Gingerbread Cake with Candied Tangerine Glaze

Rebecca Brand shows how to make Gingerbread Cake with Candied Tangerine Glaze – Christmas Recipe Special!, with the simplest of ingredients and easiest of methods. Rebecca shows how easy it is to make candied tangerines, oranges or lemon rinds. Candied orange rinds or other citrus fruits can be so expensive at the store, but Rebecca shows how these delicious treats are so easy homemade in your kitchen. The Gingerbread cake is moist and perfectly spiced and the special tangerine glaze Rebecca prefers over lemon glaze for this dessert. Gingerbread cake is a great Christmas or Holiday dessert and is a beautiful dessert on your table with your candied tangerine glaze.

Recipe by Rebecca Brand

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Tangerina Ginger Recipe

The Caipirinha is Brazil’s most popular cocktail. The drink is traditionally made with limes, but Amber uses tangerines instead.


    • 3 small chopped seeded tangerines or small oranges (no need to peel)
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger
    • 3/4 cup tangerine juice
    • 1 1/2 cup cachaça (Brazilian sugarcane liquor) or vodka


    1. Divide tangerines or small oranges among 6 tumblers. Add 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled ginger to each glass. Crush the ingredients in the bottom of the glass with a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon. Top each drink with 2 tablespoons tangerine juice and 1/4 cup cachaa (Brazilian sugarcane liquor) or vodka. Fill glasses with ice cubes, stir, and serve.

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Don’t You Love Fresh Fruit Juice

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I love fresh juices mainly because they are healthier than those other bottled juices you find in stores and supermarkets. These other juices have preservatives which mostly are chemicals and added sugars Moreover, you do not have to leave veggies and fruits out of your diet completely. You can juice them and the last reason why I love fresh juices is because of its rich taste. Earlier on before I knew juice makers exist, I used to crush my fruits and vegetables and then sieve them. I did not get smooth juices as I had anticipated. This all changed after researching and finding a number of juicers out there.

After purchasing a variety of juicer machines and learning much about them, I would like people to consider the following options before purchasing: juicing capabilities, design, Preparation and clean up and Help and support. Go for the juicer machine that has powerful motors so that most juice will be made and the least or no froth and pulp will be left. Consider the juicer which requires little preparation and is the easiest to clean. When it comes to design, go for the one that has been tested by a decibel and makes least noise. If you are an early riser you might consider this mostly since you do not want to interrupt the rest who are sound asleep. Warranty should come in handy in the juicer that you opt to buy.

Personally, I would recommend Philips Avance HR1875/21 because it works best for me. First it is relatively cheap, it makes juice in rather a speedy pace and considering sound, it is quiet. Also its blades are powerful because every time I make juice I always get the smoothness I like. To finish of it is easy to clean.

The second juicer machine I would recommend is Omega VSJ843 Slow Juicer. As its name suggests its slow because the produce its caught twice by augers. It produces very soft juice. Considering juicing capability, you will get less pulp and more juice

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Green Juice in a Blender


Temperatures are rising and summer is in full swing in Manhattan, which means I can no longer walk around in a turtleneck and fleece vest and pretend such attire is totally normal and absolutely appropriate … and that it’s definitely not the type of weather in which one would wear, say, a bikini.

Denial, party of 1, your table is now ready.

There’s no use in sugar-coating it. It’s time for a brief caloric break from all the mozzarella-stuffed,guacamole-topped, chocolate-dipped goodness around these parts. And so I’m going green with a lean, mean glass of green juice loaded with kale, apples, parsley, cucumbers, celery, ginger and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Sound refreshing?

Yield: About 4 servings

Prep Time: 


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups kale
  • 2 green apples, cored
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 medium cucumber, quartered
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of ginger, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • Equipment: blender; fine mesh sieve (optional)
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  1. Add all of the ingredients into the blender jug in the order in which they are listed. Blend the ingredients on the highest level setting, such as “liquefy,” until the juice is well-blended. (It will be the consistency of a smoothie.)
  2. If you want to enjoy the pulp with your juice, pour the mixture into glasses and serve. If you prefer a thinner consistency, pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, and using a spatula, press the pulp into the sieve to extract as much liquid as possible. Pour the strained juice into glasses and serve.
  3. Kelly’s Notes:
  4. I prefer my juice to be pulp-free, so to take it one step further, I like to strain the mixture through cheesecloth and wring out as much liquid as possible. Opt for whatever consistency you prefer, but of course there are additional hearty nutrients in all that pulp.

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Becoming an Espresso Guru

I have been making espresso for the past 7 years and understand the finer details of the entire process to the letter. In fact, I know all the tips and tricks that can help you come up with a great cup of espresso in no time. For this reason, my neighbors love to call me espresso guru-no kidding! My teenage boy also like it that way and always tells his friends that I am the only man who makes the best espresso in New York city. This said, I would like to share with you how this name came to be.

espresso-coffeeIt was during the 10th birthday of my son Jacob when I decided to put my culinary skills to use. We had made all arrangements and invited his friends, my friends and colleagues, neighbors, and Ann’s friends (Jacob’s mother). However, two days prior to the celebration some of those we had contracted to help with the cooking cancelled the project. This caused panic and so we had to make other plans, fast. This is how I came to head the foods and drinks section. This time round, I was ready to make the best espresso that has ever been. It’s for this reason that I delved in researching for the best espresso machine and bought one that could meet the days needs. You may like the best espresso machine under $200.

I woke up early morning to make the espresso as professionals do. In other words, the drink I made using one of the top espresso maker brands was nothing short of excellent. I used the best coffee available in New York ensuring that the temperatures were right. The dose was right, too. The other things that I never messed up with was the water content and the best thing is that I had a finer grind. When this was served to the visitors that particular day, everyone was asking who make the espresso and would like to know more about the process. Ever since, I have been teaching people how to make espresso and that’s how I came to be known as espresso guru.

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Reasons to Drink Tangerine Juice

Did you know that the tangerine, a variety of mandarin orange, takes its name from the city of Tangier in Morocco,?  It was originally imported from China where the tangerine has been cultivated for over 3000 years.

Oh Sweet Tangerine Juice how do I love thee……let me count the ways!

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When you stop and think about it, every morning you start your day off with a glass of Florida Liquid Sunshine you know it’s going to be a better day.   And tangerines belongs to a special and rare class of fruits that can be eaten everyday due to its low calorie count and high vitamin content.  My favorite way to consume tangerines is in juice form.  It makes it a whole lot easier to get my daily dose of Florida Sunshine!

“A medium tangerine has 47 calories, 12g of carbohydrates and 24 mg of vitamin C, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This amount of vitamin C represents 32 percent of the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of this vitamin for women and 27 percent of the RDA for men. A medium tangerine also contains 599 IU, or international units, of vitamin A, 136 mcg of beta-carotene and 146 mg of potassium”

There are so many reasons to love Tangerines and Tangerine Juice, so lets take a look at my Top Ten Reasons to Drink Tangerine Juice. (Source: Ask chef dennis: Tangerine juice)


In a study comparing various fruit juices, researchers gave citrus juices higher nutrient density scores than other popular juices such as apple, grape and pineapple. So if you’re going to drink juice, it makes more sense to drink tangerine juice and get all the benefits that nature supplies.

We all know that Americans just don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables.  In a study using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) researchers found that 80 percent of Americans don’t meet the USDA’s daily requirements.  Tangerine juice counts toward your fruit goal and it’s an easy and delicious way to add more servings to your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

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 Vitamin C, an essential vitamin that cannot be synthesized by the human body, is an important antioxidant, a substance that protects the body against the harmful effects of free radicals, the molecules that may cause tissue damage and early aging.


Regular tangerine and orange juice consumption may improve diastolic blood pressure, suggests a study published by “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in January 2011. According to this study, orange juice contains hesperidin, a healthy water-soluble plant pigment. Hesperidin serves to improve the activity of small blood vessels, blood pressure and decrease the cardiovascular risk biomarkers in susceptible patients.


Oranges are naturally a great source of Vitamins for the human body. And so are the Tangerines, with their rich Vitamin C sources providing the perfect antioxidants required for the body. These antioxidants help prevent inflammation in the body.   They are known to prevent the formation of free radicals that make unnecessary oxidation reactions possible which may not be beneficial for the body.

The intake of glucose and high-fat meals induces the development of inflammatory reactions within the body. Inflammatory reactions lead to the development of increased insulin resistance, a common cause of Type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis, the hardening of blood vessel walls due to fat deposition. As mentioned in a study published in the April 2010 “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” the intake of orange juice, together with a high-carbohydrate, high-fat meal, prevents the occurrence of inflammation within the body, making it a good preventive measure against the development of insulin resistance and atherosclerosis.


Tangerine consists of fibers like pectin and hemi-cellulose that restrict the absorption of cholesterol in the gut which helps reduce the risk of obesity.


Tangerines are rich in antioxidants that can help in the healing process of minor cuts and wounds


Tangerines  help in the absorption of  iron from iron rich foods you eat.


The dietary fiber in this fruit also improves digestion that is good for the overall working of the body.  Also the chance of contracting a number of chronic diseases can be lessened with adequate consumption of tangerines and other citrus fruit.


Tangerines are a good source of vitamin A.  If you are suffering from any skin diseases, such as acne, pimple, health practitioners  encourage the consumption of vitamin A and apply products that are derivatives of the vitamin. Hence tangerines can be a good option for treating these skin problems. When it comes to healing wounds and other damages to the skin, vitamin A is essential for these, since it helps the skin rebuild tissues.   Vitamin A can help control or remove any skin aging symptoms such as fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin at bay, due to its anti aging properties.

Vitamin C  helps stimulates the production of collagen in your skin and collagen is the protein responsible for making your skin supple.


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My Personal Experience When Buying Cookware

I had used my cookware for many years and was becoming old. With the fast rate at which cookware technology is advancing, most of them seemed obsolete. I decided to spruce up my kitchen by investing in modern and highly efficient cookware. However, I really didn’t know what options were available to me. I went online and read about the best cookware brands and by the end of that day, I was able to know of the choices that were available to me. From my research online, I discovered that there are many brands, some of which have been in the market for many decades. Others were more expensive than others. Initially, I came up with a list of what I needed and wanted the best cookware brands that would give me value for my money.

I wanted cookware that are easy to wash and which have better heat conduction capabilities. I didn’t want to waste a lot of time when preparing my food because the cookware that I’m using is a poor conductor of heat. I also preferred cookware that’s non-stick. From my past experience, I knew how hard it can be when you have a cookware brand that’s hard to wash, so I wanted to avoid the agony of having to spend too much effort in washing my kitchen appliances. I chose to buy stainless steel cookware because it has the features I needed. It’s easier to clean; it conducts heat faster and is non-stick. For more detailed infomation, read this Racheal Ray cookware set reviews.

But again, I had put aside a reasonable budget for buying my cookware. I didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money on cookware appliances. From the list of brands that I had noted down, I found a few that were within my preferred price range. I’m glad that I went for the best cookware brands and gave my kitchen the facelift it badly needed.

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A Bread Machine At Home Saves You Money

After a couple of years buying bread for the kids in the local food store, my friends repeatedly joked that I like wasting money, and yet am a budget, minded parent. Having a good bread maker to make homemade bread not only saves a lot of money but makes the family bond effective as well. Choosing a practical bread maker can be a tedious job for beginners, but I can frankly attest that after purchasing the bread maker, the results are truly rewarding.

With many available models and brands, here are tips you might want to ensure you purchase the best bread machine. Plan accordingly on the best brand of the highly rated model. The bread maker you buy should include specific features that work efficiently. The sound of the bread maker should be an important factor to consider. If you prefer making your fresh bread in the morning, consider a quite machines to avoid disturbing sleeping family members with noise and vibrations.


The next aspect should be the number of serves required. Depending on the size of the family members or friends, decide on an appliance that can do just that. A pound loaf is about eight slices, two pounds about twelve. Get a machine that has at least 2-3 options size that will satisfy the entire family. In terms of cleaning, stick to a non-stick product with the quality non-stick surface that will save you time after baking the bread especially for people like me who has to report to work early. Another tip to figure out is the blade of the machine.

For proper blade clarification, it’s very crucial to consider other customer reviews who have acquired the product. Look for a bread machine that allows easy blade extraction from the pan once the bread is ready. Depending on the product model, I’ve learnt that some machines have difficulties extracting the bread. It’s paramount to remove softly the blade and to soak them in water to avoid damaging the blades. If the shape of the loaf if important, you might want to opt to a machine that cuts horizontal like the ones in the local store.

To sum up, the best bread machine depends on your budget and overall maintenance. The best bread machines 2016 vary a lot but meeting your specific goals will require keen research especially for budget-minded users. Expensive bread makers may include many exclusive features that simplify the overall process; accurate time functions, pause capabilities, the size of the bread, special alarms and lights just to mention a few. Plan your budget and decide on the best bread maker.

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The Best Knife Sets You Will Love To Own

Chicago knives are some of the most popular kitchen cutleries that we have today. They vary in size, design, material construction and functionality. When choosing the best cutting appliance to use at home some key factors to consider are durability and cost, also check whether the product has a comprehensive warranty. The below best knife set to buy can help you make an informed choice when looking for the best silverware to use at home, all the mentioned knives are available for sale online.

8-Inch Chicago DesignPro Chef Knife

This high-quality cutlery features a comfortable and delicately designed handlegrip that gives the user total control when slicing through food. A series of laser etched markings on the main bolster makes it easier for users to know where to place their fingers while cutting, so that one can make excellent cuttings like an professional chef. Moreover, DesignPro Cutlery has ultra-sharp Japanese style steel blades that deliver precise cuts with lesser effort. This knife is the best solution for all your kitchen chopping needs.

Centurion Chicago Cutlery Chef’s Knife

Centurion is an impressive dagger made from high-carbon steel blades and Taper Grind edges that provide optimum sharpness for longer. It also has tanged blades and robust forged bolsters that provide maximum strength and balance. Black polymer grips give this knife a classic appearance while its multi-riveted construction gives maximum safety. A comfy polymer handgrip is secured into the blade with 3 hardwearing stainless-steel bolts. To maintain the dagger’s effectiveness, blades should preferably be sharpened once in a week if the knife is used regularly. Washing should be done by hand and the knife left to dry immediately so that it does not rust when exposed to air. For safety purposes, the Centurion should be placed in a sizable carton box or attached to an effective magnetic strip. The Chicago Cutlery manufacturers provide lifetime warranty for this knife in case one encounters poor workmanship or faulty materials. Continue reading

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The Great Zojirushi Rice Cooker of Mine

Rice cookers are modern appliances that help to cut down the time-consuming cooking process. Instead of heating the stove to cook rice, you can simply cook the rice in this appliance and leave it for a couple of minutes. You don’t have to feel worry if the rice gets burned because the cooker will automatically stops once the rice is cooked already. There are many features which you will surely love from this kitchen appliance and that why it becomes important to read these rice cooker reviews 2016 before you buy the best one that suits you. It does not only help you cook delicious rice, but you can also cook other food. It even serves as a warmer or steamer.zojirushi

Zojirushi rice cookers are well known with consumers for its tasty, fluffy and perfect rice all the time without much effort. With Zojirushi’s intensive research and development, they have come up with four different systems in order to achieve the aim of the most delicious rice using the easiest method. The four systems are conventional, micom, induction heating plus micom and last but not least, micom plus induction heating and pressure system.

Conventional cookers are very basic and simple to use. By just adding rice, water and pushing the start button, you can have a pot of steaming white rice within twenty minutes. They can also act as steamers, thus it has the ability of cooking the entire meal with just this conventional kitchen device.

The micom system also known as micro computerized rice cookers has digital faces. By adjusting the cooking length and temperature by thermal sensor calculations, the micom is perfect for those who want to make wonderful flawless sushi rice, brown rice and porridge.

The induction heat is one of the newer technologies of Zojirushi. This kitchen appliance use induction heating principles to heat the inner cooking pan, making the cooking pan as the heating element. This will help the device make better temperature adjustments. In this way, the rice is perfectly and exactly cooked the way you want it.

The pressure system will raise the cooking temperatures, altering the starch within the rice. This will result in rice that is softer and fluffier; the rice can also stay soft for longer periods of time. One is spoilt for choice with so many types and variety offered by Zojirushi. Choose the best one that will suit to your needs and lifestyle. All the rice cookers are useful and do a good job in preparing quality rice. The extra functions will give you more options to cook up a good meal for your loved ones.

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Cooking With My Best Cookware Set

This is available in every home because cooking takes place. There are quite a number of cookware brands e.g. aluminium and stainless steel. They all serve the same purpose though they all have there distinct features. Various cookware reviews have been furnished with details best brands and on what to consider while choosing the set and this includes:

  • Size: if a family consists of many people, then a cookware set that will be big enough should be bought. For a family that has few members then a small one will serve
  • Type: there are many types in the market. Some have glass covers, some steel and aluminium covers, the type chosen is basically upon the taste of an individual
  • Quality: cookware that is of good quality should be considered. Buy one which is heavy because they tend not to make the food burn and they can be used both in high heat and minimal heat
  • Money: cookware sets come in various prices. Buy one that falls within your budget and a product that is worth the amount, this is normally based on the quality and the number of cookware in a particular set
  • Purpose: before purchasing a cookware set, consider the type of work to be done with it i.e. if it is for over cooking, consider cookware that can withstand high oven temperatures

Window shop: do window shopping in various shops that stock cookware, with this you can ask each cook set reviews, and from that you can choose the best brand Where to buy cookware Cookware set can be found in the supermarkets, there is quite a variety to choose from online shops also sale them with this one chooses the appropriate set on the website and orders from them online, and they are afterwards delivered Second hand shops that store x-UK products also stock the cookware set and one can buy from there.

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