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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obama's Address to Congress about Education and Karate

I watched President Obama’s Address to Congress last night. I must say that he’s going to go into history as one of the great orators of our time. I watch him to pick up some public speaking tips that I can use in my karate classes.

In his keynote speech last night, he spoke of the importance of education to the future of our country. I couldn’t agree more! The statistics show that ¾ of the jobs in America require a college level education and only ½ the population has a college degree. In order to compete in the global market, we need a high level of education and a lower level of High School dropouts.

But…
Graduating college requires a lot more than just being smart. I wrote here about how the valedictorian failed out of college. Check out this article here to read more about research into this area.

The fact of the matter is that our schools do a terrific job of educating our children but success in college and our career requires more than basic studies. Success in college and beyond requires focusing on goals, the discipline to be self-motivated, and a sense of purpose and responsibility. These are the exact skills that an excellent karate school provides students.

How do I know? Because I begin karate at the age of 9. I attribute all my success in college and my career to my early karate training. Because being smart and intelligent is useless without the focus, discipline, and purpose to use it.

You may wonder what age is the best age to start. Well, the answer is the earlier, the better. Psychologists believe that the first five years of our life have the greatest impact on a child for the rest of their lives. Wouldn’t you want the karate success cycle to be part of your child’s formidable years? Small changes early in a child’s development will generate profound effects later in life.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Food Stamp Challenge 2009 - Day 4 & 5

Here's the conclusion of my Food Stamp Challenge. On day 4, I wanted to my a hamburger vegetable soup but I needed a few extra ingredients. I went to the grocery store and spend an additional $6.58 leaving my total for the week at $43.15.

Day 4
Breakfast - Oatmeal made with milk
Mid Morning Snack - 8oz milk, banana
Lunch - Hamburger-Vegetable Soup
Mid Afternoon Snack - 8oz milk, banana
Dinner - Hamburger-Vegetable Soup
Nighttime Snack - Popcorn with butter which is popcorn cooked on the stove with oil and butter

Day 5 was basically a leftovers day. I had the soup for lunch and dinner.

I enjoyed taking this challenge so I decided to continue for a second week. For the second week, I am going to add to all of the accumulated ingredient from the first week. I will not give daily updates for the second week but will post how it went next Tuesday.

I was surprised that I actually ate very healthy because the money constraints made eating poorly not an option.

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Hamburger-Vegetable Soup

I made this during my food stamp challenge week. It's easy to make and tastes great.

I got the recipe out of New Cook Book (Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbooks).

Ingredients
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped green sweet pepper
4 cups beef broth
1 14-1/2oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 10 oz frozen succotash
1/2 cup chopped, peeled potato
1 medium carrot, cut into short thin strips
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

In a large saucepan cook ground beef, onion, and sweet pepper until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain fat. Stir in beef broth, undrained tomatoes, succotash, potato, carrot, basil, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Bring to boiling then reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Roasted Green Beans and Cashews

Here's a delicious side dish that we made! The cashews add a nice crunchy texture to the green beans.

Ingredients

2 lb green bean, trimmed and halved
3/4 cup salted roasted cashews (3oz) chopped
1/2 cup chopped shallots (about 4 medium)
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees F with rack in lower third.
  • Toss green beans with cashews, shallots, oil, and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper, then spread evenly in a large 4-sided sheet pan.
  • Roast, stirring occasionally, until green beans are tender and nuts are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Food Stamp Challenge 2009 - Day 3

On Day 3 was a pizza day. Homemade Pizza is great for using extra ingredients that are in your refrigerator - whether its vegetables or meat products. Today, I am going to use some of the leftover ground meat that I cooked.

Day 3
Breakfast - Oatmeal made with milk
Mid Morning Snack - 8oz milk, banana
Lunch - Pizza with Ground meat and homemade pizza dough
Mid Afternoon Snack - 8oz milk, banana
Dinner - Pizza with Ground meat
Nighttime Snack - Popcorn with butter which is popcorn cooked on the stove with oil and butter

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Food Stamp Challenge 2009 - Day 2

Yesterday was day 2 of my food stamp challenge. The day went well. I got a little hungry at night but my energy level stay good all day.

Day 2
Breakfast - Fried Egg and Homemade bread
Mid Morning Snack - 8oz milk, Banana
Lunch - Sloppy Joes on homemade bread/ Salad with lettuce, carrots, oil, and vinegar
Mid Afternoon Snack - 8oz mild, orange
Dinner - Sloppy Joes on homemade bread with lettuce
Nighttime Snack - Homemade Kettle Corn which is popcorn cooked on the stove with oil and tablespoon of sugar

The sloppy joes, I made from scratch with tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, Ketchup, and chili powder. I didn't measure the ingredients. I just added it to the ground beef and adjusted according to favor. It turned out better than the store bought mix. I ate it more as an open face sandwich.

I am considering continuing this challenge for an additional week and adding to the leftover ingredients from this week.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Food Stamp Challenge 2009 - Day 1

Monday was my first day of the challenge. I discovered the hardest part of the challenge is resisting the tempting of all the food in my home that is not on my list. I didn't realize that this would require discipline.

Here's what I ate. I decided for simplicity that my lunch and dinner would be the same.
Breakfast - Oatmeal made with milk
Mid Morning Snack - 8oz milk, orange
Lunch - Homemade Wheat Pasta, tomato sauce with 4 oz Ground meat/ Salad with lettuce, carrots, oil, and vinegar
Mid Afternoon Snack - 8oz mild, orange
Dinner - Homemade Wheat Pasta, tomato sauce with 4 oz Ground meat/ Salad with lettuce, carrots, oil, and vinegar
Nighttime Snack - Homemade Kettle Corn which is popcorn cooked on the stove with oil and tablespoon of sugar

I realized that I didn't budget salad dressing so I did oil and vinegar which I am not to fond off. Everyone at our house loves popcorn. A few months ago, we started cooking it on the stovetop instead of buying microwavable. We found that popcorn tastes much better and cost about 10X less. It also requires about the same amount of time to cook. Makes you wonder why we were doing it in the microwave to begin with.

Here's a video for making pasta. I used just the flour and the eggs in the recipe.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Shopping for Food Stamp Challenge

Okay, I am preparing for my Food Stamp Challenge this week. For more information about the challenge click here.

I went shopping today. With me and Ester involved in the challenge, we have a total of $58.70 to spend on groceries for the week.

An interesting observation, I made shopping while shopping is that shopping for two is much easier than shopping for one because of the portions size. For example, a container of Oatmeal will make 30 servings but I only need 5 servings for the week.

It would be interesting to do this over the course of a few weeks because you could start to stock a supply of some staples. This would make creating some variety much easier.

Here's what I got for the week.
Oatmeal
Eggs - 18
Milk - Gallon
White Flour - 5lbs
Wheat Flour - 5lbs
Oranges 3lbs
Potatoes 5lbs
Mozzarella Cheese 1lb
Tomato Sauce - 2 15oz cans
Popcorn
Lettuce
Carrots
Bananas
Ground Beef - 2 lbs

My total bill was $36.57. I left a buffer for any of the condiments that I need to add in and any last minute additions.

Today, I am going to cook my whole wheat bread recipe.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Paprika Roast Chicken with Sweet Onion

My wife found this recipe in February 2009 Gourmet magazine under Quick Kitchen. It was quick ~ only taking us 15 minutes to prepare.

We bought the chicken already cut in serving pieces making the recipe that much quicker to prepare.

Ingredients
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/1 tsp cayenne
1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 lbs) cut into serving pieces
1 sweet onion, cut into 1/2 wedges

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees with rack in upper third.
  • Mix oil with spices, 1 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper in a large bowl, then add chicken and onion, tossing to coat. Arrange chicken, skin side up, and onion in a 3 qt shallow baking dish.
  • Bake until chicken is just cooked through and skin in golden, about 30 minutes. Skim any fat from pan juices in dish.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Parental concern – Does karate teach violence?

A parent of the potential student brought up an interesting concern today that I would like to publicly address because I believe that it’s an important concern.

She was talking to the director of her daughter’s school and the director was adamantly against ANY child taking karate. In fact, she wrote a letter to all of the members of the school stating that karate teaches kids violence and they should keep them out of any karate program

As a Martial Arts instructor, I too have deep concerns about students using karate for the wrong reasons. Truthfully, if I felt that I was teaching children violence, I would not be teaching the Martial Arts at all.

In the movie, Spiderman, Peter Parker’s uncle told him that “With awesome power comes great responsibility.” Karate teaches kid’s responsibility and many, many more life benefits. I current have over 200 testimonials from parents that state how karate helped their child’s focus, build their confidence, assisted them in achieving better grades, acquired better discipline, etc. These testimonials are overwhelming examples about how children all over the country are gaining huge benefits from the Martial Arts.

For people who have a limited exposure to the Martial Arts, it sometimes conjures the images of the Cobra Kan instructor from the Karate Kid – teaching the next generation of bullies. The fact of the matter is that these types of instructors would be unable to run a professional martial arts school to maintain students, therefore, quickly going out of business.

Also, this director stated that she has seen children using karate on the playground. In my experience, children that use kicking and punching on the playground are not in a formal karate program. Mostly, these kids pick up these habits from violence they see on TV and video games.

In karate, we balance the kicks and punches with a heavy dose of peace education so that our students know when it’s not appropriate to use karate. We also teach them verbal self-defense skills and de-escalation strategies to handle real situations with other children without fighting.

One last thing is that I am personally trained in anger management. This type of training is becoming more common among excellent Martial Arts instructors so that we have the skills to help children with emotional control issues which is another terrific benefit of karate.

I am thankful that this parent expressed these concerns so that I could publicly write my opinion on the subject.

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