In the words of the great BARRY White,

 

“I’ve heard people say that

too much of anything is not good for you

baby, but I don’t know about that”

 

Lauren here, your Kitchen Magician, and Barry hit the nail on the head with that one because too much of this berry sauce is NEVER enough.

 

Back from Orlando, back to ‘normalcy’, and yesterday was Sunday which means DeMaio family dinner. Debbie whipped up cheesecake for the clan, and the request for raspberry sauce began. First my brother, then my Dad – the only people who have the right and the stones to request additions after she brings out a masterpiece of a cake because they are immediate family.

 

I limp to the kitchen, [totally pulled a muscle jogging in a suit this past week. Normal.] check out the pantry and fridge situation we are working with, and yet again, my David Hasselhoff / Baywatch stylin’ lifesaver, the Magic Bullet Blender steps in and KILLS it. See below, then get down on the dance flo’:

Berry White Sauce

Magic Bullet Blender Parts

  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

Ingredients

  • [2 Cups] frozen raspberries
  • [3/4 Cup] water
  • [1/4 Cup] sugar
  • [2 T] orange juice
  • [2 T] cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Place frozen raspberries into a microwave safe bowl. Change power setting to 2 or 3 and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, and continue to microwave for 2 minute intervals until thawed.
  2. Into a sauce pan on low-medium heat, add raspberries, orange juice and sugar.
  3. Into a small bowl add cornstarch and water. Make sure the water is COLD. Whisk together until combined and smooth.
  4. Add cornstarch mixture to the sauce pan and bring all ingredients to a boil.
    *Cornstarch + cold water = thickening agent. Works for sauces, gravy etc. Mix it, heat it, golden. I use it with stir fry sauces sometimes – works like a charm.
  5. Turn back to a simmer and let cook for about 5 more minutes, stirring constantly while sauce thickens.
  6. CAREFULLY add contents in batches to the tall cup, blend with cross blade for 10 seconds, add to bowl. Repeat until pan is empty.
    *You can easily cut this recipe in half, I just made a relatively large amount because we had a good sized crowd over.
  7. Pour over your cheesecake and ENJOY.
    *Whenever topping desserts with sauces like this, I like to put them into one of those ketchup squirt bottles first and then pour it on. Gives it a cool look. If you don’t have one and want the same presentation, tablespoon that stuff on with a light drizzle and zig zag your way to excellence.

 

This is also BANGIN on chocolate cake, chocolate soufflé, crepes, anything. It’s a GOOD, easy raspberry sauce and if you have frozen berries on hand, can be spur the moment no problem. I have done it without orange juice before as well, but it gives it a little subliminal kick of extra acidity that works well. So hey if it’s dessert time and YA GOT IT, FLAUNT IT.

 

Alright my little sugar coated candies, I’ve got to get some life stuff done. Laundry. Pedicure. De-puff my eyes. Yes, that’s why all you see is teeth and my father’s racing team hat. Again, don’t ask. It’s his ‘new’ thing. JJP Racing. True story.

 

Checkin in with ya a few more times this week but in the mean time and as always, Happiest Blending, from my big heart, to all of yours.

 

XX – Lauren

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Friday, bloody Friday.
Lauren here, your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician and U2 enthusiast.. and damn … I’d like to know what is going on today in YOUR world, because mine is beyond comical. One of those days where everyone is just yelling stuff and losing their minds – but can’t stop laughing. It’s crunch time and there are air sealed pieces of compressed meat stuck to the outside of my cubicle wall that signify absolutely nothing [I’m not kidding, see photo.. don’t judge..].


On that note – this kid’s been burning the midnight oil for a while now and in an attempt at replenishment and treating my body right in at least one way – see today’s recipe. I told you I would give you a healthy one. Haven’t lied to you yet [partially because I don’t really know how to. Get all awkward and speak really quickly. Brutal.]

Lets Tango. With Mango.

Magic Bullet Blender Parts

  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup [or party mug.. I only have a tall cup with me at work. I blend at work. Builds character..]
  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

Ingredients

  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 Cup vanilla, nonfat yogurt
  • approx. 4 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  2. Blend for ten
  3. There ya go

So I mean yes, in an ideal world today’s lunch would probably be some salmon, while sitting at an Oceanside table catching rays and chatting it up with the likes of John Candy, Andy Garcia and Sammy Hagar – but hey, I’m being realistic. For once.

Okay… back to work…. with an occasional surfing o’ youtube updating my bangin playlist of the day.

I’ll hit ya up next week but in the meantime, and as always, happiest blending – from my big heart – to all of yours, you little lovebugs you.

Cam’ron – down and OUT –

Xo @LdeMao [ #love #twitter… ]

Quicker than Kim Kardashian’s marriage .. Lauren here, your Kitchen Magician – and macaroni and clams is one of my FAVORITES. Christmas Eve staple and treat every so often.

Yes, when time permits we go to the fish market, buy the whole clams, clean, steam etc etc etc .. but oh you know that is not always the case. In the midst of packing my Boston condo, celebrating birthdays in Boston and prepping for my work trip next week we did macaroni and clams the QUICK way. Again, yea it is not the healthiest thing in the world for you but hey, you deserve it. [I’ll give you healthy recipe Thursday, I promise].

Magic Bullet Blender. KILLS IT. This sauce is very basic so I actually think that blending helps get those herbs and spices really helps get them to their most aromatic state and helps to infuse that olive oil.

Do it.

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Magic Bullet Blender Parts

  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. pasta of your choice – we usually use the whole grain linguine
  • 1/2 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 2 10 oz. cans, baby clams
  • 1 8 oz. bottle, clam juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 T fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 pinch, sea salt

Instructions

  1. Start a pot of lightly salted water and bring to a boil
  2. While water is warming up, add olive oil, garlic, parsley, black pepper, sea salt and crushed red pepper to tall cup.
  3. Blend for 10 seconds until parsley is broken down.
  4. Add to a pan on medium heat and sauté for 5 minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes, add clams, clam juice and butter – cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Add your pasta to lightly salted water and cook until al dente [cooked through, but slightly firm – not mush. Unless you like it that way, then by all means, go for it].
  7. Toss and serve.

LAUREN LUVS

–          That garlic bread that was posted last night … serve this on the side for one of those ‘get down with your bad self and crush whatever food you want nights’..

–          Usually toss a salad in there for a first course as well .. try the vinaigrette recipe from last month. KillaBeezWu-Tang good with it.

Alrighty my little shellfish, I have got to get back to the grind. And by that I mean cranking work AND ungodly amounts of espresso.

Oh hey guess who’s still in first place in the Eastern Conference? #NYR what??

Until Thursday – Happiest Blending, from my massive heart – to all of yours!

Xo

@LdeMao

You ever heard of the ‘flavor of the week’..? Well – we have a theme of the week..

One guess – it’s garlic. Lauren here, your Kitchen Magician, and kid has been running on empty.

This, yet again, is a QUICKIE – and a GOODIE.

Bread + Garlic + Magic Bullet Blender = waking up next to a million dollars, a pile of cubed cheese and Jim Cantore after his morning broadcast – all serious and pensive and such.

Delicious Deb had one of the DeMaio family favorites, Vinny the chiropractor and his lovely fiancée, the former Miss Illinois over for dinner earlier this week. I was stuck at work when she called me asking how to make my ‘infamous’ garlic bread….. Hence the photo shopped real pictures slammed in with my huge face. I have a very tech savvy co worker who helps me out..

See below, and do it. Seriously.

Infamous Garlic Bread

Magic Bullet Blender Parts

  • 1 MB Tall Cup
  • 1 MB Cross Blade

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of garlic, roasted *see Tuesday’s post for roasted instructions
  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pre-bulleted pecorino romano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread, sliced

Instructions

  1. Add 1 head of garlic, butter and parley to tall cup, blend for 7 seconds, add to a bowl
  2. Add second head of garlic, olive oil, pecorino romano to bullet, blend another 7 seconds, add to same bowl
  3. Mix and smother one side of your bread with the topping
  4. Bake on a cookie sheet until lightly browned
  5. Serve hot, like you, in your pajama jeans

That is it. Awesome with soups, great with steamed mussels, obviously we had it with lasagna, or you can be a sicko like Deb and use it for steak and cheese sandwiches for your son. They look un-real.

Gotta run – see you Tuesday.

As always, Happiest Blending, from my Big Heart in CT today, Boston tomorrow, Orlando next week .. yes.. to ALLL of yours.

XO Lauren

Jan
10
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Roasted Garlic Dip

 

I. SWEAT. GARLIC. THROUGH. MY. PORES. I said it in my original Magic Bullet Blender audition video, and I wasn’t lying.. I am also on miniscule amounts of sleep and feel my filter yet again, slowly slipping away from me…. so bear with me… I’m going to make this short and sweet – kinda like Danny DeVito. Love him.

 

Lauren here, your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician, and shoot sweating garlic…..  may be why I only pick up Italian men……… eh?

 

Get your mints ready and DO NOT make this if you are going to meet your new boyfriend or girlfriend’s family within the next 6 days. Trust me.

 

ROASTED GARLIC DIP —- with an extra somethin somethin for ya.

 

Yes I gave you one in October… but this one has a little more kick in the wheelhouse for ya.

Roasted Garlic Dip

Magic Bullet Blender Parts

  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of garlic, roasted
    *oven on 400 degrees, cut off the tops of each head and place into the center of a large piece of foil, roll up the sides to make a bowl shape, top with olive oil but do not drowned, close up the foil, bake for about 45, let cool
  • 16 oz. low fat sour cream
  • 1 package of dried vegetable soup mix

Instructions

  1. Add all contents to the Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  2. Blend for ten seconds
  3. Seriously, you are done

 

It is busy season here and I absolutely crushed this with some celery last night. Baby carrots are decent too – or I also love slices of red pepper. I know, I know this was a quickie but it is SUPER good and an EASY crowd pleaser. I actually roasted this garlic on Sunday morning – then used it on Monday.

 

This time of year being able to use short cuts, prepare ingredients in advance and then as always go right to that Magic Bullet Blender … speed demon.

 

Alrighty – I have got to get back to work but I will be checking in with all of you on Thursday.

 

All my love and Happiest Blending – from my HUGE heart that is ALL OVER THE PLACE – to ALL OF YOURS.

 

Xo

Lauren


Ah.. have the holidays set you back a few days…? I don’t know about you but on this forefront the kiddo was STRUGGLING. Party after party after party after gathering after family thing after New Years Eve.. which by the happens to be my least favorite holiday of the year.

Hands down, by far. I’d rather be forced to hang out alone in an 82 degree room wearing a floor length down jacket, solely with David Hasselhoff, a handle of whiskey and 14 undercooked hamburgers then go out on New Years Eve.

Lauren here, your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician, and this year I DID go out on New Years Eve to Shrine, the nightclub at Foxwoods. And until last night, I was unsure if I would ever be the same..

By the time Monday night rolled around – I would say ‘misery’ was an appropriate term. Not only did I miss the Winter Classic because we had to work [which is fine.. it’s busy.. hi Bosses :)] but I just wasn’t bouncing back. 28 is the new 63 in my book and I was searching high and low for a life saver.

My mother, the ever infamous and often mentioned ‘Debbie the Demolisher’ was telling me about how tomatoes are great to get your tush back in gear – absolutely loaded with vitamins and nutrients that clearly my body was completely deprived of.

So what did she do? She got after it. Per usual. Man handled that Magic Bullet Blender like it was Chris Santos after an intense ‘Chopped’ judging round and got me BACK to normal.

** Disclaimer: this does not remove the bags from under your eyes, as you can tell by the photograph that goes along with this. I know, it looks like I just climbed out from under a rock and I apologize.

See below and get back on your A game. It’s a new year – enough of this nonsense.

Magic Bullet Blender Parts

  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

Ingredients

  • 2 small / medium plum tomatoes, halved & seeded
  • 1 1/3 cups tomato juice
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper *Optional: I like my stuff with a kick but you do not need this if it doesn’t appeal

Instructions

  1. This is quite basic. You take everything listed above, put that liquid life preserver into a tall cup, blend with your cross blade for about 10 seconds until smooth and chug.

If that doesn’t help, try you-tubeing some old school WWF wrestling match clips. Last night I was watching ‘Razor Ramon’ crush this dude with his finishing move, ‘the Razor’s Edge’ [he is so creative… ] and if nothing else it put a smile on my mug.

Alright kiddos – like I said earlier. Busy. Season. Which means I’ll be stopping by Thursday with something that will help make your life a little bit easier… but then again, when using the Magic Bullet Blender, everything seems a little bit easier – right 😉 ?

Until next time and as always, Happiest Blending – from my big Heart – to all of yours. Oh – and Happy New Year! Oh hay, 2012.

Xo Lauren

For as long as I can remember through the .. wow, what.. TWENTY EIGHT DeMaio family Christmas Eves I have been through, there is one word that can describe the evening: Madness.

Yes, it’s fabulous madness.

Yes, it’s fish x7 madness.

It’s family madness and damn that is DEFINITELY the best kind.

But sheer and utter madness to a ‘T’ because you cannot have a massive family gathering without some sort of curve ball…

 

Lauren here, your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician… and if you haven’t learned so already, it is FAR easier to slam a curve ball out of the park if you have the Magic Bullet Blender on hand.

 

See. Perfect. Example. Below.

 

My father, ‘Luscious Louis’ as I like to call him, heart of gold … but hell you arm him with a grocery list … and you better BUCKLE UP. Being that it was getting down to the wire and my mother and I had worked a bit later than we had originally thought, Louis was given the list for the fish market.. double the amount of some things, extra this, extra that, and then 2 pounds of fresh picked lobster meat.

Why? Because they had it. No one asked for it. He got excited, knows I love it, and BOOM. Lobster.

So I sat, staring at this beautiful lobster meat thinking ‘what in Gods name shall I we whip up with this ridiculousness. Add it to the stuff shrimp stuffing? Yea we could but what else…?‘

And what happens next.. Louis, who I honestly thought only watched television when there was a NYR game on starts rattling off the blessed names:

‘Guarnaschelli! Zakarian! Chopped!!! It’s like you’re on Chopped!’.

Then my mom, ‘Debbie the Demolisher’ starts with ‘how she Loves Chef Aaron! Oh and Chris Santos is so handsome!’.

(I swear, the older she gets, the more younger the men she thinks are ‘handsome’ or ‘the bomb’.. yep, ‘the bomb’ – feel special Mr. Santos…)

 

A.    I’m legitimately not joking

B.    I wasn’t sure if I was more taken back by the fact that Louis knew the Food Network even existed, or that he didn’t absolutely butcher your last names

C.    I actually felt like I was on the damn show

 

Stuck between a rock and a hard place and four hours until guests arrived – I yet again, leaned on my glimmer of hope .. the Magic Bullet Blender .. and that baby KILLED it.

Lobster Brie Scallion Pie

Magic Bullet Blender Parts

  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  • 1 Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

Ingredients

 

  • 1 frozen pie crust, defrosted and pricked several times with a fork

*Note: You are so welcome to make your own pie crust. I bet Chef Scott has a bangin simple way. But it was Christmas Eve. And I was short on time, and mental capacity.

  • 1 cup picked lobster meat
  • 1 cup cubed brie, rind removed – 1/2″ cubes
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions (top portion)
  • 14 ounces heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp lobster base (optional)

*Note:     Optional but SO recommended. We had used it in lobster bisque a few weeks back. Adds GREAT flavor, you don’t need much and has a long shelf life.

IF you use the lobster base, I personally do not add any additional salt as this has a lot of sodium.

  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. To your defrosted, pricked pie crust, spread lobster meat on bottom
  3. Top lobster meat with about half of your scallions
  4. Top with brie, remaining scallions and black pepper
  5. To your Magic Bullet Blender tall cup add heavy cream, eggs and lobster base
    *Note:     This is VERY full. You may want to do half the cream and an egg, then the other half with the remaining eggs – ½ teaspoon of lobster base in each. Or you can be daring and bad to the bone like me… Yea I’m joking. Up to you. 😉
  6. Add cross blade and blend for about 10 seconds until combined
  7. Pour mixture over lobster, brie into pie crust
  8. Place pie onto a cookie sheet and pop into oven for about an hour
  9. Keep a close eye when you hit the 45 minute mark as cooking times may vary. Test doneness by gently inserting knife into center. When your knife comes out of the pie clean and the top is golden [see pictures], you are good to go
  10. You want to make sure you have some time to let this sit and cool afterwards.

*Serving Options:

Once it rests after baking, you can slice that baby up and serve warm. This is what we did and served as one of the appetizers.

After cooled, pop it in the fridge overnight. Take it out an hour before serving, cut and serve in squares or mini slices as an app.

 

*LAUREN LUVs:

– MAKE IT YOURS: Alright, so this is what I did for the Lobster Pie – but this can be a starting point for any quiche. Substitute the lobster with ANYTHING – veggies, just cheese, whatever you like. Leave out the lobster base. Change up your cheese, and kid you are hammering out quiche left and right

– BRUNCH: Whip up one a ‘pie’, or quiche of any type – serve it with a side salad – Sunday Brunch. Done. And what do I always tell you I love… ? MAKING IT AHEAD.. This recipe lets you do that.

–  ITALIAN EASTER: Yes, we have that too. HAM PIE. Debbie makes your typical ham pie, but for some of my other cousins who aren’t as fond of the traditional recipe which is more ricotta based, we bang out a few of these babies. Same base as above, cube up mozzarella, Monterey jack, thinly sliced pepperoni, salami, baked ham – I’m talking PAPER thing [apologize to your deli pre-ordering. I found that works best. Gotta charm ‘em 😉 ]

 

 

I know, I know – cheese and fish – a no no. Well, in this case I am calling it an exception. An EXCEPTIONAL exception.

 

And yes, lobster is a splurge, I am well aware. But hey I like to cover all my bases with you. I give you dressings, cookies, sauces, etc… every so often I have to throw something badass in there. And not only did this baby get RIDICULOUS reviews by some of my biggest, female, cooking-for-their-whole-lives, Italian through and through critics – but it also gives you a BASE to work off of for any quiche type dishes you’d like to give a shot.

 

Alright my little seafood specials, I’m off to a meeting .. oh hey did you happen to notice the New York Rangers moved into first place in the Eastern Conference…. ? Wait what? Mmmmmmm YEP 🙂

 

I’ll be touching base with you again Thursday, but in the meantime and as always, HAPPIEST BLENDING.. from my big nomadic heart – to all of Yours.

 

Xo Lauren

Dec
22
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Split Pea Soup

Baby, it’s FINALLY cold outside.

 

What is goinn on – Lauren here, your Kitchen Magician, and when I started my car this morning prior to blow dry time, my hair froze. Truth be known, as opposed to the normal misery – I really didn’t mind it because up until now it’s been feeling like spring around here. Staring into my closet to get ready for the work in the morning was getting INCREDIBLY intense.. was feeling more and more like I was sitting at that table during the Russian Roulette scene of the hit film, ‘187’… As I would grab the hanger with the lightweight shirt I would cringe ….. Samuel L. Jackson yelling ‘SWEATER. DO IT’…. It was that bad..

 

Ah, alright – I apologize – time to get on track:

 

BOTTOM LINE – Jim Cantore is THE weatherman. I actually believe that he could control the weather if he wanted to. A higher power of sorts who is just super bad-to-the-bone and stands on the beach WHILE a hurricane slams him in the face with horizontal rain. YET he still holds it together.

 

And shoot it is finally the season for soup.

 

SPLIT PEA SOUP – Ready set go

 

MAGIC BULLET BLENDER PARTS

  • [1] Tall Cup
  • [1] Cross Blade

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • [1] large pot

 

INGREDIENTS

  • [1 pound] bag of dried, split green peas
  • [7 Cups] chicken stock
  • [2] carrots, cut in 1″ pieces
  • [1/2] white onion, cut in 1″ pieces
  • [1] clove of garlic, halved
  • [2] stalks of celery cut in 1″ pieces
  • [6] cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

*OPTIONAL: baked ham, diced – this is completely up to you. It is a GREAT place to use up leftover baked ham.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. – Add carrots to Tall Cup and pulse until desired size   (I like small, but not too small)
  2. – Add onions and garlic in and pulse until desired size
  3. – Add celery in and repeat three-peat
  4. – Why would we change it up with the tomatoes? Do it again.
  5. – Into the large pot add: entire bag of peas, chicken stock, your pulsed veggies, salt to taste, pepper to taste, and if you choose – this is when your baked ham goes in as well!
  6. – Bring to boil and then simmer for one hour. Stir on occasion. Stir before serving.

 

 

Split pea soup – no added crazy amounts of sodium like in that canned garbage, only an HOUR of cooking time, and easy easy easy. A lot of times Debbie ‘the Demolisher’ would make this on Sundays while she was making some other ridiculous ‘Sunday Night Meal’ that was actually going to be eaten on that given day – pop that pea soup in the fridge and there’s a cheap weeknight meal.

 

Okey doke – much to do – time, lacking. Story of my life, and I’m sure it is the same for many of you… which is why I hope that all of you live and breathe via the Magic Bullet Blender like I do. Sparkle of hope – woop!

 

Until next time my little snowmen – Happiest Blending, Happiest Holidays, Be Safe & Stay Cool… Warm, but ‘hip’. You got it.

 

Xo Lauren

Happy Holidays my little Potluck Peanuts!

Lauren D., your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician and shoot you better tuck and ROLL because I’m throwin some SERIOUS HAYMAKERs your way today.. If you failed to see the corresponding photographs, I also decided to bring in my ‘muscle’, Preston, for back up.

(Just to clarify: I am the one without the hood.)

Now you know I would never let you walk into a holiday get together with a black eye, and for those of you who I know on a personal level- I avoid confrontation as if it were an Ikea on a weekend. In celebration of the holidays, also known as strap on the ole apron, it is cookie season, today we are rollin in the HAY the right WAY with:

NO COOK

BUTTERSCOTCH

PEANUT BUTTER

HAYSTAX

Make them ahead, throw em in a baggie, arrange them on a cookie platter at game time and you are done.

Try it – and check out my LUVs / variations at the end-

MAGIC BULLET BLENDER PARTS:

[1] Tall Cup

[1] Cross Blade

[1] Steamer Top

ADDITIONAL TOOLS:

Parchment or wax paper

Medium or large bowl for mixing

INGREDIENTS:

[11 oz.] butterscotch chips

[3 T] creamy peanut butter

[6 oz.] chow mein noodles, classic style

*Tip: are found in your normal grocery store! Sometimes in the aisle broken up by different areas of the world – if you can’t track them down, find an employee who looks relatively approachable and ask them :)!

INSTRUCTIONS:

– Add butterscotch chips and peanut butter to tall cup

– Put on Magic Bullet Blender Steamer Top and microwave on 50% for 1 minute

– Remove, shake

– Return cup to the microwave and again with the Steamer Top, micro that baby on 50% for 1 minute

– Remove the Steamer Top and attack the Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

– Blend for 10 seconds or until smooth and combined

– Add chow mein noodles to a bowl, add contents of Tall Cup to the same bowl

*Tip: If you have a small spatula around, this works great for getting all that melted holiday love out of the Tall Cup, as well as the next step! If not, a Tablespoon works well too!

– Gently toss and coat the chow mein noodles in your butterscotch peanut butter

– Onto parchment or wax paper, carefully drop heaping tablespoons of the mixture until all has been used

*Tip: I usually line a baking sheet with the paper. If you don’t have one clean or close by, no biggie – any surface is fine.

– Allow the haystax to sit until cooled and solid

– Put those little bundles of love into the fridge and they can be taken out when it’s time to indulge

LAUREN LUVs:

*CA$HEW money records: I’m making two additional batches this week to bring with me to one of my holiday get togethers and remixin these weezy-babies just a bit:

– Batch 1: ADD [1/3 Cup] halved cashews when you add the butterscotch and pb in to the noodles. All the other steps remain the same.

– Batch 2: ADD [1/3 Cup] peanuts instead of cashews. Same steps as above.

*This Ain’t No Sidewalk CHOC: Yes, you can add chocolate. I typically do [4 oz.] semi-sweet chocolate chips, [7 oz.] butterscotch chips, microwaved as above, PB amount and everything else remains the same.

*COCO me loco: Want to get tropical with me and Preston? ADD some coconut flakes – I usually do about a [1/3 Cup] but adjust accordingly!

So let me reiterate this for you:

Holiday season

Crazy timing

Travel maybe?

NO COOK

MAKE AHEAD

MINIMAL INGREDIENTS

SIMPLE

QUICK

All. With what else? But your MAGIC BULLET BLENDER.

Give the gift that keeps on giving this year!  No, it’s not the box set of The Wire [although that show is life changing and I strongly recommend watching it]. Nope, not ‘Pajama Jeans’. Membership to the stamp of the month club? .. yea, no.

It’s THE no brainer: THE MAGIC BULLET BLENDER… come on, even Preston wants one.

Alrighty, this kid needs some shut eye. I’ll be checking in with you all soon, and if you need me I’ll be flyin around the tri-state area, Boston maybe, and just patiently waiting until the Winter Classic gets here. NYR. 24/7. What? Yup!

In the meantime, Wishing all of you Happiest Blending, and a very Happy, Healthy & Safe Holiday Season to YOU and Your loved ones.

All my love-

xo Lauren

Tis the Time for Entertaining

Lauren here, your Magic Bullet Blender Kitchen Magician – and boy is it the time for entertaining.

And similar to the New York Rangers last night in their 6-1 defeat over the Panthers, holiday parties are on FULL BLAST.

Yes, many are out at restaurants bars. Some are at your house. Some are catered. Some are potluck. You see it all – which is why below I am sharing a SUPER SIMPLE go-to appetizer I whip out for:

A.      gatherings at my house

B.       that random get together at your neighbor’s, aunts sisters where you don’t want to show up empty handed

C.       the office party where everyone brings something and there is typically a major lack in communication

ARTICHOKE ROASTED RED PEPPER DIP

Serve this baby with some pita chips and you are good. to. go. If you are tight on time, go right ahead and buy those pita chips. If you are ambitious and want to get crazy, I have included the pita chip recipe below from my Greek Bruschetta write up this past summer.

MAGIC BULLET BLENDER PARTS:

  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Tall Cup
  • [1] Magic Bullet Blender Cross Blade

INGREDIENTS:

  • [1/2 Cup] roasted red peppers, drained [typically found in a glass jar either with water or in oil]
  • [1/3 Cup] artichoke hearts, drained
  • [1/4 Cup] fresh cilantro
  • [1/4 Cup] pre-bulleted, parmesan
  • [1/6 Cup] extra virgin olive oil
  • [2] cloves garlic
  • [1 Tablespoon] fresh lemon juice
  • [1/8 teaspoon] crushed red pepper
  • [1/8 teaspoon] sea salt
  • [1/8 teaspoon] black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add all ingredients to tall cup
  2. Blend with cross blade for 10 seconds
  3. You are legit, DONE

*I usually double, triple or quadruple this recipe depending on the number of human beings that are going to be in attendance

If AMBITIOUS: PITA CHIPS –

PITA CHIPS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper to prevent chips from sticking
  3. Stack the pitas, and cut 4 times to make 8 slices per pita, shaped like pizza slices
  4. Cut each slice along fold again to give you 32 pita slices total
  5. Place slices onto parchment paper
  6. In small bowl add olive oil, salt, pepper [optional: garlic powder, roasted garlic]
  7. Brush each of the slices with the olive oil mixture
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, remove and set aside

Now, I know this may sound odd but I typically have all of the ingredients above in my house. It may be due to the fact that I sweat garlic, but I’m sure some of you are on the same page. If not, it is quite simple and the ingredients are very straightforward.

Alright my little blending bundles of love – get under that mistletoe, get crazy, stay safe and enjoy those holiday fiestas! I’ll be checking in again later this week! In the meantime…

Happiest Blending, from my big heart – to all of Yours.

Xo,
Lauren