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The tragedy of MB

This poster I made illustrates the factors that lead to Macbeth's downfall and the things that influenced him to change over the course of the play. He was mainly influenced by the witches' prophecies, his ambition, and Lady Macbeth (which I forgot to include in my poster). All of these influences caused him to harm the people around him and so as the play goes, blood is unstoppable and it just shows up more. That's the reason why I added more blood  below the pictures as it goes down. Also, it goes down because Macbeth is going downhill at each time til he reach his end.
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Quarter 2 Middle Art

This quarter was fun for me. It was a lot more hands on interactive with nature and I found out that I can actually draw better than I normally do.. This is the part where I say that I’ve grown as an artist or that I see me growing every time I draw when really I actually do. Compared to last quarter where something had to take me at least a certain amount to draw, that takes away from the art of things. When I draw I want to feel free and sometimes the best art doesn’t take the longest. Like the photography since I took the photography class last year and it opened my eyes to something new.. I just came naturally to me so editing was easier it’s whether or not to saturate the picture or take away the saturation and color and make it black and white. I am most proud of the picture for the hanging tree.. The song is deep by itself and it needed a deep picture. Like last quarter I’m proud of my work the more I draw the more I feel like I do grow as an artist, my confidence with my drawings has increased. I’m a looking forward to the last 2 quarters and what they have to hold for me.


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Q2 Bm Ricker+Coverdale

Ingredients & Instructions for Enchiladas 
    • 1 can of black or pinto beans
    • 8-10 flour tortillas
    • 1 small onion
    • any vegetables you like
    • 1 can of diced green chiles
    • 3 cups of shredded cheese
    • 1 can of enchilada sauce
    • herbs for garnishing
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • *can add chicken or beef if you’d like

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Add some oil to a pan and sauté the onions and green chiles for 6-8 mins
  3. Add the other vegetables you want to use and cook them throughly
  4. Remove vegetables from the heat and set them aside for later
  5. In order to assemble the enchiladas, speed out a tortilla on a flat surface. Then, spread enchiladas sauce on it and fill it with the beans, cooked vegetables, and cheese. Then, wrap them up and place them into a long baking dish.
  6. Before placing it into the oven, cover the enchiladas with more sauce and cheese.
  7. Place it into the oven for 20 minutes uncovered. 
  8. Remove it and serve with fresh herbs as a garnish. 

Analysis

The ingredient for this dish are mostly processed foods, however the vegetables are fresh and not processed. There is a possibility to make your own tortillas and buy fresh beans from a farmers maker and cook them yourself for somewhat of a ‘healthier’ dish. However, for the sake of this project and our wallets, we decided to go with some of the processed foods, however it’s completely possible to make this dish more ‘whole’.The estimated calorie content of the dish per serving is 404 calories, 22.1g of fat, and 2g of sugar, which isn’t bad for one meal. One serving is one enchilada, and even that can be a little too much for one person (since they’re pretty big in general). You couldn’t eat this everyday because if you did, you would probably have bathroom problems from all the beans and a lot of carbs from the flour tortillas. Most of the food was processed and probably grown with ingredients grown on mass production farms with fertilizers and chemicals and whatnot. The meal cost under $15 which is really goo, especially when feeding an entire family. 


Ingredients & Instructions for Enchiladas 

    • 1 can of black or pinto beans
    • 8-10 flour tortillas
    • 1 small onion
    • any vegetables you like
    • 1 can of diced green chiles
    • 3 cups of shredded cheese
    • 1 can of enchilada sauce
    • herbs for garnishing
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • *can add chicken or beef if you’d like

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Add some oil to a pan and sauté the onions and green chiles for 6-8 mins
  3. Add the other vegetables you want to use and cook them throughly
  4. Remove vegetables from the heat and set them aside for later
  5. In order to assemble the enchiladas, speed out a tortilla on a flat surface. Then, spread enchiladas sauce on it and fill it with the beans, cooked vegetables, and cheese. Then, wrap them up and place them into a long baking dish.
  6. Before placing it into the oven, cover the enchiladas with more sauce and cheese.
  7. Place it into the oven for 20 minutes uncovered. 
  8. Remove it and serve with fresh herbs as a garnish. 

Analysis

The ingredient for this dish are mostly processed foods, however the vegetables are fresh and not processed. There is a possibility to make your own tortillas and buy fresh beans from a farmers maker and cook them yourself for somewhat of a ‘healthier’ dish. However, for the sake of this project and our wallets, we decided to go with some of the processed foods, however it’s completely possible to make this dish more ‘whole’.The estimated calorie content of the dish per serving is 404 calories, 22.1g of fat, and 2g of sugar, which isn’t bad for one meal. One serving is one enchilada, and even that can be a little too much for one person (since they’re pretty big in general). You couldn’t eat this everyday because if you did, you would probably have bathroom problems from all the beans and a lot of carbs from the flour tortillas. Most of the food was processed and probably grown with ingredients grown on mass production farms with fertilizers and chemicals and whatnot. The meal cost under $15 which is really goo, especially when feeding an entire family.


Reflection:

This unit was very enjoyable. I am very interested in learning more about health and nutrition after this unit. Throughout this quarter, I was exposed to many facts about the food that I eat and have a greater insight about my nutrition. The thing that struck me hardest was the TED talk. Jamie Oliver explains that four Americans will die within the next 18 minutes from the food they eat when he introduces the talk. There are not enough food knowledgable people in the American lunch system to know that what they are feeding to these kids is not actually food. He shows a video of kids being held up food and asked what it is, none of them knowing what type of food he is holding. This is frightening. American kids don't even know what they are eating, nonetheless whether it is healthy or not. He says that this can be fixed with small classes and that food needs to start being taught in school, when food needs to be taught at home. The majority of obesity in America is due to the easy and cheap access to fast food. Since these foods are high in fats and oils, no knowledge of food or lack of exercise will build up the body's fat and soon enough, you will gain fats that are harder to burn off.

Personally, I try to eat as fresh as I can. Organic food is always priced higher in the supermarket where I go so I avoid it but I shop occasionally at farmer's markets to get fresh produce. I avoid fast food at all costs whenever I can to reduce my consumption of those foods. I think in order to eat healthier, people need to learn to cook in their own kitchen and have a basic knowledge of where their food comes from.



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    Q2 Bm_aeddy_jcruz

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    Plantain chips (serves 2 but we scaled it up) (I worked with Jenny Cruz.) 

     

    Ingredients
    • 1 green plantain
    • ½ teaspoon paprika
    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt
    • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
     

     

    Instructions
    1. Preheat the oven to 450 F with a rack in the centre of the oven.
    2. Mix all the spices together in a mortar and pestle, or in a bowl.
    3. To peel plantain, cut off the ends. Then using the tip of the knife, slice the peel lengthwise from top to bottom, just enough to cut through the peel, but enough to slice into the plantain. Then use your hands to remove the peel from the plantain.
    4. Slice the green plantain into thin slices using a mandolin or a knife. Slices should be about 2mm thick.
    5. Place the plantain slices in a mixing bowl. Pour the coconut oil into the bowl and all but ½ teaspoon of the spice mix. You will use the remaining ½ teaspoon once they are cooked.
    6. Mix the slices together with the oil and spices until they are coated. Use your hands.
    7. Lay the slices out flat onto a baking sheet making sure none of them are stuck together one on top of the other.
    8. Place in the oven and bake for about 7 minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven and flip the chips over one at a time. Place back in the oven and bake for mother 3-5 minutes being sure not to burn the chips.
    9. Remove from the oven. Transfer to a bowl and add the rest of the spice mix. Mix well and enjoy.
     

     

    Notes
    If you like a smoky taste use smoked paprika.

    Coconut oil- Good for helping to keep your heart healthy. 

    Plantains- There are two types of plantains. Green and Yellow. Plantains are fruits and the yellow plantains are sweet, and the green ones are used for savory dishes such as this one. Plantains are bigger and sturdier versions of bananas. They are high in vitamin C and Vitamin D which helps with healthy mucus membranes, visual focuses, and a healthy looking complexion. Not only that, they have higher potassium content than bananas. 

    The spices don't have a significant toll on the body. But spicy foods do help raise the metabolism. 


    Four plantains were 2.00 dollars and each have 218 calories so it was really cheap. And under a dollar for the spices and about 20 cents per tablespoon of oil. 


    Reflection:


    What I loved about this project of course was that we got to make food. Not only that, it was fun to get in tune with my culture. I got the idea of plantain chips from my mother actually. She gave me a good piece of advice, because going on certain diets doesn't really work in her opinion. She always told me to never stopped eating what I love, just change what's inside of it. Like, why get salad if I want fries? (Don't get me wrong I LOVE salad) but if I can't have regular fries, I can make baked fries or sweet potato fries which is a healthier alternative. 



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    Final Food Project

    Ingredients:
    2 cups of flour
    1 teaspoon of baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon of salt
    1/2 cup of butter
    3/4 brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 and 1/3 cups of banana

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
    2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
    Analysis:
    Banana bread is a healthy treat. It's simple to make and a healthier alternative to banana pudding. It can be eaten for breakfast or dessert. 

    There wasn't a lot of sugar involved and the banana is what gave it a better taste. The only part of the food that was processed was the butter and the salt. The rest was natural. The banana bread had around 186 calories per serving, 6 g of fat, 25mg of cholesterol, 172mg of sodium, and 2g of protein. The carbs and fat will cause weight gain but also a lot lipids to fight of viruses. Carbs provide our bodies with energy for the day.

     The process of starch digestion starts in our mouths, where amylase in your saliva snips the large starch molecules into sugars called glucose. As the bread moves from your mouth to your stomach and finally to your small intestine, additional amylase secreted by your pancreas digests any remaining starch molecules until only glucose remains. The protein in bread undergoes digestion in your stomach and small intestine, where stomach acid and protein-digesting enzymes cleave the protein molecules into single amino acids. The small amount of fat in bread gets digested in your small intestine, where lipase splits each fat molecule into three fatty acids and a glycerol.

    The food that traveled the farthest was probably the bananas. A lot of bananas come from Latin America and it's possible that they traveled the farthest. I'm sure there were preservatives on the bananas to keep them from getting mushy. The preservatives help the banana stay ripe longer. This meal probably costs around $10. The most expensive ingredient was the bananas. Everything else was relatively cheap. I don't think there would be any negative ramifications. All of the ingredients can be purchased at any local convenience store. A lot of the products involved dairy products. Unless I had a farm with a cow or a goat. I wouldn't be able to come across these dairy products on my own. 

    Personal Reflection:

    This unit has been focused on diet and health. With a larger focus on the Western diet, most of this unit’s purpose was to inform us about how unhealthy America’s diet is, what would make it better, the complications of an unhealthy diet, and how to prevent future health problems. Most Americans, myself included, eat an excessive amount of fatty foods. This leads to such a high level of obesity in the United States. I’m not obese but I could be healthier. When my mom used to make all of my meals I definitely ate healthier and now that I’m becoming more independent, I’ve been making bad decisions. This unit helped me realize how unhealthy my food choices are, it also increased my knowledge on what a healthy diet consists of.

     

    One of the most helpful warmups were the ones that informed us on the definition of organic. I think that when people heard “organic” they just thought of healthy food but didn’t really know what it meant. What we learned that there are different definitions of organic. Relating to food, organic means produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents. We also learned that organic foods aren’t always healthy. 

     

    Some food changes that I could make to my diet are eating more fruit, drinking more water, adding vegetables, cutting down on sugar and unhealthy fats. This would help my heart and the rest of my body function better. I don’t think I would be able to go “cold turkey” on my old diet. I will have to ween myself off of the unhealthy meals. I’m willing to try to change to a healthy diet but if I’m constantly surrounded by bad foods and it’s all that’s given to me for school lunch, it will be hard to resist. But, it’s a change that I have to make since Spring and baseball are right around the corner.


    Food Rules Slide:



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    Final Food Project

    ***Peter is working with me

    Ingredients & Instructions for Enchiladas 

      • 1 can of black or pinto beans
      • 8-10 flour tortillas
      • 1 small onion
      • any vegetables you like
      • 1 can of diced green chiles
      • 3 cups of shredded cheese
      • 1 can of enchilada sauce
      • herbs for garnishing
      • salt and pepper to taste
      • *can add chicken or beef if you’d like


    1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
    2. Add some oil to a pan and sauté the onions and green chiles for 6-8 mins
    3. Add the other vegetables you want to use and cook them throughly
    4. Remove vegetables from the heat and set them aside for later
    5. In order to assemble the enchiladas, speed out a tortilla on a flat surface. Then, spread enchiladas sauce on it and fill it with the beans, cooked vegetables, and cheese. Then, wrap them up and place them into a long baking dish.
    6. Before placing it into the oven, cover the enchiladas with more sauce and cheese.
    7. Place it into the oven for 20 minutes uncovered. 
    8. Remove it and serve with fresh herbs as a garnish. 

    Analysis

    The ingredient for this dish are mostly processed foods, however the vegetables are fresh and not processed. There is a possibility to make your own tortillas and buy fresh beans from a farmers maker and cook them yourself for somewhat of a ‘healthier’ dish. However, for the sake of this project and our wallets, we decided to go with some of the processed foods, however it’s completely possible to make this dish more ‘whole’.The estimated calorie content of the dish per serving is 404 calories, 22.1g of fat, and 2g of sugar, which isn’t bad for one meal. One serving is one enchilada, and even that can be a little too much for one person (since they’re pretty big in general). You couldn’t eat this everyday because if you did, you would probably have bathroom problems from all the beans and a lot of carbs from the flour tortillas. Most of the food was processed and probably grown with ingredients grown on mass production farms with fertilizers and chemicals and whatnot. The meal cost under $15 which is really goo, especially when feeding an entire family. 

    Personal Reflection

    I’ve learned a lot about how food effects us in different ways, even after we consume it and feel full. I knew about obesity and why food contributes to that disease before coming into the unit, however I wasn’t aware that many of the top ways to die in this country is by food. It boggles my mind that we are more likely to die from the food we eat than under and being in an accident. However, what can we do? It’s difficult to really pinpoint the problem in this since there’s needs to be a systematic change in the way we eat and produce food. But it’d difficult to change a system that’s been working for so long, and that’s so important to millions of Americans. 

    My personal role in the larger food system is somewhat hard to explain. Yes, I purchase food and consume it on a daily basis, however, I feel like my few dollars don’t make such a huge impact as everyone seems to make it out to be. If I solely stop purchasing unhealthy food, then what will happen ? It’s difficult to just say that I’d be willing to change my food choices since there’s not that many choices in the first place. Only a handful of corporations actually produce the food we eat. And they own so much of it, it’s hard to run away from them effectively. 

     So honestly, no, I won’t change my food habits. Especially since I don’t have a personal income and even when I go off to college, I’ll be worrying about my studies than what I’m eating. And ‘healthy’ foods are so expensive in the first place, it’s difficult to get them anyway.


    Food Slide


    This is my food rule. I picked this one because I see too many times on labels that the entire package isn't one serving, but only a couple of pieces of the product are indeed on serving. And most people think that the calorie count on a food product is the total amount of calories for the entire product, even though it's only for one serving. 

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    Q2 BENCHMARK- Andre Gallagher (& Julian Makarechi)

    Julian Makarechi & Andre Gallager 

    Instructions on how to make Pasta al Pesto

    Ingredients:

    - pasta (500 g)

    - pesto (5oz)

    - salt (pinch)

    - water (fill pot & 1 table spoon for pasta bowl)

    - parmigiano cheese

    Process:

    1. Boil pot of water. Put a pinch of salt in the water. 

    2. Once water is boiling, put pasta in the water for about 8-10. You want the pasta to be a little bit had and not extremely mushy. 

    3. Once done cooking the pasta, strain the pasta. 

    4. In a large serving bowl, put your pesto at the bottom and put 1 table spoon of water to make the sauce creamy.

    5. Dump the cooked pasta into serving bowl, mix well and add parmigiono cheese.

    6. Ready to serve.


    Analysis:

    Since most people do not make homemade pasta, the pasta used in this meal is almost all processed. Pasta is made of mostly flour, eggs, wheat, in other a lot of gluten. However, the pesto is 100% whole foods if you get it fresh.  

    In one box of Barilla, there is about 8g of fat, 336 carbs, and 0 sugar. The carbs and fat will cause weight gain but also a lot lipids to fight of viruses. Carbohydrates give your body with a lot of energy that we our bodies need. The process of how we digest pasta is quite simple. As soon as the pasta hits the tongue, the saliva immediately starts to breakdown the carbohydrates so it is easier to go through the stomach.  The cell walls and acid then deconstruct the pasta. Eating pasta everyday is not a good idea, it will make you gain way to much weight, and too much gluten isn't good for you. 

    The pasta was probably made in Italy, but they probably got some of the ingredients from other countries in Asia. Since Barilla is such a large company, the pasta was manufactured  commercially. 

    This is a pretty cheap meal, because pesto costs about 7$, and then box of pasta is 12$. A whole box is about 500 grams, which feeds 4-6 people. So per person it would be out 4$ per person, if there are about 5 people. 

    Making pasta at home takes a lot time, effort and precisions. I think that just buying a good brand of pasta is a lot more convenient. Especially since it takes so long for the pasta to go bad, so you buy a lot at a time. 



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    Final food project!

    Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

    1. 1 cup butter, unsalted

    2. 1 cup white sugar

    3. 2 eggs, lightly beaten

    4. 1 Teaspoons baking powder

    1. 1 Teaspoon salt. 

     Analysis 

    In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, in a second bowl, combine and mix well the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour into butter mixture 1 cup at a time. Chill dough for 3 to 4 hours. Roll out dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutters or a knife. Brush with milk and sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake on a sheet pan for a parchment lined sheet pan in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the cookie. Remove cookies to cool completely. 


    PERSONAL RELFECTION


    I really enjoyed this unit because I love learning about ways to be more healthy, I’ve been trying to be healthy for a long time, but I just never knew were to start. I remember when we watched the TED talk that was called “Teach every Child About Food”. It was hard to watch because it was heartbreaking to hear about all of the kids that are in public schools, and get the wrong kinds of food, also hearing about the stories about the family member’s of those kids who have died from obesity, I’ve learned that it’s a slow killer. It makes me want to make some kind of change in the way that the children of our world eats, but even if I can’t do that.. I want to at least start from changing the way that I eat first. 

     

    Throughout this entire unit, I believe that I’ve learned a lot about the different ways that I can help the person next to me to eat right, and motivating myself to eat right, a lot of the warmups that we went though, warm-ups like the “Organic food” warmup, assignments like that really helped me open my eyes to what’s happening. I also learned that not everything that we think is organic, is really organic. I learned that I would really have to read the labels if I want to know what I’m eating, I can’t just trust the label that’s on the front of the food. It’s amazing to think that there isn’t really many food’s out there that’s truly organic. The food that you can find is really expensive. So you really can’t trust the advertisements that people give out. They should really change the way they portray organic food so that everyone can know what they’re actually eating. 

     

    I want to change the way that I am eating, doing this unit has made me a lot more motivated to change my diet, making sure I look at the labels of what I’m eating, before I eat it.. I learned lifelong material and I appreciate it. 


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    Q2 Food Benchmark

    Tuna pasta salad 

     

    Ingredients 

    2 cups of whole grain pasta

     

    1 cup of mayo

     

    1/2 cup of mustard

     

    4 sticks of celery

     

    1 onion

     

    1 teaspoon of season salt 

     

    1 teaspoon of black pepper 

     

    1 can of tuna in water 

     

    Instructions 

    1. Boil pasta 

     

    2. chop up celery and onion 

     

    3. open and drain can of tuna 

     

    4. mix all ingredients together

     

    Mayo has a very high fat content so you are supposed to use it in moderation. 1 cup of mayo have 916 calories, 78.49 grams of fat, 56.16 grams of carbs and 2.12 grams of protein. I used a higher ratio of pasta to mayo so that it only lightly coated the pasta. Dijon mustard has 198 calories per cup and I only used a half of a cup of dijon mustard so its 99 calories. In a teaspoon of dijon mustard there is 4 calories, 0.19 grams of fat, 0.47 grams of carbs and 0.24 grams of protein. There is 0.17 grams of sugar in dijon mustard and as opposed to yellow mustard it is less in sugar. I used one whole onion and that had 67 calories, 0.13 grams of fat, 16.18 grams of carbs, 1.47 grams of protein. For one stalk of celery it is 6 calories I used 4 so that is 42 calories, 0.28 grams of fat, 4.76 grams of carbs, and 1.12 grams of protein. I used whole grain penne pasta and there was 1600 calories which is a huge amount, pasta is a starch so it has to be eaten in moderation. There were 12 grams of fat, 328 grams of carbs and 56 grams of protein. Pasta has a lot of carbs to it so when you start adding a bunch of other ingredients it lessens the nutritional value. The seasons that I used do not have any calories. The tuna that I used was 220 calories, 5.11 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs and 40.63 grams of protein. I decided to use tuna because I knew that it was high in protein. 

     

    I decided to make this dish because I knew that because I wanted to make pasta an that I shouldn't use to many other ingredients. Also the ingredients that I used I did not use much of so that there was less amount of calories. Altogether my dish has 3,043 calories and there was at least 6-8 servings so that is  about 380 calories per serving which is not bad at all. My dish also had a low cost it was around $8 the most expensive item was the whole grain pasta. 

     

    Reflection

     

    Overall I enjoyed this unit, a lot of the material that we covered I was some what familiar with. My mom is pre-diabetic and it runs in the family. So two years ago she changed the whole houses eating habitats. All of our breads  are whole grain, so is the pasta, we only eat brown rice and there is often not many baked good in the house unless they are homemade. There are so many items that are healthier but you find that they tend to cost more. During this unit when talking about nutrition I think we also needed to talk more about the price of the food. Many times people shop for quantity not quality, many people in america can not afford quality though. We need to form a better food system then we will see a decrease in obesity, heart conditions and diabetes. 

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    Sieanna

    Pesto Chicken Florentine 

    Sieanna Williams & Brian Birkmire

     

    Ingredients

    - Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)

    - Garlic (2 cloves)

    - Chicken breast (boneless/skinless/4 count)

    - Fresh Spinach Leaves (2 cups)

    - 1/2 White/Yellow onion (chopped)

    - 1/2 cup of white wine

    - Pepper/Sprinkle of Salt

    - 1/4 cup cream

    - Basil

    - Parmesan cheese

    Instructions

    1. Boil pot of water, preferably large pot. Boil pasta.

    2. While preparing the pasta, cook the chicken. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the raw chicken. Heat some olive oil in pan and brown both sides of the chicken breast. Remove chicken when browned.

    3. Add chopped onions and sauté for about 2-3 minutes. While the onions are cooking, slice the chicken in strips. Put aside any pieces already cooked by the browning and the others that aren't cooked to be finished.

    4. When the onions begin to brown, add the garlic and sauté for another minute, roughly. Add white wine and and boil until it is half reduced.

    5. Add the spinach and undercooked chicken to the pan. Using tongs, turn them over to coat them with the juices in the pan. Continue to cook, turning and stirring often, until the spinach is wilted and the chicken cooked through, about 2 minutes.

     6. Turn off the heat and add some black pepper, the pile of cooked chicken pieces and the pesto (basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese sauce). Stir to combine. Drain the pasta put it in a large bowl. Add the cream to the sauté pan and stir well to combine. Add the contents of the pan to the bowl with the pasta and mix well.


    ANALYSIS

    The beautiful thing about our meal is that it contains 0% of processed food. There are no additives or preservatives and some of our food is even homemade. Brian and I were originally going to buy fettuccine sauce but it had modified enzymes so we opted to make it ourselves with natural ingredients, as well as the pesto. The spinach leaves were not organic but they were organically grown. The only ingredient on the back was spinach.

    We carefully read each of the ingredients on the back of the labels of the foods we used, all of them contained less than 10 g of sugar and fat. There is very little to no grease and the only oil used was olive oil (very little) on the chicken which was sauteed thoroughly. Although our dish is very healthy and will not caused any harm to one’s body from eating it once or twice in a row, the pasta is what dominates the dish. Pasta contains lots of starch and too much starch is very harmful to the body, so we strongly suggest to never eat a pasta meal every single day. On the other hand, it has low Glycemic Index which means it does not increase glucose levels rapidly this makes it easier for the body to maintain energy for longer periods of time. Pasta also has folic acid which is crucial for reproduction.

    Our meal contains a variety of crucial dietary nutrients. It is a cleansing meal that will not only taste good but make you feel good. 


    Personal Reflection


    Ever since I joined the Girls Ultimate Frisbee team last school year, I’d begun to seriously think about eating more healthily. Not only had I never played frisbee before, but I had very little experience with exercise. I’d just joined the team when both boys and girls had gone to the states championship. For both tournament days, my coach, Ms. Echols, kept me in every single game for several points straight. I had never been so run down in my life and I couldn’t figure out how the rest of the girls had so much energy. When I finally had the chance to break, I looked upon the food parents and coaches brought with them. All that had been there were granola bars, bananas, sandwiches, etc. I didn’t think much of it but went on eating. Almost immediately I noticed a change in myself throughout the tournament. The food wasn’t only delicious, but I felt better on the inside. It was then that I’d seriously begun to consider eating more whole foods. 


    The issue with my new resolution was that once I left frisbee and once I left my boyfriend’s home there was nothing to go home to but processed, artificially flavored and sugary foods. I live in a home where we only have as much food as we do because we are fortunate enough to receive food stamps. But even so, our food stamp money has been continuously cut despite our lowering income. Because of this, my mom has stopped buying as much fruits, she’s opted for pop tarts instead of oatmeal and often I’m starting to see more and more snacks than usual. I know my mom understands that I want to eat healthily (as well as I’m sure she understands that we should be eating this way), but we have a mutual understanding that we simply cannot afford such foods. What do I think is the biggest problem with our food system? There’s too much consumption. Too many people are buying so much food and I believe that’s what has upped the price on natural foods and set the price low for sugary foods. This way, farmers get what they work for by growing so much food so fast and companies make profit. Either way, it’s human consumption that’s caused these issues. There’s too much food circulating when there really does not need to be. Despite this issue, I will continue to try to eat as healthy as possible. Not just because it tastes a lot better, but because it makes me feel a lot better.


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    Food Project: Brian

    Dish: Pesto Chicken Florentine

    Ingredients:

    - Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)

    - Garlic (2 cloves)

    - Chicken breast (boneless/skinless/4 count)

    - Fresh Spinach Leaves (2 cups)

    - 1/2 White/Yellow onion (chopped)

    - 1/2 cup of white wine

    - Pepper/Sprinkle of Salt

    - 1/4 cup cream

    - Basil

    - Parmesan cheese

    How to cook:

    1. Boil pot of water, preferably large pot. Boil pasta.

    2. While preparing the pasta, cook the chicken. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the raw chicken. Heat some olive oil in pan and brown both sides of the chicken breast. Remove chicken when browned.

    3. Add chopped onions and sauté for about 2-3 minutes. While the onions are cooking, slice the chicken in strips. Put aside any pieces already cooked by the browning and the others that aren't cooked to be finished.

    4. When the onions begin to brown, add the garlic and sauté for another minute, roughly. Add white wine and and boil until it is half reduced.

    5. Add the spinach and undercooked chicken to the pan. Using tongs, turn them over to coat them with the juices in the pan. Continue to cook, turning and stirring often, until the spinach is wilted and the chicken cooked through, about 2 minutes.

     6. Turn off the heat and add some black pepper, the pile of cooked chicken pieces and the pesto (basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese sauce). Stir to combine. Drain the pasta put it in a large bowl. Add the cream to the sauté pan and stir well to combine. Add the contents of the pan to the bowl with the pasta and mix well.


    In our recipe, we have integrated multiple nutritional necessities. We have a healthy balance of protein, vitamins, sugars, carbs, fiber, sodium, etc. With the chicken, this can come from “organically” grown chickens that have the ability to free roam and are fed and raised properly. Depending on where you buy the chicken and which brand you choose. Perdue wouldn’t be the best choice if you want chickens that were raised how nature intended. That’s the main source of protein in the meal.

     Basil, a delicious herb that is more than meets the eye. Researchers say that basil, not only good for pesto, but is also good at fighting bacteria, viruses, and chronic diseases. As well as the healthy benefits of basil, olive oil, another key ingredient in pesto is known to help reduce the chances of heart disease. Lastly, in the delicious pesto sauce is everyone’s favorite; garlic. Garlic has been around for centuries and has been used from food to theories of keeping you safe from vampires. Not a bad health benefit, if it were real, but garlic does however reduce blood pressure, fight bacteria, improve cholesterol levels, lots of antioxidants, and detoxifies metals in the body.

     Although pasta is known for it’s starches and carbohydrates, it actually has beneficial nutrients. Pasta does have a low GI (Glycemic Index) meaning it doesn’t raise glucose levels quickly. It also has folic acid, a key factor for pregnant women. Last, the carbohydrates that pasta withholds is helpful for athletic people. Most athletes will go on a massive carb intake before a game because the glucose from the carbs is a fuel for the body. The pasta releases the glucose energy slowly allowing the body to maintain energy much longer than something with artificial sugar.

     In all, the benefits of eating our meal would be a collected portion of every important dietary intake. Our meal is guaranteed to help you gain and maintain energy while cleansing your body and making you feel healthy.



    ​Personal Reflection:


    I learned a lot this unit and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. One of my favorite topics to learn about is nutrition and how it affects the body, mainly because it’s something that is relevant to me everyday. I’ve recently been in the mood to watch “Food Inc.” all over again. Looks like I’ll be watching it later on Netflix.

     

    I think, in relevance to Food Inc, the biggest problem about food in America is that we will do anything we can to produce cheap and unnatural foods to not fill our stomachs but fill our pockets. This goes for just about everything we consume in today’s society. I know that for companies like Perdue, they produce chickens that are genetically modified to grow bigger than the average chicken in nearly half the amount of days. If I remember, it takes about 72 days for a chicken to grow to about it’s fullest potential. The GMO (chickens in this sense) are modified to grow in about 42 days, thus producing more which makes the companies more money. This goes for many other foods as well. Some tomatoes are modified with fish DNA so they will stay fresh longer when refrigerated, that’s disgusting and unnatural. Other crops are modified to grow faster, be immune from pesticides, etc. Another problem with our government is that they make the foods that are nearly 100% natural to be much more expensive then the stuff that harms your body. When you can go through a McDonald’s “drive thru” and get a burger, fries, and a drink for about three bucks, compared to two apples at the same price, most people will pick the “drive thru” meal. Unfortunately, this results in health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, etc. 

     

    In all, I’ve enjoyed learning about diabetes, obesity, and everything else involved with food and the human body. It’s important to know these things because we will carry them the rest of our lives while we teach the next generation the importance.



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    Q2 Food Benchmark

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    Caprese Salad


    Ingredients:


    *Quantity of ingredients varies upon how much you’re making


    Mozzarella Cheese (Whole, not shredded)

    Tomatoes

    Basil leaves

    Balsamic Vinegar

    Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Salt, Pepper


    Preparation:


    1. Slice mozzarella cheese into ¼ inch thick slices

    2. Do step 1 to tomatoes

    3. Place 1 slice of cheese on each tomato slice  

    4. Add 1 basil leaf to each tomato / cheese combo

    5. Drizzle olive oil & balsamic vinegar on top of each combo

    6. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and / or pepper on each combo


    Analysis:


    When made with all fresh, organic ingredients, this dish contains little processed food items. The ingredients that are processed are still healthy, For example, cheese is the main processed ingredient, but it has to be processed in order to kill bad bacteria. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is technically processed because it’s been pressed in a factory, but there’s no additives or chemicals in it. Most salt has iodine added to it which causes it to be labeled as processed, but iodine is an essential dietary mineral that we would get very sick without.


    Although this is a healthy dish, if you were to eat nothing it each day you would get very sick. Firstly, you would be lacking many essential food groups such as fruits, meats, and bread. Also, the intake of salt each day could add up and possibly lead to diabetes, but the monounsaturated fats in olive oil are known to prevent the risk of type 2 diabetes.



    For this particular dish, I used Cento balsamic vinegar, Sunset tomatoes, Belgioioso mozzarella cheese, Carbonell olive oil and Olive Creek basil. I purchased all of these ingredients at my local Shoprite. The vinegar came from Italy, the tomatoes came from Mexico, the cheese came from Wisconsin, the olive oil came from spain, and the basil came from New Jersey. These ingredients are healthy, but since they have traveled so far, it means that they’re aren’t environmentally friendly. The vinegar, olive oil, and tomatoes all come from different countries, which means they’ve traveled the farthest. My dad was the one that went food shopping, but if I had gone then I would have chosen organic, local ingredients. From what I’ve learned this year, organic food isn’t necessarily better than conventionally grown food. They both contain nearly the same amount of nutrients, but organically grown food is better for the environment.


    Overall, this dish made approximately 12 servings (2 cheese / mozzarella combos) and came to around $12. This is affordable, healthy, and filling as a side dish or snack. Fast food is cheap but will cause health problems and leave you feeling sluggish. If you were to eat this dish as a snack, it would be satisfying and refreshing.


    My family grows herbs and tomatoes in our backyard in the summer, so my dad and I would use them when making this dish almost everyday. Basil pretty much grows on it’s own once it’s planted, needing only to be watered and trimmed, and the same goes with tomatoes. When these items are purchased, they have to be grown (where you don’t know the exact growing process that took place) shipped to the grocery store, and then brought home.


    Reflection



    I’ve learned a lot during this quarter about how I’m part of the food system and how the system itself works. I had an idea of the subjects that we reviewed such as diabetes, organic food, and how school lunches have little to no nutritional value to begin with,  but I’m glad that I have a deeper understanding of them now. I was highly worried that I was harming myself by not eating only organic food, but I now know that organic food and conventionally grown food contain nearly the same nutrients. I am still concerned about the preservatives and additives that go into most foods, but I consider myself a wise shopper when it comes to what I purchase and eat so I’m confident that I’ll be okay. The obesity rate in America truly makes me sad. Junk food is cheap and fast so many people resort to eating that, but it is killing people. Junk food isn’t satisfying so you’re more likely to eat more. Sitting down and eating a healthy meal will fill you for much longer than a hamburger from a fast food restaurant. The TED talk we watched made me realize how important it is to learn how to cook, so I’ve been cooking dinners with my dad in order to learn how to make meals for myself. I’ve been focusing on eating healthy and watching my portions when eating, along with eating more fruits and drinking more water. If I choose to have a family in the future, I’m going to be very strict with my children on what they can and can’t eat. I’m going to cook them proper meals, teach them how to be smart shoppers, and teach them to cook also. I’m thankful that I had this class and I feel as though every student should have a class on food and how the system works.
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    Love's True Face

    This is a poem that I made for my Benchmark on Macbeth. At first the poem appears simple, but after analysis it is somewhat complicated. The topic of the poem is love. We are use to seeing love as a emotion therefore in an attempt to get my message across I only call it a emotion twice. Most of the time I refer to love as a curse or crow, in an attempt to deliver the message that love can be truly evil.
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    Jessica's Macbeth Creative Project

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    This was my Macbeth Creative Project and this is a drawing of Macbeth's transformation. On one half, Macbeth is himself; Thane of Glamis and Thane of Cawdor. He was content with being those two titles. On the other half, is when he became corrupted with being Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland, which in the beginning he was given those 3 prophecies. That side also shows some of the things that might have turned Macbeth to the dark side.  
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    Lady of Nightfall

    I'm looking forward to present my painting to everyone. I would really like for people to see my point of view on who Lady Macbeth is as a person. Also, I would also like for people to see how I compare to her and how that's why I chose to pick her for my benchmark project. If I could change up my project. I probably would've gotten a bigger canvas, and make the images and quotes larger so that everyone can see it instead of having to come up close to see and understand the painting. 
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    Macbeth's Internal Conflict

    My goals for this project was to show Macbeth's Internal conflict in a creative way. I hope people will notice when they see my project is the creativity behind it. I tried to show what his internal conflict looked like in my imagination because in the playwright you could really interpret it any type of way and this is the way I saw it. If I could start all over I would probably do a 3D  diorama to really show my creativity, although this is very creative I could do way more with this idea. 
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    The Behavioral Changes of Macbeth

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    For my creative project, I did a time line of The Behavioral Changes of Macbeth. I want to prove how did he change throughout the entire book/play by, actually putting the lines that show his behavioral changes. I hope my audience can get the full understanding of my art piece.
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    The Creative Song of Macbeth

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    ​This song is mostly about Macbeth and his way of ambition to become king of Scotland and Thane of Cawdor. Although, there are some differences of Macbeth, he knows how King Duncan the King of Scotland is a really great king that is really good king to his people. Even though, Macbeth's uses his ambition to become king by killing King Duncan and getting away with it. Now, Macbeth is king but later, people start to learn that we can't trust Macbeth anymore and a noble man name Macduff comes to Macbeth's kingdom and kills him making justice for all. I've made this song to based what I've said about Macbeth in my piece because it really summarizes who Macbeth really is.
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    There Once Was a Man Who Could Win Wars With His Bare Hands

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    This project, which took me a little under four hours, is my pride and joy at the moment. IT combines the essence of blood and gore with the serenity of Shakespeare quotes that explain Macbeth's life, the rise and fall. 
    When reviewing this, I really hope you notice the attention to detail that went into it. I don't mind if you think it's a bit much, but I just want you to notice the detail. 
    The poem that goes with it:

    There was once a man who could win wars with his bare hands.

    He was a warrior of two faced intentions,

    A liar and tyrant,

    That started out so naive.

    The idea of innocence is all thought of in vain,

    When you find out what the man had became.


    There was once a man who was given a prophecy.

    Three little words, one from each witch

    “King of all.”

    Now fueled by his wife

    Would result in the downfall of King Duncan,

    And an army from Fife.


    There was once a man who killed his best friend.

    A line of kings was the prophecy Banquo was given,

    So the man refused a bloodied hand,

    And gave the blade away to two murderous men.

    “Know Banquo was your enemy.”

    Banquo was slain, but Fleance did fly.

    Now the man had planned a banquet,

    Much before they pronounced dead,

    But visions of Banquo did dance in his head.


    There was once a man who was told “Beware Macduff.”

    It came as another prophecy,

    This time it told war stories and warned the man of those who could harm him.

    No man born of woman could harm the powerful man,

    Now Macduff’s challenge angered him,

    So he sent the two murderers back out for him,

    And had his family killed instead.

    His wife, his babes, and all who those marked of unfortunate descent.


    There was once a man who forgot how to fear.

    The forest would come to the castle,

    A war would begin.

    Macduff drew his blade,

    And the throne would be claimed.

    The man had been slain.


    There was once a man who could win wars with his bare hands.

    The man’s name was Macbeth.

    A tyrant king, high atop his throne.

    His name bathed in blood,

    And his head on a stake.

    All hail, King Macbeth.

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    The Calender of Lady Macbeth

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    In English class, we created a creative piece about one of the two main characters from Macbeth: Macbeth, or Lady Macbeth. For my project, I chose Lady Macbeth, and I created a thesis saying that from the beginning of the play to the end of the play, she went through drastic changes. She started out as a cold, heartless, evil woman who lacked all remorse, and transformed into a weakened, tired woman filled with pain and guilt. For the creative piece, I created a calender, with each day representing one scene, each one showing any change she underwent in that scene.
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    Two-Faced Lady MacBeth

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    ​Lady MacBeth started as a power hungry woman who would do anything it took to gain the title of queen of Scotland. After she murdered the current king, she became slowly more and more depressed until it drove her to suicide. As portrayed by my masks, the first is at the beginning stages of Lady MacBeth's development and the one on the right is the ending stages of her character.
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    24-hour transformation

    This is my Macbeth project, which illustrates Macbeth's metamorphosis from a good character to an inhumane one. Although I have managed to incorporate many themes into my project, I mainly focus on the theme of night and day. My project mostly compromises of one tri-fold board, that is broken into three parts: morning, afternoon, and knight. In the first section, I put examples of when he was a brave knight. In the afternoon, I put examples of when he did evil things, but still held regret and remorse. At last, the night facet shows his total transformation into an odious character. I put quotes on certain objects to build the timeline of his transformation.
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    Lady Macbeth's Diary

    For my Macbeth Creative Project, I created a mock-diary of Lady Macbeth's deepest thoughts and feelings. The book doesn't go very far into her mental realm so I wanted to create my own version of what she would think. It also shows the change that took place in her life which led to her downfall. I used Shakespearean-style wording which was very hard and took a lot of work. I created a total of thirteen journal entries written as her with a somewhat intimidating preface. One thing that I want people to notice about my work is that it was all hand-written, and I put quite a lot of time and effort into it. 
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    Macbeth is a Sociopath?

    So, I essentially made this project for the purpose of learning something about the story of Macbeth, and then sharing it with you guys in a creative, fun, and engaging way. The visual piece is what I hope you pay attention to, as I worked quite hard on it. Also, the highlighted words were where you advance in the slide.
    Here's the link to the slideshow:https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/presentation/d/1dZo4zt6TC3vW5VFhvc20bQrsj_epstCh0qCDGxDTs4g/edit?usp=sharing

    And here is the script:

    Macbeth is a sociopath? Well, of course the answer to this question seems simple: Yes. The logic behind this is that Macbeth doesn’t care for pretty much anyone around him, a tribute seen in sociopaths. You can understand why when I first looked into this as a possibility for a project that I didn’t think there was a whole lot to say on the matter. However, the more I dived into the research, I found that there were several key components to being or becoming a sociopath that are overlooked or simply ignored most of the time. So, I decided it would be a fair project to put together to answer this question with factual evidence, rather than educated guesses.

    Before we get into the text, I think I should first define what a sociopath is, for those of you who don’t know. A sociopath is a person who feels little to no emotion, and has difficulty forming relationships with anyone. This includes romantic bonds as well as friendships. Also, sociopaths are NOT to be confused with psychopaths. The two are quite different. A psychopath has no moral compass, and feels no emotion at all. A sociopath feels limited emotions, and have a moral compass in need of tuning. A sociopath finds building relationships difficult, and psychopaths are physically incapable of forming them at all.

    Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way for the most part, lets get into the evidence. As stated before, a sociopath feels limited emotions, and cannot easily form relationships. This is very similar to the behavior we see from Macbeth, as he has no reaction to pretty much every murder he causes after Banquo’s death.

    But CJ, Macbeth felt tons of emotion in the beginning of the play! Remember Duncan’s death? That seriously traumatized him!”

    Well dear audience members who are thinking that very thing, this brings up another reason as to why Macbeth is probably a sociopath, and definitely NOT a psychopath. You see, psychopaths are born without a fully functional brain. The broken parts are the ones that cause emotions and such. This is why psychopaths learn to fake emotions from an early age, and become great at putting on whatever face they see fit for the occasion. A sociopath however is usually created. Sometimes a person can be born with the genetics to become a sociopath, and a traumatic event can push them over the edge. Traumatic events can send them over the edge. Sound like the death of a certain King?

    The final point I would like to make is the behavior we see in Macbeth, and how that compares to your everyday sociopath. For one, there’s his reaction to his wife’s death. After first hearing of it, he merely states that now wasn’t the most convenient time for that to happen. Am I the only one who read this and felt like, “Wow really?” Not just that, but it sounds awfully like something I read, which said that sociopaths see everything as a game to be won. They have an insatiable thirst for victory, and if you're a sociopath who just had their wife die at an inconvenient time, you might feel more upset about the timing than the event.

    This ties into another fact about sociopaths. They sometimes can purposefully exploit others, and feel that they are superior beings. This piece of sociopath trivia would explain why Macbeth was so upset by the thought of having no children while his former friend Banquo would have many descendants who would eventually take the throne. “Why should his bloodline get what I worked so hard to achieve? They’re not worthy of this title that I bear.”

    So, what’s our answer? Is Macbeth a sociopath? Well… maybe. Despite all of this evidence that clearly supports the thought that he is, it’s still possible that Macbeth just kind of evolved in a strange and twisted way throughout the story. The only way to get a solid yes or know would be to ask the writer. Unfortunately, Shakespeare didn’t exactly think to create a Frequently Asked Questions section, so we may never know the answer to this question. However, maybe is far from no, and it is possible that Macbeth just might have been a sociopath by modern standards. Thank you.

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    The Progressions of a Mad Man // Chernowski

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    For our English project this quarter we created a creative way to show Macbeth's or Lady Macbeth's transformation. For this I wrote a series of three poems that are in Macbeth's point of view that got increasingly darker and power crazed to show how he changed. I want people to notice the gradual transitions in Macbeth's thought process and how he eventually loses it.
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