“aRgonaut Arts Weekly Review”
cover art by jed smith
moscowrade pg 4
DC vs Marvel pg 6
art of baking pg 10
nicole lichtenberg rawr
on the cover
Capricorn 12/22 – 1/19 Try the dish that foxy server suggests, no matter how gross it seems. You might like it. Being picky is no fun.
“Quito at night” Jed Smith is a graduating senior with a double major in studio art and Spanish. He is currently finishing his education while studying abroad in Quito, Ecuador. The photo was taken on a foggy evening overlooking a part of Quito where he is residing.
Scorpio 10/23 – 11/21 Run off with a tall dark and handsome someone. Maybe just not on a raft this time.
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Sagittarius 11/22 – 12/21 Keep an eye on your friendly neighborhood giant. We don’t want him squishing anybody.
Aquarius 1/20 – 2/18 Someone saying that you are their “own personal brand of heroin” is a bad thing. Run away fast. Pisces 2/19 – 3/20 Get in a wrestling match with the president. Aries 3/21 – 4/19 Just because your forgetful greataunt sends you birthday bucks several times a year doesn’t mean you have to spend it on hotel rooms and cheap dates. Taurus 4/20 -5/20 Pronouncing your name wrong was cute when you were little. Now it just seems petulant — that’s the reason the one you’re interested in doesn’t give you the time of day.
Bed shaking DJ FLO
s melissa flore rawr Getting up in the morning can be a little rough, especially as the semester winds down. But don’t worry, if that second cup of coffee isn’t quite doing it for you anymore, here’s a high-energy soundtrack that’s sure to shake you right out of bed and into your walking shoes. Warning: May cause spontaneous bursts of dancing in your living room.
“Loud pipes” Ratatat It’s the lyric-less mix of strong base, tinny beats and a rollercoaster of highs and lows that defines Ratatat. “Finally Moving” Pretty Lights Light, upbeat and synthesized — it makes prying yourself out of bed seem a little more exciting.
Gemini 5/21 – 6/20 Stop stealing vegetables from your neighbor. He knows. Cancer 6/21 – 7/22 Your frequent assertion that aliens have abducted you makes you look crazy. Take note. Leo 7/23 – 8/22 Super-duper job eliminating the foremost threat to your magical world, but that doesn’t mean your work is done. Constant vigilance. Virgo 8/23 – 9/22 Retrieve your sleuthing friends and stylin’ outfits from the mothballs and solve some more mysteries. Libra 9/23 – 10/22 Go ahead and delve into the jungle’s depths, but don’t expect to come back with your target or your sanity.
“Barbara Streisand” Duck Sauce It’s hard to stay in bed when this upbeat mix of electronic beats hits your speakers. And who couldn’t love a song that bears tribute to singer/actress Barbara Streisand? Hello dolly. “C’est Beau La Petite Bourgeoisie” Discobitch Electro-pop beats and champagne — need I say more?
“Mr. Saxobeat” Alexandra Stan This song is an electronic dance song that can spark a little move and shake in even the most exhausted feet. “Party and Bullshit” Biggie Smalls (Ratatat remix) This song meshes the old with the new as Ratatat mixes a best-loved original rap with funky techno beats for an electronic rock anthem with major street cred.
“Extra Extra” Beats Antique The heavy bass and syncopated electronic beats set this song apart from the rest.
“Lex” Ratatat Another gem by Ratatat — that’s all I have to say.
“Gifted” NASA This song mixes electronic beats, strong lyrics and the vocals of NASA, Kanye West and Lykke Li for a song that is a true original.
“Gold Dust” DJ Fresh Fresh and upbeat, this song has a beat that makes just about anyone want to strut their stuff (even if it’s just to class).
Free your chi
Feng shui is a Chinese practice in which Fame — center back a room or house is configured to harmonize Fire symbols can be placed in this area. with the spiritual forces that inhabit it. The Unfortunately, residence halls prohibit candles, orientation, placement or arbut lamps, red items or even mirrors can rangement of things, accordbe placed here instead. ing to the precepts of feng Romance/Relationships — back right shui, can make your college An area for romance is a must, right? life a little easier. Decorate this area with red, pink and There are nine areas of white. If you want a less feminine look, your room associated with use pairs of objects to encourage strong growth in different parts of relationships. life. Filling these areas with Health/innermost being — center the right colors and decor can Leave this area open and decorate boost everything from health with a rug containing neutral colors molly to relationships. like tan, sage green or soft yellow. The spencer The nine aspects of feng center of your room is also a good area rawr shui are career, knowledge, to practice yoga. prosperity, fame, relationships, Family — left center health, family, creativity and friends. Use plants, wooden or green items here to Career — entrance strengthen your family ties. Keep the entrance of your room clear to alCreativity — right center low chi to enter. Chi is the energy that permeWhite and metal can be used in this area to ates everything around us. You can accomplish study. It’s a suitable place for your desk. a positive career vibe by decorating with black. Dreams — front right Knowledge — front left If you have aspiring dreams such as travel, Stack books or hang plants in this area. decorate with white, purple and metal items. Prosperity — back left You can also place Buddha statues and angels Royal colors like purple, green or black are here to invite direction. This is a prime location good to use here. Placing valuables in this area for you to place images of the areas you want will also set a prosperous vibe. to visit as well.
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Stretchy pants aren’t just for fun Additionally, leggings are practical In today’s busy lifestyle, it’s important to wear garments that are versatile, prac- for all budgets, from a measly $10 to who-knows-how-expensive. In an age tical and flattering. Leggings, or formfitwhere a pair of jeans can cost ting and opaque bottoms upwards of $200, this is an made of stretch material incredible deal for pants. with an elastic waistband, Leggings also come in a virare indeed the trifecta. tually endless variety of colors, First, because of the way sizes, materials and textures. they cover and conform to Purple leather, cream boucle, the legs, leggings are approblack jersey, lemon snakeskin, priate for any activity, from cobalt vinyl — dream it and it accounting to Zumba. Legcomes in the form of leggings. gings allow a superior range Want stirrup bottoms? of motion while providing a ole nic Ruching? Contrast detailing? measure of protection. g ber lichten Lace edging? Knee patches? Want to steal from the rawr These are all available options. rich and give to the poor? Some leggings can be washed Have no time between Vinyasa yoga class and math class? Transporting after every wear and others are drychildren through the sky to Never-Never clean only. Land? Testing out Über-Man? Learning to ride a unicycle? Wear leggings.
Finally, leggings are flattering. That’s right. Leggings are flattering. The wide range of leggings available, makes it possible for any body type to find a suitable pair. Top-heavy individuals can don a pair of brightly colored or fabulously textured leggings to help balance them out. Conversely, bottom-heavy individuals can choose sleek, dark colored, matte leggings. Stripe detailing down the sides of leggings can help elongate legs, and moto- or equestrian-style stitching around
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the kneecaps can help break up super long legs. Leg elongation (or the opposite effect) can also be achieved through placement of the waistband. Literally any type of problem can be visually fixed with an appropriate pair of leggings. They’re wonderpants.
Students unveil designs at Moscowrade melissa flores rawr
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Bright lights, vibrant colors and ball gowns are just a few of the reasons the second annual Moscowrade could be an event to remember. Moscowrade, taking place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Eastside Marketplace, is a gala event with drinks, hors d’ourves, a fashion show featuring local designers and dancing. Erika Iiams, a professor in family and consumer science at the University of Idaho, helped organize Moscowrade and said she believes events like this benefit everyone in the community. “Our motivation was to get the communities, not just Moscow, but Pullman and the small surrounding towns (involved) … (and) have it be a really fun time and a chance to get dressed up,” Iiams said. “We’re supporting Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse this year and we really hope to raise a lot of money for them.” Iiams said this is an opportunity for fashion majors, and other students to practice skills such as public relations, photography, art and behind-the-scenes styling. Kate Mills and Crystal Truong, UI students, designed dresses for Moscowrade, and worked behind the scenes preparating and directing the fashion show for two years. Mills, a junior in clothing, textiles and design, said Moscowrade is an excellent way for students to get involved in community events.
“Last year, Crystal and I just kind of went at it with a running start,” Mills said. “We just really wanted to get involved and Ms. Iiams brought up that Moscowrade was starting and we were just like, ‘Hey we’re your girls’ and she just got us like talking to the right people.” Mills said getting a model runway-ready can be a challenging and stressful process for designers. Truong said she and Mills are responsible for a variety of duties helping designers and models. “I’m going to make sure that they have all of the stuff that they need,” Truong said. “I’ll be helping them with that, lining them up, making sure that they’re all prepared. I’ll make sure that they all know what they need to do.” Mills said this year’s Moscowrade theme is a mix between Cirque de Soleil and Oscar night. “It’s really artsy and very formal. It’ll be a really cool event,” Mills said. Iiams said she’s looking forward to seeing the garments designed around this year’s theme, especially those submitted by young designers. She also said the student work that has been submitted is going to exceed crowd expectations and something to watch for in particular is one designer’s glitzy black and pink creations. “I’m really excited about Allie Lester’s,” Iiams said. “She’s entering several pieces and they’re
bold, they’re dynamic and they’re creative. She’s one who has really stood out in the studio this year. There’s a lot of creative work.” Truong and Mills’ designs will also be featured in Moscowrade. Truong said the green fabric she found for her dress and the classic styles of the 1960s inspired her. “It has a more Jackie Kennedy feel to it, it’s really simple. It’s a really classic looking dress, but it has some alterations to it,” Truong said. Mills said she designed her red satin dress around her own theme and feels that it has turned out exceptionally well, despite some set-backs during garment production. “I really liked the red,” Mills said. “My inspiration was whimsical woodland wanderer. It’s kind of been very intuitive, thinking on my toes, because I melted a hole in the back of my dress, so I’ve been kind of picking up the pieces from there, but I actually like it better now. It’s been a complete circle.” Iiams said her goal for Moscowrade, in addition to showcasing the work of aspiring designers in the community, is ultimately to create interest and generate greater community involvement. “We really want the community to get involved,” Iiams said. “That was our dream — to get the community all involved, so were hoping that each year people will see it and say ‘Oh, I can do that,’ and be there the next year.”
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The Dahmen Barn near Uniniontown, Wash., is a collection of studios run by local artists. Visitors to the barn can watch artists work in various media, or browse galleries and buy different art.
chloe rambo rawr Among the rolling hills of the Palouse rests a stark white barn, complete with a wagonwheel fence. Uninhibited artistic expression and the traditions of a unique small town are the foundation of the Dahmen Barn near Uniontown, Wash. In 1935, the newly built barn was Jack Dahmen’s bustling dairy operation. In 1952 his nephew Steve Dahmen and his wife Junette purchased it, and the barn transformed into a non-profit paradise of locally created art in every medium. “At least 80 percent of our artists are within a 50-mile radius,” said Julie Hartwig, owner of Shop at the Barn, a consignment-based store in Artisan’s at the Dahmen Barn. “Moscow, Pullman, Lewiston, Clarkston and all the little
and small towns in between.” The Dahmen Barn showcases products that are locally made, contain local ingredients or are about the Palouse itself. Along with the ability to purchase art directly from the in-studio artisans, the Shop at the Barn also houses work from nearly 100 varying artists on a consignment level. “The barn is actually 76 years old, but it’s been five years since we’ve been open,” Hartwig said. “It’s exciting that we’ve survived in the art business with the economy the way it is.” The first and second levels of the barn offer small studios for resident artists. Some studios are filled with ceramic pottery and glazed jewelry, others are lined with brightly painted canvasses and hand-woven scarves. Katherine Clancy, a watercolor artist and University of
Idaho employee, dreamed of working in a studio in the Dahmen Barn. “I wanted a studio there because of what the barn is and what it represents,” Clancy said. “It’s always been important to me that (the traditions) continue.” Clancy set her sights on an in-barn studio during the planning stages of Artisan’s at the Dahmen Barn. She is now on the barn’s board of directors. Along with regular artist exhibitions and shows, the barn hosts concerts and seasonal festivals. The Hog Heaven Big Band performs there regularly, and swing dancers from Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene come to perform and enjoy the unique venue. Nearly 30 artisans hold studios, and inspiration in the Artisan Barn can be felt upon entering its glass-paneled doors.
“That’s one of the best parts,” Clancy said. “There’s this creative energy there all the time. It’s been really fun.” Artisans of the Dahmen Barn have a passion for teaching others. Terri Walters reignited her love of the arts when she became a certified art teacher for public schools. “When my nest started emptying, I knew I needed some children in my life,” Walters said. “I knew (the Artisan’s at the Dahmen Barn) would be a great place to start teaching again.” Many of the artisans in the Dahmen Barn offer classes for children and adults in their medium of specialty, including ceramics, oil paintings, decoupage or fiber arts. “I do both pottery and watercolor,” Walters said. “For the pottery, I use a local clay body. My husband is a soils scientist,
so ... we make our own clays.” Walters and her husband use porcelain clay found near Troy, giving her work an unmistakably local flavor. “We find minerals out and about, and bring them home,” Walters said. “We try to keep it very local.” The Dahmen Barn is one of the most iconic sights in the Palouse, and local volunteers made it happen. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, the Artisan’s at the Dahmen Barn is a well-received addition to public services and opportunities. The picturesque exterior and stately wagon-wheel fence have graced many publications, including National Geographic. “It’s far exceeded our expectations,” Hartwig said. “It’s really grown.”
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Marvel in t of Goth molly spencer rawr The battle to be the best comic book brand out there comes down to two front-runners: Marvel and DC. And love for comics has only grown with the surge of comic-based movies. Codey Courtemanche, University of Idaho junior and DC comic fan, said he is more into comics now than he was when he was younger. “I started when I was 12, and then later in high school when Batman started becoming really big, it just... resurfaced,” Courtemanche said. Courtemanche said he loves the work of DC artist Jim Lee and writer Jeff Loew. “Batman Hush” is his favorite graphic novel. “It kind of just encompasses all of the characters and everything,” he said. “I probably have 15 graphic novels and then actual comic books … I can’t even give you a number.” Comic books are published regularly like magazines, whereas graphic novels are collections of comics. Back when comics didn’t have an online edition, DC and Marvel produced a DC vs. Marvel comic. “It’s like this comic where DC and Marvel team up, even though they’re competitors, and fight their own superheroes … against each other,” said Annie Winkle, a fan of DC and Marvel. “So all the different characters fight each other and people would send in their votes to who would win in the next comic.” Winkle said more recently the Marvel vs. DC series capitalized on the undead craze with an edition where all the characters fight as zombies. She said her favorite character is a toss up between Wolverine and Batman. “At the end of Marvel vs. DC they make this alternate universe and all the characters get spliced with other characters, and so like Dark Claw is Wolverine and Batman mixed together,” Winkle said. “It’s... my favorite character.” Winkle said she feels Marvel and DC have an equal number of famous characters. Between the ages of 7 and 14, Winkle said she practically lived in a place called Captain Comics in Boise. “They just had barrels of comics, and ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Pokemon’ and ‘Sailor Moon.’ They had everything I liked,” she said. Zachary Lichte, a Marvel fan, said the brand has more in-depth characters with better background stories than DC comics, and his favorite character is Deadpool. He said Marvel isn’t considered just a company — it’s a universe. There are different
the depths ham City worlds and dimensions in Marvel so the same character can be drawn 20 different ways. “Marvel has a lot of different universes. Anyone can pick up a piece of paper and write a comic about Wolverine and send it into Marvel, and if they like your story, they’ll produce it and call it another universe,” Lichte said.“That’s what makes Marvel kind of confusing to people and why the movies are always kind of iffy, you know? It can just be a different storyline or different universe than the original author portrayed.” Safari Pearl owner Tabitha Simmons prefers DC and independent comic publishers, but has started to enjoy Marvel as well. “I’ve recently started reading a lot of Marvel and there are quite a few of the characters that I decided I liked,” Simmons said. “I wouldn’t say the whole universe, but there are definitely some characters that I enjoy.” Simmons started reading comics in the late ‘80s but said she’s been a Wonder Woman fan since the TV show in the ‘70s, which led her to comics. The way Marvel has made comics into movies is great for the franchise because it helps create awareness of their characters, Simmons said. “I mean, superheroes are supposed to be larger than life and so it’s really helped rebuild that mystique I think,” Simmons said. Both Marvel and DC are rebooting characters’ titles. DC has rebooted every single title, even detective and action comics running since the ‘30s. “They have re-worked the mythology of their characters and refreshed them. Superman for instance — had just kind of grown stale. He was fighting the same old villains and there was no drama really in that. It was just the same thing every month,” Simmons said. Now Action Comics is about Superman as a young man before he even decided to become a superhero. Marvel is rebooting its characters as well, but not in as big of a way. “They’ve rebooted the Incredible Hulk and things like that, but they’re doing it one title at a time and so it hasn’t had the same impact, which I think is unfortunate because some of what they’re doing there is pretty amazing too,” Simmons said. Simmons said “The New 52” has revitalized DC fans. People the store hasn’t seen in 10 years are coming into Safari Pearl to check out comics again. “I think it’s an amazing thing to be a superhero fan, whichever one you choose,” she said.
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Reuse, recycle and re-wear alex aguirre | rawr
Lily Bee’s employees (from left to right) Kaitlyn Vander Velde, Yi-Shan Chen and Laura Figgie work on the front display Monday at the Pullman store front. Lily Bee’s has been selling consigned goods for four years and owner Melanie Hodges said they work with more then 200 consigners and 50 percent of revenue goes back into the Pullman community.
nicole lichtenberg rawr Every year, University of Idaho interior design major Veronica Pupava treks to Goodwill with a group of friends. “It’s just these huge bins (full of clothing), probably 8 feet by 4 feet, and it’s in this huge warehouse. It’s disgusting,” Pupava said. “Customers walk through the aisles pushing big laundry carts, and anything you think is cute or useful or ridiculous you just throw in the cart.” To add to the fun, there are no mirrors or changing areas, Pupava said, “you just check yourself out in, like, microwaves.” April Mundell also likes to shop thrift stores because she said it’s easy to find unique items. “When you go to a common store, everybody else shops there, and there are going to be
duplicates,” Mundell said. “Normally what I do is take things and cut them up, like T-shirts and flowers for a necklace.” Ten years ago, shopping at secondhand stores was something a person kept on the down-low. Now, it’s something to brag about. Thrift stores are a place to find unique pieces, vintage items and material for one-of-a-kind designs. Thrift stores recycle clothing, house wares and other goods, saving the energy and resources that would be required to create new items. This is especially important for clothing — 8.78 million tons of textiles are generated every year, and more than half of them are discarded. According to the EPA, only 17 percent of that 8.78 million tons is recovered. Many of these recovered items end up in thrift stores, which is a welcome but small disruption to the world of
fast fashion. Lauren Booker, UI senior, said she appreciates with this disruption. “Clothes have a long life cycle. Just because one person is done with them, doesn’t mean they are done being used,” Booker said. Recycling clothing not only helps reduce landfill mass, but prevents pesticide and insecticide usage as well. Production of cotton accounts for a staggering 25 percent of pesticide usage in the United States — that’s about 1/3 pound of pesticide per T-shirt. Every time a T-shirt is bought from a secondhand shop instead of new, 1/3 pound of chemicals is kept out of the environment according to organicconsumer.org. Making a difference isn’t always buying and wearing as-is, either. Sometimes it means revamping an item or making something almost
entirely different. “Even if you can’t wear (it) again, you can still use them for something else,” Pupava said. Recycled goods can be a fantastic source of not only fabric, but sewing notions, such as zippers, buttons, hooks and clasps. Every type of recycling in this manner prevents waste. Furthermore, recycling notions prevents the creation of packaging for new notions — even more waste prevention. Moscow shoppers can explore a variety of establishments for recycled clothing. At the top of the pile is the Storm Cellar, a consignment shop featuring new and vintage fashions owned by Austin and Laura Storm at 504 South Main Street. The Storm Cellar’s inventory is constantly evolving. Austin Storm estimates that they sell around a couple thousand items a week.
At the Storm Cellar, recycling is incentivized because consignors receive half of the profit from the sale of their items, Storm said. “It’s changing people’s attitudes about recycling by making (it) more convenient,” Storm said.
Moscow thrift stores Salvation Army on Third Street, which benefits a variety of local causes and sells clothing, house wares, books and new furniture, and has had such idiosyncratic items as boar tusks and a mink stole. Goodwill has a similar setup on 201 Warbonnet St. Wise Buys Thrift Store is located at 102 West Sixth St
Skip the gym, sweat at home
chloe rambo rawr Trading buckets of sweat for a body that’s more toned, increasingly fit and noticeably stronger, and discovering that you and your body are capable of anything is the methodology behind at home workout programs, Insanity and P90X. “I love how I feel now, but I remember when I could not do pushups,” said Danielle Davis, a Beachbody coach. “When I first started Insanity, I couldn’t even make it through the warm-up without having to take a break.” That has all changed for Davis, a Moscow graduate of the Insanity workout program. The Insanity workouts shed a new light on at-home cardiovascular and strength training. Developed by trainer Shaun T. in conjunction with Beachbody, a corporation focused on the development of health and exercise products, Insanity promises to leave your former cardio exercises in the dust. Insanity workouts rely on maximum interval training for three to four minutes, resting for 30 seconds, and then repeating the process. This forces the body to adapt to the strenuous exercises, burning calories and toning muscles quickly. Getting started proved just as difficult as keeping up with the intense workouts, Davis said, but the promise of results can be inspiring. “I was amazed at the power and intensity of the program,” Davis said. “I like the challenge and wanted to be one of those ‘success stories.’” The Insanity program is designed to last 60 days, diminishing the need for bulky exercise equipment or a gym membership. “The ability to work out at home was perfect for me. I am a working mom and wife on a budget, with little time to work out,” Davis said. “Not having to pay gym fees and a babysitter while having short workouts
was appealing.” After a sports injury, Davis was forced to pause her Insanity program and adapt to a therapy-only schedule. But after being cleared by a physician, Davis returned to the Insanity program with more determination than ever. She soon put her new knowledge of the Beachbody Corporation into a career as a coach. “As a Team Beachbody Coach, it is my job to share information about the programs ... and help others find a way to a healthier them,” Davis said. “I love talking to others about nutrition and workouts. It is so much more than a job.” Alice Graden, University of Idaho graduate, is excited to begin the Insanity workout regimen. “I’ve never done anything like this before,” Graden said. The workouts are, for many people, some of the most intense workouts they’ve ever completed, but are also the most satisfying. Insanity DVDs can be purchased online via Ebay, Amazon and the official Beachbody website. “The DVDs should be here on Tuesday or Wednesday,” Graden said. “I’m excited and nervous.” Power 90 Extreme, commonly known as P90X, is an exercise regimen known for it’s intense, sweat-inducing routines and emphasis on “muscle confusion” also produced by Beachbody. The program is a 90-day rotating circuit of workouts including strength training, yoga, cardiovascular training, plyometrics and stretching, so your muscles achieve optimal challenges by experiencing different exercises and becoming thoroughly “confused.” Developed by celebrity trainer Tony Horton, a nutritionist from the Beachbody corporation, P90X is an all-inclusive program complete with nutritional diet guides that promises big results. Roy Barrera, UI sociology
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freshman, gained experience with P90X while training for high school sports. “I always saw the infomercials (for the program), but I actually got into doing it because of high school sports,” Barrera said. There’s no doubt that the P90X program is complicated, and could prove difficult for students to fit into a busy schedule. Barrera said he finds time to work out thanks to UI’s ROTC programs. “Having Army ROTC helps me find time to work out at 6 a.m.,” Barrera said.
The P90X cycle lasts 13 weeks, while working out six days a week. The trainee can choose from three rotations, or focuses, according to their goals. Choosing from classic, lean and doubles, offers varying results depending on body shape, size and current level of fitness. Prior to beginning P90X, Barrera said he kept fit by doing “weight room and regular callisthenic workouts,” Barrera said the “length of the high-intensity workouts” was found the biggest challenge of the program. Some celebrities known for
their fit physique, including singer Pink and actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, profess to use the P90X system. Whether you’re trying to slim down, tone up or simply improve your current level of fitness, completing a program like Insanity or P90X comes with great satisfaction. As a coach, Davis said she has the unique opportunity to help others in their quest to become healthier. “Being part of someone’s journey to become healthier is an amazing feeling,” Davis said. “I love being part of this journey.”
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Food science senior Colin Cassard makes his favorite chocolate creation, cayenne beehives, Monday in his home. Cassard said he’s been creating sweet treats since he was 8, but his expertise is not limited to just chocolate. Cassard said he is also known for his cakes and cookies.
The art of baking kristi atkinson rawr Name: Caihley Baker Specialty: Baking Favorite dish to make: Cupcakes Caihley Baker has been in the kitchen since fourth grade. “My grandma was really into baking, then my mom was really into baking, then my sister wanted to be a chef,” Baker said. “So all of my Christmas and birthday gifts have been baking stuff.” Baker received a Kitchen Aid mixer from her mom during college. She said she is trying to buy more cooking staples while studying at the University of Idaho.
“In the past six months, I’ve bought a zester and different ice cream scoopers because they are good for more than ice cream,” Baker said. A medium ice cream scoop is the perfect size to measure cupcake batter, she said, and the small one is good for cookies. Baker also bought a kitchen scale for accuracy, portion control and doubling recipes. “Precision will affect your results,” Baker said. “A lot of people think they may be bad at baking because they don’t get good results, but it’s just because they don’t know how to bake.” Flour is the perfect example of imprecision, she said. Too much flour will make cookies end up dry and crumbly.
“You can end up having almost twice the amount of flour that you actually need,” Baker said. “The safest way to do it is to use a scale.” Flour has an expiration date, so Baker said to store it in a sealed container because it will affect the quality of your product. “If something calls for cake flour then you need cake flour because it’s a lot more refined,” Baker said. “It’s milled from softer wheat so it gives it a higher volume and it’s going to affect the texture.” Baker said baking from scratch shouldn’t be intimidating because you know what is going into the food you are eating.
“If you have the staple ingredients, you can pretty much make anything, especially for dietary needs.” Baker said. “Where with a box mix, you don’t have options. It’s limiting.” Baker said the best thing to have on hand is parchment paper because it speeds up the process of baking multiple batches. Baker reads a lot of blogs for inspiration. Her favorites are Annie’s Eats and My Baking Addiction. “Annie’s Eats is good for more than just baking. It’s a more of a do-it-yourself articles and My Baking Addiction is good for tutorials,” Baker said. “Pinterest.com is also good for inspiration.”
rawr Name: Colin Cassard Specialty: Desserts and Confections Favorite dish to make: Chocolates When Colin Cassard was 8 years old, he wanted french toast. “My parents didn’t feel like making it for me so they gave me a recipe and it just went from there,” Cassard said. Cassard, UI food science major, said initially, his cooking habit was just making foods the way he wanted to eat them. “By high school time, it developed into a focused effort to make the best cookies and the best foods,” Cassard said. “That then developed into my career.” Cassard decided to start his own business in high school. “It got to the point where every time I saw a baked good, I would try to figure out if I could make it,” Cassard said. “I one day realized I had no idea how to make chocolates. “ He researched the process, purchased textbooks and began making chocolates. “The actual chocolatemaking process was simple, but the problem (is) you need to temper the chocolate, and if you do it wrong you can get chocolates that don’t come out of the mold, chocolates that have a white-powdery outside and don’t look good,” Cassard said. “They all tasted good, but appearance wise, there was a lot of work to do.” Tempering is the process of heating and re-cooling chocolates so the fat crystals and cocoa butter form a specific shape. If you do it right, the chocolate won’t melt in your hands, but in your mouth, he said. After a year, Cassard said he started to fully understand the chocolate-making process. His inspiration came from his sweet tooth, he said. Most of the recipes he uses are his own. “I got a lot of help from the CIA textbooks,” Cassard said. “I can also ask my teachers here questions if I have any trouble.” Cassard said he plans on attending the Culinary Institute of America after he graduates. After that, he wants to develop recipes for food processing
companies to use for grocery store products or become a culinary teacher. Name: Tessa Scott Specialty: Baking Favorite dish to make: Cinnamon Rolls Every meal Tessa Scott consumed as a child was homemade. “I started baking when I was 6 because my mom was a really big cook,” she said. Scott experiments with gluten-free recipes. “I experiment every night, but don’t follow recipes,” Scott said. “I kind of just get the general idea of what things consist of and then just throw in whatever I think will work.” She was raised to make healthy recipes, she said. “It’s on default for me,” Scott said. “I’m generally pretty healthy anyway.” Scott uses olive oil instead of canola oil, tapioca flour instead of other flours, and uses a lot of flax seeds in her recipes. “I can tell if someone has used canola oil instead of another oil, but I don’t think many people can,” she said. Scott likes to keep her ingredients cheap, and her pantry is always full of sugar, honey, flour, butter and salt. “Just with those alone you can make a lot,” Scott said. “I like to play around with different spices.” She likes to focus more on the taste than looks, she said. “Most of the time, if it tastes good, I will leave it at that,” she said. “If it’s for me, I won’t bother, but it’s for someone else then I will go the extra mile.” Scott’s inspiration comes from PoorGirlEatsWell.com. “I find a lot of the blogs derive from organic ingredients and it’s hard because we only have the Co-op and it’s expensive for a college student,” Scott said. Scott said she would like to take classes after school but wouldn’t like to pursue a professional baking career. “For me, cooking is a joy and I don’t want to make it something that I have to constantly do for other people,” Scott said. “I like to selfishly keep it to myself.”
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