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A la carte: Bakery beauty at home

Pampered Chef
Bakery bliss can be found in your home with new Pampered Chef products.
Pampered Chef
Chocolate Drizzler
Choose vibrantly colored, smooth skinned fruits that feel firm and heavy for their size.

Bakery beauty at home

Pampered Chef’s newest products make it easy to get that Pinterest-worthy look in your kitchen.

The Layer Cake Pan Set ($29.50) has deep 1 3 / 4 -inch walls to keep cakes from baking over the edges. The heavy-gauge carbon steel promotes even baking and browning. A nonstick coating helps your cakes slide out perfectly. This set of four small pans stacks up to a tall, trendy layer cake. Or use for personal deep-dish pan pizzas or delectable quiches.

The Chocolate Drizzler ($5) can be used to create chocolate designs or script greetings. Or make fresh, fluffy homemade whipped cream in seconds with the Whipped Cream Maker ($25).

These new products are available on Sept. 1. Details:

Environmental Nutrition: Bring in the bell peppers!

Bell peppers, which are often mistakenly referred to as vegetables, are nutritious fruits with great health benefits.

The folklore: Thousands of years before Peter Piper picked the peck of pickled peppers, they were cultivated in South and Central America. Peppers were long known by their Spanish name, pimiento, but when Columbus brought them to Europe in 1493, Europeans noted that dried chile peppers were hotter than black pepper, the familiar spice ground from peppercorns, and we’ve called them peppers ever since.

The facts: Bell peppers (Capsicum annuum) come in a rainbow of shades. Powerful, disease-fighting phytochemicals called carotenoids give bell peppers their vibrant colors. Bell peppers may be eaten at any stage of growth, though their vitamin and nutrient content peaks at full ripeness. These fruits, which we treat as vegetables, are bursting with vitamins: a one-cup serving boasts 317 percent Daily Value of antioxidant vitamin C — more than twice that of an orange! That same serving contains a host of vitamins, including 93 percent DV of vitamin A, 22 percent DV of vitamin B6, and 12 percent DV of vitamin E.

The findings: Bell peppers contain more than 30 different carotenoids, including beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Increased consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids is associated with long-term reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration. Bell peppers’ antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have not yet been studied for their anti-cancer potential, but reduced oxidative stress helps lower cancer risk. Eat bell peppers raw or gently cooked to maintain optimal health properties.


Jif Maple Peanut Butter

Choosy moms choose Jif. Choosy kids choose waffles. That’s because waffles are delicious, and you can’t put loads of maple syrup (read: pure sugar) on them with no societal judgment. What if you could combine waffles, peanut butter and syrup? Jif’s Maple Peanut Butter tastes essentially like that, a delicious breakfast combo, ready to deploy for any afternoon snack.

A 12-ounce jar is $2.49 at Target.

— Staff and wire reports

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