food my dude

  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut or olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced (150 g)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (2 Tbsp or 12 g)
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g) fresh grated ginger (or 1 tsp ground)
  • 1/2 cup (45 g) broccoli florets (or green bell pepper), diced
  • 1/2 cup (64 g) diced carrots
  • 1/4 cup (45 g) diced tomato
  • 1/3 cup (28 g) snow peas (loosely cut)
  • 1 Tbsp (8 g) curry powder
  • Pinch cayenne or 1 dried red chili, diced (optional for heat)
  • 2 14-ounce (396 g) cans light coconut milk (sub full fat for richer texture)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) veggie stock
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


Processed And Organic
Basically,  all but 4 of these ingredients are processed. Those being chilli powder, coconut milk, veggie stock, pepper and perhaps the oil but that is assuming that is in't virgin oil. The most processed food  is probavly the cocnut milk seeing that it needs to be scraped, cleaned and extracted from the humble coconuts.

Political And Economic
I think that this is more of a mid ranged 'fancy' thai-ethnic food. Most of the ingredients are accesable to me because of my neighborhood. due to the fluxutaing price of the vegetables on this list I've chosen the two most expensive items. Veggie Stock 2.88 and Coconut milk 3.28.

Health And Nutrition
Due to the low amount of ingreadients that arent vegetables I would say that this dish is pretty lean and healthy. There are a lot of greens and therefore a lot of protein and vitamins.

Zlinkrofe aka Chicken Dumplings

- 2 chicken thighs or chicken bresats
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 celery stick
- 1/2 small onion
- Diced basely 
- Vegeta (Spice)
- 5 eggs 
- Oil
- Water
- Flour 
- Salt
- Pepper
- Bread Crumbs


1. Make a soup with the meat, carrot, celery and the half of an onion.

2. Next cook the soup from the time it boils to until 30 min passes. 

3. Take out the meat and you have a soup leftover (which you can put extra seasoning in)

4. Cut the meat and add the diced basely, pepper, Vegeta and salt. Mix well.

5. Break 5 eggs into a bowl and mix well with an electric mixer. Add 3 tablespoons of oil and 3 tablespoons of water. Add salt. Mix well. Add flour and mix with the electric mixer untill the tough is thick enough to roll with your hands. 

6. Spread some flour and dut the dough on it. Use a rolling pin to stretch out the dough untilit is thin. 

7. Next use a knife to cut the dough into peaces approximately 3 by 3 inches. 

8. Fill the dough with the meat filling and roll them up. Press the sides to keep the filling from falling out.

9. Take the bread crumbs and fry them until they are golden brown.

10. Boil water and put the dumplings into the water (no more than 10 at a time), and wait until they all float up. 

11. Teak the dumplings out one by one and roll them in the dough. 

12. Wait a couple of minutes for them to cool down and enjoy!

Almost everything in this recipe is fresh food and only a couple products are proceed food, such as the spices, oil, and bread crumbs. The Vegeta is made out of dried vegetables, salt, sugar and some flavor enhancers. As for bread crumbs, they are biased on what type you get. These processed foods all include sugar as an ingredient. 

Chicken is one of the most popular foods that is also fresh, but it was probably specifically raised to one-day be a meal. All the vegetables are fresh and most likely shipped straight from a farm. The oil is also a processed food, while something like water is completely natural unless it is filtered. 
This meals price wearies, for example, you can either buy bread crumbs or make them by baking old bread and then crunching them. Most of these vegetables are things that people already have in the fridge, and the meat is approximate $8. I would guess that this meal is around $20 if you buy almost all of the ingredients, not including the salt, pepper, Vegeta, water, and oil. 

This meal tastes great, and might remind people of fast food, but with all the ingredients it is so much more healthy, but it also takes a lot of time to prepare.


6 patatoes
1/2 a butter stick
1/4 a cup of milk
1 teaspoon of salt

       The potatoes are natural since they are vegetables. That actually is not processed, and it they are healthy due to being a vegetable. Butter is pretty processed. It has a a ton of fat and salt in them and it's not all added naturally. The dairy part is may be non-processed, but everything else is processed. The milk is dairy or almond, but even so, there has to be a process to add that vanilla flavor. The salt is natural, however. Salt is not nutritious, as it is full of sodium. The milk is not that unhealthy, as they are not filled with sweet ingredients.

       The difference between farm milk and store milk that is processed is that nothing is added. The milk can't become less nutritious in a farm since it is completely natural, and not tampered with in any way. And th

Q2- Artist's Statement and Slideshow

Artist's Statement 

This quarter we focused on different art techniques and practicing them instead of completing just big projects like we did a lot last quarter. The assignments were more about learning new skills and repetition than just creating something. I think I learned a lot this quarter because our assignments had us practicing new skills from the sources you gave us. We completed blind contour drawings, a color wheel, and practiced shading with different objects including fruit. None of them were finished pieces, or my best work, but I learned a lot from completing them. One of my favorite assignments though, was the colored pencil portrait we were assigned. I ended up drawing Pedro and the drawing looked just like him, while also having it’s own style. I usually work with pencil, charcoal, or ink when doing a portrait, os I gained a lot from working with a medium I was unfamiliar with. I do hope next quarter we will be able to do both big projects and small assignments while also learning in different mediums of art.

Cassava Leaf Soup and Rice

  • Cassava leaves, pounded

  • Beef (or other meat), wash and cut

  • 200 ml palm oil

  • 1 fish, if preferred

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • Chilli or hot Peppers

  • 4 cups water (1l)

  • Salt, for taste

  1. In a cooking pot, add your  meat or fish, salt and 2 cups of water.  

  2. Then bring it to boil for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked. When the fish is done, remove it from the pot. Let it cool down and remove the bones from fish and set aside.

  3. Add the cassava leaves in the pot. Let it simmer for 5 minutes and add another cup of water

  4. Pour the palm oil in the sauce and add onion, and chili pepper .

  5. Then simmer for 30 minutes on medium heat.You will need to stir the sauce occasionally to prevent it from burning

  6. Return the fish  in the pot and salt to taste.

  7. Stir well and cook for 15 minutes.

  8. When your soup is done, serve it with rice

I would say that about 65 percent of this meal is whole food and the rest is processed. The greens are are grown and then pounded and put into a sealed bag which is then frozen. I at first that the green were fine but then my mom brought back cassava leaves from Liberia and it tastes a lot different from the greens that are grown here. The animals that were used in this meal, I don't know how they were killed, but most usually we get our meat from markets and other areas like that. The same goes for our seasoning that we use for the soup

When it comes to the cassava leaves, they are grown here, but they originated from my mother’s homeland, Liberia. For the ones that are grown here, I’m sure that they are mostly organically grown. When we have the time we even pick our own greens from farms in New Jersey. For the meat that we use, I am not sure if they contains pesticides and how commercially grown they really are, we get majority of it from markets so I think that it’s mostly organic.

This meal generally cost at least $50, and sometimes even more than that depending on what my mom wants to add to the soup. However, she ends up creating a large amount, so we eat some on that day, and refrigerate the rest. It usually last up to a month in my house before we have to make something else. My mom does this because she works late and doesn’t have time to always cook or give us money for takeout. We get most of our ingredients from small businesses because most of the things that we need, some supermarkets don’t have them, or they are too out of the way. Most of my community is either from Liberia or have relatives and parents that are from there. So, most of the foods that we eat, the stores around us have the ingredients.

French Toast Grilled Cheese



  • Two eggs

  • Two slices of bread

  • Two pieces of cheese

  • Unsalted margarine

  • ¼ cup milk

  • Cinnamon


  1. Crack two eggs into a bowl and scramble until all of the egg is one color.

  2. Mix milk into the eggs.

  3. Heat a flat pan and melt a piece of margarine in the pan to coat the bottom.

  4. Place a piece of bread into the bowl so one side is completely covered in egg. Then flip, and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

  5. Lift bread out of bowl. Take bread out before it can get very soggy and start falling apart.

  6. Put the slice of bread into the pan cinnamon side down. Then, sprinkle cinnamon over the other side.

  7. Flip the bread once the side that is faced down no longer looks like raw egg.

  8. Once other side is cooked, place the slice onto a plate.

  9. Put one piece of cheese in the corner of the slice of bread. Then, rip the other slice of cheese in areas of the top of the bread the first piece of cheese did not cover.

  10. Coat the second slice of bread in the remaining egg and cook like the first one.

  11. Place the second slice on top of the cheese.

  12. Let the sandwich cool for a moment, and then cut it in half if you desire.


50% of the ingredients in this recipe are processed food while the rest is whole food. Eggs are a whole food since they come directly from chickens with little done to them except cleaning and packaging. Cinnamon,  type of tree bark that is just grated, is another whole food. Milk is almost a whole food, except it is pasteurized and sometimes has added vitamins.  Meanwhile, bread, margarine, and cheese are highly processed. It is possible to get cheese that is more of a whole food, but I tend to use cheese from Kraft.

This meal is unhealthy to eat everyday. Margarine almost only has fat, which is not healthy. Eating eggs too often causes high cholesterol, but it is a good source of protein, which the body does need. Cheese has calcium, but Kraft has added dyes and other unnatural ingredients. Arnold Whole Grain Oat Nut bread, which I use, gives protein, fiber, and whole grains, but also has added vitamins. Added vitamins are not as good as eating naturally occurring vitamins.

This meal is inexpensive. A dozen eggs, gallon of milk, jar of cinnamon, package of cheese, and box of margarine cost a few dollars each, and of each ingredient, only cents’ worth is being used. This meal only costs $1-2 approximately. This is about the same price as a burger on a fast food value menu, but with more whole grains than the rolls used in fast food. Both still are cooked with fat though.

Q2 Final Artist Project

This marking period I created a lot of good artwork. I was on task every class making sure I had a goal to accomplish before the end of class weather it was a big or small goal. I have made contour drawings, drawings of my own, a recreation of a artwork and I editing a a couple of my photos.I am most proud of my recreation, because  I believe I worked really hard on that and made sure it was as close as a replica it could be.

Ben Fink-Second Artist's Statement

The purpose of this slideshow is to showcase all of the art projects I completed for the second quarter. One of the most important lessons I learned from this quarter was the importance of planning assignment periods. I learned that if you don't plan ahead and get started on long-term assignments as soon as possible, then you're gonna be stuck trying to create an entire project in one art period, which only lasts about an hour. That's why I usually tried to manage my time so that I took two or three art periods to complete it. One thing I really enjoyed about this quarter was the creative freedom Ms. Hull gave us when she posted these assignments. Although the guidelines for each assignment were pretty strict, she was kinda laid-back in terms of what we could and couldn't draw/paint..

Quarter Two Art

Throughout this quarter we have all been working with colored pencils and as a result I have improved my technique and come to enjoy the medium. We started with blind contour drawings which I found pretty difficult. It was probably my least favorite assignment of the quarter but I also realize that it was an important assignment. I wish I had practiced blind contour drawing a little more; my drawings aren’t very good. However, the process was useful and made me more aware when drawing a subject. The next assignment, colored pencil techniques, taught me three new techniques. I enjoyed this assignment very much and I am proud of the finished product. This assignment taught me how to add perspective and color gradation using color pencils. The last assignment that builded on technique was the color wheel assignment. This involved using three colored pencils to create a color wheel. This assignment taught me how to blend colored pencils and better create gradation in color. The circle itself is a little lopsided and some of the colors aren’t blended as well as I hoped but overall I am proud of my work.

Once we learned basic techniques we worked on a colored pencil portrait. I had trouble with layering colored pencils to create realistic and complex skin. I tried different combinations but most of the time the subject just looked sickly. I wish I had worked more on this and used more layers to build up the skin. My favorite assignment of the quarter was the colored pencil fruit basket. I chose to draw an apple, peach, cantaloupe slice, and pear sitting on a table. I spent a lot of time layering colors and creating smooth gradients. I also worked hard on the shadows and highlights and tried to make the fruit look as realistic and three dimensional as I could. I am very proud of the final product and I especially love the color gradient in the pear. Through this assignment I learned how much I enjoyed blending colored pencils.

The next assignment, colorizing blind contour drawings, I also enjoyed. I drew two faces which are the ones I am most proud of and a couple other objects. I enjoyed using a variety of bright colors and blending them together to make the drawings very vivid and colorful. The last assignment was a four hour choice drawing. I drew a cat which I colored in with bright patches of color. The cat is thinking of the things it wants which include toys and food. I enjoyed creating a blue and purple gradient for the thought bubbles. Overall, this quarter I came to really love using colored pencils and created a few pieces that I am proud of.

Chicken Soup

1 (3 pound) whole chicken 
4 carrots, halved 
4 stalks celery, halved 
1 large onion, halved 
water to cover 
salt and pepper to taste 
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules (optional)

Put the chicken, carrots, celery and onion in a large soup pot and cover with cold water. Heat and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken meat falls off of the bones (skim off foam every so often).
Take everything out of the pot. Strain the broth. Pick the meat off of the bones and chop the carrots, celery and onion. Season the broth with salt, pepper and chicken bouillon to taste, if desired. Return the chicken, carrots, celery and onion to the pot, stir together, and serve.

Write up
This meal is entirely non-processed. Though you could include potentially processed ingredients, like gross chicken or pre-made chicken stock or ground carrots or a plastic onion, this simple form of the meal is basically entirely healthy. If you use really good produce, it could be really healthy. The exception in this specific recipes is the optional chicken bouillon granules, but even those won't kill you.
This meal is super cheap and super low-maintenance. So long as you're in the house to make sure it doesn't burn down, you can mostly just skim some foam/fat off the top every once in a long while. This meal gets even cheaper when you consider that I don't like celery and wouldn't buy any. The trick of this meal is that most of what you're eating is hot water. Broth-y soup and coffee and tea are well loved because they are somehow just versions of water that we really like, and in parts of the world where they're served, the only thing cheaper than water is air.
Socially, this meal holds a very important role among the Jewish people. Like how Einstein's inertial reference frames suggest that speed is subjective based on viewpoint, the best chicken soup is always made by the consumer's mother. Many an argument has been had about who's soup is best. "My mom's," says the speaker. "No, my mom's!" says the opposition. Little do they know that they are both correct. Other fun facts about soup include: it's better on the second day, it is the only true cure-all, and matzo balls are bad. Maybe most people don't agree with me on that last point.

Jared’s Spicy Garlic Chicken

Note exact quantities are not used to make this recipe. I explained what to look for instead as that is how I actually prepare this dish.  


About 5 pounds of boneless skinless chicken

McCormick Roasted Garlic & Herb

Virgin Olive OIl


  • Unwrap Chicken and place on a plate.

  • Brush Olive Virgin Oil onto Chicken until it is fully coated.

  • Cover chicken in McCormick Roasted Garlic & Herb Mix until about half the chicken’s surface area is about ½ covered.

  • Grill Chicken to 165 degrees fahrenheit.

  • Place chicken on plate and enjoy!


This dish is a relatively affordable dish as chicken is one of the least expensive proteins that one can buy.  The average cost of a pound of chicken, according to a quick google search, is 3 about dollars and one can often find it for much cheaper on sale. The other ingredients in the dish are a bit more expensive per purchase, however, one McCormick Roasted Garlic & Herb and a bottle of virgin olive oil can last for tens of times making this recipe.  

This dish is also a relatively healthy dish. Boneless skinless chicken only has 165 calories per serving. In addition to that, it offers an amazing 31 grams of protein. I ate this dish frequently when I was lifting as it was a great source of protein at a low cost. Protein helps us build and replenish muscle and people who are actively training must eat more than the average individual. While olive oil is high in calories it consists of monounsaturated fat as it is thus considered good fat by many nutritionists, rather than trans fats and saturated fats, which are generally considered bad for you.  

This meal is not very processed as the chicken is a natural ingredient. Using virgin olive olive olive oil means that the olives were only turned into oil using a machine but no chemicals or additives.

Vegetable and Goat cheese quesadilla.

A) Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced white onion

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • Pinch of Salt

  • Pepper

  • 1 tortilla

  • 1/2 cup shredded hard goat cheese

  • 1/2 large sliced tomato

  • fresh basil or sage

B)Directions to make Vegetable and Goat cheese quesadilla.

  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. You can add toppings such as unions and sauté until translucent for around 5 minutes. After season it with salt, and pepper. Remove onions from pan and set aside.

  • Using the same pan, lay the tortilla flat on the pan in medium heat. Sprinkle cheese evenly on top. Top half the cheese with cooked onions, tomato, and herbs. When cheese begins to melt, fold cheese-only side of tortilla over. Cook for another minute. You can repeat this process for larger crowds of people such as a whole classroom. Each person will want more than one, but it is healthy and taste very good and is also quick.

c) Analysis

Goat cheese is easy to digest for people who are lactose intolerant. You can use a whole wheat tortilla which has fiber. You can also use veggies for toppings which are extremely healthy and have antioxidants.

This is the beautiful thing about making a meal that is from a country like Mexico. In Mexico, most of the ingredients you will find are grown locally and are very fresh. What this means is that the food that you will be eating will most likely not be processed. Goat cheese also contains whey which contains protein. If you are going to the gym a lot, you might want to think about creating one of these healthy quesadillas because you can fuel your gains. Furthermore, you can also eat the veggies from locally grown markets, or you can buy bad veggies. Either way, you know that it will be much better for you than a processed meal.

This meal should really cost less than 10$. If you are buying all of these ingredients in bulk than the price of each quesadilla plummets. If you are just planning to make one of these for yourself, than you might want to think about saving some for friends because you will have a hard time buying the ingredients in a small quantity. In comparison with fast food, you are getting not only a better deal but a healthier deal with these quesadillas in comparison with Taco Bell. The people who make money off of this meal are local farmers who are just out here attempting to connect people with great food and healthy lifestyles. It is a beautiful thing that large corporations/ businesses are not involved. If you go with the large companies, you might not get as much flavor or nutrients, but it might be a little cheaper. In this case we will definitely go with the healthy and local market route. ENJOY YOUR MEAL!

Vegetarian Antipasto

Vegetarian Antipasto (Serves 6 entree salads)

Ingredients for Salad:

1 bag romaine lettuce

1 bag spring mix

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

1½ cups cucumber, peeled and chopped

1 cup red onions, chopped

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped

12 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

½ cup artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained, rinsed and quartered


½ cup Light Balsamic Vinaigrette (optional)


6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese -1 tbsp. per salad (optional)


1. In a large bowl, add the lettuces.  Next, add all the remaining salad ingredients. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

2. When ready to serve, add the dressing and toss well.  Divide salad on each plate.  Top each salad with 1 tablespoon cheese.

This vegetarian antipasto is the healthiest meal that you can find in an Italian and Irish family that likes their meats, cheeses, and breads. Normally, my mom will make this as a side salad for a meal but she told me that it can be served as an entree for dinner. For its nutritional content, the meal totals to about 236 calories per serving (including the cheese and dressing) and each serving consists of about to cups of the salad which is very filling. There is about 10 grams of fat which is not a lot of fat from a dinner meal since you are supposed to have 44 to 78 grams of fat per day in your diet. However if you eat too many salads, you will most likely become constipated since leafy green vegetables like lettuce are high in insoluble fiber.

Most of the ingredients in this recipe are not processed or could be found in a not processed form. For example, the recipe calls for bagged romaine lettuce and spring mix which means that there was a small amount of processing that the food went through. The person making this dish could always use normal lettuce instead of bagged lettuce. Other than these items that could be found non-processed the only processed ingredients are the cheese, vinaigrette, and the canned garbanzo beans. Most of the ingredients for this recipe are not processed foods.

Depending on whether you buy these items organic or nonorganic is a factor for the price of this meal. Also this dish includes many ingredients, especially vegetables when bought out of season can be expensive. Depending on the time of year and the preference of the customer, this meal could be more expensive than some dinners. Changes can be made to this recipe to make it more affordable for all incomes and it is still less expensive than buying fast food for dinner.



(Serves 8-10 guests)

4 ripe avocados

1 jalapeno pepper

½ red onion

½ lime

¼  teaspoon sea salt  

(how ever much, I personally like a lot) cilantro


  1. Chop jalapenos, red onions and cilantro into small pieces (finely chop)

  2. Seed avocados and place avocados in a mixing bowl.

  3. Start to smash avocados to your preference consistency. (I like mine chunky where there there are still chunks of avocados)

  4. Juice/ squeeze lime

  5. Mix altogether

  6. Done! You can serve it as a dip, with lime chips or plain tortilla chips. My preference would be the Tostitos lime chips or for a healthier right of way, get tortilla chips and squirt some lime on top and a dash of sea salt and mix together.


  My family has had this recipe for the longest, before chipotle was even chipotle! Shockingly enough, this is how chipotle’s guacamole tastes but so much better. This is such a healthy snack and you can literally eat it with anything. My family often gets our groceries from Italian Market and I must say, it has a huge difference in taste compared to supermarkets. All the ingredients above can be found at a produce stand and/or whole foods therefore, I would say that this is 100% whole foods.

Some ingredients such as lime and salt can be tricky. Some may buy lime juice that has already been squeezed and packaged (they are sometimes near the fresh limes and lemons in supermarkets that are in a plastic bottle shaped as a lime/lemon), which is not really fresh if you were to get a whole lime and squeeze it yourself. It definitely does ruin the fresh taste of the guac, therefore I suggest buying a whole lime and putting in work to get that fresh juice. Also, salt. Notice I said sea-salt instead of regular salt. According to mayoclinic, table salt contains added iodine which helps maintains a healthy thyroid (not bad) and sea salt also has that same nutritional value, but sea salt is a better and healthier choice because of the amount of sodium in them. It is also best to not use much salt because if you were to eat it with tortilla chips, there is salt already added in. Speaking of tortilla chips, if you were to buy tostitos lime chips, that would be considered processed food. Looking at the amount of calories it contains (150 calories per serving and a serving is 1oz. which is about 7 chips), it can be unhealthy. It is best to not eat this everyday, also being that avocados does contain natural fat. But it is a better choice rather than those processed salsa in the supermarkets.

These ingredients can come from anywhere. My guacamole usually comes from costa rica (just so happens that when I would peal off the sticker, it would say costa rica). I don’t really pay attention to where the other ingredients come from, but I should really start to pay attention. With that being said,  I highly recommend those who love avocados try this out. It will change your life.

Advanced Essay #3 - Christian

Christian McCormac


I’ve wanted to write an essay like this for a while. I think what I discussed in the essay kind of pushed me to finally get around to it. The whole concept of what identity and wealth has to do with immigrants and how it affects there lives is what is important.  Equity, equality and patriotism have a big part in the essay too.

In the US the gap between rich and poor is growing. As an immigrant coming from a different country to america, you have to realize that other  people have different perspectives of you. "It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others" - W.E.B. Dubois Traditions that they leave back in there country, a personality they leave at home, acting more american at work to relate to others and be more successful. “Most people don’t, for two reasons: They have no idea that their identity is affecting how much they earn. Even if they do know, they don’t know what they can do to change their identity.” Traditions that immigrants leave behind in their country, a personality that they leave at home with their families, and a mask they put on at work to relate more to others and act more American to be more successful.

Patriotism and pride have a huge role in traditions that American immigrants participate in. "Patriotism, sir, is the last resort of scoundrels," There are two sides of patriotism, the good side, where patriotism is the quality of being patriotic and supporting the country you’re from, and then there's a bad side of patriotism, where everyone is so patriotic that the only country they support is there own. Personally I support every country, I also believe that this world should have more equity. Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating everyone the same. Equality aims to promote fairness, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help. Immigrants that come from different countries also have to adapt to the American lifestyle, the way Americans live, and portray themselves.

As far as traditions, there are many different traditions, and having money, gets you more places in life. In addition to cultural pressures, many immigrants face outright racism, which can hurt their careers. “In fact, race alone cost Asian, black, and Latino immigrants an average of between $2,000 to $2,700 in net worth, compared to that of white immigrants with similar educational backgrounds, periods of residency, and fluency in English.” This quotes ties back into identity and how identity affects how much they earn. That’s why many immigrants wear mask so they can be more successful. It’s always good to ask yourself the central question in what ways does wealth tied together in immigrants is a assimilation?

In conclusion the whole concept of everything this essay's states, humans have to learn how to love and treat everyone as they would want to be treated. Everyone needs to learn self control, self motivation, and how to value what is really important in life.

Tomato and Mozzarella salad

Lily and Rifah

Our dish is a tomato and mozzarella salad.


  1. 15 grape tomatoes.

  2. 12 lb fresh mozzarella cheese

  3. 12 cup torn basil leaves.

  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil.

  5. 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar.

  6. kosher salt or sea salt, to taste.


Step 1:Place grape tomatoes , alternating with mozzarella slices, in a large bowl.

Step 2: Combine oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake well. Drizzle over tomatoes and mozzarella

Step 3: Mix everything together

Step 4: Sprinkle in basil and mix

Step 5: Sprinkle basil on top

Step 6: Serve and enjoy

This meal is traditionally eaten by Italians on holidays and with cold sandwiches like hoagies. In our meal, two out of the six ingredients are whole foods while the rest are processed. Most of the ingredients are found in your own home like salt, pepper, and olive oil but if not they are affordable just as much as the tomatoes and mozzarella. These items are found at any local grocery store. If you would like to support small businesses or your local farmer’s market, then tomatoes and basil leaves can be bought there. This promotes sustainable farming, use of less pesticides and fertilizers and also helps them expand their business so their foods can reach more people in the community. However, all the other ingredients are usually mass produced and benefit bigger companies and corporations than anyone else. You could also grow the tomatoes and basil yourself, to save more money and also be more environmentally friendly!

Overall, this recipe is relatively cheap since most of the ingredients can be found in every home. Altogether it would take about $10-15 to purchase the ingredients. All of the ingredients are healthy, so it wouldn’t be too big of a deal if you ate it every day. However, if you did decide to eat it every day, it would be important to lay off on the cheese because it could cause high cholesterol. However, if the levels are maintained and eaten along with a relatively healthy diet, it should not be a big deal. Hope you try this dish at home and enjoy it!

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Lily and Rifah

Our dish is a tomato and mozzarella salad.


  1. 15 grape tomatoes.

  2. 12 lb fresh mozzarella cheese

  3. 12 cup torn basil leaves.

  4. 3 tablespoons olive oil.

  5. 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar.

  6. kosher salt or sea salt, to taste.


Step 1:Place grape tomatoes , alternating with mozzarella slices, in a large bowl.

Step 2: Combine oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake well. Drizzle over tomatoes and mozzarella

Step 3: Mix everything together

Step 4: Sprinkle in basil and mix

Step 5: Sprinkle basil on top

Step 6: Serve and enjoy

This meal is traditionally eaten by Italians on holidays and with cold sandwiches like hoagies. In our meal, two out of the six ingredients are whole foods while the rest are processed. Most of the ingredients are found in your own home like salt, pepper, and olive oil but if not they are affordable just as much as the tomatoes and mozzarella. These items are found at any local grocery store. If you would like to support small businesses or your local farmer’s market, then tomatoes and basil leaves can be bought there. This promotes sustainable farming, use of less pesticides and fertilizers and also helps them expand their business so their foods can reach more people in the community. However, all the other ingredients are usually mass produced and benefit bigger companies and corporations than anyone else. You could also grow the tomatoes and basil yourself, to save more money and also be more environmentally friendly!

Overall, this recipe is relatively cheap since most of the ingredients can be found in every home. Altogether it would take about $10-15 to purchase the ingredients. All of the ingredients are healthy, so it wouldn’t be too big of a deal if you ate it every day. However, if you did decide to eat it every day, it would be important to lay off on the cheese because it could cause high cholesterol. However, if the levels are maintained and eaten along with a relatively healthy diet, it should not be a big deal. Hope you try this dish at home and enjoy it!

Recipe and Analysis: Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are an ancient dish that are thought to have originated in Eastern Europe but have grown in popularity and are now consumed all over the world under many different names. Deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs whose yolks are removed, combined with other ingredients, and then scooped back into the egg whites. My family likes to make deviled eggs to serve as hors d'oeuvres before holiday or birthday dinners. They are very easy to make. Here is a very simple recipe:

  1. Hard-boil six eggs. Cut the eggs lengthwise and remove yolks.

  2. Combine ingredients in a bowl:

  • 6 finely crushed egg yolks

  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard

  • Salt and pepper to taste.

  1. Put about a tablespoon of mixture into each egg half.

This is the most basic deviled egg recipe; there are very many variations of and garnishes for deviled eggs. For example, I use slightly less mayonnaise, spicy brown mustard instead of yellow, and scallions and paprika as garnishes.

Deviled eggs are very neat because they are so easy to make and very nutritious. According to WebMD, “One egg has only 75 calories but 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, along with iron, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids.” Eggs, in pretty much any form, are nutritious and delicious. Deviled eggs are, therefore, a relatively low-calorie and high-protein snack, with the exception of the mayonnaise. One tablespoon of of mayonnaise has a about 94 calories, so about 376 of the calories in the deviled eggs from the recipe above are from mayonnaise. Further, one tablespoon of mayonnaise contains about ten grams of fat, which is 15.4 percent of daily recommended intake, so mayonnaise is a high fat and high calorie ingredient ( Fortunately, there are many lower calorie mayonnaise substitutes, including vegan mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and tzatziki sauce. I’ve yet to try any of these substitutes in deviled eggs before, but the beauty of the deviled egg is its versatility and simplicity, so it is a good dish to experiment on. Due to their simplicity, deviled eggs also contain mostly whole rather than processed foods. Mustard, vinegar, and eggs are all whole foods. Though different brands of mustard can be heavily processed, mustard is generally only made from mustard seeds, vinegar, water, and salt. Mayonnaise may be fatty, but it is a pretty simple spread and generally isn’t considered a processed food, especially if organic or not storebought. If I haven’t yet sold you on the beauty of deviled eggs, consider that deviled eggs are also not very hard on the environment. It is easy to buy eggs that are cage-free, organic, and local because they are a staple food, and the impact of deviled eggs’ seasonings on the environment is minuscule.

Recipe and Analysis - Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad ​

Serves 8-12

10oz of Romaine Lettuce chopped

¼ cup of croutons

1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese

¼ of caesar salad dressing (To use when needed)   

First wash the lettuce well, shake after rinsing, and use a cloth or a paper towel to help dry some excess water. Then add the croutons and cheese, and toss the salad so that the ingredients are evenly distributed.Next use half of ¼ cup of dressing and add more dressing if needed for taste.

The meal is primarily whole foods because the main ingredient is lettuce. I would approximate that this mea has to be about 86% whole food and 14% processed. Although this amount changes depending on the amount of salad dressing they put on there salad. The processed parts of the meal are the croutons, parmesan cheese, and salad dressing most of these things are made with ingredients that are heavily processed.

This meal cost under $10. So it is great for a light meal or lunch. It is a little more expensive than fast food, but the quantity is larger so that is will balance out to around the same price in the end. It will just take more preparation to have this instead of fast food.

From farm to plate these ingredients came from farms with lettuce, flour products, herbs, and milk from a dairy farm. Almost all of these items would have been home grown, such as the lettuce, the ingredients for the salad dressing. Although there is no way to have less commercial way to produce croutons and cheese. There is the possibility to leave them out of the salad to make it more self-sufficient.

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Advanced Essay #3

When speaking about race or ethnic background in any conversation, the room always seems to sit still. It is as if an imaginary piece of tape forces lips to shut and ones’ task is to find the strength and courage to break the seal. Race is one of those topics that holds back another's’ thoughts and opinions, filling the room with an uptight vibe. In most cases when specifically speaking about black and white races, they are their own quantity. It seems as though people with biracial backgrounds that origin from African American and Caucasian parents are forced to choose to be identify as either an African American or Caucasian individual and such being that there is no in between.

A prime example comes from the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama. Obama’s parents comes from array of ethnic backgrounds. Being that his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, is an Irish-American and his father, Barack Obama Sr., born African, that makes President Obama equally half Irish-American and African. Though, society says otherwise. Barack Obama is not identified as “the first biracial President of the United States” he is said to be “the first black President of the United States”.  

Coming from a biracial home myself with a black father and white mother, I was told that when you have a black father and white mother then the children are considered black, so with that being said I am an African American. Growing up I would always struggle telling people my race. It is not that I did not feel comfortable, it was that their reaction would shock me in a way.  If a person asked what race do I identify as, I would simply say, “I am black,” with no hesitation. And in an instant, that person’s expression would change.  They would either respond with, “No you are not, you are a white boy. ” or “...if you are black why is  your skin so white?” Yet hearing their responses, I come to my senses to automatically compare myself to someone who is known with the same struggle. Steph Curry, for instance. With Steph Curry having both his parents African American, he just has light skin. Therefore, it is possible for African Americans to have very light skin.

So growing up and being biracial I would not say it was hard for me but I definitely felt different.  My neighborhood is mixed with black and white people.  I went to a mostly black school, there were maybe eight or nine white kids in the entire school that I went to.  So coming from a biracial family I feel like that set me apart from the other kids I went to school with.  My physical appearance has stood out as well.  Going to a mostly black school and having light skin and reddish hair immediately set me apart.  Difference doesn’t bother me its something that i have gotten use to through my life, I just wish society could embrace different the same way I do.

Violence in Sports

I recently went to Barnes and Noble and and I finally got a chance to read it, The Greatest American Sports Writing of the Century, by David Brad Halberstam. I open up to Page 6, chapter 3 and, again, I helplessly give in to that feeling of romance that had been built between a rapidly expanding 20th century America and the boisterous phenomena that had became of sports. It was the sense of nostalgia that was laced in all of the great stories that hall would include in his series of all of the epic moments in sports that I think drew me in so close. Whether it was the examination of the legendary Yankee batter, Joe DiMaggio, whose perception to the world was far from pure, or lone wolf tennis champion, Richard Gonzalez, who rode the path of victory in his lonesome. The presence of sports in America is a presence unrivaled by any other single entity of our culture in this country. Today, with over half the country in enthralled, it can be hard to imagine a culture living and functioning while removed from the values and teachings the games have instilled into us.

But besides this, we tend to find that the culture of sports is often one tainted by violent and rambunctious conduct. Often times we hear about in the news of violent riots taken place in cities after that city’s team losing, famously in 2012 when the University of Kentucky. Looking in, the world of sports can be defined on two polar halves,  on some ends it can look like one of the most beautiful and complex constructs of society, but through some lenses, can look like some sort of wild destruction and demoralization of people.

I sat down with a friend of mine, Kobe, an avid and a long time fan of football, and I got to ask him some questions of what he thinks of the behavior that has become of sports over its time, and what some of his experiences were like as a member of the community. What he came up with was this idea of relatability between the people and the players.

“You relate to them….the journey is something you can relate to even if you haven’t met your destination”

It is in the traits that we share with each other that draw and connect us to one another. By the senses of passion, pain, struggle, and perseverance that we can see in athletes that we often find in ourselves and throughout the challenges we face in life. A large part of the appeal of sports is being able to watch the progression of the individuals, of the teams, people who may come from similar backgrounds as you and have qualities that you have. The stories of their lives begins to resonate deeply with the story of ours.

When  answering the question of whether of violence in sports, the story factor is very important for us to consider. It is what practically runs sports, it is the lifeline. This relation isn’t new either, in other forms of media, we already see the same type of passion that sports fans carry with them. Whether we’re reading a book, or catching up on our favorite TV shows, we struggle to separate ourselves from the characters portrayed in the emotions that are involved with them. An unusual, but fitting example would be the popular YouTube series Video Game High School. In the show, teens live high school life in what many would consider a kid’s dream, surrounded entirely by the influence of games and building themselves into young professionals of the gaming industry. They quickly come to realize, however, the myriad of problems inherent of a school like this and we watch the main character, Brian, as he sorts his way through the typical high school drama while trying to rise to the top as a video game athlete. His ambition, despite the odds being against his favor in his inertness and misguiding surroundings, manages to attain the level of success he had always wished for as a child. Not only do we see the characters lows, but we get to watch him on the journey on his way to the highs. And, in that, reflection of our own personal highs and lows in high school. We know what it's like.

“You understand, when you first start playing an instrument, the cramps you get on your hand, or the callouses you get on your finger tips”

That’s the type of emotion that is triggered in watching games like football, this is the story of your favorite television shows, but confided into one dunk.

It's no secret though, that when looking at America in particular, we are especially violent in our culture. “On one hand, it isn’t even that surprising. We are a culture at war, on many fronts.” Between poverty, racism, sexism, immigration and a whole plethora of issues, we have become more divided than ever, with people with many polarizing views on issues has intensified much of our day to day interactions between strangers and friends alike. For example, in 2016, Chicago’s homicide rate was up by 56% by as early as May. This may even go as far as to speak for why 67% of the NFL is made up of black athletes. In a way, our sports has become substitution for hitting people walking down the street. It has become our voice in a voiceless place.  

With President Trump in office, there’s been a newly heightened fear among many of the American people. As someone who’s allegedly discriminated against, and taken advantage of a variety people of different backgrounds, it’ll be particularly interesting to examine and understand how the sports world will endure or adapt to this change in leadership. Already, in 2016, we’ve seen figures like Colin Kaepernick take actions against the flag, so what the next four years will say about his reasoning will be particularly interesting to see.

Kobe’s idea of the role violence plays in sports and what sports mean to us was very  interesting to hear about. It was particularly interesting hearing what he had to say, and in some senses, gives us an idea of how we should think of the problems in America.

In a way, David’s book is one of irony, because as he tells the most epic stories of sports, those stories manifest into many deeper visions of the underlying violence and story of many Americans everywhere.

Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese Recipe

  • 1 box of macaroni

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 1 can of Carnations evaporated milk

  • 3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2 cups of shredded mild cheddar cheese

  • 2 cups of shredded 4-state cheddar blend

  • 2 cups of shredded colby jack cheese blend

  • ¼ tsp of salt

  • ⅛ tsp of pepper

  • ⅛ tsp of mustard powder

  • Lawry’s season salt

  • ½ cup of whole milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Cook 1 box of macaroni and drain.

  3. Add 1 stick of butter and let it begin to melt.

  4. Pour in one can of Carnations evaporated milk.  Stir.

  5. Add two cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese and stir.

  6. Add  1/4 tsp of salt.  

  7. Add 1/8 tsp of pepper.

  8. Add 1/8 tsp mustard powder.

  9. Add two shakes of Lawry's season salt.

  10. Add 2 cups of mild cheddar cheese.  Stir.

  11. Add 2 cups of a Colby Jack blend cheese. Continue to stir while cheese melts

  12. Add 2 cups of 4 State Cheddar blend

  13. Add 1/2 cup of whole milk.  Stir.

  14. Pour mixture into a glass bowl and cover the top with another cup of cheddar cheese.

  15. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the mac and cheese begins to bubble and the cheese too begins to brown.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

For this project, I decided to do my mothers famous Mac and Cheese.  Macaroni and Cheese is a staple in soul food in the United States.  Macaroni, cheese, and butter are fused together to make a dish that seems to be brought down from the heavens.  While everyone says that there mac and cheese recipe is the best, I truly believe that my mother perfected the recipe.  All of the indigirants complement each other so nice that it creates a dish that is one of a kind.

This meal is not that cheap.  You will need about 5 bags of cheese to make this recipe.  If each bag of cheese goes for about 4 dollars then you will be spending about 20 dollars on cheese alone.  A box of pasta for this recipe will go for a little over 1 dollar.  A box of butter will cost you 5 dollars.  Evaporated milk should cost about 5 dollars.  Assuming you have everything else, you will be spending about 35 dollars on this dish.  

We are living in a world where almost every kind of food you get is processed in some kind of way.  Every ingredient in this recipe is processed.  These cheese, the butter, the macaroni.  Even whole milk is processed.  From the cheese alone you are look at almost 500 calories.  If you are someone who likes to watch their calories then you should only eat mac and cheese on special occasions but if you are someone like me who can afford eating something like this then you should.