Written for Scam Artist #4

As promised, here is the second of the previously stolen articles that I promised to post today.

Cooking Tips for the Newbie

Cooking is one of those skills that we grow up watching our mother’s do and never realize all of the intricate details involved with creating the perfect meal; from the planning to the technique to the ingredients. For the newbie learning to cook it can be an overwhelming, eye opening experience. Take heart, there is no need to be intimidated when we are here to
help you.cooking-safety-3


Safety Precautions
and Products

Beyond the obvious safety measures of never touch a hot pot, there are a few things to keep in mind such as:

  • Steam is Dangerous – Steam burns are actually more
    severe than a direct contact burn. Because of this, you should always have a barrier such as sleeves, a towel or a pot lid, between you and the vapors as you drain pasta, potatoes, or other ingredients from boiling water.
  • Oven Racks get Hot – The awkward angle of leaning over an open oven door as you attempt to lift a hot, heavy object from the bottom oven rack has caused many a cook to be burned. Always use some type of pot holder, or preferably oven glovcooking-safety-2es with fingers.
  • BBQ’s – BBQ’s are another place that you should definitely wear oven gloves with

    fingers. This type of oven glove protects your hands from residual heat, while also
    allowing you to have full movement.

  • Curled Fingers for Cutting – When cutting with sharp knives ALWAYS cucooking-safety-4rl your fingertips in and away from the blades edge. This will prevent dangerous cuts and cross blood contamination with food.


Recipes for Beginners

Stick with easy to follow basic recipes when you first start out. This will increase your chances of success, as well as inspire you to try new more complicated meals with each success. Let’s start by preparing a roast. Roast is one of those meals that can be done using a variety of meats, as well as methods, but in general is very simple, yet comes across as elaborate.

Begin by selecting a quality cut of meat, in this case we are going to be adventurous and make a German Style Pork Roast with Sauerkraut.

Tools:

1 Large Heavy Bottomed Pot with Lid

1 Grater

1 Long Handled Spoon

1 Sharp Knife

 Ingredients:

Pork Roast

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

2 Cloves Garlic Minced

1 Package of Sauerkraut in Juice

1 Russet Potato

1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder

1 Tablespoon Onion Powder

Black Pepper to Taste

Water

In a large pot brown pork roast on all side, and then season with garlic powder, onion powder, and minced garlic just prior to adding sauerkraut and juice. Let this mixture come to a boil and then turn heat down to medium and add water just to cover the top of the roast. Add grated potato and mix in with sauerkraut. This helps with the acidity and tartness. Add pepper to taste. Finally cover and let simmer, checking occasionally to prevent sticking, for two to three hours until meat is cooked all the way through. Remove roast from sauerkraut and serve both with your favorite sides such as mashed potatoes and green beans.cooking-safety-5

Now that you have the basics and a new German Pork Roast and Sauerkraut recipe to wow your friends and family with, head to the kitchen and get started. Don’t forget to send us a comment on our comment page to let us know your thoughts and experiences.

Written for Scam Artist Piece #2

Here is the second in my series of articles that were stolen by a scam artist. This one strikes very close to home since my eldest nephew battles severe grand-maul epileptic seizures, and my mother has been battling stage 4 breast cancer for 4 years this round, as well as Alzheimer Disease is part of my family history on my fathers side.

More than Weight Loss; the Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

In recent years the negative side effects of a carb free diet have definitely been brought to the forefront. However, that doesn’t mean that eating a low carb diet is bad for you. On the contrary scientists have found that the Ketogenic Diet created in 1924 by Mayo Clinic Dr. Russell Wilder to aid in treating epilepsy has more health and disease fighting benefits keto-dietthan originally thought.

What is a Ketogenic Diet?

A Keto Diet is not a no-carb diet. It is a LOW carb diet that provides minimal amounts of carbohydrates that the body may need, but minimizes the amount of glucose and insulin being produced by the body as it stores excess carbs. With this type of diet your body’s energy is being derived from ketones that the liver naturally produces instead of glucose.

Why the West has Gotten so Fat/Unhealthy

The U.S. obesity rate has skyrocketed in the past decade largely as a result of all of the processed foods that they eat that contain high amounts of sugars, carbohydrates and few or unhealthy fats. These increased obesity numbers are responsible for increased medical costs due to more people with Type II Diabetes, heart problems, and breathing disorders. All of these obesity caused illnesses can be reduced and in some cases even reversed simply by changing the way Americans eat to reduce the amount of sugar, carbohydrates, keto-diet-2and processed foods.

Keto Diets Proven to Fight Disease

Although the original Ketogenic diet that Dr. Wilder developed in 1924 has fallen out of favor, the researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Center have reintroduced the keto diet and proven with statistical analysis that a keto diet does in fact improve epilepsy symptoms and reduces the number of seizures among those who have epilepsy.

In addition to epilepsy researchers have discovered that a keto diet can also fight cancer. Yes, cancer. Cancer cells feed on sugar and by transitioning from a glucose energy source to a ketone generate energy source you in a sense starve the cancer cells killing them off. Since the healthy cells in the body can metabolize fat turning it into energy and cancer cells cannot, reducing your sugar intake does not affect healthy cells negatively, and does fight cancer.

Alzheimer’s disease is another illness that has been shown to improve symptoms and in some cases cured the symptoms altogether. It is believed that by transitioning to healthy fats and minimizing the amount of sugars and carbs taken in you improve brain function. This is because the body needs a diet that contains around 70% of its makeup to be healthy fats. The key word here is healthy. That does not mean all fats are created equal.

Keto Diet and Healthy Fats

When transitioning to a keto diet, it is important to also transition your fat intake to healthier options such as coconut oil, olive oil, fish oils and grape seed oil. The make-up of these healthy fats are much easier for the body to metabolize and leave less unhealthy waste products in the system for the body to flush out.

Written for Scam Artist Piece

Here is the first of my previously talked about articles that were stolen by a scam artist. I will be posting them in reverse order of when they were written in hopes of exposing this person earlier rather than later. This fraud even had the gaul to ask for an additional 30 words to be added even though I met the original word count.

Traverse City Michigan; Rich with Scenery Surrounded with History

The abundant history of Traverse City Michigan extends long before it was officially traverse-city-2christened into a town in 1852 and has continued well past that date making it one of the country’s most beautiful historic cities for visitors and locals alike.

The Early Beginnings

Long before there were settlers or cities in this region fur traders, hunters, trackers, and Native American Indians used to travel through these scenic lands. The lush lands and massive waterways provided excellent terrain for their fishing, hunting, and trapping needs. The dense forestry provided them with temporary shelter as they gathered their provisions, but the seclusion kept them from settling in this region.

In 1839 was when the first settlement came to the area making its home on the Old Mission Peninsula, but it wouldn’t be for another eight years, until 1847, that anyone would begin a community along the neighboring Boardman River. It was this community that was finally declared to be Traverse City, Michigan five years after that in 1852.

Although Traverse City, Michigan was technically a town, it was really an outpost that was only accessible by water until 1864, when the first road was cut through the surrounding forests connecting it to the outside world.

Expansion Continues

After the main road was finally built creating more access to Traverse City in 1864, the town continued to grow as it became a regular steamer connection with Chicago in 1871 and then on November 15, 1872 became connected by railroad to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Indiana.

The 1800’s were a great time of expansion as the first Ladies Library was established, an official Courthouse replaced the old log jailhouse, they built a fire station, and in the late 1800’s even became home to the Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane, and the first City Opera house.

The 1900’s brings with it the Modern Age

Expansion into the modern age and the self-proclaimed title of “Cherry Capitol of the world” were what the 1900’s brought to Traverse City, Michigan. The first Cherry Blossom Festival took place on May 22, in 1925 and it still continues today; drawing in more than 500,000 tourists to this event that was originally a partnership between local businessmen and the cherry farmers in order to spark commerce in the region.

traverse-city-miAs the commerce grew and the population increased so did social entertainment venues such as the first zoo in 1934. City improvements such as sewer systems, traffic lights, and the first Ford dealership, and gas station were built, turning this once tiny out post into a full fledged city.

Traverse City Now

You can still see the historic past within the architecture and atmosphere when traveling to Traverse City, Michigan. They have stayed connected to their past and true to their heritage by preserving the historic buildings that their city was built with. Their small town roots permeate this now big metropolis with little bits and pieces of historic artifacts scattered throughout the city; proudly remembering all of those who built this beautiful town with their blood, sweat, and tears through more than one hundred and fifty years of expansion and progress to become the city it is today.