Archive for July, 2012

Creamy Sesame Dipping Sauce (★★★★☆)

Creamy Sesame Dipping Sauce (★★★★☆)
This is a great dip for raw or steamed vegetables, and I highly recommend it
3 tablespoons of white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon of chopped ginger
1 garlic clove
3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1.5-2 tablespoons of sugar (to taste)
1 tablespoon of sake (Japanese cooking wine, or if that’s not available, water)
1 teaspoon miso
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice vinegar (can be substituted with other vinegars if necessary)
First, blend the white sesame first into powder, then add other ingredients and blend.  Chill before serving.

That’s it.  It’s extremely good, and in addition to being great with raw and steamed vegetables, it’s also a great dressing/dip for tofu.

Wild Blackberry Juice (★★★☆☆) and typical blender use in our new home

We moved into our new home about a month ago, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the edge of our yard had a lot of wild blackberry bushes growing naturally.  There are so many of them that despite eating hundreds of them over the weekend, I still have more than I know what to do with, so I figured I’d try blending them.

Wild Blackberry Juice (★★★☆☆)
This would have been two stars, but both my young kids drank a good amount of it and told me it was good.

3 cups of wild blackberries
one packet of stevia sweetener (a natural no-calorie sweetener that is an extract from a naturally sweet tea leaf)

That’s really it.  I started filling the water up to the three cups line, but that seemed too strong, so I put more water in, and both the kids and I drank it.  I realized afterwards that based on my own personal preference for frozen drinks, this likely would have made a much better smoothie than juice.

I’m not in a rush to try to make this juice again, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much both the young kids drank.  If there’s an abundance of ripe berries this weekend, I’ll think I’ll give the smoothie variant of this recipe a try.

As for blender use, since we moved, the blender’s been used staples such as peanut butter and Banana Milk, as well as mixing powdered drinks, but my wife’s also come up good recipe for a delicious sesame dipping sauce for vegetables and a sesame dressing (goma-dare – ごまだれ)for cold summer ramen noodles (hiyashi chuuka – 冷やし中華).

I’m going to try to get those recipes my wife and share them here next.

Reconditioned Blender with 64 oz. Container back in stock at Vitamix with a 5-year warranty for $329, free ground shipping with coupon: 06-006651

(2017 Update: Code no longer needed, you can get free shipping by visiting Vitamix through this link.)


I was browsing the Vitamix website, and I saw that the Reconditioned Blender with 64 oz. Container is back in stock at Vitamix with a 5-year warranty for $329 (Only still available in White at the moment) that’s probably the single best deal you’ll find on a high end blender with a 5 (or more) year warranty.  Coupon code 06-006651 does get you free shipping too.

Still meaning to write a real post about what I’ve been mixing up since we moved into our new house last month, but for now this post will have to do.

Update (3/23/2013):  In addition to the refurbished 5200 I mentioned, there is now a refurbished 7500/Pro 300/Creations Elite available.  I wrote a post about it, and I think it’s a fantastic option to consider for anyone thinking about picking up a Vitamix.  (Coupon code 06-006651 works with the refurbished 7500 as well.)