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Roasting Some Sweet Peppers In The Toaster Oven

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Experimenting in the kitchen is one of the ways that we like to pass the time these days. One thing that we cannot get enough of are the vast variety of peppers, some from our garden, that can truly spice up just any type of dish. Whether you like them sweet or scorching hot, this is one versatile vegetable that can add both texture and taste. Before we get into how we cook them we thought we would share just some of the possible benefits of adding these to your diet and how they can help your diet improve.

Pepper Nutrition and Benefits

Peppers are one of the best ways to compliment any dish and can definitely bring not only a little kick for the palette but also add a nice bit of color. The variety range from red, yellow, orange and green bell peppers which are the most common. They are an extremely versatile veggie that can be prepared numerous was and can be included in a wide array of different types of dishes. But beyond the stunning good looks and tastes of peppers, they also can provide a nice improvement to your overall diet.

Control Cholesterol Levels

Capsaicin is an element in pepper that can help control the buildup of cholesterol levels in the body. Researchers say that the hotter the chilli the higher the level of the capsaicin, thus the healthier it is. On the other hand one should be keen not to add too much bitter pepper thus making your food almost inedible.

Fat Burner

Hot and sweet peppers can help contribute to weight loss. Capsaicin which is said to give hot red peppers the ‘burning mouth’ effect, aids in boosting metabolism in our bodies and therefore prevents immature fat cells from reaching maturity. Sweet peppers have a component named ‘CH-19 sweet’ which was found to work similar to capsaicin minus the burning effect.

Rich in Vitamin C

Research states that yellow, red or green sweet peppers chopped into half a cup contains double of your daily vitamin C needs. Getting a regular amount of this vitamin can help prevent a number of different maladies and it also help boost your immune system.

Cancer Prevention

Red peppers in particular contain an ingredient called lycopene. It is a carotenoid that lowers the chances of both cervical and prostate cancer. In addition to that, the carotenoids also prevent breast cancer with research from the university of Manchester stating that women who have had a slice of red pepper in their diets have their risk reduced by 17%. This is because the carotenoids have the ability to interfere with the signaling of estrogen. Fibre found in peppers reduce contact of the colon walls with cancer causing toxins thus reducing chances of colon cancer. More so, a combination of folic acid, beta-carotene and vitamin C which are all present in peppers significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Boosts Night Vision

Sweet peppers contain beta-carotene which is later converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for night vision. Vitamin A is can also be important to active and passive smokers. Benzopyrene is a carcinogen in cigarette smoke which leads to vitamin A deficiency. Next to quitting smoking, a healthier diet can help minimize some of ill effects.

Stroke Prevention

Regardless of hot or sweet peppers, they are highly rich in B vitamins. Yellow, red and banana peppers have a high percent content of B vitamins and folate. In women, a high dietary consumption of vitamin B6 and folate lowers the probability of dying from stroke and coronary heart disease.

Maintain a Youthful Look

Bell peppers are known for their rich content in vitamin E. The vitamin E plays a key role in skin and hair growth which results in a younger look.

Whether you like peppers grilled, toasted, roasted, on your pizza or in a casserole, eating them on a regular basis can have very positive effects on your health. Today’s toaster ovens also make them a lot more convenient to prepare and enjoy.

Toaster Oven Versatility

We personally love using our toaster oven on a daily basis just because of all of the different meals, dishes, and treats that we can prepare. If you do not yet have one of these in your kitchen then you are truly missing out. This is one gift that you need to give yourself and with the holidays upon us this is the perfect time. When we made our decision we studied up on the toaster oven reviews from GouverneurTimes.com and found a Breville oven that we thought would fit nicely on our counter. We haven’t looked back. Cooking all types of peppers is just one may that we make use of our new kitchen toy, but there is so much more. But back to the peppers for a bit.

The simplest way to enjoy them is to cut them into smaller pieces and lay them out on a baking pan. Drizzle some olive oil and black pepper over them and pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes. If you want sweet roasted peppers, you can use the broil function and just keep an eye on them. Depending on the oven it can take 10 to 20 minutes. The outside should be a nice blackened charred color. Let them cool for a few minutes and remove the “burnt” skin and what is left is sweet, soft roasted peppers that you can add to anything from salads to chicken fajitas. If you have any left over you can just put them into a ziplock bag and stick them in your freezer.

What You Can Create With Your Own Ice Cream Machine

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With modern day ice cream makers it is easy to make your own frozen delights that the entire family can enjoy. We all know that kids love to eat ice cream whenever they are allowed, but they will also love to help you make it when you have your own machine. It is truly one activity that can bring everyone together. One of the positive aspects of doing this yourself in your kitchen is that you can control exactly what ingredients to add. It’s hard to imagine ice cream being healthy, but you might be surprised when you start adding wholes fruits and vegetables into the mix. Experimentation is the best part of having an ice cream maker in your home and below are just a couple of recipes to help you break it in.

Buttered Pecan Paradise

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
    1.5 cups brown sugar
    4 egg yolks
    Pinch of salt
    2 tbsp. unsalted butter
    2 cups half-and-half
    2 cups whipping cream
    2 tsp. vanilla extract

Candied Butter Pecans

  • 1 cup pecans
    0.33 cup sugar
    2 tbsp. unsalted butter

Directions

1. Prepare the Ice Cream

In a medium sized saucepan, whisk collectively milk, brown sugars, egg yolks and salt. Place the pan over medium high heat till the mixture gets to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and whisk the mixture for five minutes or right up until it starts to become thick. Strain the mixture right into a big bowl and whisk in butter until blended, then add half-and-half, whipped cream and vanilla. Cover with plastic-type wrap and refrigerate till it is chilled approx about 2 hours.

2. Prepare Candied Butter Pecans

In a hefty frying pan over medium heat, mix pecans, butter and sugar , mixing continuously for around 6 minutes or right up until sugar has dissolved and browned. Take away from heat; spread the nuts on the foil. Once nuts have cooled down, break them into bite size portions and reserve.

Pour the ice cream mixture into the ice-cream maker. As soon as ice cream’s made, blend in set aside pecans.

Coconut Caramel Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 2 cans coconut milk
    1 cup light brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    6 egg yolks
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Blend 1 can of coconut milk, brown sugar and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Set it over medium high heat and bring it to a boil, mixing occasionally in order that the sugar melts. Once boiling, lessen the heat a bit and continue to cook till the mixture has darkened and decreased, for about 20-30 minutes. It must be very thick resembling a caramel. Add the 2nd can of coconut milk to warm coconut caramel and stir to mix. At the same time, beat the egg yolks in a big, heat proof pan. Gradually whisk 1 cup of hot caramel blend into the pan with the egg yolks.

Turn heat to minimal and pour the tempered yolks back to the pan. Cook, stirring continuously, just before mixture gets thicken for about 1-2 minutes. Take out from the heat and pour into a pan. Mix in the vanilla extract. Protect tightly and refrigerate till it is totally cool.

Pour the mix into an ice cream maker and process it as outlined by manufacturer’s directions. Freeze not less than 4 hours prior to serving.

The Ultimate Gift

With the holidays just around the corner and a new year upon us, there is really no better gift that you can give than that of ice cream. Home ice cream machines give you the convenience of making your own batch whenever you get a craving.  They are not that expensive either which makes them not only the perfect present for others, but for yourself as well. There are lot of options out there that will not break the bank and in the upcoming year it should not be that hard to find the best ice cream maker 2017 for your family.

Ice cream makes people smile, so does gelato and sorbet. Sometimes it is good to indulge and live a little and making your own frozen treats in the comfort of your own home is a smart and economical way to bring some joy into your life.

A Small Kitchen Appliance That Can Transform Your Health

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If you want to get into juicing and don’t want it to take up a lot of your time then you are going to want to get a centrifugal juicing machine. And when it comes to the world’s best centrifugal juicers, you simply should look no further than a Breville. Their line of juicing machines are second to none which is why they are the most popular and best selling models available. They are the fastest, best constructed, most modern looking, and dependable juicers on the market. Let’s take a closer look at some of the aspects of Breville juicers that makes them a top choice.

Speed

Centrifugal juicing is the fastest method for extracting juice from fruits and vegetables. The cutting discs inside of these machines spin at thousands of RPM which enables them to really devour anything that is dropped into them. As opposed to masticating juicers which tend to operate below 100RPM, centrifugal juicers are going to be the best choice for anyone that is in a hurry. most of Breville’s juicers operate between 6500 and 13000RPM making them the ultimate powertool for juicing.

Construction

Stainless steel parts make for a durable machine. Breville makes their juicers from the casing to the filters and cutting discs out of this material to ensure years of reliable use. It also looks nice, and it gives these juicers a very modern style that goes well in any kitchen.

Wide Feed Chute

No one really likes to spend a lot of time juicing and this includes food prep. Most juicing guides may overlook this aspect but it is an important feature to consider. With a larger feed chute on all of the juice extractors, you are able to drop larger sized pieces of produce without having to spend the time to cut them into small pieces. This makes the entire process a lot more convenient and time efficient.

Quick Review of the BJE510XL

The Breville BJE510XLJuice Fountain is a high speed 900 watt centrifugal juicer that comes with a large number of speeds and a large juicing capacity so you can be sure you and your family will have as much juice as you need. Making light work of even hard fruit and vegetables, this juicer will be a useful addition to your home.

Features & Specifications

The Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain comes with a wide range of features that make it stand out from the crowd. These features include:

• 5 speeds, which range from 6,500 rpm up to 12,500 rpm so you benefit from maximum extraction when you need it.
• A 3 inch circular feed tube which will help you fit a large range of fruits and vegetables in the juicer so you won’t have to slice them up so much.
• A backlit control panel that makes using the juicer so much easier when there’s little light.
• Dishwasher safe parts, which make for easier cleaning.
• Detachable spout so you can get into the juicer and retrieve those blocked bits of fruit if you need to. The detachable spout also makes cleaning the juicer so much easier.
• A 1.2 liter juice jug that is able to hold approximately 4 or 5 servings every time.
• A stainless steel body which is easy to clean
• Measuring 16.8” x 15.5 x 10.25 inches, making it a good sized juicer that isn’t too big to sit in your kitchen.

Pros & Cons

The Pros & Cons of the Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain are as follows:

Pros:

The juicer has a fast extraction rate which means you end up with more juice and less waste
The pulp is left very dry, and can be used on the compost
The juicer is relatively quiet as compared to other similar juicers
No big mess to clear up afterwards

Cons:

Very soft fruits can clog up the blades from time to time, leaving you wanting an option whereby you can bypass this method and simply add them to the blender.

The Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain is a little more expensive than some, and it may add as a deterrent to those who wish to purchase a high powered, multi-speed juicer.

Summary

The Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain is a great looking juicer that has a nice stainless steel finish, which will look good in just about any kitchen. The speed range is excellent, and you can expect to be able to use a wide variety of fruits and vegetables quickly and without much difficulty. Because the Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain is a centrifugal juicer, you can be sure that it will give you the maximum amount of juice possible, and leave dry pulp that can easily be removed.

This is a juicer that will work hard to give you tasty juice every single day, in a short space of time. If you need a reliable juicer that looks good and can give you more than a liter of juice a time, then this is the one for you.

Breville’s Award Winning Line of Juicers

The BJE510XL is just one of the superior juicers in the Breville’s line of juicing machines. With that said, buying a new juicer can be one of the best purchases you make for your kitchen. Which ever one that you choose, you are sure to get a speed demon that was design to impress and deliver a nutrient dense glass of juice. For speed and power, your only choice is going to be a Breville.

Want to see the Breville BJE510XL in action? Check out this video review to see exactly what this modern juicing machine can offer you in the kitchen.

A Convertible Child Seat That Continues To Impress Us

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The health and well being of our family is something that may keep a lot of us up at night, especially if you are a new parent. With all of the dangers that the world has to offer it is important to do our part to minimize our children’s exposure to them. Having a capable car seat is one such way to elevate the protection that you provide them on a daily basis. It is easy to get caught up in the every day mundane routines of short car trips to the grocery store or the in-laws house that you forget just how perilous a simple drive end up. Below is a quick review of one of the convertible car seats that we have used for many years. I think it may have been discontinued and updated to a newer model, but the quality and features of this seat should still be relevant.

Britax Marathon Car Seat

The Britax Marathon 70-G3 has been one of the best convertible car seats available on the market for a number of years and an owner favorite. With a wide range of safety and comfort features, this model is hit with both parents and kids.. The energy absorbing Versa-Tether this car seat is equipped with makes any impact less powerful and reduces any tendency to move forward during collisions. With the integrated steel bars, kids will be properly supported during rides, also preventing the chair from moving from a side to another.

The comfortable cushions make this car seat an excellent choice for children of any age, so that they can easily go through long rides without feeling uncomfortable.The installation process you have to go through with Britax Marathon 70-G3 is very simple and easy and this car seat was also designed for air traveling, offering even more protection and versatility.

Update: The G3 has apparently is no longer made as the company has made improvements and updated their line of convertible car seats. The Britax Marathon G4.1 is the latest generation of this safety seat and one that I would probably invest in after our excellent experience with the G3.

Car Seat Features

Simple Installation Process – With the premium lower latch connectors, Britax Marathon 70-G3 can be successfully installed to your back seat in minutes. If necessary, the car seat can be easily uninstalled through the push-button system, which will help you save a lot of time if you are in a hurry.

Safety Features – The Britax Marathon 70-G3 is designed with several safety features, providing the best possible protection for the unexpected. The Harness Ultra Guard System aims to provide resistance to forward movement in case of a car accident, preventing your child from suffering an impact with the seats in front of him. The Versa-Tether foam can absorb energy that shows up as a result of a car accident. The EPP foam features in the side impact protection system can distribute crash forces evenly, preventing injuries and shielding your wee one from vehicle intrusions.

Adjustable Height – For most customers, easily adjusting the seat is an important feature that can allow the car seat to grow along with their child. The G3 comes with several adjustable height positions, so that you can keep your child comfortable in their first few years. There are also two buckle positions, so it can accommodate children of any age or size, allowing them to feel more comfortable.

Enhanced Comfort – The high-density foam cushioning of this Britax Marathon car seat offers enhanced comfort that will definitely make your child enjoy car rides more than ever before. The infant body pillow is ideal for both infants and bigger children, and you might even find your little one sleeping comfortably during the car ride.

What Is There To Like?

This model has been a big hit with a lot of parents. Some of the aspects of this child safety seat that owners really rave about include;

Comfortable Materials – Owners really love this about their Britax Marathon 70-G3. You not only want a car seat to protect your children but you also want something that they will enjoy riding in, and this unit really seems to deliver with comfortable cushion material. The seat is nicely padded, and the velcro can prevent the buckles from getting under your child’s torso successfully.

Excellent Security – This is probably the most important aspect of any child car seat and owners really like how this model performs. The Britax Marathon 70-G3 comes along with enhanced security features that can keep this car seat into place without moving around the interior of your car. There are a few customer reviews that reference how well this unit performed in an actual crash and how thankful that they were to have been using this car seat.

Good Dimensions – Moreover, this car seat has good dimensions that can basically fit any car. Users tended to find that this model was great in small, medium or large vehicles and found this model very easy to install and adjust.

Easy Installation – Parents for the most part did not have too much trouble installing, removing or moving their G3 in and out of their vehicles.

Could Use Improving

Confusing User Manual – Even though the installation process is basically simple, customers have had problems with the user manual, which was rather complicated and confusing.

Durability – For the most part owners are satisfied with this car seat’s performance, but there were some users that were not happy with the overall durability of this model.

Summary

For those wanting the top of the line car seat that both protects their children and provides them with a comfortable ride, then you really can’t go wrong with the Britax Marathon 70-G3. Some serious engineering has gone into this product to ensure the maximum amount of safety for just about any situation. Parents who have purchased this model rave about it and it constantly receives some of the highest customer ratings and recommendation rates. This is definitely a top choice among owners.

Although there has been a couple of recent Britax recalls, we still trust this company and love to use there seats. We have no reservations about recommending their products but if it makes you uneasy there are other reputable makers out there to choose from. As always, reading the manual on any type of car seat you purchase is vital as an improperly used seat presents its own set of dangers to your child. Stay healthy, stay safe and keep your eyes on the road.

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