Thursday, May 22, 2008

Heavy-duty blender for summer fun

Most American households have blenders buried somewhere in them. The question is, when is a blender worth becoming a kitchen investment piece? Last night on Good Eats, Alton Brown and W looked at stick (hand-held) blenders.

Here's another contender that looks like something a sci-fi fan would like.

The ultra-sleek, 20-piece stainless steel Magic Bullet Platinum Pro is slightly larger than the original and boasts a motor 40 percent more powerful. Its manufacturer says it can be uses for everything from protein shakes, to salsa, homemade guacamole, pasta sauces, decadent desserts like chocolate mousse, in addition to serving as the ultimate kitchen prep device – as it blends, chops, slices, dices, mixes, whips and purees in seconds.

A complete recipe book (right) is included in the set.

The Platinum Pro luxury edition is a countertop model. Its makers hope it will replace your food processor and blender. All parts are microwave and dishwasher safe (OK, that part's impressive).

Watch a clip from WXXX-TV in Salt Lake City, which recently tested the product in the “Does it Work” segment.

The newly-launched Magic Bullet Platinum Pro Blender is available for $99.99 online and at Macy’s stores nationwide.

'59 Cadillac Margarita
A truly classic margarita recipe - just like its namesake. You may want to mix up a double batch, because these are sure to be popular.
3 oz. premium tequila
1 ½ oz Grand Marnier
4 oz sweet and sour
6-8 ice cubes
Blend until smooth.
Makes 2 margaritas.

The Orange Fruit Smoothie
1 banana, cut
1 cup raspberries1 peach, pitted and cut½ cup fresh squeezed orange juiceIce
Blend all ingredients with 1 cup crushed ice until firm. Pour into your favorite poolside cup and enjoy.

The Authentic Summertime Daiquiri
1 1/2 oz light rum
1 tbsp triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 peeled banana
1 tsp powdered sugar
Blend all ingredients with 1 cup crushed ice until firm. Pour into a cocktail glass, and serve. Garnish with small slice of pineapple.

Citrus Garlic Marinade
1 lemon, skinless
1 tbsp lime juice
2-3 tbsp of minced garlic
4 large basil leaves, divided
¼ cup olive oil
Place all ingredients in blender and pulse until well blended. Place raw shrimp, chicken or beef in a sealable container. Pour citrus garlic marinade over top, and place in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes, or until your desired cooking time.