I was obviously confused as a teenager as to which part of that party I could master, I think I’ll leave the music making to my keyboard playing ex, and concentrate on scintillating food instead! Wild mushroom soup was another course requested for that 8 course tasting menu I did last weekend. Since the client is health conscious I decided to substitute the cashew cream that Chef Tal Ronnen taught me to make in place of heavy

Making music with my cousin, Martha

Making music with my cousin, Martha when we were kids

cream, and I think it actually enhances the soup by far. Problem is, my old blender gave up the ghost midway, so what’s a gal to do? I could buy another mediocre blender for $100.00 (that will probably last another 2-3 years), or I can go for that $500.00 Vitamix I’ve been lusting after since my first foray into The Conscious

Making Cashew Cream

Making Cashew Cream

Cook. Then I remembered the exceedingly generous gift certificate my premium members gave me last Christmas, plus I get a professional discount at Sur la Table, and it is my birthday this week – so splurge I did!

Vitamix, the machine I've lusted after for years

Vitamix, the machine I've lusted after for years

People are always asking me what kitchen equipment I recommend, and my reply until now has always been “your hands and knives are your two greatest assets in the kitchen. One is free, and the other you should buy the best you can afford. Everything else can be supplemented with inexpensive tools.” I need to amend that statement pronto! Vitamix has changed my life! I had no idea how much it could do beyond blend and grind!

Vitamix prepped shallots, celery, and wild mushrooms with fresh thyme and bay leaves

Vitamix prepped shallots, celery, and wild mushrooms with fresh thyme and bay leaves - oops, I forgot the carrots!

Sure, I can make my cashew cream or homemade peanut butter for that matter. I knew I would be able to make excellent smoothies, and it’s better than a juicer since it keeps the fiber in with the juice. But I didn’t know I could wet prep all my vegetables, creating my own veggie broth in the process, make bread dough – starting with grinding my own wheat, prepare whole soups and sauces heated by the machine, plus sorbet’s and ice creams within 4 minutes, soft frozen right in the Vitamix! It replaces so much more than just my blender. I highly recommend you save your toads (my mother’s slang for dollars) for this gadget too, I LOVE my pro

Wet prepping carrots in the Vitamix for the soup

Wet prepping carrots in the Vitamix for the soup

series. As you can see, I forgot to add the carrots to my chopped shallots, celery, and mushrooms for the soup. No problem, seconds later they were wet prepped and added. In fact, apart from soaking the cashews

Making Cashew Cream Wild Musroom Soup 2

Removing bay leaves, and pureeing the soup

overnight to make the cashew cream, this soup was made from start to finish in less than 30 minutes, and so smooth, creamy  and rich in flavor that I was thrilled with the end result. I can’t wait to keep playing and testing

Soups on!

Soups on!

the boundaries of my new toy. My favorite part of all is that it is it’s own dishwasher! Just add water and a drop or two of washing up liquid, turn on high for 1-2 minutes, and rinse for the easiest clean-up imaginable. I can’t fathom how I ever survived cooking professionally without it. What would you like to see me to make next?

Cashew Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup with Chopped Porcini musshrooms, White Truffle Oil, & Croutons

Cashew Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup with Chopped Porcini musshrooms, White Truffle Oil, & Croutons

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Cup of Jewels

Cup of Jewels

PS. Here’s my more casual home version too

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  • March 6, 2012
    3:24 pm

    I’m beginning to think that maybe I’ll have to rethink my logic about this piece of equipment. Maybe it would be just the ticket for my kitchen even if I’m not a smoothie person. If it can do the chopping and so on for me, then maybe it would be better than a kitchen aid since it wouldn’t take up as much room. Now, to set aside money to make the purchase. Everything seems to have gone up in price lately, that I’m constantly questioning whether or not I need something. I’m going to take my time and seriously think about this one.

  • March 6, 2012
    3:33 pm

    Ruthee – in all honesty I would hold off in your circumstance unless you intend to make huge batches. It isn’t great for chopping small quantities, and you can get one of those push choppers for very little (and they take virtually no cupboard space.

  • March 7, 2012
    11:14 am

    I am THRILLED to see you enjoy your new Vitamix!! It makes all of our conspiring worth it, tee hee!! I can’t wait to see what other yummies you invent with your new toy!!

    • March 8, 2012
      9:47 am

      I’m thinking sorbet next, and I haven’t even started on the smoothies.

  • March 7, 2012
    12:07 pm

    Ah! I see you’ve caved in to the Vitamix. Welcome to the club. Last night I made a mango raspberry passionfruit sorbet in it. Super yum!

    Now. Where can we order those Roving Stove mugs? 🙂

    • March 8, 2012
      9:49 am

      Sue, unfortunately those mugs would have to retail for $35.00 each, so I only ordered for my own personal use. If I can find a reliable source at a reasonable price I will let you know.

  • March 7, 2012
    12:14 pm

    You have totally convinced me to make this one of my investments this summer 🙂 (thank god for the SLT and WS Professional discounts, right?) Now – where can a gal buy that fab. mug?

  • March 8, 2012
    10:00 am

    What to make next… hmm… the possibilities are endless! Peanut butter… ice creams… that would be fantastic! Seeing as it’s birthday week and all!

  • March 8, 2012
    9:56 am

    Please see my comment above about the mug. Vitamix is brill – I love mine so much I’d marry it if I could.

  • March 15, 2012
    8:37 am

    I have drooled over a vitamix for years, I’m just one lottery winning away from owning one. Last year I bought my kitchen aid mixer and it has changed my life. My other treasured kitchen love is my Ronco Rotisserie. I can’t wait to see what you come up with using your vitamix.

    • March 15, 2012
      9:51 am

      Wait until one of the machines it can replace dies on you like I did, then hold your breath and go for it. I love mine, and I haven’t even had time to play with it properly.