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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Eggs, Cream Cheese, and New Blenders-Oh My!

It's been a busy few weeks over here. Between creating recipes for BC Eggs and writing things up for Philadelphia Cream Cheese, I haven't been posting a whole lot here-but WOW have I been churning the stuff out in the kitchen.

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Over at  Philadelphia Cream Cheese, there's a whole bunch of ideas for using your spreadable Philly on anything BUT a bagel. On BC Eggs you're going to find chocolate almond cherry biscotti, lemon buttermilk tarts, swiss and spinach strata, and of course these amazing biscuit sandwiches.

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Just last week a new toy arrived at my door. I don't often get new appliances (read: never) and this one was very generously sent to me by the people over at Blendtec. I must admit, I hadn't even heard of Blendtec and had no idea that this product is so much more than your typical $40 blender from a department store.

See, I've been in the market for a new blender for awhile. Mine is a cheap but long lasting $40 blender picked up a whole 20 years ago that I used to make Kevin's baby food when he was born. The funny thing is, the plastic ring for it was cracked and every time I used it, I half expected the entire thing to let go and spew liquid all over my kitchen. It seemed like only a matter of time, really. I'm one of those terribly stubborn people who use things until they die, and at this point, not just my blender but my tiny food processor both were on their last legs.

The box arrived and when I pulled it out, John and I just stood there with our mouths open.

"That is not a blender," John sputtered, "It's a whole appliance."  And you know, he's right. For the longest time I wanted both a blender and food proccessor, but with a Blendtec I don't need both. The Blendtec is such an amazing machine that it does everything I'd need anyway. Already, I've stocked up my kitchen with the ingredients to make all kinds of fantastic smoothies, but you can do so much more with this machine. In just a week I've pureed soup, blended up applesauce, made three different kinds of smoothies, and whipped up these.

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I know what you're thinking. I thought the same thing. Brownies? In a blender?You're kidding, right?

Nope. Not kidding. You dump some chocolate chips and melted butter in the jar and pulse. Then add the other stuff and pulse some more. The cool thing is the chips don't get completely pulverized, so you have these tiny bits of melty chocolate throughout the brownies when they come out of the oven. I mean, you could do the old melt on the stove top and whisk, but this is so much fun and wow, they are SO. GOOD.

Over the next month or so, I'll be sharing all kinds of things with you-putting this blender through it's paces with far more than just smoothies, but making things that I never thought a blender could do. Between pizza dough, nut butters, juices, and homemade veggie burgers, I'm going to have lots of things to make! Ever wonder if a high end blender is worth it? Follow and find out!

 I can't wait to see what else it can make.




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