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Will’s DIY Hot Chili Oil

Over the years I have developed a taste for spicy food. Specifically, hot sauce. But not just hot, it’s gotta have flavor. And I don’t like any of that ketchupy sriacrha nonsense. At first when I got something called “hot oil” at the Chinese food restaurant I was a little afraid. No vinegar? No sugar? Big chunks of dried peppers? I started by gingerly using only the oil portion and tossing the solids.

But, somehow over the years I have developed a taste for globs of this stuff. Put in on my vegetables, put it on my meat, put it in my soup and noodles and salad. I would buy a jar of the plainest chili oil I could find and, a couple weeks later, it’s all gone. Spooning an enormous glob of this feared condiment as onlookers gasp and cover their children’s eyes makes me feel like a circus freak and a superhero all rolled up into one. An expensive habit. And why do they always make it so salty and oily? It became a gamble – each brand was different. One had tomato in it – not my thing. Too much variation in the market and too much risk. Time to make my own.

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Welcome Back!

Hey folks –

As you may have noticed, we’ve changed platforms! So things are looking a little bit different right now, and a little bit under construction (let us know if a link doesn’t work…). We’ve gotten a few messages asking us where we’ve been and if we’re still alive, and, we admit, time has definitely gotten away from us!

To catch you up with us, here are some highlights from this past year:

  1. Will and I have moved on from being live Vitamix demonstrators earlier this year; while we loved meeting and helping so many people at the booth, it was just time to move on. We are so grateful to have been able to meet many people at our booth, and we hope to keep inspiring people through the Blender Brain site and blog!
  2. New jobs! Selling other things! But we’re also both thinking of going back to school soon.
  3. We’ve actually have been testing and accumulating more recipes this past year, but just haven’t gotten around to posting because of our new jobs 🙁 But we promise to be better about!
  4. We got married! Maybe a post about this later.
  5. We moved out of our swanky apartment that you get a glimpse of from our youtube videos. Actually, we moved out today. Where are we moving to? No idea! We are going to be going on a grand Asia adventure and will be visiting Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, etc. And yes, we have packed a Vitamix in the suitcase.

Well, I guess that’s pretty much it. Our past year has apparently been pretty uneventful, ha!

Anyway, we’ve moved over most of our content to this new site and are excited to revamp Blender Brain. We will still be a hub to help Vitamix users with their blenders, but we will also be expanding our niche with reviews (which many of you have been asking for!), ebooks, and even more recipes.

Stay tuned!

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Beet and Honey Froyo

There’s less than 20 days before summer officially starts, but the sun beating down through my window could fool me! Our apartment is like a sweatbox in the middle of the day…

A few days ago, a friend of ours had a small birthday gathering at a nearby ice cream place, and since then, all I’ve had is ice cream on my mind. It’s my favorite food, and it’s really fun to experiment with all possibilities.

And experiment, I did. Hehe. Say hello to…

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…a beautiful beet & honey froyo!

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

As 2015 comes to a close, we fondly reflect on all this year has brought us, and we are super excited for what’s in store in 2016. We hope everyone is able to enjoy this holiday season with family, friends, or loved ones! Here’s to another great year of fun!

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Tips and Tricks for New Vitamix Owners

Happy December, everyone! If this is your first time visiting Blender Brain, welcome! We have been having a great holiday shebang of a sale going on at our roadshows and online orders, and are excited to have met and sold to all the new Vitamix owners! Congratulations to all!!!!

While we’re super excited for new families who take home a Vitamix, but we also know that sometimes it can be scary to get used to something so awesome – we want to help! Here are some tips to owning a new Vitamix:

Our Vitamix and cactus plant are best of friends!
Our Vitamix and cactus plant are best of friends!

1. Take it out of the box and keep it on the counter! – We know this sounds a little silly, but sometimes we get owners who have had their Vitamix for a month and still haven’t opened the box! It is definitely the first step to start making some delicious smoothies or soups! We live in a pretty small apartment, but we made sure to make room next to our cactus plant so we can keep our Vitamix out all the time – this is important because it ensures you use it more than if you keep it hidden in the cabinets! We know it can be tough to make room in a small kitchen, but we promise you will not regret it!

2. Start with something simple – The easiest smoothies are the ones you’ll make every single day. You can always find new ideas on our recipes page, but if you have a favorite fruit you love, then start out with that! Our favorite lazy smoothie is frozen mango with spinach and coconut water! Sometimes, less can be more, especially when you are first starting out and trying to get in “smoothie for breakfast” habit!

A lot of ice is A-OK! There will be a slight burning smell the first few times you use a lot of ice, frozen fruit, or hard ingredients like nuts (to make nut butter), but the smell will go away once the motor is "broken in"!

A lot of ice is A-OK! There will be a slight burning smell the first few times you use a lot of ice, frozen fruit, or hard ingredients like nuts (to make nut butter), but the smell will go away once the motor is “broken in”!

3. Burning smell? It’s OK! – Brand new Vitamix’s from our roadshows have never been out of the box or turned on, so it’s normal to have that slight burning smell when you first start blending! Depending on how often you use your Vitamix, the smell could go away within a week (if you use it every day), or a few months (if you only use it once a week!) We have a friend who never used their Vitamix for anything other than making smoothies out of fresh fruit for over 10 years, and the first time we showed her how to make an ice cream, there was also the burning smell because she never properly broke in her motor with any hard ingredients like 3 cups of ice! 10 years!

4. Register your Vitamix – If you purchased your Vitamix through us, then your Vitamix is already covered under warranty via the serial number. But if you want to make sure that your Vitamix is registered, you can do that here. All the information is stuck on the back of the machine, including the Vitamix phone number and your serial number 🙂
**Important: If you happened to purchase a 2nd container with your Vitamix machine on the same receipt, then registering it online will ensure that your 2nd container’s warranty extends to 7 years. Otherwise, it will be covered under the standard 3 year container warranty.

5. Join our FB group! – To stay updated, you can always visit our blog for more tips and tricks (and soon, reviews!) We also created a Facebook group to create a supportive Vitamix community. Feel free to ask questions, share recipes, or any of your own tips and tricks from owning your Vitamix!

We will be sure to regularly update this list as we think of more tips for new Vitamix owners, and stay tuned for additional tricks in the next few weeks for different recipes  🙂 Feel free to also ask us any questions via our *CONTACT PAGE LINK*, and we will promptly answer! If you need help making a recipe, let us know and we can even send you a video on how to do it!

If you still haven’t picked up a Vitamix, find us at one of our roadshows, or *SEND US A MESSAGE LINK *and we will make sure you get equipped with the #1 food preparing machine in the world 🙂

Happy holidays and happy blending!

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Thanksgiving Favorites

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is in LESS THAN THREE DAYS! We have been running around like crazy in preparation for our holiday roadshows (which will run from Black Friday all the way to Christmas…I know, we’re workaholics!) If you haven’t already picked up a Vitamix for your kitchen, come see us at our roadshow!

How to fold a napkin turkey!
How to fold a napkin turkey!

We know that Thanksgiving can be a time of stress, especially when you’re the one responsible for preparing dinner! The Vitamix website is full of neat recipes, and we have rounded up some of the top holiday favorites to help relieve some of that Thanksgiving kitchen stress:

Soup Appetizers
1. Sweet Potato Soup
2. Bacon Cheddar Potato Soup
3. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Sides
1. Squash Frittata
2. Potato Cheddar Breakfast Bake
3. Butternut Squash Casserole

Condiments
1. Stress-free Turkey Gravy
2. Cranberry Relish Sauce
3. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Desserts
1. Sweet Potato Pie
2. Low Fat Pumpkin Pie
3. Apple Pie Ice Cream

Other Tips and Tricks
1. Substitute a quarter to half of your potatoes with roasted cauliflower for a lighter mashed potato dish!
2. Substitute your heavy whipped cream with coconut cream for a healthier dessert!

Have other tips up your sleeve? Share with us in a comment below!

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Midnight Dessert Cravings + Giveaway

Have you ever had those moments when, all of a sudden, you have a huge hankering for ice cream? And you know that there aren’t any ice cream cartons in your fridge, and you don’t want to go out and buy it because you’re trying to cut ice cream out of your diet, anyway. But then you argue with yourself for a while and finally convince yourself that you deserve a dessert, and so you stand up to go to the corner store, only to take a glance at the time: 1:36am. What store is going to be open at this time of night?

Well, the good news is, you can make an easy ice cream at home, with a lot less fat and in a lot less time than traveling to the store and trying to pick a flavor. A while back, we made a post about making an all natural sorbet, purely from frozen fruit. While that is just as tasty of a treat, there are times when I just want something that tastes rich and creamy, just like real ice cream, and this is the perfect recipe.

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Goodbye, Alaska!

Today is our last day in Alaska, and we are getting ready to fly back to California tomorrow. From the Alaskan fairgrounds to both Costco’s in Anchorage, we have met so many wonderful people and want to thank everyone for making this trip fun and memorable!

If you are visiting our site and wondering about the PFD sale, our friend Chris is continuing the sale at the Dimond Costco until October 11th! So if you weren’t able to pick one up while we were there, say hi to Chris for us!

Goodbye, Alaska! Until next time 🙂

 

 

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