Tips for Healthy Cooking, Part 2, by Peter Kuperman

In this article, I discuss healthy substitutions designed to reduce fat while keeping your favorite foods as tasty as ever, as well as other healthful cooking tips and suggestions.

4. Use Low-fat Ingredients in Meals

Preserving taste is important, as most people crave foods for their flavor instead of their nutrition. With a few careful substitutions, you can serve up the best of both worlds. Examine your favorite meals and pick out ingredients that could be changed into low-fat items without impacting flavor. For example, use egg whites instead of whole eggs to lower cholesterol and maintain approximately the same taste.

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5. Serve Fruit-based Desserts

To further reduce fat and sugar, you might consider serving fruit-based desserts instead of the three Cs: cookies, cakes, and candies. Sure, you could serve a bowl of assorted fruits and pass it off as dessert, but remember, you do not need to sacrifice your favorite tastes to eat healthier. If you must eat cake, try adding a fruit sauce instead of whipped cream. For cold treats, pass on ice cream and opt for frozen yogurt.

need not resign yourself to extra pounds in exchange for consuming a favorite sweet. Cut the amount of shortening you use in half by substituting yogurt, applesauce, mashed bananas, or pureed prunes. In the end, your favorite dessert will turn out just as moist but with half the fat.

6. Use Low-fat Ingredients in Desserts

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Tips for Healthy Cooking, Part 1, by Peter Kuperman


Multiple-Sport Olympic Events, By Peter Kuperman

In the world of sports, multidisciplinary events such as the decathlon and triathlon have long stood as some of the most challenging tests of athleticism and endurance. Indeed, the winner of the Olympic decathlon event earns the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete,” a tradition established in 1912 to honor the accomplishments of the legendary Jim Thorpe. Since then, multidisciplinary events have skyrocketed in popularity, recruiting legions of devoted participants and spawning a large number of spinoff events. The following provides a quick look at some of the most popular multi-sport events and their places in the modern sports landscape.

Decathlon: By far the most widely recognized multidisciplinary sport in the Olympics, the decathlon consists of 10 events: the 100 meters, 400 meters, 1500 meters, 110 meters hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump, discus throw, pole vault, and javelin throw. The decathlon takes place over two days, each of which features two track events and three field events. A lesser-known variant of the decathlon is the icosathlon, which includes 20 events instead of 10.

Triathlon: In recent years, no multidisciplinary sport has captured the competitive spirit of people across the world more than the triathlon. More an endurance test than an assessment of overall athletic ability, the triathlon features a swimming leg, a cycling leg, and a running leg. One of the most recognized triathlon distances is the Ironman Triathlon, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle leg and a full marathon of 26.2 miles. Popular triathlon events include the annual Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, the Escape from Alcatraz in San Francisco, and the Enduroman Arch to Arc, a grueling 289-mile course that stretches from the Marble Arch in London to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Chessboxing: One of the more recent additions to the multidisciplinary sport catalogue, chessboxing requires participants to engage in a boxing match and a chess match in alternating rounds. To win the contest, a competitor must achieve a knockout, a checkmate, a favorable judges’ decision, or cause their opponent to exceed his 12 minutes of chess time. In addition to possessing a high level of boxing ability, chessboxer must also qualify as Class A or better in chess. Tihomir Atanassov Dovramadjiev, the reigning European champion, has an Elo rating of over 2300, placing him just below the rank of International Master.

About the Author

Peter Kuperman is a dedicated multi-sport competitor and former track and field athlete with the Nike Farm Team. During his time with the Nike Farm Team, Kuperman excelled in long distance running and became an accomplished marathoner.

Outreach Coordinator Peter Kuperman on the Khan Academy

By Peter Kuperman

The brainchild of educator Salman Khan, the Khan Academy, offers more than 2,400 instructional online videos. The antithesis of scripted, monotone lectures, the presentations breathe life into math, physics, chemistry, and other subjects. Salman Khan recorded each video, determined to share his love of learning and bring intuitive concepts into the education process. Envisioning a world-class virtual school that is free to everyone, he hopes the Khan Academy will become self-sustaining within a few years.

It’s been my great pleasure to serve as the Khan Academy’s Outreach Coordinator for 18 months. During that time, I coordinated a team of selfless volunteers who were dedicated to mapping videos and exercises to the United States’ Common Core. I personally coded 25 exercises that still exist on the Khan Academy website. In addition, with the financial support of California’s Full Circle Fund, we built the first teacher resources of the Khan Academy. I was also personally responsible for booking Sal Khan’s guest appearance on the Colbert Report.

This experience inspired me to understand what is possible in the world of teaching and learning. For someone like me, who is more naturally introverted and something of an autodidact, it has been truly enlightening to delve into questions pertaining to education and good pedagogical practice. It is something that continues to influence me and the work that I do.


Cooking for a Large Group, Part 1, by Peter Kuperman

By Peter Kuperman

I am passionate about gourmet cooking and enjoy preparing meals for my friends and family. Recently, many of my friends and associates have asked me questions concerning cooking for large gatherings of people. The following tips comprise some of the practices I employ for such occasions.

1. Take Suggestions from Your Guest While I keep a record of my personal favorite recipes, some occasions, such as birthdays, lend themselves to cooking the guest of honor’s favorite meal. Contact the person in advance and find out what he or she would like you to make. Then, either look for a recipe, use one of your own, or ask for a recipe that your guest of honor prefers.

2. Keep the Menu Simple Unless your impending gathering is scheduled for a momentous occasion, such as a holiday feast or graduation party, consider keeping your menu simple. Pick an appetizer, entrée, and two or more side dishes that you are comfortable preparing and serve them in greater quantities.

3. Write a Schedule What will your impending cooking fest entail? At a minimum, you should write down the following: *Ingredients. *Extra supplies, such as utensils you do not own. *Time needed to prepare each meal. Remember to multiply serving sizes and cooking times appropriately. *The days and times you plan to complete errands such as shopping, cooking, and other considerations. Tack your schedule somewhere visible in your work area, such as on the refrigerator or above the stove. Check off items as you complete them for a tangible feeling of accomplishment that will help you breathe easier as the time of the gathering approaches.

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Cooking for a Large Group, Part 2, by Peter Kuperman

By Peter Kuperman

My advice for preparing food for crowds concludes with several more tips that have served me well in my own gourmet cooking events.

4. Mind the Presentation As you cook, consider the type of function for which you are preparing food. Will the event be a formal dinner? A buffet? A come and go as you please get-together? Your food should complement the occasion, as well as your presentation of the delectable delights. For example, formal occasions call for props such as name tags, candles, flowers, and ornate serving dishes. As the chef, you might not need to worry about making arrangements outside of your food, but you should give thought to how you lay out your meal, serve it, and so forth.

5. Prepare to Cook Bigger gatherings mean more ingredients. Prepare your shopping list, then clear out space in your fridge to make room for perishable items. You should also check the conditions of all the pots, pans, and other accessories you plan to use. Take care of these preparations before you head to the supermarket so you can immediately store ingredients and begin cooking as soon as possible.

6. Serve Neutral Drinks Remember, your guests will need something to wash down your edibles. The type of drinks you serve should match the food and occasion: punch and soda for informal gatherings, wine at more reserved occasions.

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