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Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 Recap, Part 5: November & December

A look back at 2014 and the events that made it special.

- - November & December - -

The New England Kitchen by Jeremy Sewall

To kick off our November lineup, the Xhibition Kitchen welcomed acclaimed Boston chef Jeremy Sewall of Lineage, Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar, and Row 34 restaurants. Chef Sewall shared one of the delectable recipes from his new cookbook, The New England Kitchen. With the help of Chef Sewall the audience explored contemporary New England fare by sampling Seared Sea Scallops with Creamy Turnip Puree & Crisp Shiitake Mushrooms. For Jeremy, cooking is in his blood. "It's exciting to introduce my favorite seasonal recipes for people to cook at home," explains Chef Sewall. "Writing and producing The New England Kitchen has been a true labor of love, and my hope is that that sentiment comes through in its pages." With the exciting celebration of local cuisine, it was the prefect National Food Day event! Five lucky audience members won signed copies of The New England Kitchen.

Asian American Heritage Week Celebration with Alison Fong

Bold. Fresh. Fun. That's what the customers say about Bon Me and chef/owner Alison Fong tends to agree! Alison's Bon Me food truck was one of the first to hit the streets of Boston -- way back in April 2011 -- and they have built a loyal following of customers looking for foods that are bright in flavors, full of texture, and seriously playful. Bon Me's menu, consisting of modern takes on Vietnamese cuisine, now includes banh mi, rice bowls, and noodle soups and salads. We were excited to welcome Alison back to the Xhibition Kitchen for her second time as a part of Northeastern's Asian American Heritage Week, co-sponsored with Lambda Phi Epsilon and the Asian Student Union.

Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen by Dana Cowin, featuring special guests Joanne Chang, Ming Tsai and Kristen Kish

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Northeastern Dining's Xhibition Kitchen, or "XK," and as the signature dish of the semester-long celebration we welcomed Food & Wine Magazine editor-​in-​chief Dana Cowin along with three nationally-​renowned Boston chefs: Joanne Chang, the chef/​owner of four Boston-​area Flour Bakery loca­tions; Ming Tsai, an Emmy Award-​winning TV per­son­ality and chef/​owner of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon; and Kristen Kish, the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10, to Blackman Auditorium. The Homecoming Red & Black Day event, held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, featured a private Meet & Eat with culinary icons, free signed copies of Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, a live cooking demonstration, and cookbook signing.


Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan

Our semester-long celebration of the Xhibition Kitchen's 10th anniversary continued with renowned cookbook author and baker Dorie Greenspan. With her groundbreaking bestseller Around My French Table, Dorie changed the way Americans view French food. Now in her new book, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, she explores the captivating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated combination of contemporary recipes that emphasize the French knack for elegant simplicity. As Dorie showed the audience how to make custardy apple squares and tiger cakes the room filled with intoxicatingly delicious scents. While talking about her eleven cookbooks Dorie explained “food is more fun with stories”. Five lucky audience members won signed copies of Baking Chez Moi.

Pie in the Sky 2014

Northeastern Dining continued to support Community Servings’ annual Thanksgiving food drive, Pie in the Sky, the proceeds of which help critically ill and homebound residents in Massachusetts. Since 2012 Northeastern Dining’s culinary team bakes fifty scrumptious apple pies for the cause, helping the organization reach their fund raising goals. On Monday November 24th 50 apple pies were donated to the 22nd Annual Pie in the Sky.

14th Annual Gingerbread Construction Contest

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Northeastern Dining provided students with a much needed respite from studying for their upcoming week of final exams with the Gingerbread House Construction Contest. More than 300 students entered online via nudining.com for the chance to be one of the lucky contestants chosen to participate in this year’s contest.

The giving theme of the holiday season is also an integral part of the contest. The first, second, and third place winners received cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50, respectively and Northeastern Dining made a matching donation in the winners' names to The Greater Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. The completed gingerbread houses were also taken to Rosie's Place, a Boston-area shelter, to bring holiday cheer to the community.

First Place: Ralph Reyes & Susannah Franco House Number 39 "Nancy"
Second Place: Andy Xu & Mara Wallisch House Number 54 "Winter Wonderland"
Third Place: Abby Reed & Anahita Mojahed House Number 6 "A4"



We can't thank you enough for being a part of our culinary community here at Northeastern. Be sure to keep up with all the events we have planned for the spring semester in the XK by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Happy Holidays from all of us at Northeastern Dining!

Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 Recap, Part 4: September & October

A look back at 2014 and the events that made it special.

- - September & October - -

Man Made Meals by Steven Raichlen

To kick off our 10th anniversary season the Xhibition Kitchen welcomed master griller Steven Raichlen to campus. He captivated the audience with his professional talent for cooking and demonstrating how to cook. Steven made use of our magic oven and fridge joking that these wings only took four minutes and they multiplied in quantity! The audience’s mouths and eyes watered with excitement for a chance to taste Raichlen’s famous Fire eater chicken wings. Only those willingly to “man up” tried these spicy spicy wings, tackling a feat of strength. Steven’s Lemon soy London broil was a huge hit, these perfectly cooked juicy pieces of lean meat were decadent and beautiful to boot. The audience was left wanting more. Inspired by the display of local produce on the counter Steven decided to showcase a simple recipe from his other cookbook, asparagus rafts; taking toothpicks to hold the asparagus together and “grilling” them, making an attractive and tasty treat. Belgian beer brownies were the parting dish – students snacked and chatted with Steven while they waiting patiently in line to get their books signed. Five lucky students in the audience won a personally signed cookbook. This was only the first of ten events in our semester-long celebration featuring ten cooking events with ten celebrated chefs & authors.


Fall Food Fest 2014

A perfect New England fall day with free food fun and giveaways kicked our semester off right at our Annual Fall Food Fest outside of Stetson East. Every year we invite some of our food vendors to campus so that students are able to directly interact with the companies that provide us with the food we serve them every day. For two hours the crowds enjoyed our free fun food extravaganza by trying samples from our local food vendors including Monster Energy, Hormel fire braised chicken, Deep River snacks and much more. No one walk away empty handed! Northeastern Dining had a table of free refillable coffee mugs, 18 of which had a prize inside – a pair of Red Sox tickets to tomorrow night’s game!! Another successful event, we are already looking forward to next.

One-Hour Cheese by Claudia Lucero

A rainy day in Boston was brightened up by Claudia Lucero, whose inviting presence which filled the Xhibition Kitchen with warmth and the sweet smells of fall. She welcomed the crowd proclaiming “Do It Yourself cheese is a great rainy day activity”. Claudia is the entrepreneur behind UrbanCheesecraft.com and DIY Cheese Kits, which she used as inspiration for her cookbook. Claudia demonstrated Chevre French Kisses, infused with Herbes de Provence this cheese is layered with flavor. She taught us how easy it can be to be creative noting “Cheese makers are creative people, there is a lot to discover by accident. Many of my accidents ended up being some of my best recipes”. Claudia never imagined that she would be the one to write the ideal cheese book, which five lucky audience members won.

Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant

The creator of the wildly popular blog How Sweet It Is, Jessica Merchant, was welcomed to the Xhibition Kitchen by her large following of "invisible internet friends." By the huge crowd in attendance, it was clear her friends were quite real and not invisible. Jessica showed the audience how to prepare two incredible recipes: Whipped Goat Cheese with Warm Vanilla Berries; Amaretto Butternut Squash Soup. These recipes are featured in Seriously Delish along with 148 other imaginative recipes that are tasty and original and bring readers to a place where cooking becomes adventurous and food becomes fun. Five lucky audience members won signed copies after correctly answering what recipe Jessica posted in her blog the previous day. The audience enjoyed Jessica’s White Cheddar Apple Crisp while waiting in a line that wrapped around the room, all just to get their book personally signed. Jessica certainly made our Friday "Seriously Delish!"

Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks by Priya Krishna

Before becoming the "DDS Detective" in a recurring Dartmouth College campus newspaper article, Priya Krishna was a typical Dartmouth student stuck with the very limited dining options available in Hanover, NH. Instead of sinking into a pattern of boring meals, Priya became creative and began to piece together different ingredients and menu items in her dining hall into seemingly complex composed dishes. This led to her popular newspaper column and, eventually, her new cookbook Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks. She emphasized that being creative was the key to maximizing her meal plan and the cookbook sets out to provide guidelines for current college students to do the same. In the Xhibition Kitchen, Priya demonstrated how salad bar vegetables and a few condiments could become a delicious panzanella while sliced grilled chicken, cucumbers, and yogurt make a versatile tzatziki chicken salad. The audience then sampled bruschetta made simply with sliced tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and lemon wedges on slices of toast. It was a great bite to end on and hopefully will inspire those in attendance to get creative in the dining halls!


Truly Texas Mexican by Adán Medrano

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Northeastern Dining and The Latino/a Student Cultural Center welcomed Chef and food writer Adán Medrano to the Xhibition Kitchen for our semiannual Cocinar con Gusto (Cooking with Pleasure). Upon arrival Chef Medrano proclaimed via twitter “Hello, Boston! brought my Molcajete for the cooking demo & book signing!” In a celebration of Latin cuisine, Chef Medrano demonstrated his intellectually delicious recipes; Gorditas with Cactus and Shrimp bathed in red chile and Watermelon Canapes with Serrano, Avocado & Grapes. When asked what his first memory of cooking was, after some thought Chef Medrano responded “I have memories of eating my mother’s cooking”. Chef Medrano knowledge on Culinary Arts and History came together for a view and tasting of his people's culinary heritage. Ten lucky audience members won signed copies of Truly Texas Mexican.

14th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

The annual Pumpkin Carving Contest occurs each October in the days before Halloween. This annual contest pitted thirty-four teams of two students against each other to carve, scrape, and decorate a pumpkin worthy of the Northeastern community’s votes. While we provide the students with the hollowed out pumpkins and carving utensils, some teams bring their own props for an added level of uniqueness.

The finished pumpkins are displayed the next day in the Xhibition Kitchen, where the Northeastern community casts their votes on their favorite pumpkins. Online voting via Facebook and Twitter also allows friends and family at home to take part in the voting. The prizes consisted of $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. This year’s contest featured many creative designs including R2D2, "Frozen", and even a President Aoun pumpkin.

First place: Katherine Liu & Preema Patel Pumpkin Number 1 "Mike Wazowski"
Second place: James Gonsalves & Sophia Tsanotelis Pumpkin Number 11 "BEDO - BEDO -BEDO!"
Third place: David Solomon & James M Pumpkin Number 10 "Leonardo"


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 Recap, Part 2: March & April

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A look back at 2014 and the events that made it special.

- - March & April - -

Cocinar con Gusto with Guest Chef Marcos Sanchez

The Latino/a Student Cultural Center and Northeastern Dining welcomed Chef of Tres Gatos, Marcos Sanchez, to the Xhibition Kitchen. Tres Gatos is the first full-service restaurant/ book and music store in Boston. The audience learned more about Chef Sanchez, Latino recipes and his cooking styles. Chef Sanchez dished up some delicious Fideua de camarones (Shrimp Noodles). Two lucky students in the room won gift certificates to Tres Gatos.

Lobstah Night

For the first time ever Northeastern Dining brought “Lobstah Night” to campus on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. More than 1,000 students gathered in the line at Stetson West Eatery, which led out the door, around the corner, and up to the next block, just to be the first to get inside. As students entered the dining room, they were presented with “Keep Calm and Lobstah On” t-shirts. With a high demand for seating, students began to have a “family meal” by sharing tables with students they didn’t know or even standing around our Xhibition Kitchen counter!

Armed with lobster crackers, forks, bibs and “LOBSTAH NIGHT 101: HOW TO EAT A LOBSTER” instructions, our Hungry Huskies tore through whole, shelled lobsters. Students showed us their success throughout the event via our Twitter and Instagram pages using the #LobstahNightNU hashtag.

Northeastern Dining paired the lobsters on the menu with a little taste of Boston, including Cod Cakes, Boston Baked Beans, Twice Baked Potatoes, Lobster Bisque, Pesto Tortellini, Roasted Corn on the Cob, Roasted Potato Salad, and Boston Cream Pie – just to name a few!

Our first Lobstah Night was a phenomenal success and a great time was had by all who attended!


The New England Diner Cookbook by Mike Urban

Xhibition Kitchen Alumna Mike Urban returned to campus with his new cookbook "The New England Diner Cookbook". Mike Urban is an editor, writer, and book packager who specializes in travel, outdoor recreation, sports, food, and business/career books. Since the last time Urban visited the XK in October 2012, with his cookbook “Lobster Shacks”, he has gained many new experiences and stories which he gladly shared with the audience. Foodie Friends braved the cold windy weather to warm up with some delicious American Chop Suey, who’s recipe originated from Agawam Diner in Rowley, MA. Urban took the audience through a brief tour of some of New England’s best diners; his mouthwatering tales left the audience begging for more. Ten lucky audience members won a signed copy of his cookbook "The New England Diner Cookbook".

Teeny's Tour of Pie by Teeny Lamothe

Lead by pie connoisseur Teeny Lamothe, "Eat pie. Be happy. Eat more pie" was the motto for the last Xhibition Kitchen event of the semester. Teeny flew in from Washington, D.C., where she runs her wholesale and custom pie-baking business, Teeny Pies, to heat up the XK with her bright smile, warm personality and delicious pies. Not only does Teeny own her own pie business but she has written about pie for—and been featured in—the Huffington Post, Relish, CakeSpy, Refinery29, The Kitchn, you could say she is a pie expert. Teeny demonstrated how to make pie dough, roll it out and turn it into a Strawberry basil beauty. Northeastern Dining served up her sweet treats for our Foodie Friends while they hung on Teeny’s every word. Ten lucky audience members won a signed copy of her cookbook "Teeny's Tour of Pie".

EYP: A Spoonful Of Spring

Northeastern Dining's Educate Your Palate, or "EYP," event brings a complete transformation to the college dining experience to broaden the culinary tastes of our students for one night. The 13th annual event, held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, was entitled "A Spoonful of Spring" and featured springtime menu items from around the world.

Northeastern's International Village Dining was made over in just a few short hours with the help of the entire dining services team. To transform the service area from its typical appearance, decorations, including large country tables, wheeled carts, and wooden privacy walls from New England Country Rentals, were brought in to bring the rustic, country feel to the modern space. Posters featuring food definitions and foodie quotes were pinned to the privacy walls as educational accent points throughout the servery. Exciting lighting design by Boston Uplights provided splashes of color throughout the dining hall by hanging illuminated paper lanterns in springtime colors from the ceiling. Smaller versions of these colored lanterns were also used to decorate tables and countertop spaces throughout the venue. Finally, entertainment is always an important piece of EYP and this year's event was no different as we worked with Boston Event Works to bring in local pianist Jim Chubet who delighted the crowd on a baby grand piano for almost two hours straight.

The star of each EYP, however, is always the food. The menu, featuring foods not normally found in any university dining setting, kicked off with a seafood and raw bar including oysters on the half shell and scallop ceviche shooters. A trip to the country farm followed as guests tried four varieties of deliciously deviled eggs, from roasted pepper & thai chile to avocado, anchovy & caviar. As guests made their way down the ramp to the main servery, a buffet line of foods from around the world awaited. Action stations featuring our chefs freshly sautéing mussels, carving grilled leg of lamb, and pan-frying kimchi & tofu dumplings excited the guests as they made their way through four unique cuisines of the world. Menu items from Portuguese grilled sardines and Mediterranean potato salad to fire roasted Mexican corn and bacon-infused buttermilk battered fried chicken were all huge hits with the students. Mason jars were distributed as drinking vessels for the night and guests were able to fill them up with their choice of a cucumber-infused water or green tea ginger twist before taking the jars home with them. As our diners were leaving, they were given a parting gift, a strawberry-rhubarb galette, inside a mini mason jar.

From seeing our entire team wearing t-shirts with the theme's springtime colors to watching the amazing responses from students flood in on social media (don't miss our Storify of the event!), we couldn't be happier with EYP 2014 and are already looking ahead to EYP 2015!


Educate Your Palate: A Spoonful of Spring was featured in Food Management Magazine's article Choose Your Own Springtime Food Adventure

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Recap, Part 1: January & February

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A look back at 2014 and the events that made it special.

- - January & February - -


Northeastern University’s 716 Columbus Place is a major administrative building on campus that houses an array of university departments. For years, the only food and drink offered within the six-story building was a small café in the first floor lobby, discernible only by an unmarked doorway in one corner of the space. During the fall of 2013, an opportunity to renovate the building lobby included plans to significantly expand the café’s presence and the new, rebranded café716 opened in January 2014. Many of the building’s employees were counting down the days until café716’s reopening and their patience was rewarded with complimentary sampling events in the days leading up to launch.



Chocolicious Valentine's Day Desserts with Guest Chef Amie Smith, Northeastern Alumnae '87

For the love of cooking we welcomed owner of Lulue’s Patisserie and NU Alumnae Amie Smith back to the Xhibition Kitchen, which was full to capacity. The crowd was greeted at the XK by the sweet smell of cinnamon and piping hot homemade hot chocolate, adapted from a recipe by Martha Stewart. Amie spoke to the crowd about her journey through her Culinary Education in New York City. One recipe Smith demonstrated she has dubbed as “The Lazy Truffle”. Amie told the audience that chocolate is a messy business and when she doesn't have a lot of time but wants to really impress someone, she makes these truffles. Amie also demonstrated a velvety chocolate mousse recipe by Nick Malgieri and how to sweet talk with 3D chocolate roses. Modeling chocolate can be used to make various shapes, Smith noted “it looks so hard to make but you’ll see how easy it is to impress your friends and loved ones”.

Aphrodisiac Cooking with Chef Fed

In collaboration with RSA Sex Week, Chef Fed came all the way from NYC to the Xhibition Kitchen.  The audience was eager to watch chef fed live, up close and personal in the XK after having seen him sweeten it up the previous night on Food Network’s CHOPPED “Chocolate Competition”. Fed’s mission is to tantalize his guests’ senses with every dish he prepares. The crowd agreed with an overwhelming consensus “Mission accomplished!” He taught the audience the use of texture to create the right feeling and he incorporated plating techniques that seduced the eye. Fed noted that “the goal is always to perfectly combine the four basic tastes to achieve that ‘Aaahhh’ effect called Umami.”

Cooking with RSA

In collaboration with Northeastern RSA we welcomed Hungry Huskies to the first Cooking with RSA class this semester. Our Executive Chef Tom Barton and Chef Sam showed the audience how to take the chills away with a few healthy soup recipes. The chefs shared their culinary passions while demonstrating a Five Bean Soup and White Bean and Kale Stew with Corn Bread. One lucky student in the room won a NUDining bag of swag!

For the second Cooking with RSA class this semester, our Executive Chef Tom Barton and Chef Sam showed the audience how to make homemade hot pockets. The chefs demonstrated a caprese, chicken parmesan and caramel apple pocket. One lucky student in the room won a NUDining bag of swag!

For the third and final Cooking with RSA class this semester, our Executive Chef Tom Barton demonstrated some "Green" cooking in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day. Idaho Potato Cake, Irish Potato Blintzes, and to put a different twist on the traditional, Irish Soda Bread Donuts were all on the menu.  Yum! One lucky student in the room won a NUDining bag of swag!

13th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration

This was the 13th anniversary of this signature event and the Northeastern Dining team worked closely with Student Affairs and the University administration to make this the phenomenal success it was. Levine Marketplace inside Stetson East was transformed into Bourbon Street, New Orleans. As students entered the dining room, they were greeted by university administrators and the Northeastern Dining team with Mardi Gras beads and novelties. Staff interacted the entire evening with students at this non-stop Mardi Gras party which included contests, the Hot Tamale Brass Band, beads, masks, photo booth, caricaturist, and a menu consisting of King Cakes, New Orleans Specialties and Traditional Cajun Fare. New this year—the EGGSpert YOLKer Contest; contestants had one minute to transfer egg yolks from one plate to another using only a water bottle. Participants won swag including a coveted Mardi Gras t-shirt. The grand prizes for the contests were cash prizes of $100. All attendees received tons of novelties and giveaways including hats, fancy glasses, beads, horns, and feather boas during this festive event. New this year—Bayou Jessi’s Alligator Alley, where students tried to pick a winning duck from the swap in order to win a jumbo plush Gator. A great time was had by all who attended!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

14th Annual Gingerbread House Construction Contest

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For the fourteenth consecutive year, Northeastern Dining provided students with a much needed respite from studying for their upcoming week of final exams with the Gingerbread House Construction Contest. More than 300 students entered online via nudining.com for the chance to be one of the lucky contestants chosen to participate in this year’s contest.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Five Tips for Healthy Studying During Finals

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It is that time of year again – finals week. Now that you are right in the middle of final exams, papers, and projects, keep in mind that during this time it is even more important than usual to get enough sleep, stay physically active, and make healthy food choices.

Many people find that when they are stressed they eat more than planned. In 2010, a study from the University of Michigan found that when levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) increased – even in healthy, non-stressed adults – they tended to eat more snack foods. Here are five tips to keep you healthy as you head into winter break!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen

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2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Northeastern Dining's Xhibition Kitchen, or "XK," and as the signature dish of the semester-long celebration we welcomed Food & Wine Magazine editor-​in-​chief Dana Cowin along with three nationally-​renowned Boston chefs: Joanne Chang, the chef/​owner of four Boston-​area Flour Bakery loca­tions; Ming Tsai, an Emmy Award-​winning TV per­son­ality and chef/​owner of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon; and Kristen Kish, the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season 10, to Blackman Auditorium. The Homecoming Red & Black Day event, held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, featured a private Meet & Eat with culinary icons, free signed copies of Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen, a live cooking demonstration, and cookbook signing.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Mason Jars

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The end of the fall semester also brings the holiday gift-giving season. What better way to thank a professor or staff member on campus or someone special back at home than with a stylish mason jar filled with all the ingredients for freshly prepared cookies or brownies. Holiday mason jars are available starting today at On The Go and will only be around while supplies last!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HEALTHY HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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HAPPY HEALTHY THANKSGIVING TIPS

APPETIZERS: Instead of chips and salsa, make a hummus out of roasted butternut squash with toasted pita chips.

GRAVY: Use cornstarch to thicken gravy instead of a heavy roux. Try adding a squeeze of fresh Meyer lemon to your gravy, citrus offers a nice light finish on the palate.

STUFFING: Try using grains such as faro or wild rice rather than bread. Use a turkey or chicken sausage in the mix in place of pork.

SWEET POTATOES: Use a drizzle of local honey to roast with instead of brown sugar and maple syrup. For a healthier sweet potato casserole as opposed to butter and sugar, add evaporated milk and crushed pineapple. Skip the marshmallows on top and opt for meringue .


DESSERTS: When making a pie crust try using equal parts all purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Replace   butter with canola oil and corn syrup with maple syrup.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Avoiding Overeating During the Holidays

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By Meghann McMillan


The holidays are quickly approaching and the motto tends to be “eat, drink, and be merry”. Thanksgiving with the family, friendsgiving with the friends, Christmas parties, Hanukah celebrations, New Years Eve...the next month is loaded with evens that tend to revolve around lots of food and drink. Many people surrender to the fact that they are going to gain some holiday weight, and simply over indulge in it all. This year, don’t surrender to overeating during the holidays. You can have your pumpkin pie and eat it too, if you pay attention to your intake and portion sizes.

Lets start with appetizers, the typical first course that no one can pass up as the hunger of the main course starts to set in. No need to shy away from the wonderful app table, just make sure you keep it to just a taste. Use a napkin or a small plate to place your food on. If it doesn’t fit on it, you don’t need it. Try just one of the appetizers you like. If there are too many to chose from, cut one in half so you can have a taste. Appetizers are something that hold you over for the big meal and the trick is to not fill up on this course, and to avoid extreme calorie intake.
Extra Tip: Make sure the meal before the celebration is a light one.

Moving on to the main course, again you can have all the things you’ve been waiting all year to eat, just do it in moderation. A great way to keep your portions down is to use a smaller plate. This way you don’t over eat by over filling an extra large plate. Even with a small plate, it is important to keep portion sizes in mind. Here is a portion size guide to help you...

•  1 serving of turkey is 3 oz, about the same size as a deck of playing cards
•  A serving of gravy is 1/4 of a cup, about the size of a golf ball
•  A serving of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, applesauce is 1/2 cup, about the size of a tennis ball cut in half
•  A serving of cranberry sauce is about 1/4 of a cup, about the size of a golf ball
•  A serving of stuffing is a 1/2 cup, about the size of an ice cream scoop or a tennis ball cut in half
•  Want butter on your Thanksgiving roll? A serving is a teaspoon, about the size of a single die
•  A serving of raw vegetables is 1 cup, about the size of a baseball
•  A serving of cooked vegetables is 1/2 cup, about the size of a tennis ball cut in half
•  1 latke is about the size compact disk

If you still have room for dessert, keep in mind that a proper serving size of a slice of pie is about the size of a standard light bulb. If desserts are already portioned out, you could always cut a serving in half to enjoy. Taking your dessert home for later is another great way to avoid over eating during your celebration feast.

To top of off your perfectly portioned holiday, take an after meal walk (weather permitting), to make sure you are putting out some energy that you are putting in.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Boosting Your Immune System with Food

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By Meghann McMillan

The weather is getting colder which means cold and flu season is just around the corner. There is no reason to let illness ruin things like Homecoming weekend or the upcoming Holidays and it certainly shouldn't put a damper on your daily life. We’re all very busy and there is just no time for getting sick. Fortunately there are ways we can boost our immune systems with the food we eat every day! Here are some immune boosting foods that can help you prevent or even kick seasonal sickness...

Citrus Fruits: This is the one that comes to everyone's mind. Oranges, clementines, lemons, grapefruit, they are all a loaded powerhouse of vitamin C. This antioxidant helps boost our immune system, preventing our bodies from falling ill and fighting something that is already in our bodies. Adding oranges to smoothies or lemon to tea is a great way to get that vitamin C pick me up our bodies may need.

Garlic: This potent bulb is a triple thread when it comes to our health. Garlic is an antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal! All there of these are a huge benefit to our immune system. Garlic contains allicin which is known for its antimicrobial affects and is anti-carcinogenic. Garlic also helps clear the sinuses. The best way to consume garlic is in its raw form. If that's a little too intense for you and you just want to add it to meals for an immunity boost, use fresh garlic that has not yet been chopped.

Mushrooms: Mushrooms are known for their antiviral and immune enhancing properties and are also rich in protein and fiber as well as a number of vitamins and minerals. Mushrooms also contain beta-glucans, a powerful compound known for its ability to activate the immune system. Mushrooms have also been shown to increase the production and activity of white blood cells which is important when you are already fighting off the flu or a cold.

Tea: Tea is packed full with antioxidants to boost immune systems during the colder months. Two teas that have the most antioxidants are green and black teas. Aside from boosting the immune system, tea is very soothing and aids in thinning of mucus. 

Fish: Believe it or not, fish is a great food for boosting the immune system. It is high in selenium and protein. Fish is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids which aid in reducing inflammation. 

Fermented Foods: Some great examples of fermented foods are yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, olives, kimchi, and kefir. These fermented foods are fully loaded with good bacteria known as, probiotics, that keep our guts free of germs and bad bacteria. One of these good strains of bacteria is Lactobacillus reuteri, which has been shown to stop the replication of viruses that take over the body when we get sick. These good bacteria also aid in the production of antibodies in our bodies.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Festivities

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By Meghann McMillan

It’s that time of year again where the leaves have changed colors, the air has gotten cooler, picking and carving pumpkins is a must and everyone seems to have tons of candy to share. With Halloween right around the corner it is easy to get caught up in the festivities, allowing a healthful eating to slip down the drain. This year, why not make some traditions a little healthier?

Can’t seem to get enough of any sort of pumpkin spiced drink that’s out there during the season? Ditch the high calorie drinks loaded with sugary pumpkin syrups and artificial colors and flavors for something more natural and chuck full of vitamins and minerals. Spice up your day with a homemade pumpkin spice smoothie! Pumpkin is loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamins A, C and E. One serving of pumpkin gives your body more than 250% of your RDA for vitamin A! Pumpkin is also a good source of B vitamins and is rich in minerals such as potassium and calcium. Combine that with the ingredients below and you’ll have a nutrient dense, low calorie delicious treat to give you a boost during the fall season.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

  • ½ can of pumpkin puree
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of ginger
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 3 ice cubes


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until contents are combined and smooth. 
  2. Add more Almond Milk as needed to think smoothie to your liking. Best enjoyed in the fall!

If one of your Halloween season activities includes picking and carving pumpkins, try turning it into a nutritious and delicious activity to add to the fun. Instead of tossing the “guts” of the pumpkin as you scoop them out to carve, put them aside and roast the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are just as nutrient dense as the flesh. Pumpkin seeds are packed with antioxidants, especially tryptophan. Pumpkin seeds contain heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats. They are loaded with fiber and protein and provide our bodies with tons of iron and zinc. To roast pumpkin seeds, preheat your oven to 170 degrees F. Spread the seeds on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt (you could also toss in olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, cayenne….whatever flavors are your favorite!). Once in the oven, let the seeds roast for 15 - 20 minutes. Enjoy these crispy treats on salad, in a snack mix, in your oatmeal or by the handful! 

With all the fall and Halloween festivities comes the Halloween parties. Halloween parties may mean the over consumption of many different sugary treats. This year, forget about bringing the traditional sugar laden candies and make your own sweet treats….without all the refined sugar! Check out this honey sweetened dairy free delights that are brimming with antioxidants and heart healthy ingredients.

Fall Dark Chocolate Treats

  • 1 cup coconut butter
  • 1 cup raw cacao powder OR 1 cup 100% Dark chocolate chips/bar chunks
  • ½ cup honey (raw is my favorite!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries


  1. Melt coconut butter in a nonstick pot over a stove top on medium heat. Make sure not to burn by stirring. 
  2. Once melted, stir in dark chocolate until smooth and combined. 
  3. Next add honey, vanilla and sea salt. Continue to stir until contents are combined and smooth. 
  4. Lastly, add the almonds and cranberries. Take off of heat. 
  5. On a parchment lined cookie sheet, drop spoon fulls of chocolate clusters. Let stand until hardened or store in the refrigerator until solid and ready to eat.

With these Halloween ticks, you will certainly be in for a treat this fall season, adding a little health to your fun. Enjoy and be safe!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mushrooms, The Ultimate Superfood

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 9:19 AM Posted by Northeastern Dining , No comments
By Meghann McMillan

The mushroom, a fruiting body of spore bearing fungi has been recognized as one of the top superfoods. A superfood is a food that very nutrient dense, contains properties that contribute to good health and wellbeing as well as the ability to help prevent many diseases. Mushrooms are fully loaded with essential nutrients, antioxidants and health promoting properties.

Mushrooms contain riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, copper, chromium and selenium. When exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet (UV) light, mushrooms naturally generate vitamin D and become a good source of this important vitamin. In a country where low levels of vitamin D is becoming a very common and major issue, mushrooms are something people should be consuming more of. Mushrooms also contain fiber and protein and are low in calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium; an overall healthy food choice!

With cold and flu season approaching, it is important to consume more mushrooms. Why, you ask? Because mushrooms are known for their antiviral and immune enhancing properties. Whether you are fighting off a cold or preventing getting sick all together this season, mushrooms are always a good choice. These powerful fungi also have anti-cancer properties as well as cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar lowering properties. Mushrooms are a good choice for those following a heart healthy diet.


You can find a wide variety of mushrooms at your local grocery store or farmers market. Some of the more popular types including shitake, enoki, oyster, portobello and button. These mouthwatering mushrooms can be added to salads, soups and stir fries; topped on pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. They can be sautéed, baked or stuffed and are often used as a meat replacer due to their tender and meaty texture. The possibilities are endless and the health benefits of this superfood are immense.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant

Friday, October 3, 2014 | 4:26 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , No comments

The creator of the wildly popular blog How Sweet It Is, Jessica Merchant, was welcomed to the Xhibition Kitchen by her large following of "invisible internet friends." By the huge crowd in attendance, it was clear her friends were quite real and not invisible. Jessica showed the audience how to prepare two incredible recipes: Whipped Goat Cheese with Warm Vanilla Berries; Amaretto Butternut Squash Soup. These recipes are featured in Seriously Delish along with 148 other imaginative recipes that are tasty and original and bring readers to a place where cooking becomes adventurous and food becomes fun. Five lucky audience members won signed copies after correctly answering what recipe Jessica posted in her blog the previous day. The audience enjoyed Jessica’s White Cheddar Apple Crisp while waiting in a line that wrapped around the room, all just to get their book personally signed. Jessica certainly made our Friday "Seriously Delish!"



Thursday, October 2, 2014

One-Hour Cheese by Claudia Lucero

Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 2:05 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , No comments

A rainy day in Boston was brightened up by Claudia Lucero, whose inviting presence which filled the Xhibition Kitchen with warmth and the sweet smells of fall. She welcomed the crowd proclaiming “Do It Yourself cheese is a great rainy day activity”. Claudia is the entrepreneur behind UrbanCheesecraft.com and DIY Cheese Kits, which she used as inspiration for her cookbook. Claudia demonstrated Chevre French Kisses, infused with Herbes de Provence this cheese is layered with flavor. She taught us how easy it can be to be creative noting “Cheese makers are creative people, there is a lot to discover by accident. Many of my accidents ended up being some of my best recipes”. Claudia never imagined that she would be the one to write the ideal cheese book, which five lucky audience members won.


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