For this creative project, the student's overarching objective was to establish a signature dish and to learn how to cook. She acquired a cookbook fit for novice cooks, "Eat What You Love" by Marlene Koch, which focused on healthy eating through the reduction of sugar and fat. The student completed thirty recipes including two appetizers, five breakfast entrees, five lunch entrees, twelve dinner entrees, and six desserts. Her culinary ventures were then detailed through a blog site the student had created. Blog posts included a brief description primarily of the portion size, a nutritional analysis of the recipe, enjoyable aspects of the dish, whether something went wrong, what was learned from creating the dish, as well as a photograph of the prepared dish. A large element of this project focused upon food photography and obtaining images that made the created dish look appealing. It was found that the best images were taken in natural lighting with good compositions and pops of color. In order to gain readership, the student developed an Instagram account where she would post images of the food and provide links to her blog entries and recipes. Through this means, she was able to obtain over 100 followers to her blog. In addition to learning how to cook, the student sought out to understand components of a healthy diet and how each nutrient contributes to an individual health. This objective is detailed throughout the course of the paper as well as several other objectives. The student also studied how social media has impacted the way in which we share food and our knowledge of food. Additionally in this paper, the student evaluated the evolution of the USDA Dietary Guidelines and their effectiveness over time. From this project, the student walked away with new knowledge about nutritional eating and lifestyle habits that she will retain for years to come. She hopes that this project will encourage other students to take on their own culinary adventure.
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