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Having grown up in the Chinese culture for many years, I have seen that many Chinese families like using ginger for preparing different kinds of dishes such as ginger fried rice, ginger tea, and sweet and sour ginger soup, etc. One of the great functions of ginger, from the Chinese point of view, is that ginger helps remove the odor and taste from fish, just like we use lemon juice here in the West. That’s why the Chinese people use ginger so often for steaming fish! From the above examples, it seems that every Chinese dish is used with ginger for cooking. So, you may ask: What’s actually good about ginger? Are there any health benefits of eating ginger? If yes, how can we incorporate ginger into our meals? Well, let me share some of the delicious, easy Chinese recipes with you. More importantly, let me tell you some of the health benefits that research studies have found in Ginger. 


What’s Ginger?

Ginger is a tropical plant originated from Southern China. It has green-purple flowers and an aromatic underground stem (called a rhizome). It has been historically used as an Asian medicine to treat stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea caused by motion, chemotherapy and pregnancy (NIH, 2012). In China, ginger is considered as a folk medicine that helps prevent illnesses. For example, tea brewed from ginger is used to prevent colds; dried ginger candy that’s fermented in plum juice and sugared is consumed to suppress coughing. 

What are the Health Benefits of Ginger?

Research studies have shown that ginger helps reduce pain in people with arthritis, menstrual pain, nausea and vomiting following surgery or during pregnancy. However, there’s still a controversy on research whether ginger can help relieve nausea from motion sickness, chemotherapy, or surgery (WebMD). 

Is Eating Ginger Safe? 

Regarding the safety guideline by the National Institute of Health, there are few side effects of eating ginger when it is taken in small doses. Some of the side effects include heartburn, diarrhea and general stomach discomfort (gas and bloating). 

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Joanna

Mardi Gras Cooking

by Joanna on March 10, 2014

in College Life

I don’t normally cook on campus. If I do, it’s the traditional college meal – microwaveable Ramen noodles or macaroni and cheese. However, this week was a special occasion. I decided I was going to have a small Mardi Gras party in my dorm room, so Monday night my friend and I carried our cooking supplies up to the fourth floor of Medaille and started our cooking adventure! Following an idea on Pinterest, we made mini king cakes. Here’s the recipe/instructions:

1. Buy packaged cinnamon rolls

2. Unroll the cinnamon rolls so that they are straight

3. Then twist them and turn them into the shape of an “O”

4. Next, place them on a pan (wax paper is helpful so you don’t have to clean your pan or worry about spray) and place them in the oven at 400 F

5. After about ten minutes, take them out

6. Then frost them using white frosting

7. Finally, add the sprinkles…green, purple, and yellow (for Mardi Gras!)

*You can either mix all the sprinkle colors together or separate them into green, yellow, and purple sections.

The mini king cakes were a great hit at my party! We drank soy milk with our treats and danced to some awesome music…I highly suggest making these treats and having a party of your own next year :)

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The best thing that was ever invented to cook on college campus is RAMEN NOODLES. It is a quick, cheap, and easy meal to make. You can purchase a box of ramen noodles for no more than $5, and that box can last you months! All you do is put the dry noodles in a bowel of water, put the microwave on five minutes, and then mix the seasoning in and your done! It’s that easy! You can not go wrong with a box of ramen. It’s affordable, not messy, and doesn’t take a lot of dishes. It is definitely something every college student should have in their dorm!

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Last week, we made Butternut Squash Macaroni with the first graders at Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center. Every single kid loved it!  We had no picky eaters at all.  While I was cooking this recipe with them, I thought about us college students. How hard it is to cook a nutritious meal.  This recipe is easy, affordable, nutritious, and quick.  Try it at home!  If you freeze it, it can last up to 3 weeks.

Ingredients:

1     lb. macaroni/ elbow noodles

2     cups cheese sauce

2     cups of butternut squash

½ tsp. garlic

Directions:

–       Preheat the oven 350 F.

–       Wash the butternut squash.

–       Cut it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and crud (The Pre-school children actually helped in this step).

–       Put the butternut squash in cookie sheets and place it in the oven.

–       After the butternut squash is cooked, take remove the peel and blend the meat part of the butternut squash.

–       Boil 1 lb. macaroni pasta and put it in the pot with boiling water. (9 min with added salt).

–       In a pot heat the cheese sauce, garlic and the butternut squash.

–       Once the cheese and squash sauce has boiled, add the macaroni.

–       Mix well.

–       Enjoy!

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Green is my favorite color.

by Alumni Posts March 26, 2013

If I had to pick a favorite color, without a question, it would be green. It’s also conveniently associated with the environment, and I love “going green.” A recent holiday that just occurred was St. Patrick’s Day…a holiday that is conveniently very green. The Fontbonne HES Department had a Student Food Demo that was St. […]

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Foodology?!

by Alumni Posts September 21, 2012

As a senior, this is my first time actually participating in a Dedicated Semester course! I mean, I should have participated more over the years becasue it was at my disposal, but I didn’t. Over the course of four D.S., I went to the events offered and even picked up a few t-shirts, but never […]

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The cycle continues……..

by Alumni Posts October 5, 2011

Howdy!  It appears my technical difficulties have been solved….thank you Firefox!! Over the summer, I was very lucky to be a part of Fontbonne’s first summer of CampF.R.E.S.H.  I worked in the kitchen preparing food and teaching kids about nutrition and cooking techniques.  Our theme for the summer was the seven continents.  Each week of […]

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