26 August 2011
Sundried Tomato Tapenade Palmiers
· 1 package frozen Pepperidge Farm puff pastry, defrosted
· ¼ cup A Perfect Pear Sundried Tomato Tapenade
· ¼ cup prepared pesto, store-bought or homemade
· ½ cup crumbled goat cheese ¼ cup toasted pine nuts1 egg
· Kosher salt
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Lightly flour a board and carefully unfold one sheet of puff pastry. Roll the pastry lightly with a rolling pin until it’s 9.5 x 11.5 inches. Spread half the pesto on the pastry sheet, then sprinkle half the goat cheese, half the tapenade, and half the pine nuts. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt.
3. Working from the short ends, fold each end halfway to the center. Then fold each side again toward the center until the folded edges almost touch. Fold one side over the other and press lightly. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Repeat for the second sheet of puff pastry using the remaining ingredients. Cover both rolls with plastic wrap and chill for at least 45 minutes.
4. Cut the prepared rolls into ¼-inch-thick slices and place them face-up, 2 inches apart, on a sheet pan lined with parchment. Whisk egg and lightly brush over palmiers.
25 August 2011
24 August 2011
Hot Pizza Dip
· 1 box Kitchen Dancer Italiano Cheeseball Mix
· 8 oz. cream cheese, softened1/2 cup sour cream1/2 cup pizza sauce
· 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
· 1/2 cup chopped green onion
· 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1. Mix cream cheese and sour cream together. Add contents of Pack A. Spread evenly in glass baking dish. Sprinkle some of Pack B on top.
2. Spread pizza sauce on cheese mixture. Sprinkle pepperoni and onions over pizza sauce.
3. Cover, microwave on high for about 1-2 minutes until cheese mixture is soft. Remove and sprinkle Mozzarella cheese on top.
4. Microwave again for 30 seconds or until Mozzarella cheese starts to melt.
22 August 2011
Double Mint Chocolate Hot Chocolate
· 1 ½ cups half & half1 ½ cups milk
· 6 Tbsp The King’s Cupboard Mint Chocolate Chunk Hot Chocolate Mix
· Sweetened whipped cream
· Crushed peppermint candy Chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
· Crush peppermint candy in a food processor until fine.
1. On medium-high heat, bring half & half and milk to a simmer in a saucepan.
2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in hot chocolate mix and 1 Tbsp peppermint candy. Whisk until smooth.
3. Ladle hot chocolate into mugs, dividing equally. Top with whipped cream, additional peppermint candy and chocolate shavings.
4. Serve with a candy cane or peppermint stick as a stirrer.
23 August 2011
· 1 box Maggie & Mary’s Tomato Parmesan Soup4 oz. medium mushrooms, sliced
· 1/2 cup chopped green pepper1 medium onion, chopped coarsely
· 2 cloves garlic, minced3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
· 1/4 cup white wine (optional)Freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
1. Prepare soup according to instructions on box. As soup starts to cook, saute’ onion, green pepper, and garlic for 2 minutes.
2. Add mushrooms and chicken; saute’ until chicken turns white (about 5 minutes.)
3. Add meat/vegetable mixture to soup and continue simmering per box instructions. At the time you add the pasta, add the wine if you wish.
4. When soup is done, ladle it into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Delicious with crusty garlic bread.
25 August 2011
*Please note that pictured above is the Vita-Mix Professional CIA
Which Vita-Mix unit should I go with? This is a common question that most of our customers ponder while looking at the many options that are available. What typically helps them find the perfect unit is the following breakdown.
- The Vita-Mix 5200 is Vita-Mix's roadshow blender. They travel to CostCo and Sam's Club to do demostrations with it. This unit offer three pacakge options; 5200, 5200 Super and the 5200 Deluxe. With each package they add more accessories to go with the unit. Now since this is their roadshow blender, you do have to purcahse the unit through Vita-Mix directly. They will charge you tax and more than likely, shipping.
- TheVita-Mix Professional 200 has the same exact motor base as the 5200 and the same standard 64 oz BPA-Free jar. You will get a different cookbook than the 5200. This unit is also only available in the standard onyx or black color. We will cover the standard ground shipping on this item since you are spending more than $75. As for tax, we can only charge you tax if you live in the state of Indiana, since that is where we are located.
- The Vita-Mix Professional CIA has the same exact motor base as the Professional 200 and the 5200 and it is also is equipped with the standard 64 oz BPA-Free jar. You will receive the same cookbook as the Professional 200, but you also get color options! You can choose from oynx, platinum, ruby, and brushed stainless. We will cover the standard ground shipping on this item since you will be spending more than $75. As for tax, we can only charge you tax if you live in the state of Indiana, since that is where we are located.
- The Vita-Mix Professional 500 has the same motor base and standard 64 oz jar as the 5200, Professional 200 and Professional CIA. It also comes with a slightly different cookbook than the Professional 200 and CIA come with. With this unit, you will not receive any color options, you can only get the standard brushed stainless look. It does have three pre-programmed cycles on the dial. You will have one for soups, one for frozen desserts and one for smoothies. We will cover the standard ground shipping on this item since ou are spending more than $75. As for tax, we can only charge you tax if you live in the state of Indiana, since that is where we are located.
26 August 2011
If you are looking to add some spice to your life with a little bit of heat, then you should try the Ole Chipotle dip mix and the Cheddar Chiptole beer bread mix! All that you need are a few kitchen staples. I have made both of them many times and I always make the beer bread for Thanksgiving and my family loves it. As for the Ole Chipotle dip mix, I always make sure I have a few in my pantry, so I will always have something to make for an unexpected guest or for a last minute get together!
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of mayonnaise
Cheddar Chipotle Beer Bread
1 (12 oz) can or bottle of room temperature beer
24 August 2011
Have you been searching high and low for the Impressa J9? Well, you can stop searching because you can now pre-order it! We will receive the J9's in stock at the beginning of September. The biggest upgrade on the J9 is the full color TFT screen! The J6 only offered the buttons with the double cup and steam photos next to them. It also features a 73 oz removable water tank and 6 programmable coffee settings. Along with the standard included items from the manufacturer, you will also get 2 pounds of JL Hufford's Superautomatika coffee, 1 Clearyl Blue ENA water filter, and 1 Wusthof Classic Ikon 5 Inch Santoku Knife. What are you waiting for? Get on the Pre-Order list today and reserve your J9!
23 August 2011
Did you purchase a Saeco unit that requires charcoal filters, but you cannot find them? The Jura Capresso Charcoal filters do work with the Saeco units. The Jura Capresso Charcoal filters are only $15.99. If you need helping getting to the $75 mark for your order, you could purchase some coffee, mugs or a few of our food products. Now you can stop your searching and just relax and spend more time with your morning treat!
22 August 2011
We are proud to say that we have picked up 5 new Cappuccine flavors! You now have the option to also purchase Smoothie Base Vanilla Express, Frosted Latte, Mocha Frappe, Cookies and Cream Frappe, and Mocha Chip. I know that I am very excited to get some of these new flavors and I am sure that many Cappuccine customers are too! Instead of ordering the same thing every time, why don't you branch out and try one of the five new flavors?
21 August 2011
Comfort food the way it was meant to be! Just add milk and cheese then enjoy your “Grown Up” Mac & Cheese. Mac & Cheese will never be just a “kids” meal again so savor the flavor of rich, creamy cheese and cavatappi pasta sprinkled with a light crumb topping! Just add milk and cheese.You will need:2 cups milk4 oz (about 1 cup) shredded or cubed Monterey Jack cheese.
19 August 2011
I have a frequent sweet tooth and yesterday I felt like something tart. Try this recipe for a magical burst of sweet and tart lemon layered over a buttery shortbread crust. Just add eggs, butter and water!You will need: 1/2cup butter 3 eggs ˝ cup waterDirections:o Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease an 8” x 8” pan.o Stir water and eggs together until eggs are well blended. Add the lemon filling mix and stir until smooth. Set aside while crust is baking.o Cut cold butter into crust mix. Blend until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press crust into bottom of pan. Bake 12 minutes or until slightly brown on top.o Stir filling mixture again and pour over hot crust.o Bake 22-26 minutes or until center does not jiggle when shaken and top begins to brown. Cool completely. Sprinkle powdered sugar over bars if desired. Cut into 16 lemon bars.o Ingredients: Bleach enriched flour, sugar, Dried whole egg, maltodextrin, Baking soda, Spice, sodium acid pyrophosphate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate, salt, Natural & artificial flavors.Nutrition FactsServ. Size 29g Servings per container 16Calories 105 calories from Fat 1Total Fat <1g 1%Trans fat <1gCholesterol 0mg 0%Sodium 149mg 6%Total Carbohydrate 25g 8%Dietary fiber <1g 1%Sugars 18gProtein 1g
18 August 2011
Are you not much of a cook? Can you handle following a few instructions on the back of a box? Are you looking to not only create a delicious desert but wow the people you are entertaining? Then try the King's Cupboard White Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Mix. White Chocolate Hazelnut Cake Mix is a delicate mix of premium white chocolate, natural hazelnut essence and Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean yielding a rustic, buttery Bundt style cake. Drizzle with any King's Cupboard dessert sauce, I would suggest King's Cupboard Triple Chocolate Frosting, top with whipped cream and berries or simply serve by the sensational slice
17 August 2011
My mother loves vanilla. I love chocolate. We saw this recipe on a Torani jar of vanilla syrup at the grocery and had to try it:Vanilla bean hot chocolate.Ingredients1/2 oz. Torani Chocolate sauce1/2 oz. Torani Vanilla Bean syrup8 oz. milkInstructionsSteam milk and Torani together. Pour heated flavored cocoa into a tall glass and stir gently.Believe it or not it tastes better than it sounds! This recipe will be coming out at the family Christmas dinner!
19 August 2011
Jura Capresso has released a new small pump machine - the EC100
. This new pump machine is very user friendly and features the same boiler design as the Jura Capresso super automatic units. You will love appropriate brewing temperatures and the E.S.E. pods for a mess-free morning treat! You will never have to worry about the frothing tip being in your way when it is not in use, since it is removable. Order your EC100 today, and then sit back and relax more with your morning treat!
18 August 2011
Do you have a coffee, chocolate or tea lover that you are trying to buy for? Our variety of coffee, chocolate and tea gift packs
are perfect! With the variety of options, I am sure that you will find one that they are sure to love. Do you know what would be a perfect pair with one of the gift packs? Our selection of Lang
mugs along with the Bodum drinkware
! They are sure to please from the creative designs, witty phrases and double wall features.
17 August 2011
We have several customers who call in and give us the name of their favorite Starbucks coffee and want to purchase its match
through JL Hufford
. I have complied a list of several Starbucks coffees along with their JL Hufford counterparts to help you find the perfect match.
Please note that I have not included the Starbucks flavors of varieties that we do not have a compatible match for.
16 August 2011
I know that many of our Canadian customers have been waiting a while for this and we can now gladly say that we can now ship to Canada! You will need to call our support team at (877) 554-8336 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote. You will need to provide the following information: the exact item that you are wanting to purchase and the address that you would like it shipped to in Canada. We can also provide you with a rough estimated transit time with your quote. So, what are you waiting for? Get your list of items together and contact our support team to get your quote today!
15 August 2011
The Summer Photo Contest is reaching the August 18, 2011 deadline. Make sure that you submit your photo by the 18th! You will get a $5 gift certificate just for entering! If you win first place, you will receive a $100 gift certificate and a runner up will receive a $50 gift certificate. We will be judging on creativity, theme, relevance and design. You can either submit your photos to email@example.com or by tagging JLHufford-Discover Gourmet
16 August 2011
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds boneless pork tenderloin
A Jar Perfect Pear Cinnamon Pear Jelly
Place balsamic vinegar, oil, rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic and pork in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours to marinate.
Grill pork over medium heat until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. Let rest for 5 minutes then cut into 1/4-inch thick diagonal slices. Pour A Perfect Pear Cinnamon Pear Jell on a platter and top with sliced pork. Garnish with additional fresh rosemary and grilled plum slices, if desired.
16 August 2011
I was cleaning out my pantry this weekend and came across a box of Creamy Wild Rice Soup Mix by Maggie’s and Marry’s. The first time I tried wild rice I cooked it with some tilapia I had in my freezer. I was expecting it to taste much like the white or Jasmin rice, the kind that takes a few mins to boil or comes in the instant packs. The earthy taste of the wild rice was much different then what I was expecting and I was not a fan. I debated giving the mix away but the package claimed to be award winning and decided to give wild rice a round 2 and I am so glad I did. Veggies, creamy chicken and wild rice come together in a taste that I am sure will delight your pallet. If you cannot cook have no fear because this recipe is easy.
1) In a large kettle combine the soup base the 6 cups of hot water
2) Add the wild rice/veggie mix and stir
3) Let simmer for 45 mins stirring on occasion
Easy right? This recipe certainly changed my mind on wild rice and certainly would be good for any sort of company.
15 August 2011
I got on the topic of odd food combinations with a friend of mine this weekend and found a new great tasting beverage. I mentioned to him how I like to put peanut butter on my pancakes and topped my strange recipe when he mentioned how he adds Aspen Mulling Spices to his Dr. Pepper. I normally like Dr. Pepper as it is so I could not imaging that adding a cooking spice to this could possible enhance the flavor of this product anymore. I was shocked at the taste. He added 2.5 ounces of Aspen Mulling Spices to a 2 liter of Dr. Pepper, stirred it up and served it hot. To my great astonishment it tasted wonderful. Who would have known that adding a spice to a carbonated beverage could turn out to be this tasty? If you are feeling adventuresome and enjoy Dr. Pepper this is one recipe that would be worth you’re trying! There is a large lists of exotic drink mixes I look forward to making with this spice mix.
15 August 2011
Last Friday I was given a sample of Aspen Mullen spices to try. The box had four drink recipes listed on the side: Wine, Brandy, Tea and Cider. Of those four I currently had tea in my possession and figured I could try it out. It was a very easy recipe 5 oz of Aspen Mulling Spices to a gallon of tea. It added a very interesting kick to the tea that I was not expecting. It was a very nice treat that I enjoyed it hot while watching the rain come down in my back yard. As it is August it may be a little too hot to fully enjoy this drink now but I will certainly have to try this again in the cooler time of year. If you are not an avid tea drinker this may add the little bit of flavor to spice up your tea a notch. I am sure that adding this to the brandy or wine will be a doubly warming treat as well!
12 August 2011
I love carrot cake but I have not found a good recipe for one. My mother is a great cook and I was visiting her the other day and asked her if she had one. I was in luck because it just so happened that she had a bit of a trick to getting her carrot cake to turn out so well. She mentioned to me that one of her recipe ingredients was Aspen Mulling Spices. This is what gave it a spice flavor that I was so eagerly desired. Well I went home after our visit at attempt her recipe it goes as follows:
Mix in a bowl:
1 ½ cup of EVOO
1lb of brown sugar
2 cups of diced carrots
1 small can of crushed pineapple and juice
2 table spoons of vanilla
3 cups of flower
Dash of salt
1 tsb of baking soda
1 tsb of baking pwder
¼ cup of Aspen Mulling spices
Bake @ 350 for 35 mins
It turned out wonderful, I finally have a carrot cake recipe that I can be proud of and the not so secret trick turned out to be in the spice. Who knew?
9 August 2011
Our church offers free coffee and doughnut holes after the service every Sunday. It’s a nice time to meet friends and catch up on the churches events as well as enjoy a snack and a drink. The free coffee is good but I have been spoiled with great coffee. JL Hufford has been supplying me coffee for a while and it out shines the Folgers that they currently purchase at the church. I mentioned to the person who is in charge of the after service refreshments the idea for putting in for a better coffee brand and he was intrigued. The coffees I purchase at JL Hufford are priced at $11.99 per pound. I know that they have a budget but at that price they could and decided to try some of their Breakfast Blend after the next service. They make the coffee in 5 gallon vats of decaf and regular. I can’t speak for the rest of the church but I could tell the difference and it made that cheerful time that much more joyous.
12 August 2011
My grandparents love having their morning cup of coffee. They always use the same old cups every morning and I noticed that they were getting a bit worn. The pictures were fading and you could see cracks near the handle from where it had been dropped. I decided to grab each of them a new coffee mug that would be a little bit more personalized to what each of them likes. My grandmother likes birds and flowers, so I picked up the Lang Greeting the New Day Mug
for her. My grandfather is always in his wood shop making something new to sell on his sweet corn stand. I grabbed the Cypress Tools Mug
for him. When I arrived at their house for a long weekend vacation and showed them the mugs, they loved them. My grandmother also threw away a few of the old cups out to make room for the new ones. Now ever morning, they use their "personalized" cups for their cup of coffee.
11 August 2011
I never thought that I would be in the market for a new can opener, after I purchased my Farberware one. It broke on me after less than a year of use! I thought of several reasons, why that one didn't work out. From we just used it to much to I really didn't like that it left sharp edges. I stumbled across the Kuhn Rikon Auto Safety LidLifter
. I liked that it had color options and that it stated that it didn't leave sharp edges. I decided to pick on up. It is the perfect replacement! As it claims, it does not leave any sharp edges, so I do not have to worry about the dog grabbing an empty can from the trash can and carrying it around. It has "pinchers" to remove the lid, so there isn't a mess!
10 August 2011
I am someone who happens to love Egg Nog all throughout the year, not just during the Holiday season. Since it is typically extremely hard to find Egg Nog during the summer months, I turn to Aspen Mulling Spices Egg Nog Mix
for my fix. The first time, I ordered it, I was a bit worried that I would be able to tell the difference from "regular" Egg Nog. I was extremely surprised when I drank my Egg Nog after mixing the mix with milk. It was delicious and I could hardly taste the difference! Now, I make sure that I always have a few boxes around the house, so I can always have Egg Nog whenever I need my fix.
9 August 2011
We had a number of customer's who loved our July Coffee's of the Month
. Since they loved them so much, we decided to extend those flavors over into August as well! For the month of August, you can get your Cappuccino Fudge, Gooey Caramel Fudge Brownie and Chunky Monkey coffee for $9.99 a pound! Here is a full list of the flavor's offered this month:
- Light Roast Blend
- Medium Roast Blend
- Dark Roast Blend
- Cappuccino Fudge
- Chunky Monkey
- Cinnamon Almond Macaroon
- English Toffee
- Gooey Caramel Fudge Brownie
- Sugar Cookies
Make sure that you grab your favorite regular of flavored coffee before the month is up!
8 August 2011
8 August 2011
My mother uses her Kuhn Rikon vegetable chopper almost every day in the kitchen. It is great because you can quickly and accurately slice and dice vegetables with ease. Unlike a food processer this copper allows the user to dice thicker or larger slices in a few presses. Its dishwasher safe, requires very little set up and requires no external power. Its sleek quality design cuts vegetables shifting its blades 30 degrees after each press. I know that some vegetable choppers can be hard to press down into your greens but the design in this Swiss chopper is geared to make that motion much simpler. I can’t wait to try making some chunky salsa with this chopper!
5 August 2011
My roommate loves red wine and has a glass a night with her dinner. She happens to be very picky with what temperature she drinks it at and will often play a fighting game of leaving it in the refrigerator and then setting it on the counter. For her birthday, I decided to give her the Bonjour Instant Read Wine Thermometer
. When she first opened this up, she was a bit confused as to what it was and how to use it. After I explained that you just hold the thermometer next to your wine bottle and it will instantly tell you the temperature without any guessing games, she was thrilled. To complete the gift, I also paired it with a new wine glass and a bottle of her favorite red wine. This is a perfect gift for your wine lover or those who play the temperature guessing game.
4 August 2011
Did you know that French press method of making coffee has been around for over 90 years! It was started in Italy by a designer who loved coffee. Aside from being one of the oldest methods of brewing coffee it is also one of the ways to get the hottest coffee possible. The Bodum brand was created a few years prior to the invention of the French press and they have been perfecting and styling French presses ever since. JL Hufford sells a Bodum Eileen French Press. This French press is not only extremely stylish but also protective of its fragile glass carafe. Boil water and let the French press extract every ounce of flavor from the beans and it will be ready to pour in 4 mins.
3 August 2011
My wife is a big fan of starting traditions. Our first Christmas together she insisted on making gingerbread. We attempted designing the miniature cut outs with sprinkles frosting and candy. Hers turned out better than mine (of course) but it neither of ours turned out to be very pretty. The décor was off balanced, the lines were messy and we really just had a random collaboration of utensils that we used in this project. This inspired me to put some effort into this concept because I know she really enjoyed the time we had together and it would be something she could look forward to the next year. I looked for some cookie cutters and came across the Kuhn Rikon Stainless Cookie Press & Decorating Set with Storage Box. I could not think of something more perfect to get her. Includes 16 different cookie disks, decorating bottle, and decorating spatula all nicely organized in a storage box. We will be able to use this on any pastry that we desire to make fancier. I can’t wait to give it to her!
3 August 2011
We always get questions about our Plus 5 policy and what do we take into consideration when we are looking into a price match. We take a number of things into consideration such as; is this company an authorized dealer, do they charge shipping, do they charge tax, do they offer gifts and is this the same exact item that we are selling. Typically to find out if the company is in fact an authorized dealer, you can contact the manufacturer and they would know and some manufacturers like Vita-Mix and Blendtec actually have a spot on their website that shows authorized dealers. If they charge shipping or tax is usually a huge indicator on if we have them beat or not. Shipping and tax usually shows as you are proceeding through the check out process. JL Hufford will charge you shipping if you are placing an order that is less than $75 or if you request expedited shipping. With orders over $75, JL Hufford covers the shipping costs. This is just a few of the things we look into with price matches, to give you a better idea of how they work. If you would like to read our Plus 5 policy you can find it here
4 August 2011
We have quite a few customers who are looking for specific parts for their units that we do not carry. They will have spent hours and hours searching and still have come up empty handed. We can help eliminate some of the searching. Typically if we do not carry what you are looking for, you can most likely find it at 1st Line Equipment
. We have worked very closely with this company for quite some time. If in the unlikely case, they do not have what you are looking for either, then you are more than likely going to have to contact the manufacturer and find out how you can get yours hands on some parts for your unit. Companies like Jura Capresso, DeLonghi, Saeco and Krups like to service the machines themselves and very rarely send out replacement parts.
3 August 2011
I know that several customers want to get a container for the Vita-Mix that will fit under the counter. The Vita-Mix 48 oz BPA-Free Container - 15255 does just that! Now you are wondering, what are the draw backs to this wonderful container? Well, there are only two. The first one is that it does not come standard on any of the units. You have to purchase it as an extra container. Now the other draw back is if you never need to replace the blade. We do sell the wet blades, but this container's wet blade has a taller motor shaft. Where would you get a replacement blade, if you needed one? More than likely, you would have to purchase the blade with the taller motor shaft from Vita-Mix directly. I personally thought the other blades would work, but after talking to a customer who was looking just for that specific blade, I learned that this container does in fact have a taller motor shaft.
4 August 2011
I have to admit that I am one of those people who is very always refuses to try low carb anything. My response always is, "I love my carbs." I finally decided that I need to break down and try one of our low carb products, if for any other reason, to say that I did. After looking at all of the low carb options, I settled for Big Train Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies
. My thoughts were, you can't mess up a peanut butter cookie. While I was mixing the ingredients together, I kept tasting the dough and was like, there is some difference in this taste and kept telling myself, that I need to stop comparing items to the way my mother makes them. I need to learn to branch out and to try something new. After the first batch were done cooking, I didn't waste any time trying one. I grabbed the first hot one that I laid my eyes on and took a huge bite. They were extremely delicious! Now I grab a bag once a month to fix my sweet tooth every month.
2 August 2011
I visited a Mexican restaurant for Cinco de Mayo and ordered a frozen margarita. I was so enthralled by the wonderful consistency and taste I knew I needed to invest into a worth while blender. The blender I owned prior to my Vita Prep was a cheap one I picked up from a Walmart. It was not powerful enough to chop up ice so I needed to crush the ice and then blend it. Even still, the consistency of the drinks it made was rather irregular and chunky with the ice. This made the drinks hard to sip and next to impossible to pull through a straw. At the Mexican restaurant I peeked over the bar and saw that the machine they were using was a Vita Mix Vita Prep. After doing some research I found that there are many claims to its wonderful blending technology and its incredible durability. The only down side I found was that the 64oz Jar height would not fit under my counter top. I live in an apartment and the blender was just to high to fit and to wide to stay on the counter top effectively. Fortunately JL Hufford also sold a 48oz version. This had the same blending base and power as a Vita Prep but offered the smaller height requirement that I needed with out having to sacrifice a lot of carafe volume. I am very happy with my vita prep and thrilled with the drinks it makes!
1 August 2011
I was given an Electric tea kettle as a gift a few weeks ago. I never thought I would use it as I could microwave water or boil it on the stove. I finally got around to using it and to my great surprise this machine not only heats faster but has a really cool color changing feature as it heats up. Blue to red it shifts color to reflect its temperature changes. It’s rather entertaining and adds a very cool glow to a room. Aside from the color changing feature it will also heat water to the proper 176° temp for tea brewing, indicated by an orange illumination. And if you forget about your tea, as I often do, the DeLonghi DK350 incorporates a 2-Stage safety system that automatically shuts off the unit when water begins to boil or if the kettle becomes empty. If you are an avid tea person I would highly suggest this tea kettle over the traditional stove top boiler
29 July 2011
Are you wishing that you liked coffee enough to try the Big Train Blended Ice Coffee's
but know that you will probably never get past that coffee taste? You can try the Big Train Blended Creme
. The blended creme is made the same, except it is coffee free! Now the bad part is that the flavor options do not overlap, but they are just as delicious as the blended ice coffee's. You can purchase the blended creme's in either a single serving or a 3.5 lb bag.
1 August 2011
I am a pretty plain and simple person. I have the same thing for breakfast every morning; toast with butter a grape jelly. I decided to try a different jelly. I picked up a jar of A Perfect Pear Cinnamon Pear Jelly
and tried it out. It was a perfect combo. I have now decided to switch out the jelly on my toast every day, one day grape the next cinnamon pear. I had heard about using the cinnamon pear jelly in some recipes and did some searching at A Perfect Pears website and came across the Baked Brie with Cinnamon Pear Jelly
. I am going to make these later in the week with my cousins and I can only imagine how delicious they are going to taste!
2 August 2011
My roommate loves grabbing a small gelato after work at a local shop. I happened to tag along with her one day and decided to try it out. To my surprise, I actually liked it! It did not take long until I started meeting her up every day after work for a small gelato. When then started happening, I noticed how much I was spending every month on my daily gelatos - over $100! I soon decided that I needed to break this habit now. I did a little research and came across the DeLonghi GM6000 Gelato Maker.
Now with it being $299.95, I was a little hesitate on buying it, but I did the math and knew that it would save myself and my roommate a lot of money. After I finally broke down and bought it and it arrived at our apartment, we made our favorite gelato - Mint Chocolate Chip. Not only was it delicious, but it also made enough to last us 2 days! The machine came with a recipe book and we already have a few lined up to try out the next couple of days!