Growing up, a classic dinner-table manor has been, “don’t play with your food.” But recently, that has become a new trend. Food art amazes viewers from small children to elderly citizens. According to smithsonianmagazine, food art was first demonstrated by chefs when they wanted to make food dishes look presentable. It then evolved to making everyday images in food. There are many types of food art from carving intricate designs into avocados to making Marilyn Monroe’s face with spaghetti and meatballs.
A favorite of everyone’s is avocado art. People make designs you would see on an old Italian cathedral. Other famous pictures make roses out of avocado slices. Many people wonder how this is done because after a while, the avocados turn brown. Many say, avocado art is the most iconic type of food art. It is certainly very creative.
Some people do food art for fun and some others like to compete. According to vegetablefruitcraving, many competitions are more around craving than anything else. This includes pumpkins, watermelons, squash. A famous food art competition is the Ohio State Fair Fruit Carving Competition. In Asheville, we have our own food art competition known as Grove Park Inn Gingerbread Competition.
If you can’t end up showing off your work by competing than you instagram is a great place to show off your creativity. According to, instagram The hashtag, “food art” 6,100,000 posts featured and many users are always coming up with new creative ways to make food look more than just presentable. One of my favorites is making pacman characters out eggs.
Whether your just bored in your kitchen or your ready for some competition, food art is way to go. I personally think food art is a killer way to pass time and I think everyone should try scrolling your feed to try it too. :)
Story by Liv Suydam
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Almost everyone enjoys donuts. The U.S. bought half a million dollars worth of donuts in 2014 alone. What is this treats history, and what is the secret to making it?
No one is sure when donuts were invented but it may have been by Dutch settlers in the 1800s. The first donut recipe was found in 1800 calling them dow nuts. Dow nuts are their second name because they were originally called Olykoeks, oily cakes. Donut phrase was first used in 1800 and donut and was written in a news article of 1809. Donuts didn't always have a hole in them in 1847 Hanson Gregory poked a hole in them. Donuts were not brought up in history again until they became popular in world war one. In 1920 Adam Levit invented the automatic donut machine, which made 87 donuts per hour. Donuts where pronounced the food hit of the century at the Chicago world fair in 1934. If you would like to learn how to make this treat, read below!
How to make baked donuts
How to make fried donuts
How to make donut glaze
Donuts are one of America's favorite treats. There are many ways to make them and they have an interesting history. I know what I will be doing on the first Friday of June, national donut day!
Story by Anabel Kehoe
Let's be honest 2018 was a pretty good year, but I’m pretty sure 2019 will top it off.
There is going to be a lot of history, fun and so much more.
Story by Sydney Edwards
August 26 is National Dog Day! National dog day was founded in 2004, by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige. Colleen Paige is the founder of many other National pet days such as: National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day, National Cat day, etc. August 26 was picked to be National Dog day because Colleen’s family had adopted her first dog Sheltie on August 26, when she was 10 years old. All dogs, mixed and pure breeds are celebrated on this day. One main reason for National dog day is to help the public recognize how many dogs that need a home.
Don’t get me wrong, National Dog day is to celebrate the amazing animals we have been blessed with, but it is another way to help Dogs get adopted and given the attention they need. Many dogs have put their lives on the line every day to protect and keep their families, humans, owners, etc. safe. We celebrate NDD, to recognize the importance of dogs and to honor how they impact our lives and theirs on a daily basis. Another reason we celebrate is to pull more attention towards the amount of abused and abandoned dogs, says Why We Celebrate NDD!
The National Dog Foundation’s motto for NDD is “ Saving 10,000 Dogs- One at a time.” says:NDD! George W. Bush owns a dog as well, and sent a letter to the foundation to show his support towards National Dog day.
You can celebrate National Dog day by adopting a dog, giving a family dog, neighbor’s dog, or any dog T.L.C. Having a safety check around your home, to make sure it is a safe environment for your 4 legged family members. By donating blankets, food, toys, water, bowls, etc. to a local animal shelter you have helped many dogs lives and or families who need help caring for their dog(s). Having a party to celebrate National Dog day and honoring the amazing animals that have made life even more amazing. Taking a photoshoot with your dog(s) is another good way to show your dog how much you love and care for them. Assisting an elderly, handicap, or injured family with their dog(s) is an amazing way to celebrate National Dog day. To find more ways to celebrate National Dog day check out this site: How To Celebrate NDD!
The definition of National Dog day is “The sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11.” or “A period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.” cited from :Dog Day Definition
If you would like to learn more about National Dog Day visit: National Dog Day!
Story by Amelia O'Halloran
Parents need to have paid leave so that they can spend time and connect with their children and get paid. But if you live in America, you most likely won't be able to take time off to take care of your child.
NPR and New York Times talk about how out of 193 countries, only a small handful do not have a national paid parental leave law: New Guinea, Suriname, a few South Pacific island nations and the United States. In other words, America is the only developed country In the world that doesn't have paid leave.
This means a lot of men & women have to go back to work much sooner than they expected after the birth of a baby than they would prefer since they can't afford much unpaid time off. If you live in Europe this is probably not as much of a problem if not a problem at all. E.U. employers must offer at least 4 months (16 weeks) of parental leave during the first 8 years of a child's life.
Unfair For Men
The ACLU filed charges with the EEOC against J.P. Morgan Chase for discrimination because it wouldn’t consider Derek Rotondo, to be his newborn child’s primary caregiver.
According to the complaint, the bank told him he could get only two weeks of leave, not the 16 weeks it usually provides to mothers. To qualify, he would have had to show that the mother had returned to work or was medically incapable to care for the baby. But his wife was in good health and couldn’t return to work because she was a teacher on summer break. The bank declined to comment on the complaint.
Story by Sophia Planicka
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Growing up at a time where social media and advertising is influenced heavily it is easy to compare yourself to the pictures portrayed as the “perfect body”. Often ads use models that are skinny, tall, and beautiful to make you want the product even more. When girls compare themselves to advertisements and magazines they will most likely start a “diet” diets that are too harsh can lead to anorexia. According to Dictionary.com anorexia is the loss of appetite and inability to eat. HUFFPOST states that 1.3 million adolescent girls have anorexia, and that If negative body image alone caused eating disorders then every woman on the planet would develop them. Anorexia is one of the bigger causes of suicide as well. So this means that these standards can actually cause depression and disorders.
According to PBS 83 percent of advertisements that featured women portrayed them as sexual objects. This is a major problem as well. Treating women like objects is not uncommon in today’s society. Models are as young as young as 10 YEARS OLD in some fashion magazines and are posing likes grown models wearing loads of makeup. This leads me to the next subjects; artificial beauty in ways like plastic surgery and makeup. 89.2 percent of models get some type of plastic surgery either on their face or body to make themselves look better. Inclusivity and using models that are different ethnicities and different body shapes.
Some brands are trying to make a change and start incorporating inclusivity into their brand. By using plus-sized models with all skin tones and body shapes. Brands like Arie, Nyx, Old Navy are making a change by influencing other brands to use different sized models to end up influencing young girls to be happy with their bodies. Doing things like this is also proving wrong that you cannot be beautiful without being skinny. In conclusion, beauty standards can do many things for young girls and women.
Story by VZ Menzies