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Healthy Eating Discursive Essay

Posted on 13 March 2009 by wrenchwear

My discursive essay is about healthy eating. I will explore both sides of the argument for and against healthy eating and come to a conclusion on what I think is the best side of the argument. This topic is quite controversial and is often discussed by the media. I personally think that people should be able to enjoy what they eat and not have to eat what people say they should eat.
Some people say that if you eat healthy and stick to it you will live longer as you will have less diseases such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension and some cancers. According to the book “Eating for good health” the connection between a high fat diet and the life threatening diseases mentioned above centres on a waxy substance called cholesterol. It is made by the liver and other tissues from ingested fats. As a result of this the cholesterol then sticks to the wall of the arteries. This thickens the artery walls so the passageway for blood is narrower, which increases blood pressure. This can cause a weakness in the artery walls which causes a bulge. If this bulge ruptures it may cause a stroke or a cardiac arrest. Furthermore certain types of cancer can be caused by having a high fat diet. Bile acids in the colon that can turn cells cancerous are stimulated by fat. Fat is also known as a fuel promoting tumour growth.
On the other hand people who eat healthily and who do not eat fatty foods can still die from cancer and other diseases. Another valid point is that you can take healthy eating too far and get diseases such as anorexia and bulimia where you starve yourself or make yourself sick. As a result of these diseases you can develop depression or even death. Also you could eat healthily all your life but you can not control what happens to you. For example you could walk out onto the road and get killed so you may as well enjoy life and eat what you want when you still can.

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A Very Quick Cuban Mojo Dinner

Posted on 24 February 2009 by TheChefsWife

To make a really quick dinner tonight, try tossing some veggies in a Mojo sauce before putting them on skewers.  Use what you have but we like boiled fingerling potatoes, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, red onion, red peppers. and green onions.  Continue Reading

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Roasted Chicken part 2 (stock)

Posted on 20 February 2009 by ChefBud

This is my first LIVE COOKING SHOW. I know what you are thinking: it is part 2. I will do part 1 later. Continue Reading

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O.H.I.O. only handle it once

Posted on 17 February 2009 by ChefBud

I do not know who said it first but OHIO can be applied to almost anything in your life.

It works like this: The more times you handle something the less efficient you are.

Now I understand that the worst part of cooking at home is the cleanup. It is important to be organized and streamline your movements. When I am chopping vegetables I use an empty produce bag as a little trash bin right in front of my cutting board. I do not need to make a mess of the counter and I don’t make trips to the bin. When I’m done I throw the bag away and the counter is clean.

Try prepping with the dishwasher open and load it as you go.

Try this in other moments of your life; a good example is mail. Don’t just toss all the mail on the counter when you walk in. Sort the junk mail right into the recycle or trash bin while it is still in your hand.

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Dirty Mushrooms!

Posted on 12 February 2009 by ChefBud

So I am making a caramelized pearl onion and mushroom sauce. I like to use a teaspoon of dried porcini powder for a nice rich mushroom taste. I also use a few big handfuls of fresh crimini mushrooms for nice meaty mushroom texture.

The criminis I picked up were filthy.

I use no water when cleaning mushrooms because they are like little sponges. They soak up all the water and lose their nice texture and do not saute well anymore.

So, to get them clean I use a little brush and carefully brush all the dirt off. It’s that simple.

They make little mushroom shaped brushes for this. I recomend using a pastry brush. To avoid overflow in my gadget drawer, I try not to buy things I don’t need. It looks like a 1″ wide paint brush. It’s great for many other tasks around the kitchen too.

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