Sunday, October 26, 2008

Culinary School

Do you want a career where you can find a job almost anywhere you go? Do you know what the second largest industry in the United States is? The hospitality and culinary arts industry employs more than eleven million people today and is projected to create a total of thirteen million by the year 2012. Do you love to cook? Are you a creative person? Do you perform well under pressure? Are you a well organized person? If so, then a career as a chef in the culinary industry may be the choice for you. Chefs not only cook but also plan menus, direct food preparation, and estimate food requirements and cost. They are usually hired at restaurants, resorts, hotels, bakeries, catering companies, cruise ships, and other high end hospitatility locations. Chefs usually undertake two seperate types of training on the way to their professional career. They typically spend up to four years studying the art in a culinary school. After graduating from one of these schools, the chef then usually trains under a head chef for several more years. It is during this time that they perfect their cooking skills and often times specialize in the types of foods that they will spend the rest of their career preparing. However, the first step is picking the right culinary school for you. The Culinary Schools website has information about schools in your area, the programs they offer, and what others are saying about these schools. If you are interested in this industry then take a look at this site for more information about this exciting career.

Chicken Divan

I found this recipe for this healthy chicken recipe at and thought I would share it here.

Chicken Divan

This version of the classic creamy chicken dish will be as welcome as the original!

Serves: 4


3 cups frozen cut broccoli, thawed
1/2 cups (8 ounces) diced cooked chicken breast
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup
1/3 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon (2 1/4 ounces) shredded Kraft reduced-fat Cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray.
Evenly arrange broccoli in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle chicken evenly over broccoli.
In a small bowl, combine chicken soup, skim milk, onion flakes, and parsley flakes.
Spread soup mixture evenly over chicken. Evenly sprinkle Cheddar cheese over top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 4 servings.

Tips: 1. Thaw broccoli by placing in a colander and rinsing under hot water. 2. If preferred, a 10-ounce package frozen broccoli spears, thawed, may be substituted for cut broccoli. 3. If you don't have leftovers, purchase a chunk of cooked chicken breast from your local deli.

Calories: 230 Fat: 6g Carbs: 16g Protein: 28g Fiber: 4g Sodium: 519mg

Real Estate

You may have heard that there is an economic crisis and global recession going on that was triggered by mortgage failures and the bursting of the real estate bubble. However, if you are financially able now is a good time to be a buyer in the real estate market. If you are a buyer then HomeCity is a good place to look on the web. They have listings as well as aerial photographs, slide shows, and virtual tours of Austin Homes For Sale. The site also gives information and tips on buying a home, selling a home, and qualifying and selecting a mortgage. So, if you are in the position to buy in the Austin Real Estate market, I definitely suggest you check out HomeCity for more information.

Go Dawgs

Georgia was victorious yesterday against the LSU Tigers. Now they have to face the Florida Gators in the World's Largest Cocktail Party. If they can beat them they will most likely have a spot in the SEC Championship and still be in the hunt for the BCS National Championship.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Saving money...

You do not have to be an economical genous to realize that our economy is struggling. In order to enjoy a day at the Sanford Stadium, as I mentioned in the previous article, I have to find extra things to do for a little extra money. I also have found other ways to save a dollar. I have started bargain shopping. Before, the prices of different commodities did not mean all that much; however, now, I find myself calling around to find out which place is cheaper. My wife and I make sure we check with each other to see if either of us need anything from a particular store in order to cut down on trips and save gas. I am, however, enjoying the fact that gas prices are coming down. I just hope people do not increase the demand. OPEC will undoubtly cut supplies next month.

My wife wears contacts, but at night, and sometimes on the weekend, she wears glasses. If you do not know, these things are not cheap, and I am talking about both contacts and glasses. We have found a great site to find good quality yet cheap eyeglasses. offers a variety of different eyeglasses with different shapes, colors and sizes. Keep in mind that I am not talking about just any reading glasses, but I am talking about stylish prescription glasses. Believe it or not, you can find good glasses for as low as $8. If you are an average American citizen as I, you need to cut cost as much as you can; so if you wear glasses is worth checking out.

Tough weeks ahead...

For the past two weeks, I've been to the Georgia Bulldogs game. As you may or may not know, I'm a huge Bulldog fan; however, they haven't looked impressive recently. Now starts the meat of their schedule...LSU then Florida. Maybe things will go in GA favor.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Halloween Costumes

It is getting close to Halloween. Now I do not usually go all out for this holiday. I can remember going trick or treating maybe four times in my whole life. The characters I dressed up as were Tweety Bird, a pirate, a Reese's Cup (it is my favorite candy, the costume was pretty lame complete with a scratch and sniff sticker), and a werewolf. The company I work for is participating in the local business trick or treat festivities for the kids in the downtown area. We are going to have a table set up and give out candy. The company is encouraging us to dress up in Halloween Costumes for this event. I have been looking around for the costume that fits my more reserved personality. There are always the traditional characters that I could go as such as pirates, cowboys, vampires, firemen, policemen, or doctors. I could also go as one of the characters from the latest movie such as Batman, Joker, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, or Darth Vader. I could also just keep it simple and put on a hockey mask as Jason Voorhies from the Friday the 13th movies. Probably the costume that fits my personality best is a hillbilly. I could have a lot of fun with it while keeping it simple with some overalls, brogan boots, a piece of straw to chew on or a corn cob pipe, and wear an old wore out hat or coon skin cap.

Healthy BBQ Recipe

I come across this healthy BBQ Recipe at Men's Fitness.

Southern Skillet BBQ Pork
A deceptively easy skillet supper that delivers big flavors
Recipe and photo courtesy of The National Pork Board

Serves: 4

4 boneless pork chops, 3/8-inch thick
1/4 cup bottled reduced-fat Italian dressing
1/4 cup bottled barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder

Cooking Directions:
Stir together Italian dressing, barbecue sauce and chili powder. Pour over pork chops in shallow dish or plastic bag. Marinate from 30 minutes to overnight in the refrigerator. Heat nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; drain pork chops and place in skillet. Brown chops on both sides; add remaining marinade. Cover pan and simmer over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.

Serving Suggestions:
A deceptively easy skillet supper delivers big flavors. Accompany this family favorite with buttered corn and a green salad.

Nutrition Facts:
Calories 175
Protein 22 grams
Fat 7 grams
Sodium 325 milligrams
Cholesterol 55 milligrams
Saturated Fat 2 grams
Carbohydrates 3 grams
Fiber 0 grams


One of the most important things in life is family. They are the ones that are always there, good times and bad, no matter what. One of the most important things you can do for your family is to have the proper life insurance to cover all of your family's needs in case the worst thing happens: your death. You want to make sure that your family will be able to make ends meet, pay the bills, and be able to continue with the same quality of life that they have been enjoying during your life. While most people carry burial insurance to take care of their funeral expenses, many people forget about the family needs after the funeral is over. Mortgage protection insurance is one of the most important types of life insurance to help out your family. Mortgage insurance is life insurance that will pay off your home mortgage at the time of your death. However, it is not just a piece of paper. This insurance is an investment in peace of mind. You will always be at peace knowing that your family will never have to lose its home, even if you unexpectedly die and the family income is drastically cut. In closing, everyone should examine carefully their family's needs and plan for the unexpected with the proper amount of life insurance.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Weight Management and Fitness Forum 27th Edition

Welcome to the 27th edition of Weight Management and Fitness Forum. Thank you all for your participation in this forum. From those who submit articles to those who are our regular readers, it is you who make this forum possible. We hope you enjoy the selections and come back to Weight Master for our other great posts.


Beth Ziesenis presents Five lessons I’ve learned while running posted at Life on Avenue Z, saying, "A small business owner learns lessons while running."

dpatterson presents Changing Seasons Means Changing Plans posted at BLOG

Craig presents Getting started-Part One posted at AttacktheBar

Weight Ladder / Rich Leverage presents What Time of the Day is Best For Exercise? posted at Weight Ladder

General Health

Howling Mad Jay presents Forget Oktoberfest, embrace Septemberfest posted at The World's Greatest Blog

Joe Hayes presents Abdominal Hernia Symptoms & Treatment posted at Comments on: Abdominal Hernia Symptoms & Treatment, saying, "An abdominal hernia occurs when there is a tear or bulge in the inside layer of the abdominal wall. Surgery is the only treatment that will cure an abdominal hernia. It will not heal or "go away" on its own."

Dean Moyer presents Mysterious Morning Neck Pain posted at The Back Pain Blog, saying, "In this post we review the various ways to apply heat therapy for temporary relief of back and neck pain."


Trevor Watkinson presents 6 Benefits of a Salt Free Diet posted at Blog, saying, "Why I am switching to a salt free diet."

AndrewB presents 7 ‬Signs you are a Binge Eater‭ & ‬How to Stop Binge Eating posted at test, saying, "Can't control how much of a certain food you consume? Eat large amounts of food at a time? Eat until you are too full and your stomach hurts? These are all signs of binge eating. This article discusses how to stop binge eating."

Lazy Man and Health presents Post Workout Nutrition posted at Lazy Man and Health

Tomato Lady presents Homemade Artificial Sweetener from Stevia posted at Little House in the Suburbs

Lazy Man and Money presents Chewing the Fat posted at Lazy Man and Health

Weight Loss

Worlweller presents Weight Loss with Green Superfood posted at Green Super Food

brian park presents What is South Beach Diet posted at South Beach Diet, saying, "Just like millions of people in the world, you are probably finding ways to lose weight, searching for diets that would aid this cause knowing that only the right diet would help you lose weight. However, what is so special about the South Beach Diet?"

Super Saver presents Miraculous Weight Loss posted at My Wealth Builder

Alexandra presents Introductions posted at Fat Butt Flying, saying, "My blog deals with the topic of air travel while being overweight. It includes current events in the airline industry, diet and exercise tips, and my presonal progress in obtaining a smaller butt. I also encourage open and polite discussion on the subject of weight hate as I like to call it."

NickIrons presents Weight Loss — 7 Easy Ways To Cut 250 Calories posted at Get Results! Fitness Blog, saying, "Dropping as little as 250 calories each day can result in almost 30 pounds shed over 12 short months."

That concludes this edition. Look for our next edition to be posted here at Weight Master on November 2nd. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Weight Management and Fitness Forum using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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