Processed love

handheldI’m in love. But, it’s not what you think.

I never thought I could love a kitchen appliance. Or a kitchen utensil. Or any kitchen must-have. In fact, I never thought I’d ever really like—let alone love—anything kitchen-related, other than the refrigerator. After all, I’ve never had much use for the actual room.

Sure, lots of kitchen-type things make my life easier. But, tearing open cereal box packaging and locating bowls and spoons isn’t exactly rocket science. Nor do they require extensive materials. The dishwasher is nice, but I spent 25 years washing and drying bowls and spoons by hand. The microwave is wonderful, but really, how often do you need to microwave a bowl of cereal? And, you know what? I’m OK if the bread for my PB & J isn’t toasted.

I hardly knew what my life was missing. Until I met my husband. And his hand-held immersion blender.

Need to grind coffee beans? Immersion blender! Need to grind some flax for muffins? Immersion blender! Need to make a delicious, healthy shake? Immersion blender! How about some delectable hummus? Immersion blender!

Seriously, if I wasn’t obsessive-compulsive about having as few items as possible on our countertops, I’d never put ours away. That’s how often it gets used.

And yes, it’s already been used today. Twice. You should get one, too.

For those interested, two somewhat-simple recipes appear below. Seriously. This is a first. Me offering up recipes. Anyway, there’s no exact science to either one. The amount of each ingredient you include depends on your taste.

A great shake/smoothie
¾ c. cottage cheese (can use more/less or substitute plain/vanilla yogurt)
½ to 1 c. frozen/fresh berries (can use more/less; try different fruits)
¾ c. water (use more if you prefer a thinner drink)
½ c. bran/fiber-filled cereal (seriously, you need the fiber, and you won’t taste it)

Place ingredients together a small plastic container or medium-size plastic cup. (You could mix them in the cottage cheese or yogurt containers from the store.) Place hand-held immersion blender in container. Turn on, and mix until ingredients are blended. Enjoy. Makes 2 c. or so, depending.

Looking for a variation? Skip the berries, toss in a banana, some chocolate drink mix and 1 Tbsp. peanut butter.

Classic hummus (compliments of Tosca Reno)
2 c. canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4 cloves of garlic
1/3 c. tahini
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Juice from 1 lemon
1 tsp. salt

Mix ingredients together in small bowl. Use hand-held immersion blender or food processor to puree ingredients. Serve with pita bread, pita chips, crackers, carrots, etc. Keep leftovers in fridge.

Let me know what you think. Of the recipes OR your immersion blender.

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4 thoughts on “Processed love

  1. Brianna says:

    Will add to my list of kitchen must-haves!

  2. Mom says:

    The fact that you love being in the kitchen and are now handing out recipes is of no surprise to me. In fact, the surprise is that it has not been sooner. Remember when you took over the cooking when your father, brother and I were putting on a new roof? The sandwiches and chips were wonderful. It only took us one week but by golly it was different sandwiches and even pretzels instead of chips. We were and still are real proud of you dear. I knew one day your aversion to that part of the house would change. I’m just waiting for the xxxstiches to kick in.

  3. Mary Steiner says:

    Your mom is a wise woman — this was just a hidden love you didn’t know existed. My daughters both have discovered a love for cooking, baking, etc. — mostly since leaving home. But Jill, I HATE my Cuisinart. I still am intimidated by it, even though my mom gives me regular lessons in using it. I have a handheld that I prefer — less to wash up. Let me know when you want some new recipes to try!

  4. Your Husband says:

    Well it is not really a food processor, but an immersion blender. This is the bad boy with 200 watts of glorious blending power: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/hand_blenders/csb-77.html

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