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I (Sal) never learned so much about different ethnic-variety of foods until I went to UMM-Morris. Below are some links of the different foods I've tasted so far since I went to UMM as a college student in 1995

Blood in Uncooked Meat Healthy?

"Cheeseburger" by Veggie Tales

I was at a barbeque the other day (December 31st of 2006) and a friend told me it's not too bad to eat meat w/some blood. I remembered reading Scriptures...

"� �Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it."-Leviticus 19:26

about this just several days ago and I didn't believe him. I know the Book of Leviticus is a bunch of Old Testament laws that have been overcome with the salvation of Jesus dying on the cross; however, many of these law written were and are to keep "us" safe.

Red Meat healthy?

  • Red meat 'linked to cancer risk', from BBC (June 15th of 2005)

  • " "People have suspected for some time that high levels of red and processed meat increase risk of bowel cancer, but this is one of the largest studies worldwide and the first from Europe of this type to show a strong relationship."
    Professor Bingham said there were several theories about why red meat should increase the risk of bowel cancer.
    She believes the most likely explanation is that compounds called haemoglobin and myoglobin, which are found in red meat, trigger a process called nitrosation in the gut, which leads to the formation of carcinogenic compounds.


    E-mail forward from friend-Gina (Feb 2005):

    If all of the desserts listed below were sitting in front of you, which would you choose today?

    Pick your dessert, then look to see what Psychiatrists think about you!

    After taking this dessert personality test, send this e-mail on to others, but when you do, be sure to put your choice of dessert in the subject box above.


    Sorry you can only pick one:

    Angel Food Cake


    Lemon Meringue

    Vanilla cake with Chocolate Icing

    Strawberry Short Cake

    Chocolate on Chocolate

    Ice Cream

    Carrot Cake

    NO, you can't change your mind once you scroll down! So think carefully what your choice will be! OK - Now that you've made your choice, this is what research says about you:

    ANGEL FOOD CAKE... Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy items. A little nutty at times. Sometimes you need an ice cream cone at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike and immature at times

    BROWNIES... You are adventurous, love new ideas, are a champion of under dogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up, you whip out your saber. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor and direction. You tend to be very loyal.

    LEMON MERINGUE... Smooth, sexy, &articulate with your hands, you are an excellent after-dinner speaker and a good teacher. But don't try to walk and chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times, but you have many friends.

    VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING... Fun-loving, sassy, humorous. Not very grounded in life; very indecisive and lack motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.

    STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE... Romantic, warm, loving. You care about other people and can be counted on in a pinch. You tend to melt. You can be overly emotional at times.

    CHOCOLATE ON CHOCOLATE... Sexy; always ready to give and receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious, and passionate. You can appear to have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. Love to laugh.

    ICE CREAM... You like sports, whether it be baseball, football, basketball, or soccer. If you could, you would like to participate, but you enjoy watching sports. You don't like to give up the remote control. You tend to be self-centered and high maintenance.

    CARROT CAKE... You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh. You are fun to be with. People like to hang out with you. You are a very warm hearted person and a little quirky at times. You have many loyal friends.


    Pregnant Woman?

  • Eating During Pregnancy, from

  • "Why It's Important to Eat Well When You're Pregnant
    Do you wonder how it's reasonable to gain 25 to 35 pounds (on average) during your pregnancy when a newborn baby weighs only a fraction of that? Although it varies from woman to woman, this is how those pounds may add up:..."
    Food and Drinks to Avoid During Pregnancy
    As mentioned earlier, avoid alcohol. No level of alcohol consumption is considered safe during pregnancy. Also, check with your doctor before you take any vitamins or herbal products. Some of these can be harmful to the developing fetus.
    And although many doctors feel that one or two 6- to 8-ounce cups per day of coffee, tea, or soda with caffeine won't harm your baby, it's probably wise to avoid caffeine altogether if you can. High caffeine consumption has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, so limit your intake or switch to decaffeinated products."

  • Foods Standards Agency,

  • "Alcohol and caffeine coffee grinding
    When you�re pregnant, it�s best to stop drinking alcohol altogether. But if you do drink, have no more than 1 or 2 units of alcohol, once or twice a week and don�t get drunk.
    A unit is half a pint of standard strength beer, lager or cider, or a pub measure of spirit. A glass of wine is about 2 units and alcopops are about 1.5 units.
    You should limit the amount of caffeine you have each day, but you don't need to cut it out completely. Caffeine occurs naturally in a range of foods, such as coffee, tea and chocolate, and it's also added to some soft drinks and 'energy' drinks.
    It's important not to have more than 300mg a day. This is because high levels of caffeine can result in babies having a low birth weight, or even miscarriage.
    Each of these contains roughly 300mg of caffeine:..

  • Is Coffee Safe During Pregnancy? Drinking Coffee During Pregnancy, from

  • Star bucks nurtional beverage site
  • Learn: Pregnancy Woman and Coffee, from

  • "How to Cut Down on Your Caffeine Intake # identify your motivation for quitting; by quitting you will be ensuring that your baby will be as healthy as possible # find substitutes for your caffeine; for example, switch to decaffeinated coffee or a caffeine-free soft drink. # if caffeine provides you with a boost, try exercises and good food, especially complex carbohydrates and protein; other activities you can do include dancing, swimming or making love # ease off caffeine gradually to minimize withdrawal symptoms; start by cutting down to two cups daily; once you�ve adjusted, gradually reduce a quarter of a cup at a time, down to one cup, and down to none. Another way to ease the adjustment is to switch temporarily to a half-and-half caffeinated-decaffeinated brew during the withdrawal period, gradually decreasing the proportion of caffeinated and increasing the proportion of decaf until you are drinking completely caffeine-free coffee. # minimize withdrawal symptoms; caffeine is addictive, and quitting can cause withdrawal symptoms such as headache, irritability, fatigue, and lethargy"
  • Liquid Health Smart Nutrition for Thirsty Moms By Dr. Aneema Van Groenou (

  • "Not Just Juice Juices are a good way for you to get some vitamins, but you should not drink juice instead of water. And don't skip your prenatal vitamins, which have nutrients that you will probably not get enough of, even from fruit or vegetable juices, such as folic acid and iron.
    You can get vitamin C from orange, carrot, melon or berry juices and especially fresh juice. Vitamin C is important for growing tissues and bones. Mango juice will give you some vitamin E, which boosts your immune system. Some vegetable juices will provide complex-B vitamins, but keep an eye on the high sodium levels that can make the swelling in your ankles and legs much worse.
    Sports Drinks
    Many active women choose to hydrate with sports drinks that replace electrolytes (salts) that the body loses with a lot of sweating. If you are exercising, sports drinks may help you stay better hydrated, but they are not a good substitute for plain water. Keep in mind that these drinks may also contain artificial sweeteners and preservatives that are best avoided during pregnancy.
    Caffeine Consumption
    You can find caffeine in coffee, tea and colas, but also in a number of unexpected sources, like chocolate, decaffeinated coffee, chocolate milk, iced tea, energy drinks and clear sodas. Drinking caffeine may actually make it difficult to become pregnant in the first place. As little as half a cup of coffee per day can cause miscarriages and, in one study, three cups of coffee per day reduced women's chances of getting pregnant by 26 percent.
    Caffeine actually interferes with your body's ability to absorb calcium and iron. During pregnancy, these nutrients are absolutely essential to your fetus' growth. In fact, drinking caffeine during pregnancy can even, rarely, cause babies to be born with weak bones because of poor calcium absorption. Caffeine is also associated with low birth weight infants, prematurity and stillbirth. It also can lead to anemia (low iron), future osteoporosis and inflamed gums in both you and your baby-to-be. pregnant mom drinking water
  • What should I eat during pregnancy? Reviewed by Dr Philip Owen, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist

  • "What is true is that during pregnancy a woman has to provide good nutrition for two individuals. The growing baby gets all its nourishment from its mother through the umbilical cord, so diet is very important. If the mother is lacking in any vitamins and nutrients her baby might lack them too....
    What sort of food should pregnant women eat?
    A well-balanced diet should contain something from all the food groups: dairy products, fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs, fat and carbohydrates. A pregnant woman needs to eat something from all these food groups every day in order to get the proper amounts of energy....
    During pregnancy, a woman's body needs more iron than usual to produce all the blood needed to supply nutrition to the placenta. Good sources of iron are green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, strawberries, muesli and wholemeal bread.
    Iron is more easily absorbed if it is taken in conjunction with vitamin C - either as a supplement or in citrus fruit or juice. Tea and coffee can interfere with the body's absorption of iron.
    It is often recommended that all pregnant women take an iron supplement every day from the 20th week of pregnancy. This is not necessary if a woman has a good diet and routine blood tests show that she is not anaemic. Iron supplements may cause constipation.

    ...see other health tips (e.g. body, soul, and mind) for pregnant women

    Biblical Tips

    Makes you look healthier and younger...

    "At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. "-Daniel 1

    Reccomended Resources



    Foods: Agricultural, a personal page supporting "health" local homegrown foods


  • Henry Foods, a candy tobacco store that partly grew from Morris!

  • Molly's Candy Counter in Benson, MN 320.842.6400
    *affiliated with Mr. B. Chocolatier in Edina, MN made in Wilmar, MN
  • Sweet Treets By Karen, "The Ultimate chocolate experience"

  • "Tried some once of a kind delicious krispy rice, toasted coconut, and caramel toasted coconut (very Filipino) at the recent (9/18/04) "Harvest Fall Festival" (baked goods, arts/crafts, and local farm produce) at the Stevens County Fairgrounds"-Sal
  • Thrifty Drug, chocolate candies at this store at Viking Plaza in Alexandria
  • Fundraisers

  • Dad's Belgian Waffles Fundraiser

  • *tried these type of waffles for the first time yesterday (Saturday, Jan 21st 2006) at Spicer's Annual Winterfest


    Ethnic Focus

  • Mid Town Global Market, on Lake Street-Minneapolis
  • Simon Delivers
  • Meat Lockers

  • The Lamb Shoppe, "meats raised nature's way" in Hutchinson, MN

  • *I tried a good lamb sandwhich from this place for the first time at this years (2005) Minnesota State Fair


    American Culutral

  • Jambalaya, from new orleans showcase

  • *I first tried this at UMM when I met students from New Orleans.


  • Healthy Eating Habit 80 % of cancer comes from what we eat. How's that for a statistic? (from

  • "How to Eat and Drink Properly ?
    1- Without water - only drink 10 minutes before meals or wait for about 10 minutes after meal, minimum. Why ? If you drink during meals, you are diluting your stomach juice. It will not be able to digest your food effectively. If you have gas problem, try this for a few days and see the difference. That's my first eating tip.
    *2- My friend, this is your second healthy eating habit. Eat your fruits before meals. Fruits are designed to be digested in your intestines, not your stomach. When we eat our fruits after meal, it is simply wasted since it will only reach the intestines after the stomach has digested our food. By the time - it is almost worthless. If you are looking for a good way to loose weight, try eating fruits before meals. It will make you feel less hungry and as a result you will eat less, but more effectively.
    3- Chew until your food turn into semi-liquid. Most people just swallow food that they cannot chew. Do they think there's a giant teeth inside the stomach? Remember, the mouth is the first stage of digestion - it should make our food as tiny as possible. If you cannot chew it to small pieces, get it out of your mouth. Help your stomach .. you need a good working stomach for years, you know.
    3- Get a calm, peaceful surrounding, and NEVER eat when you are sad, angry or in hurry. In other words DO NOT eat when you are stressed.
    4- NEVER lie on your bed or couch during or after meals. Only eat while you are sitting. Stay "horizontal" at least 2 hours after meals, or you'll get all sorts of stomach problem, I guarantee. Yes, it's that simple - but not many knows this healthy eating habit.
    *I never heard of this top (#2) before until I was talking to a lady in the counter of a Health Foods store at Vikingland Mall in Alexandria, Mall (Friday, August 20th of 2007-ironically after bringing up a Dietician Workshop I attended earlier in the afternoon with my other job at Woodland Home)


    -My Coke Rewards


  • Quaker Oats-Superman
  • Desserts

    -Bananna Bread
    A County Cottage of Langley
    My Stuff, a personal recipie site

    Dairy Queen
    -Bizzard Fan Club


  • Nutrition and Recipies, from American Diabetes Association



  • Chitterlings, soul food recipies
  • *tried this in Chicago's south side when I was visiting former UMM Alumns there


  • Ghanan,
  • *tried plantains (bananna), fufu, and some others when I lived with 2 Ghanans from UMM after graduating from college.


  • Crepes, french at a touch

  • *tried this at a French Club that a friend of mine invited me to in Morris after graduating


  • Mex Connect
  • MIDDLE EASTERN I had the privilege to try these foods: humus,

  • Middle East, from Good Cooking
  • Middle Eastern, from Dave Z from Cornerstone Church


  • Fine Foods Israel
  • , what would Jesus eat?
  • Israel Cookbooks links to some recepies

  • Subway Fresh Resolutions
  • Border Foods, Taco Bell (spiceupthenightclub), Pizza Hut, etc..
  • *I went to my first Middle Eastern restaurant called "Tel Aviv Restaurant and Cafe" in St. Louis Park on Sunday, January 18th with a friend-UMM Alumn. I tried a Fulaffah with french fries.


  • Ethnic Grocer, buy online
  • Good Cooking

  • Kraft Foods, some cool recepies

  • Food Channel
  • Online Grocery Shopping



  • Best Pizza: 2004 Winners, in Twin Cities

  • ST PAUL Pizza Places, from Map Quest
    Red's Savoy Inn and Pizza, 421 Seventh St E St Paul, MN 55101-2433, (651) 227-1437
    Savoy Inn and Pizza, 520 White Bear Ave (corner of E. 3rd St.), Saint Paul, MN (0.89 miles away) 651-731-1068
    Speciality: Large Sausage & Peperoni for $13.95 (takes 25 minutes)


  • Papa Johns

    SAINT PAUL, MN 55119-7003
    (651) 735-1002
    Hours: 11:00 am - 01:00 am


    Crab Meat

  • Crabmeat Recepies, from the fun place

  • "You are what you eat" is popular saying. I decided to do a topic on this because of the many foods the general public are not aware of-especially the recent on-going food health issues:

    Mad Cow Disease
    Mexican Green Pepper-food poisioning at a Chi Chi's restaurant


  • Health Link USA
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