Birds Eye Steamfresh Brown Rice Review

I love rice. I include it in many of my homemade dishes and recipes. Recently, I came across Birds Eye Steamfresh Brown Rice, in the frozen food section of my local grocery store. I decided to purchase this brown rice, try it out and write an unbiased review about it. Here is what I discovered when testing this rice out with my new Zojirushi NS-TSC10 5-1/2-Cup (Uncooked) Micom Rice Cooker.

I actually purchased this rice because a family member of mine said that she loved it. I am not that big of a brown rice fan but, I do use this type of rice in some of my homemade recipes. I discovered that Birds Eye Steamfresh Brown Rice is affordable. I purchased a two and one half serving bag of this rice for few dollars. This is a steamfresh product and it has a steam fast microwave cooking method. The bag says that this is a perfect microwave cooking system and who was I to argue that fact? I have tried other Birds Eye Steamfresh food products and I have absolutely loved many of them. They taste fresh and cook really quickly.

Birds Eye Steamfresh Brown Rice is 100 % whole grain. It is low fat, low in cholesterol and low in sodium. I loved all of those nutritional facts. The preparation of this brown rice is simple. I only had to place the bag in my microwave oven, cook on high for four minutes and let stand for one minute. I then tore the bag open, poured it into a dish and served. Wow, that was easy! This rice did smell good. I served it with beef gravy, roast and baked potatoes. This rice is great. It cooked perfectly. It was not sticky or dry. It really pleased me. This is a great product. No boiling water or straining. This brown rice is delicious, simple and very easy to cook.

I rate Birds Eye Steamfresh Brown Rice four and one half stars out of five stars. I loved this product. I do think that there should be at least three full servings in each bag for the money that I spent. Even so, I will be buying this product again. It did save me valuable time spent in the kitchen. I am not that great at boiling rice to perfect perfection and if you are like me, you will appreciate the ease of preparing this product. It is hard to go wrong. That is great, in my opinion.

One serving of this brown rice has one hundred and forty calories. Only ten of these calories come from fat. One serving has one gram of total fat, zero grams of saturated fat, cholesterol free, only five mg’s of sodium, twenty-eight grams of total carbs, two grams of dietary fiber, zero grams of sugars and three grams of protein.

I enjoyed trying Birds Eye Steamfresh Brown Rice and writing a review about it. I discovered that it is an easy to prepare brown rice. You can find this rice in the frozen food section of many grocery stores. For more information about this rice, you can visit the birdseyesteamfresh.com web site. This rice is a winner! That is my honest opinion!

“So What” Rice Dressing Recipe

In a large cast iron dutch oven saute…
1 pound hot sausage (optional)
when brown remove excess fat and add
2 T butter
2 small onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
When veg is soft add…
1 1/2 cups Zatarain’s brand white rice
saute for 1 minute then add…
1 14 oz can chicken broth
2 bay leaves
Cover and place is a 350* oven for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and allow to sit covered for 15 more minutes. Fluff with a fork and remove bay leaves. Serve as a side dish to your holiday meal or a main course anyday. Enjoy!

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor

The Breville 800JEXL Juice Extractor is one of the few centrifugal juicers that possess impressive features. You would probable keep this juicer it’s either it looked good in the paper or it really gives positive results. Well, it really gave good results and reviewyourjuicer agreed.

Here are some of the reasons why you should end up keeping this juicer:

First, it really looks good in the kitchen. If you are looking for something that would make your kitchen counter standout, chose this Breville juicer. Compared to other juicer models, this juicer has a glossy metal finish. For those who have metal finish appliances in the kitchen, this Breville juicer is a good match anywhere.

Second, this juicer is your every penny’s worth. Not only this juicer possesses good external looks, but also, it could give you the ideal juice that you wanted to achieve. You could testify that all its juices will taste great. According to some reviews, some of the customers have testified that this juicer as also positive feedbacks. This powerful juicer may not come cheap but this juicer is worth every dime in your pocket.

Third, this juicer does not only give you good looks in the kitchen and worth your every dime, but this juicer will ensure you that you will not be able to push through hard work during clean up. This Breville juicer is dishwasher safe and this powerful juicer is very easy to clean and to keep. This juicer is composed of parts that are easy to detach once you are cleaning and easy to put together once you are done. So cleaning up is a breeze and would only cost you a fraction of your time.

This power juicer has its good key features: It is a well-engineered juicer with a dual speed of 6,500 RPM and 13,000 RPM so juicing is a flash. This juicer has a feeding chute that could accommodate whole fruit. And its parts are very easy to clean.

The same as with any powerful juicer, this juicer also have its negative side. The only known problem for this juicer is that it produces noise. But this issue is not that big deal because the noise coming out from this juicer is bearable. And because this juicer possesses powerful machine that cold juice up easy and fast, you wouldn’t have to bear with the noise for a long period of time. Nevertheless, this juicer does not sound like those in blenders so no need to worry. The Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor is a recommended juicer for you.

So purchase one today, go grab yours so you could enjoy the healthy benefits from this juicer and you could recommend this to your friends and families so they could enjoy the goodness and the freshness this powerful fruit juicer could produce. Since it could accommodate different sizes of fruits, you could be sure that you could get your money’s worth from this product.

Nixeus Moda v2 Compact Mechanical Switch, Soft Tactile Feedback Keyboard Review

A real gaming experience means that you have the best hardware equipment that ensures you can play with full force. As the keyboard is the most used device and witnesses great and rapid clicks, it is critical that the keyboard is durable and long lasting. The design of the keyboard also plays a massive role in how your game will be played and the end result, so you need to pick a keyboard that satisfies each and every requirement and also ensures that your hands do not get tired of its use. One keyboard that guarantees satisfaction with its various features is the Nixeus Moda v2 Compact Mechanical Switch, Soft Tactile Feedback Keyboard. This keyboard is listed as the top best gaming keyboard by techinsider.

Design and Features

Beginning the Nixeus Moda v2 Compact Mechanical Switch Keyboard review, one great feature that must be highlighted is that the keyboard can be used with either a Mac or Windows 7, 8, Vista, and XP PCs as it is compatible with them all.

A fascinating feature of the keyboard includes its mechanical switches, which consist of the brown switch. This ensures that the gamer does not witness any problems while playing a game and has a smooth experience without any missed moves or loss of instructions. The keyboard is also equipped with an impressive switch rating; you can witness 50 million keystrokes, which ensures that the keyboard lasts for a long while and is highly durable for some rough gameplay. The keyboard is both functional and comfortable for use thanks to its incredible design, which ensures that it takes less space on your desk with its tenkeyless design.

The great thing about this keyboard is that it comes with a full three-year warranty in which the company promises to either fix or exchange the keyboard according to the need. You will also get free technical support for any problems with the assistance of the company’s customer representatives.

Performance and Quality

The keyboard has been given a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars, which is a high rating amongst keyboards. Satisfied customers have given a lot of positive feedback about the keyboard, so if you are looking for positive things about the keyboard, you will find these reviews very useful. The performance and quality of the keyboard are fantastic, and it is rated as one of the best you can find. The build of the keyboard is sturdy, and it can take the pressure of intense gaming sessions without breaking quickly. The keyboard also ensures that the softness of the keys and the easy reach allow for smooth gaming. It ensures that the gamers do not witness any miss clicks or skipped instructions.

Pros

  • Comes with brown key switches
  • The design of the keyboard is ergonomic
  • It has an incredible polling and response rate
  • The keyboard is lightweight and durable
  • It comes with a six-key rollover and an anti-ghosting feature
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac

Cons

  • The keyboard’s cable is not removable
  • Does not include backlight

Role-Playing Games: Tabletop Vs. Electronic

Final Fantasy. World of Warcraft. Guild Wars. EverQuest. Ultima. Do any of these sound familiar to you? How about these: Dungeons and Dragons, World of Darkness, GURPS, Call of Cthulu? If any of you are familiar with some of these games or all of them, then you’ll probably know the one major thing they share in common-role-playing. Yes, each and every one of these games are role-playing games (or RPGs), but with one major difference, which, in some cases, puts them at odds with each other. That difference is medium. For all those gamers out there who live off of their PCs or game consuls, the first set of names may appeal to you more because they’re all electronic RPGs or eRPGs, as I like to call them. For those of you who may be more familiar with the games in the second set, you probably know these games as tabletop RPGs or pen and paper RPGs. And for those of you who might not have any idea of what tabletop RPGs are, think multi-sided dice and character sheets. Though eRPGs have made quite a boom over the years, especially with the advancement of online gaming and the introduction of such consuls like X-box and Playstation, the tabletop industry continues to hold a staunch following, while publishing brand new games and expansions every year. But, between these two types, which medium of RPG is ultimately better? Is it true that nothing beats the classic pen and paper? Or is technology eventually going to do away with the old twenty-sided? As one who had significant experience in both worlds, it’s time to break it down, weigh the scales, and, if needed, make a few intelligence checks along the way. And just a quick note to all gaming readers out there, yes, some of the games I’ve mentioned in the beginning have crossed-over to the opposite medium every now and then. But, for the sake of this article, I’ve just focused these games on their primary medium simply for the sake of example. So, with that being said, onward we go!

1.) Pricing

Athough tabletop can get pricey, if one wants to purchase all the corebooks and expansions for a specific game line, one can easily have the basics to begin a campaign for only a couple dollars, which can later be tweaked and modified for replay value. However, if one wants to go electronic with a recently released RPG, an average of $50 is needed just for one game. This, of course, does not include monthly fees for certain online games out there and the fact that you require a decent computer off the boot. And, in a addition to this, with the ever growing advancement of technology, recent eRPGs may demand more up to date hardware from time to time, which could easily force an avid electronic gamer to spend a ton of money for a few upgrades. So between the two mediums, tabletop takes the cake by not taking the cake out of your wallet.

Victory: Tabletop

2.) Replayability/Versatility

I remember several years ago, when I was in high school, I bought my first Dungeons and Dragons Gold Box game (“Secret of the Silver Blades”) for my old IBM-clone computer. With unstoppable enthusiasm, I delved into playing the game, leveling my characters to the cap, while beating every quest that the storyline threw at me. After a little over a month, I finally defeated the lich that threatened the kingdom and, with that, the game ended. And, well, that was it. Replayability not only extends game play, but it’s also a crucial defining point of overall quality, especially for games that desire to be epic. For the longest time, replayability was the one element that many eRPGs lacked back in the day and have only recently managed to overcome with the further advancement of online RPGs, such as Guild Wars and World of Warcraft. However, replayability has always been the boon of tabletop, given that the natural limit of scenarios and adventures are only subject to whatever the GM or game master (i.e. the person who runs the tabletop game) imagines. For instance, if you’re playing a White Wolf game and wanted to include an Immortal in it (from the ‘Highlander’ movie and TV series franchise), just make up a set of rules and play. If you want to create a world where everyone’s a pink smurf running around and killing Hello Kitties, just choose or create a rule system and go for it. For tabletop RPG, the sky’s the limit. For electronic RPG, programming is the limit and programming can only go so far.

Victory: Tabletop

3.) Simplicity

In order to run a typical tabletop RPG, a game master must go to the trouble of a.) finding players to play with, b.) finding a system to play with and comprehending it, and c.) finding a storyline or a module to work with. In addition to all of this, the GM must also be prepared to constantly narrate the game, calculate damage/saving throws, coordinate turn-based battles, while keeping all of the players together in the storyline (or at least together in a party). For people who simply want to be players, rather than GMs, they would not only have to first find a group of people to play with, but, once they do, they would then have to create a character, create a character sheet for that character, calculate their character’s skills, attributes, and mods (modifications), and keep track of what they know in-game versus out-of-game. And throughout it all, human error, miscalculation, and lack of gaming experience (for either the GM or the players) can potentially spoil the experience for everyone. In order to play a typical electronic RPG, a person only needs to go to the store and buy it. After briefly reading the instructions, the player then just plays the game and the preprogrammed system does the rest. In some cases, reading the instructions might not even be necessary, especially for those electronic games with tutorials.

Victory: Electronic.

4.) Immersive Environment (Eye-Candy)

One of the first “online” RPGs that I played was a game called “Dungeon Siege”. After loading it up and beginning the storyline, I was blown away by the sensuality of its atmosphere-an orchestral soundtrack and fluid 3D environments that, though pixilated, actually gave the sense of running through a fantasy landscape. By today’s standards, “Dungeon Siege” would probably come off as quite primitive and, sometimes, even laughable. One of the major treasures of electronic gaming is its ability to absorb a player into its environment and literally turn him into zombie during the entire extent of gaming. Given the nature of tabletop, pen and paper RPGs inherently lack this feature and, because of that, has drawn many gamers to weigh their preference towards the eye-candy of electronic gaming rather than the dice rolling of tabletop.

Victory: Electronic

5.) Engaging the Imagination

Yes, this is an awkward category to bring up, but given that the last category of “immersive environment” focused mostly on eye-candy (which is almost a one sided victory for eRPG), it failed to cover the one thing tabletop offers in exchange for the mass-produced visual sweetness-engaging the imagination of the players on a personal level. Given the usual lack of audio-visual effects for tabletop, players are forced to rely on their imagination to visualize events, combat situations, and their own surroundings based solely, if not entirely, on vocal description. In addition to this, the tabletop RPG has the one major aspect that electronics lack-flesh and blood role-playing in which the players not only become their characters, but also immerse themselves into acting and dialoging like their characters as well. This is even made more so by the subdivision of pen and paper known as LARP or Live Action Role Playing. For those of you who don’t know, live action role playing involves the players actually dressing up as their characters and interacting with the physical environment (sometimes preset with props, sometimes mimed), other dressed up players or player characters (PCs), and cast members (non-player characters who are directed by the game master). Yes, eRPGs do engage the imagination to a similar degree as certain movies do, especially with the advancement of graphics technology. But for tabletop, instead of being spoon-fed imagination through a one-way street, players and GMs are given the freedom and initiative to rely on their own.

Victory: Tabletop

6.) Stigma

With the advancement of consul gaming and the increase of competitive gaming, eRPGs have made humungous strides into the mainstream. Over the years, sales of games and production values invested into electronic games have increased several fold and the sheer demand for more continues to grow. X-box, Playstation 3, and the Nintendo Wii are but a few examples of this craze seriously hitting the mainstream. And all the while, eRPGs have been and will continue to ride this entertainment wave all the way to the bank and to the masses. But as for tabletop games, the stigma branded upon them since the 80s has held strong and continues to stereotype most table-toppers as Tolkien-quoting, devil-worshipping, elf-dressing social misfits with no other world beyond their mother’s basement. Yes, to be fair, that stereotype has been applied to online gamers (especially World of Warcrafters and, in the past, EverQuesters) from time to time, but from my experience, where onliners have it hard, table-toppers seem to get it harder. Are these stereotypes true? In some cases, maybe, but hardly ever in most. Do people still have these stereotypes? Yes, because if you say twenty-sided die almost anywhere, the “Nerd” alert usually goes off forcing everyone in the party to make charisma checks. Yes, it’s unfair. Yes, it’s a distortion (hell, the last time I checked, Vin Diesel, the actor, isn’t even close to the stereotype and he’s an avid table-topper!), but the stigma still remains.

Victory: Electronic

7.) Player-to-Player Interaction

For electronic RPG, player interaction has the tendency to be non-existent at worst (especially among most consul based RPGs) and impersonal at best with communication being limited to text messages or faceless TeamSpeak. To some, who desire the comfort of being anonymous, eRPG would be your thing. But if you’re looking for more communication and face-to-face interaction, then eRPGs would fall woefully short for your taste. Tabletop RPGs give players face-to-face interaction off the bat, which can be made as personal as you want it. But this, in and of itself, is the major drawback of tabletop-because the players are face-to-face and because the game is manually dictated by a flesh and blood person who you see face-to-face, group chemistry with all its complicated variables can literally make and break the entire game. If you piss off the GM or if you have a nasty one, the game itself can be as fun as pulling teeth from an Elder Red Dragon. If you piss someone off or if someone pisses you off online, you can just leave the party and find another one with a simple click of the mouse. If you get into someone’s face around the dinner table during a game session, it can easily get personal and affect the relationship outside of the game. If you get into someone’s face online, settling it can be as easy as turning off the power (though, in some cases, it can carry over to personal relationships). So, as you can see, on one end, tabletop dominates in terms of player interaction simply because of its powerful personal element. But at the same time, the strength of its personal element becomes its greatest burden because of the complicated nature of the human element. For electronic gaming, the personal element is much weaker and sometimes even nonexistent, which isn’t exactly a boon for it either. However, it is this lack of personal element that makes eRPG preferable for those who just don’t want the hassle.

Victory: Tie

When pitting the electronic and the die-rolling medium against each other, there seems to be nothing less than a draw between them when all the categories are added up. In the end, what it comes down to is basically personal preference, which, though may sound like a cop out, is just the plain truth. If you’re that type of person who’s looking to spend a few extra bucks for an easy and convenient thrill, without the hassle of organizing and planning-electronic RPG is probably your best bet. But if you’re that type of person who wants a challenge and want to have more freedom and interaction rather than the veging, tabletop (or even LARP) would fit you quite nicely. Or if you want the best of both worlds, which I have known many people in my life to prefer, feel free to do both. Yes, running a tabletop or a LARP requires much more planning, but nothing beats the priceless value of a good gaming session with flesh and blood people. Yes, eRPG may seem a little too commercialized and pricey in some cases, but nothing beats casting a meteor shower and literally having it tear up the screen in an orgy of light and sound. Ultimately, whatever rocks your air-ship, go for it. As for deciding on what I’ll do, once this article’s done, I’ll just take out my twenty-sided die and roll that baby on the ground!

Wordless

Oh how you have caught my attention.
It was mere chance you passed by me,
and grabbed my heart from my own chest and put it under your
lock and key.
Or was it chance?
I talk, you talk.
We connect and build an affection for one another,
like Legos.
We touch for the first time.
It is a sensation that my body has never felt before.
My body grew hot…..
My heart raced….
I try to control myself as I undress you with my eyes,
My mind paces with thoughts that would normally make a priest go into
retreat.
Your body accepts my touch, and I move my hand over
you inch by inch……
My hand through your soft hair…
Caress your beautiful face….
My hand gets excited to move to more sultry elements of
you…..
Your neck.
Your breast.
Your hips.
Touching your skin sends a current though my fingertips.
I am eager to explore what makes you tick….
What gets you hot…
What turns you on…
It is surprising when you accept my outwardly advances,
proving it takes two to tango.
Is it time?
Am I ready?
The air is still.
The mood is pleasant.
I smile,
you smile back.
You are such a tease how you lick your lips like that.
Your eyes pleasantly move up and down my body.
I read your movements
and anticipate your actions.
Te temperature drops slower than you allow that silk dress
to fall to your ankles.
Time slows down.