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Cheapest machine to use to make a smoothie

Thanks, all. I am currently without a blender. I gave it away in a fit of moving-from-a-house-to-a-condo-downsizing-frenzy so I will try the FP with berries or chopped frozen fruits (thanks Duffy, H).

about 12 hours ago
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Cheapest machine to use to make a smoothie

Thanks, all. Do you think frozen fruit will damage my Cuisinart FP?

about 16 hours ago
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Cheapest machine to use to make a smoothie

I don't want to spring for a Vitamix or a Blentec for smoothies until I know if I even like smoothies and will make them for breakfast. Can I use my Cuisinart FP to make smoothies? If not, what's the cheapest machine I can get to make good smoothies?

I envision the smoothies having some frozen fruit, some greens---like spinach, and some Greek yogurt.

Thanks!

1 day ago
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A Spoonful of SUGAR (helps the medicine go down). BUMP!

And Merry Christmas, everyone!

Dec 24, 2014
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U is for the many delicious Unbaked Cookies, such as chow mein noodle clusters. BUMP.

Dec 23, 2014
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P is for Peanut Butter Cookies and Pecan Sandies. BUMP!

Dec 23, 2014
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Bump--K is for Kringle, and for Kwanzaa treats too!

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E is for Egg Cookies, hard cooked

Dec 22, 2014
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BUMP

B is for brownies---made festive for the holidays if you wish :0)

Dec 21, 2014
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Christmas Baking 2014

Amen, rstuart, amen. Maybe I will make rollout/cut-out cookies when I retire, but for now, no way.

Dec 12, 2014
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local source for vanilla beans?

Hey guys,
Thank you very much for the replies. I will call K Window, and I will also check out the threads Mpls Mary suggested. I don't need these immediately, so I can order and even if they arrive after the holidays, that will be fine. I'm looking for very good quality at a good price.
Thanks again.

Need a VANILLA cookie recipe

Everyone,
Some great ideas here. Thank you VERY much.
S-mom

Dec 10, 2014
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local source for vanilla beans?

Looks like Costco is not carrying vanilla beans this year. I've looked at three Costco stores and found none. Anyone have a local source for reasonably priced vanilla beans?

Thanks!

Need a VANILLA cookie recipe

Can anyone suggest a cookie in which vanilla really stands out? I made Dorie's sables with the seeds from a vanilla bean along with vanilla sugar, but they did not taste any different than usual. (Which, of course, is not a bad thing because they are such good cookies). But I need a cookie recipe that showcases a great vanilla flavor.

Thanks in advance.

Dec 08, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? December 2014 edition!

Me too!

Dec 05, 2014
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Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

Yes, the class ("Cooking Under Pressure") gave me more confidence. Instructor was Becky Caterine and the class was at KW. I think Becky is teaching now at Cks of CH, although I am not 100% sure about that..... And it's certainly possible that she could be teaching at both KW and Cks of CH....

Just looked at my notes from that class. Here are a few things I wrote down:
**most gaskets on new machines are silicone and will "outlast us" although it's still good to quickly visually inspect before each use
**some Lorna Sass recipes don't call for enough liquid
**good to brown meat before cooking even though Lorna Sass says browning is unnecessary
**you can "tweak" pc recipes---for example, instead of using natural release, you can cook 1-2 minutes more then do quick release

IIRC, there was a Fissler rep sitting in on the class who contributed helpful comments.

Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

Hi Chowrin,
I took a pc class at a good local cooking store (Kitchen Window, for you MSPers) and the instructor said the gaskets on the newer machines last almost forever..... (Can't speak to how long gaskets from older machines last.)

Dec 04, 2014
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Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

from Kenji over at Serious Eats:
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/12/pr...

Dec 03, 2014
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Your favorite inexpensive cookware items

Hi BG,

I also LOVE those cheese graters. I got mine at Ikea. You?

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

Dec 03, 2014
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Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

Hi TDK,

I use it for soups (navy bean and black bean are a couple of favs), stock, risotto, stews, posole, collard greens when I don't have time to cook them for hours, black beans (to serve on rice), rice pudding, porcupine meatballs, borscht, corned beef and cabbage, beets...

But I will freely admit that I could cook all of those items without a pressure cooker.

We don't eat a lot of meat, so I don't know how much time I'd save if I made pot roast, but for things like beets and beans and posole, it saves a ton of time.

You have a toddler, don't you? And you work outside your home, IIRC. You have a lot going on! You should give yourself a huge pat on the back for the wonderful cooking you are already doing :0)

Dec 02, 2014
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Pressure Cooker for a harried mom who is afraid of pressure cookers

Hi TDQ,

You might want to consider this pressure cooker:
http://www.hippressurecooking.com/pre...

I have it and I LOVE it. I too was a bit afraid to use a pressure cooker. But this one is so well made I feel totally comfortable using it. Although CI did not give this pc a good review, Hip Pressure Cooker did. I love the shape because it contains splatters really well.

I have the 8.5 quart size and I would not get a smaller one.

Those Germans really know how to make good pcs!

Nominations Thread: Cookbook of the Month December 2014

150 BEST AMERICAN RECIPES

Nov 14, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Thanks, LulusMom.

Oct 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Thanks, Ms. PP.

Oct 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Wow---you guys are the BEST! Thanks for all these responses.

Pistachio Peas----Hi neighbor! We moved to NE about 5 months ago and I LOVE it. What's the name of the Indian grocery store? Is it on Central Ave?
Thanks!

Lulu's mom---did you also like this recipe (tofu, tomatoes/coriander leaves) from Seductions?

Oct 19, 2014
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What cookbooks have you bought lately or are you lusting after? October 2014 Edition. [old]

Westminstress,
Where do you find fresh coriander leaves? That recipe does look good!
Do you always use fresh tomatoes for this? It's no longer fresh tomato season in MN, unless I get hothouse.
Finally, do you serve this on rice?
Thanks.

Oct 19, 2014
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plastic handles of my wine bottle opener are very sticky

They are made of plastic.

Monavano---thanks. I'll try vinegar and H2O.

Oct 19, 2014
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plastic handles of my wine bottle opener are very sticky

This is a good quality rabbit-type opener I got at Costco a few years ago. When we moved, I put it into a ziplock bag. Could that have made the handles sticky? Any suggestions for how to get rid of the stickiness?
Thanks!

Oct 19, 2014
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Sarmas Today at the Croatian Hall

Thanks, Shoo Bee. I am not on Facebook, but I'll try to keep my eyes and ears open for other methods of notification.

Sarmas Today at the Croatian Hall

Hey Shoo Bee,
Thanks so much for posting this. Don't know if I can make it today, so I hope you will post again when they are available. I love sarmas :0)