine College of the Arts musicians and mimes will be performing in the TSC and Old Main from Noon to 1:30pm. Call 435-797-9203 for more information.

Live Music.
Thursday, January 20th - The Mollies w/Libbie Linton, Buffalo (Acoustic, Folk). 8pm at Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave., Logan. Contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 info@whysound.com
Website: http://www.whysound.com

Knotty Knitters
The Knotty Knitters meet from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Senior Citizen Center in Logan. Everyone is invited to work on their crochet, knitting, needlework, cross-stitch projects and more. For more information, contact Cathy at 752-3923.

The Kiger Hour
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites you to Kiger Hour on Thursday, January 20 from 5:15 to 7 PM at Hamilton’s Steak and Seafood. This month's timepiece is called "The Running Twenties: The Great American Footrace" by Victoria Grieve of the Department of History.

USU Big Band Swing Club Dances
Everyone is invited to come Big Band Swing Dance the night away. We dance every week and provide lessons from 7pm until 7:50 PM, dancing until 10pm. $15 for club membership for the semester and get a free T-shirt or $2 a week. Location: USU HYPER building room 215 7th N.
Email: swing.usu@gmail.com Link: http://www.usu.edu/swing

USU Wellsness Expo
Thursday, Jan 20 - 10:00AM to 3:00PM. The USU Wellness Expo is dedicated to making your new year's resolutions successful. Interactive booths, displays, and health screenings will be available offering information about nutrition, fitness, relaxation, sustainability, and financial health. A free yoga class will be given in the TSC Ballroom at noon, followed by a motivational documentary. To schedule an appointment for a free hearing test provided by the USU Hearing Clinic, please call 435-797-1375. Free diabetes and blood sugar screenings will also be available thanks to the generous support of Logan Regional Hospital. Call 435-797-0122 to make an appointment, and walk-ins are welcome as well. Take the first step to a healthier life by attending this event! Location: Taggart Student Center - Room: 2nd Floor. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Website: http://usu.edu/wellness Contact: Caroline Shugart 435-797-0735 caroline.shugart@usu.edu

Battle School CD Release Show
Thursday, Jan 20 - 7:00PM. Local bands Battle School and Poor Ophelia will be performing along with Shark Speed from SLC. Lundstrom Student Living Center. Open To:
Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public
. Admission Info: $3 Contact: Amy Nguyen 435.764.0011 a.nguyen@aggiemail.usu.edu

Wednesday 01/19/11 Events

Bridgerland Literacy Foundation Grand Re-Opening
On October 28, 2010, Bridgerland Literacy had to close. Now we can open again! Please come and celebrate with us! Begining at 2:00 pm we will kick off our fun fest with food and tours of our new office. At 2:30 pm there will be an official ribbon cutting to be followed by games and a movie at 3:00 pm. Join us at 5:00 pm to enjoy our guest speakers Ronald Jenkins, Previous Executive Director and Jami Wardell, New Board Chairman. Bring your family and friends to celebrate the joy of reading! Please RSVP Cari Shakespear at 435-750-3218. Hope to see you there! Bridgerland Literacy, Teach one, Teach all. Location: 1301 N 600 W, Room 610 (South Entrance), Logan, UT 84321.

Constitution Class
Scott Bradley hosts a weekly class on the Constitution titled “To Preserve The Nation” at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays upstairs at The Book Table. There is no charge. For more information, call 753-2930 or 753-8844.

Quilting Club
Ye Olde Tyme Quilters meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at OPTIONS for Independence, 1095 N. Main St. Lunch will follow. Prices will vary. For more information or to schedule free transportation, contact Royella at 753-5353 ext. 105.

USU Ski Bus
USU Powder Wagon - Bus to Beaver Mountain from TSC Parking Lot, Wednesday, Jan 19 - 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Ski bus to Beaver Mountain, round trip $5. The bus leaves the TSC parking lot at 8 a.m. Space is limited so please sign up in advance at the ORP shop (east of Romney Stadium), call 797-3264 or e-mail: usuorp@usu.edu for more information. Arrives back at the TSC parking lot around 5 p.m. Open To: Students. Contact: Brian Shirley 435-797-0551 brian.shirley@usu.edu

CCA Electrifies: The Unveiling
Wednesday, Jan 19 - 9:00PM to 10:00PM Experience the lighting of the CCA Electric Ice Sculpture. Sponsored by Culinary Concepts owner John Simpson and USU Catering Services for their donation of hot chocolate. Location: The Performance Hall - Room: Promenade. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free. Website:
http://arts.usu.edu/htm/events/articleID=11261#CCA_Electrifies Contact: Denise Albiston 435-797-8022 denise.albiston@usu.edu

TRUE AGGIE NIGHT!!
Wednesday, Jan 19 - 11:55PM. Meet at the Block "A" at midnight to fulfill one of the university's longest standing traditions!! Location: Old Main. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: free (bring your own chapstick). Website: http://usu.edu/saa Contact: Tessa Goodall 801-655-3391 t.a.good@aggiemail.usu.edu

Raising Caine: showcasing faculty, staff and students
Wednesday, Jan 19 - 7:30PM to 9:30PM A tribute to the faculty, student and staff of the Caine College of the Arts. Location: The USU Performance Hall. Open To: Student Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free. Website: http://arts.usu.edu/htm/events/articleID=11261#One_Acts Contact: Denise Albiston 435-797-8022 denise.albiston@usu.edu

Tuesday 1/18/10 Events (Today!)

USU Art Exhibit. (Runs through Feb. 10th)
USU Caine College of Art Exhibit: Mentor/Mentee. Stunning prints, paintings, installations, props, models and lighting design samples, all created by CCA faculty and students. Contact:
Denise Albiston 435-797-1500 denise.abilston@usu.edu Website: http://arts.usu.edu/ Time: 10 am to 5 pm. Date: Tuesday January 18, 2011. Location: USU - Tippetts Exhibit Hall 4030 Old Main HillLogan, UT 84322. Cost: Free

State Sovereignty Presentation
Newly elected state legislator Ken Ivory from District 47 West Jordan-Midvale area speaks.
Contact: Michelle King 435-227-5081 mlking8@gmail.com Website: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=180219555335259 Time: 7 pm, Date: Tuesday January 18, 2011. Location: New Dawn Technologies 843 S 100 W Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free.
Friends of North Logan Library
The annual meeting of “The Friends of the North Logan Library” will be held Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room, 475 E 2500 North, North Logan. The featured speaker is Peggy Rogers. She is an author and founder of Zambia’s Scholarship Fund. She will discuss her reactions to the poverty and lack of education she encountered in 1998 when she travelled to Zambia. All are invited. For more information: (Jean Hanks 753-5187).

Evening of One Acts (Runs through Jan. 22nd)
An evening of student-directed one-act plays. An additional matinee will be on 1/22/2011 at 2 PM. Contact: CCA Box Office 435-797-8022 courtney.lewis@usu.edu Website: https://arts.usu.edu/ Time: 8pm. Date: December 18-22, 2011. Location: Black Box Theatre, USU Chase Fine Arts Center, Logan, UT 84321. Cost: Free.

Networking, Mentoring and Outreach Dinner with Steven Peterson
Enjoy the night out with your colleagues, good food and conversation at Hamilton's. With special guests Pam Coats, producer of Disney’s “Mulan,” and Steve Peterson, artistic director of Maine State Theatre. Tuesday, January 18th from 5:30pm to 7pm. Tickets $7 at the door * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing. information: Hamilton's Steak and Seafood 2427 North Main. Presented by the Caine College of Art 435-797-9203.

OLRC Apprentice Show Revival, “Into the Daylight” (Runs through Jan. 19th)
January 18, 5:00PM-7:00PM The Old Lyric Repertory Company and the Caine College of the Arts presents a night showcasing a performance ensemble experience about life experiences and relationships during the transition to adulthood. Price: $5 general admission. Studio Theatre, Chase Fine Arts Center 4030 Old Main Hill, Logan. For more information call 435.797.9203.

Paint-by-Gum Wall Mural (Runs through Jan. 22nd)
Tuesday, Jan 18 - 8:00AM to 10:00PM. Who says you can’t chew your gum and hang it too? The Caine College of the Arts invites one and all to come place their wads of gum on a special wall inside lobby of the Chase Fine Arts Center, between the Morgan Theatre and Kent Concert Hall. Location: Chase Fine Arts Center, Room: Rock Lobby. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free & Fun. Website: http://arts.usu.edu/htm/events/articleID=11261#Paint-by-GumContact: Denise Albiston 435-797-8022 denise.albiston@usu.edu

Ancestral Quest
Learn how to manage new FamilySearch using Ancestral Quest at the Logan Tabernacle. Ancestral Quest is a family history database that allows you to interface with new FamilySearch. Learn what it can do and how you can benefit from it. Prerequisite an understanding of Ancestral Quest software. FREE but register at 755-5594 for a priority seat in the classroom. For Syllabus: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~utcfhc then click Classes, Class Handouts. Instructor: Robert Gerber

Cache Chamber Of Commerce Meeting
The deepening of China’s economic reform in the 21st century means that China is fast immersing in and stepping up to the way her Western counterparts do business. This is an indication of how rapidly China has been able and willing to absorb, assimilate, and add value to the transfer of Western technology and management practices since the economic reform began in 1978. Three score and three years on, is the deepening of China’s economic reform and Westernization paralleled by Chinese immersion of her largest trading partner? What are the implications for Chinese immersion in elementary and pre-schools but not in the workplace? What are American businesses’ strategic options? Dr. B.C. Sun, Economist & China Advisor and awarding winning global strategist will explore these issues at the Chinese Immersion Luncheon at Copper Mill at 12:00 pm noon on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. Email your burning questions to Dr. Sun at dr.b.c.sun@gmail.com.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Intro to Ski Mountaineering

Intro to Ski Mountaineering Course at Blind Hollow Yurt, Friday, Jan 14 - All Day.
The USU Outdoor Recreation Program, in partnership with the College of Natural Resources, and Exum Mountain guides will be offering an Intro to Ski Mountaineering course at the Blind Hollow Yurt this weekend (Jan 14-17). Sign up at the ORP shop (east of Romney Stadium) or call 435-797-3264 by Thursday Jan 13 at 6 p.m. Email: usuorp@usu.edu for more information. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: $100 Students, $115 Employees, $130 all others. Contact: Brian Shirley 435-797-0551 brian.shirley@usu.edu

Ferguson Family Fundraiser - Dinner And A Movie

As many of you know a very tragic event happened in Cache Valley and two young children lost their lives. The community is coming together to support this family.

Dear Friends:

A special fundraiser “Dinner and Movie--A Night for the Ferguson Family” will be held on Monday night, January 17, at Mountain Crest High School.

The dinner, provided by Firehouse Pizza, will begin at 6 p.m in the cafeteria, followed by the movie, “Despicable Me”, starting at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Tickets are $10 each, with a discount of $10 off of a group of 4 or more tickets, and are available at MCHS, South Cache, Firehouse Pizza, and all schools in south Cache Valley.

The fundraiser will benefit the Ferguson family of Mendon, who lost their two young sons in a car accident following a Jr. Mustang basketball game in December.

Please spread the word to those who may be interested!

Diane Weese also has tickets available.
You can call her at 753-2582 or 881-0872.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Cheesecake Factory - Share Your Joy

The Cheesecake Factory - Share Your Joy: "I just entered the Joy to the World Sweepstakes! Win a trip for 2 anywhere in the world. You can also get an additional entry by entering your slice of joy card number. Check it out: http://bit.ly/TCFJOY1"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Saturday 1/15/10 Events

NNHC Help For Homeowners Class.
Having problems with your mortgage. Free and confidential help is available. Neighborhood Nonprofit HUD-approved and certified housing specialists can help you: Understand modifications, short-sales, and re-payment. Determine your best options. Negotiate with lenders & servicers. Avoid Scams. Know the foreclosure process and timeline. Workshops are held every 1st Tuesday (9-10:30am), every 2nd Saturday (9-10:30am) and every 3rd Thursday (6-7:30pm). Please call now to sign up for a free workshop. For more info contact: Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation 435-753-1112 ext. 115 or visit their website:
http://www.nnhc.net/ Location: Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation, 195 W Golf Course Rd. Suite 1, Logan, UT 84321 Cost: Free

Free Family History Classes.
Logan Family History Center in the Logan Tabernacle is hosting family history classes -- All classes are FREE! Class sizes are limited. First classes begin the week of Jan 3rd. Over 60 classes are being offered from Jan to Mar 2011. Subjects such as ancestry.com, Legacy, Roots Magic, Ancertral Quest, new familySearch, Danish Research, Hispanic Research, US Research, Scottish Research and many more are being offered. To assure a seat please Register in Advance -- Phone (435) 755-5594. To see a list of classes and obtain a class handout go to: www.rootsweb.com/~utcfhc - click on "Classes" then "Class Handout"

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike.
Stokes Nature Center is sponsoring a ‘Full Moon Hike’ – Saturday night, Jan 15th at 7p.m. Join naturalist Jack Greene for a trek in the dark (by cross-country ski or snowshoe) with only the light of the moon to guide you. Meet at the USFS Logan Ranger District parking lot to carpool. Snowshoes available for rent from SNC. Space is limited, registration required, meet at the Logan Ranger Station at the mouth of Logan Canyon. It’s FREE. For more info or to register call 435-755-3239 or click on this link: http://www.logannature.org/

Live Music.
Concert at Why Sound, 8pm Saturday, January 15th - The Nathaniel James Moving Show (Acoustic). Contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 info@whysound.com Website: http://www.whysound.com/ Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave., Logan, UT 84321. Cost:
$5 - $6

Moonlight X-Country Ski/Snowshoe.
Saturday, January 15th at 6pm Cache Hikers will host a moonlight cross-country ski/snowshoe trip to Spawn Creek. This is an easy activity, about 5 miles round trip. Bring a headlamp/flashlight, warm drink, snacks, warm clothing, and a donation for gas if carpooling. Make sure your equipment is adequate and that you have the skill and stamina necessary for the trip. For more information contact Dave Wallace 750-5913 or dwallace@xmission.com Location: Meet at Smith's Marketplace 700 North Main to carpool.

Passacaglia: A Spotlight on Sculpture

On January 18th The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art will be opening an exhibition entitled, Passacaglia: A Spotlight On Sculpture.

A celebration of this distinctive feature on our campus, this exhibition will include drawings, the architectural model of the sculpture, and installation photographs by distinguished architectural L.A. photographer, Grant Mudford. Entrance to the museum and exhibit is free and open to the public. The museum is located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the USU campus. This exhibit will be available until August 2011.

http://artmuseum.usu.edu/

Friday 1/14/10 Events

Martin Luther King Celebration.
Cache Community Connections – Interfaith and Civic Council invites you to the “1st annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration” – Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Logan Tabernacle featuring music and the words of Dr King remembered and keynote speaker- Rev Dr. France A. Davis – pastor of the historic Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Salt Lake City & member of the State of Utah Board of Regents. During the 1960’s Davis participated in the Civil Rights Movement and marched from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama promoting voting rights for African Americans. As a political activist, Davis was also instrumental in declaring Martin Luther King Jr Day as an official holiday.

Live Music.
Concert at Why Sound, 8 p.m. Friday, January 14th - Hillary Murray (Acoustic). Contact: Tim Moes 435-363-4700 info@whysound.com Website: http://www.whysound.com/ Location: Why Sound, 30 Federal Ave., Logan, UT 84321. Cost: $5 - $6 .

Ladies Bowling League.
Ladies bowling league Friday mornings from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Come and have fun and get out of the house. No experience required! This is a handicap league. For more info call Roseanne 753-2647 or Arlene 245-3188 or email: ttalltony@aol.com

USU Gymnastics.
Friday, January 14th at 7pm in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum the Lady Aggies will take on BYU and Arizona. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children 2-14 years old.

Meditation Retreat.
January 14 to 16, the Cache Valley Buddhist Sangha is offering a three-day meditation retreat and workshop, with visiting meditation teacher Susie Harrington. Both new and experienced meditators are welcome. Participants will learn the arts of mindfulness and meditation. The retreat will be held at the Bear River Charter School. $40 for the full retreat. For more information, contact, Michael Sowder at michael.sowder@usu.edu or call 435.232.6118.

Antics Improv.
Come find out who won the coveted slot to perform improv comedy every Friday night at the Logan Arthouse! 10:30-11:30pm.

Thursday 1/13/10 Events

Swing Dancing.
USU Big Band Swing Club Dances. Everyone is invited to come Big Band Swing Dance the night away. We dance every week in USU HYPER room 215 and provide lessons till 7:50 PM. $15 for club membership for the semester and get a free T-shirt or $2 a week. For more information email: swing.usu@gmail.com or click on this link: http://www.usu.edu/swing

Free Legal Help.
The Cache County Bar Association sponsors a pro bono legal program each month. This free service is designed for those who cannot otherwise afford an attorney. Services will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Call for more information, Rand Henderson Law Offices 435-713-0660 loganoffice@hendersonlaw.biz Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Date: Every 2nd Thursday Location: Historic Cache County Courthouse, 199 N Main, Logan, UT 84321

Knotty Knitters.
The Knotty Knitters meet from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Senior Citizen Center in Logan. Everyone is invited to work on their crochet, knitting, needlework, cross-stitch projects and more. For more information, contact Cathy at 752-3923.

USU Weight Watchers.
Join the USU Weight Watcher @ Work program. Registration for the new 12-week session is January 13th. New WW members will receive $25 off their registration fee and a FREE pedometer. For additional details contact Shannon Johnson @ shannon.johnson@usu.edu.

Wednesday 01/12/10 Events

Historical Society.
Cache Valley Historical Society Meeting, January 12, 2011 7:00 PM. At the January meeting of the Cache Valley Historical Society, Lynn Lemon will give a History of Cache County Government. The meeting is in the northeast corner of the Logan Library building. In 1988, Mr. Lemon accepted employment with Cache County as Administrative Assistant to the County Executive. In 1991 he was appointed as Chief Deputy County executive, and was elected County Executive/ Surveyor in 1994. He is currently serving his fifth term as the County Executive.

Danish Research Class.
Learn how to conduct Danish Genealogy research. The class is a two-hour class. It will be repeated Wed 6:00-8:00 pm as requested. Instructor: Ida Niederhauser. The class is Free but pre-registering by calling the Family History Center in the basement of the Logan Tabernacle at 435-755-5594 will provide you a “first come – first served” priority for a seat in the classroom.

Candle Light Vigil.
Utah State University’s 2011 Martin Luther King Jr Candlelight Vigil will be held Wednesday night at 6p.m in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom. The event features speaker Mark Flores and performances by members of the USU Black Student Union. Activities are free and all are invited. Mark Flores is a successful Utah State Alum, and he also played a critical role in establishing the Martin Luther King Jr Vigil while a student at USU. A reception and candlelight march will follow the program.

Open Mic.
Wednesday, January 12th is Open Mic Night at Why Sound at 8pm. Come share your Music and/or Poetry.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Tuesday 1/11/10 Events

SNAC Fundraiser.
Welcome back to school! The Student Nutrition Access Center (SNAC) will be serving bread and soup on the TSC Patio for $2 or $1 w/ a can of food. All proceeds benefit the SNAC Pantry. Tuesday, Jan 11 - 10:00AM to 2:00PM Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Contact: Sadie Crabb 775-397-2808 sadie_crabb_1@yahoo.com

USU Arts and Lecture Series.
Tuesday, Jan 11 - 7:00PM to 9:00PM, NBA Jazz Legend, Jeff Hornacek, will speak about his experience playing in the NBA. After the lecture there will be a three-point shoot off between Aggie mens basketball star, Brian Green, and Jeff Hornacek. Location: TSC, Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom. Open To: Students Alumni Faculty Staff Public. Admission Info: Free. Contact: Tom Atwood 435-764-2797 tjatwood@gmail.com

Learn Ancestral Quest.
Tuesday, January 11th from 1pm to 2:30 pm.
Instructor: Robert Gerber. Learn how to use Ancestral Quest. Ancestral Quest is a family history database that allows you to utilize your PAF database but have more advanced features such as interfacing with new FamilySearch. Learn what it can do and how you can benefit from it. Prerequisite a knowledge of PAF. The class is Free but pre-registering by calling the Family History Center at 435-755-5594 will provide you a “first come – first served” priority for a seat in the classroom.

Inequality Specialist Speaking.
Joachim Singelmann, internationally known specialist on poverty and inequality will be speaking at USU in Room 224A Old Main. He will be discussing rural poverty in the U.S. West and Southwest. The event is free and open to the public. January 11th from 12pm-1:20pm

McTeacher's Night at the South Logan McDonald's

McTeachers Night – Monday from 5p.m. to 8p.m. at the South Logan McDonald’s (across from Walmart). Ever dream of having your principal or teachers serve you? Now’s your chance to sit back and enjoy dinner while being waited upon by your teachers. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Willow Valley Middle School. Come enjoy watching our teachers work hard to prepare your dinner and help the school earn money.

Logan Canyon Photo Exhibit

A photography exhibit opens the new year and exhibition schedule at Utah State University’s Merrill Cazier Library.

“The Canyon: Recreation in Logan Canyon, 1890’s – 1970’s” can be seen in the library’s lobby beginning TODAY (Mon) thru mid-March. The exhibition was assembled by Daniel Davis, Merrill-Cazier Library’s Special Collections and Archives photograph curator. The exhibit includes more than 20 images of recreational activities in Logan Canyon during that time period.

The exhibit is free and open to all during the library’s operating hours.

Who wants to try Miracle Berry?

I saw the following post on 'Whisk: a food blog' a blog that I follow and thought this sounded like fun. Who wants to have a Miracle Berry dinner party with me?





Imagine this. You are living in West Africa thousands of years ago, and you are exploring the bush, when you come upon a shrub with brilliant red berries on it. You pick a few, and eat them, chewing them thoroughly before swallowing. Still hungry, you take a bite of the food you have brought with you for a snack. But you discover that the taste of the food has been transformed. What had been bland is now flavourful; what had been sour is now sweet! You have discovered Synsepalum Dulcificum, known today as the Miracle Berry.

This berry was first documented by an explorer named Chevalier des Marchais in 1725 while he was on an excursion to West Africa, searching for different fruits. The Miracle Berry plant can grow over five meters tall and the bright red berries are typically two to three centimeters long.

The Miracle Berry was introduced to the US in the 70s by hippies who had traveled the world and were sharing their insights and experimentation with food. Although there was initially strong interest in the product, it never really took off commercially, which may say something about the power of the sugar industry in the western world. We are a culture that is addicted to sugar.

The magic is in an active glyconutrient called Miraculin that temporarily binds to the taste buds to make bitter and sour foods taste sweet. This effect lasts from thirty minutes to two hours, though on average for about one hour.

The berry itself, which has a short shelf life, has been developed into a tablet form that can be placed on the tongue and sucked on until it dissolves, thereafter producing the magical, miraculous trick to the taste buds.

It is thought that the Miracle Berry could be effective for use with Diabetes, Chemotherapy (which can sometimes result in a metallic taste in the mouth), and weight loss.

It'a a great theme for a party. Order the miracle berries from Miracle Fruit Hut and ask everyone to bring one or two items from the following list:

• Blackberries
• Blueberries
• Sour Pickles
• Lemon
• Raspberries
• California Oranges
• Lime
• Vinegar and Vinegar-based Foods (saurkraut)
• Grapefruit
• Strawberries
• Pineapple
• Grapes
• Rhubarb
• Lime Pickle
• Beetroot
• Strawberries + Goat Cheese = Strawberry Cheese cake
• Lemon Squeezed into Water = Sprite / Traditional Lemonade
• Blue cheese
• Goat cheese
• cream cheese
• coconut gels
• Pomegranate
• Apple, Lemon or Strawberry Strudel
• Lemon Meringue Pie
• 99%/ bitter cocoa Chocolate
• Watermelon
• Currants (red, black, white)
• Yuzu (Japanese Citrus)
• Apricots
• Kiwi
• Guava
• Mango
• Cherries

You can list these items on a sheet of paper and have everyone taste them at the same time and describe them using this list of adjectives from Forme of Cury. Words around our table included earthy, sweet, doggy poo, intense, mellow, honeyed and everyone was excited to share their taste sensations and wondered what the next item would taste like. It was a fun night!

Details:1 pack of 10 tablets: $12.99 US if shipped to US or $13.99 US if shipped to Canada or Europe + shipping.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Merlin Olsen Park Ice Rink

...OPENS TOMORROW!!!

Who wants to take an inaugural skate with me after work?

Friday, January 07, 2011

Saturdays At The Museum 01/08/2011

Looking for something free and fun and indoors to do this Saturday? Go to the USU Museum of Anthropology! They are showing Indiana Jones movies and having a fun archaeology day this week.

http://news.hjnews.com/cache_magazine/center_feature/article_7824e5f6-1a35-11e0-b6c3-001cc4c03286.html

Thursday, January 06, 2011

What the...

#1 - WHY?!?!?

#2 - I find it ironic that it doesn't sparkle

#3 - How much booze did she have to ply the tattoo artist with to coerce them into creating this monstrosity

#4 - Would she like a side of fries with that

#5 - What is she going to do when the next book comes out and the characters have evolved into middle age and drive sensible used volvos, drink too much, nag each other, never have sex with each other, complain about work incessantly, have affairs with the neighbor/milkman/secretary, and sit around yelling answers at the TV while they watch jeopardy?

#6 - 49 year old virgin guarantees that she will never have sex with a man EVER. I don't care how drunk the guy is or how dark it is, he's gonna notice.




49-year-old supermarket worker Cathy Ward spent £2,000 (about $3,100) and 22-hours in a tattoo artists chair for this extensive Twilight back tattoo. The Daily Mail quotes Ward:

“‘I wanted a permanent reminder of the amazing series so I got a small tattoo and that turned into what I have got now.”


I swear to you that I am not making this up, check out the link

http://www.slashfilm.com/potd-twilight-tattoo/

So the posters and the t-shirts and the bedspread and the fluffy pillows and the Burger King cups and the key chains and the mouse pad and the curtains and the movies and the dog sweater and the wallpaper and the original books just aren't permanent enough for you, huh?

I think this made a part of me die inside.

Green Canyon Trail Grooming

Nordic United and its partners have begun grooming Green Canyon and Logan Canyon for cross country skiing. Please check the website for a grooming schedule. Bring your family, friends and dogs for an outdoor adventure any time!

http://www.nordicunited.org/index.htm

Don't have skis? Check out the Outdoor Rec facilities at USU for rentals...

http://www.usu.edu/camprec/htm/orp

Outdoor Rec is closed and you HAVE to have skis? We have several outdoor retailers in town: Al's, Sports Authority, Big 5, Noorda's, and The Sportsman. You can always rent at The Sportsman.

http://thesportsmanltd.com/

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

More Winter Activities

Stokes Nature Center has a great line up of winter activities for all ages.

Showshoe Birding (This Saturday morning!), Full Moon Hike, Sweetheart Snowshoe Hike, snowman building contest, lectures, movies, and more. Check out their website for all their upcoming events.


http://www.logannature.org/community_program_schedule.html#tot

Ice Skating!!!

Logan City Parks & Rec are in the process of freezing the ice sheet on the soccer field at Merlin Olsen/Central Park. I called the number posted on the barriers at the park (435.716.9250) and they said that if the temperatures stay low the park should be open to skating by Monday January 10th.

Skating on the ice sheet is free and they will have concessions, a wood burning stove, bathrooms and skate rentals in the blue shed at the South end of the park. No pets are allowed at the ice sheet.

PLEASE DO NOT skate on the ice sheet until they take down the barriers and it is open to the public, it can damage the base and make for rotten ice when it is done.

Free Snowshoe Lessons

WEDNESDAY (Today)

Wild Wednesday at Stokes Nature Center. Stokes Nature Center will host ‘Wild Wednesday’ on January 5th from 4p.m. to 7p.m. January’s theme is ‘Snowshoes’. Participants will get a lesson in snowshoeing and have an opportunity to borrow a pair to explore the River Trail. They will also learn about the history of these useful tools and discover some native animal that use the same technology. Wild Wednesday is a free program for all ages held the first Wednesday of every month. For more information: (435-755-3239) or visit http://www.logannature.org/