Disaster to Delight..adventures with the blender

blender1-276x300One of my earliest cooking memories was a horrible disaster and it involved a blender. I was nine and making enchilada sauce from scratch. One of my favorite foods at that time were my God Mother’s amazing enchiladas. She didn’t roll them but stacked corn tortillas like pancakes and sprinkled cojita cheese within each layer. It literally tasted like heaven on earth. What made them so special is she made her red own sauce from dried chili’s which she boiled down for hours with secret spices and then whizzed together in the blender. I would watch in awe in her tiny kitchen as she made this magic happen.

When I tried to make this magic happen I ended up with scalding hot chili water all over my body, the stove, and kitchen. I’m pretty sure I cried not only because it hurt, but I was mortified at the mess and failure. I had learned a very valuable lesson, never overfill a blender with hot liquid and turn it on. It was a life scarring experience.

It wasn’t until very recently that I have learned to appreciate the blender and it’s greatness. In fact I think I may love the blender now. Used carefully it is the perfect tool for lazy, young, single, people here are five reasons you need to invest in a blender.

1. Smoothies are your friend, perfect breakfast or snack

§ Try This: ¼ c frozen pineapple, 1/4c frozen strawberries, 1 banana, 1 c apple juice, tastes just like Pink Star at Jamba Juice! Add ½ c kale or spinach or a scoop of protein to make more nutritious.

2. Pureed soups are one of the easiest things you can make

§ Try This: Saute ½ an onion, a knub of ginger, sprigs of thyme, and about 8 chopped carrots. Add veggie stock and boil until carrots are soft. Puree in blender CAREFULLY until smooth, season with salt and pepper, serve cold or hot.

3. Vinaigrettes and Dressings will take 5 minutes or less

§ Try This: Use any of the recipes from Dressing of the Salad, put everything besides the oil into the blender and puree. Slowly add oil in while blender is running.

4. Ice cream shakes taste better on your couch

§ Try This: 1c of vanilla ice cream, ½ c milk, you may need to add more for the consistency you like, 1 banana, a couple drops of vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon.

5. You actually want people to eat the crudite on Football Sundays

§ Try This: ¼ c cream cheese, ½ c sour cream, crab, hot sauce, worcestershire, seafood seasoning to taste

Look at the blenderific possibilities! Best of all it’s hardly any mess, just one thing to clean. I know as soon as you finish reading this you are going to run out and buy a blender but buyer beware! All of these terrific little appliances are not created equal. A blender gives truth to the statement you get what you pay for. Do your research, read reviews, or just trust me…next blog.

Also so you may learn from my mistakes..

Man. I wish this guy made this 20 years ago.

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my life has been a very interesting journey thus far. in my quarter century crisis im and not certain of much except that i love cooking and entertaining, and pleasing people is my passion. (wait that sounded a little funny) i am goofy eccentric, and love to laugh, in fact i often laugh at the most inappropriate times. i place high value in honesty and working hard. i don’t really believe in faking it until you make it, without some base knowledge or some sort of depth to your cause. i believe in making mistakes and trying everything once as long as you bring yourself no harm and no harm to others. i am a new age hippy, my words to live by are freedom, serenity, and love. i look for signs of the world and listen. i do judge, anyone who says they do not is a liar, but i use my judgements against you to reflect back on me to see how i can better myself. i hate constraints of our society, including grammar, punctuation, and recipes. i think fast except when it comes to numbers. the culinary world has always been and shall be my safe haven and outlet. i want to inspire, teach, and learn.

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