Blend It, and so I have been with my new kitchen appliance, the blender. My reason for buying a blender goes past an impulse buy.
First, I joined the Oklahoma Food Co-op. A general description of a cooperative, also known as a co-op is “a business organization owned and operated by a group of individuals for their mutual benefit,” or says Wikipedia. The Oklahoma Food Co-op was designed to sell only food and non-food products made in Oklahoma. I paid a small fee to join to co-op, this fee was strictly a membership fee, many people ask what I got in return and the answer is the opportunity to buy stuff from the co-op.
My first month to order from the co-op was April, I didn’t buy much but the idea was amazing to me, I could get all the groceries I need and buy them from my neighbor. This month was my biggest purchase yet. I bought meat, fruits, vegetables and shampoo. Most everything I bought was unprepared foods. The previous months I had bought things that were prepared and frozen but always good.
I think I am going to start trying to prepare my own meals at home with my co-op food and things I can pick up at the farmer’s market. This will be a big change from the already prepared meals I am used to buying from the store and the co-op. But, I have got the cooking bug, my friend Sarah is an avid and amazing cook (you can find a link to her blog in my links) and she has a food portion on her blog and she has links to tons of other food blogs. All of the recipes look so good, so I am going to start trying them.
This brings me to my first purchase, I have the normal kitchen appliances, fridge, stove, microwave, toaster, hand blender and a stove top “grill” I bought at the OKC home and garden expo. The last is not a normal kitchen appliance but the sales demonstrator for this one was so good I had to buy it. But, back on track since I have decided to start cooking I decided to invest in MY first kitchen appliance, a blender. It is the first appliance that I have bought and so far I love it.
I have made a smoothie every morning for work since I got it and they are delicious. Last week I made a Cesar type dressing. I hesitate to call it Cesar for all those anchovies fans out there. It did have a quarter tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, which I learned has an anchovies base so I guess I could technically call it Cesar, but I will not, instead I will call it blender dressing and because I did not follow a recipe I will never be able to make it again. But it was delicious. I tossed it with some spring mix and added tomatoes, simply wonderful.
I have looked at some mac and cheese recipes and soon plan on trying some homemade mac and cheese aided by my blender. Blender today and who knows what tomorrow. I think I want to try jelly, most likely orange flavor and who knows where it will go from there.