February 14, 2007

There's Someone New in My Life

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I’m in love! Did Valentine’s Day change my mind? Of course not, don’t be ridiculous! My K-Tec Blender was delivered to my door this morning and it’s a 3 horsepower machine of awesomeness! You can do anything with a K-Tec! I’ve already made juice, alfredo sauce, cream puffs and chocolate mousse. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg of what this baby can do. Someone asked me why I needed a blender with a 3 horsepower motor. My response was to ask them why wouldn’t I need a blender with a 3 horsepower motor? Seriously. Regular blenders can’t hold a candle to the power of the K-Tec. You can throw whole fruits and vegetables into this thing and it blends them smooth without batting an eye. My first test with the K-Tec was juice making. I put an orange, banana, half a mango, some grapes and strawberries into the carafe, hit the whole juice button and 50 seconds later it was blended smooth. A-mazing! I didn’t even have to add any liquid. And the fact that the strawberries were frozen didn’t matter either. I’ll be making all sorts of juices now. I see pineapple juice as tomorrow’s project, thanks to Dad. Mom got flowers for Valentine’s Day, I got a pineapple. I think I got the better deal.


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My love affair with the Blend Tec originally began as a longing for a Vita-mix blender. I saw it about a year ago at a food show. I was in awe as I saw ice cream and soup made right before my very eyes in a matter of minutes, all in the blender. In my mind, the Vita-mix was gold! Then I found out that there existed a blender even more powerful: the Blend Tec. I guess my love of the Vita-mix didn’t really run that deep because I was quickly convinced that I needed a K-Tec. Every time I tried to blend anything in my sub par, run of the mill, no name blender, I yearned for the day that I would be able to blend with ease. Is it too much to ask for ice to be blended without the smell of a smoke and a burning motor? The Blend Tec doesn’t think so. I can now make smoothies, juice, fondue, soup, ice cream, dough… the possibilities are endless! And all in a matter of minutes, it’s just that easy.


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Tonight’s dinner, dessert and drinks were all courtesy of the Blend Tec. I decided to make stuffed chicken and to serve it over bowtie pasta with alfredo sauce. The alfredo sauce was made in seconds in the blender and then I just poured it over the pasta and mixed it together. For the chicken, I pounded it flat, filled it with a mixture of spinach steamed in white wine, garlic and peppercorn crusted goats cheese and then baked it. I also made dessert in the blender. First the batter for the cream puffs, which I then baked in mini muffin tins. And instead of the regular cream puff filling, I made a chocolate mousse which was done in seconds as well. I assembled dessert by cutting the cream puffs in two, filling them with mousse and drizzling Baileys over top of everything. As much as I’d like to take credit for this meal, the Blend Tec was the real hero.


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Alfredo Sauce by Blend Tec


1 1/3 cup milk

1 clove garlic

1 T flour

2 T cream cheese

¾ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 ½ T butter


Put all ingredients in the jar and press the Soups button. (Yeah, that’s right, there’s a button for soup, the sauce comes out hot and everything.)




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20 comments:

Lydia said...

Wow! I didn't know anything about this blender, but now I'm definitely going to check it out. Thanks.

Anne said...

That's an awesome machine you got there :)

elle said...

Ah, so easily seduced, but what a charmer it is. The Hummer of blenders? What a great meal, too. Take a little of the credit...the peppercorn crusted goats cheese as part of the chicken filling is inspired. Go Brilynn!

K & S said...

cool gadget!

Meeta said...

Love at first sight? Something had to give. I love the menu it all looks great and look forward to more from that gadget.

Lis said...

Holy crap.. I'm not around for a couple days and you've went crazy in the kitchen - Thank God!

Congrats on the new blender - it looks and sounds AWESOME! And your first creations from it look heavenly!

The Dorie cake below took my breath away. I dunno, I think I might prefer mine undercooked a bit.. give it that lava love texture in the middle. *swoon*

And the fudge.. how did I miss the fudge? Fabulous - great comfort food. I like the lil slices on the spoons. =)

Hugs!
xoxo

Asha said...

Cool blender!!

Love the low-fat Alfredo sauce!!:)0

Susan said...

How do you do it, Brilynn? Your dishes are so scrumptious every day.

I just love reading your blog and mention you on my post today.

Mary said...

Oooh! New gadget!

gilly said...

Hi Bri! Excitement! New kitchen gadgets are always so inspiring - and it looks like you and the blender have a bright and shining future ahead of you!

Sara said...

Coooooool. Did you order it from the States, or is there a Canadian supplier?

Anonymous said...

Yippeee! Hooray for new kitchen gadgets!!

Ari (Baking and Books)

Vanessa said...

Hmmmm...wasn't that blender supposed to be shipped to my house? There must have been a mix-up because even though I haven't burnt out the motor on my latest, weakling, girly-blender, I have no doubt it will burst into flames some morning when I'm least prepared. At least I'll know what blender to get then. Now go make us some blended alcoholic beverages, your choice....go...now...please?

Brilynn said...

Sara- You can get them from Canadian suppliers, but I ordered mine from the States because even with shipping and customs, it was still much much cheaper.

Aoife said...

Is this the "Will it blend?" blender? The one that will crush cubic zirconium and powder a hockey puck? Cause, awesome.

veron said...

That looks great Brilynn! Don't you just love receiving packages of kitchen goodies!

Kristen said...

Wow - that is one heck of a blender!

joey said...

Great new gadget! I'm green with envy! :) Can't wait to see more of what you will create with it :)

emily said...

Wow Brilynn, I want/need that book, and that blender.

Vanessa said...

Hi Brilynn - this is my first visit and i'm in love! what a great site - great pics, fun recipes, silly words... fantastic! I'm adding you to my bloglines so I'll keep in touch. Oh, and you really should try cracking your own coconut. so fun and rewarding. I think you'd really enjoy.