Monthly Archives: June 2016

Do it Yourself: Eggs Benedict and Blender Hollandaise Recipe

By now the stresses of the school year have given way to beautiful days with the pool beckoning as relief from the sweltering sun. So, we felt now was the perfect time to offer up a tasty activity for your summer that you can easily throw together before a day in the sun.

Below, you will find recipes for Eggs Benedict and Blender Hollandaise Sauce. Both of which were put on display at our Progressive Lunch Experience during Alumni Weekend, where guests were given a brief demonstration on how to prepare this simple — and oh so tasty — brunch staple. But now it’s your turn!

So, pull out the apron and hit the kitchen! After you’re done, share a photo with us on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook!

Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Serves 4

Large Egg Yolk 1 yolk
Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice 1 1/2 tsp
Cayenne Pepper pinch
Unsalted Butter 4 tbsp (1/2 stick)
Kosher Salt 1/2 tsp


  1. Put the egg yolk, lemon juice and cayenne in a blender.
  2. Pulse a couple times to combine.
  3. Put the butter in a small microwave safe bowl and melt in a microwave until just melted.
  4. With the blender running, gradually add the melted butter into the egg to make a smooth frothy sauce. If the sauce is very thick, blend in a teaspoon of lukewarm water to loosen it up.
  5. Season with the salt and serve immediately or keep warm in a small heat-proof bowl set over hot (but not simmering) water until ready to serve.

Eggs Benedict

Serves 4

Fresh Eggs 8 eggs
Plain English Muffins 4 muffins
Canadian Bacon or Ham 8 ounces
Hollandaise Sauce 8 ounces


  1. Prepare the hollandaise sauce (above) and hold warm.
  2. Split and toast the English muffins in the toaster and place 2 halves per plate cut side up.
  3. Heat Canadian bacon or ham slices in a pan and place on top of each English muffin.
  4. Heat a pot of water to a simmer. Do not boil.
  5. Crack an egg into a small bowl and SLOWLY add the egg to hot water. Cook the eggs 3 minutes.
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon. Place the cooked egg on top of the Canadian bacon.
  7. Top the egg with 1 ounce of hollandaise sauce.
  8. Take a picture and share it with us on TwitterInstagram and/or Facebook!
  9. Enjoy!

5 Classic Food Pairings and their Origins

Inspired by National Best Friends Day earlier this week and the countless people who shared pictures and kind words about the peanut butter to their jelly, we wanted to dive into one of the great discussions of our time; classic food pairings.

After all, regardless of how long you’ve been attached at the hip with your bestie, these foods have been putting up with the other for longer (presumably) and to much success.

So, let’s get started with some of the top #friendgoals (as it relates to food) around.

1. Peanut Butter & Jelly

Peanut butter and Jelly is arguably the gold-standard in terms of food pairing, going back to early childhood for many. Some might say it’s the greatest invention since sliced bread, but that would be incorrect. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich’s origin dates back to 1901, when it was first published by Julia Davis Chandler. Even though peanut butter was considered a delicacy at the time, kids latched onto the sweet combination, thus beckoning the evolution of the PB&J into the sandwich titan it is today.

Sliced bread? The process of slicing and wrapping bread wasn’t invented, at least on a commercial level, until the late 1920s by Gustav Papendick, which allowed kids to make their own PB&J without needing a potentially dangerous kitchen knife. There was no stopping this food pairing after that.

Nowadays, students can stop by our dining locations like the markets, Bell Tower Place or King Cafe during our PB&J Specials to enjoy their own creative take on the classic pairing!

Source: SeriousEats

2. Bacon & Eggs

What’s “breakfast” to you? For many, it’s the power couple that is bacon and eggs. This pairing has its roots in the 1920s when the Austrian-born Edward Bernays was brought in by Beech-Nut Packing Company to help create demand for bacon, which they sold.

Bernays, also known as the “Father of Public Relations,” went to his own agency’s doctor, asking if heavier breakfasts were a healthier option compared to the light morning meals of the time. The doctor said yes and wrote to 5,000 other doctors, asking them to confirm his findings. Major newspapers and magazines published the study, urging the public to eat heavier breakfasts, featuring the bacon and eggs combo, for their own health, which is where this food pairing truly got its start.

Bacon and eggs are available throughout the campus. Both can be found at Pulley Diner and First Stop, but our buffet locations also serve bacon and eggs intermittently as well.

Source: The American Table

3. Macaroni & Cheese

The origin of macaroni & cheese dates back a little further to the late thirteenth century in southern Italy, with the first modern form of the recipe appearing in the 1769 book The Experienced English Housekeeper written by Elizabeth Raffled.

Mac & cheese in North America, however, can trace its origins back to the early European settlers and even Thomas Jefferson. As the story goes, Jefferson was rather infatuated with macaroni & cheese, even attempting to make his own macaroni noodles to pair with imported Parmesan cheese, making for some of the earliest forms of modern macaroni & cheese on North American soil. Some sources claim that Jefferson’s daughter, Mary Randolph, is the true inventor of the dish after taking up hostess duties of the house following her mother’s death.

Years later, in 1937, Kraft took this tasty food pairing and ran with it.

Macaroni & cheese is another item found at various spots across campus, especially during special events, but also intermittently at other locations!

Sources: Food52 and


4. Hamburger & French Fries

Hamburgers and french fries are certainly among the top food “besties” and are deserving of recognition on a list about food pairings. The origin of this combo is traced back to the early 1900s, specifically 1921, with the opening of the first White Castle in Wichita, Kansas.

Serving fast hamburgers, White Castle was in need of quick finger food to pair with their fast food offering. Around this same time, soldiers from WWII were back from Europe, craving the fried potatoes that were sold as street food in Europe. The quick and easy “meat and potatoes” combo was ultimately a match made in heaven, resulting in one of the more celebrated food pairings.

On campus, the hamburger and french fry combo is a popular meal and is one that is widely available at our dining locations. For those looking to enjoy this food pairing, check out Encounter for fresh, local beef patties, or keep your eyes peeled at most of our other locations!

Source: Huffington Post


5. Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs is another tremendously popular food pairing that is a fixture of many households. While spaghetti and meatballs is considered an Italian dish, this combo is really American. Certainly the concept of noodles, marinara sauce and meat has Italian roots, but “spaghetti and meatballs” really got its start in the late 1800s and early 1900s with Italian immigrants coming to America. U.S. meat quickly took hold of the dish, combined with noodles and canned tomato sauce, called “sailor sauce,” because it was one of the few items available at local grocers. Since then, this food pairing has become a fixture of American households.

On campus, Garden Commons serves made-to-order pasta, but other locations rotate through different types of pasta. La Mia Cucina is always a good bet for some tasty spaghetti and meatballs too!

Source: Escoffier

Other Great Food Pairings

– Hummus & Pita

– Milk & Cookies

– Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

– Coffee & Donut

– Chips & Salsa

So, what do you think? What are your favorite food pairings?

4 Dining Tips for Summer

Ahh… summer. The gorgeous days, the gentle breeze, cookouts and the pool/beach. The summer is, for many, a time to be outside and enjoy the weather, but that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on your health.

In fact, summertime can be a great time to enjoy delicious food while still making smart dining decisions! Don’t believe us? Check out our four tips for your summer dining.

1. Eat more fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables offer a variety of health benefits and contribute to a healthy diet, regardless of season, but with summer serving as the peak time for fresh, seasonal produce, take advantage of the availability!

Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories, plus they are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A and vitamin C. Tomatoes, avocados, greens and bell peppers are just a couple of the vegetables worth getting your hands on this summer, while they’re in season!

Most fruits are also naturally low in fat, calories and sodium. Berries, like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are in season over the summer months, but watermelon is also a fixture of the summer fruit scene, offering not only a tasty snack, but one that can help you stay hydrated in the heat.

2. Watch portion sizes

Portion sizes are a big part of summertime eating. Whether at a cookout or snacking by the pool, you will want to have an idea of a proper portion size and stick to it when you’re making your way through the serving line.

As a general guide for managing the BBQ scene, some recommend you stick to about 1 cup (a tennis ball/baseball or clenched fist) for your scoop-able sides (potato, pasta, bean salads), about 3 ounces (a cell phone/your palm) of meat (steak, chicken, fish) and about 1 tablespoon (your thumb) when measuring dressing or spreads.

3. Drink water

If this feels like a little déjà vu to you, you aren’t going crazy. Water consumption is an important health consideration and, for that reason, often finds its way onto lists such as this frequently. Nevertheless, drinking enough water is an essential part of a healthy diet, particularly during the sweltering summer months.

Water can help keep your body temperature normal and can have positive effects on joints, the spinal cord and the general digestive system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s important to replenish fluids when your outside in the heat and water remains the top option. Even when you aren’t staving off dehydration, be sure to carry a water bottle around with you and make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

4. Get active

If you want to feel better and remain healthy through the enjoyable summer months, it can require some effort with your diet, but also your physical activity levels. Working out during the winter months can be difficult because it does seem to take a different breed to do a quick multi-mile run through the snow.

Now with the weather much nicer and more inviting, it is a great time to get out, ride a bike, jog or go for a long walk. Going along with our tip above, it is essential that you drink plenty of water if you plan on working out outside with the summer heat. You may want to consider an early morning or late evening run when it isn’t the peak heat of the day.

Enjoy your healthy summer!