We are excited to announce Kimberly Dao as our Valentine’s Day dark chocolate recipe contest winner. We had the opportunity to sit down with Kimberly and talk with her about her winning recipe, Dark Chocolate Crepes, and got to know her a little better.
Cooking is something that Kimberly has been doing for years with her family and credits her mother with having instilled in her a love of crafting delicious dishes. Her close-knit family, including a brother and cousin who both attend UMaine, are somewhat competitive in their culinary creations, driving Kimberly to continually be on the lookout for new recipes. She scours the Internet, flips through magazines, or gleans ideas from those around her. If an idea sounds intriguing, she gives it a try.
Her delicious creation of dark chocolate crepes came about after some experimentation with a variety of different recipes she found online. She did not always have all the listed ingredients and so would compensate with what she had on-hand. She tweaked the recipe until she found the proper consistency to create a crepe that was not too thin or too thick. The result is the delectable, mouth-watering recipe we have selected to be our contest winner.
Although she says that her biggest passion is making desserts, Kimberly’s goal this year is to focus on breakfast foods, which is what she considers crepes to be. She prefers to use simpler toppings such as freshly sliced bananas and strawberries topped with a swirl of whipped cream or a dusting of powdered sugar. Kimberly recommends filling crepes with custards for an extra-special treat. Occasionally she likes to add variety by adding espresso powder to her mix to create a mocha-flavored crepe. Kimberly recommends spreading Nutella on a crepe with a layer of fresh fruit, which we think sounds absolutely delicious.
Try Kimberly’s dark chocolate crepe recipe, a perfect breakfast treat or a great dessert for your special someone.
Dark Chocolate Crepes:
Created by Kimberly Dao
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup milk
½ cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
3.5 tablespoons of dark cocoa
Whisk all ingredients together until smooth
Let sit in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (over overnight)
Lightly oil pan on medium heat
Pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the heated pan
Cook for 1-2 minutes until some bubbles form
Flip and continue to cook for another minute or two
Remove from heat, plate and top with freshly sliced fruit
(strawberry or banana) and powdered sugar or whipped cream.
Valentine’s Day Sunset Snowshoe Walk
Thursday, February 14th
3:45pm – 5pm
Meet at the Rec Center dresses for winter activity
Enjoy a sunset-lit walk led by Jeff Hunt, Director of the New Balance Student Recreation Center, through the DeMeritt Forest Trail System. Please bring your snowshoes, if you have them, as tour is limited to available equipment.
Please note: This event may be cancelled due to poor trail conditions.
Visit the HealthyU website or FirstClass for up-to-date information.
Image Description: Valentine's Day Snowshoe Wellness Walk
HealthyU is encouraging everyone, men and women, to wear red on National Wear Red Day, February 1. Email a group photo of you and your colleagues wearing red to Joanna Rosebush (firstname.lastname@example.org) on February 1st. Please list everyone’s name in the email. One lucky person will be selected to win a gift basket from the MarketPlace.
This is a fun and positive way to spread awareness about heart disease. For more information about heart disease or the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign, visit GoRedForWomen.org.
To print a poster to remind your department, building, or office to wear red on February 1st, click here. If you would like to distribute Go Red pins to your coworkers contact Joanna at 581-4058.
Are your biometrics for 2013 done? Biometric screening appointments are available at Cutler Health until February 28, 2013. If you want to schedule an appointment, visit umaine.edu/biometrics or call Cutler Heath at 581-4179.
HealthyU and Campus Recreation are sponsoring two snowshoe wellness walks, one Tuesday, January 29th, 12-1:15pm and another Thursday, February 14th, 3:45-5pm. Jeff Hunt, director of the New Balance Student Recreation Center, will lead a snowshoeing tour of the DeMeritt Forest Trail System. Meet at the Rec Center dressed for the winter weather.
If you are an employee and need snowshoes, you can check-out one of ten pairs at the Rec Center for free; just show your MaineCard at the Rec Center’s front desk. If you have snowshoes, please bring them as tour participation is limited to the number of available snowshoes.
Image Description: Snowshoeing Wellness Walk
Save money at the Marketplace in January when you eat foods marked with the DineSmart logo. These foods must have less than 600 calories, less than 7g saturated fat, and no trans fat. For more information about DineSmart requirements, visit University of Maine Dining’s website at umaine.edu/dining/nutrition/.
Image Description: Dine Smart and Save 20%
Employees now have access to 10 pairs of snowshoes to use on campus for free. Show your MaineCard at the New Balance Student Recreation Center to check-out a pair of snowshoes and have fun snowshoeing around campus. Snowshoes can only be checked-out for a limited time period and can only be checked-out by employees.
If you are interested in a longer or off-campus trip, check out MaineBound’s selection of snowshoes and other winter equipment for rent: http://umaine.edu/mainebound/.
You could be the next HealthyU cooking star! Enter your favorite recipe containing dark chocolate. If your recipe is selected you and your recipe will be featured in our next HealthyU cooking video. The winner will receive a HealthyU apron and an assortment of dark chocolates from the Marketplace. Submit your recipe online at umaine.edu/wellness/valentines by January 15th. The selected recipe will be announced on January 16th.
Image Description: Valentine's Day Recipe Contest
Want to take the worry out of winter walking? Better balance can lead to improved activities of daily living, as well as reduced risk of injuries and falls. Train your body to interpret and use information about your position in space for improvements in coordination, performance and posture. Julie Avans from the Rec Center will guide you through a variety of static and dynamic balance exercises you can do at home or in the gym.
This is a free event for all UMaine employees of all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.
Wednesday, December 5th
12:15 – 1:15 pm
Campus Rec Center, Foster Room
Fun, Music, Exercise
Wednesday, December 12
Campus Rec Center, Foster Room
12:15 – 1:15 pm
Laughter guaranteed & hooping success is certain. This is a free event for all UMaine employees
of all fitness levels. So come join for fun and health. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.
Weighted hoops, handcrafted and made in
Maine, will be provided for use and also available
for purchase at $20 each.
Instruction provided by Kelly Tingley from