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Awesome Adjective: Ripe

Meaning: Describing fruit that’s ready to eat.

Those mangoes are still green. They’re not ripe yet.

I know the peaches are hard, but they should be ripe in a couple of days.

Fruit that isn’t ripe usually tastes sour.


What color is a ripe banana?

A.  Yellow

B.  Green

C.  Black

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Raw Revisited

Here’s an informative article from Time Magazine using last week’s Awesome Adjective:

You Asked: Why Can’t I Eat Raw Meat?

Well, you could. But you’d be rolling the dice.

Sushi restaurants are nearly as rampant as Starbucks stores. So why is raw fish okay to consume, while raw beef, pork and other land animals are typically not on the menu?

For one thing, the parasites and bacteria that set up shop in raw animal meat are different and more dangerous than the ones you’d find in raw fish, says Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

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Awesome Adjective: Raw

Meaning: Uncooked or unhealed.


This chicken’s still raw! You’d better cook it for longer.

He likes his steak very red – almost raw, in fact.

I got two teeth taken out yesterday, so the inside of my mouth’s still pretty raw.

Pop Quiz:

How do you like your carrots?

A.  Boiled

B.  Steamed

C.  Raw

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Still More Food! Food! Food!

Here’s another food story from Class 3C. After you finish reading, take the quiz to test your comprehension!

Free Lunch

Yongsheng Zhang

One day fifteen years ago, my friends and I visited a new department store called Asia Department Store in Zhenzhou City. It was the biggest department store in Henan province.

We first saw an elevator and we went into it. We were excited and took it up and down a few times. We just window shopped; we didn’t want to buy anything. We looked all over the department store. We were tired and hungry; everyone wanted to eat a big lunch.

We went to the food court. There were restaurants; we didn’t know which one was better. I saw one that was not crowded and it was cheap and clean. We went into it and sat at a table. A waiter gave us menus and we quickly ordered some good dishes.

The cooks cooked very fast. We just drank a half cup of tea, and the waiter served all the dishes. We ate eagerly because we were very hungry.  One of us said, “The dishes were great! We should eat slowly and savor the taste. We also should drink some beer.”

We ordered some beer. We were eating and chatting; we were very happy. Suddenly, one of us shouted, “My teeth!”

“What happened?” we asked him.

“I bit a stone! My teeth hurt!” he said.

We called the waiter and asked him what to do. He didn’t know, so we asked to speak to his boss. He apologized with sincerity and gave my friend five yuan to buy some painkiller and asked us not to talk more about it, just pay the bill then go.

We were angry, we told him, “We will call 110!”

He was very scared. “Please don’t call 110. What do you want?”

We didn’t know what to do. One of us said, “Don’t pay the bill for the lunch.”

The boss said, “No problem, it’s my treat.”

We didn’t pay for lunch and didn’t take the five yuan either.


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Even More Food! Food! Food!

This time Class 3C has written stories – some true, some not so true – which focus on food. Read one below – as far as we know, it’s true. After you finish reading, take the quiz to test your comprehension.

My First Meal

Olivia Medina

When I was a kid, my mother cooked such delicious food. I never cooked when I lived with my parents. I usually helped my mom cook.

But one day my mom had an appointment, so she said, “Oly, you need to cook for your brothers.”

I said, “What? Why? I can’t! I’ve never cooked. I don’t want to cook for my brothers.”

“Never mind,” she said. “The refrigerator has everything you need.”

Well, I started cooking. I chopped vegetables and I prepared tomato sauce. I cooked vegetable soup. My brothers ate what was prepared and I was shocked when they finished it all.

My brothers said, “Thanks, Oly. It was so delicious. You are the best sister. Never change.” They cleaned the table and washed the dishes. And from that day I cooked every Thursday for my brothers.


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More Food! Food! Food!

Attention, foodies! Class 1B recently wrote about food – recipes, essays about personal experience, and advice. Read one story below and take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension. Bon appetit!

Grandmother’s Bakery

Jennifer Alonzo

This story is about my grandmother. She wanted to open a bakery because she wanted to leave a legacy to her family. Her dream was to bake cakes and cookies and other desserts for events, birthdays, and holidays and sell them to restaurants.

At first it was difficult because she didn’t have money. She had to work cleaning houses and offices and babysitting. She worked for ten years to collect the money.

During those ten years, she met my grandfather. She was sixteen years old when her dream began. When she turned twenty, she married my grandfather.

My grandfather was rich because his family had property. He helped my grandmother with her dream and they opened a bakery.

When the bakery opened it was successful and my grandmother was happy. After fifteen years my grandmother decided to begin to teach her daughters and son recipes for the bakery to be continued for years.

The most famous was for fruit cake. Visitors everywhere arrived to try it. My grandmother was happy because her dream was a reality.

When my grandmother was eighty years old, she retired and delegated her children with her bakery.

My grandmother died when she was ninety years old and nobody continued with the bakery because my family worked in their own professions. But when my family meets, they make the famous recipe that reminds us of my grandmother.

Now I want to do what my grandmother achieved. I want to be like her.


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Food, Food, Food!

Attention, foodies! Class 1B recently wrote about food – recipes, essays about personal experience, and advice. Read one story below and take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension. Bon appetit!

My Husband Cooks

Songsong Chen

I love my husband’s cooking. He likes to cook. He doesn’t like to go out to eat. He likes to cook for friends. But he always makes a big mess in the kitchen. He’s very good at making sesame chicken and cola chicken wings. His dishes are delicious. Sometimes my husband teaches me how to cook. Something very easy, like scrambled eggs, baked potatoes or fried fish.

I’m happy that my husband is a great cook!

We usually go to the supermarket twice a week. Every time we buy a lot of food. But no canned food. My husband says canned food is junk food. We need to buy healthy food. He always checks the date on food. He is a careful shopper. He buys a lot of fruit. He wants to make salad for our kid.

We always eat congee for breakfast. That is my husband’s favorite. I eat a lot. I always say I’m afraid to be fat. But my husband says, “Don’t worry about that. This is all healthy food.”


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