Taylor McMorrow '19

Major: Human Dev./Fam. Sci & French
Hometown:Avon, Ohio

When people ask me why I love Mount Union, I tell them the people.  

AVI Recipes

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

  • 2oz Red Beet Slices (about 3)
  • 2oz Golden Beet Slices (about 3)
  • 1oz Goat Cheese
  • 2oz Arugula
  • 1oz Almonds Salted & Toasted
  • 1oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1oz Balsamic Vinegar

Roast Beets in a 350o oven with skins on until tender approx 1 hour. Cool and cut into ¼ inch disks.

Alternately stack the colors of beets 6 slices high. Form Goat Cheese into ¼ “disk the same size as the beets. Place on top of the beet tower to finish. Arrange arugula and almonds on a plate with the beet tower. Drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil.

Makes one salad.


UMU Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 12 oz Vegetable Oil
  • 1/3 cup+2tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/3 cup+2tsp Chopped Onion
  • 3 Tbsp Minced Red Bell Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp Minced Green Bell Pepper
  • ¾ Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • ¾ Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar

Combine all ingredients and mix well using a food processor or blender, Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Makes 3 cups.


AVI House Made Granola Bars

Makes 24 Servings


  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • ¾ cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • ½  cup Wheat Germ
  • ¾ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup Raisins (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ cup Honey
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350o  Grease a 9x13 baking pan
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, cut bars while still warm. Do not allow bars to cool before cutting or they will be too hard to cut.

**Do not overcook! Remove from oven when edges appear brown and middle appears uncooked.

*Customize by adding dried cranberries, chocolate chips, slivered almonds, walnuts, M&Ms etc

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